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IFA calls for Government to cancel farm inspections due to flooding

The level of water in Lough Derg increased marginally in the past 24 hours, the ESB says

athlone, shannon, flooding, ireland, response, defence, forces, water, rain, river

Swans glide by a sandbag barrier on The Strand in Athlone Town, in the ongoing battle against the rising waters of the Shannon River. Photo: RollingNews.ie

 

The Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA) is urging the Government to do more to help farmers affected by flooding.

At this stage up to 100,000 hectares of land are under water and communities remain on alert with more rain forecast for this week.

Tonight the risk of flooding persists along the River Shannon – however defences are said to be holding steady in Athlone for now.

The IFA’s Tom Turley says he is concerned about Farmer’s mental health and wants routine Department of Agriculture inspections called off.

“This is just in disarray at the moment,” Mr Turley

“I can’t emphasise this enough, the Department have got to stop these inspections forthwith.

“The minister just needs to come out and say I’m calling of all inspections under force majeur circumstances – end of,” he added.

The National Emergency Co-ordination group has said today that water levels in most rivers are falling.

However, water is still rising in the lower half of the River Shannon, although at a lower rate than yesterday.

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IRISHCENTRAL

Dramatic flooding to come in Ireland as the Shannon River’s waters rise

December 15,2015 01:13 AM

Towns along the River Shannon are still feeling the effects of recent extreme bad weather, with further rain possibly flooding areas that are not yet under water.

According to Ireland’s national weather service Met Éireann, there may be further “nasty” weather in the coming week, with the possibility of orange rain warnings for the south and southwest over the weekend.

Weather forecaster Gerald Fleming said at a briefing of the National Emergency Coordination Committee that there is no immediate danger as of yet, although it may develop into a serious weather event.

Air corps pictures over the Shannon area during Storm Desmond. Image: Air Corps/Photocall Ireland.

Air corps pictures over the Shannon area during Storm Desmond. Image: Air Corps/Photocall Ireland.

“There will be above normal rainfall over the course of the next six or seven days,” Fleming said.

“At the moment none of the individual events are at the orange status serious warnings level, but we’ll have to keep a very close eye on that because a couple of the events have the potential to get there.

“We’re in a situation where a number of those rain events have the potential to turn nasty, and potentially they could cause flooding in areas where there has been no flooding so far if that were to happen.”

Regions along the banks of the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, are still battling with flooding caused by Storm Desmond over a week ago, with flood levels in the Lower Shannon area, from Lough Derg to Limerick City, only expected to reach their peak on Tuesday.

 

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The Telegraph

Met Office issues weather warnings for whole of England and Wales as storm brings severe gales and Environment Agency warns of flooding

Storm Clodagh batters the harbour wall in Porthcawl, South Wales

Storm Clodagh batters the harbour wall in Porthcawl, South Wales, early this morning Photo: Dimitris Legakis/Athena

Britons are braced for more lashing rain as flood warnings were issued for parts of the country as Storm Clodagh wreaked havoc.

Flights were diverted, trains delayed and traffic held up on motorways at the weeknd as heavy rain and strong winds hit Scotland and the north west of England.

There is little sign of respite with the Environment Agency issuing yellow flood warnings for Wales and the north of England for Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday, two days of rain could leave parts of north Wales under 60mm of precipitation.

The north of England could see 30-40mm of rain during the same period, say the Met Office. A spokeswoman also warned that parts of Scotland, which is on a yellow snow warning, could have 2.5cm of snow on Monday.

A Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat recovers a small boat in the mouth of the Tyne after rescuing its participants following its capsizing in gale force windsA Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat recovers a small boat in the mouth of the Tyne after rescuing its participants following its capsizing in gale force winds  Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA

On Sunday in Ireland, thousands of properties were left without electricity after Storm Clodagh battered the republic.

Meanwhile, coastguards had to pull a windsurfer out of the water at Seaburn Beach, Sunderland, after he was separated from his board in 60 mph winds. Two people were rescued from the Tyne by the RNLI after their boat was capsized by the wind.’

 

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Earth  Watch Report  –  Biological Hazards

Mystery in Kildare after discovery of 250 dead frogs

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Biological Hazard Ireland Co Kildare, [Curragh area] Damage level Details

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Biological Hazard in Ireland on Saturday, 01 March, 2014 at 04:54 (04:54 AM) UTC.

Description
Hundreds of dead frogs have been reportedly found in a lake in the Curragh (County Kildare, Leinster Province). Water samples were collected yesterday – 25 Feb 2014 – after an estimated 250 to 300 dead or dying frogs were found in the area, writes Paula Campbell. An overnight analysis of the water sampled by the Herpetological Society of Ireland returned results that are within the normal range for a healthy habitat however. The primary clinical signs of the frogs discovered were dry, crackly skin around the neck area. There was also red discolouration in the skin of some of the frogs, known as common frogs, in what has been described as a ‘mass die off’ of the frogs in the lake. There are a number of possible causes of this huge frog die-off including being a target for rats during the spawning seasons as they become an easy target because they are worn out after all the frog reproduction. The Ranavirus, which causes internal haemorrhaging could also be a cause, alongside chytrid, a pathogenic water fungus which invades the immune system, giving the animals a crusty appearance. Skin swabs have been taken for DNA analysis in an effort to identify the root cause of this mass mortality occurrence.
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (frogs)
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

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Leinster Leader

Mass die off of Frogs in the Curragh

Dead Frogs found at a lake in the Curragh

Dead Frogs found at a lake in the Curragh

Hundreds of dead frogs have been reportedly found in a lake in the Curragh.

Water samples were collected yesterday after an estimated 250 to 300 dead or dying frogs were found in the area writes Paula Campbell.

An overnight analysis of the water sampled by the Herpetological Society of Ireland returned results that are within the normal range for a healthy habitat however.

The primary symptoms of the frogs discovered were dry, crackly skin around the neck area. There was also red discolouration in the skin of some of the frogs, known as common frogs, in what has been described as a ‘mass die off’ of the frogs in the lake.

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Mystery in Kildare after discovery of 250 dead frogs

Mystery in Kildare after discovery of 250 dead frogs

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A LAKE IN The Curragh, Kildare, has been tested this morning after hundreds of frog corpses were found around it.

The Herpetological Society of Ireland collected samples from the frogs and the water this morning to send for analysis after obtaining an emergency licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) last night. There were between 250 and 300 dead frogs discovered.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie today, Rob Gandola, a member of the society, said there are a number of possible causes of this huge frog die-off:

    Predators. Sometimes frogs are targeted during spawning season by animals such as rats because they are a bit distracted by the task in hand and are then easy targets because the are worn out after all the frog love-making.

 

  • The Ranavirus, which causes internal haemorrhaging. Gandola said it is “particularly nasty” to amphibians and can be difficult to detect.
  • Chytrid, a pathogenic water fungus which invades the immune system, giving the animals a crusty appearance.

