Tag Archive: Eastern Turkey


Earthquakes

 

USGS Sicily, Italy
Mar 28 23:17 PM
4.3 238.9 MAP

GEOFON Sicily, Italy
Mar 28 23:17 PM
4.1 230.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Mar 28 23:17 PM
4.0 243.0 MAP

EMSC South Of Java, Indonesia
Mar 28 23:09 PM
4.8 56.0 MAP

USGS South Of Java, Indonesia
Mar 28 23:09 PM
4.8 51.3 MAP

GEOFON South Of Java, Indonesia
Mar 28 23:09 PM
5.0 10.0 MAP

EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 28 22:33 PM
4.5 10.0 MAP

USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 28 22:33 PM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 28 21:55 PM
3.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Mar 28 21:49 PM
2.5 15.5 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 28 21:40 PM
3.6 8.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 21:37 PM
4.5 82.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 21:37 PM
4.6 100.0 MAP

USGS Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 21:37 PM
4.6 95.2 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 28 20:58 PM
3.4 20.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 20:41 PM
4.6 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 28 20:22 PM
2.5 4.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Mar 28 20:12 PM
3.5 43.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 28 19:47 PM
3.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Mar 28 17:42 PM
4.2 2.5 MAP

EMSC Spain
Mar 28 17:22 PM
3.3 30.0 MAP

EMSC Sweden
Mar 28 17:01 PM
2.4 1.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 28 14:50 PM
2.6 39.7 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:45 PM
4.6 60.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:45 PM
4.6 64.2 MAP

GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:45 PM
4.5 51.0 MAP

EMSC Czech Republic
Mar 28 13:41 PM
2.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:07 PM
4.6 92.0 MAP

USGS Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:07 PM
4.4 79.4 MAP

GEOFON Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
Mar 28 13:07 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Kyrgyzstan
Mar 28 12:54 PM
3.8 3.0 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 28 12:49 PM
4.5 591.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 28 11:46 AM
3.0 9.0 MAP

USGS Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 28 11:43 AM
2.6 41.6 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 28 11:19 AM
2.9 12.3 MAP

USGS Southern California
Mar 28 10:09 AM
3.3 5.5 MAP

EMSC Turkey-syria-iraq Border Region
Mar 28 09:56 AM
2.5 9.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 28 09:54 AM
3.4 32.2 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 28 09:51 AM
2.5 3.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 28 09:11 AM
2.7 1.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 28 08:55 AM
3.4 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 08:54 AM
5.2 30.0 MAP

USGS Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 08:54 AM
5.2 20.2 MAP

EMSC Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 28 08:54 AM
5.2 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Pacific Antarctic Ridge
Mar 28 08:25 AM
5.5 10.0 MAP

GEONET Manawatu
Mar 28 07:59 AM
3.6 15.0 MAP

EMSC Armenia
Mar 28 07:43 AM
2.9 2.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 28 06:06 AM
2.4 1.0 MAP

USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon
Mar 28 05:42 AM
4.4 10.1 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon
Mar 28 05:42 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon
Mar 28 05:42 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 28 05:39 AM
4.5 9.0 MAP

USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 28 05:39 AM
4.5 9.4 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 05:14 AM
4.4 34.4 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 05:14 AM
4.6 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 05:13 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 28 04:58 AM
2.8 12.0 MAP

EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region
Mar 28 04:50 AM
3.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Alaska
Mar 28 04:15 AM
2.8 7.9 MAP

GEONET Bay Of Plenty
Mar 28 03:25 AM
3.3 5.0 MAP

EMSC Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.5 48.0 MAP

GEOFON Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.5 3.7 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 28 03:15 AM
2.5 1.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 28 02:07 AM
3.1 5.3 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 28 02:02 AM
2.4 9.0 MAP

EMSC Poland
Mar 28 01:51 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Mar 28 01:46 AM
2.6 8.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 01:27 AM
4.7 20.5 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 28 01:27 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 28 01:20 AM
2.4 13.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Mar 28 01:16 AM
2.6 64.6 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 28 00:30 AM
2.9 3.6 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 28 00:20 AM
3.2 14.0 MAP

GEOFON Kermadec Islands Region
Mar 28 00:15 AM
4.9 33.0 MAP

EMSC Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Mar 28 00:13 AM
4.8 91.0 MAP

USGS Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Mar 28 00:13 AM
4.6 89.1 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 28 00:09 AM
2.8 8.0 MAP

 

 

Moderate quake hits Indonesia’s East Java

JAKARTA, (Xinhua) – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.1 in the Richter scale hit Indonesia’s East Java province at 06:09 local time on Thursday (2309 GMT on Wednesday), the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said here.

