Tag Archive: Hurricane Nadine (AL14)


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MAP  3.2 2012/10/01 23:09:57   18.014   -68.532 83.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  5.1   2012/10/01 22:55:52   39.776   143.189 37.9  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  6.2   2012/10/01 22:21:45   39.853   143.047 9.7  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  2.8 2012/10/01 22:04:33   18.573   -64.947 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/10/01 21:33:34   51.634  -177.375 10.2  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/01 21:16:51   49.443  -120.513 0.0  BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/01 21:02:44   60.441  -150.822 12.1  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  5.2   2012/10/01 18:40:52   36.959   141.059 6.7  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.1   2012/10/01 17:32:32   18.713  -107.151 21.3  OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO
MAP  5.0   2012/10/01 17:24:42  -24.588  -179.380 461.8  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  2.6 2012/10/01 15:01:08   18.042   -67.154 11.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP  2.8 2012/10/01 14:14:47   51.484  -178.135 5.2  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  4.0 2012/10/01 13:45:35   40.223   63.890 35.0  WESTERN UZBEKISTAN
MAP  4.6   2012/10/01 13:25:59   -0.554   97.488 10.0  KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA
MAP  3.0 2012/10/01 13:24:00   19.387  -155.896 7.4  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.9 2012/10/01 13:05:31   19.568   -64.376 5.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/10/01 12:55:37   4.401   127.108 10.0  KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP  3.3 2012/10/01 11:57:48   58.879  -154.917 118.4  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/01 09:56:04   19.667   -64.350 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/01 09:42:27   19.645   -64.394 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/10/01 08:43:52   38.545   55.603 22.8  TURKMENISTAN
MAP  4.6   2012/10/01 08:06:31  -30.791   -71.210 54.0  COQUIMBO, CHILE
MAP  3.2 2012/10/01 06:29:01   19.617   -64.254 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/01 06:08:39   19.760   -64.305 20.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  4.8   2012/10/01 05:17:57   35.956   141.359 42.4  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.7 2012/10/01 04:05:54   56.315  -152.141 9.1  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.6 2012/10/01 02:28:56  -43.500   172.820 5.0  SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
MAP  4.5   2012/10/01 01:36:26  -26.153   178.338 621.8  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  4.1 2012/10/01 01:32:33   2.155   -84.794 10.2  OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/01 01:19:08   62.015  -151.724 90.9  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/01 01:00:49   40.264   142.724 53.2  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

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6.2 magnitude earthquake occurs off Japan’s eastern coast

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6.2 magnitude earthquake occurs off Japan’s eastern coast

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that early Tuesday morning local time, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit off of Japan’s eastern coast. Originating from a depth of 9.7 kilometers (6 miles), it was centered about 96 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, in the northeast region of the country that was struck by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, 2011. There have been no reports of damages or signs of approaching tsunami.

In comparison from Tokyo, the 6.2 magnitude quake was about 550 kilometers (342 miles) from the capital city. Neither the Japan Meteorological Agency or the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued tsunami warnings or advisories on Tuesday as it wasn’t necessary. Geophysicist Gerard Fryer, with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says the quake was too small to generate any kind of tsunami, but the residents of northeastern Japan would surely have felt it.

The quake probably gave some frightful flashbacks to those of Japan’s Tohoku region who survived last year’s disaster. The tsunami disaster that took tens of thousands of lives and washed away entire coastal cities was caused by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake just over a year and a half ago, and led to the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years in Fukushima Prefecture.

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: October 2, 2012 07:48:57 UTC

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Volcanic Activity

Heard volcano (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean) activity update: hotspots detected in late September 2012

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MODIS hotspots at Heard Island during 17-24 Sep 2012 (Univ. of Hawai'i)

MODIS hotspots at Heard Island during 17-24 Sep 2012 (Univ. of Hawai’i)

MODIS satellite data showed hotspots at Heard Island volcano on 21 and 24 September 2012. This suggests that there was or perhaps still is some new activity at the volcano.
No further hotspots appeared on satellite data since 24 Sep.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Today Heat Wave USA State of California, [Great Los Angeles regio] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in USA on Tuesday, 02 October, 2012 at 04:35 (04:35 AM) UTC.

Description
Blazing temperatures are set to hit the Los Angeles area Monday as numbers may climb to the triple digits in several areas of the city. Officials from the National Weather Service predict temperatures to peak around 100 degrees in downtown L.A., 104 degrees in the Hollywood Hills and a potentially record-breaking 110 degrees in inland and valley areas. The projected temperatures are expected to match heat records set in Southern California in 2008. The combination of intense heat, high winds, and low humidity levels has even prompted the National Weather Service to issue Red Flag warnings, indicating a high risk of wildfires in both the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains. “Fire danger is expected to peak on Monday,” NWS officials said, “when record-breaking triple digit heat and widespread single-digit humidities will combine with very dry fuels.” The Red Flag warnings are currently in effect until 6:00pm on Tuesday. People are advised to avoid strenuous activity in the heat, wear loose light clothing and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages.

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Storms / Flooding /  Landslide

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 02.10.2012 Hurricane I 125 ° 102 km/h 120 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
Start up: 11th September 2012
Status: 28th September 2012
Track long: 1,296.94 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane I. 95 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 05:22:55 N 31° 24.000, W 38° 6.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 75 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 10:47:47 N 32° 0.000, W 36° 24.000 28 111 139 Tropical Storm 65 15 985 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 05:15:16 N 33° 54.000, W 34° 12.000 15 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 18 989 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 10:46:51 N 34° 18.000, W 33° 36.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 14 990 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 05:31:59 N 35° 48.000, W 32° 12.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 25 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
20th Sep 2012 05:12:41 N 37° 6.000, W 31° 24.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 60 9 990 MB NOAA NHC
21st Sep 2012 10:40:35 N 35° 6.000, W 27° 12.000 13 102 120 Tropical Storm 140 14 981 MB NOAA NHC
22nd Sep 2012 06:38:52 N 31° 54.000, W 26° 36.000 20 93 111 Tropical Storm 165 15 984 MB NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 04:58:41 N 29° 30.000, W 31° 24.000 9 83 102 Tropical Storm 220 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
30th Sep 2012 06:48:45 N 35° 36.000, W 37° 30.000 17 139 167 Hurricane I. 340 19 984 MB NOAA NHC
01st Oct 2012 04:38:54 N 36° 42.000, W 39° 24.000 11 139 167 Hurricane I. 230 16 981 MB NOAA NHC
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02nd Oct 2012 05:24:46 N 34° 42.000, W 38° 54.000 9 102 120 Hurricane I 125 ° 15 995 MB NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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03rd Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 34° 54.000, W 34° 6.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
03rd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 12.000, W 36° 24.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
04th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 36° 42.000, W 31° 12.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 44° 0.000, W 26° 24.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 48° 0.000, W 27° 0.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
Maliksi (20W) Pacific Ocean 01.10.2012 02.10.2012 Tropical Depression 305 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 5.18 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Maliksi (20W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 54.000, E 146° 18.000
Start up: 01st October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 290.65 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
01st Oct 2012 04:46:07 N 16° 54.000, E 146° 18.000 20 56 74 Tropical Depression 290 10 JTWC
01st Oct 2012 10:51:23 N 17° 48.000, E 145° 48.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 310 15 JTWC
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02nd Oct 2012 10:37:02 N 20° 54.000, E 142° 30.000 22 74 93 Tropical Depression 320 ° 19 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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03rd Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 26° 48.000, E 140° 42.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
03rd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 6.000, E 140° 36.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
04th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 12.000, E 141° 54.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 38° 6.000, E 149° 0.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 42° 12.000, E 161° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
Gaemi (21W) Pacific Ocean 01.10.2012 02.10.2012 Tropical Depression 170 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.57 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Gaemi (21W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 18.000, E 114° 48.000
Start up: 01st October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 70.41 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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02nd Oct 2012 10:37:35 N 16° 6.000, E 115° 36.000 7 74 93 Tropical Depression 135 ° 9 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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03rd Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 15° 18.000, E 115° 54.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
03rd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 42.000, E 115° 42.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
04th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 0.000, E 115° 30.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 6.000, E 113° 48.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 36.000, E 110° 30.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
07th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 18.000, E 106° 24.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC

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The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network

JAPAN – Typhoon No. 17 moved out into the Pacific Ocean from southeast Hokkaido via the Sanriku region early Monday after making its way across the country and causing at least 1 death and dozens of injuries.

A 56-year-old man was found dead at a rice paddy in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. The man was believed to have been swept away by a swollen river.

According to figures compiled by The Yomiuri Shimbun, 23 people in eastern Japan, including 12 in Kanagawa Prefecture, suffered minor or serious injuries due to the typhoon. Injuries, including falls caused by strong winds, were also reported in the Tokai and Kanto-Koshinetsu regions, where the typhoon hit from late Sunday to early Monday.

Airline disruptions continued Monday, affecting 8,000 passengers. Japan Airlines cancelled 54 flights, including those between Haneda and Chitose airports, while All Nippon Airways cancelled 16 flights, including those between Sendai and Itami airports.

Temperatures exceeding 30 C were recorded in many areas following the typhoon. The mercury rose as high as 30.7 C shortly after 10 a.m. in Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, with temperatures reaching 30.5 C in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, and 30.3 C in Nerima Ward, Tokyo.

Today Landslide Nepal Eastern Region, [Near to Kilbung ] Damage level Details

Landslide in Nepal on Tuesday, 02 October, 2012 at 03:15 (03:15 AM) UTC.

Description
An official in Nepal says a landslide has swept several vehicles off a mountain highway. Four people are confirmed dead and nine others have been reported missing. Government administrator Purushottam Ghimire says the landslide Sunday night swept away five vehicles traveling on the Mechi highway near Kilbung village in eastern Nepal. He says eight people have been rescued, four bodies have been pulled out and people remain missing. Details were still sketchy Monday morning but rescue teams have reached the area.

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Radiation / Nuclear

Today Nuclear Event South Korea Province of Yeongnam, Busan Metropolitan City [Shingori Nuclear Power plant] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in South Korea on Tuesday, 02 October, 2012 at 03:19 (03:19 AM) UTC.

Description
South Korea shut down one of its nuclear reactors Tuesday following a malfunction in its control system but there was no risk of a radiation leak, plant operators said. The 1,000-megawatt Shingori 1 reactor near the southern city of Busan was shut down after a warning signal at 8:10 am (2310 GMT Monday), the state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) said. “There was a malfunction in the reactor’s control rod, but the reactor is now stable with no danger of a radiation leak,” a KHNP spokesman said. It is the first time the reactor has been shut down since it began operations in February last year. South Korea operates 23 nuclear power plants which meet more than 35 percent of the country’s electricity needs. In July, another 1,000-megawatt reactor at Yeonggwang — some 260 kilometres (156 miles) south of Seoul — went into automatic shutdown after a malfunction.

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Epidemic Hazards /  Diseases

Potentially Dangerous New Malaria Mosquito Identified

University of Notre Dame entomologists are part of a team of researchers that recently discovered a potentially dangerous new malaria-transmitting mosquito. The as yet unnamed, and previously unreported, mosquito breeds in the western areas of Kenya and has an unknown DNA match to any of the existing malaria-transmitting species.

The Anopheles species of mosquitoes which transmits malaria in Africa is already widely studied by researchers. It prefers to rest indoors during the day and feed on humans during the night. Current malaria control programs, including spraying of insecticides and using insecticide-treated bed nets, are designed with these behaviors in mind.

Although the new species has never been implicated in the transmission of malaria, new discoveries in its biting habits pose a threat because it was found to be active outdoors and prefers to bite people earlier in the evening, soon after sunset, when people are not protected by current malaria control techniques.

Neil Lobo, a Notre Dame research associate professor and Brandy St. Laurent, a former Notre Dame doctoral student, joined forces on the team of researchers that made the discovery. y Frank Collins, Notre Dame’s George and Winifred Clark Professor of Biology, Collins was principal investigator of the Malaria Transmission Consortium effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The discovery was announced in a paper whose lead author was Jennifer Stevenson of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Climate Change

Ocean warming could lead to smaller fish size, study finds

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Changes in ocean and climate systems could lead to smaller fish, according to a new study led by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia.

The study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, provides the first-ever global projection of the potential reduction in the maximum size of fish in a warmer and less-oxygenated ocean. The researchers used computer modeling to study more than 600 species of fish from oceans around the world and found that the maximum body weight they can reach could decline by 14-20 per cent between years 2000 and 2050, with the tropics being one of the most impacted regions. “We were surprised to see such a large decrease in fish size,” says the study’s lead author William Cheung, an assistant professor at the UBC Fisheries Centre. “Marine fish are generally known to respond to climate change through changing distribution and seasonality. But the unexpectedly big effect that climate change could have on body size suggests that we may be missing a big piece of the puzzle of understanding climate change effects in the ocean.” This is the first global-scale application of the idea that fish growth is limited by oxygen supply, which was pioneered more than 30 years ago by Daniel Pauly, principal investigator with UBC’s Sea Around Us Project and the study’s co-author. “It’s a constant challenge for fish to get enough oxygen from water to grow, and the situation gets worse as fish get bigger,” explains Pauly. “A warmer and less-oxygenated ocean, as predicted under climate change, would make it more difficult for bigger fish to get enough oxygen, which means they will stop growing sooner.” This study highlights the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions and develop strategies to monitor and adapt to changes that we are already seeing, or we risk disruption of fisheries, food security and the way ocean ecosystems work.

 More information: DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1691

Journal reference: Nature Climate Change search and more info website

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Research reports climate change could cripple Southwestern forests

Climate change could cripple southwestern forests

This shows bare branches and rust-colored foliage denote dead and dying trees in Colorado’s Front Range. Credit: Copyright Daniel Griffin.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-climate-cripple-southwestern-forests.html#jCp

Combine the tree-ring growth record with historical information, climate records, and computer-model projections of future climate trends, and you get a grim picture for the future of trees in the southwestern United States. That’s the word from a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arizona, and other partner organizations.

If the Southwest is warmer and drier in the near future, widespread tree death is likely and would cause substantial changes in the distribution of forests and of species, the researchers report this week in the journal Nature Climate Change. Southwestern forests grow best when total winter precipitation is high combined with a summer and fall that aren’t too hot and dry. The team developed a Forest Drought-Stress Severity Index that combines the amount of winter precipitation, late summer and fall temperatures, and late summer and fall precipitation into one number. “The new ‘Forest Drought-Stress Index’ that Williams devised from seasonal precipitation and temperature-related variables matches the records of changing forest conditions in the Southwest remarkably well,” said co-author Thomas W. Swetnam, director of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. “Among all climate variables affecting trees and forests that have ever been studied, this new drought index has the strongest correlation with combined tree growth, tree death from drought and insects, and area burned by forest fires that I have ever seen.” A. Park Williams of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico is the lead author of the paper, “Temperature as a potent driver of regional forest drought stress and tree mortality.” Six of the paper’s 15 authors are at the UA. A complete list of authors is at the bottom of this release. To figure out which climate variables affect forests, the researchers aligned some 13,000 tree core samples with known temperature and moisture data. The team also blended in events known from tree-ring, archaeological and other paleorecords, such as the late 1200s megadrought that drove the ancient Pueblo Indians out of longtime settlements such as those at Mesa Verde, Colo. By comparing the tree-ring record to climate data collected in the Southwest since the late 1800s, the scientists identified two climate variables that estimate annual southwestern tree-growth variability with exceptional accuracy: total winter precipitation and average summer-fall atmospheric evaporative demand, a measure of the overall dryness of the environment.
Williams said, “Atmospheric evaporative demand is primarily driven by temperature. When air is warmer, it can hold more water vapor, thus increasing the pace at which soil and plants dry out. The air literally sucks the moisture out of the soil and plants.” Finding that summer-fall atmospheric evaporative demand is just as important as winter precipitation has critical implications for the future of southwestern forests, he said.

Climate change could cripple southwestern forests

This Douglas-fir sample from the Southwest has annual tree rings dating back to the year 1527. The narrowing of the rings that formed from the 1560s through the 1590s indicates that the tree grew little during the 16th century megadrought. Credit: Copyright Daniel Griffin. These trends, the researchers noted, are already occurring in the Southwest, where temperatures generally have been increasing for the past century and are expected to continue to do so because of accumulating greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. There still will be wet winters, but increased frequency of warmer summers will put more stress on trees and limit their growth after wet winters, the study reports. “We can use the past to learn about the future,” Williams said. “For example, satellite fire data from the past 30 years show that there has been a strong and exponential relationship between the regional tree-ring drought-stress record and the area of southwestern forests killed by wildfire each year. This suggests that if drought intensifies, we can expect forests not only to grow more slowly, but also to die more quickly.” The study points out that very large and severe wildfires, bark-beetle outbreaks and a doubling of the proportion of dead trees in response to early 21st-century warmth and drought conditions are evidence that a transition of southwestern forest landscapes toward more open and drought-tolerant ecosystems may already be underway. And while 2000s drought conditions have been severe, the regional tree-ring record indicates there have been substantially stronger megadrought events during the past 1,000 years. The strongest megadrought occurred during the second half of the 1200s and is believed to have played an important role in the abandonment of ancient Puebloan cultural centers throughout the Southwest. The most recent megadrought occurred in the late 1500s and appears to have been strong enough to kill many trees in the Southwest. “When we look at our tree-ring record, we see this huge dip in the 1580s when all the tree rings are really tiny,” Williams said. “Following the 1500s megadrought, tree rings get wider, and there was a major boom in new trees. Nearly all trees we see in the Southwest today were established after the late-1500s drought, even though the species we evaluated can easily live longer than 400 years. So that event is a benchmark for us today. If forest drought stress exceeds late 1500 levels, we expect that a lot of trees are going to be dying.” Will future forest drought-stress levels reach or exceed those of the megadroughts of the 1200s and 1500s? Using climate-model projections, the team projected that such megadrought-type forest drought-stress conditions will be exceeded regularly by the 2050s. If climate-model projections are correct, forest drought-stress levels during even the wettest and coolest years of the late 21st century will be more severe than the driest, warmest years of the previous megadroughts. The study forecasts that during the second half of this century, about 80 percent of years will exceed megadrought levels. The current drought, which began in 2000, is a natural case study about what to expect from projected climate scenarios. While average winter precipitation totals in the Southwest have not been exceptionally low, average summer-fall evaporative demand is the highest on record. And trees, Williams says, are paying the price. The team concluded forest drought stress during more than 30 percent of the past 13 years, including 2011 and 2012, matched or exceeded the megadrought-type levels of the 1200s and 1500s. The only other 13-year periods when megadrought-type conditions were reached with such frequencies in the past 1,000 years were during the megadroughts themselves. UA co-author Daniel Griffin said, “This research is distinctly different from work done in a similar vein in two ways: One, it puts these projections for the future in a concrete historical context, and two, it shows that the impacts on the forests will not be restricted to one species or one site at low elevation, but in fact will take place at forests across the landscape.” Griffin is a doctoral candidate in the UA School of Geography and Development. Co-author Craig D. Allen, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said, “Consistent with many other recent studies, these findings provide compelling additional evidence of emerging global risks of amplified drought-induced tree mortality and extensive forest die-off as the planet warms.” More information: The article, “Temperature as a potent driver of regional forest drought stress and tree mortality,” is written by A. Park Williams (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Craig D. Allen (U.S. Geological Survey), Alison K. Macalady (University of Arizona), Daniel Griffin (UA), Connie A. Woodhouse (UA), David M. Meko (UA), Thomas W. Swetnam (UA), Sara A. Rauscher (LANL), Richard Seager (Columbia Univ.), Henri D. Grissino-Mayer (Univ. of Tennessee), Jeffrey S. Dean (UA), Edward R. Cook (Columbia Univ.), Chandana Gangodagamage (LANL), Michael Cai (LANL) and Nate G. McDowell (LANL).

Journal reference: Nature Climate Change search and more info website

Provided by University of Arizona search and more info website

Extreme climate change linked to early animal evolution

by Staff Writers
Riverside, CA (SPX)


This photo shows researchers studying exposures of the Doushanto Formation. Located in China, the formation is most notable for its scientific contributions in the hunt for Precambrian life. Credit: M. Kennedy.

An international team of scientists, including geochemists from the University of California, Riverside, has uncovered new evidence linking extreme climate change, oxygen rise, and early animal evolution.

A dramatic rise in atmospheric oxygen levels has long been speculated as the trigger for early animal evolution. While the direct cause-and-effect relationships between animal and environmental evolution remain topics of intense debate, all this research has been hampered by the lack of direct evidence for an oxygen increase coincident with the appearance of the earliest animals – until now.

In the Sept. 27 issue of the journal Nature, the research team, led by scientists at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, offers the first evidence of a direct link between trends in early animal diversity and shifts in Earth system processes.

The fossil record shows a marked increase in animal and algae fossils roughly 635 million years ago. An analysis of organic-rich rocks from South China points to a sudden spike in oceanic oxygen levels at this time – in the wake of severe glaciation. The new evidence pre-dates previous estimates of a life-sustaining oxygenation event by more than 50 million years.

“This work provides the first real evidence for a long speculated change in oxygen levels in the aftermath of the most severe climatic event in Earth’s history – one of the so-called ‘Snowball Earth’ glaciations,” said Timothy Lyons, a professor of biogeochemistry at UC Riverside.

The research team analyzed concentrations of trace metals and sulfur isotopes, which are tracers of early oxygen levels, in mudstone collected from the Doushantuo Formation in South China. The team found spikes in concentrations of the trace metals, denoting higher oxygen levels in seawater on a global scale.

“We found levels of molybdenum and vanadium in the Doushantuo Formation mudstones that necessitate that the global ocean was well ventilated. This well-oxygenated ocean was the environmental backdrop for early animal diversification,” said Noah Planavsky, a former UCR graduate student in Lyons’s lab now at CalTech.

The high element concentrations found in the South China rocks are comparable to modern ocean sediments and point to a substantial oxygen increase in the ocean-atmosphere system around 635 million years ago.

According to the researchers, the oxygen rise is likely due to increased organic carbon burial, a result of more nutrient availability following the extreme cold climate of the ‘Snowball Earth’ glaciation when ice shrouded much of Earth’s surface.

Lyons and Planavsky argued in research published earlier in the journal Nature that a nutrient surplus associated with the extensive glaciations may have initiated intense carbon burial and oxygenation. Burial of organic carbon – from photosynthetic organisms – in ocean sediments would result in the release of vast amounts of oxygen into the ocean-atmosphere system.

“We are delighted that the new metal data from the South China shale seem to be confirming these hypothesized events,” Lyons said.

The joint research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the NASA Exobiology Program, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Besides Lyons and Planavsky, the research team includes Swapan K. Sahoo (first author of the research paper) and Ganqing Jiang (principal investigator of the study) of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Brian Kendall and Ariel D. Anbar of Arizona State University; Xinqiang Wang and Xiaoying Shi of the China University of Geosciences (Beijing); and UCR alumnus Clint Scott of United States Geological Survey.

