Tag Archive: Kermadec Islands Region


Earthquakes

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 23:56 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 23:29 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 22:37 PM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 22:30 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 22:25 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 22:18 PM
2.5     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 22:16 PM
2.5     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 17 22:12 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:55 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Syria-iraq Border Region
Apr 17 21:49 PM
3.1     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:45 PM
2.6     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:29 PM
3.2     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:26 PM
3.5     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 17 21:24 PM
2.6     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:19 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:18 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:12 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 17 21:10 PM
2.5     110.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:05 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 21:02 PM
3.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 20:52 PM
2.7     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 17 20:49 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 17 20:45 PM
4.2     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 20:45 PM
4.5     7.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Northern California
Apr 17 20:31 PM
4.1     19.8     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 17 20:23 PM
3.0     9.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 17 20:15 PM
2.8     11.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 20:01 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 19:59 PM
2.7     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 19:45 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 19:45 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 19:45 PM
5.0     12.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 17 19:37 PM
3.7     75.0     MAP

GEOFON     East Of South Sandwich Islands     
Apr 17 19:03 PM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

USGS     East Of The South Sandwich Islands     
Apr 17 19:03 PM     
6.2     1.0     MAP     

EMSC     East Of South Sandwich Islands     
Apr 17 19:03 PM     
6.0     2.0     MAP     

USGS     New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 17 18:21 PM
4.7     256.4     MAP

EMSC     New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 17 18:21 PM
4.7     256.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 17 18:09 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 17 17:35 PM
3.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 17:06 PM
4.8     20.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 17:06 PM
4.8     9.4     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 17:06 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 17 17:03 PM
2.6     7.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 16:50 PM
3.0     6.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 17 16:33 PM
3.0     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 15:52 PM
3.6     1.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 15:33 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 15:29 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 15:29 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 15:29 PM
4.3     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 17 15:15 PM
4.7     201.0     MAP

USGS     Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 17 15:15 PM
4.6     210.6     MAP

EMSC     Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 17 15:15 PM
5.0     200.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 15:04 PM
2.9     17.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 14:29 PM
4.6     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 14:29 PM
4.6     56.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 14:29 PM
4.5     50.0     MAP

EMSC     Kerkira Region, Greece
Apr 17 14:27 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 14:20 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 13:59 PM
2.8     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 13:53 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 17 13:27 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 17 13:26 PM
3.8     30.0     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 17 13:20 PM
3.9     20.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 17 13:03 PM
3.4     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 12:43 PM
2.5     2.0     MAP

USGS     Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Apr 17 12:36 PM
3.0     36.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 12:29 PM
4.8     26.2     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 12:29 PM
4.7     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 12:29 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Peru
Apr 17 12:26 PM
4.8     73.0     MAP

USGS     Near The Coast Of Southern Peru
Apr 17 12:26 PM
4.5     65.3     MAP

EMSC     Near Coast Of Southern Peru
Apr 17 12:26 PM
4.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 12:25 PM
2.4     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 17 12:12 PM
2.4     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 11:50 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 17 11:11 AM
3.0     99.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 11:01 AM
2.8     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 17 11:01 AM
2.7     126.0     MAP

GEOFON     Kuril Islands
Apr 17 10:49 AM
4.9     80.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 17 10:49 AM
4.6     63.6     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 17 10:49 AM
4.6     54.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 17 10:05 AM
2.7     120.0     MAP

GEOFON     Chile-argentina Border Region
Apr 17 09:49 AM
4.2     147.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 17 09:46 AM
3.3     40.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 17 09:29 AM
3.2     6.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 17 09:22 AM
2.5     89.8     MAP

EMSC     Greece-turkey Border Region
Apr 17 09:13 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 17 09:03 AM
3.9     73.0     MAP

GEOFON     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 17 08:51 AM
5.6     44.0     MAP

USGS     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 17 08:51 AM
5.6     15.1     MAP