 

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Manufacturer says meat in that state only because it had been stored for inspection as part of the horsemeat inquiry
Ireland meat found
Photograph showing meat detained at the Irish burger manufacturer. Photograph: Supplied by chief veterinary officer of Poland

A large consignment of green and rotting meat fit only for petfood was found by Polish food safety investigators investigating the horsemeat scandal at a leading Irish processor – prompting claims it could have ended up in the human food chain.

The meat was found at the giant Silvercrest factory in County Monaghan, Ireland, which produced frozen burgers adulterated with horse for Tesco, Aldi, the Co-op and Burger King. The investigators examined the raw material in early 2013 as part of their official inquiry in to the scandal.

Their report suggests recycling meat deemed “not fit for human consumption” into the human food chain was part of the horsemeat fraud (pdf). But the Irish manufacturer, backed by the Irish government, says it was rotting only because it had been stored for inspection as part of the horsemeat inquiry. They say the quality of the meat had been affected by repeated unpacking and examination as part of the investigation.

The 30-page report by the chief veterinary officer for Poland was compiled after a formal visit by inspectors to Irish plants implicated in the horsemeat scandal. Photographs of the meat showed it was a mixed batch of very poor quality and parts had turned green. Polish investigators say it was destined for burgers but must have been unfit for human consumption all along. “What I saw was clearly unfit for human consumption. It was part of a bigger consignment but I was told the rest of it had already been used,” inspector Katarzyna Piskorz said. “I asked why the factory managers had not noticed the state of it, but was told they had not seen any problem.”

The Polish report explains how inspectors examined eight pallets of meat from a delivery of 22 pallets that had been destined for burger production. The pallets had been detained at Silvercrest in January 2013 by the Irish authorities, who had sealed them in a refrigerated lorry when horse DNA was found in the consignment.

The Polish team insist the Irish authorities had allowed them to examine meat that had not been fully unpacked before their arrival and, but for the discovery of horse, would have been sold as burgers.

Food safety-Polish report-rotting meat

Spacers made from paper rather than cardboard. Photograph: Supplied by chief veterinary officer

When it was fully unpacked, they say they found old meat that was green and rotting or brown and had been deliberately mixed with fresher red meat. The meat pictured in their report is unhygienically wrapped and labelled with official Polish veterinary marks and factory labels that the Polish authorities believe are copies or reused from other consignments.

ABP said the meat and its packaging had deteriorated because it had been stored in a refrigerated lorry for three weeks under quarantine conditions – rather than those for meat intended for the food chain. It said the meat had deteriorated while being moved and unpacked for testing. All the meat arriving at the factory had the correct documentation on arrival and would have been tested before being passed, it said. ABP also insisted none of the burger meat in the consignment had left its plant or entered the food chain.

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Burger King admits it has been selling beef burgers and Whoppers containing horsemeat

  • Fast food chain has faced allegations of orchestrating a cover-up
  • Fast food chain had earlier assured its products were not involved
  • Processing company Silvercrest has been using non-approved ingredients
  • Aldi today admitted burgers sold through UK stores probably contaminated

By Sean Poulter

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Burger King has tonight admitted that it has been selling burgers and Whoppers containing horsemeat despite two weeks of denials.

The fast food chain, which has more than 500 UK outlets, had earlier given a series of ‘absolute assurances’ that its products were not involved.

However, new tests have revealed these guarantees were incorrect in a revelation that threatens to destroy the trust of customers.

Burger King has faced allegations of orchestrating a cover-up of its links to the horsemeat scandal in order to give it time to find an alternative supplier. It has admitted selling burgers containing horsemeat

Burger King has faced allegations of orchestrating a cover-up of its links to the horsemeat scandal in order to give it time to find an alternative supplier. It has admitted selling burgers containing horsemeat

It also raises serious questions about whether the food company, which sells around one million burgers a week in the UK, has any good idea about what goes into its products.

The contaminated burgers were made by the Irish-based processing company, Silvercrest, which is part the ABP Foods Group.

The same company also made tainted burgers for Tesco, Asda and the Co-op, among others.

Burger King has faced allegations of orchestrating a cover-up of its links to the horsemeat scandal in order to give it time to find an alternative supplier.

It is currently shipping in tens of thousands of burgers from suppliers in Germany and Italy in order to meet demand at its UK outlets.

It is known that the management at Silvercrest has been using a series of non-approved ingredients in their burgers for a range of household name brands.

These included meat off-cuts, including horse, that were imported in large frozen blocks from Poland.

The contamination has been going on since at least last May and potentially for up to one year, according to evidence presented to MPs earlier this week.

Tonight Burger King abandoned its earlier denials, saying: ‘Four samples recently taken from the Silvercrest plant have shown the presence of very small trace levels of equine DNA.

Burger King is currently shipping in tens of thousands of burgers from suppliers in Germany and Italy in order to meet demand at its UK outlets

Burger King is currently shipping in tens of thousands of burgers from suppliers in Germany and Italy in order to meet demand at its UK outlets

‘Within the last 36 hours, we have established that Silvercrest used a small percentage of beef imported from a non-approved supplier in Poland.

‘They promised to deliver 100per cent British & Irish beef patties and have not done so. This is a clear violation of our specifications, and we have terminated our relationship with them. 

‘Through our investigation, we have confirmed that this non-approved Polish supplier is the same company identified by the Irish Department of Agriculture as the source of Silvercrest’s contamination issue.’

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

Highest level warning RED ALERT now issued for Leinster as #StormDarwin continues to rage this evening..

Truck overturned due to high winds on M8 at Fermoy. Motorway closure in effect on both lanes to prevent reoccurrence

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February 12 2014 12:44 PM Extreme Weather Ireland [Nationwide] Damage level Details

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Extreme Weather in Ireland on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 at 12:44 (12:44 PM) UTC.

Description
Reports this afternoon of a small tornado in Co. Roscommon, as stormy weather conditions continue to affect the country. More than 10,000 homes across the West and South are without power this lunchtime, most of them are in Cork and Kerry where a red weather warning is in force. Met Eireann has issued three weather warnings covering all Irish counties. They are warning of a flooding risk in coastal areas from high seas and heavy rainfall. The red alert for Cork and Kerry remains in place this afternoon. Winds in the region are expected to gust as high as 130 to 160 km/h. There will be high Seas too. Earlier, Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke told Newstalk Breakfast rainfall could cause further flooding but it is high winds that will cause greatest concern today – before a new storm system hits at the weekend. Met Eireann says the issuing of a red severe weather warning is a relatively rare event and implies those affected should take action by protecting themselves and their properties. No flights have been able to take off from Cork Airport since 7.30 this morning and Irish Rail is reporting delays to its services on the Cork to Mallow line. There is also a wind warning in place for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick and Waterford. Stormy weather will affect Waterford and Wexford during the day today. With winds, at their strongest, gusting 120 to 130 km/h. Meanwhile stormy weather will affect Clare, Limerick, Galway and Mayo during Wednesday with high winds and seas. The orange weather warning is in place until 5pm this evening. All remaining counties are affected by yellow weather warning. Winds in Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary will sweep up from the south and gust to 100 to 110 km/h. The yellow weather warning is in place until 11pm tonight. Meanwhile, it’s claimed today that Ireland has been hit by a 1-in-50 year weather event – every year for the past six. Bord na Móna Chief Executive Gabriel D’Arcy says the trend in their records shows the impact of climate change on Ireland each year. He says we should be concentrating more on renewable energy to cope with the changing conditions.