Related Links
University of California – Riverside
Climate Science News – Modeling, Mitigation Adaptation

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Solar Activity

2MIN News October 1. 2012: 7.4 Quake & Strong(G3) Magnetic Storm

ublished on Oct 1, 2012 by Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

TODAY’S LINKS
Typhoon Flings Car: http://www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/must-see-typhoo…

REPEAT LINKS
Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos – as seen from earth]

SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT – as seen from earth]

Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI – as seen from the side]

SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it… trust me]

SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can’t figure out what this one is for?]

BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

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Space

  Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 RH10) 03rd October 2012 1 day(s) 0.1260 49.0 98 m – 220 m 12.90 km/s 46440 km/h
(2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 7 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
(1994 EK) 14th October 2012 12 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
(2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
(2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 16 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

Today Biological Hazard USA MultiStates, [States of North Carolina and Tennessee] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 02 October, 2012 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.

Description
A dozen people have been sickened and two have died after an outbreak of fungal meningitis tied to injections given at outpatient surgical centers in Tennessee and North Carolina, health officials said. At least 737 people who received lumbar epidural steroid injections between July 30 and Sept. 20 have been notified of the cluster of rare aspergillus meningitis infections, which attack the central nervous system, said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aspergillus is a mold present in the environment, and the meningitis is not related to the more common bacterial or viral types of meningitis. “The main thing is that it’s not transmissible person-to-person,” said Allen. Federal, state and local health officials are investigating the source of the outbreak. Eleven of the victims received injections at the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center in Nashville. Another patient received an injection at an unidentified clinic in North Carolina. The Tennessee clinic was closed Sept. 20 and has been shuttered until further notice, officials said. The patients were older people, between the ages of 40 and 80, who were receiving the steroid injections as treatment for musculoskeletal disorders, said Woody McMillin, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Health. Neither federal nor state health officials would identify the brand of epidural steroids given to the patients nor the manufacturer of the drugs. Asked whether the drugs themselves could have been contaminated, McMillin said that’s one possibility. “Right now, we’re not taking anything off the table,” he said. Erica Jefferson, a spokeswoman for the federal Food and Drug Administration, said that it’s too soon to speculate about that because the investigation is still “evolving.” Meningitis caused by aspergillus is very rare, according to the Journal of Microbiology. Symptoms often include a fever and headache that might be present for weeks before a diagnosis is made.
Biohazard name: Meningitis (fungal)
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
Today HAZMAT USA State of Nebraska, Lincoln [Near to 56th and Highway 2] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 02 October, 2012 at 03:09 (03:09 AM) UTC.

Description
Nuclear waste travels through Nebraska almost daily. On Saturday, a bit of scare here in Lincoln. Officials say the incident at 56th and Highway 2 could have been worse. The truck was carrying low-level waste, but thankfully it didn’t end up causing any harm. Emergency vehicles swarm a flatbed semi Saturday after it stopped too quickly, causing its load to shift, it happened near 56th and Highway 2. That load contained low-level nuclear waste. “The public should stay away from anything labeled radioactive material,” Environmental Health Specialist Ralph Martin said. Ralph Martin is an Environmental Health Specialist who works closely on these types of events. He says in this instance, the low-level waste never left its container, which was a very good thing. “Well, anytime you have radioactive material in a place it’s not meant to be, you would have concern. The levels of this material would be unlikely that anybody could be injured,” Martin said. So we asked the question, what exactly is low-level Nuclear waste? Here’s how the U.S. Nuclear regulatory commission defines it. Items that have been contaminated with radioactive material or that have been exposed to radiation. These items usually include shoe covers and clothing, rags, equipment and syringes. The radioactivity of the items ranges from levels found in nature, to sometimes, highly radioactive. Martin says items like these travel through Nebraska almost daily. But don’t be alarmed, he says, there are strict rules when it comes to transporting it. Low-level waste is usually stored and stabilized in solid containers. Once the radioactivity wears off, officials say it can then be taken to your typical landfill or trash site.

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Articles of Interest

Earth is undergoing true polar wander, scientists say

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Scientists developed a computer model to identify four possible instances of true polar wander in the past. And, they say, true polar wander is happening now.

Scientists based in Germany and Norway today published new results about a geophysical theory known as true polar wander. That is a drifting of Earth’s solid exterior – an actual change in latitude for some land masses – relative to our planet’s rotation axis. These scientists used hotspots in Earth’s mantle as part of a computer model, which they say is accurate for the past 120 million years, to identify four possible instances of true polar wander in the past. And, they say, true polar wander is happening now. These scientists published their results in the Journal for Geophysical Research today (October 1, 2012).

The scientists – including Pavel V. Doubrovine and Trond H. Torsvik of the University of Oslo, and Bernhard Steinberger of the Helmholtz Center in Potsdam, Germany – established what they believe is a stable reference frame for tracking true polar wander. Based on this reference frame, they say that twice – from 90 to 40 million years ago – the solid Earth traveled back and forth by nearly 9 degrees with respect to our planet’s axis of rotation. What’s more, for the past 40 million years, the Earth’s solid outer layers have been slowly rotating at a rate of 0.2 degrees every million years, according to these scientists.

Diagram showing solid-body rotation of the Earth with respect to a stationary spin axis due to true polar wander. This diagram is greatly exaggerated. According to Doubrovine and his team, Earth’s solid outer layers have been slowly rotating at a rate of 0.2 degrees every million years. Diagram via Wikimedia Commons.

True polar wander is not:

  • A geomagnetic reversal, or reversal of Earth’s magnetic field, known to have happened before in Earth history.
  • Plate tectonics, which describes the large-scale motions of great land plates on Earth and is thought to be driven by the circulation of Earth’s mantle.
  • Precession of the Earth, whereby our world’s axis of rotation slowly moves, tracing out a circle among the stars, causing the identity of our North Star changes over time.

True polar wander is a geophysical theory, a way of thinking about Earth processes that might happen and that these scientists believe do happen. The theory suggests that if an object of sufficient weight on Earth – for example, a supersized volcano or other weighty land mass – formed far from Earth’s equator, the force of Earth’s rotation would gradually pull the object away from the axis around which Earth spins. A supersized volcano far from Earth’s equator would create an imbalance, in other words. As explained at Princeton.edu:

If the volcanoes, land and other masses that exist within the spinning Earth ever became sufficiently imbalanced, the planet would tilt and rotate itself until this extra weight was relocated to a point along the equator.

That’s the theory of true polar wander. It would cause a movement of Earth’s land masses, but for a different reason than the reason the continents drift in the theory of plate tectonics (formerly called “continental drift”). In the theory of plate tectonics, the continents drift because Earth’s the layer of Earth underlying our planet’s crust, called the mantle, is convective. That is, it circulates, slowly – like water about to boil. In true polar wander, on the other hand, a similar-seeming movement of land masses on Earth’s crust happens in order to correct an imbalance of weight with respect to Earth’s spin.

Scientists’ understanding of true polar wander overlaps with their understanding of plate tectonics in various ways. That’s understandable, since it’s all the same Earth.

Scientists delving into true polar wander want to know when, in which direction, and at what rate the Earth’s solid exterior might be rotating due to true polar wander. To sort it out, they say, you would need a stable frame of reference to which observations of relative motion might be compared. Doubrovine and his team say they found one: volcanic hotspots.

Hotspot forming an island chain. As land plates drift, a successive of volcanoes form over the hotspot. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

In geology, hotspots are volcanic regions fed by Earth’s underlying mantle. For example, the Hawaiian islands are believed to have formed over a hotspot in the mantle. The hotspot created a volcano, but then – as that land plate drifted over time, as described by the theory of plate tectonics – the volcano drifted, too, and was eventually cut off from the hotspot. Gradually, another volcano begins to form over the hotspot, right next to the first one. And then it moves on … and another one forms … and so on … and so on. Earth’s crust produces first one, then another volcano over the hotspot until a long chain of volcanoes forms, such as in Hawaii. Hotspots have long been used to understand the motion of tectonic plates.

Doubrovine and colleagues went a step further in order to understand true polar wander. Instead of treating the hot spots as static – frozen in place at one spot above Earth’s mantle – their computer model let the hotspots’ positions drift slowly. According to these scientists, this drifting is what produced a model of a stable reference frame, which in turn let them draw conclusions about true polar wander.

They say their model does a good job of matching observations of real hotspot tracks on Earth – the path drawn by each hotspot’s island chain – which gives them confidence their results about true polar wander are accurate.

The Hawaiian islands are believed to have formed over a hotspot – a particularly hot place in Earth’s underlying mantle. Scientists expanded on previous thinking about hotspots to suggest that Earth’s solid surface is drifting, minutely, with respect to our planet’s rotation axis.

Bottom line: German and Norwegian scientists have incorporated hotspots in Earth’s mantle into a computer model being used to study true polar wander. They say their work established a stable reference frame for this study that lets them conclude Earth is undergoing true polar wander today.

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Earthquakes

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.7   2012/09/30 23:04:44   41.443   81.868 35.0  SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/30 22:47:25   2.954   127.599 58.1  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/30 22:39:16   38.284   142.144 15.8  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.5   2012/09/30 21:49:27   56.322   164.351 30.4  KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/30 20:43:39   2.521   89.939 15.0  NORTH INDIAN OCEAN
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 19:17:17   35.523   -96.778 5.0  OKLAHOMA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/30 18:00:27   19.661   -64.230 63.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.7 2012/09/30 16:59:39   68.478  -147.328 2.7  NORTHERN ALASKA
MAP  7.3   2012/09/30 16:31:36   1.916   -76.355 168.3  COLOMBIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/30 16:27:23   63.848  -148.806 104.6  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  5.4   2012/09/30 15:35:54   22.992   146.050 35.0  VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 14:29:31   51.574  -173.280 16.9  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 13:41:25   19.280   -64.034 96.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/30 09:30:13   8.396   -77.105 43.2  PANAMA-COLOMBIA BORDER REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/30 07:22:14   19.560   -64.384 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/30 07:14:42   38.303   71.383 47.6  TAJIKISTAN
MAP  4.2 2012/09/30 06:49:25   26.997  -111.585 9.7  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/30 06:44:19   53.636  -159.180 40.9  SOUTH OF ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/30 06:03:37   51.482  -178.257 29.8  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 05:47:38   19.675   -64.552 29.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 05:36:12   19.542   -64.326 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 04:46:26   19.969   -64.194 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 04:09:03   32.768   -96.915 5.1  NORTHERN TEXAS
MAP  3.4 2012/09/30 04:05:01   32.847   -96.956 5.0  NORTHERN TEXAS
MAP  2.6 2012/09/30 04:03:35   17.980   -64.260 26.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 02:26:00   60.192  -149.094 16.5  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 02:13:08   38.830  -122.760 1.3  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 01:53:31   18.765   -67.372 59.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/30 01:52:26   2.606   89.721 10.1  NORTH INDIAN OCEAN

Globe with Earthquake Location………………………….

7.1 mb – COLOMBIA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.1 mb
Date-Time
  • 30 Sep 2012 16:31:34 UTC
  • 30 Sep 2012 11:31:34 near epicenter
  • 30 Sep 2012 10:31:34 standard time in your timezone
Location 1.969N 76.315W
Depth 150 km
Distances
  • 62 km (39 miles) SSE (149 degrees) of Popayan, Colombia
  • 89 km (55 miles) WNW (296 degrees) of Florencia, Colombia
  • 137 km (85 miles) NE (51 degrees) of Pasto, Colombia
  • 345 km (214 miles) NE (45 degrees) of QUITO, Ecuador
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 3.0 km; Vertical 6.9 km
Parameters Nph = 717; Dmin = 885.8 km; Rmss = 0.89 seconds; Gp = 57°
M-type = mb; Version = A
Event ID us 2012gdap

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by WALT ZWIRKO

WFAA

Twin earthquakes

IRVING — The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 3.4 magnitude earthquake centered near Irving at 11:05 p.m. Saturday.

Four minutes later, there was a magnitude 3.1 quake in West Dallas. Both were estimated at a depth of 3.1 miles.

News 8 has been receiving calls and Facebook postings from people who felt the earth moving in Richardson, Garland, Coppell, Dallas, Grapevine, and other locations in North Texas.

The epicenter of the initial quake was located near MacArthur Boulevard and Rochelle Road near Farine Elementary School, according to coordinates provided by the USGS.

The second tremor was centered near the intersection of Loop 12 and Interstate 30, about six miles southeast of the first earthquake.

Irving’s emergency operators were flooded with more than 400 calls after the initial quake as people reported such minor damage as cracks in some walls and a ceiling, pictures knocked down and a report of a possible gas leak, according to an emergency official, Pat McMacken. City officials said they were still following up on the various reports early Sunday.

Beverly Rangel’s home on New Haven Street in Irving was at the epicenter of the first quake. “The table started shaking,” she said. “It’s a pretty heavy table for it to be shaking!”

“I kind of got scared,” said her son, Emmanuel. “I was sitting right here, and the couch just started shaking.”

Ashley Finley in Las Colinas said she felt two tremors that shook her walls and furniture.

Cheryl Gideon in Irving said she and her neighbors all ran outside.

Irving police checked neighborhoods near the epicenter to ensure there was no damage.

“We felt it twice in Euless about five minutes apart,” wrote Denise Perez. “We weren’t sure if a plane had crashed or the roof was caving in. It sounded massive.”

Joni Gregory of Carrollton said she was surprised she could feel the quake so far away. “The house shook a couple of times… didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “Maybe it’s wind? No, it’s too much.”

Geophysicist Randy Baldwin at the USGS earthquake center in Golden, Colorado  told The Associated Press that the quake was just strong enough to likely have been felt for about 15 or 20 miles around the epicenter. He says the quake’s online reporting system received no reports of any damages or injuries but there were some 1,200 responses from people who felt the quake.

Baldwin says smaller aftershocks are a possibility in that area in coming hours or days. He said the Saturday night quakes were detected by a seismological station located about 65 miles from the epicenter — somewhat distant — and the preliminary magnitude of 3.4 for the initial tremor could be revised up or down once further data is evaluated.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport continued operations normally during and after the quakes, which barely rattled nerves at the airport located partially within the city limits of Irving, said airport public affairs officer David Magaña. He told AP said the airport, which bustles at peak hours to get some 1,800 flights in and out daily, was in a quiet period with very little air traffic late Saturday night.

But he said those still in the airport definitely felt the quakes.

“I wouldn’t call it panic. I would call it surprise,” Magaña said.

He said members of the airport operations team immediately conducted a special inspection of the airfield, buildings and found nothing harmed by the quake.

“We don’t have any damage to report. There were no impacts or (power) outages and no disruptions to flights,” Magaña said. “I felt it at my house. It shook it a little bit but it wasn’t enough of a jolt to shake anything loose like you have in California. I’ve been in California and this was nothing like that.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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IU/SLBS, Sierra la Laguna Baja California Sur, Mexico

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Earthquake in USA on Monday, 01 October, 2012 at 05:18 (05:18 AM) UTC.

Description
Damage from a small earthquake and a subsequent aftershock in a suburb west of Dallas was mostly limited to cracked walls and knocked-down pictures, authorities said. The unscathed Dallas-Fort Worth airport, near the epicenter of Saturday’s late-night temblor, kept up with normal flight operations. Emergency officials said there were no indications of any injuries. The initial earthquake, measured at a preliminary magnitude of 3.4, struck at 11:05 p.m. central time Saturday and was centered about 2 miles north of the Dallas suburb of Irving, the U.S. Geological Survey’s national earthquake monitoring center in Golden, Colo., reported. USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin told The Associated Press that the initial quake lasted several seconds and appeared strong enough to be felt up to 15 or 20 miles away. He said the smaller aftershock, with an estimated 3.1 magnitude, occurred four minutes later and just a few miles away in another area west of Dallas. Irving’s emergency operators were flooded with more than 400 calls after the initial quake, with people reporting minor damage, such as cracks in some walls and a ceiling, pictures that had been knocked down and a report of a possible gas leak, emergency official Pat McMacken said Sunday.
  Tsunami Information
Pacific Ocean Region
Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
30.09.2012 16:38 PM Tsunami Information Bulletin Colombia 7.4 140 km Details

Tsunami Information Bulletin in Colombia, Pacific Ocean

GuID: pacific.TIBPAC.2012.09.30.1638
Date/Time: 2012-09-30 16:38:57
Source: PTWC
Area: Pacific Ocean
Location: Colombia
Magnitude: M 7.4
Depth: 140 km
Tsunami observed: Not observed.
Original Bulletin
Tsunami Information Bulletin in Colombia, Pacific Ocean
000
WEPA42 PHEB 301638
TIBPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1638Z 30 SEP 2012

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  1632Z 30 SEP 2012
 COORDINATES -   2.0 NORTH   76.6 WEST
 DEPTH       -  140 KM
 LOCATION    -  COLOMBIA
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.4

EVALUATION

 A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI WAS NOT GENERATED BASED ON EARTHQUAKE AND
 HISTORICAL TSUNAMI DATA.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

 

 

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Storms / Flooding

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 01.10.2012 Hurricane II 230 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
Start up: 11th September 2012
Status: 28th September 2012
Track long: 1,426.96 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 10:59:20 N 30° 42.000, W 51° 24.000 24 120 148 Hurricane I. 50 13 985 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane I. 95 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 05:22:55 N 31° 24.000, W 38° 6.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 75 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 10:47:47 N 32° 0.000, W 36° 24.000 28 111 139 Tropical Storm 65 15 985 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 05:15:16 N 33° 54.000, W 34° 12.000 15 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 18 989 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 10:46:51 N 34° 18.000, W 33° 36.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 14 990 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 05:31:59 N 35° 48.000, W 32° 12.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 25 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 11:00:20 N 36° 24.000, W 32° 6.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 360 9 993 MB NOAA NHC
20th Sep 2012 05:12:41 N 37° 6.000, W 31° 24.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 60 9 990 MB NOAA NHC
21st Sep 2012 10:40:35 N 35° 6.000, W 27° 12.000 13 102 120 Tropical Storm 140 14 981 MB NOAA NHC
22nd Sep 2012 06:38:52 N 31° 54.000, W 26° 36.000 20 93 111 Tropical Storm 165 15 984 MB NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 04:58:41 N 29° 30.000, W 31° 24.000 9 83 102 Tropical Storm 220 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
30th Sep 2012 06:48:45 N 35° 36.000, W 37° 30.000 17 139 167 Hurricane I. 340 19 984 MB NOAA NHC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
01st Oct 2012 04:38:54 N 36° 42.000, W 39° 24.000 11 139 167 Hurricane II 230 ° 16 981 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
02nd Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 35° 12.000, W 37° 54.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
02nd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 35° 42.000, W 39° 0.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
03rd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 35° 24.000, W 36° 24.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
04th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 38° 0.000, W 31° 18.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 44° 36.000, W 26° 24.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 50° 0.000, W 27° 18.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
20W Pacific Ocean 01.10.2012 01.10.2012 Tropical Depression 290 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 3.05 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: 20W
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 54.000, E 146° 18.000
Start up: 01st October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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Category Course Wave
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01st Oct 2012 10:51:23 N 17° 48.000, E 145° 48.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 310 ° 15 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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Gust
km/h
Source
02nd Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 12.000, E 141° 6.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
02nd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 48.000, E 142° 30.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
03rd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 6.000, E 140° 6.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
04th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 42.000, E 140° 36.000 Typhoon II 139 167 JTWC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 32° 24.000, E 146° 24.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 39° 30.000, E 155° 42.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC

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Today Tropical Storm Japan Capital City, Tokyo Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in Japan on Monday, 01 October, 2012 at 03:25 (03:25 AM) UTC.

Description
A weakening tropical storm was speeding out of Japan on Monday after bringing gale-strength winds to Tokyo and injuring dozens of people, causing blackouts and paralyzing traffic to the south and west of the capital. Japan’s Meteorological Agency had warned Tokyo residents to stay indoors while Typhoon Jelawat passed Sunday night. The storm then had winds of up to 126 kilometers (78 miles) an hour but weakened to a tropical storm with 108 kph (67 mph) in the morning. On Sunday, Nagoya city issued an evacuation advisory to more than 50,000 residents because of fear of flooding from a swollen river. A similar advisory was issued for more than 10,000 people in the northern city of Ishinomaki that was hit by last year’s tsunami. The typhoon left 145 people with minor injuries in southern and western Japan, about half of them on the southern island of Okinawa, public broadcaster NHK said. Tens of thousands of homes were without electricity. Kyodo news agency reported one fatality, a man who was swept away by seawater while fishing in Okinawa. Dozens of trains were halted in coastal areas around Tokyo and many stores inside the capital closed early Sunday as the storm approached. It is expected to move into the Pacific Ocean early Monday.

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

New virus in Africa looks like rabies, acts like Ebola

Frederick A. Murphy / CDC handout via EPA file

A new virus that appears similar to rabies, but has the symptoms and lethality of Ebola, shown here, has been dubbed the Bas-Congo virus. It killed two teenagers in the Congo in 2009.

By Maggie Fox, NBC News

A virus that killed two teenagers in Congo in 2009 is a completely new type, related to rabies but causing the bleeding and rapid death that makes Ebola infection so terrifying, scientists reported on Thursday. They’re searching for the source of the virus, which may be transmitted by insects or bats.

The new virus is being named Bas-Congo virus, for the area where it was found.  Researchers are finding more and more of these new viruses, in part because new tests make it possible, but also in the hope of better understanding them so they can prevent pandemics of deadly disease.

The virus infected a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl in the same village in Congo in 2009. They didn’t stand a chance, says Joseph Fair of Metabiota, a company that investigates pathogens. Fair is in the Democratic Republic of Congo now, under contract to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help battle an ongoing Ebola outbreak.

“They expired within three days,” Fair said in a telephone interview. “It was a very rapid killer.”

A few days later a male nurse who cared for the two teenagers developed the same symptoms and survived. Samples from the lucky nurse have been tested and it turned out a completely new virus had infected him, Fair and other researchers report in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS pathogens.

The genetic sequences went to Dr. Charles Chiu, of the University of California, San Francisco.

“We were astounded that this patient had sequences in his blood from a completely unknown and unidentified virus,” Chiu said. They weren’t expecting that.

“Congo is very much known for having Ebola and Marburg outbreaks. Yet about 20 percent of the time we have hemorrhagic fever outbreaks that are completely negative, which means unknown causes and they are not Ebola.”

The sequencing puts this new virus on its own branch of the bad virus family tree — somewhat related to Ebola and the virus that causes Lassa fever, another horrific killer, and most closely related to the rhabdoviruses. This family usually only infects animals with one notable exception — rabies.

But rabies is not known to cause hemorrhaging. It’s plenty horrible on its own, of course, killing virtually all patients if they aren’t vaccinated soon after infection.

A nurse who took care of the first infected nurse had antibodies to the new virus. It doesn’t look like the teenagers infected one another, says Fair, but they probably infected the first nurse, who probably infected the second. Tests of other villagers have found no more evidence of the virus, however, which is good news.

“Although the source of the virus remains unclear, study findings suggest that Bas-Congo virus may be spread by human-to-human contact and is an emerging pathogen associated with acute hemorrhagic fever in Africa,” the researchers wrote.

Africa is loaded with nasty viruses. Lassa fever virus comes from a family known as arenaviruses and causes 500,000 cases of hemorrhagic fever a year. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and Rift Valley Fever viruses are in another family called bunyaviruses; Ebola and Marburg viruses are filoviruses that kill anywhere between 30 percent and 90 percent of victims. They’re also helping wipe out great apes such as gorillas in Central Africa. This adds a new one to the list.

