Tag Archive: Fiji Islands Region


Earthquakes

GEOFON     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     124.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     113.0     MAP

USGS     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     112.8     MAP

EMSC     Syria-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 23:38 PM
3.1     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 23:27 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 23:15 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.8     39.5     MAP

EMSC     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.9     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.9     32.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 22 23:05 PM
3.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 22 22:25 PM
2.6     2.1     MAP

EMSC     Pyrenees
Apr 22 22:04 PM
2.9     1.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 22 21:55 PM
3.1     51.3     MAP

USGS     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     591.3     MAP

GEOFON     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     590.0     MAP

EMSC     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     595.0     MAP

EMSC     Pyrenees
Apr 22 21:37 PM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 22 21:37 PM
3.0     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 22 21:09 PM
2.4     4.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 22 20:48 PM
3.3     85.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 22 19:54 PM
2.7     36.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 19:28 PM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 19:08 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 22 18:31 PM
4.7     368.0     MAP

USGS     Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 22 18:12 PM
4.6     85.7     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 22 18:11 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     La Paz, Bolivia
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.4     155.6     MAP

EMSC     La Paz, Bolivia
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.4     140.0     MAP

GEOFON     Peru-bolivia Border Region
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.6     134.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 22 18:01 PM
3.0     10.7     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 17:30 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 22 17:16 PM
2.8     18.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 17:14 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 16:51 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 22 16:18 PM
3.5     4.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 22 16:06 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Kep. Tanimbar Region, Indonesia
Apr 22 15:37 PM
5.0     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Tanimbar Islands Reg., Indonesia
Apr 22 15:37 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 15:21 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 14:28 PM
3.1     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 22 14:27 PM
2.5     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 14:14 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 13:58 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 13:58 PM
4.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:56 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 13:50 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 13:50 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 22 13:37 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:15 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 22 13:13 PM
5.0     180.0     MAP

GEOFON     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 22 13:13 PM
4.7     156.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.0     9.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:09 PM
2.5     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 22 13:04 PM
4.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 22 13:04 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 12:27 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.2     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.2     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 12:07 PM
3.2     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 12:02 PM
3.1     8.0     MAP

USGS     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.3     39.2     MAP

EMSC     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.3     34.0     MAP

GEOFON     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 10:33 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     South Island Of New Zealand
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.0     MAP

USGS     South Island Of New Zealand
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.3     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 10:01 AM
2.6     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 09:47 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu,
Japan     Apr 22 09:45 AM
4.5     24.5     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 09:45 AM
4.5     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 22 09:32 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 22 09:19 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 22 09:19 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 09:07 AM
2.8     21.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 22 08:59 AM
2.5     51.9     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 22 08:57 AM
2.6     27.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 08:46 AM
3.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 08:37 AM
2.4     17.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.4     20.0     MAP

USGS     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.4     11.6     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:14 AM
4.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:14 AM
4.5     88.0     MAP

USGS     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:13 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Guatemala
Apr 22 08:07 AM
4.1     67.0     MAP

USGS     Guatemala
Apr 22 08:07 AM
4.1     67.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 22 08:00 AM
3.0     40.5     MAP
USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 22 07:54 AM
3.1     6.5     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:50 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 07:26 AM
2.9     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:19 AM
2.8     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:09 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 22 07:09 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 22 07:06 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 07:05 AM
2.4     8.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 22 07:04 AM
2.5     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 22 07:03 AM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:01 AM
3.5     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 22 06:58 AM
2.5     9.0     MAP

USGS     Northern Alaska
Apr 22 06:56 AM
3.4     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:50 AM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:40 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Iran
Apr 22 06:38 AM
4.1     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:35 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:26 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:15 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 05:59 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 05:56 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 22 05:11 AM
2.6     11.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 22 04:34 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Chile-bolivia Border Region
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.1     137.0     MAP

EMSC     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.4     133.0     MAP

USGS     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.4     122.8     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 04:00 AM
3.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 03:23 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
4.9     2.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
4.9     11.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 01:54 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 22 01:11 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.5     344.0     MAP

USGS     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.8     48.9     MAP

EMSC     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.8     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:22 AM
4.2     20.0     MAP

USGS     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:22 AM
4.2     10.4     MAP

GEOFON     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:21 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 00:08 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Syria
Apr 22 00:06 AM
3.0     15.0     MAP

Sources :  USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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Volcanic Activity

  Current Emergencies
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
1 19.04.2012 Biological Hazard China Ningxia Autonomous region, [Touying township] Damage level Details
2 23.04.2012 Epidemic Hazard Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai, [Son Ky Commune] Damage level Details
11 22.04.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico State of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level Photo available! Details

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Flash Flood Kenya State of Rift Valley, [Hells Gate National Park] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard Taiwan Central Region, [ The area was not defined.] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Minnesota, Duluth [Edgewater Resort and Water Park] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Florida, Hillsborough Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard Australia State of Western Australia, Broome [Cable Beach] Damage level Details
  Today Vehicle Accident Japan Prefecture of Kagoshima, [About 2 kilometers west of Sata Cape] Damage level Details
  Today Flash Flood Kenya Rift Valley Province, [Hell’s Gate National Park] Damage level Details
2 23.04.2012 Event into space USA States of Nevada and California, [Reno-Sparks area, Carson City, Minden, South Lake Tahoe, Placerville and Truckee] Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Explosion Japan Prefecture of Yamaguchi, [Mitsui Chemicals] Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Accident China Municipality of Shanghai, Shanghai Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Accident Zimbabwe Mashonaland West Province, Kadoma Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Incident Pakistan State of Sindh, Karachi [Jinnah International Airport] Damage level

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Storms, Flooding

Destructive Snowstorm Targets Interior Northeast

by Jonathan Erdman, weather.com Sr. Meteorologist
Updated: April 23, 2012 6:15 am ET
The snow season “that largely wasn’t” in the Northeast will be “book-ended” by two destructive winter storms.

A heavy, wet snowstorm in 2011 downed trees and power lines, knocking out power to over 3 million customers in the Northeast just before Halloween 2011, in a storm dubbed “Snowtober”.

Snowtober 2011: Photos | A record-setter | #1 winter storm of 2011-2012

Unfortunately, another “Snowtober”-type destructive snowstorm will wreak havoc in parts of the Northeast kicking off this week. Let’s get to the critical details.
Click here to track current power outages

Read Full Article  and  Watch Video Here

Lakeshore Flood Warning

 BUFFALO NY

Flood Warning

SPOKANE, WA
LAKE CHARLES LA
JACKSON, MS

Gale Warning

CARIBOU ME
TAUNTON MA
CHICAGO IL
NORTHERN INDIANA
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
BUFFALO NY
SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND
GULF OF MAINE TO THE HAGUE LINE
GEORGES BANK...FROM THE NORTHEAST CHANNEL TO THE GREAT SOUTH
CHANNEL INCLUDING WATERS EAST OF CAPE COD...TO THE HAGUE LINE
GAYLORD MI
GRAY ME
CLEVELAND OH
ANCHORAGE AK

Freeze Warning

OMAHA/VALLEY NE
BLACKSBURG VA
GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
QUAD CITIES IA IL
MORRISTOWN TN
INDIANAPOLIS IN
NORTHERN INDIANA
GRAND RAPIDS MI
LINCOLN IL

Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

MOBILE AL
MIAMI FL
CHICAGO IL
TALLAHASSEE FL
 MELBOURNE FL

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Radiation

Is Fukushima’s Doomsday Machine About to Blow?

By (about the author)

opednews.com

Mounting troubles at Japan’s hobbled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant now pose a real threat to human survival. If the area in which Unit 4 is struck by another 7.0 magnitude earthquake, there’s a 70 percent chance that “the entire fuel pool structure will collapse” and massive doses of lethal nuclear radiation will be released into the atmosphere. The disaster would release approximately “134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at Chernobyl as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP).” Experts believe that the amounts are sufficient to “destroy the world environment and our civilization,” which makes containment “an issue of human survival.” (“The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4,” Washington’s blog)

The structural integrity of Unit 4’s cooling pool was greatly compromised by the earthquake and following tsunami which struck the facility over a year ago. At present, the pools are not adequately protected or reinforced, which means that a sizable tremor could “cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.” If such a disaster were to occur, “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,” says nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen.

Read Full Article Here

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr22


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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

NorCal Sonic Boom Possible Meteor Impact

Overnight meteor shower continued Sunday morning.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Apr 22, 2012  |  Updated 1:58 PM PDT
Possible Sonic Boom a Meteor in NorCal

This is from a very active Leonid meteor shower, but you get the idea.

People in Northern California and Nevada reported hearing a loud boom in the sky above the Sierra Sunday morning.

The Tuolumne County sheriff’s department said they are investigating the possibility that it might have been the physical impact of an overnight meteor shower. Some people in the Tahoe area said they saw what they believed to be a meteor just prior to the sound. Others said they saw a fireball streak across the sky at the same time.

People who live in in Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, Placer County, Tuolumne County, Amador County and Nevada County contacted our sister station in Sacramento. KCRA is reporting that they heard the sound just after 8:30 a.m.

The Associated Press reported the explosion rattled windows and shook houses from Reno to Winnemucca in Nevada, and from the Sacramento to Bakersfield.

Meteorologists in California and Nevada including our own Rob Mayeda said there were meteor showers Saturday night that could have still been going on Sunday morning.

Read Full Article Here

Inexplicable Earthquake Swarm in Canada; “Sounds like dynamite exploding.”

http://sheilaaliens.net/?p=539 “A New Brunswick town has been experiencing small earthquakes over the past month and residents are getting worried.”
source: http://www.globalnews.ca/video/natural+phenomenon+rocks+nb+town/video.html?v=…
Canada’s EQ Center:
http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/index-eng.php

And an interesting article by CanadianBusiness from today entitled
“Manmade earthquakes trigger government drill-down into possible fracking link”:

“VANCOUVER – A booming gas extraction process that has environmentalists all shaken up is being probed by two different studies to determine if it’s also causing the depths of Canada to rattle and roll.