EMSC     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 17 08:51 AM
5.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 17 08:42 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 17 08:24 AM
2.6     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 07:58 AM
4.8     28.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 07:58 AM
4.8     27.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 07:58 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 17 07:54 AM
2.8     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 07:49 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 17 07:32 AM
2.6     78.1     MAP

USGS     Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea    

Apr 17 07:13 AM     
6.8     208.2     MAP     

EMSC     Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.     
Apr 17 07:13 AM     
6.8     211.0     MAP     

USGS     Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea   

 Apr 17 07:13 AM     
7.0     202.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.     
Apr 17 07:13 AM     
6.8     207.0     MAP     

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 07:07 AM
3.2     19.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 17 06:20 AM
2.5     16.0     MAP

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oregon
Apr 17 06:14 AM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 06:10 AM
2.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Tonga
Apr 17 06:07 AM
4.4     100.0     MAP

GEOFON     Samoa Islands Region
Apr 17 06:07 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Tonga
Apr 17 06:07 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 17 05:58 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 05:33 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 17 05:19 AM
2.5     2.9     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 17 04:53 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 04:48 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 04:25 AM
4.9     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 04:25 AM
4.8     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 04:25 AM
4.9     31.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 17 04:03 AM
4.8     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 17 04:03 AM
5.0     40.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 17 04:03 AM
5.1     36.6     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 17 03:57 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 17 03:55 AM
3.1     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 03:54 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Valparaiso, Chile     
Apr 17 03:50 AM     
6.7     37.0     MAP     

EMSC     Valparaiso, Chile     
Apr 17 03:50 AM     
6.7     30.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Central Chile     
Apr 17 03:50 AM     
6.7     29.0     MAP     

USGS     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 17 03:43 AM
3.7     1.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 17 03:32 AM
2.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 17 03:24 AM
4.9     57.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 17 03:24 AM
4.9     43.0     MAP

USGS     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 17 03:24 AM
5.1     41.7     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 17 03:18 AM
2.8     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 03:15 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 02:54 AM
2.4     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 02:46 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Iran
Apr 17 02:37 AM
4.7     34.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Iran
Apr 17 02:37 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Kenya
Apr 17 02:01 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kenya
Apr 17 02:01 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Mid indian Ridge
Apr 17 01:41 AM
4.8     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     Mid Indian Ridge
Apr 17 01:41 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Mid indian Ridge
Apr 17 01:41 AM
4.9     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 17 01:33 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 17 01:30 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 17 01:19 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 00:19 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 17 00:12 AM
3.4     24.8     MAP

Strong earthquake strikes Chile; no serious damage reported

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — A strong earthquake struck coastal Chile near the port city of Valparaiso late Monday, causing mudslides and some minor damage, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The 6.7-magnitude quake knocked out some power and phone lines in the region, authorities said.

The temblor was felt in the capital city, Santiago, located 69 miles from the epicenter. A CNN en Español anchor held onto his desk as the quake rattled the studio during a newscast in Huechurba, a suburb of the capital.

“We could feel the ground shaking,” said journalist Richard Madan. “It felt like we were standing on a subway track but multiply that by about 200.”

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Did N. Sumatra earthquakes set off a chain-reaction? Planet shaken by shocking number of tremors since April 11, 2012

Posted on April 17, 2012
April 17, 2012WORLD – The shocking number of earthquakes that have rattled the globe, especially along tectonic plate boundaries, since the double 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes struck off the coast of Northern Sumatra on April 11 could be early indication the planet may be shifting towards a new catastrophic model. Romania’ s top seismologist, Gheorghe Marmureanu, told the Bucharest Herald: “There is no doubt something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes.” I said in my book: “If you keep seismically shaking the Earth, like a bottle of soda, its structural integrity eventually will become compromised and it will start to fracture like an egg. In this case, the fracturing will be thermal dissipation by hyper-volcanism, mega-thrust earthquakes, and greater tectonic boundary plate agitation around volcanic arcs and subduction zones…if this is what’s indeed happening, the pressure will continue to build in the interior of the planet until it eventually destabilizes all tectonic plates in a spectral pattern of continous seismic oscillation. Every earthquake generates and emits enough kinetic energy through the earth to potentially trigger more seismic disturbances.” – The Extinction Protocol, page 495