The tremor was centered at 129 kilometers southwest Jember city and at depth of 15 kilometers under seabed.

The agency did not release a tsunami warning.

http://english.people.com.cn/90777/7772934.html

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)

Alert level raised for remote Alaska volcano

The alert level for a remote Alaska volcano has been raised again after scientists found another lava dome has formed in the crater in the last week.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory on Wednesday increased the level for Cleveland Volcano, a 5,675-foot peak on uninhabited Chuginadak Island about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The status was raised earlier this year when the center detected two small, likely ash-poor eruptions through March 13, but lowered the alert level last week after 10 days of inactivity.

Scientists can’t actively monitor the volcano because there is no real-time seismic monitoring network on the volcano in the Aleutian Islands.

Authorities say sudden eruptions could occur at any time, and ash clouds 20,000 feet above sea level are possible.

http://www.sandiego6.com/news/national-world/144732955.html

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Volcanic Activity

 

Lava dome grows inside Anak Krakatau volcano – rattled by 438 quakes

INDONESIA – An active lava dome is growing inside the summit crater of Krakatau volcano. Our tour expedition leader Andi just returned from a visit and reports that the dome is now about 100 m wide, and has 2 main active vents that eject jets of incandescent gas. At night, the glow from the dome is clearly visible from Rakata and Sertung islands, and a continuous intense solfatara plume is rising about 500 m above the summit…..

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/view_news/7142/Anak-Krakatau-volcano-Indonesia-growing-lava-dome.html

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Radiation

Japan

nuclear reactor has fatally high radiation, no water –Tuesday’s examination with an industrial endoscope detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the chamber. 27 Mar 2012 One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool the No. 2 reactor, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant’s stability. Plant officials previously said more than half of melted fuel has breached the core and dropped to the floor of the primary containment vessel, some of it splashing against the wall or the floor. Particles from melted fuel have probably sent radiation levels up to dangerously high 70 sieverts per hour inside the container, said Junichi Matsumoto, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co……

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5izZXHoP17G8R-yOYb9RjczkhL1UQ

Japan

Fukushima Pref. deleted 5 days of radiation dispersion data just after meltdowns

The Fukushima Prefectural Government revealed on March 21 that it deleted five days of early radiation dispersion data almost entirely unread in the wake of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The data from the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI) – intended to predict the spread of radioactive contamination, information vital for issuing evacuation advisories – was emailed to the prefectural government by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The Nuclear Safety Technology Center sent the data hourly starting at 11:54 p.m. on March 12, 2011 – one day into the nuclear crisis. The Fukushima Prefectural Government, however, deleted all the data it received from March 12 to about 9 a.m. March 16……

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120322p2a00m0na012000c.html

California

Feds:San Onofre nuclear plant can’t reopen until problems fixed

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, citing serious concerns about equipment failures at the San Onofre nuclear plant, on Tuesday prohibited plant operator Southern California Edison from restarting the plant until the problems are thoroughly understood [?!?] and fixed. The plant has already been shut down for two months, the longest in San Onofre’s history, after a tube leak in one of the plant’s steam generators released a small amount of radioactive steam. Neither regulators nor Edison have said when they believe the plant will reopen. Since then, unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes…..

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/03/nrc-prohibits-san-onofre-restarting.html

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Storms

 

Tropical Storm Threat to Vietnam Late Week

A tropical storm could form over the South China Sea out of low pressure gathering east of southern Vietnam at midweek.

Torrential rain and high winds could reach the south-central coast of Vietnam by Saturday.