The research into whether hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can trigger earthquakes is being conducted just as a pair of independent papers were released internationally this week suggesting they do.

The studies out of mid-continent U.S. and Britain found that shallow, man-made tremors may be linked to the blasting of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to break open rock to obtain crude oil and natural gas.

Experts and critics alike are waiting for conclusive results from home soil before suggesting industry practices should be altered.

“These are tiny earthquakes and they’re the variety that occur thousands of times a day around the world,” said John Cassidy, a federal government seismologist in Victoria, B.C., of the international findings.
He said mounting interest and unusual vibrations in British Columbia have prompted closer study at home.

“The idea is to be able to provide well-grounded science advice that can be used by regulators across the country for their decision-making.”

A four-year study was launched by the federal Natural Resources Department on April 1. With the aid of industry regulators and universities, it will seek to unearth whether fracking has inducing quakes in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Quebec, Cassidy said.

A provincial study is also underway in a region of northeastern B.C. called the Horn River Basin, where at least 11 energy companies are developing significant shale gas extraction projects. The study, being conducted by the BC Oil and Gas Commission with commercial co-operation, should be completed later this year.”
Read more: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/80131–manmade-earthquakes-trigger-go…

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Wildlife

Mass Dolphin Death Mystery In Peru, Authorities Blame It On Viral Infection

By Sreeja VN | Apr 22, 2012 08:14 AM EDT

Investigations are on into the deaths of hundreds of dolphins that washed up on the northern coast of Peru. Around 877 carcasses of dolphins and porpoises were found on Peruvian beaches in two and half months. Peruvian officials and environmentalists are trying to unravel the mystery behind the phenomenon.

No concrete reasons have been figured out yet but the authorities believe that it could possibly be a viral infection that may have killed the dolphins in huge numbers. While environmental groups in the country blame the seismic oil exploration work carried out by BPZ Energy Company for the dolphin deaths.

Read Full Article Here

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Articles of Interest

World — 22 April 2012
100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years (Video)

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan

As smart grid metering systems expand across the developed world, many are starting to ask whether the threats posed by the new devices, which officials promise will save energy and reduce end user utility costs, outweigh their benefits. In addition to documented health concerns resulting from radiation emissions and no cost savings being apparent, opponents of the technology argue that smart meters are violative of basic privacy rights and give the government yet another digital node of unfettered access to monitor and control personal electricity consumption.

Now, an alarming new documentary suggests that security problems with the inter-connected and seemingly convenient smart grid may be so serious that they could lead to a catastrophic failure of our nation’s entire power infrastructure.

In an interview for the upcoming documentary titled Take Back Your Power, Cyber defense expert David Chalk warns that our nation is in crisis. Not only are our smart power grids susceptible to hacking, but they may very well already be infected with Trojan viruses and back doors that will ultimately lead to disastrous consequences:

Read Full Article Here

4/21/2012 — Solar poles to flip next month (1yr early) — TWO north poles = Quadri-polar(???)

Published on Apr 21, 2012 by

update 115am CDT 4/23/2012: Per the Japanese.. last time this sort of thing occurred was about 300 years ago:

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/science/T120420005829.htm

quote the article:

“Magnetic field polarity at the solar poles will reverse and become quadrupolar in May, meaning positive fields will emerge in the North and South poles and negative fields will emerge on the equator, according to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and other institutes.

When a similar phenomenon occurred about 300 years ago, the Earth’s average temperature fell slightly. ”

Per the Japanese Hinode team (pronounced hee-no-day) — in about one months time — (may 2012) the suns north pole will reach a magnetic point of “zero” and then form into MULTIPLE positive poles — creating TWO solar north poles, and TWO corresponding south poles .. also.. this is happening a year ahead of the expected “nominal” time.

full website post here: http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/4212012-solar-poles-to-flip-next-m…

some are asking IS there a difference between .. quadri , quadru, quadra … quick answer.. no difference.. all are variants of Quadri … which means four in Latin ..

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/quadri-
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/quadra-
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/quadru-

thanks to jeorgekite:

http://www.youtube.com/jeorgekite

download the japanese pdf below his video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTdlI9bc4Mw

Here is the press release from HINODE Japan:

http://hinode.nao.ac.jp/news/120419PressRelease/index_e.shtml

Polar Field Reversal as observed with Hinode
19 April 2012
Naional Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ/NINS)
RIKEN
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science and Technology Facilities Council(STFC)
European Space Agency(ESA)

The polarity of the extended uni-polar magnetic field in the solar polar region is known to reverse every 11 years, and the reversal occurs at around the maximum of solar activity, which is expected to take place at around 2013 May (NOAA ).

High latitude magnetic fields have been observed with solar telescopes on the ground. However, actual process of the polar field reversal is poorly understood because of the difficulty of the observations on the extreme limb combined with atmospheric seeing effect. The solar optical telescope aboard the Hinode satellite allows us for the first time to perform extremely high-quality observations of the deep polar region of the Sun (Figure A). The initial discoveries include that there are many magnetic patches with intense magnetic field in the polar regions. Their field strength is close to that of sunspots, and their size is as large as small sunspots called pore.

The international research team led by Saku Tsuneta, a professor at NAOJ, has been performing the monthly polar observations with Hinode from September 2008. We here report the discovery that the average magnetic flux of the north polar region is rapidly and steadily decreasing during the period of 2008 and 2012 (Figure B). The reversal (from minus to plus polarity) is taking place in sequence from lower latitude to higher latitude. The average magnetic flux of the polar region soon becomes zero. The estimated completion of the reversal of the north polar region will take place in 1 months or so, about one year earlier than the nominal expected reversal time.

In striking contrast to the north polar situation, the magnetic flux of the south polar region has been very stable, and maintains the plus polarity (Figure C). These latest Hinode observations suggest that the global magnetic field of the Sun will become different from the normal bipolar configuration.

Observations of the polar magnetic fields are the key for understanding the cyclic solar dynamo. Their results will shed light on the origin of the solar magnetism, and will contribute to our understating on the Sun’s effect to the solar-terrestrial environment.

HERE COME THE GREEN POLICE: DHS LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE UNITS

04-20-2012 1:44 pm – The Rat – ConstitutionClub.org
Sleep well tonight, America. The ever-vigilant Obama Regime stands at red alert in its unflinching effort to protect you, your loved ones and life as you know it. From “climate change” and “melting Arctic ice.” Uh huh. The epic battle is on – and O’s Army is all over it – just like Dennis Quaid in The Day After Tomorrow. Where would our nation be were it not for Barack Hussein Obama’s extraordinary aptitude for keeping his priorities straight? Other countries should be so fortunate.

Not a minute too soon, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it is creating “environmental justice” units that will be empowered to oversee regulations in conjunction with local governments throughout the country. The framework for the Environmental Justice Working Group includes eleven federal government agencies, including the TSA, the Secret Service and FEMA. Go big or go home, right?

In its just-released Environmental Justice Strategy document, the DHS says the idea is to “include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities” and to incorporate environmental justice in “securing the homeland.” Roll that around in your head for awhile:

“Federal law enforcement” agents conducting “emergency response activities” in the name of “environmental justice” for the purpose of “securing the homeland.” The Green Police. Oh. My. God.

Lest you think these people are crazy as a loon, (which they are), here’s the official explanation from the Regime:

Our nation’s vision of homeland security is a homeland that is safe and secure, resilient against terrorism and other hazards – where American interests and aspirations, and the American way of life can thrive. In seeking to fulfill this vision, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aspires to avoid burdening minority and low-income populations with a disproportionate share of any adverse human health or environmental risks associated with our efforts to secure the nation.

What a complete crock of crap. Since when is terrorism a mere “hazard,” – comparable to environmentalist wacko-ism? The “American way of life”? As defined by whom – Barack Obama, Al Gore and the rest of the greenies? And – why must the Divider-in-Chief single out – as he always does – “minority and low-income populations”? And their “disproportionate share”? That “efforts to secure the nation” part is hysterical as well. How low of a common denominator are these people playing to?

The DHS document also lists concerns such as “climate change” and “melting Arctic ice,” despite recent reports confirming that the amount of floating ice in the Arctic’s Bering Sea “reached all-time record high levels last month,” according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. Then again, liberals never let facts or data get in the way of “securing the nation” according to their agendas, do they?

Memo to O: If you’re so interested in securing the nation, why do you continue your incessant efforts to divide its people? Why do continue your relentless drive to mortgage the future of “the nation’s” grandchildren – all for the self-serving reason of pandering for votes?

In the event that you missed Audi’s Green Police ad during the Super Bowl, it gave a glimpse of things to come – courtesy of the courageous Barack Hussein Obama – without whom, America may very well have been denied the Chevy Volt.

Hell, the O-man reduced NASA to little more than a Muslim-outreach program – why shouldn’t he straighten out the Secret Service, too? Besides, they’ve been somewhat distracted lately anyway.

I can see the television series now – a Maxwell Smart or Barney Fife character – riding a Segway – as he battles diabolical conservatives hellbent on destroying the planet’s environment. Must-see TV.