It worries Chiu because its closest relative is spread by biting flies in Australia. “We think that is potentially a valuable clue. This virus may have come from an insect vector,” Chiu says. “What is scary about this virus is if it does happen to be spread by insects, it has the potential to be something like West Nile.”

West Nile showed up in the United States for the first time in 1999, having never been seen here before. It causes regular outbreaks in Africa and parts of Europe, however, and some experts think a mosquito or an infected person carried it on a flight to New York. It’s killed 147 people in an especially bad U.S. outbreak this year, although more than 90 percent of people infected with West Nile never even know it.

New viruses often cause disease — there was severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS, which killed 800 people and infected 8,000 in 2003 before it was stopped. Scientists are now watching a similar virus that has emerged in the Middle east.

Chiu says there is not enough information to know how deadly the new Bas-Congo virus is.

“It  has probably been lurking out there in remote areas and causing sporadic cases of hemorrhagic fever and no one had the resources to discover it,” Chiu said. “This is probably the tip of the iceberg. I believe there are many, many more of these emerging viruses that have yet to be discovered,” he added.

“This points to the importance of being vigilant, especially these remote areas of Africa and Asia. This is the area that I believe the next generation of emerging viruses will come from.”

Fair agrees, and says his team will be looking. They’ll also be checking to see if bats or insects can spread it. “It is a frightening prospect. That is why the next step in this process is to look for the vector,” Fair said.

That’s not so easy. Fair’s team and hundreds of other scientists have been looking for the reservoir — the animal or insect source –of Ebola. That would be a bat or other creature that can carry it without getting sick itself. So far they have had no luck, although fruit bats are a major suspect.

And for the new Bas-Congo virus, the trail is now three years old. “Everything we do will be as a forensic investigation,” Fair said. “We really have to go look for a needle in a sack of needles.”

And in the meantime, there’s an outbreak of Ebola to cope with. Fair says a coordinated effort is going on, although this isn’t the worst outbreak he has seen. It’s killing about 30 percent to 40 percent of patients — not nearly as bad as some strains, which killed up to 90 percent of victims.

“If you had to get Ebola, this is the strain to get,” he said.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Sept 30. 2012

Published on Sep 30, 2012 by

Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

REPEAT LINKS
Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos – as seen from earth]

SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT – as seen from earth]

Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI – as seen from the side]

SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it… trust me]

SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can’t figure out what this one is for?]

BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

 

 

 

SUBSIDING GEOMAGNETIC STORM:

A strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm sparked by a CME impact on Sept. 30th is subsiding now. At maximum, during the early hours of Oct. 1st, Northern Lights descended as far south in the United States as Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Montana, Minnesota, Washington, Idaho, Illinois and South Dakota. Even California experienced some auroras. Tim Piya Trepetch caught a patch of sky turning purple over the Lassen Volcanic National Park:

“Purple auroras erupted right over Lassen Peak,” says Trepetch.

California auroras are not as rare as some people think. The webmaster of spaceweather.com lives in California and has witnessed auroras no fewer than six times. The trick is knowing when to look.
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Space

 

 

 

Realtime Aurora Photo Gallery

ISS COMPANION:

Europe’s massive ATV-3 cargo carrier undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Sept. 28th. Now the spacecraft, as large as a double-decker bus, is leading the ISS in orbit around Earth. Monika Landy-Gyebnar saw it this morning flying over Veszprem, Hungary:

“I went outside to see the ISS,” says Landy-Gyebnar. “About a minute before the space station appeared, I saw a realtively bright object flying overheads almost where the ISS was to fly. Then I remembered that the ATV-3 undocked from ISS on Friday–and there it was! Just as ATV-3 has faded, the ISS emerged from the clouds and followed the small cargo vehicle towards the east.”

The ATV-3 will reenter Earth’s atmosphere on or about October 3rd, disintegrating in a spectacular fireball over the Pacific Ocean. Until then, sky watchers should be alert for the cargo vessel leading the ISS across the night sky. ATV-3 and ISS flyby predictions may be found on the web or on your smartphone.

 

 

 

 Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 RH10) 03rd October 2012 2 day(s) 0.1260 49.0 98 m – 220 m 12.90 km/s 46440 km/h
(2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 8 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
(1994 EK) 14th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
(2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
(2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 17 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h

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Sinkhole

The sinkhole in Assumption Parish keeps getting bigger.The parish’s director of homeland security and emergency preparedness, John Boudreaux, says a 15-hundred square foot section of the earth caved in last week, pulling down several trees and part of a road.

The road that caved in was built to assist in the cleanup efforts. The sinkhole is about four acres in size and has grown since it emerged on August third.

150 homes in two nearby communities are evacuated as a result of the sinkhole.

Experts believe an underground brine cavern encased in a salt dome could be the cause of the sink hole. Sonar testing inside the cavern began a few days ago.

Boudreaux says an unknown substance was found at the bottom of the cavern. “The substance could be soil and sand that now has entered the cavern that created the sinkhole.”

Scientists are still trying to determine precisely why the hole appeared.

Residents and businesses in the area are growing increasingly concerned that it may swallow up their investments.

The hole filled with sludge and muck as it swallowed hundreds of yards of swampland.

Area residents have been worried not only by tremors, possibly caused by natural gas shifting underground in or near the dome, but also by concerns the value of their homes and business could suffer.

 

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Articles of Interest

Today Power Outage USA State of Colorado, [Greeley, Garden City, Evans, LaSalle and surrounding areas] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Monday, 01 October, 2012 at 04:29 (04:29 AM) UTC.

Description
Power has been restored to about 17,000 Xcel Energy customers who were affected Sunday evening by an outage in the Greeley area. Xcel Energy spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo said at least 16,900 customers in Greeley, Garden City, Evans, LaSalle and surrounding areas were affected. She said the outage originated at a Greeley substation at 6:18 p.m. The outage lasted a little more than two hours. As of Sunday night, Aguayo said crews were still trying to determine the cause of the outage, but it did not appear to be weather-related. Xcel Energy’s outage hotline was inundated with calls. Aguayo said the company encourages customers to call and leave messages. Paul Sadd, a mechanic at North Colorado Medical Center, said the hospital was running on emergency power during the outage. He said several people were stuck in elevators, but workers were able to get them out safely. Aguayo said Xcel works closely with large customers like hospitals and law enforcement agencies to ensure that they have back-up power resources.

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.1 2012/09/29 23:13:31   32.148  -115.176 20.1  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 21:51:20   39.539   144.402 10.0  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.6 2012/09/29 19:31:17   19.585   -64.320 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/09/29 18:41:42   19.502   -64.241 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.4   2012/09/29 17:48:57  -17.480   -69.660 126.0  SOUTHERN PERU
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 17:42:11   64.731  -145.878 0.4  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/29 17:37:41   35.013   140.026 57.2  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.8   2012/09/29 16:25:42   -7.055   124.158 587.3  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 16:21:00   59.676  -153.345 143.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 16:13:30  -56.192   -26.913 82.3  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.0   2012/09/29 14:12:05   13.869   120.730 186.1  MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 13:14:32   32.157  -115.174 32.2  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 12:56:14   18.175   -67.394 20.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.4 2012/09/29 12:40:08   19.578   -64.267 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/29 12:17:18   19.634   -64.264 51.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/29 12:14:16   19.145   -64.953 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 11:54:00   16.390   -98.223 9.9  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  5.3   2012/09/29 11:24:33   6.115   92.810 28.5  NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 11:24:12   19.573   -64.354 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 11:00:18   51.051   179.145 35.2  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/29 10:52:16   19.719   -64.371 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 10:30:44   19.401   -64.190 91.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 10:11:15   39.716   144.172 22.6  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 10:00:45   17.947   -65.368 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 09:52:50   26.924   143.795 10.1  BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 09:47:26   19.506   -64.158 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 07:34:43   35.546   141.191 34.6  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.5   2012/09/29 07:11:13   16.355   -98.388 10.2  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 07:05:21   19.592   -64.226 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 06:46:23   19.084   -64.878 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 06:17:08   44.157  -127.750 9.9  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 05:57:46   53.559  -169.398 28.6  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 05:26:12   7.129   -71.923 38.7  APURE, VENEZUELA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/29 05:25:42   35.230   27.816 10.0  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 05:02:58   19.712   -64.311 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/29 04:51:58   19.533   -64.335 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/29 04:43:45   18.710   -65.050 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 03:34:26   57.874  -154.160 47.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/29 03:28:50   18.358   -67.402 101.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.0 2012/09/29 03:06:08   19.700   -64.291 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 02:39:32   35.129   27.842 5.4  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 01:26:13  -23.938   -66.754 191.4  JUJUY, ARGENTINA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/29 01:14:20   18.174   -68.546 15.0  MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP  3.5 2012/09/29 00:59:48   34.672  -106.776 6.4  NEW MEXICO
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 00:39:45   38.532   14.810 246.5  SICILY, ITALY

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  5.2   2012/09/28 23:22:31   -8.976   157.426 10.0  SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP  3.5 2012/09/28 22:38:15   19.622   -64.407 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/28 22:14:45   29.284   67.930 10.0  PAKISTAN
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 21:55:05   19.609   -64.247 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/28 21:21:01   32.175  -115.220 44.3  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 20:33:19   19.408   -64.313 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 20:05:14   19.640   -64.218 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 19:37:06   19.681   -64.393 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 19:29:19   19.534   -64.293 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 19:11:56   19.591   -64.342 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/28 18:50:27   20.076   -64.346 24.3  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.8 2012/09/28 16:27:31   32.281  -115.266 10.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 16:25:56   37.852  -122.249 6.9  SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.5 2012/09/28 16:17:13   19.492   -66.260 83.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/28 16:07:58   19.672   -64.307 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 15:55:14   19.416   -64.493 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/28 15:36:27   19.629   -64.428 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/28 15:24:54   24.636  -110.354 27.7  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 14:54:35   37.163  -112.108 7.3  UTAH
MAP  4.8   2012/09/28 14:25:47   13.752   120.770 141.0  MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 13:46:01   46.232  -122.112 9.4  MOUNT ST. HELENS AREA, WASHINGTON
MAP  3.7 2012/09/28 13:37:19   19.366   -64.184 90.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/28 12:11:48   13.485   144.475 110.3  GUAM REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/28 11:36:59   36.852   143.669 22.1  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 10:53:44   48.008  -103.478 0.7  NORTH DAKOTA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/28 10:20:51   38.824  -122.794 2.2  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.2 2012/09/28 10:18:35  -24.136   -66.799 184.1  SALTA, ARGENTINA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/28 10:06:00   55.549  -161.638 164.9  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 09:17:36   19.554   -64.278 56.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 05:21:01   19.650   -64.419 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/28 04:39:01  -11.854   -76.325 103.0  CENTRAL PERU
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 04:28:25   19.191  -155.603 8.2  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.8 2012/09/28 04:12:45   19.588   -64.334 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/28 03:11:51  -31.510   -67.919 111.7  SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/28 01:35:47   18.019   -65.392 24.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/28 01:04:58   19.041   -67.824 17.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 00:41:53   19.561   -64.347 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 00:31:58   19.640   -64.370 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

 

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 30, 2012 08:48:51 UTC

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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IU/SLBS, Sierra la Laguna Baja California Sur, Mexico

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

10 people killed/Hundreds Evacuated as Extreme Weather/ Floods sweep through Spain

Flash floods hit southern Spain

Flooding caused by torrential rain after months of drought leaves several dead and British woman missing

    Spanish floods

    Cars wrecked by flash floods in Villanueva del Rosario near Málaga, southern Spain. Photograph: Sergio Torres/AP

    Ten people have been killed and hundreds evacuated from their homes after extreme weather and flash floods hit southern Spain on Friday.

    The flooding, caused by torrential rain after months of drought, hit areas around Murcia and Almería in the south-east and Málaga in the south.

    A 52-year-old British woman is believed to be missing in Almería, according to a government official. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was looking into the reports as “a matter of urgency”.

    The weather brought down a motorway bridge and cars were swept away. Officials in the region said at least 600 people had been evacuated from their homes.

    Spanish radio said a young boy and girl who were found drowned in a car in the town of Puerto Lumbreras were among the dead. A middle-aged woman was also killed in Lorca, which was badly damaged in an earthquake last year.

    Jackie Broad, 58, said her home in Mojacar, Almería, was too high up to be flooded but she had seen cars get washed away by raging torrents of water. “The river at the bottom of our road has burst its banks. There was a lot of water, in some places up to the roofs of shops and houses.

    “The water has run away now but it’s left about a foot of mud everywhere. A lot of the roads are closed so we’re having trouble getting around,” she said.

    Five people have so far died in Murcia, three in Almería and two in Málaga. Five people originally declared missing have been found alive.

    A tornado that also swept through the town of Gandia on Friday knocked down a ferris wheel, injuring 35 fair workers. The town hall website said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt. Local media reported that the fair had been closed to the public at the time.

    The flooding disrupted transport links, with at least two motorways closed and one flight diverted to Seville from Malaga.

    Spain’s weather agency said up to 245 litres of water had fallen per square metre in the area on Friday.

    In 2011, a British couple died in a flash flood in Finestrat, on the Costa Blanca, after torrential rain caused a river to burst its banks.

    The heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday before moving towards the Balearic Islands.

    Flood sweeps man to death as UK storms continue

    Man in 60s caught by flooded stream in Shropshire as torrential rain shuts main train lines between England and Scotland

      A child stands at the edge of a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland

      A child stands at the edge of a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

      A man has died after being swept away by floodwater as heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to batter much of England, Scotland and Ireland.

      West Mercia police said the man was overcome by the water in a stream at Bitterley, near Ludlow in Shropshire, shortly after 10.30am on Thursday.

      The accident was reported by witnesses and the man’s body was found after an extensive search involving police, fire crews and the Severn Area Rescue Association.

      Residents named him as maths teacher Mike Ellis, who lived in the village with his wife.

      The West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire all suffered heavy flooding during the day.

      Later the storm spread north, closing both main rail lines between England and Scotland, with the west coast mainline closed at Tebay in Cumbria and a landslip blocking the east coast line near to Berwick.

      At one point the Tyne road tunnel was closed in both directions, and police warned motorists stuck in traffic to stay with their cars until emergency services reached them. Residents in several locations across Tyneside had to be evacuated.

      The Environment Agency urged people to be on alert for more flash flooding across the Midlands, northern England and Scotland as the Met Office forecast outbreaks of torrential rain across central and northern parts of the country. There was a continued risk of surface flooding if drainage systems were overwhelmed by rainfall.

      The heavy rain could also cause rivers to rise rapidly, the EA warned, and it advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater. It also urged people to check its website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings.

      There were seven flood warnings in place for the Midlands, two for the north-east, one for the north-west and one for Scotland.

      Flooding has also hit Ireland, where more than 50 homes and many businesses were flooded and several thousand left without power after 50mm of rain fell in a seven-hour period across Cork.

      There were fears in Northern Ireland that overnight flooding which swamped Belfast could happen again. Further downpours were forecast as thousands struggled to clean up damage caused by flooding across the city and parts of Co Antrim.

      Emergency services reported receiving more than 700 callouts linked to flooding in Belfast, while the region’s water authority said it handled nearly 3,000 flood calls, and 1,000 homes were hit by power cuts.

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      Active tropical storm system(s)
      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 30.09.2012 Hurricane II 340 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 5.79 m NOAA NHC Details

       

       

       

       

       

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      Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: 28th September 2012
      Track long: 1,376.35 km
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      30th Sep 2012 06:48:45 N 35° 36.000, W 37° 30.000 17 139 167 Hurricane II 340 ° 19 984 MB NOAA NHC
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      02nd Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 37° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
      03rd Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 36° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
      04th Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 37° 30.000, W 33° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC

       

       

      Jelewat (18W) Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 30.09.2012 Typhoon I 35 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details

       

       

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      Storm name: Jelewat (18W)
      Area: Pacific Ocean
      Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
      Start up: 20th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,242.90 km
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      30th Sep 2012 06:49:54 N 31° 36.000, E 134° 18.000 46 120 148 Typhoon I 35 ° 20 JTWC
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      Norman (EP14) Pacific Ocean – East 28.09.2012 30.09.2012 Tropical Depression 25 ° 46 km/h 65 km/h 3.66 m JTWC Details

       

       

       

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      Storm name: Norman (EP14)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 22° 48.000, W 108° 36.000
      Start up: 28th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 254.98 km
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      30th Sep 2012 06:50:49 N 25° 54.000, W 110° 48.000 11 46 65 Tropical Depression 25 ° 12 NOAA NHC
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      台風17号沖縄を直撃 Typhoon Jelawat Slams Okinawa

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      台風17号が強風を伴って沖縄那覇市内を直撃 2012年9月29日 / Breaking news footage of typhoon Jelawat slamming Okinawa, Japan on 29th September 2012. Footage not to be used without my permission. For licensing please email James (at) EarthUncut (dot) tv

      NHK – Jelawat moves across Japan (intense tyhoon)

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      NHK World News —- Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai

      Description — Southern Japan is being battered by a powerful typhoon.

      The Meteorological Agency says typhoon Jelawat was 210 kilometers southwest of Tanegashima Island as of 4 AM on Sunday. The typhoon is moving northeast at 40 kilometers per hour.

      The agency says the atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm is 945 hectopascals with winds of up to 162 kilometers an hour.

      The typhoon is expected to continue northward and approach western Japan with rainfall of 50 millimeters per hour.

      At least 85 people have been treated for injuries so far. More than 4,400 households have received evacuation advisories in Kagoshima Prefecture, which will affect about 9,300 residents.

      The typhoon has knocked out electrical power at about 260,000 households in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures.
      Sep. 29, 2012 – Updated 19:35 UTC (04:35 JST)

      Hundreds killed in Pakistan flooding

      By the CNN Wire Staff
      People flee flooded areas in Shahdadkot, Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 28.
      People flee flooded areas in Shahdadkot, Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 28.

      STORY HIGHLIGHTS
      • Flooding in Pakistan has left more than 420 people dead and nearly 3,000 injured, official says
      • The floods, which have also displaced some 350,000 people, follow monsoon rains
      • Pakistan was also hit by devastating floods last year and in 2010

      Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Floods resulting from monsoon rains have killed 422 people and left nearly 3,000 injured across Pakistan, a disaster agency spokesman said Saturday.

      Some 350,000 people have been forced from their homes and another 4.7 million people affected by the flooding since August 22, Ahmed Kamal of the National Disaster Management Authority said.

      More than 15,000 villages have been affected and many houses destroyed or damaged in the past five weeks, he said.

      Pakistan has suffered a series of devastating inundations, affecting millions of people, in recent years.

      Pakistan, India hit by deadly flooding

      Flooding last year killed 470 people and impacted 9.1 million others, Kamal said.

      In the worst-affected area of Sindh province, in southeastern Pakistan, the waters submerged more than 4.5 million acres of farming land, damaging an estimated 80% of cash crops.

      Many in the country were at that point barely recovering from massive and deadly flooding in August 2010, which left a fifth of the country submerged by water, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

      Those floods lasted for weeks, affecting more than 20 million people and leaving 1,985 people dead, Kamal said.

      Much of the land inundated in 2010 was in Punjab province, Pakistan’s breadbasket, where many people live off the soil and their livestock. Great hardship followed for millions in the wake of the flooding.

      Pakistan floods kill 371, affect 4.47 million

      by Staff Writers
      Islamabad (AFP)


      Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 371 people and affected nearly 4.5 million, the government’s disaster relief agency said on Friday.

      Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010, when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

      As in 2010 and 2011, most of those hit by the latest floods are in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 2.8 million were affected, with nearly 890,000 in Punjab and 700,000 in Baluchistan.

      Nearly 290,000 people around the country have been forced to seek shelter in relief camps, NDMA said in figures published on its website.

      The floods began in early September, with nearly 80 killed in flash floods, mostly in the northwest and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

      An NDMA spokesman said the government was not yet appealing for foreign assistance.

      “The government’s point of view is that the situation will be handled from own resources,” Ahmad Kamal told AFP.

      More than a million acres (400,000 hectares) of crops have been destroyed by the floods across the country, NDMA said, and nearly 8,000 cattle have been killed.

      UN children’s agency UNICEF, quoting a separate flood assessment, said at least 2.8 million people had been affected, including 1.4 million children, of whom more than 390,000 are under five.

      UNICEF said it was providing 183,000 people a day with drinking water but warned it urgently needed more funds.

      “Children from very poor families are among the worst affected by the severe flooding and they need our immediate help,” said UNICEF Pakistan Deputy Representative Karen Allen.

      “UNICEF urgently needs $15.4 million to scale up its water, sanitation and hygiene response to reach around 400,000 people over the next three to six months.”

      UNICEF said that according to its assessment, more than half of those affected by the floods were concentrated in just five districts, two each in Sindh and Baluchistan and one in Punjab.

      It said 360,000 people had been left without shelter and three quarters of children in the five worst-affected districts were unable to go to school, either because the buildings have been destroyed or because they are being used as temporary shelters.

      The UN agency voiced particular concern about children forced from their homes, saying loss of access to safe water supplies left them vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, measles, polio and pneumonia.

      More than 20,000 families in Sindh have been provided with hygiene kits including water purification tablets, UNICEF said, as part of efforts to prevent deadly water-borne diseases.

      Morocco flooding kills 3


      Rabat (AFP) Sept 29, 2012 – Two women and a teenaged boy have died in flooding that has plagued Morocco over the past two days, authorities said on Saturday.

      A 50-year-old woman, her daughter-in-law and the 14-year-old boy were swept away by flash flooding on Friday in the western region of Safi.

      The younger woman was rescued, but later died in hospital in the Atlantic coastal city of Safi, southwest of Rabat.

      The North African kingdom has been inundated by unseasonal rains and hit by heavy winds since Thursday.

      In Agadir, south of Safi, authorities said more than 50 millimetres (about two inches) of rain have fallen since then, a fifth of normal annual precipitation.

      And the highway linking Safi with Essaouira, further south, was closed to traffic because of the storms.

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      Breaking News: Spain Tornado Hits Fair As ‘Floods’ Kill 10

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      Ten people have been killed in flash floods in southern Spain and a British woman is missing, while dozens were hurt as a tornado ripped through a fairground.

      A 52-year-old British woman is among those missing after torrential rain hit the Andalusia and Murcia regions, and hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes.

      The hardest hit provinces are Malaga in the south and Almeria in the southeast.

      Among the dead are seven men, two women and a 10-year-old girl who was found drowned in a car.

      Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was investigating reports that the unnamed British woman has gone missing in Almeria.

      In the region of Valencia, 35 people were reportedly injured after a tornado hit a fairground and flattened a Ferris wheel.
      Spain Flooding has hit southern parts of Spain

      Local media said all the injured were fairground workers and 15 were seriously hurt.

      The twister damaged several other rides and cut electricity in the temporary fairground set up in the town of Gandia.

      The funfair was closed to the public at the time because of a thunderstorm, reports said.

      On the beach at El Saler, near Valenica, two cargo ships have run ashore and the ports of Valencia and Sagunto were temporarily closed on Saturday.

      The flooding has also disrupted high-speed train services between Madrid and Valencia and various regional lines, while some bridges and roads have been made impassible.