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‘Mini-tornado’ reported in Roscommon as thousands without power

Met Éireann says it has received reports of a small tornado in Co Roscommon as stormy weather conditions continue to affect the country, leaving thousands without power.

Up to 10,000 homes are without power this lunchtime, most of them in Cork and Kerry where a red weather warning is in force, with winds of 160 kilometres per hour forecast.

Met Éireann is also warning of a flooding risk in coastal areas due to high seas and heavy rainfall.

Forecaster Joanna Donnelly says they have even been made aware of reports of a small tornado in Athleague, Co Roscommon.

“We’ve had reports in alright of the mini-tornado but we haven’t been able to observe it ourselves,” she said.

“But (it’s) not untypical of this sort of very heavy squally showers.”

Weather conditions were making it dangerous for drivers around the south and west, with reports of multiple trees having falling, including outside the Fota Island resort in Cork and on the N71 dual carriageway at the viaduct.

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Irish Central

Hurricane strength winds leave storm-battered Ireland on red alert (PHOTOS)

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Storm Darwin hit Ireland on Wednesday with 100 mph winds and the worst power outage since 1998. Photo by: Photocall Ireland

Storm Darwin and its hurricane-force 100 mph winds swept through Ireland on Wednesday, leaving close to 215,000 homes without power, felling thousands of trees, and ripping the roofs off buildings.

Met Éireann, Ireland’s national weather service, issued red alerts for counties Cork and Kerry, which were among the first to be hit as Darwin reached Ireland’s shores, and for much of Leinster. Orange alerts were issued for counties Clare, Galway, Limerick, Mayo and Waterford.

Highest level warning RED ALERT now issued for Leinster as #StormDarwin continues to rage this evening..

Traffic stalled across the country due to a number of overturned vehicles. Shannon and Cork airports were closed for much of the day, and many commuters were left stranded as rail service between Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Kerry was suspended.

Truck overturned due to high winds on M8 at Fermoy. Motorway closure in effect on both lanes to prevent reoccurrence

In what the Electricity Supply Board described as Ireland’s worst power outage since 1998, 215,000 homes were left without power – 170,000 in the southern counties.

This screengrab from the @esbnetworks powercheck gives a picture of the extent of the problems from #stormdarwin

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The Raw Story
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:21 CST

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Burger King has ditched an Irish supplier of beef that is at the centre of a food scare after horse meat was discovered in beefburgers sold in Britain and Ireland, where it is deemed to be a taboo.

The US fast-food giant said Wednesday it has decided to replace all Silvercrest beef products in Britain and Ireland with those from another supplier.

“This is a voluntary and precautionary measure,” Burger King said in a statement.

“We are working diligently to identify suppliers that can produce 100 percent pure Irish and British beef products that meet our high quality standards.”

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Flash  Floods

 

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14.12.2012 Flash Flood Ireland Multiple areas, [Cork City and Dublin] Damage level
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Flash Flood in Ireland on Friday, 14 December, 2012 at 08:15 (08:15 AM) UTC.

Description
Councils in Dublin city and Cork city issued flood alerts for today as Met Eireann warned of very high tides and 25mm of rainfall. AA Roadwatch reported flooding in low-lying areas of Cork city this morning, in parts of Kilkenny city and on the Gorey to Wexford Road. Dublin City Council has warned that today’s tide is predicted to be extremely high and above the council’s tide alert levels. Following am meeting of the council’s flooding action group it will take a number of actions are being taken as a precautionary measure. Car parks at Sandymount Promenade and at Clontarf are closed, flood gates on the River Dodder were to be closed for the weekend, flood defences on the River Tolka are being put in place, the Liffey Boardwalk defences will be closed today and the Spencer Dock Flood gates have been closed.

Dublin City Council have a stock of sandbags that will be used by drainage staff if required in Sandymount and Clontarf. Marine Drive will be closed at the junction with the Beach Road and Strand Road after rush hour this morning using sandbags, but will reopen in the afternoon. Council staff are on standby should any flooding occur. Cork City Council urged householders and businesses to take precautionary measures to protect properties. It issued a flood warning for parts of the city centre over the next four days. “A tidal surge and strong south to south easterly winds are predicted over the next number of days” with particular severity for this morning, it said.

Cork City Council say the areas at risk of flooding include South Terrace, Trinity Bridge, Georges Quay, Cotter Street, Stable Lane, Union Quay, Morrisons Quay, Proby’s Quay, French’s Quay, Crosses Green, Sharman Crawford Street, Wandesford Quay, Lavitts Quay, Kyrl’s Street and Kyrl’s Quay, Coal Quay, South Mall, Oliver Plunkett Street, Pembroke Street, Prince’s Street, Marlborough Street, Cook Street, Winthrop Street, Kennedy Quay, Centre Park Road and Monahan Road. Met Eireann has warned of very high tides, low pressure and onshore southeast gales with possible rainfall of 20mm to 25mm giving potential for coastal flooding on the south and east coasts tonight and tomorrow morning.