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Earthquakes

EMSC     Poland
Apr 21 23:47 PM
3.2     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 21 23:27 PM
4.6     524.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 21 23:19 PM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 23:12 PM
2.5     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 22:40 PM
2.4     11.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 21 22:18 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Bio-bio, Chile
Apr 21 22:18 PM
4.6     12.1     MAP

EMSC     Offshore Bio-bio, Chile
Apr 21 22:18 PM
4.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Nw Balkan Region
Apr 21 21:48 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Bosnia And Herzegovina
Apr 21 21:48 PM
3.7     12.7     MAP

EMSC     Bosnia And Herzegovina
Apr 21 21:48 PM
3.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 20:22 PM
3.0     6.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 21 20:01 PM
3.1     51.5     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 21 19:54 PM
2.4     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 21 19:51 PM
4.1     112.0     MAP

USGS     Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 21 19:51 PM
4.1     111.6     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 21 19:28 PM
3.3     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 18:24 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

USGS     Eastern Uzbekistan
Apr 21 17:58 PM
4.7     23.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Uzbekistan
Apr 21 17:58 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southeastern Uzbekistan
Apr 21 17:58 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 17:17 PM
2.9     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 21 16:23 PM
2.4     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 16:18 PM
3.0     8.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Atlantic Ocean
Apr 21 15:52 PM
5.0     17.0     MAP

USGS     North Atlantic Ocean
Apr 21 15:52 PM
4.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     North Atlantic Ocean
Apr 21 15:52 PM
4.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 21 15:28 PM
2.5     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia
Apr 21 15:27 PM
4.6     98.0     MAP

GEOFON     Banda Sea
Apr 21 15:27 PM
4.6     98.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 21 15:19 PM
3.2     6.9     MAP

USGS     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 21 14:29 PM
4.8     94.4     MAP

EMSC     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 21 14:29 PM
4.8     100.0     MAP

GEOFON     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 21 14:29 PM
4.8     94.0     MAP

USGS     Puget Sound Region, Washington
Apr 21 14:25 PM
2.6     2.3     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 14:20 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 14:18 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 21 14:11 PM
4.7     61.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Baja California, Mexico
Apr 21 14:09 PM
2.5     21.1     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 13:59 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 13:44 PM
2.6     28.0     MAP

GEONET     Taupo
Apr 21 13:41 PM
4.3     80.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 13:39 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 21 13:37 PM
3.1     0.8     MAP

USGS     Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 21 13:23 PM
4.7     51.0     MAP

EMSC     Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 21 13:23 PM
4.8     60.0     MAP

GEOFON     Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi
Apr 21 13:23 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 13:01 PM
4.7     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 13:01 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 21 13:01 PM
4.5     14.2     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 21 12:56 PM
2.8     78.8     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 21 12:45 PM
2.9     4.9     MAP

USGS     Southeast Of The Loyalty Islands
Apr 21 12:36 PM
5.2     39.5     MAP

GEOFON     Southeast Of Loyalty Islands
Apr 21 12:36 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southeast Of Loyalty Islands
Apr 21 12:36 PM
5.1     57.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 21 12:18 PM
2.7     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 12:11 PM
2.5     22.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 11:53 AM
4.6     28.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 11:53 AM
4.6     28.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 11:53 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Peru
Apr 21 11:36 AM
5.3     100.0     MAP

USGS     Central Peru
Apr 21 11:36 AM
5.4     90.9     MAP

GEOFON     Central Peru
Apr 21 11:35 AM
5.2     119.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 11:31 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 21 11:21 AM
2.8     113.7     MAP

EMSC     Montenegro
Apr 21 11:20 AM
2.7     2.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 11:10 AM
4.7     10.5     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 11:10 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 11:04 AM
5.2     60.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 11:04 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 11:04 AM
5.2     9.7     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 10:57 AM
2.7     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 21 10:07 AM
2.6     14.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 21 09:44 AM
2.5     8.9     MAP

USGS     Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 21 09:32 AM
2.7     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 08:58 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwestern Ryukyu Isl., Japan
Apr 21 08:45 AM
4.7     30.0     MAP

USGS     Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 21 08:45 AM
4.7     30.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 08:41 AM
2.5     31.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 08:25 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 08:22 AM
3.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 21 07:13 AM
4.6     29.6     MAP

EMSC     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 21 07:13 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 21 07:12 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 21 07:12 AM
4.9     43.3     MAP

EMSC     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 21 07:12 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 21 07:12 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 21 06:54 AM
4.6     28.6     MAP

EMSC     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 21 06:54 AM
4.6     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 21 06:54 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 06:44 AM
2.8     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 06:43 AM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 06:42 AM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 06:40 AM
3.0     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 06:13 AM
4.9     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 06:13 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 06:13 AM
4.9     34.7     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 05:50 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 21 05:43 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 05:40 AM
3.6     9.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 21 05:34 AM
4.4     607.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 21 05:34 AM
4.6     606.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 21 05:33 AM
4.6     597.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 05:29 AM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 05:25 AM
4.9     48.0     MAP

GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 05:25 AM
4.4     90.0     MAP

USGS     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 05:25 AM
4.9     40.3     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 04:15 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 03:55 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 21 03:55 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 03:50 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 03:46 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 21 03:21 AM
3.2     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 21 03:06 AM
2.5     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 02:39 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

USGS     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 02:39 AM
4.6     14.0     MAP

GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 02:39 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 02:28 AM
2.5     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 21 02:25 AM
3.0     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Apr 21 02:16 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near N Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 21 02:16 AM
4.7     87.0     MAP

USGS     Near The North Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 21 02:16 AM
4.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Near N Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 21 02:01 AM
4.3     35.0     MAP

USGS     Near The North Coast Of Papua, Indonesia

Apr 21 02:01 AM
4.3     35.1     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 21 01:53 AM
2.9     8.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 21 01:49 AM
2.8     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 01:47 AM
3.1     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 01:26 AM
3.7     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Near N Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 21 01:25 AM
6.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Apr 21 01:25 AM
6.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near N Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 21 01:25 AM
5.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The North Coast Of Papua, Indonesia

Apr 21 01:25 AM
5.6     27.6     MAP

GEOFON     Tristan Da Cunha Region
Apr 21 01:19 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 21 01:19 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 21 01:19 AM
5.0     33.0     MAP

USGS     Near The North Coast Of Papua, Indonesia     

Apr 21 01:16 AM     
6.6     16.0     MAP     

USGS     Near The North Coast Of Papua, Indonesia     

Apr 21 01:16 AM     
6.9     33.0     MAP     

EMSC     Near N Coast Of Papua, Indonesia     
Apr 21 01:16 AM     
6.6     10.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia     
Apr 21 01:16 AM     
6.6     27.0     MAP     

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 21 01:04 AM
2.5     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 21 00:58 AM
2.4     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 21 00:55 AM
3.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 00:08 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 21 00:05 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 21 00:03 AM
3.2     5.0     MAP

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Volcanic Activity

Taupo super-eruption secrets revealed

OLIVIA WANNAN

Last updated 11:13 21/04/2012

Lake Taupo

Lloyd Homer/GNS Science

CALM EXTERIOR: Research into the Lake Taupo eruption has thrown up new theories on the tectonic forces involved.

Taupo eruption

A computer-generated graphic of the Lake Taupo eruption.

One of the most intriguing unsolved cases for New Zealand geologists is the ancient Taupo super-eruption.

Victoria University PhD student Aidan Allan has found new evidence that explains how and why the volcano blew.

While the general public is fascinated by the magnitude – the event buried the North Island in debris, with the ash cloud all the way to the Chathams – geologists’ interest lies elsewhere.

They are intrigued because the eruption’s cause isn’t open-and-shut – while most super-volcanoes simply explode, with Taupo there was a short hiatus just as things got underway.

“There were breaks of weeks to months [in the early stages] and then all hell breaks loose,” Mr Allan said.

As geologists worldwide have to make the life-or-death call as to when an eruption has ended, it’s crucial to know why this super-volcano acted the way it did.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

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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

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Extreme Weather Saudi Arabia Capital city, Riyadh Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard USA State of Alaska, [Juneau area] Damage level Details
  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

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.

Read Full Article And View Video Here

Massive Avalanche Engulfs Pakistani Military Base At Least 120 Soldiers Buried Alive


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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr7 World Planetary Solar Update

Strong Coronal Mass Ejection


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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.”

Read Full Article Here:

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…..

Read Full Article Here

 

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…..

 

Read Full Article Here

 

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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?

Read Full Article Here

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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

Earthquakes

EMSC Ecuador
Mar 29 23:57 PM
4.7 73.0 MAP

USGS Ecuador
Mar 29 23:57 PM
4.7 72.9 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:50 PM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:45 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:29 PM
3.0 6.0 MAP

EMSC Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.6 55.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.0 22.4 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.0 70.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 22:11 PM
2.6 13.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 29 20:38 PM
4.8 54.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 29 20:38 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Mar 29 20:18 PM
2.6 17.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 29 20:17 PM
3.3 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 29 20:03 PM
3.0 115.8 MAP

USGS Washington
Mar 29 20:01 PM
2.6 11.9 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 19:45 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 18:36 PM
3.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Utah
Mar 29 17:22 PM
3.4 6.3 MAP

USGS Utah
Mar 29 17:06 PM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 29 16:51 PM
2.6 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 15:59 PM
3.1 5.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Mar 29 15:57 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

USGS Colorado
Mar 29 15:56 PM
2.8 4.8 MAP

USGS Atacama, Chile
Mar 29 14:23 PM
4.3 91.4 MAP

EMSC Atacama, Chile
Mar 29 14:23 PM
4.3 91.0 MAP

GEOFON Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Near S Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.8 12.0 MAP

USGS Near The South Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.7 18.0 MAP

USGS Seattle-tacoma Urban Area, Washington
Mar 29 13:20 PM
2.8 1.8 MAP

EMSC Kerkira Region, Greece
Mar 29 13:14 PM
3.1 2.0 MAP

USGS South Of Alaska
Mar 29 12:41 PM
3.0 27.2 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 29 12:37 PM
4.9 383.0 MAP

EMSC Strait Of Gibraltar
Mar 29 11:52 AM
3.3 5.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Mar 29 11:39 AM
3.9 55.1 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:28 AM
3.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:19 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