As of Wednesday, the center of low pressure was almost 500 miles east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-storm-threat-to-vietn/63364

 

Tropical storm could hit NZ next week

 

A tropical storm could hit New Zealand next week, a forecaster says.

Weatherwatch.co.nz said a tropical low forming 2000km north of New Zealand is set to track towards the North Island.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan said the storm could strengthen into a tropical cyclone before its predicted arrival in New Zealand as early as Tuesday next week.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10795115

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Solar Activity

 

Solar X-rays:Geomagnetic Field: >

Status
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From n3kl.org

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Solar System

 

ATREX EXPERIMENT LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT SKY:

Before sunrise on March 27th, sky watchers up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States witnessed a strange apparition. A quintet of milky-white plumes appeared in the night sky, twisting in the winds at the edge of space. “It was pretty unreal and very exciting to see,” says eye-witness Jack Fusco, who sends this picture from Seaside Park in New Jersey:

An amazing sky show created by the rapid-fire launch of five rockets from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. It was an experiment named “ATREX” to study turbulent winds in the transition zone between Earth’s atmosphere and space….

http://spaceweather.com/

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

 

Clintonville booms quiet down, frustrations remain
Residents still left wondering

by: Bill Miston

CLINTONVILLE – One week after noises and vibrations started waking and shaking residents in the small Waupaca County city, Clintonville experienced a fairly quiet Saturday night and Sunday morning with only three reports to police.

While there is an official cause on the books, (the United States Geological Service concluded Thursday a 1.5 magnitude earthquake shook the town shortly after 5 am Tuesday) some residents like Joanne Christiansen say rampant speculation is not helping bring normalcy back to their town.

“Everybody’s acting either like it’s a hoax,” said Christiansen, who moved back to Clintonville in October. “Or the people that are already here – that know that it happened – they have no idea. They’re very confused.”….

http://www.fox11online.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=16926

Clintonville booms quiet down, frustrations remain: fox11online.com

http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/north_counties/quiet-night-in-clintonville-but-residents-frustration-isnt

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Wildlife

 

Bird Species Endangered

One-Third of U.S. Bird Species Endangered, Survey Finds

Habitat destruction, pollution and other problems have left nearly a third of the nation’s 800 bird species endangered, threatened or in serious decline, according to a study issued on Thursday. Described as the most comprehensive survey of American bird life, the report, “The U.S. State of the Birds,” analyzed changes in the bird population over the last 40 years. Citing surveys by government agencies, conservation organizations and citizen volunteers, the report said that the population of grassland birds had declined by 40 percent and birds in arid lands by 30 percent. It estimated that 39 percent of bird species that depend on American coastal waters were in decline.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/science/earth/20bird.html?_r=1

Earthquakes

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 20 06:12 AM
2.6 9.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 20 06:07 AM
2.4 6.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 20 05:57 AM
4.9 30.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 20 05:57 AM
4.7 27.6 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 20 05:57 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Mar 20 05:44 AM
4.4 187.0 MAP

USGS Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Mar 20 05:44 AM
4.4 185.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 20 05:39 AM
3.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 20 05:32 AM
2.4 8.0 MAP

EMSC France
Mar 20 05:13 AM
2.4 4.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 20 04:56 AM
2.9 3.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 20 03:48 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 20 03:27 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 20 03:14 AM
2.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Nevada
Mar 20 02:32 AM
2.9 2.4 MAP

USGS Nevada
Mar 20 02:17 AM
3.5 3.4 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 20 01:46 AM
2.5 5.6 MAP

USGS Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Mar 20 01:42 AM
2.6 0.1 MAP

EMSC Georgia (sak’art’velo)
Mar 20 01:22 AM
3.0 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 20 01:05 AM
2.6 6.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Mar 20 01:03 AM
3.4 43.1 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 20 00:51 AM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 20 00:47 AM
3.0 7.0 MAP

USGS Nevada
Mar 20 00:45 AM
2.5 13.3 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 20 00:43 AM
3.0 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 20 00:39 AM
3.9 22.0 MAP

 