      Around 500 people have been moved from their homes, although some evacuees have begun to return home to clear up the mess with the help of local authority workers.

      Forecasters say the heavy rain, which started on Friday morning, is moving east and will eventually head northwards toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

      The deluge comes after months of virtual drought and soaring summer temperatures all over Spain that triggered thousands of wildfires.

       

       

      30.09.2012 Flash Flood Spain Andalusia, Alora Damage level
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      Flash Flood in Spain on Friday, 28 September, 2012 at 16:44 (04:44 PM) UTC.

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      Torrential downpours in southern Spain have caused flash floods that have killed one person, swamped homes and swept cars down roads transformed into raging rivers. An official in the town of Alora says homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. She did not have more details and spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with town policy. Images in Spanish media showed wrecked cars carried away by flash floods, rivers overflowing their banks and people sweeping muddy water out of their homes. The heavy rains started early Friday morning. The hardest hit area included Alora and other nearby towns inland from the Mediterranean city of Malaga.

       

       

       

       

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Genetic Sleuthing Uncovers Deadly New Virus in Africa

      ScienceDaily   — An isolated outbreak of a deadly disease known as acute hemorrhagic fever, which killed two people and left one gravely ill in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer of 2009, was probably caused by a novel virus scientists have never seen before.

      Collecting samples in the Jungles of Boma in 2009 after the outbreak. (Credit: Courtesy of Metabiota)

      Described this week in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, the new microbe has been named Bas-Congo virus (BASV) after the province in the southwest corner of the Congo where the three people lived.

      It was discovered by an international research consortium that included the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of California, Davis (UCD), Global Viral, the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon, the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Metabiota and others.

      “Known viruses, such as Ebola, HIV and influenza, represent just the tip of the microbial iceberg,” said Joseph Fair, PhD, a co-author and vice president of Metabiota. “Identifying deadly unknown viruses, such as Bas-Congo virus, gives us a leg up in controlling future outbreaks.”

      “These are the only three cases known to have occurred, although there could be additional outbreaks from this virus in the future,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF and director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, who spearheaded the UCSF effort to identify the virus. Chiu and his team continue to work on new diagnostics to detect the virus so that health officials in Congo and elsewhere can quickly identify it should it emerge again.

      One odd characteristic of the Bas-Congo virus, Chiu said, is that while a number of other viruses in Africa also cause deadly outbreaks of acute hemorrhagic fever — Ebola virus, Lassa virus and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus to name a few — the new virus is unlike any of them.

      Genetically it is more closely related to the types of viruses that cause rabies, which are known to infect people with a very different sort of disease — a neurological illness that is uniformly fatal if untreated but may take months to develop.

      An antibody test developed in this study was applied to the one patient who survived and to others who had come into contact with him. It suggested that the disease may be spread from person to person but likely originated from some other source, such as an insect or rodent.

      The identity of this animal “reservoir” and the precise mode of transmission for the virus remain unclear and are currently being investigated by Metabiota and the central African members of the consortium through the PREDICT Project of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. (http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ohi/predict/index.cfm)

      How the New Virus Emerged

      In the summer of 2009, a 15-year old boy in a small rural community called Mangala village suddenly fell ill and developed a bleeding nose, bleeding gums and bloody vomit. He rapidly worsened, dying within three days of the first signs of illness.

      A week later, a 13-year old girl who attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood as the boy came down with a similar, serious illness. She declined just as rapidly and also died within three days. One week after that, the male nurse who cared for this girl began showing the same symptoms, and he was transferred to a hospital in Boma, a nearby port city that sits along the Congo River upstream from Africa’s Atlantic coast.

      Members of the consortium, who had initiated a project to diagnose unusual cases of severe hemorrhagic fever, obtained blood samples collected from the nurse by the Congolese doctors and sent them to the laboratory of Eric Leroy, PhD, doctor of veterinary medicine at the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon. There the samples were tested for traces of any known virus, but nothing was found. The Metabiota scientists then solicited the expertise of Chiu at UCSF and Eric Delwart at the Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI) in San Francisco to aid in the diagnosis.

      The researchers ultimately identified a completely new virus as the cause of the mysterious illness through a powerful strategy for identifying novel pathogens known as “deep sequencing,” in which millions of DNA sequences are generated from a clinical sample and then pieced together using computer algorithms combined with human analysis.

      Distinct Attributes of Bas-Congo

      The Bas-Congo virus belongs to a family of viruses known as the rhabdoviruses, a large family of viruses that infect plants, insects and mammals, including humans. The most famous member of this family is the virus that causes rabies. But even among the rhabdoviruses, Bas-Congo is something of an outlier, being very genetically distinct from other members of the family.

      What’s most unusual about this virus, though, said Chiu, is what it does to people.

      No other rhabdoviruses are known to cause the acute, rapid and deadly hemorrhagic fever seen in the three cases in the Congo. Rabies, for instance, can be a deadly disease if untreated, but the course of rabies in humans is nothing like the rapid and deadly onset seen with the Bas-Congo virus. There is some precedent, however, for hemorrhagic disease from rhabdoviruses in the animal kingdom: fish rhabdoviruses are known to cause hemorrhagic septicemia — acute bleeding and death — in affected fish.

      The third patient had enormous amounts of BASV in his bloodstream just two days after he fell ill — more than a million copies in every milliliter of blood.

      The BASV sequence was also used to design an antibody test for the virus, an effort led by Graham Simmons at the BSRI, another member of the consortium. Antibodies are blood immune proteins produced in response to an infection. The antibody test allowed the researchers to screen both the third patient with acute hemorrhagic fever and other people who had come into contact with the third patient, including the nurse who cared for him in the Boma hospital. High levels of BASV-specific antibodies were found in the third patient, establishing that he indeed had been infected with Bas-Congo virus. The same antibodies were also found in the second nurse, even though he never actually became sick.

      “What this suggests is that the disease may be transmissible from person to person — though it’s most likely to have originated from some other source,” said Nathan Wolfe, PhD, founder and chairman of Global Viral, and a co-author on the paper. “The fact that it belongs to a family of viruses known to infect a wide variety of mammals, insects and other animals means that it may perpetually exist in insect or other ‘host’ species and was accidentally passed to humans through insect bites or some other means.”

      The research consortium includes San Francisco-based Global Viral, Metabiota, UCSF, BSRI, as well as researchers with the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon; the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, France; the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University; and the Howard Hughes Medical Center.

      This work was funded by support from Google.org, the Skoll Foundation, the government of Gabon, Total-Fina-Elf Gabon, and the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes de la France, the U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of Global Emerging Infections, Surveillance Operations (AFHSC GEIS) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (DTRA-CBEP), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, PREDICT project. Additional funding was provided by the National Institutes of Health provided via grant numbers R01-HL083254, R01-HL105770, R56-AI089532, and R01-HL105704 and by an Abbott Viral Discovery Award.

      * Global Viral was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Initiative.

      **Metabiota was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Inc.

      29.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Indiana, Riley Damage level Details

      Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 29 September, 2012 at 17:34 (05:34 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Riley Hospital for Children is back in operation after a mysterious illness resulted in a lockdown on Thursday. Seven adults got sick and four others were hospitalized Thursday due to an unknown substance they were exposed to inside the emergency room at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. All of those hospitalized have since been relased according to Riley spokeswoman, Abigail Gras. It all started with an odd smell, which Riley staff members confirmed, prompting a call to the Indianapolis Fire Department. At approximately 11:50 a.m., an IFD hazardous materials team responded, along with members of the Department of Homeland Security, to investigate a possible chemical spill inside the hospital’s emergency room. IFD spokesman Lt. Derrick Sayles later said there wasn’t a chemical spill. Crews were still trying to identify the mystery subtance that caused seven adults to fall ill at Riley, even though investigators admit they may never know what made them sick. “At this time, everything we found is inconclusive,” said Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons at a news conference Friday afternoon.Marion County Health Department Director, Dr. Virginia Caine, confirmed the inconclusive findings, “We’ve used the most sophisticated tests that we have already,” she said. “Usually when you get to this stage, it’s very rare that you identify something later.” Riley says its hospital did everything right to respond: a major lockdown and extensive testing by Hazmat, the Health Department, even experts at the National Guard. They ruled out benzene and any gases associated with bio-terrorism. “Our monitors would pick up on any kind of chemical like that,” Coons told reporters. Thankfully, all 7 adults who were sickened reported no additional symptoms hours after exposure to the mystery substance, nor has any one else reported getting sick since it all began. Unfortunately, them may never know what made them sick. As of today, health officials report that we may likely never know what noxious substance triggered the hospital lockdown and caused people to get sick.
      Biohazard name: Unidentified illness
      Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
      Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
      Symptoms:
      Status: suspected

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      Climate Change

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

       by Kim Martineau

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study Enlarge Glaciers on Svalbard are retreating rapidly. Credit: William D’Andrea
      Glaciers on Svalbard are retreating rapidly. Credit: William D’Andrea (Phys.org)—Summers on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard are now warmer than at any other time in the last 1,800 years, including during medieval times when parts of the northern hemisphere were as hot as, or hotter, than today, according to a new study in the journal Geology.
      “The Medieval Warm Period was not as uniformly warm as we once thought—we can start calling it the Medieval Period again,” said the study’s lead author, William D’Andrea, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “Our record indicates that recent summer temperatures on Svalbard are greater than even the warmest periods at that time.” The naturally driven Medieval Warm Period, from about 950 to 1250, has been a favorite time for people who deny evidence that humans are heating the planet with industrial greenhouse gases. But the climate reconstruction from Svalbard casts new doubt on that era’s reach, and undercuts skeptics who argue that current warming is also natural. Since 1987, summers on Svalbard have been 2 degrees to 2.5 degrees C (3.6 to 4.5 degrees F) hotter than they were there during warmest parts of the Medieval Warm Period, the study found. Researchers produced the 1,800 year climate record by analyzing levels of unsaturated fats in algae buried in the sediments of Kongressvatnet lake, in western Svalbard. In colder water, algae make more unsaturated fats, or alkenones; in warmer water, they produce more saturated fats. Like pages in a book, the unsaturation level of fats can provide a record of past climate. So far, most Arctic climate records have come from ice cores that preserve only annual layers of cold-season snowfall, and thus cold-season temperatures. But lake sediments, with their record of summertime temperatures, can tell scientists how climate varied the rest of the year and in places where ice sheets are absent. “We need both ice core and lake sediment records,” said Elisabeth Isaksson, a glaciologist at the Norwegian Polar Institute who was not involved in the study. “Here, Billy has found something that tells a different, more detailed story.” In looking at how summers on Svalbard varied, researchers also discovered that the region was not particularly cold during another recent anomalous period—the “Little Ice Age” of the 18th and 19th centuries, when glaciers on Svalbard surged to their greatest extent in the last 10,000 years and glaciers in many parts of Western Europe also grew.They suggest that more snow, rather than colder temperatures, may have fed the growth of Svalbard glaciers.
      Evidence from tree rings and ice cores shows that southern Greenland and parts of North America were warmer from 950 to 1250 than today, with the Vikings taking advantage of ice-free waters to settle Greenland. Some regions also saw prolonged drought, including California, Nevada and the Mississippi Valley, leading some scientists to coin the term Medieval Climate Anomaly to emphasize the extreme shift in precipitation rather than temperature. A natural increase in solar radiation during this time was responsible for warming parts of the northern hemisphere, with a rise in volcanic activity from 1100 to 1260 causing milder winters, University of Massachusetts scientist Ray Bradley explained in a 2003 Perspective piece in Science. Bradley is a co-author of the Svalbard lake sediment study. Western Svalbard began to gradually warm in 1600, the researchers found, when the northern arm of the Gulf Stream, known as the West Spitsbergen Current, may have brought more tropical water to the region. In 1890, the warming began to accelerate, with researchers attributing most of the warming since about 1960 to rising industrial greenhouse gas levels. Ice cores from Svalbard, by contrast, show a slight cooling over the last 1,800 years. The conflicting evidence suggests that temperatures may have fluctuated more sharply between winter and summer, said Anne Hormes, a quaternary geologist at the University Centre in Svalbard who was not involved in the study. D’Andrea and his colleagues dated their lake cores by analyzing grains of glass spewed by volcanoes hundreds of miles away in Iceland. Those past eruptions— Snæfellsjökullin 170, Hekla in 1104 and Öræfajökull in 1362—all left unique chemical time markers on Svalbard’s lake sediments. “We know fairly precisely when these eruptions occurred, which is rare in the geologic record,” said study co-author Nicholas Balascio, a scientist at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Recent temperature measurements show that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, with sea ice this summer shrinking to its smallest extent on record. Natural feedbacks are amplifying the warming as loss of reflective sea ice causes the ocean to absorb more of the sun’s energy, melting more sea ice, which causes more energy absorption, and so on. Climate models suggest that by 2100 Svalbard will warm more than any other landmass on earth, due to a combination of sea-ice loss and changes in atmospheric and oceanic circulation, according to the International Panel on Climate Change 2007 report. In a study published last year in the journal Advances in Meteorology, Norwegian researchers estimate that average winter temperature in Svalbard could rise by as much as 10 degrees C, or 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

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      Solar Activity

      2MIN News Sept 29. 2012

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

      TODAY’S LINKS
      More on the Mars Pics: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2015&category=Science
      Sinkhole: http://www.bayoubuzz.com/component/k2/item/104287-the-smell-of-the-bayou-corn…
      Arctic Temps: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-high-arctic-tops-year-high.html
      More on the Mars Pics: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2015&category=Science

      REPEAT LINKS
      Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

      HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

      SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos – as seen from earth]

      SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT – as seen from earth]

      Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI – as seen from the side]

      SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it… trust me]

      SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

      iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

      NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
      NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

      US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

      NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

      NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

      RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

      GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

      JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

      LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

      Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can’t figure out what this one is for?]

      BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

      TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

      GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

      RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

      EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

      PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

      HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

      INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

      NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

      PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

      QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

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      Space

       

       

       Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

      Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
      (2012 RH10) 03rd October 2012 2 day(s) 0.1260 49.0 98 m – 220 m 12.90 km/s 46440 km/h
      (2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 8 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
      (1994 EK) 14th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
      (2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
      (2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 17 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

       

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      Sinkhole

      sinkholeIs the growing sinkhole crises at Bayou Corne Louisiana  worsening?  Is the state of Louisiana, the feds and Texas Brine Company doing enough to protect the area, the residents and the region?

      On Tuesday, a 30 x 50 section caved in pulling down more trees and part of an access road.

      According to the Advocate, “Other developments regarding the sinkhole emergency have emerged in recent days, state and parish officials said:

      • Sonar testing results of a damaged Texas Brine salt cavern and samples of material found in the cavern are being analyzed to better understand what happened to the cavern suspected as the cause of the sinkhole.
      • Testing of hydrocarbon liquids from a Texas Brine investigatory well into the cavern may provide a definite link between the cavern and the sinkhole.
      • Another location where natural gas bubbles to the surface of area waterways emerged and samples of its gas emissions have been captured for testing.

      In announcing their cavern sustained damage, Texas Brine officials said Monday that a tool used to measure the depth of the underground cavern found its floor is 1,300 feet shallower than when it was plugged and abandoned in mid 2011. That new, shallower point is 4,000 feet underground.

      The company said the findings indicated “some type of dense material has fallen to the bottom of the cavern.”

      Parish and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources officials are trying to get a better idea about the nature and amount of material found Monday inside the 20-million-barrel salt cavern, said Patrick Courreges, DNR spokesman.

      The sinkhole has been in existence now  since August 3 of this year, prior to Hurricane Isaac.

      According to environmental attorney Stuart Smith, something smells.  Smith, who has been critical of the state and Texas Brine and others, stated today in a emailer sent to the public:

      But the stench from the latest whopper from Texas Brine is more foul than any odor from the growing slurry pit:

      The Louisiana Office of Conservation Commissioner James Welsh ordered Texas Brine Co. of Houston Tuesday to turn over all studies and data supporting its claim that tremors caused the failure of the company’s salt cavern in Assumption Parish, the agency said.

      The order, which threatens fines or penalties for noncompliance, follows Texas Brine’s statement late Monday night that regional seismic activity damaged an abandoned company salt cavern that has been suspected as the cause of a 4-acre sinkhole erupting near the Bayou Corne community.

      You read that correctly. Remember, this is the site were Texas Brine warned state officials more than a year and a half ago that there might be problems with the cavern’s integrity, and then neither the company nor the state lifted a finger this summer when the ground began to shake and gases began bubbling up from underground. And yet now Texas Brine is trying to pull a fast one by claiming the earth tremors caused the cavern to sink — not the other way around.

      A federal official called out the company’s claim as preposterous:

      But, in Tuesday’s statement from the Office of Conservation, researchers also studying the quakes disputed that claim.

      William Leith, U.S. Geological Survey senior adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards, said that the USGS consensus is that the seismic activity detected in the area is a consequence of the cavern collapse, not the cause of the collapse and sinkhole/slurry area, the office’s statement says.

      The bottom line just keeps growing bigger in Bayou Corne, and the ultimate bottom line is this: Somebody is going to have to pay for both the environmental carnage and the psychological stresses have been dumped on this small bayou community. Now Texas Brine has the audacity to portray this as an act of God, when clearly this crisis was created by humans acting recklessly. Even if the sinkhole swallows the entire town, it can’t swallow the truth.

       

       

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      Earthquakes

      USGS

      MAG UTC DATE-TIME
      y/m/d h:m:s
      LAT
      deg
      LON
      deg
      DEPTH
      km
       Region
      MAP  4.8   2012/09/15 23:44:51  -55.951   -27.774 10.1  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.3 2012/09/15 23:41:25  -16.690   -69.210 197.4  SOUTHERN PERU
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/15 19:52:09   19.708  -156.015 11.6  HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 18:31:49   19.569   -64.301 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.9 2012/09/15 18:27:17   19.576   -64.238 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  5.3   2012/09/15 17:35:45  -10.768   113.874 30.6  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
      MAP  5.6   2012/09/15 16:32:21  -10.771   113.856 9.9  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/15 16:09:45   35.688   140.969 12.6  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
      MAP  2.5 2012/09/15 15:59:29   60.037  -152.761 97.5  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/15 15:30:52   62.889  -150.411 106.8  CENTRAL ALASKA
      MAP  3.2 2012/09/15 14:51:53   18.930   -65.087 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 13:28:09   51.543   178.892 2.4  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/15 12:37:09   39.713  -123.163 2.9  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
      MAP  2.9 2012/09/15 12:21:40   46.366  -111.049 8.0  WESTERN MONTANA
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 10:54:34   17.916   -65.460 35.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
      MAP  5.3   2012/09/15 10:26:26   12.558   125.466 35.0  SAMAR, PHILIPPINES
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/15 09:52:17   18.586   -67.810 80.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/15 09:37:18  -32.832   -66.667 41.6  SAN LUIS, ARGENTINA
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/15 08:43:28   46.164   152.949 42.8  KURIL ISLANDS
      MAP  3.4 2012/09/15 07:30:08   19.743   -64.257 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 07:29:09   19.555   -64.293 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  5.1   2012/09/15 07:04:01   12.564   125.530 23.8  SAMAR, PHILIPPINES
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/15 06:44:23   51.789  -176.409 67.9  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
      MAP  2.8 2012/09/15 06:29:37   19.212   -64.661 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/15 05:59:08   19.394   -64.165 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.2 2012/09/15 05:57:45   19.705   -64.257 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/15 05:52:12   40.380   63.399 23.7  WESTERN UZBEKISTAN
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/15 05:20:08   19.535   -64.356 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.4 2012/09/15 05:18:37   19.625   -64.334 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.4 2012/09/15 05:14:28   -3.891   -80.141 80.1  PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION
      MAP  2.8 2012/09/15 02:36:59   62.432  -147.767 1.8  CENTRAL ALASKA
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 02:23:26   57.378  -154.630 0.2  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/15 00:51:00   19.380  -155.243 3.7  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
      MAP  4.5   2012/09/15 00:50:47  -34.657   -72.665 20.3  OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/15 00:40:15  -34.650   -72.677 24.1  OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE

      LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

      GSN Stations

      These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 16, 2012 05:18:57 UTC

      Seismograms may take several moments to load. Click on a plot to see larger image.

      CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

       ANWB 24hr plot

      CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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      CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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      CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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      CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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      CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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      CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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      CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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      CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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      IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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      IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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      IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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      IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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      IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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      IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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      IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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      IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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      IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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      IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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      IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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      IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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      IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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      IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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      IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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      IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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      IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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      IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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      IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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      IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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      IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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      IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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      IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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      IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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      IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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      IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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      IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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      IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

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      IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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      IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

       JOHN 24hr plot

      IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

       KBS 24hr plot

      IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

       KEV 24hr plot

      IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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      IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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      IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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      IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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      IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

       KONO 24hr plot

      IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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      IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

       LCO 24hr plot

      IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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      IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

       LVC 24hr plot

      IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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      IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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      IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

       MAKZ 24hr plot

      IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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      IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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      IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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      IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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      IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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      IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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      IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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      IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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      IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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      IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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      IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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      IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

       PTCN 24hr plot

      IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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      IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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      IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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      IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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      IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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      IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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      IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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      IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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      IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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      IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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      IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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      IU/SLBS, Sierra la Laguna Baja California Sur, Mexico

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      IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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      IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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      IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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      IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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      IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

       TEIG 24hr plot

      IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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      IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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      IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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      IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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      IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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      IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

       ULN 24hr plot

      IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

       WAKE 24hr plot

      IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

       WCI 24hr plot

      IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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      IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

       XMAS 24hr plot

      IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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      IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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      Volcanic Activity

      15.09.2012 04:40 AM Tanna Island, Vanuatu Mount Yasur volcano Volcano Activity 0507-10= Stratovolcano 2010 No. 0 Details

      Volcano Activity in Vanuatu on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 04:40 (04:40 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Volcanic activity on Mount Yasur on Tanna Island in Vanuatu, which has been erupting for hundreds of years, has intensified. The Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory has raised its warning regarding Yasur to level two, with expectations of ash and rock falls around the mountain. The volcano reached a level three rating last year, but Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory manager Esline Garaebiti says a threat of that extent is unlikely. However she says people still need to stay clear of the mountain. “This volcano is quite special and the activity is so strong that we maintain it in level two for quite some time and if the explosions are becoming very strong and the projections go further out from the parking area then we will raise the level to level three.”