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
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LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.5 2012/09/22 22:14:22   63.564  -147.354 4.7  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/22 20:58:38   19.698   -64.076 45.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/22 20:42:48   25.508   96.672 36.5  MYANMAR
MAP  4.7   2012/09/22 20:25:37   -6.999   127.764 305.6  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/22 20:15:32   43.361  -124.371 28.8  OFFSHORE OREGON
MAP  2.5 2012/09/22 19:51:36   19.350  -155.090 9.3  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  4.3 2012/09/22 19:41:34   -9.778   124.639 53.9  TIMOR REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/09/22 19:15:43   36.008  -118.394 1.3  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.8 2012/09/22 18:47:07   62.225  -145.639 19.8  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/22 18:19:50   63.318  -151.539 1.9  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/22 18:07:56   4.934   94.488 54.5  OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/22 17:36:32   45.474   -75.326 10.0  ONTARIO-QUEBEC BORDER REGION, CANADA
MAP  3.9 2012/09/22 16:10:41   48.450   -83.230 18.0  ONTARIO, CANADA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/22 15:59:41   60.865  -152.569 125.6  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/22 15:26:16   19.330   -65.672 97.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/22 14:38:07  -32.345   -14.239 10.0  SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
MAP  2.6 2012/09/22 14:37:49   19.639   -64.376 31.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.1   2012/09/22 13:31:04   -6.289   151.101 59.0  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  5.4   2012/09/22 12:30:02   16.540   -98.058 35.7  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  4.0 2012/09/22 12:05:28   15.354   -98.064 10.0  OFFSHORE OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  4.7   2012/09/22 11:45:37   10.410   126.937 31.1  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/22 09:57:52   11.172   -85.784 84.5  NICARAGUA
MAP  5.2   2012/09/22 09:37:01   46.051   141.990 325.1  SAKHALIN, RUSSIA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/22 09:30:47   18.968   -65.340 40.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/22 08:46:33   36.503   70.266 219.1  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
MAP  3.3 2012/09/22 08:29:57   19.508   -64.228 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/22 08:23:01   38.825  -122.757 0.8  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/22 07:14:18   61.574  -149.818 43.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/22 07:03:52   19.613   -64.352 69.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.6   2012/09/22 06:58:26  -20.810  -174.149 10.5  TONGA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/22 06:44:35   19.635   -64.255 69.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/22 06:16:00   40.199   20.889 9.8  GREECE
MAP  3.4 2012/09/22 06:09:42   19.344   -64.211 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/09/22 06:01:46   57.825  -153.989 41.5  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.9 2012/09/22 05:32:00   19.553   -64.464 5.8  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/22 04:18:13  -22.022   -68.550 113.8  ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
MAP  5.1   2012/09/22 03:52:26   38.300   22.812 10.0  GREECE
MAP  4.3 2012/09/22 03:51:08   35.225   26.972 10.1  CRETE, GREECE
MAP  2.5 2012/09/22 03:13:09   40.469  -124.446 24.5  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.5 2012/09/22 02:55:25   40.465  -124.431 23.7  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/22 02:48:14   63.327  -145.349 0.1  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/22 02:31:22   32.533  -115.698 8.2  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.1 2012/09/22 02:18:34   19.023   -64.288 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/22 01:39:49   -9.541  -108.664 10.0  CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE
MAP  2.8 2012/09/22 01:21:21   18.956   -64.281 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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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/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, 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/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/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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Terremotos de los últimos 2 días en las Islas Canarias de magnitud igual o superior a 1.5 o sentidos:Earthquakes for the last  2  days on the  Canary Islands magnitude equal or greater  than 1.5 registered

La información de terremotos de magnitud inferior se puede obtener en Catálogo y boletines sísmicos.

The  information earthwuakesoflesser  magnitude  can be found on Catálogo y boletines sísmicos.

Esta información está sujeta a modificaciones como consecuencia de la continua revisión del análisis sísmico.

This  information is suuject  to modification as a  consequence of the continued revision of  seismic  analysis.

 

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Event    Date    Time           Lat.        Long.        Depth                        Type                   Location

Evento Fecha Hora(GMT)* Latitud Longitud Prof.
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Int. Máx. Mag. Tipo Mag. (**) Localización Info
1167028 22/09/2012 12:36:07 27.6840 -18.0264 21 1.6 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1167001 22/09/2012 09:07:40 27.7105 -18.0364 22 2.1 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166992 22/09/2012 05:57:04 27.7657 -18.0877 10 1.9 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166988 22/09/2012 05:35:09 27.7124 -18.0153 20 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166966 22/09/2012 03:55:06 27.7216 -18.0414 26 1.5 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166916 21/09/2012 14:55:54 27.6908 -18.0341 22 2.1 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166878 21/09/2012 11:09:02 27.7808 -18.0907 10 1.8 mbLg NW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166833 21/09/2012 06:37:16 27.7745 -18.0854 10 1.5 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166810 21/09/2012 06:25:51 27.7506 -18.0758 3 1.8 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166790 21/09/2012 03:49:33 27.7636 -18.0925 9 2.0 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166789 21/09/2012 03:33:31 27.7674 -18.0830 10 1.8 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]

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Volcanic Activity

By The Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A volcano in northern Indonesia has spewed hot smoke and ash thousands of feet into the air in two new eruptions.

Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island had been dormant before rumbling back to life last year.

Government volcanologist Hendrasto says it unleashed two strong eruptions Friday.

Residents have been put on alert, but no evacuations are planned since the nearest villages are beyond the danger area about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the crater.

Mount Lokon’s last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands to flee. The volcano is one of five on high alert in Indonesia. The archipelago straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has more active volcanoes than any other nation.

 

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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
Jelewat (18W) Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 23.09.2012 Typhoon II 270 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 3.35 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: 263.99 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
22nd Sep 2012 06:41:44 N 11° 42.000, E 129° 54.000 6 93 120 Tropical Storm 200 9 JTWC
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23rd Sep 2012 06:04:26 N 11° 48.000, E 128° 54.000 7 139 167 Typhoon II 270 ° 11 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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24th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 13° 24.000, E 128° 30.000 Typhoon IV 185 232 JTWC
24th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 14° 30.000, E 128° 30.000 Typhoon IV 194 241 JTWC
25th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 42.000, E 128° 18.000 Typhoon IV 204 250 JTWC
26th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 6.000, E 127° 30.000 SuperTyphoon 213 259 JTWC
27th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 24.000, E 126° 6.000 SuperTyphoon 213 259 JTWC
28th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 42.000, E 124° 42.000 Typhoon IV 204 250 JTWC
Miriam (EP 13) Pacific Ocean – East 22.09.2012 23.09.2012 Tropical Depression 300 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Miriam (EP 13)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 13° 42.000, W 107° 30.000
Start up: 22nd September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 106.55 km
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
22nd Sep 2012 06:35:22 N 13° 42.000, W 107° 30.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 275 10 1005 MB NOAA NHC
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23rd Sep 2012 06:07:18 N 14° 54.000, W 108° 30.000 13 74 93 Tropical Depression 300 ° 15 1002 MB NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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24th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 42.000, W 113° 6.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
25th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 116° 0.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NOAA NHC
26th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 30.000, W 118° 0.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 30.000, W 120° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC

Niger floods kill at least 92 people

Niamey, Niger – At least 92 people have died in floods that have swept Niger following torrential rains, according to the latest data released by the Prime minister’s office on Friday. The data indicate that 72,396 families are affected with 511,484 people being victims, as at Thursday. All the country’s eight regions are affected by floods with Tillabéry, Dosso and Niamey being the worst affected. Huge damage is reported on basic socio-economic infrastructure and other items crucial to the people.

Rice crops, schools, health centres, roads, bridges, dams have all been affected while a huge quantities of food and many cattle have been swept away by flood waters.