Nevada

(@ 3 km depth)M 3.5 weak shallow earthquake with epicenter located 15 km SSW from Hawthorne. Weak shaking will have felt by the people of Qualeys Camp, Wichman and Hawthorne region
02:17 UTC (local time Monday, March 19, 2012 at 07:17 PM @ epicenter)

 

 

Storms and Flooding

 

Australia

Townsville has been declared a disaster zone following a FREAK storm that left 60 homes and businesses with major structural damage. In the suburb of Vincent, the storm tore roofs from dozens of homes, uprooted trees and downed power lines. Many victims will be out of their homes for months. “These quiet suburban streets of Townsville have suffered a shocking and devastating event. Its force was obviously ferocious.” The people of Vincent were now facing a heartbreaking clean-up task on a scale not seen even after Cyclone Yasi last year.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/disaster-declared-in-townsville/story-e6frf7jx-1226305244197

 

Flooding in Oklahoma, USA

 

State Highway 16 in Oklahoma closed due to heavy rainfall. Flash flooding also reported on some Oklahoma City and Norman roads
About 1,500 customers Oklahoma City were without power for whole day

A flash flood watch remains in effect through 7am Wednesday for the following counties: Tulsa, Adair, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Labette, Latimer, Le Flore, Mayes, McIntosh, Montgomery, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Wagoner and Washington

 

Texas

 

A tornado reported in southwest of San Antonio  luckily causing no injuries

Tornado touches down in Texas, causing damage and injuries

(CNN) — A suspected tornado touched down in south-central Texas on Monday, the National Weather Service said, as a slow-moving line of storms brought high winds, heavy rains and large hail as it swept eastward.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/19/us/weather/

 

Strong storm hits Kashmir

 

More than 100 homes destroyed in Kashmir valley
Authorities have announced closure of all government and private educational institutions in Kashmir
Power outage since last night.
Some tourist rescued from Dal Lake

Karachi airspace temporarily shut down due to dust storm

 

Arkansas

 

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for eastern Sequoyah, eastern Adair, LeFlore and several counties in western Arkansas

 

Extreme Temperatures

 

Minnesota

 

White Bear Lake shook off the last of its winter ice Monday – it was THE EARLIEST ICE-FREE DATE ON RECORD for the lake, not at all surprising after ONE OF THE MILDEST WINTERS ON RECORD and 10 DAYS OF RECORD-SETTING MARCH WARMTH. “You could just watch it disappear. No snow, no insulation, lots of wind, and high temperatures.” The March 19 date for White Bear Lake was two days earlier than the previous record, set in 2000.
Ice had left lakes as far north as northern Chisago County by Monday. For many, it was also the earliest such occurrence, although few have records as long as White Bear, where the accounting goes back to 1928.
Lake Minnetonka, which breaks completely free of ice about the same time as White Bear, wasn’t quite there Monday. The record earliest date on Lake Minnetonka as March 11. That happened in 1878, the Year Without Winter.
Also ahead of schedule:
• Mosquitoes are out in the metro area – “pretty UNUSUAL for this time of year.” Dry conditions ought to keep the population down; rain could change everything.
• Lake Waconia went ice-free on Sunday, 25 days ahead of average, but six days later than the record-earliest date, set in 2000.
• Several species of butterflies have been flitting about, even in the Arrowhead, where they emerged last weekend, about 10 days ahead of normal. Woodchucks also emerged about two weeks early.
• Maple sap has continued to run even during recent warm nights. Sap usually either stops or becomes unsuitable for syrup-making during untimely warm spells, but the sap running now – although only 10 to 15 percent of what might be normal – should make good syrup.
• Shorebirds and other water-loving birds have migrated back to the metro area, slightly ahead of schedule. Many familiar species probably won’t be here for a while, because they either need insects to eat or wait for changes in daylight.
• Chorus frogs singing in Maplewood last week, well ahead of normal.

Arizona digs out from mega snow storm

 

The winter snow storm forced Arizona officials to temporarily close Interstate 40 and parts of Interstate 17. Both highways later reopened Sunday afternoon.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0319/Arizona-digs-out-from-mega-snow-storm

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