7.0-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) April 17, 2012


Quake sends Indonesians fleeing from Aceh parliament
Banda Aceh, Indonesia (AFP) April 17, 2012 – A moderate earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island Tuesday, US seismologists said, sending people running in fear from Aceh province’s parliament.The 5.1-quake hit at 10:24 am (0324 GMT) at a depth of around 42 kilometres (26 miles), 80 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital Banda Aceh, the US Geological Survey said.”The epicentre was located in the sea and was felt by people in Banda Aceh,” said Arif Achir of Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency, adding there was no tsunami threat or immediate reports of damage.

An AFP correspondent said the quake lasted around 45 seconds, sending people running from parliament and children from classrooms.

Aceh province was shaken last Wednesday by two huge earthquakes that triggered an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert.

At a magnitude of 8.6, the first of the two quakes was the strongest to hit since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 170,000 in Aceh. No major damage was reported.

A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning issued.

The quake hit at 5:13 pm (0713 GMT) 141 kilometres (88 miles) north of the country’s second largest city of Lae and 443 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby at a depth of 201 kilometres, it said.

“A destructive tsunami was not generated based on earthquake and historical tsunami data,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement.

Geoscience Australia measured the quake at 6.8 magnitude and at a depth of 215 kilometres but agreed it was unlikely to generate dangerous waves in the developing Pacific island nation.

“It’s pretty deep so it’s not a tsunami threat we believe, even though it’s slightly offshore,” Geoscience Australia seismologist Clive Collins told AFP.

Collins said there had been reports of the quake being felt as far away as Goroko, a highland region about 250 kilometres from the epicentre.

“There would be quite some shaking to the areas close by… because it’s about 20 kilometres offshore,” Collins said.

“So it’s obviously been felt in a wide area around Papua New Guinea, which you would expect from something that big.”

Quakes of such magnitude are common in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

“That northern part of Papua New Guinea is subject to quite strong earthquakes reasonably frequently,” Collins said, adding that the biggest risk in the mountainous country was generally from landslips caused by tremors.

“There are very steep valleys and if it’s been wet you get landslides which generally cause trouble. But I think this being a little bit offshore it may not be such a problem,” he said.

“Of course it will be a while before we know that.”

A giant tsunami in 1998 killed more than 2,000 people near Aitape, on the country’s northwest coast.

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Volcanic Activity

Santorini’s underwater volcano activity resumes

20:54 17 APR 2012

(AGI) Washington – Santorini’s volcanic basin is showing signs of resumed volcanic activity. According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, satellite research tools suggest that a build-up of some 14m cubic metres of lava at a depth of 5km took place between September and January last.
Widely touted by academics as the cause of the Minoan civilisation’s obliteration, what is left of the volcano – a small archipelago – last witnessed significant geological activity in January of 2011. Having published his findings in the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the Institute’s Andrew Newman says “our research shows that the lava build-up is accelerating,” suggesting that even though the build-up may not indicate an imminent eruption, it may cause minor volcanic events, including ash fall-out, landslides and even tsunami type phenomena.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Unusual geological event Canada Province of New Brunswick, McAdam Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai, [Son Ky Commune] Damage level Details
  Today Forest / Wild Fire Canada Province of Ontario, [Uxbridge area] Damage level Details
  Today Flood Nigeria Edo State, Benin City Damage level Details
  Today Forest / Wild Fire China Province of Liaoning, [Qipan Mountain] Damage level Details
  Today Enviroment Pollution Australia State of New South Wales, [Pacific Highway, Near to Port Macquarie] Damage level Details
  Today Vehicle Incident USA State of Michigan, Traverse City [Cherry Capital Airport] Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard USA State of California, San Diego Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard India State of Haryana, Gurgaon [Government High School Sector 40] Damage level Details
  Today Enviroment Pollution USA State of Washington, Seattle [Bell Harbor Marina, Elliott Bay] Damage level Details
  Today Volcano Activity Greece Island of Thera, [Santorini volcano] Damage level Details
  Today Hailstorm USA State of California, [San Joaquin Valley] Damage level Details
1 18.04.2012 CBRNE Afghanistan Province of Takhar, [The area is not defined.] Damage level Details

Gale Warning

LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
CAPE FLATTERY TO CAPE LOOKOUT

Freeze Warning

STATE COLLEGE PA
BINGHAMTON NY
BUFFALO NY
GRAND RAPIDS MI
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
ALBANY NY

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

ALBUQUERQUE NM

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Flooding

Flood Warning

KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS ND
LAKE CHARLES LA
JACKSON, MS
 NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LA
SHREVEPORT LA
 LITTLE ROCK AR

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Radiation/ Nuclear

Ukraine nuclear plant halts reactor after electrical failure

by Staff Writers
Kiev (AFP) April 17, 2012

A reactor at a nuclear power station in the south of Ukraine has been shut down following an electrical failure but radiation levels were not elevated, authorities said on Tuesday.

The second reactor of the Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya Nuclear Power Station in the south of Ukraine was shut down following the failure of its main transformer and the subsequent breakage of the high voltage power line late Monday, the emergencies ministry said.

“The reactor no 2 has been switched to the minimum capacity and unplugged from Ukraine’s energy grid,” the emergencies ministry said in a statement on its website.

“Radiation and fire safety levels are normal,” it said, adding the nuclear power station’s employees were taking steps to bring the situation under control.

Ukraine is home to the now defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant whose fourth reactor exploded in April 1986 with fallout hitting the three Soviet republics along with a large part of Europe.

The Chernobyl nuclear plant is located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Kiev and close to the borders with Russia and Belarus. The explosion remains the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

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Solar Activity

SPECTACULAR EXPLOSION:

Magnetic fields on the sun’s northeastern limb erupted around 17:45 UT on April 16th, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the blast at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths:

The explosion, which registered M1.7 on the Richter Scale of solar flares, was not Earth-directed, but it did hurl a CME into space. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have analyzed the trajectory of the cloud and found that it will hit NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft, the Spitzer space telescope, and the rover Curiosity en route to Mars. Planets Venus and Mars could also receive a glancing blow.

Using data from SDO, Steele Hill of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center assembled a must-see movie of the event. It shows the explosion unfolding at 304Å, a wavelength which traces plasma with a temperature around 80,000 K.

Coverage of the blast was not limited to space telescopes. Amateur astronomers saw it, too. Jim Lafferty sends this picture from his backyard observatory in Redlands, California:

“Yesterday’s prominence on the sun’s eastern limb was was one of the largest in years—short lived, it was mostly gone in a few hours,” says Lafferty. “It was a wonderful sight in the eyepiece and in the camera!”

2MIN News Apr17: Massive CME & Earthquakes


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Articles of Interest

Toxic gases hamper search at Pakistan avalanche site

by Staff Writers
Islamabad (AFP) April 17, 2012

Toxic gases Tuesday hampered the search for 138 people buried by an avalanche at a high-altitude Pakistan army camp, as teams from the United States and Norway arrived at the site to help operations.

A huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in disputed Kashmir more than a week ago, smothering an area of one square kilometre (a third of a square mile).

Rescuers have dug tunnels in the hard mass of snow and ice to try to reach the buried soldiers and civilians at the Gayari base, but toxic gases have built up inside one of them, the military said in a statement.

A rise in the temperature has increased the risk of further snow slides, the statement said, forcing workers on the site to take extra precautions.

Specialist teams from Norway and the United States arrived at Gayari, while Swiss and German teams have returned home after helping the efforts.

Search teams are looking for the trapped soldiers and civilians at six different points on the site, around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) up in the mountains.

More than 450 rescuers are working at the site near the de facto border with India in the militarised region of Kashmir, though experts have said there is virtually no chance of finding any survivors.

Kashmir has been the cause of two wars between India and Pakistan and the nuclear-armed rivals fought over Siachen in 1987, though guns on the glacier have largely fallen silent since a peace process began in 2004.

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S.Lanka fishermen accused of damaging tsunami buoy

by Staff Writers
Colombo (AFP) April 17, 2012

Five Sri Lankan fishermen have been charged with vandalising a tsunami warning buoy just weeks before an earthquake triggered a major alert across the Indian Ocean, police said Tuesday.

Parts of the electronic floating device were removed from the buoy’s deep-sea mooring off the coast last month and later recovered in the southern coastal district of Matara.

The fishermen appeared before the chief magistrate in Matara on Monday and were remanded in custody until April 30, police spokesman Ajith Rohana told AFP.

“They said they thought the device could be a nice ornament they can fit onto their boat,” a court official said by telephone.

Tsunami warnings are vital to Sri Lanka, which had its south and east coasts devastated in the December 2004 tsunami when 31,000 people died in the island.

On April 11, a 8.6-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia’s Sumatra island set off high-level tsunami alerts around the Indian Ocean but no large waves were created and it caused little damage.

The Deep ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) buoy, which belongs to India, is part of a wider warning system to detect unusual rises in sea levels and predict tsunamis.

“The Indian authorities complained to us that one of their buoys had been cut from the moorings,” Sarath Lal Kumara, spokesman for Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre, told AFP.

He said police investigations led to the arrest of the five men and the recovery of some of the parts of the buoy, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Huge tire fire causes Kuwait ‘catastrophe’

by Staff Writers
Kuwait City (AFP) April 17, 2012

Hundreds of Kuwaiti firemen on Tuesday fought to contain a massive fire in a dump for used tires, with some members of parliament calling the blaze an environmental catastrophe.

Firemen from the national guard, the army and the oil sector joined efforts to extinguish the fire that was still raging 10 hours after it broke out in the dump of more than five million tires, the fire department said.

Environment authorities advised residents in the area to stay away and to use masks, but the education ministry rejected calls by MPs to suspend classes at local schools.

A number of MPs described the fire as an “environmental catastrophe” and vowed to demand a debate on the issue in a special parliamentary session next week. Some said they will demand an official probe.

Medics said that one man was treated for minor burns.

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Earthquakes

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 28 21:40 PM
3.6 8.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC Greece
Mar 28 19:47 PM
3.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Mar 28 17:42 PM
4.2 2.5 MAP

EMSC Spain
Mar 28 17:22 PM
3.3 30.0 MAP

EMSC Sweden
Mar 28 17:01 PM
2.4 1.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC Kyrgyzstan
Mar 28 12:54 PM
3.8 3.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEONET Manawatu
Mar 28 07:59 AM
3.6 15.0 MAP

EMSC Armenia
Mar 28 07:43 AM
2.9 2.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.5 48.0 MAP

GEOFON Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Pakistan
Mar 28 03:19 AM
4.5 3.7 MAP

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

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

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

EMSC Poland
Mar 28 01:51 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Moderate quake hits Indonesia’s East Java

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

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

The agency did not release a tsunami warning.

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

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)

Alert level raised for remote Alaska volcano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Volcanic Activity

 

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

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

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

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Radiation

Japan

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

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

Japan

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

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

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

California

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

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

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

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Storms

 

Tropical Storm Threat to Vietnam Late Week

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

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

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

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

 

Tropical storm could hit NZ next week

 

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

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

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

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

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Solar Activity

 

Solar X-rays:Geomagnetic Field: >

Status
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From n3kl.org

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Solar System

 

ATREX EXPERIMENT LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT SKY:

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

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

http://spaceweather.com/

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

 

Clintonville booms quiet down, frustrations remain
Residents still left wondering

by: Bill Miston

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

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

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

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

Clintonville booms quiet down, frustrations remain: fox11online.com

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

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Wildlife

 

Bird Species Endangered

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

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

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