USGS Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.0 15.5 MAP

GEOFON Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.5 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.4 22.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 29 10:00 AM
2.5 2.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 09:29 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 09:08 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 29 09:00 AM
2.4 7.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 29 08:24 AM
2.8 2.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Mar 29 08:18 AM
2.4 24.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 08:13 AM
2.5 27.7 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 29 08:04 AM
2.8 40.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 29 07:37 AM
3.0 7.0 MAP

GEOFON Vanuatu Islands
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.7 253.0 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.7 216.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.6 208.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 06:26 AM
2.5 3.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Mar 29 06:20 AM
3.2 6.0 MAP

GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines
Mar 29 06:06 AM
4.3 591.0 MAP

EMSC Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines
Mar 29 06:06 AM
4.3 591.0 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 29 06:05 AM
4.6 230.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 29 06:05 AM
4.6 230.1 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.5 92.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.3 103.0 MAP

USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea

Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.3 102.8 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 29 05:15 AM
2.5 0.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 29 04:29 AM
2.7 8.9 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.9 30.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.7 23.2 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.9 33.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 29 02:16 AM
2.6 1.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 29 02:02 AM
3.3 141.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 01:21 AM
2.8 8.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 29 01:10 AM
2.7 12.0 MAP

EMSC Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.3 30.0 MAP

GEOFON Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Myanmar
Mar 29 00:23 AM
4.5 111.0 MAP

USGS Myanmar
Mar 29 00:23 AM
4.5 111.2 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 29 00:19 AM
4.5 70.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 29 00:19 AM
4.5 70.4 MAP

 

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Volcanic Activity

MONTSERRAT

 

For the first time in two years, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) monitoring the Soufriere Hills volcano noted unusual activity, with increased seismicity, accompanied by ash fall. Acting Director of MVO Roderick Stuart said the change, which was noted on Friday, is a break from a long state of pause, thus a reminder the volcano is still very active and residents there must always be cautious and aware. Stuart reported, “Last Friday we had the first sort of activity in the volcano in over two years. It generated some ash and because it was the first activity we had in two years, it was almost a precautionary measure that we closed daytime access to Zone C just in case this activity started something bigger,” Stuart told Observer Media. The authority also noted increased steam venting activity on the volcano and a new steam vent (fumarole) that appeared on the northwestern face of the lava dome behind Gages Mountain. Audible roaring associated with the venting were intermittently heard from the Observatory, 5.75 km northwest of the volcano. The seismic network recorded nine rock falls, 105 volcano-tectonic (VT) and four hybrid earthquakes. Additionally, two swarms of VT earthquakes occurred. Earthquakes in the second swarm were described as markedly larger than those in the first. Consequently Zone C on the volcanic risk map was closed until Tuesday when there was a decrease in volcanic tectonic earthquakes below the volcano.

 

http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=73144

 

JAVA, Indonesia

 

Our expedition leader Doni just returned from a visit to Semeru and reports that on 27 March, he and our group observed frequent explosions every few minutes, with many powerful enough to eject glowing bombs to produce small glowing avalanches down on the southern flank of the volcano. Semeru, the highest volcano on Java, and one of its most active, lies at the southern end of a volcanic massif extending north to the Tengger caldera. Semeru, a favourite mountain trekking destination, has been in almost continuous eruption since 1967. It is known for its regular ash explosions that typically occur at intervals of 10-30 minutes

 

http://mobile.volcanodiscovery.com/semeru/news/7319/Semeru-volcano-East-Java-frequent-eruptions-and-glowing-lava.html

 

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Storms, Flooding,Wildfires

 

Rogue Vietnam typhoon may trigger rains over NE

 

Thiruvananthapuram, March 30:

Tropical storm ‘Pakhar’ in the northwest Pacific has intensified into a typhoon of minimal strength and is aiming to hit the Vietnam coast soon.

The landfall could take place during the course of the day, according to leading storm tracking models.

The track and eventual landfall of ‘Pakhar’ could be of interest for northeast India in as much as some of the moisture could drift its way in.

This moisture might help accentuate the build-up over the region, which is already witnessing influx of the same from the Bay of Bengal…..

 

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article3261049.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

 

Pakhar Aims Rain, Wind towards Vietnam

 

An unusual late-March tropical storm has potential to send torrential rain and strong winds ashore in Vietnam before the end of the week.

Tropical Storm Pakhar, which took shape over the southern South China Sea Thursday, could landfall in southern Vietnam by Sunday.

Excessive rain and flooding could spread over a wide area along and north of Pakhar’s direct path. Damaging winds will be possible as well.

Thursday, the center of Tropical Storm Pakhar was within about 350 miles, or 570 km, east of Ho Chi Minh City, according to various official forecast agencies. At the time, highest sustained winds were reckoned to be at least 40 mph, or 65 km/h, with storm movement towards the west-northwest…..

 

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/pakhar-aims-rain-wind-towards/63401

 

NSW floods affect area the size of Spain

 

From: AAP

….The SES says about 20,000 people were evacuated from homes at the height of the crisis.

Worst affected communities included Wagga Wagga, Forbes, Gundagai, Yenda, Urana, Barellan, Hay and Darlington Point.

Many of these communities are now recovering but Mr Kear warned that floodwater will continue to move across NSW, with communities in the state’s southwest and northwest most vulnerable.

Evacuation orders remain in place at Maude in the southwest and Condobolin in the central west.

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nsw-floods-affect-area-the-size-of-spain/story-e6frf7jx-1226314122944

 

Severe weather threat today

 

Severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes looks at who is in line for severe storms Friday and the possibility of tornadoes.

 

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

 

Firefighters battle 15 forest fires in northern Spain

 

by Staff Writers

Over 500 firefighters backed by planes and helicopters battled 15 wildfires Wednesday in Spain’s northern Cantabria region amid hot dry conditions that fuelled them, the regional government said.

Eight water-dropping aircraft were deployed to fight the largest blaze near the town of Corrales de Buelna, a statement said.

 

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Firefighters_battle_15_forest_fires_in_northern_Spain_999.html

 

Family talks about close call from fire

 

A Colorado family narrowly escaped a wildfire that claimed their neighbor’s life. They talk about their ordeal.

 

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

 

Harrowing moments as family flees

 

Doug Gulick and Kimberly Olson and family escape from their home with minutes to spare from the Jefferson County, Colorado wildfire Monday. These terrifying seconds were captured on their cell phone.

 

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

 

Teen describes family’s narrow escape

 

13-year-old Kaleb Gulick recorded cell phone video of his family’s harrowing drive away from the Jefferson County, Colorado wildfire, and in this interview, Gulick talks about what it felt like in those horrifying moments.

 

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

 

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Solar Activity

 

SUNSPOT SET TO RETURN:

 

Sunspot AR1429, the source of many strong flares and geomagnetic storms earlier this month, is about to re-appear following a two-week trip around the backside of the sun. Although the sunspot has probably decayed since its heyday, there are signs that it might still be a potent source of solar activity.

 

http://spaceweather.com

 

 

Solar X-rays:

Geomagnetic Field:

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Status
Status

From n3kl.org

 

 

 

 

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
Status

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 Maule, Chile
Mar 25 22:37 PM
7.0 47.0 MAP

USGS Maule, Chile
Mar 25 22:37 PM
7.1 34.8 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile
Mar 25 22:37 PM
6.9 10.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Maule, Chile
Mar 25 22:37 PM
7.2 10.0 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu
Mar 25 20:45 PM
4.8 124.0 MAP

GEOFON Vanuatu Islands
Mar 25 20:45 PM
4.9 38.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu
Mar 25 20:45 PM
4.9 10.2 MAP

EMSC Costa Rica
Mar 25 18:33 PM
4.6 44.0 MAP

USGS Nicaragua
Mar 25 18:33 PM
4.6 39.3 MAP

EMSC Molucca Sea
Mar 25 17:07 PM
4.7 80.0 MAP

USGS Molucca Sea
Mar 25 17:07 PM
4.6 45.4 MAP

GEOFON Northern Molucca Sea
Mar 25 17:07 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 14:50 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 14:50 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 25 14:18 PM
4.7 562.0 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 25 14:18 PM
4.6 566.8 MAP

EMSC Fiji Region
Mar 25 13:59 PM
5.1 515.0 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 25 13:59 PM
5.1 507.5 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 25 13:59 PM
5.0 493.0 MAP

EMSC Kuril Islands
Mar 25 13:41 PM
4.8 80.0 MAP

USGS Kuril Islands
Mar 25 13:41 PM
4.9 84.7 MAP

GEOFON Kuril Islands
Mar 25 13:40 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 13:22 PM
5.2 60.5 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 13:22 PM
5.3 56.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 13:22 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region
Mar 25 12:38 PM
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EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Mar 25 12:38 PM
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USGS Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Mar 25 12:38 PM
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USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 12:22 PM
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EMSC Fiji
Mar 25 11:27 AM
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USGS Fiji
Mar 25 11:27 AM
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EMSC South Sandwich Islands Region
Mar 25 10:26 AM
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USGS South Sandwich Islands Region
Mar 25 10:26 AM
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GEOFON South Sandwich Islands Region
Mar 25 10:26 AM
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EMSC Luzon, Philippines
Mar 25 10:23 AM
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USGS Luzon, Philippines
Mar 25 10:23 AM
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EMSC Western Xizang
Mar 25 10:06 AM
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EMSC Fiji Region
Mar 25 06:43 AM
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USGS Fiji Region
Mar 25 06:43 AM
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EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica
Mar 25 06:30 AM
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USGS Off The Coast Of Costa Rica
Mar 25 06:30 AM
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EMSC Greece
Mar 25 04:46 AM
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USGS Greece
Mar 25 04:46 AM
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EMSC Central East Pacific Rise
Mar 25 03:59 AM
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USGS Central East Pacific Rise
Mar 25 03:59 AM
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EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:55 AM
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USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:55 AM
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GEOFON Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:55 AM
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EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:46 AM
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USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:46 AM
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EMSC Pacific-antarctic Ridge
Mar 25 01:05 AM
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A MAGNITUDE 7.2 earthquake struck central Chile today (yesterday local time), about 250 kilometres southwest of Santiago, according to the US Geological Survey.

Its epicenter was located near the city of Talca, about 215km south-southwest of Santiago, at a depth of nearly 30 kilometres, the preliminary report said.

Chilean authorities initially ordered people living in coastal areas between Concon and Lebu to evacuate after the quake, but later canceled the order.

Local authorities said one person was injured when they had a traffic accident during the earthquake in the Bio Bio region. Their condition was not immediately known.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no widespread tsunami threat from the earthquake, but warned that earthquakes measuring more than 7.0 magnitude could cause local tsunamis and that local authorities should be prepared.

The Maule coastal region in central Chile where the quake occurred has been periodically shaken by powerful aftershocks since an 8.8 magnitude quake February 27, 2010 that claimed more than 500 lives and billions of dollars in damage, AFP reported.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/magnitude-72-earthquake-strikes-chile/story-e6frf7jx-1226310014552

Large 7.2 Quake Hits Chile –

Tsunami Warning Issued

by Mitch Battros – Earth Changes Media

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Chile prompting an evacuation of coastal areas for fear of a tsunami and causing scenes of panic in an area devastated by a massive quake two years ago.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or significant damage, officials in Chile said; but authorities ordered the evacuation of the central coast of Chile — the same area devastated in 2010, when officials were criticized for waiting too long to allow residents to escape a tsunami.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.” Government spokesman Andres Chadwick said the Office of National Emergencies had issued the evacuation order as a precaution due to “observation of a certain intake of the sea.”

Recent solar activity may have contributed to this event. Watch for continued extreme weather events over the next 72 hours. This includes earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

http://www.earthchangesmedia.com/amember/plugins/protect/new_rewrite/login.php?v=-any&url=/secure/3247.326/article-9162532527.php

‘Widely felt’ earthquake rattles Hawaiian Islands

 

HILO (AP) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 rattled a wide area of Hawaii on Saturday but caused no significant damage or injuries, officials said.

The quake was “widely felt” throughout the islands, said Dale Grant, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency’s website received more than 600 responses on its “Did You Feel It?” link within an hour after the tremor.

Among those responses were more than 40 Maui residents who reported feeling the quake in Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Makawao, Paia, Kula and Hana.

The quake hit a little before 11:00 a.m., less than a mile from the tiny community of Honomu, about 10 miles northwest of Hilo, the USGS reported.

People as far away as Honolulu, about 200 miles to the northwest, reported feeling the quake. A dispatcher at the Hawaii Police Department said authorities received a “couple of calls” about the shake but did not get any requests for officers to respond.

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/559473/-Widely-felt–earthquake-rattles-Hawaiian-Islands.html?nav=5031

 

Volcanic Activity

 

MEXICO

 

The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last 24 hours the Popocatepetl volcano registered 33 exhalations of low intensity, accompanied by emissions of water vapor and gas. The body of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) explained that on Saturday one of these incidents occurred at 22:29, 23:21 and 23:56 hours on Sunday while they were at 5:14, 5:41 and 8:32 hours. In a statement, adding that Cenapred at 08:42 hours, an earthquake of low magnitude was followed by 96 minutes of spasmodic tremor segments, while the other parameters concerning the volcano remain unchanged. On Saturday night, there were numerous reports of incandescence material seen glowing in the mouth of the crater, though clouds made visibility poor for portions of the evening. The volcanic alert remains at phase two and yellow. Moderate exhalations are likely, some with ash emissions, sporadic bursts of low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments short and a mild glow of the volcano in the crater may also be likely. The Cenapred recommended maintaining the safety radius of 12 kilometers.-Cronica

http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php?id_nota=648293

 

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/intensification-of-activity-at-mexicos-popocatepetl-volcano-33-emission-events-in-24-hours/

 

‘Widely felt’ earthquake rattles Hawaiian Islands

 

HILO (AP) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 rattled a wide area of Hawaii on Saturday but caused no significant damage or injuries, officials said.

The quake was “widely felt” throughout the islands, said Dale Grant, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency’s website received more than 600 responses on its “Did You Feel It?” link within an hour after the tremor.

Among those responses were more than 40 Maui residents who reported feeling the quake in Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Makawao, Paia, Kula and Hana.

The quake hit a little before 11:00 a.m., less than a mile from the tiny community of Honomu, about 10 miles northwest of Hilo, the USGS reported.

People as far away as Honolulu, about 200 miles to the northwest, reported feeling the quake. A dispatcher at the Hawaii Police Department said authorities received a “couple of calls” about the shake but did not get any requests for officers to respond.

Earthquakes are common in the area, according to the USGS, which added that none of the recent quakes has had any noticeable impact on the continuing eruption of Kilauea Volcano.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement saying no tsunami was expected to be generated from the earthquake.

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/559473/-Widely-felt–earthquake-rattles-Hawaiian-Islands.html?nav=5031

 

Storms, Flooding, Landslides

 

Early storms fuel awareness as spring begins

 

The Associated Press

PADUCAH, Ky. — Recent destructive storms in Kentucky may help the public be more aware of the potential threat of severe weather as spring begins.

National Weather Service meteorologist Christine Wielgos told The Paducah Sun ( http://bit.ly/FQpaa9) that bad storms make people more aware of risks posed by the weather.

She said she doesn’t believe frequent alerts about possible severe storms desensitize people.

“People are more aware of risks because of some bad storms happening here and in their backyards,” Wielgos said. “The storms’ intensity and frequency are increasing, and people know it.”

McCracken County emergency management director Paul Carter said he thought awareness of storm danger had increased in western Kentucky since a tornado hit in 2011 in nearby Joplin, Mo., and killed 160 people.

“There were lessons learned,” Carter said. “We try to stay off the sirens to avoid complacency. We want to make sure there is an acute threat before we start setting off the sirens around the county. So far, that has been very successful.”

Carter said bad weather is always a possibility – twisters were spotted last week in western McCracken County and there was widespread damage in 2007 when high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through the area.

He said when bad weather strikes, people should “use common sense. If there is a possibility of a bad storm, pay attention to all media and rely on warnings.”

Wielgos recommended that residents get weather radios and that will give them warnings for counties to the west. Storms most often move from west to east in the area, she said.

Brad Jackson, a Radio Shack manager at Kentucky Oaks Mall, says weather radios are selling better this year than they before spring last year.

“Any time there’s bad weather, weather radios become the No. 1 purchase,” Jackson said. “Maybe we’re selling more this year compared to last because last spring wasn’t as turbulent. We’re definitely selling more weather-related supplies like batteries, flashlights, car chargers for phones. People want to be safe, and after the ice storm two years ago, maybe more people are taking precautions.”

http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/24/2124234/early-storms-fuel-awareness-of.html#storylink=cpy

 

Storms in US kill 31, death toll could rise

 

HENRYVILLE, Indiana: A string of violent storms from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes scratched away small towns and cut off rural communities as an early season tornado outbreak killed more than 30 people, and the death toll rose as daylight broke on Saturday’s search for survivors.

Massive thunderstorms, predicted by forecasters for days, threw off dozens of tornadoes, hitting the states of Kentucky and Indiana particularly hard. Twisters that crushed entire blocks of homes knocked out cellphones and landlines alike, ripped power lines from broken poles and tossed cars, school buses and tractor-trailers onto roadways made impassable by debris.

Weather that put millions of people at risk Friday killed 31, but both the scale of the devastation and the breadth of the storms made an immediate assessment of the havoc’s full extent all but impossible.

In Kentucky, the National Guard and state police headed out to search wreckage for an unknown number of missing. In Indiana, authorities searched dark county roads connecting rural communities that officials said “are completely gone.”

Susie Renner, 54, said she saw two tornadoes barreling down on the town of Henryville, Kentucky, within minutes of each other. The first was brown from being filled with debris; the second was black.

“I’m a storm chaser,” Renner said, “and I have never been this frightened before.”

Friday’s outbreak came two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South, and forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center had said the day would be one of a handful this year that warranted its highest risk level.

By 10 p.m., the weather service had issued 269 tornado warnings. Only 189 warnings were issued in all of February.

A total of 14 people were reported killed in Indiana. Tony Williams, owner of the Chelsea General Store in the town of Chelsea said a child and mother were huddled in a basement when the storm hit and sucked the 4-year-old out her hands. The mother survived, but her 70-year-old grandparents were upstairs; both died.

Two people also died further north in the town of Holton, where it appeared a tornado cut a diagonal swath down the town’s tiny main drag, demolishing a cinderblock gas station in one spot and leaving a tiny white church intact down the road. Officials also confirmed seven other deaths.

The death toll rose to at least 14 in Kentucky. In West Liberty, Stephen Burton heard the twister coming and pulled his 23-year-old daughter to safety, just before the tornado destroyed the second story of the family’s home.

“I just held onto her and I felt like I was getting sand-blasted on my back,” Burton said.

Kentucky State Police in Morehead said three people were dead in West Liberty and at least 75 were injured.

“All of the downtown area was just devastated,” he said. Samu said West Liberty’s hospital was damaged in the storm and some patients were being transferred to area hospitals.

Officials were having difficulty getting into the area to confirm the damage.

“We can’t even get into some of these counties,” said Kentucky Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers. “The power is out, phones are out, roads are blocked and now it’s dark, which complicates things.”

http://arabnews.com/world/article582542.ece

More Storms Slam Louisville Friday Afternoon

A line of storms that moved through the Louisville area brought strong winds that caused damaged to homes and knocked out power to about 12,000 homes and businesses.

A line of storms that moved through the Louisville area brought strong winds that caused damaged to homes and knocked out power to about 12,000 homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down Friday afternoon south of Louisville
Louisville Gas & Electric reported power out in multiple areas around Jefferson County.