       

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      Storms / Tornadoes / Flooding / Landslides

        Active tropical storm system(s)
      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Sanba (17W) Pacific Ocean 11.09.2012 16.09.2012 Typhoon IV 355 ° 176 km/h 213 km/h 5.79 m JTWC Details

       Tropical Storm data

      Share:
      Storm name: Sanba (17W)
      Area: Pacific Ocean
      Start up location: N 11° 6.000, E 133° 48.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,158.44 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: JTWC
      Useful links:

      Past track
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
      Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Category Course Wave Pressure Source
      12th Sep 2012 05:03:46 N 12° 42.000, E 131° 48.000 15 102 130 Tropical Storm 310 18 JTWC
      13th Sep 2012 04:24:21 N 14° 48.000, E 129° 48.000 13 167 204 Typhoon II. 335 17 JTWC
      14th Sep 2012 05:10:27 N 18° 12.000, E 129° 42.000 19 278 296 Super Typhoon 360 20 JTWC
      15th Sep 2012 06:52:46 N 22° 18.000, E 129° 0.000 19 204 250 Typhoon III. 335 15 JTWC
      Current position
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
      Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Category Course Wave
      feet
      Pressure Source
      16th Sep 2012 05:12:01 N 27° 0.000, E 128° 6.000 26 176 213 Typhoon IV 355 ° 19 JTWC
      Forecast track
      Date Time Position Category Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Source
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 0.000, E 127° 54.000 Typhoon II 139 167 JTWC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 43° 0.000, E 130° 18.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 52° 30.000, E 135° 6.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
      Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 16.09.2012 Hurricane II 95 ° 130 km/h 157 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

      Tropical Storm data

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      Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,012.00 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      Past track
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
      Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Category Course Wave Pressure Source
      12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
      13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
      14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
      15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
      Current position
      Date Time Position Speed
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      Category Course Wave
      feet
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      16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane II 95 ° 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
      Forecast track
      Date Time Position Category Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Source
      17th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 31° 48.000, W 37° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 54.000, W 40° 0.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 0.000, W 34° 48.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 32° 30.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
      20th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 37° 0.000, W 32° 0.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
      21st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 36° 30.000, W 31° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
      Kristy (EP11) Pacific Ocean – East 12.09.2012 16.09.2012 Tropical Depression 315 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 5.49 m NOAA NHC Details

      Tropical Storm data

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      Storm name: Kristy (EP11)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 16° 42.000, W 106° 0.000
      Start up: 12th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 818.09 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
      Useful links:

      Past track
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
      Wind
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      Category Course Wave Pressure Source
      13th Sep 2012 05:35:33 N 18° 0.000, W 107° 24.000 15 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 11 1002 MB NOAA NHC
      14th Sep 2012 05:12:13 N 19° 42.000, W 111° 6.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 15 1000 MB NOAA NHC
      15th Sep 2012 06:57:35 N 21° 12.000, W 113° 48.000 15 74 93 Tropical Storm 305 11 1001 MB NOAA NHC
      Current position
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
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      km/h
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      km/h
      Category Course Wave
      feet
      Pressure Source
      16th Sep 2012 05:19:27 N 23° 42.000, W 116° 12.000 15 65 83 Tropical Depression 315 ° 18 1004 MB NOAA NHC
      Forecast track
      Date Time Position Category Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Source
      17th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 26° 24.000, W 118° 48.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 36.000, W 118° 24.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 0.000, W 118° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
      Lane (EP12) Pacific Ocean – East 15.09.2012 16.09.2012 Tropical Depression 280 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

      Tropical Storm data

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      Storm name: Lane (EP12)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 14° 0.000, W 123° 30.000
      Start up: 15th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 62.93 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
      Useful links:

      Past track
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
      Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Category Course Wave Pressure Source
      Current position
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
      Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Category Course Wave
      feet
      Pressure Source
      16th Sep 2012 05:13:14 N 13° 18.000, W 124° 6.000 11 65 83 Tropical Depression 280 ° 16 1003 MB NOAA NHC
      Forecast track
      Date Time Position Category Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Source
      17th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 15° 36.000, W 127° 18.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 30.000, W 126° 6.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 54.000, W 128° 18.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 18.000, W 129° 42.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
      20th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 0.000, W 131° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
      21st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 30.000, W 135° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC

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      New Typhoon Heads To Korea; North Korea Already Reels

      By Evan Ramstad

      KCNA via European Pressphoto Agency
      Damage from Typhoon Bolaven in North Korea, photographed near Komdok on Aug. 31 by KCNA, released Sept. 7 to EPA for international distribution.

      Just as another typhoon headed toward the Korean peninsula, North Korea on Friday summarized the damage from the late summer storm season – 300 dead and another 600 injured or missing.

      North Korea’s state news agency said that the worst damage came from the typhoon called Bolaven that swept over the peninsula on Aug. 28 and 29.

      That storm alone killed 59 people and left about 26,320 people homeless after about 8,000 houses were destroyed by rain and flooding.

      For a country that is so poor and inefficient that each year’s summer storms leave it a disastrous wreck, North Korea provides strikingly precise data about the damage.

      Since mid-June, storms and floods damaged or destroyed 87,280 homes and left 298,050 people homeless, its news agency said.

      It did not say whether they were temporarily homeless from, say, floodwater, or indeed needed entire new homes.

      Among the other damage, 92 drinking water systems were ravaged and 16,900 trees knocked down. “More than 17,150 square meters of railroad were washed away and over 300 sections of railway [were] covered by landslides, with scores of tunnels and railway bridges damaged,” it said.

      Now comes Typhoon Sanba, which is heading north from the Philippines toward Okinawa this weekend and the Korean peninsula by Monday. It is a stronger storm than Bolaven, which was billed as the biggest in a decade but didn’t turn out that way.
      Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer on Okinawa warns that he’s never seen a storm as intense as Sanba is shaping up to be.

      By the time it hits the Korean peninsula, its winds will have died down from Category 4 to Category 2 speeds, he estimates. Even so, both South and North Korea are well-saturated. And North Korea is in no shape for another big storm.

      15.09.2012 Tornado Philippines Province of Zamboanga del Norte, Zambo Sibugay Damage level Details

      Tornado in Philippines on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:52 (03:52 PM) UTC.

      Description
      One people got injured and several establishments were partially damaged when a tornado hit a town in Zamboanga Sibugay early today, local officials said. The tornado, which is locally called “buhawi”, hit Poblacion village, the town center of Kabasalan town about 3:30 a.m today, said Mayor George Cainglet. According to the responding police, a driver of a bicycle cab identified as Bebot Baricua, got injured when a flying debris hit him on the street, making him the only victim of the tornado. Besides him, the roofs of the public market, particularly under the wet section, and the roof of the garage area of the town police center were also tore by the tornado, the police added. “The damage was minimal but the residents went panic as a result of the sudden weather disturbance,” disaster officer Adriano Fuego told the press. The authorities estimated that the total damage caused by the tornado is just P200,000 (about $4,800), and the business at the public market was temporarily halted due to the disaster.

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      15.09.2012 Flash Flood Taiwan Multiple areas, [Northern regons] Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in Taiwan on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:48 (03:48 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Northern Taiwan has seen heavy rainfall Saturday due to the combined effects of seasonal winds and a nearby typhoon, the Central Weather Bureau said. Moisture carried by seasonal winds from the northeast, together with the outer rim of Typhoon Sanba, has caused significant downpours in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan County and Yilan County. Xindian District in New Taipei was the hardest-hit area, recording accumulated precipitation of 296 millimeters between midnight and 3 p.m. Saturday, bureau data showed. Rainfall in the areas is likely to continue until Sunday, causing daily minimum temperatures to drop to around 23 degrees Celsius, forecasters said. Meanwhile, strong winds reaching 100 kilometers per hour could be felt in coastal areas across the island due to influence from nearby Sanba. However, the typhoon is not expected to pose further threats to the island as it is heading toward the Ryukyu Islands, the bureau said. As of 2 p.m., Sanba was centered 720 km east of Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, moving at a speed of 23 kph in a north-northwesterly direction. It was packing sustained winds of 191 kph, with gusts reaching 234 kph, the bureau said.
      15.09.2012 Flash Flood Philippines Capital City, Manila Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in Philippines on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:39 (03:39 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Parts of Manila were under six feet (1.8 metres) of floodwater on Saturday after heavy rain lashed the capital overnight, forcing more than 400 people to flee their homes, officials said. There was also a strong typhoon lurking in the region, and although it was moving away from the Philippines and towards Japan, forecasters said it was adding to the wild weather. “Typhoon (Sanba) has no direct effect but the storm enhanced the southwestern monsoon so we will continue to experience rains,” said government meteorologist Gary de la Cruz. Low-lying coastal areas of the capital were hardest hit, forcing people to leave their homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. At least 10 domestic flights were cancelled and universities in affected areas called off classes, the council said.

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      15.09.2012 Landslide India State of Bengal, Darjeeling Damage level Details

      Landslide in India on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:59 (03:59 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Landslides triggered by heavy overnight rain in the hills caused extensive damage in six tea gardens, while the National Highway 31A which was blocked was cleared by the Border Roads Organisation on Saturday. Work had to be stopped for the day in Takdah and Lopchu gardens because of the landslide, while Bannockburn, Phoobshering, Ging and Pussimbing reported loss of tea bushes, Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA) Principal Secretary, Sandip Mukherjee said. “Takdah received around 18 inches of rainfall in the last 24 hours. A 40ft road in Takdah has been washed away in four places and five culverts have been damaged in landslides. There is no approach road to the garden factory now,” Mukherjee said. He said 13 labour quarters and two culverts were affected by the landslides at Lopchu. “Tea bushes in an acre have been uprooted in Lopchu and road connectivity within the garden has become a major problem. Given the extent of the damage, no work could be carried out in Lopchu,” he said. Road communication in the Ging tea garden, about 20km from Darjeeling, was hit after three culverts were damaged. “In Phoobshering, 6,500 tea bushes have been uprooted by the landslides. There is no approach road to the factory now. Water has also seeped into the garden factory,” he said. He alleged that constructions under the 100-days work scheme aggravated the situation in the tea gardens. District Magistrate Saumitra Mohan said “The NH31A was blocked at Tarkhola, Melli and Kalijhora but all major roads have been cleared of debris with the help of agencies like the Border Roads Organisation and the public works department.” Mohan, also the principal secretary of the GTA, said an order has been issued to all subdivisional officers and block divisional officers, that any project was to be cleared only after taking into account environmental concerns and technical viability.

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      15.09.2012 Technological Disaster India State of Uttarakhand, Rudraprayag Damage level Details

      Technological Disaster in India on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:45 (03:45 PM) UTC.

      Description
      At least 20 people were killed as dozens of houses collapsed following a cloudburst in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in north India on Friday. Several people are feared trapped under the debris and rescue operations have been launched, Disaster Management and Mitigation department officials said citing initial reports. According to officials, incessant rains since Thursday followed by a cloudburst in the wee hours Friday have left a trail of destruction in Timada, Sansari, Giriya, Chunni and Mangali villages in the district. River Saryu and Kaliganga are flowing above danger mark following rains since Thursday night. Communication and power lines were disrupted and traffic along several roads, including national highways, in the area has been blocked due to landslides, officials said. The local administration has sought the assistance of the Army in view of the large-scale destruction caused by the cloudburst in Rudrap rayag district.

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      Radiation / Nuclear

       

       

      Yukio Edano OKs Restart of Construction of New Reactors in Aomori, Shimane

       
      Yukio “There is no immediate effect on health” Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry who will have technically lost his portfolio on nuclear issues come September 19 (when the new Nuclear Regulatory Commission under Goshi Hosono’s ministry takes over the nuclear regulatory oversight from NISA), approved the resumption of construction of two new reactors.

      So much for the Noda administration’s “pledge” to have zero nuclear power plant operating in 2030. (We’re just shocked. Shocked, aren’t we?)

      From Yomiuri Shinbun (9/15/2012):

      経産相、大間原発・島根3号機の建設を容認

      Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry allows the construction of Ooma Nuke Plant, Reactor 3 at Shimane

      枝野経済産業相は15日、青森県の三村申吾知事や原子力施設のある市町村の首長らと青森市で会談し、東日本大震災後に工事を中断した電源開発大間(おおま)原子力発電所(青森県大間町)と中国電力島根原発3号機(松江市)の建設再開・稼働を事実上、容認する考えを伝えた。

      On September 15, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano held a meeting in Aomori City with Governor of Aomori Prefecture Shingo Mimura and the mayors of municipalities where nuclear facilities are located, and told them that he would allow the resumption of construction and operation of Ooma Nucleaer Power Plant by Electric Power Development Co.,Ltd. (in Ooma-cho, Aomori Prefecture) and Reactor 3 of Shimane Nucleaer Power Plant by Chugoku Electric Power Company (in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture).

      両原発の建設が再開されれば、震災後初めての原発建設となる。

      It would be the first construction of nuclear reactors after the March 11, 2011 disaster.

      政府は14日に決めた「革新的エネルギー・環境戦略」に、2030年代に原発の稼働をゼロにする目標を明記した。運転期間を40年とする政府の原則に従えば、建設を再開した原発は50年代まで稼働できることになり、新たなエネルギー戦略の矛盾を早くも露呈する形となった。

      In the “Revolutionary strategy for energy and environment” that was agreed upon on September 14, the national government clearly set the target to have zero nuclear reactors operating in 2030. If the government rule of 40 years of operation is applied, these nuclear reactors would be allowed to operate into 2050, which would be a contradiction to the new energy strategy.

      枝野氏は会談で「原子炉の設置と工事計画許可が与えられている原発について、経産省の立場として変更は考えていない」と述べ、19日に発足する原子力規制委員会が安全を確認すれば、建設再開・稼働を認める方針を示した。

      Mr. Edano said in the meeting, “As to the nuclear power plants with permits for installing a reactor and for construction plan, we as Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are not thinking of any change”, indicating the intention to allow the resumption of construction and operation once the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirms safety. The Commission will be installed on September 19.

      建設中の原発は、大間、島根3号機のほか、東京電力東通(ひがしどおり)原発1号機(青森県東通村)がある。ただ、東通1号機について、枝野氏は「東電が原子力について議論できる段階ではまだない」と述べており、建設再開の対象にはならないとみられる。

      In addition to Ooma Nuclear Power Plant and Reactor 3 of Shimane Nuclear Power Plant, Reactor 1 of Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant is also under construction by TEPCO (in Higashidori-mura, Aomori Prefecture). However, Mr. Edano said of Higashidori’s Reactor 1, “TEPCO is not in a position yet to discuss nuclear energy”, indicating that the resumption of construction of Higashidori Reactor 1 would be unlikely at this time.

       

      7.2 Bq/Kg of cesium from pickled plum in Tokyo

      Posted by Mochizuki

      7.2 Bq/Kg of cesium from pickled plum in Tokyo

      Pickled plum (Ume boshi) is one of the most common Japanese traditional food.

      It’s known to be a great preserved food as well,and people often use it for lunch box.

      However, they are contaminated as well.

      On 9/7/2012, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare measured cesium from pickled plum.

      The sample was purchased on 9/6/2012. It was already distributed in Tokyo.

      The origin of product is not announced.

      7.2 Bq/Kg of cesium from pickled plum in Tokyo

      Source

       

       

       

       

       

      Insurance company “no coverage for damage caused by nuclear fuel material”

      Posted by Mochizuki

      Insurance company or life insurance company writes on instruction that they won’t cover damage from nuclear fuel material recently.

      A Japanese posted tweeted like this below,

       

      最近、保険にこーゆー文言が入るようになった。『核燃料物質によって生じた損害』には保険金をお支払いできませんとな。 twitter.com/sayakaiurani/s…

      — HALOPさん (@sayakaiurani) 9月 15, 2012

      Insurance company "no coverage for damage caused by nuclear fuel material"

      <Translate>

      Recently insurance company adds this item on their instruction.

      “We won’t pay insurance for the damage caused by nuclear fuel material.”

      <End>

       

      We need to verify how it was before 311.

       

       
       
       
       
       

      Installation of new thermometer to reactor2 still takes time

      Posted by Mochizuki
      Currently, only 1 measuring point remains available to measure temperature in RPV of reactor2. [Link]

      On 9/14/2012, Tepco released the work implementation plan to install new thermometer to RPV of reactor2, but they didn’t announce when to complete the installation clearly.

      Installation of new thermometer to reactor2 still takes time

       

      Installation of new thermometer to reactor2 still takes time 2

       

      Source

       

       

       

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Superbug kills 7th person at NIH hospital in Bethesda

      BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.

      Aerial photo of the NIH Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, Bethesda, Maryland

      The Washington Post reported the death Friday.

      NIH officials told the paper that the boy from Minnesota died Sept. 7.

      NIH says the boy arrived at the research hospital in Bethesda in April and was being treated for complications from a bone marrow transplant when he contracted the bug.

      He was the 19th patient at the hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of KPC, or Klebsiella pneumoniae.

      The outbreak stemmed from a single patient carrying the superbug who arrived at the hospital last summer.

      The paper reported the Minnesota boy’s case marked the first new infection of this superbug at NIH since January.

       

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      Solar Activity

      2MIN News Sept 15. 2012

      Published on Sep 15, 2012 by

      2012 Explanation Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

      REPEAT LINKS
      Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

      HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

      SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos – as seen from earth]

      SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT – as seen from earth]

      Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI – as seen from the side]

      SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it… trust me]

      SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

      iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

      NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
      NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

      US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

      NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

      NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

      RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

      GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

      JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

      LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

      Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can’t figure out what this one is for?]

      BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

      TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

      GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

      RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

      EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

      PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

      HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

      INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

      NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

      PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

      QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

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      Space

      Electromagnetic Event: Magnetic Pole Shift Could Be In Progress

      Published on Sep 14, 2012 by

      There are two dangers presented in this video: 1) The Electromagnetic Event; and 2) The Mega Solar Flare & CME – Music: Instrumental “Soul Survivor” by Akon & Young Jeezy

      HAARP:
      Emotional & behavioral suppression technology, Silent Sound Spread Spectrum technology, and weather modification are dangerous, unethical, a secret in their truest form, and don’t have a damn thing to do with HAARP — This is what you should know:
      1) Things not caused by HAARP: Long Solar Minimum, Jupiter/Saturn Storms, Saturn/Venus Rotation Anomalies, New Radio Emission from Jupiter, Uranus Auroras, the ENA ribbon, and most importunely, earth’s shifting N pole and fading Magnetic Shield. [There is a natural event taking place]
      2) Weather Modification that is not HAARP: Radar Rings are different [local VLFs can do it without any help from HAARP], see video called ‘Standing Wave Tank” to see how LF work better on water vapor than HF. Some rings are man made with VLF, others are a natural effect of the EM event; I believe we are trying to stop it.
      3) Potential Danger of HAARP: Over-ionization of certain layers or regions, Creating Ozone holes, Increasing our Solar Vulnerability.
      4) ****HAARP and the Russian/Norwegian Devices are directly under the auroral electrojet, which is the thing that would kill our grids in a solar storm. The devices are ionospheric heaters capable of expanding the electrojet and scattering the energy.

      NIBIRU:
      What can I say, there is no star coming in here. That would kill us, and wouldn’t have left any planets here if it had come before. The term ‘dark star’ is a misnomer, it’s not so dark you wouldn’t see it. There IS a possibility that we could see a crossing ‘planet’, but not a star. Here are those possibilities, google will help fill in the blanks.
      1) Hypothetical Planet Vulcan [not star trek] happens to be real and comes out from behind the sun.
      2) Rogue Planet enters our system. [they outnumber stars in our galaxy]
      3) Planetary ‘Birthing’ process where a baby planet comes out of the Sun, Saturn, or Jupiter.
      4) A Return to the World described in ‘Symbols of an Alien Sky’
      [All but #2 could be lumped in together as caused by an electromagnetic event; I worry this is what is happening now– Sitchen made many documented errors, and it was the Maya, not the Sumerians, who spoke of 2012]

      http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/images/ssn_recent2.gif
      http://www.ips.gov.au/Solar/1/6
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/01apr_deepsolarmini…
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30sep_blankyear/
      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/solar-minima.html
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2003/29dec_magneticfield/
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3359555.stm
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/09/0909_040909_earthmagfield.html
      http://phys.org/news8917.html
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/magnetic-field-1.html
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/080630-earth-core.html
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/16dec_giantbreach/
      http://news.discovery.com/earth/earth-magnetic-field-north-110304.html
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30oct_ftes/
      http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_archives/2012/2012-19.shtml
      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia13763.html
      http://phys.org/news/2011-08-giant-arrow-shaped-cloud-saturn-moon.html
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/19may_saturnstorm/
      http://www.science20.com/news_articles/now_broadcasting_radio_jupiter-93369
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/20may_loststripe/
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2006/02mar_redjr/
      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/media/cassini-062804.html
      http://www.universetoday.com/93494/is-venus-rotation-slowing-down/
      http://dvice.com/archives/2012/09/video-jupiter-t.php
      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/09/explosion-spotted-on-jupiter-a…
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/15oct_ibex/
      http://news.discovery.com/earth/earth-atmosphere-shrinking.html
      http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/special-reports/2011-spring-extremes/

      STARWATER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiC-92YgZvQ
      Electric Universe: google the Thunderbolts Project

       

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      Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

      15.09.2012 Biological Hazard China Tibet Autonomous Region, [Nyingchi Prefecture] Damage level Details

      Biological Hazard in China on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:54 (03:54 PM) UTC.

      Description
      The highly infectious and sometimes fatal Foot and Mouth Disease infections have been traced in livestock in the Nyingtri region of central Tibet. According to the regional agricultural ministry, a total of 123 live head of cattle and 108 pigs have showed symptoms associated with FMD. After collecting samples, the Chinese National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory on Thursday confirmed that the livestock were infected with type O FMD. The local authorities have “sealed off and sterilised the infected area, where a total of 612 head of cattle and pigs have been culled and safely disposed of in order to prevent the disease from spreading since the case was confirmed.” While “quietly sending military troops to kill and burry the cattle,” Chinese authorities did not reveal the outbreak to the public. “Insiders say the provincial officials ordered the cover-up in fear that their records might be affected. Further investigation confirmed the disease to be a special type of FMD resistant to the current vaccine.” Following an outbreak of FMD in China’s eastern provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu, which later spread to suburban Beijing in 2005, China had for the first time reported FMD outbreak to the World Health Organisation. FMD is an acute contagious febrile disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovids. The disease can potentially cost huge economic loss to farming and nomadic families who make their living from livestock.
      Biohazard name: Foot-mouth disease (FMD)
      Biohazard level: 0/4 —
      Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
      Symptoms:
      Status: confirmed
      15.09.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Indiana, Mishawaka [Baycote Metal Finishing] Damage level Details

      HAZMAT in USA on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 09:30 (09:30 AM) UTC.

      Description
      A large portion of the southside of MIshawaka, Ind. was evacuated overnight after a chemical spill. Firefighters were called to 1302 Industrial Drive just after 8 p.m. after receiving a call of smoke coming out of a vacant building. The building used to be the home of Baycote Metal Finishing. After the fire was out, a firefighter noticed a low hanging vapor cloud in the building and immediately evacuated the area. The area includes about fifty homes, including an assisted living center. WSBT reports about 200 people were evacuated. The Red Cross set up a shelter for evacuees. Residents reported irritated skin and itchy eyes. Officials say this will be a major clean-up effort. This is a developing story. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
      15.09.2012 HAZMAT Czech Republic Multiple region, [Prerov,Osek and Becvou] Damage level Details

      HAZMAT in Czech Republic on Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 at 14:15 (02:15 PM) UTC.

      Back

      Updated: Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 04:16 UTC
      Description
      The Czech Republic has banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content as it battles a wave of methanol poisonings that has already killed 19 people. Health Minister Leos Heger says the unprecedented ban is effective immediately and applies nationwide. It covers all possible sales locations, including restaurants, hotels and stores. Kiosks and markets had earlier been banned from selling spirits with more than 30 percent alcohol content. In a brief announcement late Friday, Heger said the measure was taken as the death toll from the poisonings reached 19 and the first person was hospitalized in Prague. Dozens of people have been hospitalized, some in critical condition after drinking vodka and rum laced with methanol. The problem appears largely centered in northeastern Czech Republic.