The chairperson of the technical committee in charge of managing the floods, Mrs Saadatou Malam Barmou, said that thanks to national solidarity and international cooperation, food needs are covered for 45 days out.

Water containers have been distributed to victims to fetch potable water to reduce water-related diseases. The ministry of Health has also set up health centres at the sites and mobile teams to solve health problems.

The government has made available 3,400 tonnes of cereals for the victims and raised 700 million CFAF to support re-housing and buy additional food.

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Flooding, landslides plague parts of Alaska

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Flooding continues to cause problems throughout Southcentral Alaska.

Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says in a release that there have been reports of flooding, landslides and road closures throughout the area.

But there has been no report of major injuries.

Residents in East Talkeetna are being told to evacuate because of flooding.

The Red Cross has established three shelters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and helped with another in Seward.

Weather problems are not confined to Southcentral Alaska.

Zidek says a landslide has blocked access from the village of Chenega to its airport, and state transportation officials are working to restore access. And an assessment team is in Tanacross to evaluate damage from Sunday’s wind storm.

22.09.2012 Flood Cameroon Multiple areas, [Far North, Nort Regions] Damage level Details

Flood in Cameroon on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 13:44 (01:44 PM) UTC.

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Cameroon authorities have found six more bodies in flood waters, bringing the number killed to as high as 40 in the wake of tropical downpours and the breaching of a dam in the west African country. The inundation in the Far North Region has affected more than 26,000, officials said Thursday, and in neighboring Nigeria at least 15 deaths are blamed on waters rushing into the country from Cameroon’s compromised Lagdo Dam on the Benoue River. Cameroon’s Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary has described the flooding as “a calamity” and called for urgent action to save lives and property. Local officials are calling it the worst flood disaster in over 60 years. Water has submerged swaths of the North Region downstream, wiping out homes, farms and livestock, and Cameroon’s government has dispatched a military contingency to assist and evacuate victims.
22.09.2012 Flood USA State of Alaska, [Southcentral Alaska] Damage level Details

Flood in USA on Friday, 21 September, 2012 at 03:14 (03:14 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 04:46 UTC
Description
Residents of Talkeetna are being asked to evacuate the town after its dike system against heavy flooding failed Friday, according to local firefighters. The evacuation is now voluntary, although an initial order was mandatory. Talkeetna Fire Department Battalion Chief Johnny Murdoch, the incident commander for flooding in the area, says the Susitna River started backing up to the Talkeetna River, causing the dike to fail. According to local officials the decision to evacuate Talkeetna was made by Alaska State Troopers, with authorities expecting water to continue rising Friday afternoon. The Associated Press reports that overnight rains in Talkeetna ranged from half an inch to 1 1/2 inches over a 6- to 8-hour period. The Talkeetna River was within a foot of its record stage of 17.4 feet, with officials telling the AP about 35 percent of Talkeetna has some form of water coverage. Students from Talkeetna’s elementary school were being bused to the local high school Friday. Traffic was blocked from entering Talkeetna until the evacuation was no longer mandatory, a change made shortly before 2 p.m. In a flood warning effective through 10 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service says a levee protecting the town was breached as of 1 p.m. The Talkeetna River is 4 feet above flood stage, and expected to crest Friday evening. “All persons in the vicinity of Talkeetna should take precautions now to protect life and property,” meteorologists wrote. The NWS advises people to avoid crossing flowing streams — even small ones – on foot, or driving across flooded roadways in cars, under the slogan “Turn around, don’t drown.”

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Radiation / Nuclear

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas

This shows Fukushima after a tsunami in March 2011. Credit: IAEA

The tsunami in Japan in March 2011 unleashed a series of negligence related with the resulting nuclear disaster. A scientific study headed by Spanish researchers has for the first time identified those atomic power plants that are more prone to suffering the effects of a tsunami. In total, 23 plants are in dangerous areas, including Fukushima I, with 74 reactors located in the east and southeast of Asia.

Tsunamis are synonymous with the destruction of cities and homes and since the Japanese coast was devastated in March 2011 we now know that they cause nuclear disaster, endanger the safety of the population and pollute the environment. As such phenomena are still difficult to predict, a team of scientists have assessed “potentially dangerous” areas that are home to completed nuclear plants or those under construction. In the study published in the ‘Natural Hazards’ journal, the researchers drew a map of the world’s geographic zones that are more at risk of large tsunamis. Based on this data, 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors have been identified in high risk areas. One of them includes Fukushima I. Out of them, 13 plants with 29 reactors are active; another four, that now have 20 reactors, are being expanded to house nine more; and there are seven new plants under construction with 16 reactors. “We are dealing with the first vision of the global distribution of civil nuclear power plants situated on the coast and exposed to tsunamis,” as explained to SINC by José Manuel Rodríguez-Llanes, coauthor of the study and researcher at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. The authors used historical, archaeological, geological and instrumental records as a base for determining tsunami risk. Despite the fact that the risk of these natural disasters threatens practically the entire western coast of the American continent, the Spanish/Portuguese Atlantic Coast and the coast of North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and areas of Oceania, especially in South and Southeast Asia are at greater risk due to the presence of atomic power stations.

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas Credit: SINC For Debarati Guha-Sapir, another coauthor of the study and CRED researcher, “the impact of natural disaster is getting worse due to the growing interaction with technological installations.” China: a nuclear power in the making Some 27 out of 64 nuclear reactors that are currently under construction in the world are found in China. This is an example of the massive nuclear investment of the Asian giant. “The most important fact is that 19 (two of which are in Taiwan) out of the 27 reactors are being built in areas identified as dangerous,” state the authors of the study. In the case of Japan, which in March 2011 suffered the consequences of the worse tsunami in its history, there are seven plants with 19 reactors at risk, one of which is currently under construction. South Korea is now expanding two plants at risk with five reactors. India (two reactors) and Pakistan (one reactor) could also feel the consequences of a tsunami in the plants. The ghost of Fukushima “The location of nuclear installations does not only have implications for their host countries but also for the areas which could be affected by radioactive leaks,” as outlined to SINC by Joaquín Rodríguez-Vidal, lead author of the study and researcher at the Geodynamics and Paleontology Department of the University of Huelva. According to the study, we should learn our lessons from the Fukushima accident. For the authors, prevention and previous scientific studies are the best tools for avoiding such disasters. “But since the tsunami in 2004 the Indian Ocean region is still to take effective political measures,” warn the researchers. The Fukushima crisis took place in a highly developed country with one of the highest standards in scientific knowledge and technological infrastructure. “If it had occurred in a country less equipped for dealing with the consequences of catastrophe, the impact would have been a lot more serious for the world at large,” claim the experts. Therefore, Professor Rodríguez-Vidal recommends the drafting of more local analyses that consider the seismic amplification of each nuclear power plant and determine the adaptation of installation identified in the study. More information: Rodríguez-Vidal, Joaquin ; Rodríguez-Llanes, Jose M. ; Guha-Sapir, Debarati. “Civil nuclear power at risk of tsunamis “

Natural Hazards 63 (2) : 1273-1278 DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0162-0 , septiembre de 2012.