Multiple television stations in Louisville showed damage to homes, including parts of roofs torn away, but officials reported no injuries.

Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman said students were delayed being dismissed while tornado warnings were in effect.

Oldham County elementary school students were being held at their schools.

The Shelby County schools released students 15 minutes late. The district said parents could expect students to arrive home 30 to 40 minutes late.

http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/More_Storms_Slam_Louisville_Friday_Afternoon_144078346.html

 

Twenty Killed in Ecuador Floods

 

Heavy rains in Ecuador trigger floods that killed 20 people and forced thousands from homes. (Video: Reuters)

http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/twenty-killed-in-ecuador-floods/C693F20A-BA65-4A92-86C4-2E394D002F03

 

Storms cause flooding but end drought

 

After enduring wildfires and drought conditions last year, rainfall in March has put north Louisiana on the path toward one of the wettest on record for the month.

The National Weather Service said this March is the 12th wettest on record in more than 100 years and may rise higher in the rankings before the month ends. This week brought heavy rainfall, causing some areas to flood. Among them was Natchitoches Parish, which suffered from high water levels, flooding and severe storm damage.

“The rain we have had since about November has effectively eliminated the drought,” said Keith Stellman with the National Weather Service. “Most of the water is back for now.”

Stellman said north Louisiana received more than 8 inches of rain this month, just a quarter of an inch shy of the record. The surplus rain may make the early summer months cooler, he said, and hopefully, keep another drought at bay.

The excess water may bode well for the summer months, but it has caused the Red River to rise and become more treacherous.

All of the public boat ramps in the Caddo-Bossier area were closed this week, according to the Red River Waterway Commission, but the river is still open to boat traffic.

“It’s not a safe place out there,” Ken Guidry, with the commission, said adding the ramps will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

The river is treacherous at the moment and the “pool stage” is over 14 ½ feet above sea level, he said. The river is expected to crest Monday, but that may change if more rain falls in the areas that drain into the Red River, Guidry said.

“We’re going to monitor the situation, stay tuned to forecasts and see how many flood reservoirs release up river before we make an assessment,” Guidry said.

There was no way to tell how long the river will remain so high, Guidry said, but it may rise even further if another storm breaks next week.

“We’re expecting it to be warm and dry early next week,” said Stellman, “but we may enter a wet cycle again after the weekend.”

He said Monday and Tuesday look to be dry with temperatures in the upper 80s, with the chance of rain increasing as the week progresses. There is a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday followed by a possible pattern change Friday that may mean even more rain, Stellman said.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120324/NEWS01/203240347/Storms-cause-flooding-end-drought

 

Extreme Temperatures / Droughts

 

Experts: Drought effects will linger after rains

 

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

HOUSTON

The economic impact of a historic drought that has parched Texas and other parts of the Southwest will be felt for years, with ripple effects spreading nationwide as agriculture damage adds to increases in food prices, experts told a Texas legislative committee on Thursday.

Texas had an estimated $7.6 billion in agriculture losses last year, the driest in its history. Crops failed, ranchers sold or slaughtered cattle they couldn’t afford to feed leading to the largest reduction in the state’s herd since the Dust Bowl, municipalities spent millions on stop-gap measures to ensure they didn’t run out of water and at least one community began trucking water into residents.

Food prices are expected to rise because Texas is third in the nation when it comes to agricultural production and the leading producer of beef.

But of even greater concern is the long-term, with experts warning Texas’ climate is getting hotter and drier. This drought, some believe, is only a preview of what the future holds….

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-03/D9TLOBG80.htm

Stubborn drought expected to tax Mexico for years

 

(Reuters) – A severe drought in Mexico that has cost farmers more than a billion dollars in crop losses alone and set back the national cattle herd for years, is just a foretaste of the drier future facing Latin America’s second largest economy.

As water tankers race across northern Mexico to reach far-flung towns, and crops wither in the fields, the government has allotted 34 billion pesos ($2.65 billion) in emergency aid to confront the worst drought ever recorded in the country.

The water shortage wiped out millions of acres of farmland this winter, caused 15 billion pesos ($1.18 billion) in lost harvests, killed 60,000 head of cattle and weakened 2 million more livestock, pushing food prices higher in Mexico.

The overall cost to the economy is still being gauged but Mexico’s drought-stung winter has been evolving for years and is expected to worsen as the effect of global climate change takes hold, according to the government.

“Droughts are cyclical – we know that – but they are growing more frequent and severe due to climate change,” said Elvira Quesada, the Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources.

According to Mexico’s AMSDA agricultural association, poor weather destroyed some 7.5 million acres (3 million hectares) of cultivable land in 2011 – an area about the size of Belgium. The federal agriculture ministry puts the figure at about half that.

That helped push Mexico’s food imports up 35 percent last year, a trend likely to persist through the 2012-13 crop cycle.

“There was talk of drought when I got here sixteen years ago,” said Ignacio Becerra, a priest working in the rugged town of Carichi in Chihuahua state, which has suffered massive water shortages. “This year, not even corn or beans came up.”

“Watering holes that never ran dry are empty. Without rain this situation is going to get even more serious,” he said…..

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/21/us-mexico-drought-idUSBRE82K1E520120321

Drought, high temps have DNR fire crews on alert

 

FOREST LAKE, Minn. – Our warm weather has been great to get out and enjoy but the heat and lack of snow this winter puts us at high risk for fires this spring.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) keeps a close eye on the weather and sets levels for fire dangers.

A lot has changed in a few days. A majority of the state went from a low fire risk on Wednesday to a high risk on Saturday.

Grass fire season has ignited a month early for firefighters from the DNR Carlos Avery Fire Base.

Smoke-chasers, as the firefighters call themselves, checked for hot spots Saturday after a grass fire charred 20 acres in rural Linwood on Friday.

The DNR used a helicopter to help contain the blaze which was started mistakenly by a homeowner…..

http://www.kare11.com/news/article/968171/391/Drought-high-temps-have-DNR-fire-crews-on-alert

 

Storm doesn’t ease Arizona drought

 

Spring arrived Monday night in the wake of a cold storm that added a late layer of snow across Arizona’s high country and ended a three-month rainless streak in Phoenix.

The moisture was a welcome coda to an otherwise drier-than-average winter, but it won’t do much to ease drought conditions that have deepened over the state in recent months.

“We’re calling it a drop in the bucket at this point in the season,” said Dino DeSimone, water-supply specialist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the federal agency that tracks snow and runoff. “It certainly will help. It will improve conditions in general, but the soil moisture has been so depleted, it won’t have a significant impact.”

The effects, if any, on fire danger are not yet known. The added moisture could delay the start of the season. But wildfire forecasters were already predicting above-average risks through June, so without more rain or snow, forest and range conditions could dry up again in a hurry.

The storm delivered its chilly punch in winter’s final days, exiting almost in sync with the official start of spring on Monday at 10:14 p.m. Arizona time. It was spring’s earliest arrival in more than a century, in part because this is a leap year…..

http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-news/2012/03/19/storm-doesnt-ease-arizona-drought/

 

Drought to send food prices soaring (Britain)

 

Soaring fruit and vegetable prices are set to pile more misery on hard-pressed shoppers this summer as London’s worst drought since 1976 spreads to much of the rest of the country.

The warning comes ahead of the publication of a major “call for action” from the Environment Agency tomorrow that will trigger hosepipe bans in London and across the South East from April 5.

A report from the agency is expected to say that the entire south eastern half of the country – from Yorkshire to Somerset – is at severe risk of drought after two dry winters in a row.

Planting of crops is already down by a fifth on normal because of restrictions on farmers’ water use.

The potato harvest is most vulnerable as it is a particularly “thirsty” crop, according to the National Farmers Union, but carrots, onions, lettuce and peas are also threatened…..

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/london/drought-to-send-food-prices-soaring-7562420.html

European Crops Damaged by Winter Freeze Now Face Drought

 

European wheat and rapeseed crops are at risk of drought that may further hurt yields after freezing weather last month destroyed some fields, analysts and forecasters said.

France, Spain, England and northern Italy got less rain than normal since the start of January, European Union weather data show. They will probably stay drier and warmer than usual in the next 30 days, said Joel Burgio, an agricultural meteorologist at Telvent DTN.

The 27-nation EU typically grows about 20 percent of the world’s soft wheat. A cold wave in February may have lopped 5 million metric tons off this year’s harvest, and a lack of rain might further harm EU output, according to Alexandre Marie, an analyst at French farm adviser Offre et Demande Agricole.

“The situation in Europe is alarming,” Marie said by phone yesterday from Bourges, west of Paris. “That will remain a factor of support for the market in coming weeks.”

Paris-traded milling wheat for November delivery was priced above the grain for December delivery in Chicago for the first time in the contracts’ lifetime on Feb. 7. Buyers now need to pay $261.86 a ton for French wheat, $12.77 a ton more than for soft red winter wheat.

“We’re already starting to see a market reaction,” Marie said. European wheat has gained on U.S. grain because of concern about frost damage to the crop, and drought is an additional risk, he said…..

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-22/european-crops-damaged-by-winter-freeze-now-face-drought

 

Drought: first desalination opens in mainland Britain as water bosses warn of price rises

 

More than one million people will be supplied with water from Britain’s first large-scale desalination plant this summer to help cope with what is expected to be a widespread drought.

Within weeks, the new £270million plant in east London will begin supplying homes with seawater that has been turned into drinking water.

More than 20million people are facing hosepipe bans after seven water companies announced restrictions earlier this week. Householders could be fined up to £1,000 for filling a paddling pool or washing their car.

Water companies yesterday faced calls to invest in reducing leaks instead of imposing water restrictions on home owners. According to official figures, the companies are losing 3.4billion litres of water a year to leaks, equivalent to 25 per cent of all water used. Thames Water admitted that its last hosepipe ban, imposed in 2006, resulted in just a 5 per cent drop in water use…..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9141282/Drought-first-desalination-opens-in-mainland-Britain-as-water-bosses-warn-of-price-rises.html

 

Aid agencies warn of impending catastrophe in Niger

 

THE British aid agency Oxfam says millions of dollars are needed urgently to stop a hunger crisis in Niger turning into a catastrophe.

It says some 1.9 million people are at severe risk and that number could rise to 3.5 million next month. More than six million of the population of 17 million need immediate help.

“All signs point to an impending catastrophe” and “the world cannot allow this to happen,” Oxfam’s Niger director Samuel Braimah said

He said Oxfam has received only €2.9 million ($A3.69 million) of the €15 million it needs to help.

Oxfam blamed a lethal mix of drought, erratic rains, high food prices, entrenched poverty and regional conflict that has brought tens of thousands of refugees to Niger.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/aid-agencies-warn-of-impending-catastrophe-in-niger/story-e6frf7jx-1226310192409

 

Solar Activity

 

Solar Flares Likely Knocked Military Satellites Offline
Solar storms earlier this month may have caused military satellites to reboot

 

By Jason Koebler

Despite being made to withstand radiation emitted from solar flares, a storm caused by the sun earlier this month may have temporarily knocked American military satellites offline, according to General William Shelton, head of the Air Force’s Space Command.

The energy particles associated with two solar storms March 9 and 10 may have caused what are called “single event upsets” on military satellites. “The timing is such that we say this was likely due to [solar radiation],” Shelton told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast Thursday. Although it’s impossible to tell exactly what caused the events—essentially a temporary reboot of satellite instrumentation software—solar storms are known to wreak havoc on satellites.

“We’re very concerned about solar activity,” he said. Military satellites are “hardened [to withstand radiation], but maybe in some cases, not every part is as hard as we would like it to be.”

That’s because building a satellite to withstand solar storms is costly, which is why NASA says commercial satellites are often most vulnerable. Yihua Zheng, head of NASA’s Space Weather Services at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., says each satellite is built to withstand a different level of radiation, and that there’s a “cost-benefit analysis” to radiation hardening during a satellite’s development. Most mission-critical military satellites are built to sustain short bursts of solar radiation. Satellites “can reset and come back online.” But if the solar storm is lengthy, the damage could be severe enough that the satellite’s software won’t be able to reboot.

“Most of the satellites are built for this,” she says. “They should be OK.”

In recent years, the military has become more reliant on satellites operated by the Air Force’s Space Command, Shelton said. “Space capability is integral to everything [the military does],” he said, “from GPS targeting and communications to incoming missile warnings for our troops overseas.”

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/03/22/solar-flares-likely-knocked-military-satellites-offline

 

2MIN News Mar23: US Tremors/Serious Weather, Solar Activity

 

 

400 Chernobyls: Solar Flares, Electromagnetic Pulses and Nuclear Armageddon

 

By Matthew Stein, Truthout | News Analysis

There are nearly 450 nuclear reactors in the world, with hundreds more being planned or under construction. There are 104 of these reactors in the United States and 195 in Europe. Imagine what havoc it would wreak on our civilization and the planet’s ecosystems if we were to suddenly witness not just one or two nuclear meltdowns, but 400 or more! How likely is it that our world might experience an event that could ultimately cause hundreds of reactors to fail and melt down at approximately the same time? I venture to say that, unless we take significant protective measures, this apocalyptic scenario is not only possible, but probable.

Consider the ongoing problems caused by three reactor core meltdowns, explosions and breached containment vessels at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility and the subsequent health and environmental issues. Consider the millions of innocent victims who have already died or continue to suffer from horrific radiation-related health problems (“Chernobyl AIDS,” epidemic cancers, chronic fatigue, etcetera) resulting from the Chernobyl reactor explosions, fires and fallout. If just two serious nuclear disasters, spaced 25 years apart, could cause such horrendous environmental catastrophes, it is hard to imagine how we could ever hope to recover from hundreds of similar nuclear incidents occurring simultaneously across the planet. Since more than one-third of all Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant, this is a serious issue that should be given top priority.[1]……

http://truth-out.org/news/item/7301-400-chernobyls-solar-flares-electromagnetic-pulses-and-nuclear-armageddon

 

2MIN News March25: Quakes, Planets, The Sun

 

Stories of Interest

 

Hippies head for Noah’s Ark: Queue here for rescue aboard alien spaceship

Thousands of New Agers descend on mountain they see as haven from December’s apocalypse

A mountain looming over a French commune with a population of just 200 is being touted as a modern Noah’s Ark when doomsday arrives – supposedly less than nine months from now.

A rapidly increasing stream of New Age believers – or esoterics, as locals call them – have descended in their camper van-loads on the usually picturesque and tranquil Pyrenean village of Bugarach. They believe that when apocalypse strikes on 21 December this year, the aliens waiting in their spacecraft inside Pic de Bugarach will save all the humans near by and beam them off to the next age.

As the cataclysmic date – which, according to eschatological beliefs and predicted astrological alignments, concludes a 5,125-year cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar – nears, the goings-on around the peak have become more bizarre and ritualistic.

For decades, there has been a belief that Pic de Bugarach, which, at 1,230 metres, is the highest in the Corbières mountain range, possesses an eery power. Often called the “upside-down mountain” – geologists think that it exploded after its formation and the top landed the wrong way up – it is thought to have inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Since the 1960s, it has attracted New Agers, who insist that it emits special magnetic waves……

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/hippies-head-for-noahs-ark-queue-here-for-rescue-aboard-alien-spaceship-7584492.html

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 05:31 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 141.860 GEO: Latitude 37.090

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake, Vanuatu Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 07:09 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 169.580 GEO: Latitude -19.060

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Vanuatu

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 07:36 AM

Depth 35.4 km GEO: Longitude 169.256 GEO: Latitude -19.159

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Vanuatu

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 08:21 AM

Depth 22.2 km GEO: Longitude 169.921 GEO: Latitude -19.247

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Fiji Islands Region

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 10:25 AM

Depth 615 km GEO: Longitude -178.570 GEO: Latitude -17.950

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 12:46 PM

Depth 224 km GEO: Longitude 145.380 GEO: Latitude 18.880

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Eastern Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 17:25 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 140.130 GEO: Latitude 37.030

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 18:19 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 142.160 GEO: Latitude 35.700

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 21:27 PM

Depth 71 km GEO: Longitude 112.970 GEO: Latitude -9.060

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, TARAPACA, CHILE

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 02:26 AM

Depth 87 km GEO: Longitude -68.790 GEO: Latitude -19.660

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EMSC

Series of Earthquakes Rumble Across the Globe

A series of moderate to strong earthquakes has rattled several parts of the globe including Iran, China, the Philippines and parts of the South Pacific in the past 12-24 hours.

There have been no reports of serious damage or fatalities from these quakes thus far and no tsunami warnings were issued for areas that could be impacted.

A similar earthquake earlier this week did injure 10 people in the Philippines.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/series-of-earthquakes-rumble-a/62578

Quake Hits West China; No Injuries Reported

An earthquake has struck the far west of China but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Friday that the 5.8 quake struck about 7 a.m. (2300 GMT) in the southern part of Xinjiang region.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/quake-hits-west-china-injuries-reported-15882190#.T1qpz7QycdQ

Quake researchers warn of Tokyo’s ‘Big One’

A year on from one of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history, Japanese scientists are warning anew that Tokyo could soon be hit by a quake that will kill thousands and cause untold damage.

Greater Tokyo, home to 35 million tightly packed people, has seen a three-fold increase in tectonic activity since the magnitude 9.0 undersea quake that unleashed a killer tsunami last March.

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Quake_researchers_warn_of_Tokyos_Big_One_999.html

Japan earthquakes over time

Figures compiled by the ABC reveal that since the massive earthquake in Japan a year ago the country has been rattled by more than five times as many tremors as usual. That includes 10 aftershocks of magnitude seven or greater. Using figures provided by Japan’s meteorological agency, the ABC found that there have been more than 9,000 significant tremors under and around Japan since last year’s March 11 earthquake. That compares with 1,300 for all of 2010. As well as 10 quakes of magnitude seven or greater in the past year, there were more than 100 that were more violent than magnitude six. Recent media reports suggest Tokyo has a 70 per cent chance of being hit with a major earthquake in the next four years.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-09/japan-earthquakes-over-time/3879910

Iliamna sees earthquake activity

Iliamna volcano experienced several episodes of increased earthquake activity over the last three months, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Alaska Volcano Observatory officials. One of the episodes is currently ongoing and is characterized by numerous small earthquakes.

The increase in activity may be related to movement of magma at depth and additional observations, including an airborne gas sampling and observation flight, are being planned to help constrain this interpretation, according to the release.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-03-07/iliamna-sees-earthquake-activity

Storm

Volcanic Activity

Bezymianny volcano erupts again

Friday saw a new eruption of the Bezymianny volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.

Earlier in the day, the volcano spewed ash up to 8 kilometers high, seismologists said, adding that the eruption does not pose a threat to population centers in the area.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_03_09/67945279/

Colombian volcano waking up

The Nevado del Ruiz volcano, whose eruption 26 years ago killed around 25,000 people, is showing signs of activity after nearly 20 years laying dormant, said Colombian geological group Ingeominas Thursday.

Early Friday morning, geologists completed an observational fly-over with the assistance of the Colombian Air Force, during which they photographed the Nevado del Ruiz volcano and noted “ash on the glacier, near the crater rim and on the eastern flank,” as well as a 4,500 foot gas column at the mouth of the volcano. During the same day a seismic tremor was reported along with an increase in sulfur dioxide emissions.

http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/22726-colombian-volcano-waking-up.html

Explosion detected at Alaska’s Cleveland volcano 

Mount Cleveland, located about 45 miles from the community of Nikolski, is isolated on an uninhabited island and — despite the volcano’s regular eruption pattern — has no real-time monitoring equipment. Cloud cover prevented visual observation or satellite imagery of the eruption. Officials said this was similar to eruptions in December, when small ash clouds dissipated quickly and didn’t affect air traffic.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/explosion-detected-alaskas-cleveland-volcano

Tropical Storms


In the Indian Ocean –


-Tropical cyclone 14s (Irina) was located approximately 455 nm east-southeast of Maputo, Mozambique.


-Tropical cyclone 16s (Koji) was located approximately 1065 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia.

SEVERE RAIN STORMS, FLOODING, LANDSLIDES –


Australia


 NSW floods: Worse to come, warns minister. The damage bill from NSW’s flood crisis is heading “way north” of $500 million and April is set to heap even worse misery on the sodden state. Communities remain on tenterhooks as a fresh wave of rain threatens homes and property in NSW’s southwest, central west and suburban Sydney. “Sadly we’re in a La Nina and the weather forecasters are telling me that April will be the worst that we’ve faced yet.”
The State Emergency Service (SES) issued evacuation warnings for people in Richmond Lowlands, Pitt Town and Gronos Point at 6.30am (AEDT). Several caravan parks on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, between Windsor and Sackville, were also put on high alert. “We are asking those people to start preparing themselves now for possible evacuations throughout the day.” Communities in southwest Sydney were also on high alert.
More than 1000 people remain in evacuation centres at Griffith, in southwest NSW, with the Murrumbidgee River due to peak again today. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of major flooding in Narrandera, southeast of Griffith, and the neighbouring communities of Darlington Point, Carathool and Hay. Flooding was also expected in Forbes and Bega today, with hundreds of residents in both communities already evacuated.


Residents in parts of Sydney’s northwest

have been told to prepare for evacuation as the Hawkesbury River floods. Parts of Australia are seeing some of THE WORST FLOODING IN 160 YEARS. Dozens of residents in New South Wales had to be rescued when they became stranded in their cars. Shops are short of supplies as locals buy up food and other essentials.


No ordinary downpour

wild weather swamped Sydney and the south coast in THE WETTEST WEEK IN NEW SOUTH WALES’ HISTORY. “It is VERY RARE to have such persistent, RECORD-BREAKING RAINFALL over such large areas of NSW and Victoria.”


EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT 

Canada 

Wednesday’s high was a RECORD-BREAKING 11.7 C.

Portland, Maine, hits RECORD-BREAKING 60 degrees

The calendar still says winter, but Maine is experiencing spring-like weather. The temperature climbed to 60 degrees Thursday afternoon in Portland. The previous high for the date was 56, set two years ago.


The UNUSUAL Weather is Creating Angst Among Maine Maple Syrup Producers

The RECORD-BREAKING temperatures and the possibility of more warm weather over the next two weeks is not a welcome prospect.

From Texas to India to the Horn of Africa, Concern about Weather, Water and Crops

Hardly a week goes by without new reasons to be concerned about the impact of changing precipitation patterns and mounting water stress on food production.
This past week, officials in Texas cut off irrigation water to rice farmers downstream of reservoirs depleted by the worst one-year drought in Texas history. Even with recent rains, lakes Buchanan and Travis remain at 42 percent of capacity. Farmers, who pay the least for water, will be denied their liquid lifeline in order to prevent curtailments to urban and industrial water users. It was the FIRST TIME IN ITS 78-YEAR HISTORY that the Austin-based Lower Colorado River Authority had cut off water to farmers.
On February 29, United Nations officials announced that the crucial March through May rainy season in the Horn of Africa would likely fall short again this year. The warning comes on the heels of last year’s drought, the worst in sixty years, and the devastating famine it triggered. Scientists analyzed data on rainfall, temperature, ocean currents and the strength of the La Niña before making their forecas. “This is not good news for farmers in areas which have been affected by agricultural drought in recent years. We must plan for the probability that rainfall will be erratic and there will be long dry spells which will impact on crop production and food security.” The forecast comes just weeks after the United Nations downgraded Somalia’s food crisis from a famine to a “humanitarian emergency.” Across the Horn of Africa, some 9.5 million people still require emergency assistance.
And then from India comes perhaps the most worrisome news of the week. Researchers there have found that India’s monsoonal rainfall, upon which much of the nation’s agriculture depends, is becoming less frequent and more intense. Scientists found that global climate change can cause departures from the historic monsoonal norm, which, on balance would lead to lower yields of rice, maize, cotton, soybeans, and other kharif (monsoonal) crops. During the rabi (dry) season, higher temperatures could cut yields of wheat, potatoes, and vegetables. The agriculture commissioner for Maharashtra, an important crop-producing state, says that farmers in his state already are seeing yield impacts that he attributes to climatic change.
Still another report from the last week casts a pall over California’s upcoming harvest. State officials found that the water content of California’s mountain snowpack is only 30 percent of normal historic levels for this point in the season. Officials estimate they will deliver only 50 percent of the water requested from the State Water Project, a system of reservoirs and canals that distributes water to 25 million Californians and nearly one million acres of irrigated farmland. “Absolutely, we should be concerned.”
These reports are snapshots of weather and climate-related warnings and in no way present a picture of the world’s food situation. But they are the kinds of warnings that now seem to routinely overlay already troubling global water trends – from widespread groundwater depletion to dried up rivers and lakes. What’s emerging is an interconnected web of risks, with the threads of water stress, food insecurity and rising population and consumption now magnified by extreme weather and climatic change.
The portrayal of water security in the U.S. intelligence community’s 2012 worldwide threat assessment clearly warns that “over the next 10 years, water problems will contribute to instability in states important to US interests.” It also underscores groundwater depletion as a risk to both national and global food markets.
But it fails to spotlight the potential for social and political instability stemming from the interplay of extreme weather, water shortage and food prices – even though we got a sneak preview of this destabilization in 2007-08 and again in 2011. The food riots that erupted in Haiti, Senegal, Mauritania and a half dozen other countries as grain prices climbed in 2007-08 are a harbinger of what is to come. Extreme weather in 2010 – including the off-the-charts heat wave in Russia that slashed the country’s wheat harvest by 40 percent, the epic flood in Pakistan, widespread drought in China, and the massive flooding following the decade of drought in Australia – caused an even higher spike in food prices in early 2011. Some analysts have linked the skyrocketing food prices with the violent protests that unleashed the Arab Spring. Climatic change and its impacts on the global water cycle guarantee that we’ll increasingly find ourselves outside the bounds of normal. The implications for food security, social cohesion and political stability are of the utmost concern both to our national security and our humanitarian impulse. It’s time to connect the dots – and to prepare, as best we can, for the new scenarios unfolding before our eyes.

Solar Activity

Exploding Sun To Fuel 1000s Of Super-Tornadoes

CONTRIBUTOR: TERRENCE AYM. When the sun becomes angry super space storms scour Earth. For the next 14 months the sun will be the angriest it’s been since 1859. The massive storms electrify the geomagnetic field, affects the Arctic vortex, and…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1864/381/NL/

The space weather storm that was forecast to be the strongest in five years has fizzled out

and ended up causing no impact to power grids or modern navigation systems.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/space-weather-storm-fizzles-on-arrival/story-e6frf7jx-1226294341602


Scientists say that the storm could still have adverse effects as it passes

“The magnetic field in the solar wind is not facing in the direction of danger. But it could change, into the early evening.” Although space weather scientists have seen no more significant activity since the solar flares that launched the current storm, scientists around the globe are still keeping an a close watch on the Sun. “The part of the Sun where this came from is still active. It’s a 27-day cycle and we’re right in the middle of it, so it is coming straight at us and will be for a few days yet. We could see more material. ” But regardless of its eventual extent, this episode of solar activity is a preview of what is to come in the broader, 11-year solar cycle.
“The event is the largest for several years, but it is not in the most severe class. We may expect more storms of this kind and perhaps much more severe ones in the next year or so as we approach solar maximum. Such events act as a wake-up call as to how our modern western lifestyles are utterly dependent on space technology and national power grid infrastructure.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337

Diseases

New strain of flu found in bats

‘And even though they don’t have all the answers yet, infectious disease experts say just knowing this strain exists is giving them a head start at creating a vaccine.’ 06 Mar 2012 The blockbuster movie “Contagion” showed just how easy it is for an emerging disease to spread across the world. Now, some say the cause of that fictional flu is at least one step closer to reality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking creating something new. It’s not the bird flu. Not swine flu. But rather, the bat flu. Researchers in Guatemala ‘found’ a new strain of influenza in bats and are now watching to see how and if it can transmit to humans. Bats are known to carry emerging diseases.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/health/doctor_jo/new-strain-of-flu-found-in-bats-03062012

Mystery Illness Kills Three in Maryland Family

‘We have to wonder if it may be a mutant strain of flu virus.’ 06 Mar 2012 Three members of a Maryland family died after contracting severe respiratory illnesses and a third family member is hospitalized in critical condition, the Calvert County Health Department announced Tuesday. Officials are trying to identify the illness that killed an 81-year-old woman and two of her children, both in their 50s, who cared for her in her home in Lusby. Another of the woman’s children is seriously ill at Washington Medical Center. “The first thing that comes to mind is influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “But when they’re a cluster like this, we have to wonder if it may be a mutant strain of flu virus. There’s been some concern about a swine flu variant.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/06/mystery-illness-kills-three-in-maryland-family/

Misc

As sea levels rise, Kiribati eyes 6,000 acres in Fiji as new home for 103,000 islanders

By The Associated Press

Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji.

Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/09/10618829-as-sea-levels-rise-kiribati-eyes-6000-acres-in-fiji-as-new-home-for-103000-islanders