       

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      Earthquakes

      USGS

      MAG UTC DATE-TIME
      y/m/d h:m:s
      LAT
      deg
      LON
      deg
      DEPTH
      km
       Region
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/14 23:51:33   19.001   -64.156 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.4 2012/09/14 23:13:13   10.127   -85.352 35.3  COSTA RICA
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/14 21:28:55   19.786   -64.085 20.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/14 19:58:39   19.591   -64.172 74.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/14 18:32:37   19.475   -64.347 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.5 2012/09/14 18:25:39   40.434  -124.161 26.4  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/14 18:21:59   40.440  -124.165 25.5  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
      MAP  4.0 2012/09/14 18:19:51   40.437  -124.163 26.8  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
      MAP  3.6 2012/09/14 17:50:15   65.642  -143.268 7.8  NORTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  3.2 2012/09/14 16:33:08   19.610   -64.293 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/14 16:14:59  -23.512  -179.109 387.0  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
      MAP  3.2 2012/09/14 15:34:18   19.405   -64.155 84.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.5 2012/09/14 13:32:23   54.428  -161.160 3.7  ALASKA PENINSULA
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/14 11:57:21   40.438  -124.161 25.0  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
      MAP  4.4 2012/09/14 11:53:18   40.443  -124.186 27.2  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
      MAP  2.5 2012/09/14 11:50:16   35.496  -102.753 5.0  TEXAS PANHANDLE REGION
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/14 11:23:23   19.519   -64.945 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/14 11:18:53   19.545   -64.101 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/14 07:28:53   19.695   -64.337 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  5.1   2012/09/14 07:18:39  -39.689   -16.038 10.0  SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
      MAP  5.1   2012/09/14 06:56:17  -39.633   -16.059 10.0  SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
      MAP  4.5   2012/09/14 06:45:09   36.369   69.760 165.6  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
      MAP  4.3 2012/09/14 06:34:27   14.826   -93.244 63.8  OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/14 06:07:28   18.875   -65.331 28.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
      MAP  2.9 2012/09/14 06:06:00   18.999   -63.791 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  6.2   2012/09/14 04:51:47   -3.363   100.588 19.8  KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
      MAP  3.2 2012/09/14 04:04:46   17.927   -68.492 92.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
      MAP  5.0   2012/09/14 03:21:48   43.627   82.357 26.9  NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/14 01:54:10   19.614   -64.306 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/14 00:46:52   19.529   -65.698 44.0  PUERTO RICO REGION

      6.3-Quake Hits Off Indonesia’s Sumatra: USGS

      A 6.3-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

      The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 11:51 am (0451 GMT) at a depth of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles), was 190 kilometers northwest of the town of Bengkulu.

      Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency measured the magnitude at 6.1.

      The Indonesian agency said the earthquake was felt in the cities of Padang and Bengkulu and along the southern coast of Sumatra.

      “There are no reports of damage so far. The quake happened in the sea close to Mentawai island, but no tsunami warning has been issued,” the agency’s duty officer, Koko Widyatmoko, told AFP.

      AFP, AP

      Quake jolts rural Northern California, no damage

      The Associated Press

      FORTUNA, Calif. — There are no damage reports after an earthquake jolted rural areas of Northern California near the Oregon border.

      A U.S. Geological Survey computer generated report says the magnitude-4.3 quake struck at 4:53 a.m. Friday and was centered 10 miles south of Fortuna. The area is about 270 miles northwest of Sacramento.

      Fortuna police dispatcher Tanya Kadle says she felt a quick jolt.

      She says there have been no reports of damage or injury.

       

       

      LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

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      These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 15, 2012 08:49:00 UTC

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      CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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      CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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      CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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      CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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      CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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      IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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      IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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      IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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      IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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      IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

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      IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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      IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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      IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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      IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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      IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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      Volcanic Activity

      temala Departmento de Sacatepequez, [Volcan of Fuego] Damage level Details

      Volcano Eruption in Guatemala on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 02:58 (02:58 AM) UTC.

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      Updated: Friday, 14 September, 2012 at 02:50 UTC
      Description
      At least 17 villages near the Volcan del Fuego, six miles from the colonial city of Antigua, are being evacuated. The eruption of the volcano could cause a disruption in airline flights in and out of Guatemala. A long-simmering volcano outside one of the Guatemala’s most famous tourist attractions exploded into a series of powerful eruptions Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and forcing the evacuation of more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities. Guatemala’s head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the evacuees were leaving some 17 villages around the Volcan del Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua. The ash was blowing south and authorities said Antigua was not currently in danger, although they expected the eruption to last for at least 12 more hours.The agency said the volcano spewed lava nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) down slopes billowing with ash around Acatenango, a 12,346-foot-high (3,763-meter-high) volcano whose name translates as “Volcano of Fire.” “A paroxysm of an eruption is taking place, a great volcanic eruption, with strong explosions and columns of ash,” said Gustavo Chicna, a volcanologist with the National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology. He said the cinders spewing from the volcano were settling a half-inch thick in many places. He said extremely hot gases were also rolling down the sides of the volcano, which was entirely wreathed in ash and smoke. The emergency agency warned that flights through the area could be affected. There was a general orange alert, the second-highest level, but a red alert south and southeast of the mountain, where, Chicna said, “it’s almost in total darkness.” Teresa Marroquin, disaster coordinator for the Guatemalan Red Cross, said the organization had set up 10 emergency shelters and was sending hygiene kits and water. “There are lots of respiratory problems and eye problems,” she said.

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      Extreme Temperatures/ Weather /  Drought

       

      Warmer temperatures make new USDA plant zone map obsolete

       

       

      Warmer temperatures make new USDA plant zone map obsolete

      Enlarge Credit: USDA
      Gardeners and landscapers may want to rethink their fall tree plantings. Warming temperatures have already made the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new cold-weather planting guidelines obsolete, according to Dr. Nir Krakauer, assistant professor of civil engineering in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering.

      Professor Krakauer developed a new method to map cold-weather zones in the United States that takes rapidly rising temperatures into account. Analyzing recent weather data, he overhauled the Department of Agriculture’s latest plant zone map released in January. The new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which predicts which trees and perennials can survive the winter in a given region, was a long time coming. Temperature boundaries shown in the latest version have shifted northward since the last one appeared in 1990. But the true zones have moved even further, according to Professor Krakauer’s calculations. “Over one-third of the country has already shifted half-zones compared to the current release, and over one-fifth has shifted full zones,” Professor Krakauer wrote this summer in the journal Advances in Meteorology. This means that fig trees, once challenged by frosty temperatures above North Carolina, are already weathering New York City winters thanks to changing temperatures and the insulating effect of the metropolis. Camellias, once happiest south of Ohio, may now be able to shrug off Detroit winters. The USDA divides the country into zones based on their annual minimum temperatures – frigid dips that determine which plants perish overnight or live to flower another day. (Each zone has a minimum temperature range of 10 degrees Fahrenheit; half zones have a 5-degree range.) Professor Krakauer found a weakness in how the agency came up with the zones, however. The USDA averaged annual minimum temperatures over a 30-year span, from 1976 to 2005, but winters have warmed significantly over that period. Zones now average about 2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the USDA’s 30-year average. “What is happening is that the winter is warming faster than the summer. Since [my] hardiness temperatures are based on minimum temperatures each year, they are changing faster than the average temperatures,” Professor Krakauer said. He found that these lowest yearly temperatures warmed roughly two and a half times faster than the average temperatures. His analysis also showed that the country is changing unevenly; more warming is occurring over the eastern interior and less in the Southwest. Professor Krakauer’s technique will allow gardeners and farmers to reassess what will survive the next year’s winter more frequently than the USDA can produce a new map. “The idea is that you could use this method to keep updating the zone map year by year instead of waiting for the official map – just keep adding new data and recalculate.” He noted that similar analyses could distinguish long-lasting climate trends – in wind or rainfall, for example – from year-to-year weather variations to distinguish between what some are calling the recent “weird weather” and the natural variations in global weather. More information: Nir Y. Krakauer. Estimating Climate Trends: Application to United States Plant Hardiness Zones. Advances in Meteorology, Vol. 2012 (2012), Article ID 404876, doi:10.1155/2012/404876 USDA Plant Hardiness Interactive Map planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/phzmweb/interactivemap.aspx Calculator for Regional Warming (by Nir Krakauer) www-ce.ccny.cuny.edu/nir/sw/hardiness-change.html Hardiness Zone Change Calculator, USDA vs. Krakauer www-ce.ccny.cuny.edu/nir/sw/hardiness-stations.html Provided by City College of New York search and more info website

      Queensland’s southeast coast has remained very dry over the last two months with Coolangatta recording its longest dry spell in over 27 years.

      It has been 49 days since the Gold Coast town has recorded rain in the gauge, making it the longest dry spell since records began in 1985. Brisbane has also been very dry with only 0.2mm of rain in the last 56 days, its driest period in over a decade.

      The prolonged dry period has been due to a number of factors. During the past two months, there have been few strong fronts, with nothing in the way of rain. Conditions have also been trending towards an El Niño weather pattern, which is associated with lower than usual rainfall.

      The dry spell is set to continue on Saturday with only a low chance of rain on Sunday, giving Coolangatta a good chance to exceed 50 days without rain. It will be a beautiful, mostly sunny weekend with only the chance of a light shower or two near the coast on Sunday.

      On Monday a low pressure trough will develop over Queensland, bringing showers to much of the state’s southeast. However there is still an even chance that Coolangatta will go another day without rain.

      Tuesday is looking more certain to end Coolangatta’s dry spell as the trough deepens, bringing showers and the chance of storms. There will be widespread falls of 5-10mm across Queensland’s southeast on Tuesday with isolated areas likely to get more than 15mm.

      The much needed rain will bring relief to parched gardens and lawns. The rain will also remind people that the wetter months of the year are just around the corner.

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      Storms / Flooding

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      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Sanba (17W) Pacific Ocean 11.09.2012 15.09.2012 Typhoon IV 345 ° 204 km/h 250 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

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      Storm name: Sanba (17W)
      Area: Pacific Ocean
      Start up location: N 11° 6.000, E 133° 48.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 913.10 km
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      Report by: JTWC
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      Date Time Position Speed
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      11th Sep 2012 09:49:04 N 11° 6.000, E 133° 48.000 33 65 83 Tropical Storm 345 20 JTWC
      12th Sep 2012 05:03:46 N 12° 42.000, E 131° 48.000 15 102 130 Tropical Storm 310 18 JTWC
      12th Sep 2012 10:43:24 N 13° 6.000, E 131° 0.000 17 120 148 Typhoon I. 295 15 JTWC
      13th Sep 2012 04:24:21 N 14° 48.000, E 129° 48.000 13 167 204 Typhoon II. 335 17 JTWC
      13th Sep 2012 11:08:12 N 15° 36.000, E 129° 30.000 17 213 259 Typhoon IV. 340 19 JTWC
      14th Sep 2012 05:10:27 N 18° 12.000, E 129° 42.000 19 278 296 Super Typhoon 360 20 JTWC
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      15th Sep 2012 10:32:07 N 23° 24.000, E 128° 42.000 20 204 250 Typhoon IV 345 ° 15 JTWC
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      16th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 30° 36.000, E 127° 36.000 Typhoon III 157 194 JTWC
      16th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 24.000, E 127° 54.000 Typhoon III 167 204 JTWC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 0.000, E 127° 54.000 Typhoon II 139 167 JTWC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 43° 0.000, E 130° 18.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 52° 30.000, E 135° 6.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
      Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 15.09.2012 Hurricane I 50 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 3.96 m NOAA NHC Details

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      Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,122.87 km
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      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
      12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
      13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
      13th Sep 2012 11:12:43 N 21° 30.000, W 51° 18.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
      14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
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      15th Sep 2012 10:59:20 N 30° 42.000, W 51° 24.000 24 120 148 Hurricane I 50 ° 13 985 MB NOAA NHC
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      16th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 31° 6.000, W 45° 30.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
      16th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 12.000, W 48° 42.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 12.000, W 42° 6.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 0.000, W 36° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 33° 0.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
      20th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 37° 30.000, W 31° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
      Kristy (EP11) Pacific Ocean – East 12.09.2012 15.09.2012 Tropical Depression 310 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 5.49 m NOAA NHC Details

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      Storm name: Kristy (EP11)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 16° 42.000, W 106° 0.000
      Start up: 12th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 596.57 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      Category Course Wave Pressure Source
      13th Sep 2012 05:35:33 N 18° 0.000, W 107° 24.000 15 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 11 1002 MB NOAA NHC
      13th Sep 2012 11:10:36 N 18° 30.000, W 108° 30.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 15 1002 MB NOAA NHC
      14th Sep 2012 05:12:13 N 19° 42.000, W 111° 6.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 15 1000 MB NOAA NHC
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      Date Time Position Speed
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      15th Sep 2012 10:36:05 N 21° 48.000, W 114° 36.000 15 74 93 Tropical Depression 310 ° 18 1001 MB NOAA NHC
      Forecast track
      Date Time Position Category Wind
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      16th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 24° 12.000, W 117° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
      16th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 6.000, W 116° 6.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 6.000, W 118° 18.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 30.000, W 118° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 0.000, W 117° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC

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      Flash Flood India State of Uttarakhand, [Bageshwar district] Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in India on Friday, 14 September, 2012 at 13:19 (01:19 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Four persons died after being swept away by flash floods triggerred by incessant rains in Kapkot area of Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district, officials said on Friday. Madhuri Devi and her husband Bishan Singh were swept away after a flash flood occurred in Kapkot last night following torrential rains, Disaster Management and Mitigation department officials said. Another man Dhumar Singh is also feared to have been swept away in the flash flood that hit Kapkot but his body is yet to be recovered, they said. Flash floods also occurred at Jagthana and Kahark Tana Toli villages in the district claiming the lives of a 20-year-old woman and a man respectively, they said.
      14.09.2012 Flash Flood Indonesia West Sumatra, [Padang region] Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in Indonesia on Friday, 14 September, 2012 at 13:17 (01:17 PM) UTC.

      Description
      A flash flood following incessant rain struck parts of Padang in West Sumatra on Wednesday night, killing four people and making dozens of others homeless. Idel, 30, a local resident involved in the search and rescue, said on Thursday that the four were buried by landslides at Kampong Ubi, Pauh district. “When we heard about the incident, lots of us rushed to the spot and at about 9 p.m. members of the search and rescue team arrived,” Idel said. The SAR team found the body of a six-year-old girl, Najwa, at around 1 a.m. on Thursday and the body of Jamaris, 50, one hour later. The bodies were taken to a house of their relatives about a one-hour walk from the incident site. Around 7 a.m. the SAR team found another body, identified as Nila, 20, disinterred by local residents using hoes and other makeshift rescue equipment. Several hours later the body of the fourth victim, two-year-old Salva, was also found. Head of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency’s logistic and emergency unit Ade Edward said that the landslide took place at 5 p.m. after three hours of heavy rain. The two houses of the victims very engulfed in mud, Ade said, adding that three others living in the ill-fated houses had managed to flee in time.“The SAR team managed to arrive at the location several hours later as many parts of the roads leading to the location were flooded,” Ade said. He explained that the search was halted after finding the four victims. However, 24 families have been forced to live in temporary accommodation centers. Heavy machinery was used on Thursday to clean the rubble. The landslide occurred five kilometers from Andalas University campus in Lamau Manis on the slopes of Bukit Barisan by the Batang Kuranji river, one of the major rivers dividing Padang. No official data on damage to buildings and public infrastructure have yet been released, but at least seven houses in a number of locations were washed away. The heavy rain had caused Batang Kuranji river to overflow, inundating dozens of houses by up to two meters. Meanwhile, a sedan was trapped in floodwaters not far from Semen Padang cement factory. Both Batang Kuranji and Batang Arau rivers also overflowed on July 24, 2012, damaging 33 houses in eight subdistricts.

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      Radiation

      Thyroid disease rate spiked to 43.7%, “About 1 in 2 children have nodule or cyst in Fukushima city”

      Fukushima Diary

      Posted by Mochizuki

      Healthy children are decreasing in Fukushima.

      43.7% of children turned out to have nodules or cysts in Fukushima city.

      Fukushima local government conducted thyroid test for under 18 living in Fukushima city.

      The target persons were 53,619 and 44,959(83.8%)had the test. The test was conducted from 5/14 to 8/31/2012.

      On 9/11/2012, they released the result of 42,060 of them, which they finished the test with by 8/24/2012. (The results from 8/25 to 8/31/2012 are not published yet.)

      The result showed 18,119 (43.1%) of them have thyroid nodules (≦5.0mm) or cysts (≦20.0mm) and 239 (0.6%) of them have thyroid nodules (≧5.1mm) or cyst (≧20.1mm).  In total, 43.7% of the children who had the test in Fukushima city turned out to have nodules and cysts.

      In their previous test, it was 35.8%, which means it spiked up by 7.9%. (cf. Thyroid nodules rate in Fukushima is 20 time higher than in Chernobyl)

      Thyroid disease rate spiked from 35.8% to 43.7%, "About one in two children have nodules or cyst 2

      The ratio of women to have nodules and cysts (≧3.1m) was 130%  of the one of men.

      Thyroid disease rate spiked from 35.8% to 43.7%, "About one in two children have nodules or cystRecommended article..Yamashita “I cut down the compensation amount to save the Gov, and the people.”

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      88 Bq/Kg from well water in Minamisoma Fukushima

      Fukushima Diary

      Posted by Mochizuki

      Cesium is penetrating into ground water. People are having less and less safe water.

      88 Bq/Kg of cesium was measured from well water in Fukushima.

      On 9/11/2012, ministry of the environment announced they measured 88 Bq/Kg of cesium from well water in Odaka Minamisoma city, Fukushima.

      The sample was taken in June and July of 2012. The safety limit is 10Bq/Kg. They measured cesium more than 10 Bq/Kg at 2 of 436 locations. They also measured cesium less than 10Bq/Kg from 4 of 436 locations.

      They commented, they found something like mud in the well water that they measured 88 Bq/Kg of cesium from.

      Source

       
       
       

      Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s report “110m Ag measured in North Kanto”

      Fukushiima Diary

      Posted by Mochizuki
      It’s not only cesium, not even only strontium, but also radioactive silver is leaked from Fukushima plant.Radioactive silver, 110mAg was detected in Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki.On 9/12/2012,  Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology published their latest radiation monitoring map.The measurement was conducted from 12/13/2011 to 5/29/2012.

      Because the half-life is 249.95 days, it’s re-calculated to be the amount of 3/1/2012.

      The map shows 110mAg (≦ 100 Bq/m2) scattered in Gunma, Tochigi, and Ibaraki prefecture.

      Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's report "110mAg measured in North Kanto"

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Niger floods and cholera claim 162 lives: UN

      by Staff Writers
      Niamey (AFP)

      Floods in Niger have killed 81 people since July, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs announced Thursday, adding cholera outbreaks have killed a further 81 people.

      “The last update of the toll of the floods dating from September 11 indicates that 527,471 people have been affected by the bad weather and 81 people have lost their lives,” OCHA said in a statement in Niamey.

      The previous toll established by the authorities was 68 dead and 485,000 people affected in the Sahel nation in west Africa.

      Thousands of homes, schools, health centres and mosques have been destroyed, along with large quantities of food supplies, according to the authorities.

      The UN office also reported outbreaks of cholera, which have claimed 81 lives since the start of the year, mainly in the west of the country.

      Cholera is spreading fast in at least four places, making 3,854 people sick and notably affecting the Tillaberi regions lying by the Niger river and close to the border with Mali, OCHA said.

      In the provinces and in the capital, where the Niger river level is rising significantly, most of the people stricken by flooding are being housed mainly in schools, as well as mosques and public buildings.

      While preparing to move flood victims to more appropriate accommodation, the government has postponed the start of the school year from October 17 until October 27.

      In neighbouring Burkina Faso, heavy rains have killed 18 people and made 21,000 homeless since June. Senegal and Nigeria have also been affected by the bad weather.

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      Solar Activity

      3MIN News Sept 14. 2012

      Published on Sep 14, 2012 by

      TODAY’S LINKS
      Winter Plant Survival Map: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-warmer-temperatures-usda-zone-obsolete.html
      Guatemala Volcano: http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fgw-guatemala-volcano-20120913,0,2071860.story
      Eruption video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er0uCzOm9zY
      Cold Coming: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/cool-pattern-central-east-20120913
      Quennsland Drought: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/coolangattas-dry-half-century/22412
      Watch Typhoon Sanba: http://www.hurricanezone.net/westpacific/animations.html
      Sunspot Class: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/latest/SRS.txt

      REPEAT LINKS
      Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

      HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

      SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos – as seen from earth]

      SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT – as seen from earth]

      Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI – as seen from the side]

      SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it… trust me]

      SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

      iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

      NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
      NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

      US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

      NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

      NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

      RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

      GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

      JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

      LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

      Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can’t figure out what this one is for?]

      BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

      TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

      GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

      RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

      EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

      PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

      HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

      INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

      NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

      PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

      QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

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      Space

        Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

      Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
      (2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
      (2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
      (2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
      (2005 UC) 17th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
      (2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 3 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
      (1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 4 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
      331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 4 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
      (2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
      333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
      (2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
      (2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
      (2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
      (2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
      137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 19 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
      (2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 20 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
      (2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 20 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
      (2006 TD) 06th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1746 68.0 88 m – 200 m 13.03 km/s 46908 km/h
      (2009 TK) 06th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.0450 17.5 100 m – 230 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
      (2004 UB) 08th October 2012 23 day(s) 0.1995 77.6 240 m – 530 m 14.65 km/s 52740 km/h
      277830 (2006 HR29) 11th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.1917 74.6 190 m – 440 m 7.88 km/s 28368 km/h
      (2008 BW2) 11th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.1678 65.3 3.1 m – 6.8 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
      (2005 GQ21) 12th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1980 77.0 620 m – 1.4 km 23.86 km/s 85896 km/h
      (2012 GV17) 12th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1500 58.4 160 m – 370 m 16.11 km/s 57996 km/h
      256004 (2006 UP) 14th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1374 53.5 65 m – 140 m 3.06 km/s 11016 km/h
      (2005 ST1) 14th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1319 51.3 230 m – 510 m 12.88 km/s 46368 km/h
      (2011 OB57) 14th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1553 60.4 17 m – 37 m 4.95 km/s 17820 km/h
      (2012 KB4) 14th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1271 49.4 22 m – 49 m 4.98 km/s 17928 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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      Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

      14.09.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Nebraska, [Nebraska-wide] Damage level Details

      Biological Hazard in USA on Friday, 14 September, 2012 at 13:16 (01:16 PM) UTC.

      Description
      The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a viral disease has spread to deer populations across much of Nebraska. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease spreads from deer to deer by the bite of a small insect known as a midge. Game and Parks says the virus is suspected in the reported deaths of more than 2,200 Nebraska deer this year. The disease causes hemorrhaging within the deer’s body. Deer suffering from the virus may develop a high fever and seek water, which is why many deer killed by the disease are found in or near water. The disease is not a threat to humans. The commission wants people to report to their nearest Game and Parks office any deer deaths that may be attributed to this disease.
      Biohazard name: EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease)
      Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
      Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
      Symptoms:
      Status: confirmed
      14.09.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Texas, Halliburton Damage level Details

      HAZMAT in USA on Friday, 14 September, 2012 at 03:03 (03:03 AM) UTC.