Japan Backpedals on “No Nukes” Policy

Published on Sep 19, 2012 by

Last week, Japan surprised the world by announcing that it plans to abandon atomic energy completely by the 2030s. But now in an abrupt turnaround, the Japanese Cabinet appears to be backpedaling on that decision, dropping any mention of the 2030s deadline in its approval of Japan’s new energy policy.

Arnie Gundersen @Congressional Briefing Cannon House Office Building — Room 121


 

7m and 470kg of steel frame dropped into the SFP of reactor3, “566 fuel assemblies are in the pool”

Posted by Mochizuki on September 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

About 11:05 of 9/22/2012, Tepco dropped a steel frame of 7m long and 470kg into the SFP of reactor3. 514 assemblies of spent fuel and 52 fuel assemblies are kept in the pool.

Tepco was removing debris by the remote controlling crane and dropped it into the pool mistakenly.

The steel frame was 30cm×20cm×7m, 470kg. It was dropped from South-East side.

Tepco states the radiation level did not change, the dosimeter set 2m above the pool did not measure any change in radiation level either. Water level and the temperature did not change.

It hasn’t happened that such a large material dropped into the pool. Tepco is planning to investigate if the fuel assemblies are not damaged by underwater camera.

9/22 午前11:05頃、東電が長さ7m、重さ470kgの鉄骨を3号機使用済み核燃料プールに落としました。
このプールには514体の使用済み核燃料集合体と、52体の新燃料が入っています。

遠隔操作が可能な無人クレーンで瓦礫を撤去していたところ、鉄骨を落としてしまったということです。
落ちた鉄骨は、縦30センチ、横20センチ、長さ7メートルで、重さは470キロあり、プールの南東側から落ちたということです。

東電はこれまでのところ、プールに設置している線量計やプールの水に含まれる放射性物質の濃度、それに水位に変化はなく、冷却も問題なくできている と説明していますが、これほど大きなものがプールに落ちたことはないことから、核燃料集合体が損傷していないか今後水中カメラを使って調べるとしていま す。

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Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6

Posted by Mochizuki
On 9/21/2012, Tepco released the nuclear analysis result of radioactive materials in the sea water.

The samples were taken on 4/16 and 5/14, so their release is 5 ~ 4 months behind.

The result shows 3.8 ~ 6.0 Bq/L of tritium leakage from around reactor 5 and 6 (North of Unit 5-6 Discharge Channel).

Tepco evaluates it is from the Fukushima accident.  From April to May, the tritium amount increased.

Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6

Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6 2

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Related article..180,000 Bq/m3 of tritium from groundwater of Fukushima plant area

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

West Nile virus kills 5 in Balkans, dozens in hospital

PRISTINA,   (bdnews24.com/Reuters) – At least five people in the Balkans have died from West Nile virus and several dozen others have been hospitalized in the past four weeks, according to health authorities in Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Croatia.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease usually found in temperate and tropical regions. While many cases are mild and have no symptoms, severe disease symptoms can include headaches, high fever, neck stiffness, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Kosovo confirmed its first fatality on Wednesday, saying the victim was a woman from central Kosovo who died on Sept 14. Macedonia’s health officials said on Thursday one woman had died and two other people were infected with the virus.

A spokesman for the Kosovo Health Ministry told Reuters on Thursday two other people who died recently were also suspected of having the same virus, but the cases had not been confirmed with laboratory blood tests.

The United States is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of West Nile virus since 2003.

In Serbia, three people have died and 35 were hospitalized since mid-August.

“This is the first time the West Nile virus has been officially registered in Serbia,” the country’s Department for Public Health said in a statement.

All the infected people were over 50 and had other chronic diseases, it said. Serbia’s western neighbor Croatia has registered five probable cases of the virus but no deaths.

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Health: Measles epidemic kills 22 in Congo

Measles epidemic Congo – An outbreak of measles, which has been raging in Likouala, North-eastern Congo since April, has already killed 22 people, the state-run radio said Friday.

The epidemic, which initially hit Liranga and Bétou, have now reached Impfondo and Epena.

Following the outbreak, the Ministry of Health Thursday launched a 5-day vaccination campaign against measles in the district.

Vaccination teams will travel throughout the localities of Likouala, which since 2009 has sheltered over 100,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who are fleeing inter-ethnic violence in the Equateur province.

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22.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of New York, [Ulster County] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 17:13 (05:13 PM) UTC.

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– In light of confirmation of a measles case in a school-aged child in Ulster County, State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., advises all New Yorkers to be vaccinated against measles. “Many people think measles is a childhood disease of the past, but it remains a highly-contagious viral disease that can cause serious health problems and even death,” Shah said. “The good news is that measles is preventable, and people who are vaccinated can protect themselves against the disease.” The current Ulster County measles case involves a child who attends a school where nearly half of the students are not vaccinated against measles. Although vaccination against measles is one of the required immunizations for school children in New York, exemptions from the requirement may be granted by a school. The Ulster County Health Department is working with the school district to protect other school children from measles. Unvaccinated children who attend the same Ulster County school as the child with measles and unvaccinated school staff are being excluded from the school for 21 days to help prevent them from contracting or spreading the disease. Individuals are not at risk of contracting measles if they are immune. A person is considered immune if they were born before January 1, 1957, have a history of physician-diagnosed measles, a blood test confirming immunity, or have received two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Due to widespread immunization in the United States, the measles virus does not circulate in this country, but is present in some foreign countries, including some in Europe and Asia. It is strongly recommended that anyone traveling to a country where measles is circulating be immunized before their trip; those who are not immunized could potentially contract the disease while abroad and infect other non-immunized individuals upon their return back to the U.S.
Biohazard name: Measles
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.
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Status: confirmed
22.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard Sudan South Sudan, [In some refugees camp] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Sudan on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 13:38 (01:38 PM) UTC.

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The international humanitarian agency Oxfam is warning that living conditions of refugees in a camp in Upper Nile state are becoming increasingly desperate, and more people will probably die if help does not arrive soon. More than 100,000 refugees have fled fighting between Sudanese armed forces and rebels in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states. At least 16 refugees have died in the past two weeks from an outbreak of Hepatitis E, according to the U.N. Pauline Ballaman, Oxfam’s South Sudan director, said the best way to curb the spread of the water-borne disease is to relocate thousands of Sudanese refugees to a safer place. “The government of South Sudan and UNHCR, who are the lead agencies, would encourage them to look at all other possibilities because this is not going to be a sustainable job or solution,” Ballaman said. South Sudan and the UN refugee agency considered relocating the refugees to areas along the Nile River, according to Ballaman, but she said no decision has been made so far. Ballaman said more people are showing symptoms of Hepatitis E. She added, “there are a lot more people affected and, of course, it is far more serious for the nursing and pregnant mothers and young children, and malnutrition kicks in as well,” According to Ballaman, no season is favorable to housing more than 100,000 refugees. Widespread flooding during South Sudan’s rainy season is the problem right now, but when the dry season arrives the problem will be not enough water.
Biohazard name: Hepatitis E. Outbreak
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
23.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of New York, New Paltz [Mountain Laurel Waldorf School] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 05:13 (05:13 AM) UTC.

Description
A case of measles has been confirmed in a student who attends the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, according to the Dutchess County Department of Health. The measles case was reported by Dutchess County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Caldwell in a press release emailed to local media outlets late Friday. It was not immediately clear why the release came from a Dutchess County official rather than one in Ulster County, where the private school is located, and the name and hometown of the infected person were not provided. Caldwell said his office has “been in close communication” with the Ulster County Department of Health and the state Department of Health. Caldwell said anyone who has visited the school since Sept. 10 or has had contact with anyone from the school since that date should make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date. Those who lack proper vaccinations should consult with a doctor. Caldwell said his department has learned that a number of students at the New Paltz school have not been vaccinated for measles, meaning they could become ill and put others at risk. Caldwell said all medical practices and laboratories in the area should be on high alert that there may be a number of children and family members who have been exposed and could spread the disease further. Incidents of measles, which is highly contagious, have increased in the United States recently due to a growing number of unvaccinated individuals who travel to countries where measles is prevalent, Caldwell said.
Biohazard name: Measles
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

 

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Solar Activity

3MIN News Sept 22. 2012

Published on Sep 22, 2012 by

2012 Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

TODAY’S LINKS
Tsunami Debris: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-bin-hawaii-japan-tsunami-debris.html
Pakistan Flooding: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=79236
New Clouds: http://www.weather.com/news/new-cloud-variety-on-horizon-20120920
More EU vs Monsanto: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-eu-honey.html

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

22.09.2012 Event into space Ireland Multiple areas, [Over the Ireland airspace] Damage level Details

Event into space in Ireland on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 13:27 (01:27 PM) UTC.

Description
A massive fireball was seen right across Ireland last night which may be “one of the best ever seen” in Europe and was a “huge event”, according to Astronomy Ireland. The trail of fragments passed across the sky at about 10.55pm with sightings reported from Dublin, Donegal, Cork, Sligo, Carlow, Longford, Antrim and across Britain and as far away as as The Netherlands. It was “very unusual to see it in multiple countries,” David Moore of Astronomy Ireland said. “I’ve never seen one fragmented like that and streaked across the sky,” he said. The fireball later exploded into fragments. Mr Moore said the cause of the fireball was not yet clear. “It is a piece of space debris, but whether it is man made or natural is not known,” he said. He said it was too slow for natural debris and was going the wrong direction for man-made debris. “It is probably a space rock that has skidded across the atmosphere.” Meteorites will have been dropped “but whether they landed in Ireland or at sea we will have to figure out”, he said. Witnesses described a trail of seven to 12 fireballs in a straight line across the sky. No sound was to be heard either by witnesses in the city or the countryside. Kielder Observatory in Britain last night reported a sighting of a “huge fireball” .Mr Moore asked for witnesses to submit a fireball report to the Astronomy Ireland website “This will help us to triangulate the path,” he said. Twitter and Facebook filled with reports of the strange sightings last night, with meteor trending on Twitter in Ireland. “Spotted what looked like about eight fireballs travelling east to west over the M1 at Santry, Dublin at 10.56pm. Amazing,” wrote one tweeter last night. The Irish Coast Guard had reports from the north coast right down the east coast.
22.09.2012 Event into space United Kingdom Scotland and England, [Between Airdrie and Arbroath, Greater Manchester] Damage level Details

Event into space in United Kingdom on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 04:54 (04:54 AM) UTC.

Description
A suspected meteorite shower over Scotland has prompted a flurry of 999 calls from worried members of the public. Concerned callers from Airdrie to Arbroath likened the lights they saw in the sky to flares, fireworks and even a plane crash. Coastguard and police forces up and down the country were inundated with reports from around 11pm on Friday night. A spokesman for Forth Coastguard said: “From talking to other stations and to the RAF it’s almost certainly meteorite activity. “Calls came in from all over the place, thick and fast. We’ve had people report possible plane crashes, and others the weirdest fireworks they’ve ever seen. “Folk just haven’t known how to describe what they’ve seen. It’s quite extraordinary.” The spokesman said reports had come from Crail, Johnshaven and Arbroath. Clyde Coastguard said it had received a “flurry” of calls reporting flares seen in Drummore, Airdrie and Brodick on Arran. A spokeswoman said: “When we get it all over and at the same time then we attribute them to meteorites. There was meteorite activity forecast from September 15 to 21.” Shetland Coastguard said a report of a flare at 11.10pm at Duncansby Head near John O’Groats was thought to be part of the meteorite shower.

 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
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 3 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 7 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 11 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
(2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 12 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
(2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 12 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
(2006 TD) 06th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1746 68.0 88 m – 200 m 13.03 km/s 46908 km/h
(2009 TK) 06th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.0450 17.5 100 m – 230 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2004 UB) 08th October 2012 15 day(s) 0.1995 77.6 240 m – 530 m 14.65 km/s 52740 km/h
277830 (2006 HR29) 11th October 2012 18 day(s) 0.1917 74.6 190 m – 440 m 7.88 km/s 28368 km/h
(2008 BW2) 11th October 2012 18 day(s) 0.1678 65.3 3.1 m – 6.8 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2005 GQ21) 12th October 2012 19 day(s) 0.1980 77.0 620 m – 1.4 km 23.86 km/s 85896 km/h
(2012 GV17) 12th October 2012 19 day(s) 0.1500 58.4 160 m – 370 m 16.11 km/s 57996 km/h
256004 (2006 UP) 14th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1374 53.5 65 m – 140 m 3.06 km/s 11016 km/h
(2005 ST1) 14th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1319 51.3 230 m – 510 m 12.88 km/s 46368 km/h
(2011 OB57) 14th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1553 60.4 17 m – 37 m 4.95 km/s 17820 km/h
(2012 KB4) 14th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1271 49.4 22 m – 49 m 4.98 km/s 17928 km/h
(2004 RX10) 15th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.0819 31.9 150 m – 340 m 11.86 km/s 42696 km/h
(2006 WV1) 15th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.0910 35.4 17 m – 39 m 6.15 km/s 22140 km/h
(2012 LA) 16th October 2012 23 day(s) 0.0449 17.5 8.3 m – 19 m 1.86 km/s 6696 km/h
329275 (1999 VP6) 17th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1766 68.7 300 m – 670 m 7.15 km/s 25740 km/h
136993 (1998 ST49) 18th October 2012 25 day(s) 0.0737 28.7 790 m – 1.8 km 16.63 km/s 59868 km/h
(2002 TR190) 19th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.1712 66.6 430 m – 960 m 13.58 km/s 48888 km/h
(1998 XX2) 20th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 290 m – 650 m 10.62 km/s 38232 km/h
(2003 UC5) 21st October 2012 28 day(s) 0.1750 68.1 260 m – 580 m 35.80 km/s 128880 km/h
(2008 CT1) 22nd October 2012 29 day(s) 0.0674 26.2 8.2 m – 18 m 15.82 km/s 56952 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

 

 

Beautiful and Mysterious Superbubble In The Large Magellanic Cloud
Observed By Chandra
 

MessageToEagle.com – Beautiful and mysterious structures known as superbubbles result from the stellar winds and supernovae of OB [spectral types O or early-type B] associations.

Astronomers believe they play play a fundamental role in the structure and energetics of the ISM [interstellar medium] in star-forming galaxies.

Their influence may also dominate the relationship between the different interstellar gas phases.

How do superbubbles form and evolve?
How do they affect the local and global ISM?

The Magellanic Clouds provide a superior opportunity to study this shell-forming activity, since both stellar content and gaseous structure can be examined in detail.

A superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) was observed by astronomers using Chandra X-ray Observatory.

LMC is a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, located about 160,000 light years from Earth.

Many new stars, some of them very massive, are forming in the star cluster NGC 1929, which is embedded in the nebula N44.

The massive stars produce intense radiation, expel matter at high speeds, and race through their evolution to explode as supernovas.

The winds and supernova shock waves carve out huge cavities called superbubbles in the surrounding gas. X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) show hot regions created by these winds and shocks, while infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (red) outline where the dust and cooler gas are found.

The optical light from the 2.2m Max-Planck-ESO telescope (yellow) in Chile shows where ultraviolet radiation from hot, young stars is causing gas in the nebula to glow.

A long-running problem in high-energy astrophysics has been that some superbubbles in the LMC, including N44, give off a lot more X-rays than expected from models of their structure.


A Chandra study published in 2011 showed that there are two extra sources of the bright X-ray emission: supernova shock waves striking the walls of the cavities, and hot material evaporating from the cavity walls.

The observations show no evidence for an enhancement of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium in the cavities, thus ruling out this possibility as an explanation for the bright X-ray emission.

Click on image to enlarge

NGC 1929 is a star cluster embedded in the N44 nebula, which is found in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Massive stars in the cluster produce intense radiation, expel matter at high speeds, and explode relatively quickly as supernovas.
Winds from the massive stars and shocks from the supernovas carve out “superbubbles” in the gas seen in X-rays by Chandra (blue). Infrared data show dust (red) and cooler gas and optical light (yellow) reveals where ultraviolet radiation is causing the gas to glow. Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Mich./S.Oey, IR: NASA/JPL, Optical: ESO/WFI/2.2-m

This is the first time that the data have been good enough to distinguish between different sources of the X-rays produced by superbubbles.

The Chandra study of N44 and another superbubble in the LMC was led by Anne Jaskot from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The co-authors were Dave Strickland from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, Sally Oey from University of Michigan, You-Hua Chu from University of Illinois and Guillermo Garcia-Segura from Instituto de Astronomia-UNAM in Ensenada, Mexico.

MessageToEagle.com

See also:
10 Spectacular Hubble Space Telescope Images Never Released Before

 

 

 

 

New Photos Of Saturn And Its Moon Titan –
See A Striking Change Of Colors!
 

MessageToEagle.com – Cassini spacecraft has taken great photos of Saturn and its largest moon, Titan.

The colors are spectacular and on one of the images you can even see the changing hues of Saturn’s northern and southern hemispheres as they pass from one season to the next.

Upon Cassini’s arrival at Saturn eight years ago, Saturn’s northern winter hemisphere was an azure blue.

Now that winter is encroaching on the planet’s southern hemisphere and summer on the north, the color scheme is reversing: blue is tinting the southern atmosphere and is fading from the north.

Some of these views, such as those of the polar vortex, are only possible because Cassini’s newly inclined — or tilted — orbits allow more direct viewing of the polar regions of Saturn and its moons.


Click on image to enlargeColorful Colossi and Changing Hues

A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, measures 3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers, across and is larger than the planet Mercury. Cassini scientists have been watching the moon’s south pole since a vortex appeared in its atmosphere in 2012.

As the seasons have changed in the Saturnian system, and spring has come to the north and autumn to the south, the azure blue in the northern Saturnian hemisphere that greeted Cassini upon its arrival in 2004 is now fading. The southern hemisphere, in its approach to winter, is taking on a bluish hue. This change is likely due to the reduced intensity of ultraviolet light and the haze it produces in the hemisphere approaching winter, and the increasing intensity of ultraviolet light and haze production in the hemisphere approaching summer. Image credit: NASA

Scientists are looking forward to seeing more of the same — new phenomena like Titan’s south polar vortex and changes wrought by the passage of time and seasons — during the remainder of Cassini’s mission.

“Cassini has been in orbit now for the last eight years, and despite the fact that we can’t know exactly what the next five years will show us, we can be certain that whatever it is will be wondrous,” said Carolyn Porco, imaging team lead based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.“It is so fantastic to experience, through the instruments of Cassini, seasonal changes in the Saturn system,” said Amanda Hendrix, deputy project scientist, based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

“Some of the changes we see in the data are completely unexpected, while some occur like clockwork on a seasonal timescale.

It’s an exciting time to be at Saturn.”


Click on image to enlargeObscured by Rings

Saturn’s rings obscure part of Titan’s colorful visage in this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The south polar vortex that first appeared in Titan’s atmosphere in 2012 is visible at the bottom of this view. Image credit: NASA


Click on image to enlargeA Ring of Color

Titan’s north polar hood can be seen at the top of this view, and a hint of the south polar vortex can be detected at the bottom. Image credit: NASA


Click on image to enlargePolar Vortex in Color

The recently formed south polar vortex stands out in the color-swaddled atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, in this natural color view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The south polar vortex can be seen approximately centered over the south pole in the lower left of the image. Image credit: NASA

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See also:
10 Spectacular Hubble Space Telescope Images Never Released Before

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Published on Sep 3, 2012 by

Spain is in pain. That seems to sum up the situation in a nutshell as one of Europe’s largest economies sputters. Every one in four Spaniards are out of work and 2012 has witnessed capital flight like never before. 276 billion dollars have been taken out of the country this year as the economic pillars of Spain’s economy gets shakier and shakier.