      Description
      The Texas Department of State Health Services is looking for piece of equipment containing potentially dangerous radioactive material that was lost Tuesday by an oil and gas crew in a rural part of West Texas. The sealed radioactive source, a small stainless steel cylinder approximately 7 inches long and an inch across, contains Americium-241/Beryllium….The cylinder is stamped with the words “danger radioactive” and “do not handle” along with a radiation warning symbol. Anyone who sees it should stay at least 25 feet away and notify local law enforcement. This type of device is used to evaluate oil and gas wells and is usually stored in a protective shielding. A Halliburton crew was transporting it from a well outside of Pecos to another well south of Odessa. On arrival, the crew noticed the shielding was not locked and the device was missing. DSHS is assisting law enforcement with the search and investigating the loss of the radioactive material.

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      Earthquakes

       

      USGS

       

       

      MAG UTC DATE-TIME
      y/m/d h:m:s
      LAT
      deg
      LON
      deg
      DEPTH
      km
       Region
      MAP  5.4   2012/09/13 23:40:02  -10.809   113.738 9.8  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
      MAP  2.5 2012/09/13 22:53:23   64.049  -148.983 18.5  CENTRAL ALASKA
      MAP  4.9   2012/09/13 22:41:14  -11.238   162.665 35.3  SOLOMON ISLANDS
      MAP  2.5 2012/09/13 22:39:47   53.585  -163.510 39.9  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
      MAP  4.8   2012/09/13 21:16:44  -15.563  -175.610 328.3  TONGA
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/13 19:54:46   51.967   178.232 3.9  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/13 18:09:13   19.617   -64.354 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/13 17:33:45   47.345  -120.014 12.7  WASHINGTON
      MAP  5.1   2012/09/13 17:23:47   82.878   116.960 9.8  NORTH OF SEVERNAYA ZEMLYA
      MAP  5.2   2012/09/13 17:22:09   35.761   140.450 38.3  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
      MAP  2.9 2012/09/13 17:13:43   51.954   178.529 2.7  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/13 16:08:07   19.051   -66.748 29.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/13 15:51:17   18.969   -66.823 52.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/13 12:58:51   18.127   -65.665 6.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/13 12:22:57   61.570  -146.355 31.6  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  4.4 2012/09/13 11:19:07   21.671   142.924 300.7  MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.9 2012/09/13 08:34:29   59.986  -152.715 99.8  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/13 08:17:55   30.049   70.174 24.5  PAKISTAN
      MAP  4.4 2012/09/13 08:01:43   26.828   53.863 18.0  SOUTHERN IRAN
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/13 07:35:32   19.130   -64.568 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/13 06:49:19   60.151  -153.898 192.5  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  2.8 2012/09/13 06:04:12   19.131   -63.899 99.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.0 2012/09/13 05:58:04   59.610  -153.130 102.5  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  5.4   2012/09/13 05:54:47   10.268   126.989 10.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.2 2012/09/13 05:46:13   14.039   -90.981 56.9  GUATEMALA
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/13 04:54:16   59.127  -154.040 100.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  4.5   2012/09/13 02:42:20   36.742   43.599 10.0  IRAQ
      MAP  5.2   2012/09/13 01:55:02  -18.762   175.780 89.4  FIJI REGION
      MAP  2.8 2012/09/13 01:19:40   59.524  -152.347 67.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/13 00:27:20   19.637   -64.223 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/13 00:22:33   10.338   -62.352 47.7  GULF OF PARIA, VENEZUELA

       

       

       

      LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

      GSN Stations

      These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 14, 2012 08:18:58 UTC

      Seismograms may take several moments to load. Click on a plot to see larger image.

      CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

       ANWB 24hr plot

      CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

       BBGH 24hr plot

       

      CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

       BCIP 24hr plot

      CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

       GRGR 24hr plot

       

      CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

       GRTK 24hr plot

      CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

       GTBY 24hr plot

       

      CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

       MTDJ 24hr plot

      CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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      CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

       TGUH 24hr plot

      IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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      IC/ENH, Enshi, China

       ENH 24hr plot

      IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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      IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

       LSA 24hr plot

      IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

       MDJ 24hr plot

       

      IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

       QIZ 24hr plot

      IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

       ADK 24hr plot

       

      IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

       AFI 24hr plot

      IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

       ANMO 24hr plot

       

      IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

       ANTO 24hr plot

      IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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      IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

       BILL 24hr plot

      IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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      IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

       CCM 24hr plot

      IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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      IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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      IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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      IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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      IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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      IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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      IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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      IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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      IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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      IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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      IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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      IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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      IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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      IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

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      IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

       INCN 24hr plot

       

      IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

       JOHN 24hr plot

      IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

       KBS 24hr plot

       

      IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

       KEV 24hr plot

      IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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      IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

       KIP 24hr plot

      IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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      IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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      IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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      IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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      IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

       LCO 24hr plot

       

      IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

       LSZ 24hr plot

      IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

       LVC 24hr plot

       

      IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

       MA2 24hr plot

      IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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      IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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      IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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      IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

       MIDW 24hr plot

      IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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      IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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      IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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      IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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      IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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      IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

       PET 24hr plot

      IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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      IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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      IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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      IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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      IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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      IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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      IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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      IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

       RAR 24hr plot

      IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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      Volcanic Activity

      Guatemala volcano erupts, forcing 33,000 to evacuate homes

      Guatemala volcano: At least 17 villages near the Volcan del Fuego, six miles from the colonial city of Antigua, are being evacuated. The eruption of the volcano could cause a disruption in airline flights in and out of Guatemala.

      By Alberto Arce and Romina Ruiz-Goiriena, Associated Press

      Plumes of dark smoke rise from the Volcan de Fuego ( Volcano of Fire) as seen from Palin, south of Guatemala City, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Officials are carrying out “a massive evacuation of thousands of people” in five communities.

      (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

      Guatemala City

      A long-simmering volcano outside one of the Guatemala‘s most famous tourist attractions exploded into a series of powerful eruptions Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and forcing the evacuation of more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities.

      Guatemala’s head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the evacuees were leaving some 17 villages around the Volcan del Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua. The ash was blowing south and authorities said Antigua was not currently in danger, although they expected the eruption to last for at least 12 more hours.

      The agency said the volcano spewed lava nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) down slopes billowing with ash around Acatenango, a 12,346-foot-high (3,763-meter-high) volcano whose name translates as “Volcano of Fire.”

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      “A paroxysm of an eruption is taking place, a great volcanic eruption, with strong explosions and columns of ash,” said Gustavo Chicna, a volcanologist with the National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology. He said the cinders spewing from the volcano were settling a half-inch thick in many places.

      He said extremely hot gases were also rolling down the sides of the volcano, which was entirely wreathed in ash and smoke. The emergency agency warned that flights through the area could be affected.

      There was a general orange alert, the second-highest level, but a red alert south and southeast of the mountain, where, Chicna said, “it’s almost in total darkness.”

      Teresa Marroquin, disaster coordinator for the Guatemalan Red Cross, said the organization had set up 10 emergency shelters and was sending hygiene kits and water. “There are lots of respiratory problems and eye problems,” she said.

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      14.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Guatemala Departmento de Sacatepequez, [Volcan of Fuego] Damage level
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      Volcano Eruption in Guatemala on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 02:58 (02:58 AM) UTC.

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      Updated: Friday, 14 September, 2012 at 02:50 UTC
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      At least 17 villages near the Volcan del Fuego, six miles from the colonial city of Antigua, are being evacuated. The eruption of the volcano could cause a disruption in airline flights in and out of Guatemala. A long-simmering volcano outside one of the Guatemala’s most famous tourist attractions exploded into a series of powerful eruptions Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and forcing the evacuation of more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities. Guatemala’s head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the evacuees were leaving some 17 villages around the Volcan del Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua. The ash was blowing south and authorities said Antigua was not currently in danger, although they expected the eruption to last for at least 12 more hours.

      The agency said the volcano spewed lava nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) down slopes billowing with ash around Acatenango, a 12,346-foot-high (3,763-meter-high) volcano whose name translates as “Volcano of Fire.” “A paroxysm of an eruption is taking place, a great volcanic eruption, with strong explosions and columns of ash,” said Gustavo Chicna, a volcanologist with the National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology. He said the cinders spewing from the volcano were settling a half-inch thick in many places. He said extremely hot gases were also rolling down the sides of the volcano, which was entirely wreathed in ash and smoke. The emergency agency warned that flights through the area could be affected. There was a general orange alert, the second-highest level, but a red alert south and southeast of the mountain, where, Chicna said, “it’s almost in total darkness.” Teresa Marroquin, disaster coordinator for the Guatemalan Red Cross, said the organization had set up 10 emergency shelters and was sending hygiene kits and water. “There are lots of respiratory problems and eye problems,” she said.

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      Extreme Temperatures/ Weather / Drought

      Droughts are pushing trees to the limit

      by Staff Writers
      Tucson AZ (SPX)


      In the summer of 2002, pinyon pines began dying in large numbers from drought stress and an associated bark beetle outbreak. This aerial photo was taken near Los Alamos, N.M. Credit: Craig D. Allen, USGS.

      As temperatures rise and droughts become more severe in the Southwest, trees are increasingly up against extremely stressful growing conditions, especially in low to middle elevations, University of Arizona researchers report in a study soon to be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences.

      Lead author Jeremy Weiss, a senior research specialist in the UA department of geosciences, said: “We know the climate in the Southwest is getting warmer, but we wanted to investigate how the higher temperatures might interact with the highly variable precipitation typical of the region.”

      Weiss’ team used a growing season index computed from weather data to examine limits to plant growth during times of drought.

      “The approach we took allows us to model and map potential plant responses to droughts under past, present and future conditions across the whole region,” explained Julio Betancourt, a senior scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey who co-authored the study along with Jonathan Overpeck, co-director of the UA Institute of the Environment. Betancourt holds adjunct appointments in the UA department of geosciences, the UA School of Geography and Development, the UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

      “Our study helps pinpoint how vegetation might respond to future droughts, assuming milder winters and hotter summers, across the complex and mountainous terrain of the Southwest,” Betancourt said.

      For this study, the researchers used a growing season index that considers day length, cold temperature limits and a key metric called vapor pressure deficit to map and compare potential plant responses to major regional droughts during 1953-56 and 2000-03.

      A key source of plant stress, vapor pressure deficit is defined as the difference between how much moisture the air can hold when it is saturated and the amount of moisture actually present in the air. A warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor, and during droughts it acts like a sponge sucking up any available moisture from the ground surface, including from plants.

      Both droughts – with the more recent one occurring in warmer times – led to widespread tree die-offs, and comparisons between them can help sort out how both warming and drying affected the degree of mortality in different areas.

      Weiss pointed out that multiyear droughts with precipitation well below the long-term average are normal for the Southwest. He said the 1950s drought mainly affected the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and southern High Plains and happened before warming in the region started. The 2000s drought centered on the Four Corners area and occurred after regional warming began around 1980.

      The actual causes of physiological plant stress and tree death during droughts are being investigated by various research teams using models and field and greenhouse experiments. One possibility is prolonged embolism, or the catastrophic disruption of the water column in wood vessels as trees struggle to pump moisture from the soil in the heat of summer.

      The other is carbon starvation as leaves shut their openings, called stomates, to conserve leaf water, slowing the uptake of carbon dioxide needed for photosynthesis. Stomatal closure is triggered by deficits in the ambient vapor pressure, which controls the rate of evaporation for water and is very much influenced by temperature.

      “When the air is hotter and drier, it becomes more difficult for plants to conserve water while taking up carbon dioxide,” Weiss explained. “As plants become starved of carbon, it also weakens their defenses and renders them more susceptible to insect pests.”

      To make matters worse, Weiss said, the size of the “atmospheric sponge” grows faster during increasingly hotter summers like those over the last 30 years, absorbing even more moisture from soil and vegetation.

      “When warmer temperatures combine with drought, relatively stressful growing conditions for a plant become even more stressful,” Weiss explained. “You could say drought makes that atmospheric sponge thirstier, and as the drought progresses, there is increasingly less moisture that can be evaporated from soil and vegetation to fill – and cool – the dry air.”

      “In a sense, it’s a vicious circle. Warmer temperatures during droughts lead to even drier and hotter conditions.”

      The researchers mapped relatively extreme values of vapor deficit pressure for areas of tree die-offs during the most recent drought determined from annual aerial surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest Service.

      “Our study suggests that as regional warming continues, drought-related plant stress associated with higher vapor pressure deficits will intensify and spread from late spring through summer to earlier and later parts of the growing season, as well to higher elevations,” the authors write. This could lead to even more severe and widespread plant stress.

      The results are in line with other trends of warming-related impacts in the Southwest over the past 30 years, including earlier leafout and flowering, more extensive insect and disease outbreaks, and an increase in large wildfires.

      “We’re seeing climatic growing conditions already at an extreme level with just the relatively little warming we have seen in the region so far,” Weiss said. “Our concern is that vegetation will experience even more extreme growing conditions as anticipated further warming exacerbates the impacts of future droughts.”

      Weiss added: “We also know that part of the regional warming is linked to human-caused climate change. Seeing vapor-pressure deficits at such extreme levels points to the conclusion that the warmer temperatures linked to human-caused climate change are playing a role in drying out the region.”

      Betancourt said: “We have few ways of knowing how this is going to affect plants across an entire landscape, except by modeling it. There is not much we can do to avert drought-related tree mortality, whether it is due to climate variability or climate change.”

      Instead, Betancourt suggested, land managers should focus on how to manage the regrowth of vegetation in the aftermath of increased large-scale ecological disturbances, including wildfires and drought-related tree die-offs.

      “Models like the one we developed can provide us with a roadmap of areas sensitive to future disturbances,” Betancourt said. “The next step will be to start planning, determine the scale of intervention and figure out what can be done to direct or engineer the outcomes of vegetation change in a warmer world.”

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      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Sanba (17W) Pacific Ocean 11.09.2012 14.09.2012 SuperTyphoon 360 ° 278 km/h 296 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Storm name: Sanba (17W)
      Area: Pacific Ocean
      Start up location: N 11° 6.000, E 133° 48.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 561.55 km
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      Report by: JTWC
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      Date Time Position Speed
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      11th Sep 2012 09:49:04 N 11° 6.000, E 133° 48.000 33 65 83 Tropical Storm 345 20 JTWC
      12th Sep 2012 05:03:46 N 12° 42.000, E 131° 48.000 15 102 130 Tropical Storm 310 18 JTWC
      12th Sep 2012 10:43:24 N 13° 6.000, E 131° 0.000 17 120 148 Typhoon I. 295 15 JTWC
      13th Sep 2012 04:24:21 N 14° 48.000, E 129° 48.000 13 167 204 Typhoon II. 335 17 JTWC
      13th Sep 2012 11:08:12 N 15° 36.000, E 129° 30.000 17 213 259 Typhoon IV. 340 19 JTWC
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      14th Sep 2012 05:10:27 N 18° 12.000, E 129° 42.000 19 278 296 SuperTyphoon 360 ° 20 JTWC
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      15th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 6.000, E 128° 48.000 SuperTyphoon 259 315 JTWC
      15th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 24° 18.000, E 128° 12.000 SuperTyphoon 241 296 JTWC
      16th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 6.000, E 127° 36.000 SuperTyphoon 222 269 JTWC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 0.000, E 127° 24.000 Typhoon IV 176 213 JTWC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 40° 36.000, E 129° 48.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 49° 18.000, E 134° 48.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC

       

       

      Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 14.09.2012 Hurricane I 330 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 5.18 m NOAA NHC Details

       

       

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      Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 909.73 km
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      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
      12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
      13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
      13th Sep 2012 11:12:43 N 21° 30.000, W 51° 18.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
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      14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Hurricane I 330 ° 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
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      15th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 29° 6.000, W 54° 0.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
      15th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 30° 42.000, W 52° 42.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      16th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 24.000, W 50° 24.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 32° 18.000, W 44° 36.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 30.000, W 38° 30.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 32° 30.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC

       

       

       

      Kristy (EP11) Pacific Ocean – East 12.09.2012 14.09.2012 Tropical Depression 295 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

       

       

       

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      Storm name: Kristy (EP11)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 16° 42.000, W 106° 0.000
      Start up: 12th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 393.54 km
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      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      13th Sep 2012 05:35:33 N 18° 0.000, W 107° 24.000 15 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 11 1002 MB NOAA NHC
      13th Sep 2012 11:10:36 N 18° 30.000, W 108° 30.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 15 1002 MB NOAA NHC
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      14th Sep 2012 05:12:13 N 19° 42.000, W 111° 6.000 17 83 102 Tropical Depression 295 ° 15 1000 MB NOAA NHC
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      15th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 22° 24.000, W 115° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
      15th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 21° 12.000, W 113° 48.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
      16th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 30.000, W 117° 6.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 18.000, W 119° 18.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 30.000, W 119° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 30.000, W 117° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC

       

       

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      NASA sees Sanba become a super typhoon

      NASA sees Sanba become a super typhoon

      NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Super Typhoon Sanba on Sept. 13 at 12:47 a.m. EDT. AIRS infrared data found an eye (the yellow dot in the middle of the purple area) about 20 nautical miles wide, surrounded by a thick area of strong thunderstorms (purple) with very cold cloud temperatures. Credit: Ed Olsen, NASA/JPL Tropical Storm Sanba exploded in intensity between Sept. 12 and 13, becoming a major Category 4 Typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured infrared data that showed a large area of powerful thunderstorms around the center of circulation, dropping heavy rain over the western North Pacific Ocean.

      Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-nasa-sanba-super-typhoon.html#jCp

      NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Super Typhoon Sanba on Sept. 13 at 0447 UTC (12:47 a.m. EDT). The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captured an infrared image of Sanba and found an eye about 20 nautical miles (23 miles/37 km) wide, surrounded by a thick area of strong convection (rising air that forms the thunderstorms that make up the storm) and strong thunderstorms. Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning center noted that the AIRS imagery showed that there was “no banding outside of this ring, consistent with an annular typhoon.” On Sept. 13 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT), Sanba’s maximum sustained winds were near 135 knots (155 mph/250 kmh). Sanba had higher gusts into the Category 5 typhoon category. The Saffir-Simpson scale was slightly revised earlier in 2012, so a Category 4 typhoon/hurricane has maximum sustained winds from 113 to 136 knots (130 to 156 mph /209 to 251 kmh). A Category 5 typhoon’s maximum sustained winds begin at 137 knots (157 mph /252 kmh). Sanba was located about 600 nautical miles (690 miles/1,111 km) south of Kadena Air Base, near 16.8 North latitude and 129.5 East longitude. It was moving to the north at 9 knots (10.3 mph/16.6 kmh) and generating wave heights of 40 feet. Sanba is expected to continue on a north-northwesterly track through the western North Pacific and move through the East China Sea, passing close to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan on Sept. 15. Provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center search and more info website

       

       

       

      As Isaac Swept Ashore, Miss. River Flowed Backwards

      Terrell Johnson   weather.com

      Rare Reversal Last Occurred with Hurricane Katrina

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      People brave the rain and strong winds for a walk along the banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans early in the day on August 28, 2012 in Louisiana, where Hurricane Isaac made landfall. Starting in the late afternoon, the river reversed course and began flowing away from the Gulf of Mexico.

      Most of the time, rivers large and small are as consistent as the tides, flowing from their headwaters to their mouths, where they empty into oceans, lakes, seas and valleys. For nearly 24 hours during Hurricane Isaac, however, exactly the opposite happened in the mighty Mississippi River.

      The category 1 storm’s intense winds and storm surge, which came ashore near New Orleans on Aug. 28, pushed salt water from the Gulf of Mexico up the fresh water river as far north as Baton Rouge, more than 200 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi, surging the river there more than 8 feet over its previous height.

      During the night in Belle Chase, La., just south of New Orleans, the U.S. Geological Survey’s stream gage measured the river flowing backwards at 182,000 cubic feet per second. Normally, the river flows at about 125,000 cubic feet per second toward the Gulf of Mexico.

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      “One of the unique things about Isaac was that, unlike most storms that tend to blow on through, Isaac ended up hanging around for a while,” said USGS Public Affairs Officer Alex Demas. “Because it hung around for a while, the storm surge built up enough momentum that it was able to push the river back up its channel.”

      The Mississippi last flowed backward during 2005’s devastating Hurricane Katrina, when it crested at 13 feet above its previous level. At its highest point during Isaac, the river crested at 12.4 feet above its previous level.

      (MORE: Photos of Isaac’s Impact, Aftermath)

      “We saw an impact as far as 300 miles upstream from the mouth,” from Isaac’s surge up the river, said Greg Arcement, the director of the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center in Baton Rouge. “It had actually quite an impact when you think about it.”

      What had officials concerned wasn’t just the impacts from storm surge, however. By the time Isaac arrived, severe drought throughout the Midwest had left the Mississippi several feet below its normal levels, which meant that salt water moving upstream from the ocean might easily overpower the depleted fresh water in the river.

      Keeping Salt Water from Moving Up

      Salt water is heavier than fresh water. When surging salt water meets fresh water that’s been laid low by a months-long drought, the salt water can travel upstream to places it normally doesn’t, explains Suzanne Van Cooten, Ph.D., a hydrologist with the National Weather Service’s Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.

      “It’s very similar to how a cold front and a warm front work,” she said. “It basically works like a wedge — as the column of fresh water gets shallower because we’re in low flow, it has less weight. So the salt water is able to push underneath the fresh water and just move on up, because it doesn’t have as much weight to displace.”

      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

      Denser salt water flows upstream along the bottom of the Mississippi River, underneath the less dense fresh river water.

      That creates what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calls a “salt water wedge.” If it moves up far enough along the Mississippi, the wedge can threaten cities and towns that rely on the river for their drinking water as well as industrial water supplies.

      To prevent that, the Corps periodically builds a saltwater barrier sill, a kind of underwater levee, made from earth along the banks of the river and sandbars exposed by the drought. The sill stops the toe of the wedge from moving forward.

      “It’s basically a speed bump at the bottom of the river, to prevent the salt water from moving upstream,” explains Dave Ramirez, the lead hydraulic engineer with the Corps’ New Orleans District.

      The Corps builds these sills about every 7 to 8 years, and they work well in normal conditions. Fears rose sharply that Isaac would destroy this one when the storm approached, however.

      “The toe of the wedge was about up to river mile 89 [before the storm], which is about the limit of where we want to see it,” said Ramirez, explaining that the wedge was about 89 miles up the river from the mouth of the Mississippi. “We didn’t really know if the sill would hold, because we’ve never had a salt water wedge during a hurricane.”

      Thankfully, Isaac left the sill undisturbed. After the storm passed, Ramirez and his team inspected the salt water wedge and determined that it had actually regressed 20 miles back downstream, where he said it was expected to remain for the next few weeks.

       

       

       

      13.09.2012 Flash Flood Pakistan State of Balochistan, [Balochistan-wide] Damage level
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      Flash Flood in Pakistan on Wednesday, 12 September, 2012 at 03:09 (03:09 AM) UTC.

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      Updated: Thursday, 13 September, 2012 at 03:31 UTC
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      After six days of heavy rains, floodwaters are threatening Sindh and the army has moved in to rescue people in the worst-hit areas. The death toll of rain-related mishaps has crossed 100, as 18 more people died on Wednesday. After record-breaking rain in Jacobabad and Kashmore, thousands of people are stranded in the low-lying areas, where, according to reports, five to six feet water has accumulated. Torrents coming downhill from Balochistan have played havoc with ten union councils in the Thull taluka of Jacobabad. As hundreds of houses collapsed due to flooding, at least 18 people, including women and children, were reported to have died. Another 78 were reportedly injured. On Wednesday, hundreds of army personnel were dispatched to the rain-hit areas, including RD-44 and Bahoo Khoso, where thousands of people have been stranded for the past five days. In Ghotki, a teenage girl was crushed by a wall in the Katcho Bhindi area. A three-year-old girl, Kariman, drowned in rainwater in Rehmoonwali. Rainwater has also entered the Shahi Wah and Pat Feeder canals, breaching both in at least four places. The water is now heading towards the outskirts of Jacobabad. Relief camps have been set up in Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Kashmore. The people are, however, reluctant to go to the camps as neither food nor medicines are available. The district administrations have arranged cooked meals for the rain-hit people, but instead of being distributed among them, the food is being taken away by the influential.

       

       

       

       

      Flash Floods Hit Las Vegas

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      University of Nevada, Las Vegas students relax on inflatable pool toys in floodwater at UNLV in Las Vegas Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Storms drenched parts of the Southwest on Tuesday, delaying flights and stranding motorists in the Las Vegas area and flooding two mobile home parks in Southern California.

      LAS VEGAS  — Intense thunderstorms swept through the Las Vegas area on Tuesday, flooding washes, delaying flights, snarling traffic and prompting helicopter rescues of stranded motorists in water-filled intersections, authorities said.

      Television news video showed yellow school buses inching along roads after school in areas east of downtown Las Vegas, and muddy brown water up to the lower sills of picture windows of stucco homes in other neighborhoods.

      In southeast Las Vegas, authorities recommended that the residents of about 45 homes damaged by flooding should leave in case the damage start electrical fires. The Clark County Fire Department was going door-to-door Tuesday night suggesting that residents leave their homes, said county spokesman Dan Kulin.

      A Twitter photo showed dozens of cars swamped by water up to their headlights in a parking lot outside the Thomas & Mack sports arena at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

      But after responding to numerous 911 calls, officials in Clark County, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Las Vegas said no serious injuries were reported.
      The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings before and after almost an inch of rain was reported at McCarran International Airport just before 2 p.m. Meteorologist Michael Staudenmaier said more than 1.75 inches of rain were reported in downtown Las Vegas.

      September 11, 2012 was the wettest September day on record in Las Vegas, according to weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. The city received 1.18″ of rain.

      Firefighters responded to more than 20 calls about people in stalled cars, Kulin said.

      A Las Vegas police helicopter was dispatched during the height of the storm to pluck several people from swamped vehicles on area roadways, Officer Bill Cassell said.

      The Las Vegas area is crisscrossed with concrete-lined flood control channels and pocked by lake-sized water retention basins. Since 1985, Clark County Regional Flood Control District officials say they’ve spent $1.7 billion constructing about 573 miles of storm drains and 90 basins.

      Police officer Jose Hernandez noted that homeless people sometimes live in normally dry tunnels beneath key areas like the Las Vegas Strip. After rains fall, the channels and tunnels fill quickly as water flows west to east across Las Vegas toward the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River.

      Crews searched in vain along a wash northeast of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, after at least two callers separately reported that they saw a person in the water during the height of the storm.

      Departures were postponed and arrivals were delayed after the airport ordered a stop on fueling operations during lightning, airport spokeswoman Linda Healey said.

      Staudenmaier said the rainfall amounts put the region on pace to exceed the 4.5 inches of rain it normally gets in a year.

       

       

       

       

      Flooding in Nigeria

       

      Flooding in Nigeria

      acquired September 8, 2012 download large image (5 MB, JPEG, 7280×4552)
      Flooding in Nigeria

      acquired September 23, 2009 download large image (7 MB, JPEG, 7280×4552)

      Between early July and early September 2012, flooding claimed an estimated 137 lives in Nigeria and forced thousands more to relocate, according to Reuters. In addition to the challenges posed by heavy rains, Nigerians had to cope with the release of water from the Lagdo Dam in neighboring Cameroon, which further swelled the Benue River. Flooding from the dam release was blamed for 30 deaths in Nigeria, Agence France-Presse reported.

      These images show a stretch of the Benue River in eastern Nigeria, around the city of Lau. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the top image on September 8, 2012. For comparison, the bottom image shows the same area nearly three years earlier, on September 23, 2009. These images use a combination of visible and infrared light to better distinguish between water and land. Water varies from electric blue to navy, vegetation is bright green, and clouds range in color from nearly white to pale blue-green.

      In 2009, the Benue River was a relatively thin river bordered by small, isolated water bodies. Three years later, the river had spilled over its banks, engulfing the small lakes on either side. Flood waters often carry heavy loads of sediment, and such sediment might account for the relatively light shades of blue along part of the river.

      Despite thousands of displaced residents, no major damage to agriculture and industry had yet been reported, Reuters stated.

      1. References

      2. Agence France-Presse. (2012, September 9) Thirty dead in Nigeria flood, 120,000 displaced. Accessed September 10, 2012.
      3. Reuters. (2012, September 9) Nigeria floods kill 17, displace thousands. Accessed September 10, 2012.

      NASA image courtesy LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michon Scott.

      Instrument: 
      Terra – MODIS

       

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      An Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo risks spreading to major towns if not brought under control soon, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

      The death toll has more than doubled since last week to 31, including five health workers dying from the contagious virus for which there is no known treatment. Ebola causes massive bleeding and kills up to 90 percent of its victims.

      “The epidemic is not under control. On the contrary the situation is very, very serious,” Eugene Kabambi, a WHO spokesman in Congo’s capital Kinshasa told Reuters by telephone.

      “If nothing is done now, the disease will reach other places, and even major towns will be threatened,” he said.

      The disease has so far struck in the towns of Isiro and Viadana in Orientale province in the north east.

      In August, 16 people in neighboring Uganda died of the disease, although health experts said the two epidemics are not connected and have blamed the Congolese outbreak on villagers eating contaminated meat in the forests which cover the region.

      (Reporting by Jonny Hogg; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by David Lewis and Robin Pomeroy)

       

       

       

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      Solar Activity

      3MIN News Sept 13. 2012: SuperTyphoon- Record Ice Melt/Flooding- Spaceweather

      Published on Sep 13, 2012 by

      TODAY’S LINKS
      Isaac Reversed Mississippi: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/miss-river-flowing-backward-is…
      Vegas Flooding: http://www.weather.com/news/vegas-flooding-20120912
      Utah Flood: http://www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/residents-recov…
      Nigeria Flood: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=79149
      Himalayan Melting: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120912125826.htm
      Arctic Ice Melt: http://www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/arctic-ice-melt…
      And this: http://www.weather.com/news/arctic-sea-ice-record-low-20120911
      Wunderground Typhoon & Tropical Storm Map: http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/

      REPEAT LINKS
      Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

      HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

      SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos – as seen from earth]

      SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT – as seen from earth]

      Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI – as seen from the side]

      SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it… trust me]

      SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

      iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

      NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
      NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

      US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

      NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

      NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

      RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

      GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

      JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

      LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

      Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can’t figure out what this one is for?]

      BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

      TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

      GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

      RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

      EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

      PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

      HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

      INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

      NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

      PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

      QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

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      Space

       

       

       

      Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

      Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
      (2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
      226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
      (1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
      (2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
      (2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
      (2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
      (2005 UC) 17th September 2012 3 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
      (2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 4 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
      (1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
      331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
      (2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
      333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
      (2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 12 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
      (2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
      (2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
      (2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 16 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
      137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 20 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
      (2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
      (2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
      (2006 TD) 06th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1746 68.0 88 m – 200 m 13.03 km/s 46908 km/h
      (2009 TK) 06th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.0450 17.5 100 m – 230 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
      (2004 UB) 08th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1995 77.6 240 m – 530 m 14.65 km/s 52740 km/h
      277830 (2006 HR29) 11th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1917 74.6 190 m – 440 m 7.88 km/s 28368 km/h
      (2008 BW2) 11th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1678 65.3 3.1 m – 6.8 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
      (2005 GQ21) 12th October 2012 28 day(s) 0.1980 77.0 620 m – 1.4 km 23.86 km/s 85896 km/h
      (2012 GV17) 12th October 2012 28 day(s) 0.1500 58.4 160 m – 370 m 16.11 km/s 57996 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

       

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      Spectacular Photo Of “Herschel’s Ray” In Vela –
      A Strangely-Shaped Leftover From A Vast Explosion
        

      MessageToEagle.com – ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile presents a beautiful Herschel’s Ray commnonly known as the Pencil Nebula – a part of the Vela Supernova Remnant.

      This peculiar cloud of glowing gas is part of a huge ring of wreckage left over after a supernova explosion that took place about 11 000 years ago. This detailed view was produced by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope.

      Despite the tranquil and apparently unchanging beauty of a starry night, the Universe is far from being a quiet place. Stars are being born and dying in an endless cycle, and sometimes the death of a star can create a vista of unequalled beauty as material is blasted out into space to form strange structures in the sky.


      Click on image to enlargeWide-field view of the sky around the Pencil Nebula. Credits: ESO
      This new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the Pencil Nebula against a rich starry background. This oddly shaped cloud, which is also known as NGC 2736, is a small part of a supernova remnant in the southern constellation of Vela (The Sails).

      These glowing filaments were created by the violent death of a star that took place about 11 000 years ago. The brightest part resembles a pencil; hence the name, but the whole structure looks rather more like a traditional witch’s broom.


      The Vela supernova remnant is an expanding shell of gas that originated from the supernova explosion. Initially the shock wave was moving at millions of kilometres per hour, but as it expanded through space it ploughed through the gas between the stars, which has slowed it considerably and created strangely shaped folds of nebulosity.

      The Pencil Nebula is the brightest part of this huge shell.


      Click on image to enlargeThe Pencil Nebula, a strangely shaped leftover from a vast explosion. Credits: ESO
      This new image shows large, wispy filamentary structures, smaller bright knots of gas and patches of diffuse gas. The nebula’s luminous appearance comes from dense gas regions that have been struck by the supernova shock wave. As the shock wave travels through space, it rams into the interstellar material.

      At first, the gas was heated to millions of degrees, but it then subsequently cooled down and is still giving off the faint glow that was captured in the new image.

      By looking at the different colours of the nebula, astronomers have been able to map the temperature of the gas. Some regions are still so hot that the emission is dominated by ionised oxygen atoms, which glow blue in the picture. Other cooler regions are seen glowing red, due to emission from hydrogen.

      The Pencil Nebula measures about 0.75 light-years across and is moving through the interstellar medium at about 650 000 kilometres per hour. Remarkably, even at its distance of approximately 800 light-years from Earth, this means that it will noticeably change its position relative to the background stars within a human lifetime.

      Even after 11 000 years the supernova explosion is still changing the face of the night sky.

      MessageToEagle.com

      See also:
      Curiosity Leaves Morse Code Symbols On Mars

      Curiosity Begins Its Longest Journey So Far

      Curiosity Sends Interplanetary Voicemail From Mars And Beams Back First Telephoto

      Curiosity Beams Back Strong And Clear Data From Martian Surface!

      Curiosity Begins Driving: Landing Site Named In Honor Of Sci-Fi Writer Ray Bradbury

       

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      Biological  Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

      Megan Gannon, News Editor

      The gray wolf (Canis lupus)
      CREDIT: Kramer, Gary | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

      Less than two decades after wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park, viral diseases like mange threaten the stability of the new population.

      Humans had killed off gray wolves in the region by the 1930s, but in 1995, U.S. wildlife officials tried to restore the native population by bringing 31 wolves captured from Canada into the national park.

      The new wolf community initially expanded rapidly, climbing to more than 170 at its peak. But researchers from Penn State University say that the most recent data show the number of animals has dipped below 100.

      “We’re down to extremely low levels of wolves right now,” researcher Emily S. Almberg, a graduate student in ecology, said in a statement. “We’re down to [similar numbers as] the early years of reintroduction. So it doesn’t look like it’s going to be as large and as a stable a population as was maybe initially thought.”

      The researchers point to pathogens as the culprit in the population’s instability. By 1997, all of the new wolves at the park that were tested for disease had at least one infection, including canine distemper, canine parvovirus and canine herpesvirus. Starting in 2007, wolves inside the park were testing positive for mange — an infection in which mites burrow under the skin causing insatiable scratching and so much hair loss that infected wolves often freeze to death in the winter.

      A group of wolves known as Mollie’s pack was the first in Yellowstone to show signs of mange, in January 2007, but they recovered from the disease by March 2011. Meanwhile, another group, called the Druid pack — once one of the park’s most stable new packs — was decimated by the end of winter 2010 after showing signs of mange just half a year earlier, the researchers said.

      “It was in a very short amount of time that the majority of the animals [in Druid] became severely infected,” Almberg said in a statement. “The majority of their hair was missing from their bodies and it hit them right in the middle of winter. The summer before it got really bad, we saw that many of the pups had mange.”

      The Penn State researchers found that distance made a difference in the spread of the disease. For every six miles between a pack of mangy wolves and an uninfected pack, there was a 66 percent drop in risk of disease for the healthy pack, the researchers said. Thus the high wolf densities afforded by protection within Yellowstone may come at the cost of some population stability, the researchers wrote in their paper in the current issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

      Mange was introduced into the Yellowstone ecosystem in 1905 in an attempt to accelerate wolf eradication during an era when wildlife officials tried to cut down predator populations. When the wolves were gone, the disease likely persisted among regional carnivores, like coyotes and foxes, the researchers said.

      “Many invasive species flourish because they lack their native predators and pathogens, but in Yellowstone we restored a native predator to an ecosystem that had other canids (animals in the dog family) present that were capable of sustaining a lot of infections in their absence,” said Almberg. “It’s not terribly surprising that we were able to witness and confirm that there was a relatively short window in which the reintroduced wolves stayed disease-free.”

       

       

       

       

      HAZMAT in USA on Friday, 14 September, 2012 at 03:03 (03:03 AM) UTC.

      Description
      The Texas Department of State Health Services is looking for piece of equipment containing potentially dangerous radioactive material that was lost Tuesday by an oil and gas crew in a rural part of West Texas. The sealed radioactive source, a small stainless steel cylinder approximately 7 inches long and an inch across, contains Americium-241/Beryllium….The cylinder is stamped with the words “danger radioactive” and “do not handle” along with a radiation warning symbol. Anyone who sees it should stay at least 25 feet away and notify local law enforcement. This type of device is used to evaluate oil and gas wells and is usually stored in a protective shielding. A Halliburton crew was transporting it from a well outside of Pecos to another well south of Odessa. On arrival, the crew noticed the shielding was not locked and the device was missing. DSHS is assisting law enforcement with the search and investigating the loss of the radioactive material.

       

       

      13.09.2012 HAZMAT Czech Republic Multiple region, [Prerov,Osek and Becvou] Damage level
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      HAZMAT in Czech Republic on Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 at 14:15 (02:15 PM) UTC.

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      Updated: Thursday, 13 September, 2012 at 16:19 UTC
      Description
      Czech police say they have discovered two possible sources of methanol poisoning that has killed at least 18 people. About 400 liters (106 gallons) of illegal alcohol was seized and two male suspects arrested in the northeastern part of the country where most victims lived. Around 500 bottles and several barrels of illicit booze have been found in a garage in the eastern city of Zlin on Thursday. Methanol tests still have to be conducted. Health Minister Leos Heger said Thursday a majority of alcohol samples taken elsewhere that have been tested so far contained dangerous levels of methanol that is mainly used for industrial purposes. About two dozen people are hospitalized, some in critical condition after drinking vodka and rum laced with methanol.

       

       

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      13.09.2012 Technological Disaster China Province of Hubei, Wuhan Damage level
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      Technological Disaster in China on Thursday, 13 September, 2012 at 13:37 (01:37 PM) UTC.

      Description
      A platform elevator at a construction site in southern China has dropped 30 floors in a free fall, killing 19 workers. The accident happened Thursday in Wuhan city in Hubei province. A government notice posted by local Wuhan newspapers on their official microblogging sites says the elevator fell 100 meters (328 feet). It says the municipal government is halting all construction in Wuhan for security checks. Work safety is a big problem in China, where regulations are routinely ignored.

       

       

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      Earthquakes

      USGS

      MAG UTC DATE-TIME
      y/m/d h:m:s
      LAT
      deg
      LON
      deg
      DEPTH
      km
       Region
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/12 23:24:02   19.578   -64.125 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  5.4   2012/09/12 21:52:17  -23.915   82.951 10.0  SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/12 20:42:00   33.932  -116.730 12.6  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/12 20:10:27   18.872   -64.470 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/12 19:45:04   59.083  -153.142 85.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  5.1   2012/09/12 19:29:56   36.687   71.367 188.6  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
      MAP  2.8 2012/09/12 17:30:36   52.026  -169.391 56.0  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/12 15:26:46   51.858  -169.319 27.4  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/12 14:48:16   19.331   -64.724 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.9   2012/09/12 14:23:05   10.391   126.716 4.1  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/12 13:46:08   51.193   178.670 52.4  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/12 12:10:46   19.534   -64.168 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/12 11:33:18   18.428   -66.669 128.0  PUERTO RICO
      MAP  5.2   2012/09/12 11:27:51  -10.111   161.071 87.4  SOLOMON ISLANDS
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/12 10:26:26   19.332   -63.854 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.4 2012/09/12 10:25:07   19.557   -64.386 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.8   2012/09/12 09:37:29   24.990   123.192 15.4  SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/12 09:20:54  -32.484   -68.523 101.8  MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/12 07:18:43   24.984   123.135 10.2  SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/12 07:08:08   19.419  -155.289 33.1  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
      MAP  3.8 2012/09/12 06:42:14   60.245  -151.965 68.1  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
      MAP  4.8   2012/09/12 06:29:35   9.527   -85.190 35.0  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA 
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/12 05:51:11   41.225  -117.486 0.0  NEVADA
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/12 05:50:54   41.774   71.954 28.4  KYRGYZSTAN
      MAP  4.5   2012/09/12 05:23:18   9.215   -77.788 46.0  NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF COLOMBIA
      MAP  4.2 2012/09/12 05:00:25   36.755   24.190 10.1  SOUTHERN GREECE
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/12 04:50:39   19.757   -64.314 25.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
      MAP  5.6   2012/09/12 04:28:15   -5.067   152.131 65.7  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
      MAP  4.4 2012/09/12 04:10:52   9.635   -85.122 34.9  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/12 04:04:37   19.609   -64.379 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.6 2012/09/12 04:02:56   19.648   -64.275 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  5.5   2012/09/12 03:27:45   34.811   24.064 27.4  CRETE, GREECE
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/12 03:11:20   18.046   -65.498 18.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
      MAP  5.0   2012/09/12 02:57:26  -40.013   46.035 10.0  SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/12 02:13:04   10.197   -85.440 37.3  COSTA RICA
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/12 01:13:26   11.955   -88.839 35.0  OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA

       

      Magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolts Islamabad, KPK, Punjab

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      Islamabad: A tremor of moderate earthquake was felt in Islamabad, Peshawar and other parts of Pakistan, however no causalities were reported.

      According to the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), the intensity of the earthquake was magnitude 5.5 on Richter scale. The earthquake was felt in Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Swat, Malakand, Dir, North Punjab and other parts of Pakistan.

      The focal point of the quake was near the Afghan-Tajik border. The tremors created panic among the residents.

      LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

      GSN Stations

      These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 13, 2012 09:19:00 UTC

      Seismograms may take several moments to load. Click on a plot to see larger image.

      CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

       ANWB 24hr plot

      CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

       BBGH 24hr plot

      CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

       BCIP 24hr plot

      CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

       GRGR 24hr plot

      CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

       GRTK 24hr plot

      CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

       GTBY 24hr plot

      CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

       MTDJ 24hr plot

      CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

       SDDR 24hr plot

      CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

       TGUH 24hr plot

      IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

       BJT 24hr plot

      IC/ENH, Enshi, China

       ENH 24hr plot

      IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

       HIA 24hr plot

      IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

       LSA 24hr plot

      IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

       MDJ 24hr plot

      IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

       QIZ 24hr plot

      IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

       ADK 24hr plot

      IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

       AFI 24hr plot

      IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

       ANMO 24hr plot

      IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

       ANTO 24hr plot

      IU/BBSR, Bermuda

       BBSR 24hr plot

      IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

       BILL 24hr plot

      IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

       CASY 24hr plot

      IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

       CCM 24hr plot

      IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

       CHTO 24hr plot

      IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

       COLA 24hr plot

      IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

       COR 24hr plot

      IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

       CTAO 24hr plot

      IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

       DAV 24hr plot

      IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

       DWPF 24hr plot

      IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

       FUNA 24hr plot

      IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

       FURI 24hr plot

      IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

       GNI 24hr plot

      IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

       GRFO 24hr plot

      IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

       GUMO 24hr plot

      IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

       HKT 24hr plot

      IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

       HNR 24hr plot

      IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

       HRV 24hr plot

      IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

       INCN 24hr plot

      IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

       JOHN 24hr plot

      IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

       KBS 24hr plot

      IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

       KEV 24hr plot

      IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

       KIEV 24hr plot

      IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

       KIP 24hr plot

      IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

       KMBO 24hr plot

      IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

       KNTN 24hr plot

      IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

       KONO 24hr plot

      IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

       KOWA 24hr plot

      IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

       LCO 24hr plot

      IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

       LSZ 24hr plot

      IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

       LVC 24hr plot

      IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

       MA2 24hr plot

      IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

       MAJO 24hr plot

      IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

       MAKZ 24hr plot

      IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

       MBWA 24hr plot

      IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

       MIDW 24hr plot

      IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

       MSKU 24hr plot

      IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

       NWAO 24hr plot

      IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

       OTAV 24hr plot

      IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

       PAB 24hr plot

      IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

       PAYG 24hr plot

      IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

       PET 24hr plot

      IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

       PMG 24hr plot

      IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

       PMSA 24hr plot

      IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

       POHA 24hr plot

      IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

       PTCN 24hr plot

      IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

       PTGA 24hr plot

      IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

       QSPA 24hr plot

      IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

       RAO 24hr plot

      IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

       RAR 24hr plot

      IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

       RCBR 24hr plot

      IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

       RSSD 24hr plot

      IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

       SAML 24hr plot

      IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

       SBA 24hr plot

      IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

       SDV 24hr plot

      IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

       SFJD 24hr plot

      IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

       SJG 24hr plot

      IU/SLBS, Sierra la Laguna Baja California Sur, Mexico

       SLBS 24hr plot

      IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

       SNZO 24hr plot

      IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

       SSPA 24hr plot

      IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

       TARA 24hr plot

      IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

       TATO 24hr plot

      IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico