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Tag Archive: Kiribati


Earth Watch Report  –  Seas/Oceans

 

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WATER WORLD

‘Time running out’ for Kiribati as seas rise: president

by Staff Writers
Wellington (AFP)

The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati is running out of time on climate change as seas rise, and is drafting plans including mass relocation of its people while the world procrastinates on the issue, the country’s leader says.

President Anote Tong said areas of Kiribati — consisting of more than 30 coral atolls, most only a few metres (feet) above sea level — had already been swamped by the rising ocean.

“We’ve had communities that have had to relocate because their previous village is submerged, it’s no longer there,” he told AFP in a telephone interview from the capital Tarawa.

“We had a very high tide at the beginning of this month and communities were washed out. It’s becoming more frequent, time is running out.”

Kiribati is among a number of island states — including Tuvalu, Tokelau and the Maldives — the UN Human Rights Commission is concerned could become “stateless” due to climate change.

With erosion gnawing at the coast and crops dying as sea water infiltrates fresh water sources, Tong said plans to relocate people from Kiribati to Fiji and East Timor had been put forward.

He was pessimistic UN climate talks underway in Doha would offer a solution, saying they assumed global warming would occur in the future, allowing countries to stall over emissions targets.

“That’s not relevant to us,” he said. “The reality is that we’re already facing problems.

“Are the negotiations addressing this? I don’t believe so. They’re regarded as a game by many of the negotiators, they’re not focusing on what’s already happening in the most vulnerable countries.

“We (in Kiribati) are not talking about economic growth, we’re not talking about standards of living — we’re talking about our very survival.”

— “Some of our people will have to be relocated” —

Rather than wait for global action, Tong said Kiribati was examining options for the climate-threatened nation, including relocating parts of its 103,000-strong population.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Seismic Activity

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: November 16, 2012 13:19:04 UTC

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Autonomous Region, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Hainan Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Ecuador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermadec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Earth Watch Report  – Seismic Activity

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: November 13, 2012 09:19:17 UTC

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Germany

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Ecuador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermadec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Earth Watch Report

 

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: November 12, 2012 06:19:19 UTC

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

CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

 ANWB 24hr plot

CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

 BBGH 24hr plot

CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

 BCIP 24hr plot

CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

 GRGR 24hr plot

CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

 GRTK 24hr plot

CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

 GTBY 24hr plot

CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

 MTDJ 24hr plot

CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

 SDDR 24hr plot

CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 TGUH 24hr plot

IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

 BJT 24hr plot

IC/ENH, Enshi, China

 ENH 24hr plot

IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

 HIA 24hr plot

IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

 LSA 24hr plot

IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

 MDJ 24hr plot

IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

 ADK 24hr plot

IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

 AFI 24hr plot

IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

 ANMO 24hr plot

IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

 ANTO 24hr plot

IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

 BILL 24hr plot

IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

 CASY 24hr plot

IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

 CCM 24hr plot

IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

 CHTO 24hr plot

IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

 COR 24hr plot

IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

 DAV 24hr plot

IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

 JOHN 24hr plot

IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Ecuador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

 PAB 24hr plot

IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

 PET 24hr plot

IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

 POHA 24hr plot

IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermadec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.5 2012/09/05 23:27:54   18.989   -68.409 46.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  3.7 2012/09/05 22:52:52   44.785  -110.937 7.3  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
MAP  4.6   2012/09/05 22:46:36   10.129   -85.411 37.3  COSTA RICA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/05 22:11:24   10.023   -85.588 35.0  COSTA RICA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/05 22:02:11   19.844   -64.180 39.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.4 2012/09/05 21:21:51   19.647   -64.159 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/05 21:15:00   60.830  -150.091 29.9  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/05 20:39:54   45.419  -112.615 5.9  WESTERN MONTANA
MAP  5.1   2012/09/05 20:36:33   12.065   46.280 10.0  GULF OF ADEN
MAP  4.1 2012/09/05 17:16:04   60.377  -152.232 84.4  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/05 16:09:56   63.004  -151.029 121.0  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/05 15:58:41   9.923   -85.564 21.8  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/05 15:12:40   9.645   -84.754 35.9  COSTA RICA
MAP  7.6   2012/09/05 14:42:08   9.996   -85.318 40.2  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/05 13:38:33   40.284  -124.456 19.1  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  6.0   2012/09/05 13:09:08  -12.510   166.497 17.6  SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
MAP  2.8 2012/09/05 12:31:07   35.329  -119.498 0.1  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/05 11:55:41   31.334  -115.419 6.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.6 2012/09/05 11:35:27   37.533  -118.824 6.9  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/05 10:45:58   14.520   -93.656 36.9  OFF THE COAST OF CHIAPAS, MEXICO
MAP  4.4 2012/09/05 09:24:35   14.756   -93.565 40.7  OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO
MAP  3.3 2012/09/05 07:33:44   18.773   -64.475 20.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.6 2012/09/05 06:33:55   60.015  -152.951 110.8  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/05 05:32:11  -12.377   166.515 49.9  SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
MAP  2.6 2012/09/05 03:56:47   19.963  -156.188 11.0  HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
MAP  4.5   2012/09/05 03:45:30   23.953   122.378 28.7  TAIWAN REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/05 02:43:04   19.782   -64.191 31.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.0 2012/09/05 01:32:59   38.836  -122.805 3.1  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.9   2012/09/05 00:48:04  -10.794   113.869 10.0  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  5.2   2012/09/05 00:35:31   11.614   126.705 35.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.2   2012/09/05 00:24:49   19.704   -64.257 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

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Quake Hits Southern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted the town of Ahal in Fars province, Southern Iran, on Thursday.

The Seismological center of Fars province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 06:27 hours local time (0157 GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 53.8 degrees in longitude and 26.9 degrees in latitude.

There are yet no reports on the number of possible casualties or damage to properties by the quake.

Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth’s crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

The worst in recent times hit Bam in southeastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people – about a quarter of its population – and destroying the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.

The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.

Last month, two quakes in Northwestern Iran also claimed the lives of 306 people and injured more than 4500 others.

An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted Ahar in East Azerbaijan province at 16:00 hours local time (1130GMT) on August 11. The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 46.8 degrees in longitude and 38.4 degrees in latitude.

Almost an hour later another quake with magnitude 6 on the Richter scale jolted Varzaqan at 17:04 hours local time (1234GMT) in the same province. The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 46.7 degrees in longitude and 38.4 degrees in latitude.

Costa Rica

Date Time Depth Magnitude location Map
2012-09-05 20:30:22 5 2.5 Near FINCA COLONIA de Pococí de Limón mapa
2012-09-05 20:20:56 14 2.5 Near  CERRO NEGRO de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 20:07:22 14 2.5 Near COLIBLANCO de Alvarado de Cartago mapa
2012-09-05 19:42:36 17 2.4 1 km NE of ANGOSTURA de Hojancha de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 19:27:35 10 3.6 10 km South of BAJO ESCONDIDO de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 19:13:58 15 2.6 1 km NE of CANAAN (RESPINGUE) de Puntarenas de Puntarenas mapa
2012-09-05 19:09:53 15 4.2 Near ZARAGOZA (SANTA ROSA) de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 19:07:36 17 3.7 17 km SW of  GUIONES de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 19:00:26 10 3 14 km South of BAJO ESCONDIDO de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 18:46:07 19 3.9 2 km NE of SAN ISIDRO de Puntarenas de Puntarenas mapa
2012-09-05 18:39:48 17 2.7 1 km West of COROZALITO de Nandayure de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 18:35:42 18 2.9 1 km NW of COROZALITO de Nandayure de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 18:28:03 26 2.5 3 km South West of CANGREJAL de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 18:24:17 15 2.6 2 km North of RIO MONTANA de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 17:44:47 20 3.1 Near SANTA TERESA de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 17:38:32 21 2.7 Near CANGREJAL de Nicoya de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 17:33:31 16 3.1 1 km SE of DELICIAS de Puntarenas de Puntarenas mapa
2012-09-05 17:11:44 16 3.3 1 km NE of QUEBRADA SECA de Nandayure de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 17:09:08 22 2.7 1 km NE of TRIUNFO de Nandayure de Guanacaste mapa
2012-09-05 16:56:37 29 3.9 9 km SW of PLAYA NEGRA de Santa Cruz de Guanacaste mapa

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7.6 Mww – COSTA RICA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.6 Mww
Date-Time
  • 5 Sep 2012 14:42:10 UTC
  • 5 Sep 2012 08:42:10 near epicenter
  • 5 Sep 2012 08:42:10 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.120N 85.347W
Depth 40 km
Distances
  • 60 km (38 miles) SSE (167 degrees) of Liberia, Costa Rica
  • 127 km (79 miles) SSW (209 degrees) of San Carlos, Nicaragua
  • 141 km (88 miles) W (276 degrees) of SAN JOSE, Costa Rica
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.6 km; Vertical 6.2 km
Parameters Nph = 737; Dmin = 136.0 km; Rmss = 1.42 seconds; Gp = 17°
M-type = Mww; Version = F
Event ID us c000cfsd

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Tectonic Summary

The September 5th 2012 M 7.6 earthquake beneath the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, occurred as the result of thrust faulting on or near the subduction zone interface between the Cocos and Caribbean plates. At the latitude of this earthquake, the Cocos plate moves north-northeast with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 77 mm/yr, and subducts beneath Central America at the Middle America Trench.

Over the past 40 years, the region within 250 km of the September 5th earthquake has experienced approximately 30 earthquakes with M 6 or greater; two of these were larger than M 7, and neither caused documented fatalities. The first was a M 7.2 in August of 1978, 9 km to the north-northeast of the September 5th 2012 event; the second had a magnitude of M 7.3, and struck a region just over 50 km to the east-southeast in March 1990. The earthquake of October 5, 1950, M 7.8, occurred in the general area of the September 5th 2012 earthquake, although the hypocenter of the earlier earthquake is not known to high precision. The 1950 earthquake caused damage in northwestern Costa Rica and in the Valle Central of Costa Rica, but no reported casualties. The closest earthquake to cause fatalities in recent history was the M 6.5 April 1973 earthquake approximately 80 km to the northeast, which resulted in 26 fatalities and over 100 injuries.

Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate. This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.

Moving east and south, the plate boundary curves around Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles where the plate motion vector of the Caribbean plate relative to the North and South America plates is less oblique, resulting in active island-arc tectonics. Here, the North and South America plates subduct towards the west beneath the Caribbean plate along the Lesser Antilles Trench at rates of approximately 20 mm/yr. As a result of this subduction, there exists both intermediate focus earthquakes within the subducted plates and a chain of active volcanoes along the island arc. Although the Lesser Antilles is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the Caribbean, few of these events have been greater than M7.0 over the past century. The island of Guadeloupe was the site of one of the largest megathrust earthquakes to occur in this region on February 8, 1843, with a suggested magnitude greater than 8.0. The largest recent intermediate-depth earthquake to occur along the Lesser Antilles arc was the November 29, 2007 M7.4 Martinique earthquake northwest of Fort-De-France.

The southern Caribbean plate boundary with the South America plate strikes east-west across Trinidad and western Venezuela at a relative rate of approximately 20 mm/yr. This boundary is characterized by major transform faults, including the Central Range Fault and the Bocon?-San Sebastian-El Pilar Faults, and shallow seismicity. Since 1900, the largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the October 29, 1900 M7.7 Caracas earthquake, and the July 29, 1967 M6.5 earthquake near this same region. Further to the west, a broad zone of compressive deformation trends southwestward across western Venezuela and central Columbia. The plate boundary is not well defined across northwestern South America, but deformation transitions from being dominated by Caribbean/South America convergence in the east to Nazca/South America convergence in the west. The transition zone between subduction on the eastern and western margins of the Caribbean plate is characterized by diffuse seismicity involving low- to intermediate-magnitude (M<6.0) earthquakes of shallow to intermediate depth.

The plate boundary offshore of Colombia is also characterized by convergence, where the Nazca plate subducts beneath South America towards the east at a rate of approximately 65 mm/yr. The January 31, 1906 M8.5 earthquake occurred on the shallowly dipping megathrust interface of this plate boundary segment. Along the western coast of Central America, the Cocos plate subducts towards the east beneath the Caribbean plate at the Middle America Trench. Convergence rates vary between 72-81 mm/yr, decreasing towards the north. This subduction results in relatively high rates of seismicity and a chain of numerous active volcanoes; intermediate-focus earthquakes occur within the subducted Cocos plate to depths of nearly 300 km. Since 1900, there have been many moderately sized intermediate-depth earthquakes in this region, including the September 7, 1915 M7.4 El Salvador and the October 5, 1950 M7.8 Costa Rica events.

The boundary between the Cocos and Nazca plates is characterized by a series of north-south trending transform faults and east-west trending spreading centers. The largest and most seismically active of these transform boundaries is the Panama Fracture Zone. The Panama Fracture Zone terminates in the south at the Galapagos rift zone and in the north at the Middle America trench, where it forms part of the Cocos-Nazca-Caribbean triple junction. Earthquakes along the Panama Fracture Zone are generally shallow, low- to intermediate in magnitude (M<7.2) and are characteristically right-lateral strike-slip faulting earthquakes. Since 1900, the largest earthquake to occur along the Panama Fracture Zone was the July 26, 1962 M7.2 earthquake.

References for the Panama Fracture Zone:
Molnar, P., and Sykes, L. R., 1969, Tectonics of the Caribbean and Middle America Regions from Focal Mechanisms and Seismicity: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 80, p. 1639-1684.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

06.09.2012 Earthquake Costa Rica Canton de Hojancha, Hojancha Damage level Details

Earthquake in Costa Rica on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 17:01 (05:01 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 17:06 UTC
Description
A preliminary review revealed some structural damage near the epicenter, but no reports of deaths or injuries, said Douglas Salgado, a geographer with Costa Rica’s National Commission of Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention. He said a tsunami alert had been called off for Costa Rica. The review also uncovered a landslide on the main highway that connects the capital of San Jose to the Pacific coast city of Puntarenas, Salgado said. Hotels and other structures suffered cracks in walls and saw items knocked off shelves. “There’s chaos in San Jose because it was a strong earthquake of long duration,” Salgado said. “It was pretty strong and caused collective chaos.” Michelle Landwer, owner of the Belvedere Hotel in Samara, north of the epicenter, said she was having breakfast with about 10 people when the earthquake struck. “The whole building was moving, I couldn’t even walk,” Landwer said. “Here in my building there was no real damage. Everything was falling, like glasses and everything.” At the Hotel Punta Islita in the Guanacaste area, “everybody is crying a lot and the telephone lines are saturated,” said worker Diana Salas, speaking by telephone, but she said was no damage there. In the coastal town of Nosara, roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of the epicenter, trees shook violently and light posts swayed. Teachers chased primary school students outside as the quake hit. Roads cracked and power lines fell to the ground. A tsunami warning was in effect for Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin. It said it was unknown if a tsunami was generated, but the warning was based on the size of the earthquake.

Earthquake in Costa Rica on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 17:01 (05:01 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 02:40 UTC
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Three people, two from heart attacks, when a major earthquake hit northwestern Costa Rica on Wednesday, authorities said. At least 20 people were injured and two others were missing, but the Red Cross said those numbers could rise as damage assessment teams reached more areas. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, however, said there were no deaths caused by the earthquake, contradicting the Red Cross. The quake — initially rated at magnitude 7.9 but then revised by the the U.S. Geological Survey to 7.6 — struck at 10:42 a.m. ET at a depth of about 25 miles about 7 miles southeast of Nicoya. The town of 15,000 people is near the Pacific coast, about 90 miles from the capital, San Jose. Government buildings, including the National Assembly complex in San Jose, were under evacuation orders, the newspaper La Nacion reported. Thousands of youngsters were sent home from school as a precaution against aftershocks. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center canceled tsunami warnings for Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.A man died in Nicoya when a wall fell on him, said Vanessa Rosales, president of the National Emergency Commission. He wasn’t immediately identified. A second person, identified only as an elderly man named Smith, died of a heart attack in San Antonio in Desamparados province, authorities said. A woman from the Pacific coastal town of Carrillo also died from a heart attack during the quake, Eva Camargo, director of the hospital in Filadelfia, told the news service Terra. The woman was about 55 years old and had the surnames Rodriguez Machado. Camargo said the hospital was treating at least 20 people for quake-related injuries. Two other people suffered minor injuries at the Hotel Barceló Tambor Beach in Playa Tambor, said Alcides Gonzalez, mayor of the coastal town of Paquera. The nature of their injuries wasn’t immediately known, but Gonzalez told La Nacion that the resort hotel was damaged when a pipe collapsed. It couldn’t be immediately determined whether the victims were tourists or hotel employees. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda met with the National Emergency Council and the International Committee of the Red Cross later in the morning. In a news conference monitored by NBC News, Chinchilla confirmed that several buildings had been damaged in the capital and called on residents of the western coast to remain calm.Power was out in Puntarenas, capital of the province of the same name, where Monsignor Sanabria Hospital was evacuated for a structural review amid visible signs of damage. A bridge over the Sucio River collapsed in the town of Sarapiqui, local media reported. Some roads were blocked by landslides, and the Red Cross said rescue teams were unable to reach some areas.

Earthquake in Costa Rica on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 17:01 (05:01 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 08:30 UTC
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A powerful earthquake rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, causing the deaths of at least two people, damaging buildings, and briefly triggering a tsunami warning. Unconfirmed media reports of people being treated for injuries. A spokesman for the local Red Cross said two people died during the earthquake, one from a heart attack. He was not immediately able to confirm media reports the other person had been crushed under a collapsing wall. The center had earlier warned of tsunamis for as far afield as Mexico and Peru. The quake’s epicenter was in western Costa Rica about 87 miles (140 km) from San Jose, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, and it was felt as far away as Nicaragua and Panama. The Guanacaste region around the epicenter is known for its beaches, surf and volcanoes.

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 Tsunami Information

Pacific Ocean Region

Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
05.09.2012 17:02 PM Fixed Regional Tsunami Warning Cancellation Off Coast Of Costa Rica 7.6 46 km Details

Fixed Regional Tsunami Warning Cancellation in Off Coast Of Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean

GuID: pacific.TSUPAC.2012.09.05.1702
Date/Time: 2012-09-05 17:02:41
Source: PTWC
Area: Pacific Ocean
Location: Off Coast Of Costa Rica
Magnitude: M 7.6
Depth: 46 km
Tsunami observed: Yes, tsunami wave has been observed.

Fixed Regional Tsunami Warning Cancellation in Off Coast Of Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean

000
WEPA40 PHEB 051702
TSUPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 004
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1702Z 05 SEP 2012

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

... TSUNAMI WARNING CANCELLATION ...

THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND/OR WATCH ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER IS NOW CANCELLED FOR

 COSTA RICA / PANAMA / NICARAGUA

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

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  1442Z 05 SEP 2012
 COORDINATES -   9.9 NORTH   85.5 WEST
 DEPTH       -   46 KM
 LOCATION    -  OFF COAST OF COSTA RICA
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.6

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

 GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON
 -------------------  ----- ------
 ACAJUTLA SV          13.6N  89.8W  NO TSUNAMI WAS OBSERVED

 LAT  - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
 LON  - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
 TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
 AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
        IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
        VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
 PER  - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

EVALUATION

 ALTHOUGH SEA LEVEL READINGS DO NOT INDICATE THAT A TSUNAMI WAS
 GENERATED... THERE MAY HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE WAVES ALONG COASTS
 NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER.

 FOR THOSE AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
 AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
 OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
 THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
 CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
 CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
 ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

 NO TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR OTHER COASTAL AREAS IN THE PACIFIC
 ALTHOUGH SOME OTHER AREAS MAY EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES.
 THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW CANCELLED FOR ALL AREAS COVERED BY
 THIS CENTER.

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

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

Caribbean Sea Region

Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
05.09.2012 14:50 PM Tsunami Watch Cancellation Off Coast Of Costa Rica 7.9 0 km Details

Hawaii Region

Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
05.09.2012 14:51 PM Tsunami Information Statement Off Coast Of Costa Rica 7.9 0 km Details

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Volcanic Activity

06.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Indonesia Sunda Strait, [Anak Krakatoa Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 18:44 (06:44 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 03:10 UTC
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Clouds of volcanic ash from Anak Krakatau, or child of Krakatau, have become so prominent in recent days that Indonesian authorities have issued a warning for local residents and tourists. “The ash was carried by wind from the southeast to the south, reaching Bandarlampung,” Nurhuda, head of the observation and information section of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Lampung province told state news agency Antara. The major population center of Bandarlampung is the capital of the Lampung province and is the same distance from the volcano as the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. “We also advise fishermen and tourists not to come within a radius of 3 kilometers of Anak Krakatau. The thick plumes of smoke sent off by Krakatau contain toxic material that is hazardous for your health,” said Andi Suhardi, head of the Anak Krakatau observation post in Hargo Pancuran village. Officials advised residents to wear masks when traveling outdoors to protect themselves against the ash. Short term effects of volcanic ash could include respiratory discomfort, including nose and throat irritation. Those with pre-existing respiratory conditions could be susceptible to more long term effects.In addition to having negative effects on the human population, volcanic ash has also been proven to be harmful to livestock. The ash has been observed causing cosmetic damage, such as abrasion of the teeth, as well as more dire impacts like fluorine poisoning from the heightened levels of hydrogen fluoride found in volcanic debris. Following the 1995 Mount Ruapehu eruptions in New Zealand, two thousand sheep died after being affected by fluorosis while grazing on land littered with the ash. The added weight of ash in the animals’ wool also led to widespread fatigue affecting the flocks. Observations of Anak Krakatau could be hinting toward a major eruption as the volcanology office in Bandung has recorded almost 90 eruptions per day over the past week. In addition, Nurhuda added that the volcano has been observed spewing red hot lava up almost 1000 feet above its peak in recent days. A major eruption of the tiny island volcano would be the first one for Indonesia since the eruption of Mount Merapi. In October 2010, the Indonesian government sounded the alarm regarding Mount Merapi and warned villagers in threatened areas to move to safe areas. The evacuation orders affected at least 19,000 people, but by the time volcanic activity had subsided, over 350,000 people were displaced.The eruptions would eventually claim the lives of 353 people with a number of victims succumbing to severe burns and some bodies being found on the volcano’s slopes. The mountain continued to erupt until November 2010 and on December 3rd the official alert status was reduced to level 3, from level 4, the highest possible level. After the eruptions at Mount Merapi subsided, officials declared them the worst the country had seen since the 1870s. In addition to death, damage and displacement, the volcanic activity also disrupted air travel, grounding flights from Indonesia and Australia for over a month.
05.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Guatemala Departmento de Sacatepequez, [Volcan of Fuego] Damage level Details

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

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The Fuego volcano in central Guatemala is continuing to erupt, shooting lava and columns of ash into the air, and causing concerns of a possible ash cloud that could halt flights in the area. The volcano overlooks the tourist city of Antigua and is one of central America’s most active volcanoes. Lava flows of around 1000m are being spewed out down the west and east sides of the volcano. No evacuations have been ordered, but aviation authorities have been alerted about a potential ash cloud, and air traffic is expected to be hindered.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Severe weather watch after ‘amazing’ storm in Christchurch, New Zealand

ONE News

lightnong storm Christchurch

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Lightning display in Christchurch.

A severe weather watch is in place for Canterbury today, after Christchurch was hit by freakish weather last night leaving conservatories damaged and lifting a roof off a house.

Emergency services in Christchurch were kept on their toes when lightning, thunder, rain and hail the size of golf balls hit the region shortly after 6pm. It finished just after 7pm.

MetService said that the weather watch covers the possibility of northwesterlies gusting to severe gale strength at times in inland parts of Canterbury, Otago and Southland from late Wednesday through Thursday.

The Fire Service received about 20 callouts during and after the storm last night, about damage to roofs and conservatories from the hail, but many were false alarms triggered by the weather.

“Two conservatories collapsed because of the hail, and we had to assist one family whose roof had begun to lift,” a Fire Service spokesman told NZ Newswire.

The spectacular show could be seen and heard over most of the city, with MetService reporting more than 200 lightning flashes during the storm.

Joy Hartley-Anderson commented on the ONE News Facebook page that the storm “was awesome”.

“Just something special for us from mother nature to mark the two year anniversary of shaking the crap out of us.. :-),” she posted.

On September 4, 2010, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the ground beneath Christchurch more strongly than it had for thousands of years.

Flo Brown posted that the weather display was “amazing” and a “very special light display”.

However, Tania Ake said it was “pretty bad at Redwood” and freaked her out.

The storm caused a power outage in the Southbridge, but electricity company Orion managed to restore power to all but four customers.

The last time Canterbury had a hail storm of this size, there were a huge number of insurance claims for hail damage on vehicles.

Meanwhile, MetService said strong westerlies should remain over central New Zealand this morning.

The forecaster said westerlies could become severe gale strength at times in central Hawkes Bay and northern Wairarapa this morning.

 

Today Extreme Weather USA State of Kentucky, [Louisville and Jeffersonville] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 03:23 (03:23 AM) UTC.

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A severe thunderstorm rumbled through the region Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power for more than 6,000 people in Jefferson County and causing temporary flooding of some Louisville streets. Lightning strikes from the storm caused two house fires in Jefferson County, said Jody Johnson Duncan, a spokeswoman for MetroSafe Communications. The fires, at 2201 Deveron Drive in Shively and 7007 Windham Parkway in Prospect, were reported between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. No injuries were reported from the fires. The storm also caused several blown electrical transformers and knocked down wires around the city, Johnson Duncan said. Two people had to be rescued from their vehicles after driving into high water at South 7th Street and Berry Boulevard. The Jefferson County Public Schools delayed releasing elementary students while the storm passed through, said Rick Caple, the transportation director. The weather service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the storm, which it said was capable of producing damaging winds of more than 60 mph. The Metropolitan Sewer District, which tracks rainfall closely at several monitors, said that the storm produced 1.25 inches of rain in about 30 minutes, with some areas getting up to a half inch in as little as five minutes. Water pressure from the storm blew the covers off about 10 manholes, but all MSD storm water and sewer facilities were operating after the storm, said MSD spokesman Steve Tedder. He said a few pumping stations used backup power. Several trees were reported down in Jeffersonville, the weather service said. A weather spotter also reported a large tree down on a railroad track in Anchorage and another person reported on Facebook that a small car was crushed at Woodbourne Avenue. More than 6,000 electric customers in Jefferson County were without service at 6 p.m., according to Louisville Gas & Electric. The outages were spread across the county, with the outages tracking the path of the storm. The weather service also issued a tornado warning for northeastern Shelby County that was in effect until 5:05 p.m. There were no immediate reports of tornadoes.
Today Extreme Weather USA State of Alaska, Anchorage Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC.

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An overnight wind storm with gusts of over 100 miles an hour at high elevations knocked out power to at least half of Alaska’s largest city in the biggest outage in Anchorage’s center in decades, municipal and utility officials said on Wednesday. “It’s incredibly substantial. A huge proportion of Anchorage is affected,” said Dawn Brantley, emergency program manager for the Municipality of Anchorage. She said she did not know yet what percentage of the city overall had been affected but called the outage the biggest for downtown Anchorage in decades. Electricity was cut to at least half of Anchorage, including nearly all customers of the utility that serves the central part of the city, the officials said. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses remained without power by midday on Wednesday, Brantley said. Both of Anchorage’s electrical utilities, city-owned Municipal Light and Power and member-owned Chugach Electric Association, suffered outages. Power outages caused schools, local colleges and state offices to close on Wednesday. Access to Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson was limited to essential workers. But municipal offices were open, Brantley said. The storm knocked down large trees and caused some property damage, but no storm-related injuries were reported, she said.

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Portugal gets foreign help battling wildfires amid hot weather, wind and drought

(Francisco Seco/ Associated Press ) – A firefighter steps back while working to douse a fire in Alvaiazere, center Portugal, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. A Portuguese official says authorities have asked other European countries to send help as the country’s firefighters struggle to contain forest blazes being fueled by high temperatures and strong winds. More than 1,700 firefighters, almost 500 vehicles and 13 aircraft fought blazes mostly in the north of the country.

By Associated Press, Published: September 4

LISBON, Portugal — Water-dumping aircraft from Spain and France on Tuesday joined Portugal’s battle to halt the spread of wildfires through thick woodland in the country’s north left tinder-dry by months of drought.Spain and France sent two aircraft each, Portugal’s Civil Protection Service said, a day after authorities appealed for help for fire crews struggling to contain blazes amid high temperatures and strong winds.
At mid-afternoon Tuesday, the Civil Protection Service said just over 1,000 firefighters were tackling 10 blazes in steep hills and dense forests in northern Portugal.More than 350 vehicles and 19 aircraft, including those from Spain and France, were on duty, it said on its website.Interior Minister Miguel Macedo met with national fire officials at their command center just outside Lisbon and said the temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), high winds and difficult terrain “have produced what firefighters call a perfect storm.”He said the difficult conditions were forecast to continue another 48 hours.Portugal is in the grip of one of its worst droughts in recent memory. At the end of July, 58 percent of Portugal was enduring extreme drought conditions and 26 percent was in severe drought, the two highest classifications, according to the Meteorological Institute.The lack of rain has left forests vulnerable. Between January and July, fires scorched some 67,000 hectares (165,550 acres) of forest and scrubland — triple the amount recorded in the same period last year, the National Forest Authority said in its latest report.The Civil Protection Service said firefighters extinguished two major forest blazes that had burned for more than 30 hours from Sunday and claimed the life of one person.In remote villages, locals used buckets and garden hoses to douse flames encroaching on their homes as black smoke billowed across blue skies.Despite the difficulties, Tuesday was quieter than the previous day when more than 7,300 firefighters and almost 2,000 vehicles attended 289 major forest blazes.The largest outbreak was in Ourem, near Leiria, where a blaze that started midday Sunday killed a 54-year-old farmer trying to protect his property. That fire was brought under control early Tuesday.

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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
Leslie (AL12) Atlantic Ocean 30.08.2012 06.09.2012 Hurricane I 360 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 3.35 m NOAA NHC Details

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Leslie (AL12)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 6.000, W 43° 24.000
Start up: 30th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,485.98 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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31st Aug 2012 04:48:01 N 14° 42.000, W 46° 48.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 280 12 1002 MB NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 10:58:20 N 15° 12.000, W 47° 48.000 26 102 120 Tropical Storm 285 17 999 MB NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 05:02:48 N 17° 24.000, W 52° 48.000 33 102 120 Tropical Storm 295 19 999 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 05:34:37 N 20° 12.000, W 58° 24.000 30 102 120 Tropical Storm 305 11 998 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 10:50:12 N 20° 48.000, W 59° 30.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 310 13 994 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 04:53:21 N 23° 24.000, W 61° 42.000 17 93 111 Tropical Storm 325 19 998 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 10:59:40 N 23° 48.000, W 62° 6.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 335 14 998 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 05:13:40 N 24° 0.000, W 63° 6.000 0 102 120 Tropical Storm 0 12 998 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:49:52 N 24° 42.000, W 62° 30.000 7 102 120 Tropical Storm 360 9 994 MB NOAA NHC
05th Sep 2012 05:20:37 N 25° 12.000, W 62° 48.000 4 102 120 Tropical Storm 345 9 994 MB NOAA NHC
05th Sep 2012 11:05:13 N 25° 24.000, W 62° 54.000 4 102 120 Tropical Storm 340 7 992 MB NOAA NHC
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06th Sep 2012 11:00:55 N 26° 18.000, W 62° 24.000 2 120 148 Hurricane I 360 ° 11 985 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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07th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 27° 6.000, W 62° 42.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 26° 42.000, W 62° 30.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 27° 42.000, W 63° 0.000 Hurricane III 157 194 NOAA NHC
09th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 31° 0.000, W 63° 0.000 Hurricane III 167 204 NOAA NHC
10th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 36° 30.000, W 61° 30.000 Hurricane III 167 204 NOAA NHC
11th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 43° 0.000, W 59° 0.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
Micahel (AL13) Atlantic Ocean 04.09.2012 06.09.2012 Hurricane IV 45 ° 185 km/h 222 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Micahel (AL13)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000
Start up: 04th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 264.28 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
04th Sep 2012 05:09:18 N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000 7 56 74 Tropical Depression 305 8 1012 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:28:47 N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000 7 56 74 Tropical Depression 305 9 1012 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:51:48 N 26° 30.000, W 43° 18.000 9 56 74 Tropical Depression 310 10 1012 MB NOAA NHC
05th Sep 2012 05:21:26 N 27° 24.000, W 43° 42.000 0 83 102 Tropical Storm 0 11 1005 MB NOAA NHC
05th Sep 2012 11:03:29 N 28° 6.000, W 43° 54.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 360 9 1005 MB NOAA NHC
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06th Sep 2012 11:01:20 N 29° 36.000, W 41° 42.000 11 185 222 Hurricane IV 45 ° 16 965 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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07th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 31° 24.000, W 41° 54.000 Hurricane IV 185 222 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 30° 54.000, W 41° 18.000 Hurricane IV 194 241 NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 0.000, W 42° 30.000 Hurricane IV 176 213 NOAA NHC
09th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 33° 6.000, W 43° 30.000 Hurricane III 167 204 NOAA NHC
10th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 34° 30.000, W 44° 30.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
11th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 36° 0.000, W 45° 30.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC

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Leslie upgraded to a hurricane, on path towards Bermuda


Hurricane Leslie (NOAA) Tropical storm Leslie added 5 mph to its peak wind speed (up to 75 mph), becoming the 6th hurricane in the Atlantic in the 2012 season. It’s positioned 465 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and slowly headed in that direction. It may be in the island’s vicinity Saturday or Sunday.

Link: Hurricane Tracker

The 6 hurricanes so far in 2012 matches the average number in an entire season slightly less than half way through. NOAA’s updated hurricane forecast called for 5-8 hurricanes, 2 to 3 of which would be major (category 3 or higher). So far, there have been no major hurricanes.

While forecasting hurricane intensity is highly uncertain, Leslie has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane. By Saturday, the National Hurricane Center predicts its peak winds will be 110 mph – which is right at the major hurricane threshold (category 3 storms have maximum winds of at least 111 mph).

We’ll have more on Leslie and the rest of the tropics tomorrow.

Tropics: Leslie and Michael strengthen, while Isaac may come back for an encore

By Brian McNoldy

The extremely active 2012 Atlantic hurricane season continues. Leslie and Michael are swirling in the open sea, while a piece of Isaac’s remnants might regenerate into tropical storm Nadine.


Model forecasts for tropical storm Leslie steer it towards Bermuda Saturday into SundayBermuda, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland need to be on-guard for possible impacts from Leslie. The northern Gulf Coast should keep an eye on the ghost of Isaac.

Leslie

In the past six days, Leslie has been in a moderate-to-high shear environment, limiting its intensity, but not dismantling it. Now, models are in fairly good agreement that the shear should subside and the storm will finally become a hurricane.

While the track remains far off the U.S. East Coast, Leslie could impact Bermuda later this weekend, and likely as a rather strong hurricane.

The latest suite of model runs keeps a tight cluster centered on the tiny island. At 11 a.m. this morning, Leslie’s maximum sustained winds were 70 mph; it was centered about 470 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and drifting north at 2mph. In the longer term, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland need to be on the lookout.

Michael


Michael formed on Monday afternoon as a depression, but was quickly upgraded to the 13th named storm of the season on Tuesday morning.

It’s a very small system, with tropical storm force winds extending just 35 miles from the center (recall Isaac’s typically extended about 200 miles from the center). It is very far from any land, but the best reference point would be the Azores islands, 1155 miles to the northeast.

Michael is a 50 mph tropical storm and is not forecast to change much in the coming days… perhaps gradually strengthening as it meanders generally northward.

Isaac/Nadine

Finally, in an unusual fashion, the remnants of Isaac may be making a comeback… over the northern Gulf coast!

Tracing the low-level circulation (850mb vorticity – area of spin about 5,000 feet aloft) over the past week reveals a complex history of what was once Hurricane Isaac. After moving inland across Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri, the circulation was distorted and ripped apart by a trough.


I simplified the events that transpired in the crude diagram shown here (to the right). Sometime around Monday, it appears that a part of the circulation split off to the northeast and a part split off to the south. This was not a clean separation, and someone else might analyze the circulation tracks slightly differently. But the basic point is that there is a disturbance re-entering the northern Gulf of Mexico that has some of Isaac in its “genes”. However, should this disturbance become a tropical storm, it would get a new name – Nadine – because there is not enough of Isaac’s circulation in its pedigree. As the National Hurricane Center described on its Facebook page:

There have been quite a few inquiries about whether the name “Isaac” would be given to the area of disturbed weather currently located along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, if it were to develop into a tropical cyclone. The short answer is no, it would get a new name.


As of this morning, the disturbance is certainly active and producing heavy rain (regional radar loop) across parts of LA, MS, AL, and FL, but the bulk of the thunderstorm activity is offshore. For the most part, model guidance suggests that it will continue to drift toward the Gulf, then get nudged back east toward northern Florida… making “landfall” this weekend. Even if it doesn’t get named or develop beyond what it is now, it should still be a big rain maker for the northeast Gulf coast over the next few days.

Seasonal update

As an update to my post on Friday regarding seasonal activity and Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), as of 8 a.m. this morning, ACE stands at 66.3, compared to the average (1981-2010 base) 39.7 by the beginning of September 5 —- a whopping 167% of average for this date.

We’re also already on the 13th named storm as of September 4th, which isn’t a record, but it’s really close. The only years to beat that date are 2005 and 2011 when the 13th named storm formed on September 2nd. Since records began 160 years ago, only about 8% of years even reach the 13th named storm by the END of the season, let alone prior to the peak.

But, in terms of major hurricanes (Category 3+), this season is definitely lagging behind its peers. By this date in 2005, we already had three major hurricanes (Dennis, Emily, and Katrina), and by this date in 2011, we had one major hurricane (Katia). This year, we have had none.

* Brian McNoldy is a senior researcher at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Swamp Rats & Baby Dolphins! How Hurricanes Impact Animals

Stephanie Pappas
LiveScience

Nutria Carcasses

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Clean-up crews are removing the rotting nutria carcasses with pitchforks and front-end loaders. The smell is reportedly terrible.

The aftermath of Hurricane Isaac has washed ashore tens of thousands of dead “swamp rats,” invasive species whose rotting corpses are now presenting a health hazard in Mississippi.

The drowned rodents, known as nutria, are a stark reminder of the effects of hurricanes on wildlife, which can range from mass death to – surprisingly enough – dolphin baby booms. In the case of the nutria, the drownings may be a blessing for the Gulf Coast, where the beaver-like creatures wreck havoc on native marsh vegetation.

The clean-up, though, is proving unpleasant.

“They’re actually starting to swell up and bust,” Hancock County Supervisor David Yarborough told local news station WLOX. “It smells really bad.”

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Piles of nutria carcasses line beaches in Mississippi after Hurricane Isaac flooded the invasive rodents’ marsh habitats.

Animals and hurricanes

Nutria aren’t the only animals to suffer after hurricanes. A study of alligators in southwest Louisiana after Hurricane Rita hit in 2005 found that the reptiles were physically stressed a month after the initial storm surge inundated their marshy habitat. Blood tests on the gators showed elevated stress hormones as well as other signs of ill health, the researchers reported in February 2010 in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology.

Research on Florida manatees has suggested that docile “sea cows” die more frequently during years with extreme storms, perhaps due to immediate causes like getting swept out to sea, or perhaps due to post-hurricane environmental changes such as cooling in coastal waters, according to a 2006 paper published in the journal Estuaries and Coasts. That study tracked a handful of manatees through the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons and found that the animals tended to “ride out” the storms in place rather than attempt to avoid them.

Other studies have found changes in fish populations right after hurricanes, as well as changes in phytoplankton, the algal basis of the ocean food chain, though these changes are short-lived. Sometimes, though, hurricane effects echo over long time periods. A 2010 study on bottlenose dolphins found that two years after Hurricane Katrina, the number of baby dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico suddenly skyrocketed.

Some of the jump could be explained by dolphin mamas getting pregnant sooner than usual after losing their previous calves in the storm, the researchers reported in the journal Marine Mammal Science. But the storm had another effect: It destroyed a significant chunk of the Gulf of Mexico fishing fleet. Fewer fishermen meant more food for dolphins and their young, the researchers concluded.

Nutria death zone

Mississippi’s nutria population took a hit from Isaac. Sanitation workers have been cleaning up the carcasses with pitchforks and front-end loaders.

“Estimates are there will be over 20,000 carcasses, but that is unclear now,” Robbie Wilbur, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, told LiveScience. “Eventually, the totals will be numerated in tons when they’re all disposed.”

The carcasses are being sent to the Pecan Grove landfill in Harrison County, Miss., Wilbur added.

“It’s starting to get bad,” said Mark Williams of the Department of Environmental Quality’s Solid Waste Management branch. “It’s heated up over the last two or three days, and of course that really expedites the degradation process.”

Nutria are native to South America, but the rodents were brought to North America in the late 1800s and farmed for their fur. Escaped and released nutria established themselves in the marshes of the Gulf Coast, where they gnaw the roots of marsh plants, destroying the vegetal web that keeps the marshes from washing away.

Hurricane Isaac likely won’t set Mississippi’s nutria population back for long. Nutria can produce litters with as many as 13 babies, and they’re capable of reproducing twice a year starting at as early as four months of age. Baby nutria begin supplementing their mother’s milk with marsh vegetation within hours of birth.

Wild storm dumps torrential rain, hail on Perth, South-West Australia – more coming

PerthNow

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Thousands of homes were without power across Perth this afternoon in the aftermath of a cold front that lashed the city today.

A Western Power spokeswoman said thousands of homes had without power at different times during the day, but the number was steadily decreasing.

Midland, Upper Swan and Pickering Brook were the worst affected areas.

Many home owners are tonight counting the cost of damage caused by the storm.

Nine News reports that a lightning strike caused a fire at a house in Bellevue caused more than $100,000 in damage, while wild winds brought down trees, including one in Forrestfield that crushed a car.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology warns that widespread damaging winds could tonight affect areas in a line south from Augusta to Lake Grace to Israelite Bay, including people in or near Bridgetown, Albany, Katanning and Esperance.

A deep low south of Bremer Bay will move eastwards during the evening, producing winds up to 100km/h which could result in damage to homes and property.

Dangerous gusts in excess of 125 km/h could cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property in localised areas.

Isolated thunderstorms and small hail is also possible.

The Bureau warned of dangerous surf conditions which could cause significant beach erosion.

Broad cold front sweeps over Western Australia

A cold front, which crossed the coast from Geraldton, 450km north of Perth, to Bremer Bay, 500km southeast, late yesterday brought widespread heavy rains and hail today.

There were numerous reports of small, but intense hailstorms across the metro area, including the city, Ellenbrook, Woodvale and Midland to the east.

One PerthNow commenter, from Midland, said a fierce hailstorm had left the ground white, as if it had snowed.

Today’s cold, wintry weather comes after yesterday’s strong cold front brought squally thunderstorms packing potential wind gusts up to 125km/h which swept across the South West and metropolitan area yesterday afternoon, hitting areas from Geraldton to Narrogin to Albany last night.

The State Emergency Service received 35 calls for help during and after the storm, mainly in the metro area for minor damage to homes and fallen trees on patios.

Heavy rain in South-West, Perth Hills

In the South West Forest Grove recorded 50mm, Cowaramup 47mm; Witchcliffe, just south of Margaret River, and Donnybrook had 43mm; Cape Naturaliste 33mm and Bunbury 27mm, with many centres receiving 20mm or more.

Further north, Dwellingup, 97km south of Perth, got 52mm; Bickley in the Perth Hills received a drenching with 67mm; Swanbourne 41mm and Jandakot 33mm. Perth city recorded 27mm and Perth Airport 31mm.

Most stations in the Hills received 40mm or more, with Pickering Brook 56mm; Karnet and Mundaring 46mm.

Strong winds buffeted most of the South West and the city with gusts recorded over 100km/h. Mandurah had a gust of 102km/h and Rottnest Island 96km/h.

Good rainfalls reached most of the Wheatbelt with farmers welcoming much-needed falls of 15mm to 30mm to boost yields on all grain crops.

In the Central West, Dandaragan had 24mm; Badgingarra 22mm, Northampton 18mm, Mingenew 17mm; and Morawa 11mm, with Geraldton Airport recording just over 8mm. But much of the region received 15mm or more.

In the Great Southern Wandering got 35mm, Williams 27mm, Katanning 25mm, Narrogin 24mm, Brookton 21mm and Lake Grace 10mm.

In the Central Wheatbelt, where farmers are desperate for rain, York got 26mm, Wongan Hills 17mm; Northam 16mm.

Sheep farmers warning

Sheep farmers in the Lower West, Great Southern, Southwest, South Coastal,Southeast Coastal, and the southern parts of the Central Wheat Belt and Central West districts are advised that wet and windy conditions are expected during Tuesday as a deep low pressure system moves to the south of the state. There is a serious risk of sheep or lamb losses.

Today Hailstorm South Africa State of Gauteng, Johannesburg Damage level Details

Hailstorm in South Africa on Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 05:34 (05:34 AM) UTC.

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A hailstorm has battered Johannesburg, with several road accidents being reported. Radio 702’s early morning show has been inundated with calls and SMSes from people reporting heavy hail and rain. Several said road conditions were very poor and urged motorists to drive with extreme caution. Presenter Ray White said he had heard of a fatal accident in Randfontein. A caller said she was stuck behind a three-car pile-up. One man, calling from Rosebank, said: “It’s white, white, white.” Another woman said that even though she was driving at 50km/h, her brakes were not working because of the slipperiness of the roads. On Twitter at 5.57am, the SA Weather Service posted this warning: “Severe thunderstorm over N. Joburg and Centurion with possible heavy falls that might lead to road flooding within the next 30min.”
Today Flash Flood USA State of Massachusetts, Fall River Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 04:48 (04:48 AM) UTC.

Description
Heavy rain and a high tide caused flooded streets in Fall River on Wednesday. Trucks, cars and ambulances tried to navigate streets that looked more like rivers. Flash floods forced people to abandon cars and even trapped some people inside Bruce Morrow’s sporting goods store. “We were inside and people all of a sudden the people inside said, ‘Hey the water is coming in the doors,’” said Morrow. Close to 40 people were trapped in the store during the torrential downpour and flash flooding. “He told us we could leave, but where were we going to go? Honestly, the water was all the way up. Where were you going to go? Swim across to a truck that’s submerged?” said Melonie O’Brien, who was trapped in the store. Some drivers plowed through flooded streets, leaving small wakes in their path. Roads were closed; cars were diverted or abandoned in the middle of the madness. “My car is here. Now I have to walk to work because I can’t get by anywhere,” said Shannon Sousa, who abandoned her car. “Just made it here, but all over it’s completely flooded. It’s ridiculous. It’s like the whole city is shut down right now.” The ramp to 24 at Exit 8A was waterlogged and closed to traffic. The only way people were getting around at the height of the storm was on foot and without shoes. Everything in the town was soaked. “This is the worst it’s ever been in the last 22 years since we’ve been here. Just two weeks ago it was almost this bad. This is the worst,” said John Norfolk, who is cleaning up after his store flooded. The Red Cross is on the scene trying to help some of the stores and businesses that have been drenched with the torrential rains.
Today Flash Flood Pakistan Multiple areas, [Karachi (Sindh), Lahore (Punjab)] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Pakistan on Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 03:13 (03:13 AM) UTC.

Description
Torrential rains and floods yesterday killed at least 15 people in Pakistan, officials said. Pakistan-administered Kashmir in the north and the southern port city of Karachi were among the worst-hit areas. Police officer Malik Shafiq said “13 people, including three women, were swept away” by a flooded stream in Machhera village, about 35kms from the Kahmir capital Muzaffarabad. “So far we recovered one body while efforts were underway to find others,” Shafiq said. Rescue work was underway, he added. He adding there were also reports of landslide in the area. “The water level is still very high and has hampered the rescue operation. It seems that there is no chance for any survival,” Ansar Yaqoob, a senior government official added. Two people died when the roof of their house collapsed due to rain in the Hafizabad district of Punjab province. Police said more people were still trapped under the debris. In Karachi, prolonged power cuts and gridlocks were reported after heavy rainfall as officials struggled to restore electricity to the financial hub with a population of more than 18mn. Chief meteorologist Arif Mehmood said his department had forecast heavier monsoon rains than the previous year.

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Radiation / Nuclear

06.09.2012 Nuclear Event France Province of Alsace, Fessenheim [Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in France on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 16:03 (04:03 PM) UTC.

Description
A steam leak brought on by an involuntary chemical reaction at France’s oldest nuclear plant has led to two people being slightly burnt, officials say. The accident occurred at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in northeastern France within 1.5 kilometres of the border with Germany and about 40 kilometres from Switzerland. “It was not a fire,” the local prefecture said. “There was an outlet of oxygenated steam” produced after hydrogen peroxide reacted with water in a reservoir. About 50 firefighters have been deployed, an official from the service said. French power supplier EDF said “two people were slightly burnt through their gloves.”

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

05.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard New Zealand Northland, Auckland Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in New Zealand on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 14:02 (02:02 PM) UTC.

Description
Five people in the Auckland region have been diagnosed with potentially fatal meningococcal disease in the past week. Auckland Regional Public Health Service said no-one had died from it and no links between the cases had been established. Since January, 16 people in Auckland have contracted meningococcal disease – less than the 23 patients diagnosed with it during the same period in 2011. The last death from meningococcal disease reported in Auckland was in August last year. Meningococcal disease can be life threatening if it is not treated early. The health service is encouraging Aucklanders to remain alert for flu-like symptoms that become worse within two or three days. On Monday, a Wellington teenager died from suspected meningococcal disease. It is the first suspected meningococcal death in that region this year. Amanda Crook-Barker had the day off school after feeling “a little bit sick”. The 12-year-old vomited in the morning and developed a rash around 3pm. Ambulance staff were called after her symptoms worsened and she died in hospital at 5pm.
Biohazard name: Neisseria meningitidis
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Sept 5. 2012: Spaceweather / Quakes / Global Update

Published on Sep 5, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html
Organic Food: http://www.weather.com/health/study-sees-no-edge-in-organics-20120904
Old Penguin Story: http://www.vulkaner.no/n/birds/penguin/afric.html
Portugal wildfire: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/portuguese-firefighters-get-upper-…

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/

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]

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!]

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 4 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
(2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 8 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 8 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
(1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 8 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
(2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
(2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
(2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
(2005 UC) 17th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
(2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 12 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
(1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 13 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 13 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 18 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 19 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 28 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
(2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
(2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Meteoroids Change Atmospheres of Earth, Mars, Venus

Nola Taylor Redd
Space.com

Perseid Meteor

© Jeff Berkes
Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes caught this Perseid meteor over the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2010.

Meteoroids streaking through the atmospheres of planets such as Earth, Mars and Venus can change these worlds’ air, in ways that researchers are just now beginning to understand.

Most planetary atmospheres are made up of simple, low-mass elements and compounds such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen. But when a debris particle, or meteoroid, passes through, it can shed heavier, more exotic elements such as magnesium, silicon and iron.

Such elements can have a significant impact on the circulation and dynamics of winds in the atmosphere, researchers say.

“That opens up a whole new network of chemical pathways not usually there,” said Paul Withers of Boston University.

Contaminating the outer layers

Part of a planet’s upper atmosphere, the ionosphere contains plasma – a mixture of positively charged (ionized) atoms or molecules and the negatively charged electrons stripped from them. When simple elements such as oxygen move into this outer shell, they break apart easily, decaying in a matter of minutes.

But meteoroids streaking toward a planet’s surface carry heavier metals that can be removed in a variety of ways. A grain of dust, for instance, may rapidly burn up, shedding already-ionized magnesium as it falls. Or, neutral magnesium may be torn from the small rock, then receive a charge from sunlight or from stripping an electron from another particle. The newly charged elements can take as much as a full day to decay.

Meteoroids that blaze a trail through the atmosphere are called meteors, or shooting stars. Only those that make it to the ground are meteorites.

“When we add metal ions to the ionosphere as a result of this meteoroid input, we create plasma in regions where there wasn’t any plasma there to start out with,” Withers told SPACE.com.

In a recent article for Eos, the American Geophysical Union’s newspaper covering Earth and space sciences, Withers discusses important questions raised by the recent wealth of research on the upper atmosphere of Mars and Venus.

Shocking similarities, strange differences

Over the last decade, scientists have collected more and more information about the ionospheres of Mars and Venus. Though one might envision the composition and location of the two planets would create different interactions in the ionosphere, the two are actually very similar, scientists say.

“If you stand at the surface of the two planets, they are very different,” Withers said. “But up at about 100 kilometers (62 miles), conditions are surprisingly similar.”

The pressures, temperatures, and chemistry at high altitudes are comparable for the two planets. So too are many of the properties of the layers of charged particles shed by meteoroids.

“The plasma densities are quite similar on average on all three planets, which is not what you might expect on the first impression,” Withers said, referring to Earth, Mars and Venus.

Since the sun is the ultimate driving force for most ionization processes, it’s tempting to assume that Venus has more particles in a given area than Mars does because it orbits twice as closely to our star. Instead, the two planets have similar densities, which differ from Earth’s measurements by only a factor of ten.

At the same time, the layers affected by the meteoroids on Earth are very narrow, maybe only a mile or two wide, while Venus and Mars both have layers stretching six to eight miles.

According to Withers, the difference may come from the presence of Earth’s strong magnetic field, a feature lacking on the other two planets. But scientists aren’t certain how much of a role the field actually plays.

Finding the source

To study Earth’s ionosphere, scientists can launch rockets to take measurements in the region. But the process is more complicated for other planets.

As a spacecraft travels through the solar system, a targeted radio signal sent back to Earth can be aimed through the ionosphere of a nearby planet. Plasma in the ionosphere causes small but detectable changes in the signal that allow scientists to learn about the upper atmosphere.

This process – known as radio occultation – doesn’t require any fancy equipment, only the radio the craft already uses to communicate with scientists on Earth.

“It’s really one of the workhorse planetary science instruments,” Withers said.

Because it is so simple, the process has been applied to every planet ever visited by spacecraft.

Only in recent years has enough data come back on Venus and Mars to seriously examine their upper atmospheres. As of yet, no numerical simulations have been created to explain some of the differences, but Withers expressed hope that this would change in the near future. Such simulations could help answer some of the questions that the observations have raised.

Withers also hopes that, in time, a detailed understanding of the ionosphere could even help scientists engage in a kind of “atmospheric archeology” for Venus and Mars.

One day, scientists may be able to track the history of comets in the solar system by measuring how planetary atmospheres have been affected by the icy wanderers’ shed dust and gas. But conclusions drawn by this sort of sleuthing are probably a ways down the road, Withers said.

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Environmental Pollution

05.09.2012 Biological Hazard Vietnam MultiProvinces, [Provinces of Haiphong, Ha Tinh, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Bac Kan, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ngai] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Vietnam on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 13:32 (01:32 PM) UTC.

Description
A new strain of avian flu virus that was found in China two months ago has appeared in Vietnam, health experts have confirmed. The new strain, 2.3.2.1 C, which has been detected through epidemic investigations, is highly toxic and therefore extremely deadly, Diep Kinh Tan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said at a meeting on September 4 to review the epidemic situation. The 2.3.2.1 C strain has recently spread to Vietnam and is now present in affected areas in seven provinces and cities, namely Haiphong, Ha Tinh, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Bac Kan, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ngai, said Hoang Van Nam, head of the Department of Animal Health (DoAH). As the new strain is different from the A/H5N1 virus, the ministry is to conduct experiments and tests to confirm if the vaccines that are being used to combat A/H5N1 are also effective against the new strain.If the existing medication is ineffective, studies on new vaccines against the new strain should be conducted soon, Tan said, adding that he has asked the DoAH to isolate the virus for this purpose. The Central Veterinary Diagnosis Center is also monitoring and looking into the new strain to help find a specific medication against it. The avian flu has so far this year severely impacted the seven above-mentioned provinces and cities, with more than 181,000 ducks and chicken having died or been culled, the DoAH reported. Most of these provinces are involved in smuggling poultry from China that might have carried pathogens that were then spread to domestic poultry, the department said.
Biohazard name: H5N1 (2.3.2.1 C) – Very highly pathogenic avian influenza virus – New strain
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
06.09.2012 Biological Hazard Canada Province of Ontario, [From Port Stanley in Elgin County to the village of Morpeth in Chatham-Kent] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Canada on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 03:06 (03:06 AM) UTC.

Description
Tens of thousands of rotting fish are lining a 40-kilometre stretch of shoreline along Lake Erie, reports the provincial environment ministry, which is investigating the cause. A spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Environment said Tuesday the kill was reported on the weekend. So far it appears the fish may have died from the affects of a naturally occurring lake inversion rather than a spill, but cautioned the investigation is continuing. The question now is which agency is responsible for cleaning up the rotting carcasses of thousands of yellow perch, carp, sheepshead, catfish, big head buffalo and suckers, which kept untold beachgoers from enjoying their Labour Day weekend. “It (the water) was quite putrid really … I had never experienced anything like this,” said Neville Knowles, of London, Ont. and cottager at Rondeau Provincial Park for more than 50 years. The dead fish stretch from west of the fishing village of Port Stanley in Elgin County to the village of Morpeth in Chatham-Kent or just east of Rondeau. “There was a significant number of fish, tens of thousands,” the environment ministry’s Kate Jordan told the Star. Jordan said the ministry officials took fish and water samples for analysis, “but all observations made at the site … did not show anything unusual and we did not see any evidence of … a spill to the lake or man-made pollution … so we are considering natural causes, including a lake inversion.” She explained that an inversion happens when the surface water cools down dramatically, sinks and displaces the bottom layer, which has lower oxygen content. As the bottom layer is displaced, it rises and robs fish of oxygen needed to survive. The phenomenon is also referred to as the lake “rolling over.” Even so, some residents are suspicious just the same that run-off from a large pig operation along the stretch may have caused the fish to die, said Knowles, who quickly added there is nothing to support that position.
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (fishes)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
05.09.2012 Environment Pollution USA State of Louisiana, [Plaquemines Parish] Damage level Details

Environment Pollution in USA on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 03:25 (03:25 AM) UTC.

Description
The Coast Guard is investigating about 90 reports of oil and chemical releases associated with Hurricane Isaac, including a leak from a closed storage facility in Plaquemines Parish that killed several brown pelicans, officials said Tuesday. Separately, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries closed a stretch of coastline from Elmer’s Island to Belle Pass after a tar mat appeared in the Gulf of Mexico and tar balls washed ashore. The closure affects commercial and recreational fisheries from the shore to one mile offshore. The agency and Department of Environmental Quality will determine the source of the oil, but its location has stoked concerns that it is remnants of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil leak. The Coast Guard did not address Tuesday’s coastal closure, which happened hours after senior officers, including Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, held a press conference at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans’s headquarters in Algiers. But Coast Guard officials said that in addition to causing new spills, hurricanes do stir up oil resting the seabed. “It often happens, particularly down here in the Gulf area,” Papp said. Oil samples have been sent to a Coast Guard laboratory in New London, Conn., for analysis, which is expected to take a week, Lt. Lily Zepeda said. The Coast Guard is responding to “several different reports of oil,” including at Myrtle Grove in Plaquemines Parish, said Rear Adm. Roy Nash, commander of the 8th Coast Guard District, whose headquarters is in New Orleans.A “defunct” terminal with storage tanks at Myrtle Grove leaked oil that has been contained, said Capt. Peter Gautier, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans and captain of the port of New Orleans. But the oil contaminated seven or eight brown pelicans. “Several of those are dead,” he said. Other reports range from lose barrels to overturned rail cars and tanks that are not leaking, Gautier said. He also cited a chemical release in Braithwaite, the scene of some of Isaac’s most serious flooding that left two people dead and scores of others homeless when the storm surge topped a parish-owned levee. Incidents reported to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center last week include an oil storage barge carrying 1,646 barrels of crude oil that was missing from an oil production facility in Barataria Bay; a discharge from an offshore platform near South Pass; and a release from a platform near High Island because of an equipment malfunction after the platform was evacuated. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., also at the press conference, called Isaac’s hovering on the region for 60 hours “unprecedented.””It could have been a lot worse, considering he infrastructure,” Landrieu said of the region’s petroleum industry. She also used Isaac to renew her call to provide hurricane protection to communities such as Venice in Lower Plaquemines, home to people who work in the offshore industry and maritime commerce. “This is a very strategic area for the United States of America,” Landrieu said. Papp, the senior most Coast Guard officer, said he traveled to the Gulf Coast “to thank my Coast Guard people” for their response to Isaac. He also said Coast Guard personnel stationed in the region were impacted by the storm like everyone else.

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Articles of Interest

Today Technological Disaster China Province of Hubei, Wuhan [Qiaokou district] Damage level Details

Technological Disaster in China on Thursday, 06 September, 2012 at 04:51 (04:51 AM) UTC.

Description
A cave-in at a construction site injured eight workers and trapped at least one other in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Wednesday, local authorities said. The collapse happened at 7:30 am in the underground structure of a planned market for home furnishings and building materials in Qiaokou district. A staff member of the market, who declined to give a name, said that the workers were pouring concrete over the roof of the building when the collapse happened. At least one worker remained trapped in the rubble and a search by three teams of firefighters continued, said an official surnamed Tong from the fire control department of Wuhan on Wednesday. The cave-in caused a clutter of steel bars and concrete that made the rescue work difficult, Tong said. Eight injured people pulled from the debris were sent to Wuhan No 10 Hospital for treatment. Six workers were slightly injured and two critically, a doctor at the hospital said. A resident surnamed Wang who lives near the construction site said that he heard a loud bang and felt a tremor when the site collapsed. The construction company for the project is Zhejiang Baoye Construction Group.


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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.2 2012/09/04 23:43:58   19.550   -64.070 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/04 23:10:48   34.544  -118.955 19.2  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/04 21:19:31  -10.746   114.030 11.4  SOUTH OF BALI, INDONESIA
MAP  5.1   2012/09/04 20:00:19   22.217   121.119 18.2  TAIWAN REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/04 18:28:27   67.764  -150.845 4.3  NORTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.2 2012/09/04 16:53:30   -2.843   129.605 43.9  SERAM, INDONESIA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/04 16:32:52  -23.218   -68.959 103.8  ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 16:31:43  -21.566  -178.941 502.6  FIJI REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/04 16:17:43  -35.776   -71.253 99.7  MAULE, CHILE
MAP  5.5   2012/09/04 15:11:14   10.612   126.712 38.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/04 15:08:56   10.976   127.349 35.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/04 14:56:25   38.929   140.155 35.0  EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.3   2012/09/04 14:43:17   10.511   126.907 16.5  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/04 14:04:49   35.199   27.915 70.0  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 13:39:06   -0.530   119.971 47.5  MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
MAP  5.2   2012/09/04 13:31:03  -10.681   113.906 9.5  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/04 13:27:25   -2.666   119.143 42.7  SULAWESI, INDONESIA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/04 13:23:27   19.636   -64.326 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 12:49:07  -10.939   113.806 18.1  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/04 12:13:02   17.208   -85.680 27.7  NORTH OF HONDURAS
MAP  5.1   2012/09/04 12:07:29  -10.793   113.792 29.5  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 11:38:18  -10.880   113.832 30.7  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.0 2012/09/04 11:37:12   19.748   -64.158 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/04 10:56:07   36.666  -121.265 5.3  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/04 10:53:11   36.666  -121.264 5.4  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  5.3   2012/09/04 09:58:11   10.483   126.825 35.3  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/09/04 09:40:00   10.530   126.961 35.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/04 09:27:29   61.370  -147.247 18.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/04 07:47:11   36.931   78.772 37.9  SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
MAP  5.5   2012/09/04 06:58:03   10.555   126.716 35.4  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.1   2012/09/04 06:55:00   10.678   126.946 34.7  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/04 06:45:20   62.580  -149.764 70.1  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  5.3   2012/09/04 06:43:02   10.662   126.809 35.3  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/04 06:21:50   52.259  -163.657 87.2  SOUTH OF ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/04 05:41:29   62.110  -148.787 29.7  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/04 05:30:18  -32.678   -69.851 113.8  MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
MAP  5.0   2012/09/04 04:27:13  -10.854   113.999 11.0  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 03:08:39   -5.641   128.767 295.7  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/04 02:26:42   17.994   -67.160 18.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP  4.8   2012/09/04 02:12:54  -22.095   179.919 589.3  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  2.5 2012/09/04 01:14:12   42.228  -124.674 0.0  OFFSHORE OREGON
MAP  5.4   2012/09/04 00:50:53   10.396   126.844 35.3  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/04 00:11:31   58.425  -153.586 59.0  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/04 00:08:25  -10.848   113.963 9.9  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/04 00:05:18   62.561  -151.238 92.2  CENTRAL ALASKA

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Hundreds of homes damaged in Philippines quake

by Staff Writers
Cagayan De Oro, Philippines (AFP

More than 800 homes and businesses were damaged when a 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Philippines early Tuesday, officials said.

Cracks snaked across walls and roofs collapsed when the quake struck the southern island of Mindanao before dawn, said Patrick Callanta, operations chief of the civil defence office in Cagayan de Oro city.

One person was injured by falling debris.

“Houses and commercial buildings suffered cracks on their walls or floors. Some roofs collapsed,” Callanta told AFP by telephone. “The quake struck while people slept.”

Disaster officials in the region said 544 houses, shops and other commercial buildings sustained damage in Valencia city, populated by 163,000 people.

The lone casualty was hit by falling debris in the adjacent town of Maramag, where 316 buildings were damaged, Callanta said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake struck at 3:44am (1944 GMT Monday) and the epicentre was plotted near Maramag, a town of about 90,000 people.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific Rim of Fire — a belt around the Pacific Ocean dotted by active volcanoes and unstable ocean trenches.

A 7.6-magnitude quake hit the country’s east coast late Friday, triggering a tsunami alert that forced more than 130,000 to flee their homes and causing a landslide that killed one person in Cagayan de Oro.

A 5.9 quake also struck at sea off Mindanao on Monday, but caused no damage or casualties.

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Quakes hit hydropower plant area in Quang Nam

Tuoi Tre

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The area of Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant in Quang Nam Province, where a series of tremors occurred yesterday evening
Photo: Dan Tri

A series of tremors along with underground explosions that were heard from above and caused walls to crack occurred yesterday in the area of the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant in Quang Nam Province’s Bac Tra My District.

Experts at the plant are analyzing data collected from earthquake observation stations in the area but have yet to announce how powerful the quake was on the Richter scale, said Tran Van Hai, head of the Management Board of Hydropower Project 3.

The incident happened from 7 to 9 pm Monday at the Bac Tra My Town and several communes nearby, causing thousands of locals to rush out of their houses in panic after they heard loud blasts and found the ground shaken, houses’ walls cracked and things inside the houses falling.

Ho Van Loi, chairman of the Tra Doc commune People’s Committee said his house’s floor was shaken five times during last night, with the most powerful seismic intensity occurring at 9 pm.

Such quakes have taken place continuously in the past five days in Bac Tra My, but the one last night has been the strongest since the hydropower plant began storing water in its reservoir, Dang Phong, chairman of the District People’s Committee, said.

“Residents are very worried about their safety. We will report the situation at the meeting scheduled on September 4 between district authorities and the Ministry of Construction to discuss measures to prevent leakage at the plant’s dam,” Phong said.

As previously reported, residents in the downstream area of the hydropower plant have been living in fear after cracks and water leakage were found in the dam of the plant whose reservoir could contain 730 million cubic meters of water and is among the largest in central Vietnam.

Earthquake swarm detected north of Virgin Islands

Daily News Staff)

The V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency said that V.I. Alert subscribers who have noticed a recent increase in earthquake notifications from the service should not be alarmed.

Between 3 a.m. Monday and continuing throughout the day Wednesday, more than 50 very minor to moderate earthquakes were recorded near Latitude 19 degrees north, north of the Virgin Islands, according to a statement VITEMA issued Wednesday. Those tremors included a 5.2-, 4.6- and 4.7-magnitude earthquake between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Victor Huerfano, director of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, confirmed that the increase in earthquake activity is a swarm of tremors, a phenomenon that occurs four or five times a year in different parts of the Caribbean region, according to VITEMA. A swarm is defined as three or more earthquakes occurring within an hour, and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network has been recording these instances since Saturday.

“It is normal but we cannot say what it means,” Huerfano said. “It is more important that we make sure we are calm and prepared, and that emergency systems are in place in case a major earthquake happens.”

The Virgin Islands is located in a seismically active region, which has a potential for a major earthquakes to occur at any time, according to VITEMA’s statement.

VITEMA suggests these steps to take in case of an earthquake:

– If the ground begins to shake, the safest thing to do is drop, take cover under something sturdy and hold on until the shaking stops.

– If there is not something sturdy nearby, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.

– It is best to remain inside until the shaking stops, and then go outside if it is safe.

– If you are outdoors and near a building, streetlights or utility wires, move away as quickly as possible. Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.

For more information about what to do during and after an earthquake, go to http://www.vitema.gov; http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake; or http://www.ready.gov/earthquake.

4 and 5 mags now in the Virgin Islands- 397 Earthquake Swarm on the map now.

The quakes are going strong down in the Virgin Islands. There have been a few 4’s and 5’s today.

Here is the Puerto Rico seismic network
They have all types of information on it, including the seismic history of the area on this page.  
Last year about this time the Virgin Islands had a swarm of quakes and it got up to 81 in one week.  The amount now, is obviously way above 81, at 397 so far in one week.

Here is a site that someone had posted in a comment on my other article, about the whales that beached themselves in Florida. 

I have known about the threat of a huge tsunami due to knowing the history of the area.  I lived almost half my life down in the Virgin Islands.  That is part of my being very aware of what is happening down there, needless to say.

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP 5.2 2012/09/05 00:24:48   19.704 -64.257 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.2 2012/09/04 23:43:57   19.550 -64.070 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/04 13:23:26   19.636 -64.326 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.0 2012/09/04 11:37:11   19.748 -64.158 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/09/04 02:26:41   17.994 -67.160 18.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP 4.3 2012/09/03 17:41:27   19.647 -64.346 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/03 11:06:20   19.021 -65.531 14.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/03 10:34:59   19.571 -64.366 6.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/03 10:18:28   18.979 -65.509 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/03 10:10:14   19.599 -64.291 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/03 10:03:26   18.896 -65.517 56.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/03 08:24:37   18.927 -64.804 0.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/03 04:04:30   18.803 -64.484 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/03 01:50:14   18.773 -65.037 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 19:07:54   18.001 -67.158 14.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.9 2012/09/02 16:15:04   18.604 -66.595 23.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/02 13:36:47   19.142 -64.882 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/09/02 12:57:51   19.636 -64.187 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/09/02 12:48:37   19.759 -64.187 44.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.1 2012/09/02 11:35:32   19.724 -63.917 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/02 11:32:56   19.697 -64.032 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/02 11:31:04   19.721 -64.204 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/02 10:34:14   19.703 -64.103 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/02 09:54:09   19.517 -64.167 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/02 08:20:12   19.524 -64.150 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/09/02 08:07:57   19.526 -64.222 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/02 07:35:28   19.537 -64.166 82.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/02 06:45:13   19.461 -64.180 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/02 06:40:16   19.504 -65.234 83.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/09/02 06:17:48   19.467 -63.836 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/02 04:26:23   19.572 -64.344 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 04:18:41   19.726 -64.200 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/09/02 02:41:06   19.550 -64.233 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/02 01:18:41   19.436 -64.118 91.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/02 00:58:46   19.441 -64.186 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 00:48:06   19.356 -64.160 91.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 00:32:56   19.504 -64.255 82.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 00:29:32   18.988 -65.365 11.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 00:23:02   19.691 -64.270 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/02 00:18:24   19.706 -64.183 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/02 00:00:06   19.267 -64.064 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 23:06:13   19.633 -64.334 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 22:55:35   19.541 -64.399 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 22:45:08   19.687 -64.218 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 21:59:50   19.647 -64.260 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/01 21:38:40   19.541 -64.409 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.0 2012/09/01 21:30:26   19.643 -64.384 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 21:24:17   19.567 -64.228 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/09/01 20:45:17   19.557 -64.434 36.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/01 20:42:12   19.370 -65.213 97.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/01 20:34:34   18.235 -65.318 103.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 20:15:48   19.272 -64.058 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/09/01 19:37:22   19.639 -64.227 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/01 17:21:22   19.547 -64.306 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 17:02:44   19.523 -64.131 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/01 16:46:46   19.540 -64.217 89.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 13:50:03   19.662 -64.267 53.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 12:28:16   19.755 -64.035 52.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 11:15:00   19.733 -63.924 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 10:52:08   19.620 -64.377 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/01 10:49:45   19.357 -64.209 88.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 10:43:15   19.605 -64.327 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 10:19:32   19.678 -64.329 35.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.9 2012/09/01 10:00:35   19.691 -64.262 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 09:44:38   19.622 -64.286 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 08:35:31   19.694 -64.219 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 08:18:43   19.573 -64.281 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 08:10:47   19.446 -64.352 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/09/01 08:03:11   19.611 -64.252 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 07:53:36   19.348 -64.261 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/01 07:29:09   19.794 -64.359 10.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.3 2012/09/01 06:10:29   19.695 -64.123 35.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 05:48:21   19.655 -64.427 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 05:44:10   19.820 -64.014 56.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 05:07:47   19.578 -64.339 32.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 04:56:27   19.849 -64.222 7.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 04:44:35   19.590 -64.203 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/01 03:35:47   19.636 -64.082 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 03:24:36   19.549 -64.325 49.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 03:18:56   18.951 -64.951 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/09/01 02:28:04   19.629 -64.124 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 01:55:10   19.830 -64.041 35.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 01:22:33   19.594 -64.352 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/01 00:17:47   18.572 -65.607 5.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/01 00:14:45   19.514 -64.368 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 23:52:28   19.573 -64.329 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 23:23:45   19.505 -64.004 84.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 23:22:42   19.799 -64.103 38.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 23:01:05   19.504 -64.147 77.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 22:45:13   19.544 -64.234 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 22:39:30   19.540 -64.135 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 22:35:09   19.572 -64.391 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 22:21:45   19.604 -64.253 63.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 22:11:26   19.116 -64.730 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 22:05:08   19.393 -64.294 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 21:28:41   19.796 -64.135 29.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 21:20:07   19.590 -64.196 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 21:17:30   19.726 -64.299 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 20:24:22   19.597 -64.297 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 20:14:27   19.534 -64.137 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 20:12:01   19.527 -64.211 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 19:38:16   19.589 -64.310 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/31 19:34:44   19.575 -64.315 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 18:53:33   18.585 -64.385 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 18:28:20   19.633 -64.353 35.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 17:11:39   19.474 -64.004 78.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 16:31:56   19.670 -64.230 36.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 16:27:09   19.648 -64.325 36.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/31 15:53:14   19.697 -64.187 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 15:12:48   19.626 -64.153 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 15:12:05   19.423 -64.395 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/31 14:59:44   19.541 -63.958 78.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 14:49:46   19.642 -64.476 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 14:48:07   19.186 -63.903 88.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 14:45:54   19.722 -64.111 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 14:41:44   19.627 -64.322 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 14:37:46   19.555 -64.397 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 13:41:32   19.688 -64.249 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.5 2012/08/31 12:34:35   19.624 -64.168 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 12:25:27   19.664 -64.325 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 11:45:20   19.566 -64.345 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 11:41:19   19.662 -64.366 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 11:01:51   19.669 -64.073 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 10:44:58   19.648 -64.333 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.9 2012/08/31 10:33:17   19.598 -64.400 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 10:25:10   19.365 -64.179 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 10:20:03   19.741 -64.201 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 10:12:41   19.645 -64.405 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 09:39:55   19.620 -64.359 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 09:02:41   19.466 -64.058 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 08:56:19   19.488 -64.274 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 08:51:32   19.634 -64.409 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 08:49:11   19.690 -64.189 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 08:47:34   19.698 -64.242 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 08:43:17   19.652 -64.273 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 08:22:03   19.247 -64.337 46.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 07:54:34   19.576 -64.233 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 07:40:31   19.642 -64.030 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.5 2012/08/31 07:30:22   19.635 -64.253 29.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 06:55:15   19.561 -64.198 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 06:24:21   19.675 -64.046 5.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 06:05:11   19.408 -63.968 76.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 05:19:07   18.362 -67.731 92.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 05:13:00   17.951 -65.344 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 05:08:48   19.401 -65.177 55.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 04:23:07   19.678 -64.271 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 04:05:19   19.673 -64.161 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/31 03:58:39   19.657 -64.029 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 03:16:55   19.672 -64.236 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 02:36:51   19.745 -64.111 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 01:40:23   19.651 -64.251 46.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 01:38:20   19.648 -64.189 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 01:27:44   19.761 -64.253 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/08/31 00:39:57   19.377 -64.183 85.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 00:19:05   19.741 -64.185 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 00:09:03   19.717 -64.109 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 23:24:30   19.646 -64.281 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 13:25:13   19.509 -64.295 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 13:07:00   19.760 -64.097 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
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MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 12:39:25   19.805 -64.083 10.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
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MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 10:48:46   19.428 -64.390 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 10:25:45   18.488 -66.631 78.0  PUERTO RICO
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MAP 3.7 2012/08/30 09:25:24   19.632 -64.302 77.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 09:03:00   19.661 -64.178 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 09:01:46   19.364 -64.144 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 08:51:42   19.680 -64.221 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 08:11:04   18.899 -65.784 15.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
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MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 07:59:55   19.445 -64.200 69.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 07:55:41   19.699 -64.055 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 07:44:57   19.542 -64.183 75.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:21:53   19.266 -63.990 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:05:12   19.741 -64.148 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 07:02:42   19.649 -64.109 76.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 06:57:05   19.625 -64.266 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 06:47:49   19.643 -64.066 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 06:46:07   19.618 -64.194 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 06:43:19   19.631 -64.275 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 06:39:27   19.512 -64.207 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 06:34:10   19.668 -64.364 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 06:25:11   19.719 -64.362 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 06:24:14   19.839 -64.142 62.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 06:21:29   19.301 -64.171 68.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 06:15:35   19.622 -64.139 77.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 06:14:11   19.634 -63.975 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.5 2012/08/30 06:08:17   19.498 -64.172 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 05:41:55   19.509 -63.927 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/30 05:39:33   19.560 -64.193 85.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/08/30 05:34:47   19.707 -64.154 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 05:32:16   19.425 -63.963 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 05:30:48   19.654 -64.348 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 05:27:06   19.733 -64.037 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 05:20:50   19.693 -64.213 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 05:16:46   19.711 -64.292 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 05:01:35   19.757 -64.094 43.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 04:54:44   19.429 -64.231 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 04:37:15   19.634 -64.000 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 04:28:10   19.784 -63.925 15.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 04:24:15   19.668 -64.132 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 04:22:39   19.695 -64.240 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 04:18:42   19.440 -64.261 23.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 04:09:43   19.672 -64.110 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 04:07:52   19.697 -64.085 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 03:49:57   19.493 -64.399 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 03:43:43   19.795 -64.436 44.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.5 2012/08/30 03:41:06   19.535 -64.352 73.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 03:36:12   19.416 -64.239 73.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 02:41:33   19.520 -64.053 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 01:46:19   19.775 -64.246 19.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:39:29   19.642 -64.237 49.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 00:23:44   19.776 -64.193 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
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MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 00:05:01   19.657 -64.279 6.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 23:42:33   19.307 -64.124 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 22:42:49   19.915 -64.151 15.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 22:41:37   19.567 -64.487 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 14:50:55   19.689 -64.307 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 14:49:45   19.628 -64.329 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 14:30:08   19.685 -64.363 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 09:48:18   19.339 -67.219 29.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 09:47:58   19.663 -64.285 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 09:25:37   19.613 -64.247 45.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 09:14:14   19.629 -64.433 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 08:33:58   19.697 -64.260 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 07:49:05   19.600 -64.327 20.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 07:46:45   19.728 -64.198 20.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 07:24:21   19.688 -64.372 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 07:16:53   19.832 -64.414 49.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 07:02:44   19.570 -64.093 76.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 06:47:05   19.338 -64.204 86.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 06:41:47   19.434 -64.195 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/29 06:37:19   19.630 -64.398 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 06:13:22   19.549 -64.166 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 06:07:05   19.644 -64.288 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 05:55:46   19.051 -64.833 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 05:11:51   18.993 -64.930 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 04:35:51   19.631 -64.327 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 04:19:26   18.846 -63.606 53.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 02:13:57   19.305 -64.885 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 01:54:42   19.627 -64.191 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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Earthquake Hazards Map Study Finds Deadly Flaws, MU Researcher Suggests Improvements

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Columbia MO (SPX)


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Three of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent history occurred where earthquake hazard maps didn’t predict massive quakes. A University of Missouri scientist and his colleagues recently studied the reasons for the maps’ failure to forecast these quakes. They also explored ways to improve the maps. Developing better hazard maps and alerting people to their limitations could potentially save lives and money in areas such as the New Madrid, Missouri fault zone.

“Forecasting earthquakes involves many uncertainties, so we should inform the public of these uncertainties,” said Mian Liu, of MU’s department of geological sciences.

“The public is accustomed to the uncertainties of weather forecasting, but foreseeing where and when earthquakes may strike is far more difficult. Too much reliance on earthquake hazard maps can have serious consequences. Two suggestions may improve this situation.

“First, we recommend a better communication of the uncertainties, which would allow citizens to make more informed decisions about how to best use their resources. Second, seismic hazard maps must be empirically tested to find out how reliable they are and thus improve them.”

Liu and his colleagues suggest testing maps against what is called a null hypothesis, the possibility that the likelihood of an earthquake in a given area – like Japan – is uniform. Testing would show which mapping approaches were better at forecasting earthquakes and subsequently improve the maps.

Liu and his colleagues at Northwestern University and the University of Tokyo detailed how hazard maps had failed in three major quakes that struck within a decade of each other. The researchers interpreted the shortcomings of hazard maps as the result of bad assumptions, bad data, bad physics and bad luck.

Wenchuan, China – In 2008, a quake struck China’s Sichuan Province and cost more than 69,000 lives. Locals blamed the government and contractors for not making buildings in the area earthquake-proof, according to Liu, who says that hazard maps bear some of the blame as well since the maps, based on bad assumptions, had designated the zone as an area of relatively low earthquake hazard.

Leogane, Haiti – The 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and killed an estimated 316,000 people occurred along a fault that had not caused a major quake in hundreds of years. Using only the short history of earthquakes since seismometers were invented approximately one hundred years ago yielded hazard maps that were didn’t indicate the danger there.

Tohoku, Japan – Scientists previously thought the faults off the northeast coast of Japan weren’t capable of causing massive quakes and thus giant tsunamis like the one that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear reactor.

This bad understanding of particular faults’ capabilities led to a lack of adequate preparation. The area had been prepared for smaller quakes and the resulting tsunamis, but the Tohoku quake overwhelmed the defenses.

“If we limit our attention to the earthquake records in the past, we will be unprepared for the future,” Liu said.

“Hazard maps tend to underestimate the likelihood of quakes in areas where they haven’t occurred previously. In most places, including the central and eastern U.S., seismologists don’t have a long enough record of earthquake history to make predictions based on historical patterns.

“Although bad luck can mean that quakes occur in places with a genuinely low probability, what we see are too many ‘black swans,’ or too many exceptions to the presumed patterns.”

“We’re playing a complicated game against nature,” said the study’s first author, Seth Stein of Northwestern University.

“It’s a very high stakes game. We don’t really understand all the rules very well. As a result, our ability to assess earthquake hazards often isn’t very good, and the policies that we make to mitigate earthquake hazards sometimes aren’t well thought out. For example, the billions of dollars the Japanese spent on tsunami defenses were largely wasted.

“We need to very carefully try to formulate the best strategies we can, given the limits of our knowledge,” Stein said. “Understanding the uncertainties in earthquake hazard maps, testing them, and improving them is important if we want to do better than we’ve done so far.”

The study, “Why earthquake hazard maps often fail and what to do about it,” was published by the journal Tectonophysics. First author of the study was Seth Stein of Northwestern University. Robert Geller of the University of Tokyo was co-author. Mian Liu is William H. Byler Distinguished Chair in Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri.

Click here to watch a five 5-minute video summary presented at the 2012 UNAVCO science workshop “Bad assumptions or bad luck: Tohoku’s embarrassing lessons for earthquake hazard mapping”.

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Volcanic Activity

04.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Indonesia Sunda Strait, [Anak Krakatoa Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 18:44 (06:44 PM) UTC.

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The activities of volcanoes in western part of Indonesia territory are escalating, with one of them, Mt. Anak Krakatau, located in Sunda strait spewing volcanic ash affecting area of downtown Bandar Lampung, local media reported on Tuesday. Bandar Lampung, the capital of Lampung province, is 75 km away from the volcano, further than the one in previous times that affected Cilegon in West Java and Kalianda in Lampung province, according to the media report. The whole area of Bandar Lampung was covered in volcanic ash. Despite a thin layer, the ash was evenly distributed across the city. The volcanic ash also reached parts of Pesawaran and Pringsewu regencies. The head of the Information and Observation division at Lampung Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), Nurhuda, said the volcanic ash was carried by winds from the southeast.

“High wind velocity has likely carried the ash from the southeast to reach as far as Bandar Lampung. We urge residents in the area to wear masks when they go outdoors, especially when they are riding motorcycles,” Nurhuda said on Monday. The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency ( PVMBG) has yet to upgrade Mt. Anak Krakatau’s alert status to a higher level despite the increase in seismic and molten lava levels in the Sunda Strait, as of Sunday. Agency head Surono said that Mt. Anak Krakatau had been emitting molten lava and strombolian eruptions as of midday on Sunday. The lava spewed at a height of between 200 and 300 meters from its peak at midday on Monday. Head of the Anak Krakatau Observation Post in Rajabasa, South Lampung, Andi Suardi, said that Anak Krakatau’s magmatic activities were unpredictable. According to Andi, Mt. Anak Krakatau emits 10 toxic gases during its eruption process, such as carbon doixide, which is fatal for humans. “Anyone who inhales the gas may experience breathing difficulties and lose consciousness. It may even lead to death,” he was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Besides the Anaka Krakatau volcano, an apparent volcanic activity also occurs in Tangkuban Parahu volcano located in West Java. It made the authority close down the Mount Tangkuban Parahu nature tourism park. “We’re not allowing vendors and visitors to go up to the crater at present,” said West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency head Sigit Udjwalaprana in Bandung on Monday. Earlier, the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency raised the status of Mt. Tangkuban Parahu from normal- active, or level 1, to alert, or level 2, on Aug. 23.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather / Drought

Wildfire in hills near Los Angeles could ‘take several days’ to contain

A fire burning in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Mountains proved tough to contain as holiday campers were forced to evacuate the area over the Labor Day weekend. KNBC’s Robert Kovacik reports.

By NBC News staff and wire reports

A brush fire in the San Gabriel Mountains that prompted the evacuation of campers and picnickers in the hills above Glendora, Calif., continued to rage Tuesday and it could be several days before crews gain the upper hand.

“We have some challenges we face out there,” Tony Imbrenda, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told NBCLosAngeles.com. “We expect that this is going to take several days to get some containment.”

Crews continued the aerial attack on the fire burning east of Los Angeles and about 10 miles south of Highway 2. The terrain was described as “very steep.”

 Four people, including at least two firefighters, had been injured, suffering from heat-related ailments, Angeles National Forest Officer Angie Lavell told the Los Angeles Times, though none of the four required hospitalization.

The fire, which started Sunday and has burned 3,600 acres, was moving toward Rattlesnake Canyon Ridge. Fire officials said the goal was to stop the fire there.

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Some 1,000 people, many of them enjoying the three-day holiday, were evacuated from several communities and from three campgrounds as the fire spread in the largely recreational area.

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The Williams Fire spreads as night falls in the Angeles National Forest on Monday north of Glendora, Calif.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies searched hillside trails for any hikers who were still walking in the hills. The evacuations started after 3 p.m. Sunday in the area off of San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa. Officials closed roads leading into the hills.

Highway 39 was closed early Monday.

The fire is named after Camp Williams, which, according its the website, is a “quiet haven tucked away in the spectacular San Gabriel Mountains.” It offers camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and panning for gold. The camp, located at the San Gabriel River East Fork has full-hook-up RV sites under giant oak trees.

The fire was burning uphill into heavy timber and steep, rugged terrain, fire officials said.

A gray plume of smoke could be seen by commuters for miles.

Nearly 800 firefighters, backed by 10 helicopters and four air tankers, were battling the blaze. Containment was at just 15 percent Tuesday morning.

Maritza Martinez got out of the area when she noticed smoke.

“When we came up, we noticed a whole bunch of smoke and we started to notice something is burning and little by little the smoke started to grow,” she said. “My little sister was like, ‘Let’s go! Let’s go!'”

The experience was a first for Catharine Vega, one of nearly 12,000 visitors who had expected to use the park during the holiday weekend.

“I’ve never seen a real fire except on TV,” she said. “We stopped to see, and we saw actual flames and it was scary because we didn’t know what to do.”

NBCLosAngeles.com contributed to this report.

05.09.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Angeles National Forest] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

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A fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora has spread to 700 acres since it began about 2:15 p.m. along East Fork Road, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. The blaze was moving north toward the Sheep Mountain Wilderness Area, said John Wagner, an assistant public affairs officer with the forest service. An evacuation was underway at a mobile home park in the vicinity of the fire, Wagner said. He did not know how many residents had been evacuated. There were no reports of casualties or property damage. Wagner said seven air tankers from various agencies were battling the blaze. Fifteen engine companies from the Los Angeles County Fire Department were also fighting the fire, a spokesman said.

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

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A wildfire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Glendora since Sunday afternoon forced the evacuation of more than 12,000 people and has grown to more than 4,000 acres, authorities said Monday. Most of those evacuated were visitors or campers in the area for the the Labor Day weekend. The fire no longer has an active flame front, meaning it is not advancing as rapdily as it was Sunday afternoon, said Nathan Judy, fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service Monday morning. “It is still picking up fuel in hot spots but it is not like it was yesterday,” he said. However, fire authorities are concerned about hot weather and more difficult conditions returning later on Monday. “We are expecting winds this afternoon. That is our concern,” Judy said. Highway 39 in the Angeles National Forest remained closed Monday, along with Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road, forcing thousands to alter their Labor Day holiday plans. A total of 400 firefighters will make a new push Monday morning to get a better handle on the out-of-control blaze, which is about 5 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. No stuctures are threatened.

Fire personnel are working in steep, rugged terrain to contain the blaze. Forces working the fire include six air tankers, eight water-dropping helicopters, 30 engines and 25 hand crews, the Forest Service reported Monday morning. On Sunday evening, fire officials said a shift in the fire’s direction lessened danger to homes and residents in the San Gabriel Valley foothills. With the shift from its original northeast direction to the north, officials said they had no immediate fears that the fire would threaten any foothill communities such as Azusa, San Dimas and Glendora. On Sunday, smoke could be seen for miles in the San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire and High Desert, where people reported falling ash. Two firefighters suffered minor injures. There were no reports of damaged structures, officials said. The fire comes 11 years and a day after the Sept.1, 2001, Curve Fire, which burned in the same area, officials said. It burned more than 25,000 acres and more than 140 structures. Three weeks later, another wildfire broke out in the same area and scorched more than 35,000 acres before it merged with the still burning Curve Fire. Sunday’s blaze, which sheriff’s officials said possibly began as a car fire, began sending smoke into the sky shortly after 2:15 p.m. from East Fork Road in Azusa Canyon. However, authorities say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Camp Williams Resort and River Community rehabilitation center were evacuated as a precaution, said Kirk Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, along with thousands of people who were spending their Sunday in the forest. An evacuation center was set up at Glendora High School, 1600 E. Foothill Blvd. On a holiday, an average of between 10,000 and 12,000 visitors flock to the Angeles National Forest to spend the day, Angeles National Forest recreation officer L’Tanga Watson said.

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

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A wildfire in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest that curt short weekend holiday plans for hikers and campers grew to 4,000 acres on Monday. The fire, which broke out near a campground Sunday afternoon, was about 5 percent contained by Sunday morning, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The Williams fire promoted the evacuation of about 12,000 visitors who had flocked to campgrounds for the holiday weekend, The Associated Press reported. It sent a towering plume of smoke that could be seen from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. The forest is heavily used by Southern California residents because it is close to populated areas. Fire officials said that while the campgrounds were not in the line of the fire, they had to be emptied so that the only road in and out of the San Gabriel Canyon could be open just for fire trucks and emergency vehicles. Officials Monday morning had set up an evacuation center at nearby Glendora High School, the Los Angeles Times reported. About 500 personnel, aided by 6 air tankers and eight helicopters, were fighting the blaze, which was burning in steep terrain in the east fork of the San Gabriel Canyon. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, forest officials said.

 

 

New Drought Problem: US Homes Are Cracking

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Carol DeVaughan, left, stands in her house as Corey Grotefendt, right, works to stabilize DeVaughan’s foundation in Manchester, Mo.

Companies that fix foundations struggle to meet demand

Carol DeVaughan assumed her suburban St. Louis home was simply settling when cracks appeared in the walls. When she noticed huge gaps between her fireplace and ceiling, and that her family room was starting to tilt, she knew she had bigger problems. Like thousands of other Americans getting stuck with huge repair bills, DeVaughan learned that the intense drought baking much of the country’s lawns, fields and forests this summer has also been sucking the moisture from underground, causing shifting that can lead to cracked basements and foundations, as well as damage aboveground.

Repairs often cost tens of thousands of dollars and can even top $100,000, and they are rarely covered by insurance, as shocked homeowners have been discovering. Home repair businesses, especially those specializing in repairs to basements and foundations, can barely keep up with demand. Drought-related home damage is reported in 40 of the 48 contiguous states, and experts say damage to homes could exceed $1 billion.

 

 

 

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Storms, Flooding

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Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Leslie (AL12) Atlantic Ocean 30.08.2012 05.09.2012 Hurricane I 360 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 2.74 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Leslie (AL12)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 6.000, W 43° 24.000
Start up: 30th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,487.18 km
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30th Aug 2012 16:41:16 N 14° 6.000, W 43° 24.000 31 56 74 Tropical Depression 275 15 1007 MB NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 04:48:01 N 14° 42.000, W 46° 48.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 280 12 1002 MB NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 10:58:20 N 15° 12.000, W 47° 48.000 26 102 120 Tropical Storm 285 17 999 MB NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 16:45:44 N 16° 12.000, W 49° 6.000 28 102 120 Tropical Storm 295 15 999 MB NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 05:02:48 N 17° 24.000, W 52° 48.000 33 102 120 Tropical Storm 295 19 999 MB NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 17:52:41 N 18° 18.000, W 55° 42.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 290 16 996 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 05:34:37 N 20° 12.000, W 58° 24.000 30 102 120 Tropical Storm 305 11 998 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 10:50:12 N 20° 48.000, W 59° 30.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 310 13 994 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 17:32:34 N 21° 18.000, W 61° 6.000 24 102 120 Tropical Storm 305 16 997 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 04:53:21 N 23° 24.000, W 61° 42.000 17 93 111 Tropical Storm 325 19 998 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 10:59:40 N 23° 48.000, W 62° 6.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 335 14 998 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 17:41:24 N 24° 24.000, W 63° 6.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 330 17 998 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 05:13:40 N 24° 0.000, W 63° 6.000 0 102 120 Tropical Storm 0 12 998 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:49:52 N 24° 42.000, W 62° 30.000 7 102 120 Tropical Storm 360 9 994 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 16:35:28 N 25° 0.000, W 62° 30.000 6 102 120 Tropical Storm 360 9 994 MB NOAA NHC
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05th Sep 2012 16:50:37 N 25° 42.000, W 62° 48.000 4 111 139 Hurricane I 360 ° 9 990 MB NOAA NHC
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06th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 26° 36.000, W 63° 6.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
06th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 26° 12.000, W 63° 6.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 26° 54.000, W 63° 18.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 28° 12.000, W 64° 12.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
09th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 31° 30.000, W 65° 0.000 Hurricane III 157 194 NOAA NHC
10th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 37° 30.000, W 64° 0.000 Hurricane III 167 204 NOAA NHC
Micahel (AL13) Atlantic Ocean 04.09.2012 05.09.2012 Tropical Depression 35 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 3.05 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Micahel (AL13)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000
Start up: 04th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 117.58 km
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04th Sep 2012 05:09:18 N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000 7 56 74 Tropical Depression 305 8 1012 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:28:47 N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000 7 56 74 Tropical Depression 305 9 1012 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:51:48 N 26° 30.000, W 43° 18.000 9 56 74 Tropical Depression 310 10 1012 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 16:45:59 N 27° 0.000, W 43° 30.000 7 65 83 Tropical Storm 340 9 1006 MB NOAA NHC
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05th Sep 2012 16:49:54 N 28° 18.000, W 43° 18.000 9 83 102 Tropical Depression 35 ° 10 1005 MB NOAA NHC
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06th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 30° 0.000, W 42° 36.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
06th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 29° 24.000, W 43° 6.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 30° 42.000, W 42° 48.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 31° 48.000, W 43° 42.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
09th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 33° 0.000, W 45° 0.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
10th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 34° 0.000, W 46° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC

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N. Korea says typhoon killed 48 people

by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP)

A strong typhoon which hit North Korea last week killed 48 people and left more than 50 injured or missing, the country’s state news agency said on Monday.

Typhoon Bolaven pounded the Korean peninsula last Tuesday, leaving a trail of death and damage in the two Koreas.

In addition to the casualties, 21,180 people were left homeless by the storm, which destroyed or inundated 6,700 houses, toppled more than 16,730 trees and disabled 880 industrial and public buildings, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said.

Bolaven also damaged at least 50,000 hectares of farmland, ravaging crops in 45,320 hectares of paddy and non-paddy fields, it said.

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the death toll or damage estimates.

The impoverished North is still grappling with the after-effects of floods in June and July that killed 169 people and left 400 missing.

The country suffers chronic food shortages, with the situation exacerbated by floods, droughts and mismanagement. During a famine in the mid to late-1990s, hundreds of thousands died.

Outdated and inefficient agricultural practices, along with a shortage of fertiliser and diversion of food to the military, have contributed to the annual food shortages.

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Isaac’s remnants bring torrential rain to East Coast

By NBC News staff

The remnants of former Hurricane Isaac brought heavy rain and strong winds — and the risk of localized flash flooding — to the East Coast overnight and into Tuesday.

New York City can expect up to three inches of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, NBCNewYork.com reported. High humidity will make temperatures feel like the high 80s, it added.

Torrential downpours were forecast for the Northeast and South Atlantic states, while thunderstorms were possible across the Midwest.

The system follows a humid, damp and windy end to the Labor Day weekend in many parts, including Delaware, where strong thunderstorms and winds of up to 60 mph ripped through Kent County, Del., on Monday, damaging homes, according to NBCPhiladelphia.com.

View more videos at: http://nbcphiladelphia.com.

The Weather Channel said the turbulent weather was caused by the merger of the remnant low pressure of Isaac with a frontal boundary across the Midwest.

“That low and that front are still with us, and will be poking into the Northeast by Wednesday,” wrote the Weather Channel’s Nick Wiltgen. “They’ll interact with rich tropical moisture to bring the threat of tropical downpours up and down the eastern seaboard Tuesday and Wednesday.”

“These will be the kind of downpours that can put down an inch of rain in less than an hour and reduce visibility to a few hundred feet,” he added, “so drivers and air travelers can expect occasional delays. Localized flash flooding is possible.”

Around 20 homes in Camden, Del., were damaged during Monday’s storm there.

Those who saw it coming ran into their homes and ducked for cover.

“When we went in, I shut the sliding doors and something hit the house so hard and we just dropped to the floor,” Jean Hanacek told NBCPhiladelphia.com. “My whole garage is gone and my two cars are in there.”

In the Midwest, rain brought about by Hurricane Isaac has quenched fields parched by months of drought. Whether the rains have helped remains to be seen. NBC’s Diana Alvear reports.

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Radiation

05.09.2012 Nuclear Event Bulgaria Capital City, Sofia Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in Bulgaria on Tuesday, 04 September, 2012 at 10:29 (10:29 AM) UTC.

Description
A device containing a radioactive element has been stolen from a construction site in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, announced the press center of the Interior Ministry. Sofia District Police Directorate is searching for the perpetrators. The device – a gamma flaw detector – contains a radioactive element with activity of 10 Ci. The signal about the theft was received on Monday. The crime was committed at a construction site at about 3:00 p.m. local time on Monday. The device has an entirely metal cage, its color is silver, has lead protection and an in-built radioactive source, Г-shapes handle and sizes 25/10 cm; it weighs 5 kg. Experts warn that if it is opened, there is a risk of the people around being exposed to radiation.

 

 

 

 

Fukushima’s Nuclear Mafia

Richard Wilcox
Counterpunch
nuclear plant workers, Fukushima

A Deteriorating Situation

“End of the day, factory whistle cries, Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes” – Bruce Springsteen, Factory1

“Bring us the living dead. People no one will miss.” – Fukushima official’s request to Yakuza2

“TEPCO’s involvement with anti-social forces and their inability to filter them out of the work-place is a national security issue … Nuclear energy shouldn’t be in the hands of the yakuza. They’re gamblers and an intelligent person doesn’t want them to have atomic dice to play with.” – Japanese Senator3

The technological issue of nuclear energy is intertwined with the exploitation of human labor in a hierarchy of interests, and how human labor is expended is an economic and moral issue. The Grand Scientific Project from the time of Francis Bacon up to the Manhattan Project of Oppenheimer and Fermi has been a dangerous gamble for humanity even though the advertised purpose is that progress is good.

The exploitation of labor at nuclear plants depends on the tools of social engineering, of government, mass media and schools. This is the hidden and shameful side of today’s materialist society and belies our complicity in a criminalized culture.

Inefficient and corrupt employment practices at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) are prolonging the disaster. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) outsources 90 percent of the work to subcontractors, mainly utilizing Japan’s criminal syndicates, “the Yakuza.” Japan is still a middle class society and most people will not volunteer for nuclear work. Japan risks running out of workers who have not exceeded their legal radiation limits.

Considered to be “Japan’s largest organized crime group” – who are on the radar of the US Treasury Dept. (another big crime group)4 – the Yakuza offer a service to society by sopping up its losers and giving them a dodgy occupation.

Journalist Jake Adelstein, an expert on the Yakuza, risked his life as a reporter on the crime beat in Japan. Not because of shoot outs or knife fights, but because he had to take up smoking cigarettes in order to fit in with police and yakuza! These short video interviews offer a useful introduction into how the Yakuza operate5,6. Tepco’s relationship with the Yakuza is a cesspool of corruption from the highest to the lowest levels in its organization. “A senior National Police Agency officer, speaking on grounds of anonymity said, ‘TEPCO has a history of doing business with the yakuza that is far deeper than just using their labor’ ” (Op. cit. “The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia”).

Adelstein notes that the Yakuza has 86,000 members in Japan, of the 22 major organizations the “Yamaguchi” has almost half of all members. The Yakuza are: “[c]riminal trade associations legally recognized by the Japanese government … They exist out in the open. The Japanese government regulates them and there are laws restricting their behavior but as criminal organizations themselves they are not banned. It is very difficult for the police to do an investigation that goes all the way up to the top. It’s problems within the Japanese law itself. There’s no plea bargaining, very limited wire tapping, no witness protection program … no undercover work allowed. The Japanese police are never able to destroy the Yakuza” (Op. cit. interviews).

“[T]he nuclear business-industrial-political and media complex in Japan known as the ‘nuclear mafia’ … [the nuclear industry] is a black hole of criminal malfeasance, incompetence, and corruption’ …. The government tacitly recognises their existence, and they are classified, designated and regulated. Yakuza make their money from extortion, blackmail, construction, real estate, collection services, financial market manipulation, protection rackets, fraud and a labyrinth of front companies including labour dispatch services and private detective agencies. They do the work that no one else will do or find the workers for jobs no one wants …. The Fukushima plant is located in the turf of the Sumiyoshi-kai, which is the second largest yakuza group in Japan with roughly 12,000 members” (Op. cit. “How the Yakuza went Nuclear”; “The Yakuza”).

Without the dregs of society to do the dirty work, modern society could not exist its present, most hypocritical form. Most people do not want to get dirt under their fingernails and prefer to apply nail polish or chat on their iPhones.

Working in nuclear power plants in Japan is not considered an honorable and elegant trade, like cabinet making or industrial design, but a brutal, labor intensive experience. While the Yakuza organization itself is an evil, the workers themselves can be considered heroes. The amount of excruciating heat, hard work, physical and mental stress and radiation they endure is inhuman. Even working at a normally functioning reactor is not easy or safe work but the FNPP is highly radioactive.

Fearless Reporter Tells All

Adelstein reviews an astounding new book, The Yakuza and the Nuclear Industry, by undercover Japanese reporter, Tomohiko Suzuki (Op. cit. “The Yakuza”). Suzuki truly risked his life, due to radiation exposure and possible threats, to bring us the details from the Nuclear Hell Zone. The book reveals scandalous information such as that mentally handicapped people are recruited to work in the nuke plants by the Yakuza. Suzuki compares the Yakuza with Tepco: “Yakuza may be a plague on society … but they don’t ruin the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and irradiate the planet out of sheer greed and incompetence.”

Having lived in Tokyo for many years, I concur. I am not a fan of Yakuza culture and can see in my daily experience that the Yakuza have a degrading effect on society. But as long as you don’t mess with them – they won’t mess with you. In this way, the streets of Tokyo remain fairly safe.

Suzuki points out that “Japan’s nuclear mafia … [is a] conglomeration of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, the shady nuclear industry, their lobbyists” with the Yakuza at the center. Is Suzuki implying that the Yakuza run the Nuclear Mafia? It is certainly true that Tepco could not fulfill a nuclear workforce without them. According to Adelstein:

“As the scale of the catastrophe at Fukushima became apparent, many workers fled the scene. To contain the nuclear meltdown, a handful of workers stayed behind, being exposed to large amounts of radiation: the so-called ‘Fukushima Fifty.’ Among this heroic group, according to Suzuki, were several members of the yakuza …. ‘Almost all nuclear power plants that are built in Japan are built taking the risk that the workers may well be exposed to large amounts of radiation …. That they will get sick, they will die early, or they will die on the job. And the people bringing the workers to the plants and also doing the construction are often yakuza’ (Op. cit. “How the Yakuza”).

The very workers who are attempting to shore up the situation at FNPP, many of whom are Yakuza, are being blamed by local people in Fukushima for the disaster. A recent survey reported that 30 percent of 1,495 workers at the site suffer from severe mental health issues. The survey does not even include the most exploited workers at the site7.

Nuclear Situation Deteriorating

Akio Matsumura is a renowned Japanese diplomat and “founder and Secretary General of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival.” He sounds like the right man for the job to tackle the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Unfortunately, his warnings are falling on deaf ears. In a recent column he reported that the “Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima, along with 700 members, want to help clean up” the FNPP. Most of the volunteers are in their older years so getting cancer is not as great of a threat, whereas younger workers could die prematurely. The group’s representative, Mr. Yamada, “doesn’t believe TEPCO has the technological capabilities to deal with the long term issues. TEPCO, he says, doesn’t believe this either. TEPCO’s plan, according to Yamada, is to contain the radiation in the next 40 years. He estimates they will need 50 years or perhaps much longer.”

Matsumura thinks more aggressive actions won’t be taken: “Regrettably I do not expect much of an outcome. After 17 months, the situation is worsening and unless Japan requests the independent assessment team and guarantees a huge budget to carry out the team’s technical advice, the US government will not step in” to help8.

US nuclear policy is equally dangerous, thus, a safe and speedy resolution to what appears to be an insurmountable problem is not on the horizon. Tony Boys worked as an interpreter for nuclear expert, Dr. Chris Busby, on his visit to Japan last year. Boys told me “They may be ‘rebuilding’ at the FNPP, but I don’t think that solves the fundamental problem. You know how the Japanese love to do something cosmetic to make things look good because they don’t know how to really do it properly, but have to do ‘something’ ? Well, I think that’s largely what is going on at the site.”

Radio host, Jeff Rense, whose website has studiously reported on the nuclear catastrophe and all of Japan’s botched policies, told me that “everything they do is horrendous.” For example, Japan’s decision to ship contaminated Fukushima soil all the way across the country is truly stupefying9.

Prime Minister Noda recently rejected protester’s requests to shut down the nuclear reactors. As the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes told Noda in a face to face meeting, “[w]e the people do not believe you” regarding his empty promises to phase out nukes in the future. The Nuclear Mafia are restarting reactors even though they are unnecessary for electricity production. An overwhelming majority of people want to abolish nuclear power10,11,12. Having contaminated the world with quadrillions of becquerels of radiation (petabecquerels), Tepco is under a pseudo nationalization process that funnels tax money into their pockets yet maintains their autonomy13.

Worker Shortage

A common practice among workers in nuclear plants is to hide their real exposure rate of radiation. Because there are legal limits of radiation exposure, workers will take off their dosimeters, or cover them with lead. In normal times in Japan workers could also migrate from one plant to the other without indicating previous work experience, and work “under the table.” How long it takes to get sick and or die from such a practice is anyone’s guess.

If the “living dead,” the people “no one will miss” and the dregs of society can’t be coerced into sacrificing themselves, how about top Tepco executives or pro nuclear professors from Tokyo University for a helping hand? Good idea! But first you will have to chase them down on the golf course. NHK reports that:”[M]any workers crucial to the effort are reaching the limit for radiation exposure …. University of Tokyo Professor Kazumitsu Nawata warns of the consequences of losing nuclear plant workers with necessary expertise. He says young workers must be trained due to the need for massive manpower to fully bring the Daiichi plant under control.”

Is Professor Nawata volunteering other’s children for this dirty job, or maybe his own children would prefer to work in the High Sievert Zone? Tokyo University bears a heavy responsibility for the current catastrophe for its role in legitimizing the Nuclear Mafia.

A notable percentage of workers are leaving once they have reached the legal radiation limits. Of the 3,000 daily workers, “[s]ome of the firms have adopted stricter exposure standards … so that they do not breach the limit and become unemployable”14.

A number of recent incidents have highlighted the scandal over worker safety, including:

  • Over 140 workers have been found to have used fake names when getting jobs doing reconstruction work and are presently unaccounted for (Op. cit., “The Yakuza”).
  • Workers have purposely left integral dosimeter off their person while at work. “Tepco is pushing the responsibility to their sub-contract companies but has no solution for the shortage of nuclear workers” which indicates “major staffing problems” at the plant15,16.
  • Some workers themselves think the only solution to shoring up the plant will be “human wave tactics” as were employed at Chernobyl (17). If that is the case, where will the necessary workforce come from? In order combat the dwindling labor force, Tepco and subcontractors are knowingly telling workers to fake their radiation data. The practice is “believed to be part of a widespread practice at the plant”.18,19,20

Former General Electric nuclear plant inspector, a whistle blower who previously exposed dangers at the Fukushima plant – that were ignored – Kei Sugaoka, admitted that he had heard of young workers in the Taiwan nuclear industry dying from cancer due to radiation. When he worked in Taiwan he says “[t]hey made us wear lead vests to falsify radiation exposure … All the lead did was cover our dosimeters”21.

Despite the need to quickly resolve the situation, workers are given weekends off, but are also being recruited for decontamination in the 20 km zone. Speculation is that restart of other reactors in Japan will worsen the worker shortage. Japan seems to be going in too many directions at once.22,23,24

The Nuclear Workforce

French sociologist, Paul Jobin, “began research on Japanese and Taiwanese nuclear plant workers in 2002, mainly at Fukushima Daiichi,” and he did follow up interviews after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Jobin notes that:

  • Subcontracting labor at nuclear plants in Japan began shortly after their creation, in the mid-1970s. “In France, this trend would develop after 1988, reaching a rate of 80% by 1992.”
  • “According to NISA’s data, in 2009, Japan’s nuclear industry recruited more than 80,000 contract workers against 10,000 regular employees.”
  • Part time employment is carried out in order to limit labor costs “whether in France or Japan, the nuclear industry nurtures a heavy culture of secrecy concerning the number of irradiated workers.”
  • Before the Fukushima disaster, “only 9 former workers received compensation for an occupational cancer linked to their intervention in nuclear plants.” This number is probably far lower than the real number of those who suffered from working at NPPs.
  • “[S]tatistics from TEPCO (dated November 30, 2011) reported 3,745 workers on the site in March (about 1700 TEPCO employees and 2,000 subcontractors), and 14,000 for the time from April to October. The overwhelming majority … were subcontractors.” But even these figures may not include many low level but highly irradiated workers.
  • Radiation exposure depends on one’s status in the hierarchy. Tepco executives and high or mid level engineers are spared exposure, while “there is systematic camouflage of the collective radiation of the most exposed front line workers.”
  • Since March 11, 2011, Jobin estimates “that around 30,000 workers have been exposed to significant levels of radiation, some for a few days, many for more than one month”.25,26 How many of these workers are desperate or “mentally handicapped” to begin with? No wonder they are being used by the Nuclear Mafia as disposable work-bots. Hiroaki Koide, nuclear reactor specialist at Kyoto University says “[t]he truth of the matter is that the subcontract workers don’t really know the dangers of radiation and they don’t know how to protect themselves.” For example, wearing protective masks are so uncomfortable that many workers remove them during their work shift.27 How many health issues have been caused as a direct result of the work? In one case, the worker had been exposed in less than a year to levels far beyond what is considered normal lifetime background radiation. He suffered a heart attack.28

Worker Rights Advocates Fight For Social Justice

Hifumi Okunuki is an expert in labor law and spends much of her time fighting for the rights of Fukushima’s forgotten heroes. She notes that “the working conditions at Fukushima No. 1 are an emergency within an emergency” and that “special laws should be promulgated to guarantee the safety and fair treatment of the workers.”

“Japan’s Labor Standards Office has thus far recognized only 10 cases of radiation sickness caused by working conditions due to the inherent difficulty in proving causation in individual cases …. Management faces quite serious, possibly criminal, liability if while understanding the risk radiation exposure poses, they endanger those working on-site through a complicated web of outsourcing. Article 87 of the Labor Standards Law holds firms that outsource responsible for workplace safety and sanitation for workers employed by their subcontractor …. Illnesses caused by radiation exposure from nuclear power plants are covered by Japan’s Act on Compensation for Nuclear Damage.”

Unsurprisingly, the Japanese justice system which plays an integral role in siding with the Nuclear Mafia has “yet to see a major court case over radiation-related deaths”.29

A new report from the venerable non governmental organization, Citizens Nuclear Information Center (CNIC), in Tokyo, highlights the FNPP worker issue. One whistle blower reported that in years past:

“Worker accidents are usually covered up inside the nuclear plant. Even if workers suddenly fall ill, they are not allowed to call an ambulance. In my case, after having been left unattended for three hours, I was taken to hospital in a colleague’s car. I therefore suffered aftereffects later and became physically handicapped. Of all accidents occurring in the nuclear power station, 90% were concealed.”

However, thanks to growing international attention, some of the conditions at FNPP have slightly improved. “Currently, ambulances are allowed to come into the nuclear power station and there is a doctor onsite 24 hrs a day”.30

Tepco’s Blind Eye

According to CNIC (Ibid.), the system for employing nuclear workers relies on an economically pyramid shaped, “multi-layered structure” of contractors and subcontractors which makes profits for executives and employees. Investigations have revealed the “[p]resence of subcontractors affiliated with crime syndicates and their employees.” In the year 2000 it was known that “350 companies were involved” at the FNPP and that many of the Yakuza employees or subcontractors are presently involved in the clean up operations.* “Under the utility, there are plant makers, subsidiaries of TEPCO and the plant makers, large, medium- and small-sized construction and repair companies, independent master carpenters and plumbers.”

  • The Yakuza enforce a severe hierarchy “between the group leader and the members” which is akin to the military and effective for getting dangerous work accomplished.
  • “[I]n 2006, TEPCO reportedly attempted to drive the gangsters … out of the plant.” The Yakuza said: “Do it if you think you can.” Tepco blinked.
  • ‘[P]olice arrested leading members of a gangster group affiliated with the Sumiyoshi-kai crime syndicate based in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture’ who were ‘charged with violation of the Temporary Staffing Services Law.’ A president of a local company who ‘was deeply involved in the staffing of the nuclear power station and was the president of the local chamber of commerce and industry, as well as a member of the Fukushima Prefecture Nuclear Power Plant Town Information Council’ was arrested on suspicion of ‘illegally possessing a gun.’
  • “Workers hired by the lowest-level subcontractors were paid only around 5,000 yen [$60] per day, and were not covered by social insurance or employment insurance …. the current average daily wage is said to be 8,000 yen, although TEPCO pays 60,000-70,000 yen per capita to the principal subcontractor.” Everyone in between ‘takes a cut from the worker’s wages.’

In other words, it’s an economic racket. Although an “effective” system, “[i]llegal acts, such as the forgery of health reports … and not allowing workers to subscribe to health insurance and employees’ pension plans, are rampant,” but are tolerated by Tepco. This draws into question how effective such workers can be given the intimidation of violence from Yakuza bosses and the poor working conditions. The “problem is still beyond TEPCO’s control because the subcontractor system is deeply multi-layered and complex, and because the yakuza are so deeply entrenched in the system.”

Destroying Democracy

The 1995 documentary film, Nuclear Ginza, is valuable for its historical perspective on nuclear workers in Japan.31 Corruption, payoffs and coverups were the norm, then and now. As one worker whose health was damaged said,

“The big companies treat workers like objects or tools to be thrown away when no longer needed. Japan is considered a rich advanced and democratic country but its just an illusion I think.”

A Buddhist monk, Mr. Nakajima, who had worked for years to help the plight of workers noted that “[u]nfortunately in Japan, the sad reality is that democracy has been destroyed in the areas where nuclear power exists.”

Streets of Fire

Adelstein and Suzuki (Op. cit.) supply additional information of a particularly lurid and grim nature:

  • Yakuza have a saying: “When a man has to survive doing something, it’s the nuclear industry; for a woman, it’s the sex industry.”
  • One mid-level executive in the organization even defends the role of his members in the Fukushima disaster. “The accident isn’t our fault,” he said. “It’s TEPCO’s fault. We’ve always been a necessary evil in the work process. In fact, if some of our men hadn’t stayed to fight the meltdown, the situation would have been much worse. TEPCO employees and the Nuclear Industry Safety Agency inspectors mostly fled; we stood our ground.”
  • “Organized crime groups from Kyushu are bringing workers as well. Many of the workers are homeless people, debtors to yakuza loan sharks, or former yakuza who have been expelled from their group.”
  • Tepco refuses “to name the companies they use for outsourcing labor, background security checks, and general security at the nuclear power plants.” Recall Tepco’s feigned ignorance about government investigator’s accusations against them for “collusion.” Such bland dismissals on the part of Tepco are curious in light of the voluminous evidence to the contrary. The Tepco president’s denials of any collusion is an obvious lie.32,33
  • “Suzuki discovered evidence of Tepco subcontractors paying yakuza front companies to obtain lucrative construction contracts; of money destined for construction work flying into yakuza accounts; and of politicians and media being paid to look the other way.”
  • “His fellow workers, found Suzuki, were a motley crew of homeless, chronically unemployed Japanese men, former yakuza, debtors who owed money to the yakuza, and the mentally handicapped.”
  • “Suzuki claims the regular employees at the plant were often given better radiation suits than the yakuza recruits. ‘Almost every day a worker would keel over with heat exhaustion and be carried out; they would invariably return to work the next day. Going to the bathroom was virtually impossible, so workers were simply told to ‘hold it.’ ‘ “
  • “According to Suzuki, the temperature monitors in the plant weren’t even working, and were ignored. Removing the mask during work was against the rules; no matter how thirsty workers became, they could not drink water.”
  • “The risk of radiation exposure was 100 per cent. The masks, if their filters were cleaned regularly, which they were not, could only remove 60 per cent of the radioactive particles in the air.”
  • “Suzuki found people who’d been threatened into working at Fukushima, but others who’d volunteered. Why? ‘Of course, if it was a matter of dying today or tomorrow they wouldn’t work there,’ he explains. ‘It’s because it could take 10 years or more for someone to possibly die of radiation excess. It’s like Russian roulette. If you owe enough money to the yakuza, working at a nuclear plant is a safer bet. Wouldn’t you rather take a chance at dying 10 years later than being stabbed to death now?’ “

Conclusion

Faced with an ongoing radioactive nightmare which is contaminating Japan’s food and water supply, what should be done? The Nuclear Mafia’s ethos is silken sewn into the socio-political Kabuki theater of a post modern Japanese society, which seems helpless to save itself. Maybe Ambassador Matsumura, with his international political connections of good will, and the Skilled Veterans for Fukushima would be good people to turn to for advice.

Richard Wilcox is a writer living in Tokyo.

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21. Nuclear Worker: There’s been some people dying, young guys, of some weird cancers
http://enenews.com/nuclear-worker-young-people-dying

22. Worker confirms Tepco taking weekends off at Fukushima Daiichi
http://enenews.com/tepco-weekends-fukushima-daiichi-plant-worker

23. Recruit for decontamination worker in 20km area
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/07/recruit-for-decontamination-worker-in-20km-area/

24. Fukushima worker “Restart of nuclear plants will cause shortage of Fukushima workers”
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/07/fukushima-worker-restart-of-nuclear-plants-will-cause-shortage-of-fukushima-workers/

25. Dying for TEPCO? Fukushima’s Nuclear Contract Workers
http://www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=24543

26. Fukushima One Year On: Nuclear workers and citizens at risk
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Paul-Jobin/3729

27. Japan Nuclear Professor – Atomic Age Symposium II
http://enenews.com/japan-nuclear-professor-radiation-released-smoke-stacks-fukushima-plant-daily-basis-video

28. Fukushima Plant Worker Suffers Cardiac Arrest
http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012082200902

29. Tepco liable for contract workers’ safety in Fukushima
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120821lp.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+japantimes+%2528The+Japan+Times%253A+All+Stories%2529

30. Clean-up operation at the nuclear accident site at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
http://www.cnic.jp/english/newsletter/nit149/nit149articles/05_Clean-up.html

31. Nuclear Ginza – Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNq0qyQJ5xs
Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7okfjwy4Vw&feature=relmfu

32. Radioactive Rats, Nuclear Techno Geeks
And Life In The Damage Control Continuum
http://rense.com/general95/radioactive-rats.html

33. Japan’s Tepco baffled by criticism of its role in nuclear disaster
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/19/japan-nuclear-tepco-idUSL4E8IJ1S020120719

 

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Solar Activity

3MIN News Sept 4. 2012: Magnetic Instability & Birth of a Coronal Hole

Published on Sep 4, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Malta Rain: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120904/local/Lightning-wind-and-r…
US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

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/

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]

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!]

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 3 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
(2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
(1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
(2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
(2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
(2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
(2005 UC) 17th September 2012 12 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
(2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 13 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
(1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 19 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 21 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards/ Wildlife

Thousands of dead nutria (rats)pile up on Mississippi beaches after Isaac

Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters

Nutria pile up along the shore on Aug. 31 after Hurricane Isaac went through Waveland, Miss.

By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

If there’s a silver lining for the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Isaac, it might just be this: the surge of water flushed out, and drowned, thousands of nutria — rodent-like aquatic mammals originally from South America that are eating away at marshlands acting as a barrier from storms.

Most of the dead nutria have washed up on beaches in Mississippi’s Hancock and Harrison counties.

“Estimates are there will be over 20,000 carcasses,” Robbie Wilbur, spokesman for the state’s department of environmental quality, told NBC News.

In the short term, that many rotting carcasses is a health hazard.

“It’s a terrible smell,” David Garcia, mayor of Waveland in Hancock county, told WLOX-TV. “As this heat continues, they’re just going to blow up and pop, making it even more of a health hazard.”

Crews over the weekend started removing the nutria, aka swamp rats, though it’s not an easy task.

“As they’re picking them up, they’re busting open,” Hancock County Supervisor David Yarborough told the Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald.

A federal contractor with experience in hazardous waste has been brought in, but even a handful of its workers had quit Sunday morning, the Sun Herald reported.

“There’s people who can’t take the sight of something like this,” Yarborough said. “That’s the reason I wouldn’t even attempt this with county people. You really should be certified and trained in hazardous waste.”

County crews tried to deal with a similar situation after Hurricane Gustav in 2008 “and we had people getting sick; wound up buying everybody’s clothes,” he added.

Nutria were released in Louisiana and Mississippi back in the 1930s by fur trappers looking for new stock. Populations were kept in check as long as fur prices were good, but a collapse in the 1980s led to a collapse in trapping and a population now estimated at several million.

As a result, nutria are “one of the Gulf South’s most notorious invasive species, wreaking ecological havoc on native wetland vegetation and contributing to coastal erosion problems,” Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality said in its plan for dealing with invasives.

The erosion is done by nutria “digging into thin soils and eating roots of marsh vegetation,” the department states. “As the vegetation dies, the fine-grained, denuded soils become more vulnerable to erosion, eventually forming expanding holes in the marsh called ‘eat-outs’.”

The species is also a speedy breeder: nutria reach sexual maturity at just four months old, and females are able to breed within 48 hours of giving birth to a litter.

Back along the beaches, the thousands of nutria carcasses are being taken to a nearby landfill, while those in areas away from the public will be left there.

“We’re letting mother nature take care of those,” Chad Lafontaine, with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, told the Sun Herald.

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Articles of Interest

05.09.2012 Technological Disaster India State of Maharastra, Mumbai (Bombay) Damage level Details

Technological Disaster in India on Tuesday, 04 September, 2012 at 13:40 (01:40 PM) UTC.

Description
One person was killed and seven others were injured when a slab of a staircase of an under-construction Metro railway station collapsed here Tuesday, officials said. The incident took place on Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line in Andheri east late afternoon, officials said. The slab of a stairway being built for the Metro railway station came crashing down. “One person is dead, while seven others who are injured are stable,” Dr D. Bhuvan, AGM-operations and spokesperson for the Seven Hills hospital told IANS. The identity of the person who was killed in the accident is yet to be ascertained. “Fire brigade and police teams are undertaking rescue operations. We are awaiting more details,” an official from the city’s civic disaster control room told IANS. According to a witness, several people are feared to be trapped under the debris of the collapsed stairway.

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
04.09.2012 10:35:30 4.6 Asia China Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu Hotan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 10:25:26 2.7 Europe Greece Peloponnese Stoupa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 09:40:35 2.4 North America United States Nevada Black Rock City VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 09:35:36 2.3 North America United States Alaska Nanwalek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 10:25:54 2.2 Asia Turkey Amasya Dedekoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 09:15:27 2.4 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 09:25:24 2.2 Asia Turkey Istanbul Mimarsinan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 09:25:45 5.5 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 09:20:25 5.5 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 09:26:06 5.1 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 09:10:54 5.1 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 08:55:39 2.7 North America United States Alaska Chase VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 09:05:40 5.3 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 09:26:26 5.5 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 07:45:29 2.5 North America United States Alaska Chickaloon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 07:55:37 4.5 South America Chile Valparaíso Los Andes There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 08:20:27 4.5 South-America Chile Valparaíso Los Andes There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 08:20:56 2.9 Europe Switzerland Lucerne Vitznau VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
04.09.2012 06:55:32 2.0 North America United States California Yorba Linda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 06:40:32 2.2 North America United States California Cloverdale There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 07:20:26 5.0 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Bali Jimbaran VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 06:56:02 5.0 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Bali Jimbaran VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 06:25:46 2.1 North America United States Alaska Nikiski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 07:20:56 2.6 Asia Turkey Bursa Yenice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 06:15:19 2.8 Europe Italy Calabria Salerni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 06:15:54 2.4 Europe Greece North Aegean Skouraiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 05:26:37 2.2 North America United States California Cobb There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 06:16:22 2.8 South-America Chile Libertador General Bernardo O?Higgins Santa Cruz VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 06:16:43 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Amahai VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 05:30:35 4.7 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maluku Amahai VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 05:14:02 2.0 North America United States Alaska Talkeetna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 05:10:35 3.1 Europe Switzerland Lucerne Vitznau VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
04.09.2012 05:06:15 2.8 Caribbean Puerto Rico Cabo Rojo Pole Ojea VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 07:21:20 2.2 Europe Greece Peloponnese Koroni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 04:35:24 4.8 Pacific Ocean Fiji Central Suva VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 05:11:35 4.8 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga Tongatapu Vaini VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 05:12:21 3.4 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zenica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 08:50:38 2.5 North America United States Oregon Pistol River VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 04:05:19 2.4 Europe Italy Sicily Saponara Villafranca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 03:06:32 2.2 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 03:35:57 5.4 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Caraga Union VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 04:05:42 5.4 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Caraga Union VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 08:21:16 3.8 Europe Russia Krasnodarskiy Sochi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 03:05:31 2.5 Europe Spain Andalusia Estacion de Cartama VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 02:30:30 2.4 North America United States California Ridgecrest There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 02:20:30 2.0 North America United States California Pearsonville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 02:20:53 4.6 North America United States Alaska Aleneva There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
04.09.2012 03:05:52 4.6 North-America United States Alaska Kokhanok There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 03:06:11 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Bali Jimbaran VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
04.09.2012 02:40:30 4.6 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Bali Jimbaran VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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Beverly Hills earthquake upgraded to 3.3; felt across L.A.

 

City map

An earthquake early Monday centered in Beverly Hills was upgraded from to 3.2 to 3.3. and was felt around Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor occurred at 3:26 a.m.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was one mile from West Hollywood, two miles from Century City and eight miles from Los Angeles Civic Center.

The USGS “Do You Feel It” site said the quake was most strongly felt on the Westside but also in the South Bay, downtown L.A. area and the San Fernando Valley.

In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

Read more about California earthquakes on L.A. Now.

— Ken Schwencke

Strong quake hits off Indonesia’s Bali

JAKARTA—A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian resort island of Bali early on Tuesday, but there was no tsunami warning and no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake’s epicentre was at a shallow depth of eight kilometers (five miles), the US Geological Survey said, putting it 278 kilometers south of Denpasar, on Bali. The quake hit at 2:23 am (1823 GMT Monday).

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

Globe with Earthquake Location

6.4 Mwp – SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.4 Mwp
Date-Time
  • 3 Sep 2012 18:23:04 UTC
  • 4 Sep 2012 02:23:04 near epicenter
  • 3 Sep 2012 12:23:04 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.785S 113.880E
Depth 8 km
Distances
  • 278 km (173 miles) SSW (212 degrees) of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
  • 287 km (179 miles) WSW (238 degrees) of Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia
  • 297 km (185 miles) S (177 degrees) of Jember, Java, Indonesia
  • 939 km (584 miles) SE (124 degrees) of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 12.5 km; Vertical 3.7 km
Parameters Nph = 227; Dmin = 258.3 km; Rmss = 1.04 seconds; Gp = 24°
M-type = Mwp; Version = A
Event ID us c000ce33

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

Summary

Location and Magnitude contributed by: USGS, NEIC, Golden, Colorado (and predecessors)

General

100 km
50 mi
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10.785°S, 113.880°E
Depth: 8.8km (5.5mi)

Event Time

  1. 2012-09-03 18:23:04 UTC
  2. 2012-09-04 02:23:04 UTC+08:00 at epicenter
  3. 2012-09-03 13:23:04 UTC-05:00 system time

Nearby Cities

  1. 244km (152mi) S of Sidorukun, Indonesia
  2. 264km (164mi) S of Muncar, Indonesia
  3. 266km (165mi) S of Gambiran Satu, Indonesia
  4. 267km (166mi) S of Srono, Indonesia
  5. 924km (574mi) SE of Jakarta, Indonesia

ShakeMap

Data Contributors

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 4, 2012 07:19:15 UTC

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/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/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Ecuador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermadec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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Volcanic Activity

Residents, Tourists Warned as Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau Activity Increases

Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, 130 kilometers west of Jakarta, was created by the same tectonic forces that led to the 1883 Krakatoa eruption that killed tens of thousands of people. (Reuters Photo)  Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, 130 kilometers west of Jakarta, was created by the same tectonic forces that led to the 1883 Krakatoa eruption that killed tens of thousands of people. (Reuters Photo)

Bandarlampung. Volcanic ash from the increasingly active Anak Krakatau has reached a number of areas in Lampung, prompting officials on Monday to issue a warning for local residents and tourists.

“The ash was carried by wind from the southeast to the south, reaching Bandarlampung,” Nurhuda, who heads the observation and information section of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Lampung, said according to state news agency Antara.

Nurhuda said the ash fell over several subdistricts in Bandarlampung, about 130 kilometers away from Anak Krakatau.

“It is rather unusual for the dust to be this thick,” said Juniardi, a resident of Bandarlampung who complained that the falling dust was also hampering visibility.

Officials warned that the ask posed health hazards and asked local residents to wear masks when going outdoors or driving motorcycles.

“We also advise fishermen and tourists not to come within a radius of 3 kilometers of Anak Krakatau. The thick plumes of smoke sent off by Krakatau contain toxic material that is hazardous for your health,” said Andi Suhardi, head of the Anak Krakatau observation post in Hargo Pancuran village.

A report from the volcanology office in Bandung shows that the activities of Anak Krakatau has been on the rise over the past few days, reaching almost 90 eruptions per day.

Nurhuda said the report showed the volcano spewed red hot lava up to 300 meters above its peak. “More than 100 volcanic quakes and tremors have been recorded,” he added.

Anak Krakatau, or child or Krakatau, about 130 kilometers west of Jakarta, was created by the same tectonic forces that led to the 1883 Krakatoa eruption that killed tens of thousands of people.

Antara

04.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Indonesia Sunda Strait, [Anak Krakatoa Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 18:44 (06:44 PM) UTC.

Description
A new phase of activity has started at Krakatau volcano. A large explosion occurred early today and produced an ash plume that reached 14,000 ft (4.2 km) according to Darwin VAAC who first observed it at 01:32 GMT. Ash fall has reached Lampung and over several subdistricts in Bandarlampung, at about 130 kilometers distance. Authorities have issued a warning for local residents and tourists not to approach the volcano. “It is rather unusual for the dust to be this thick,” said Juniardi, a resident of Bandarlampung who complained that the falling dust was also hampering visibility, the Jakarta Globe writes. According to the news article, the activity of Anak Krakatau has been on the rise over the past few days, reaching almost 90 eruptions per day. Nurhuda said the report showed the volcano spewed red hot lava up to 300 meters above its peak. “More than 100 volcanic quakes and tremors have been recorded,” he added.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

03.09.2012 Extreme Weather Malta [Statewide] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Malta on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 19:16 (07:16 PM) UTC.

Description
Unusually fierce storms swept through Malta on Monday, killing one man and dropping more rain on the Mediterranean island in two hours than its normal monthly average for September. The first storm triggered floods that swept away a man who had abandoned his car. Police said the man managed to make it to higher ground. Another man working in a field was fatally struck by lightning, however, as a second storm battered Malta in the afternoon. The storms caused substantial damage across the small Mediterranean archipelago, which includes the main island and sister islands of Gozo and Comino, with cars overturned, trees uprooted, houses flooded and walls collapsed. Malta’s meteorological office said 42.4 millimeters (1.67 inches) of rain fell, eclipsing the 40-millimeter average for the month of September.
03.09.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Angeles National Forest] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

Description
A fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora has spread to 700 acres since it began about 2:15 p.m. along East Fork Road, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. The blaze was moving north toward the Sheep Mountain Wilderness Area, said John Wagner, an assistant public affairs officer with the forest service. An evacuation was underway at a mobile home park in the vicinity of the fire, Wagner said. He did not know how many residents had been evacuated. There were no reports of casualties or property damage. Wagner said seven air tankers from various agencies were battling the blaze. Fifteen engine companies from the Los Angeles County Fire Department were also fighting the fire, a spokesman said.

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Storms / Flooding / Tornadoes

 

 

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Leslie (AL12) Atlantic Ocean 30.08.2012 04.09.2012 Hurricane I 0 ° 102 km/h 120 km/h 3.66 m NOAA NHC Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Leslie (AL12)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 6.000, W 43° 24.000
Start up: 30th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,438.80 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
31st Aug 2012 04:48:01 N 14° 42.000, W 46° 48.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 280 12 1002 MB NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 05:02:48 N 17° 24.000, W 52° 48.000 33 102 120 Tropical Storm 295 19 999 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 05:34:37 N 20° 12.000, W 58° 24.000 30 102 120 Tropical Storm 305 11 998 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 10:50:12 N 20° 48.000, W 59° 30.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 310 13 994 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 04:53:21 N 23° 24.000, W 61° 42.000 17 93 111 Tropical Storm 325 19 998 MB NOAA NHC
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Pressure Source
04th Sep 2012 10:49:52 N 24° 42.000, W 62° 30.000 7 102 120 Hurricane I 360 ° 9 994 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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km/h
Source
05th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 25° 54.000, W 62° 36.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
05th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 26° 24.000, W 62° 36.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
06th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 26° 42.000, W 62° 36.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 27° 36.000, W 63° 6.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 29° 6.000, W 64° 6.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
09th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 0.000, W 65° 18.000 Hurricane III 167 204 NOAA NHC

 

 

John (EP10) Pacific Ocean – East 03.09.2012 04.09.2012 Tropical Depression 310 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 5.18 m NOAA NHC Details

 

 

 

 

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: John (EP10)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 18° 18.000, W 109° 36.000
Start up: 03rd September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 400.51 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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Gust
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03rd Sep 2012 04:39:35 N 18° 18.000, W 109° 36.000 28 56 74 Tropical Depression 290 12 1006 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 04:52:41 N 19° 0.000, W 110° 54.000 28 56 74 Tropical Depression 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
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04th Sep 2012 10:48:06 N 22° 30.000, W 115° 36.000 20 56 74 Tropical Depression 310 ° 17 1004 MB NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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Gust
km/h
Source
05th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 25° 36.000, W 119° 48.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
05th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 24° 36.000, W 118° 30.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
06th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 26° 30.000, W 120° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 28° 30.000, W 121° 0.000 Tropical Depression 28 37 NOAA NHC

 

 

AL13 Atlantic Ocean 04.09.2012 04.09.2012 Tropical Depression 310 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 3.05 m NOAA NHC Details

 

 

 

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: AL13
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000
Start up: 04th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
km/h
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
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Date Time Position Speed
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km/h
Category Course Wave
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Pressure Source
04th Sep 2012 10:51:48 N 26° 30.000, W 43° 18.000 9 56 74 Tropical Depression 310 ° 10 1012 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
05th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 28° 18.000, W 44° 24.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
05th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 27° 36.000, W 44° 18.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
06th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 28° 48.000, W 44° 0.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 30° 0.000, W 43° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 31° 30.000, W 44° 30.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
09th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 33° 0.000, W 44° 30.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC

 

 

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Hurricane Isaac: Utilities Report Thousands Still In The Dark Across Louisiana And Mississippi 

CAIN BURDEAU and KEVIN McGILL

See  slide show here

NEW ORLEANS — Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly a week after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.

Most of those were in Louisiana, where utilities reported more than 100,000 people without power. Thousands also were without power in Mississippi and Arkansas.

President Barack Obama visited Monday, a day ahead of the Democratic National Convention, and walked around storm damage in St. John the Baptist Parish, where subdivisions were soaked in water from Isaac.

“I know it’s a mess,” Obama said as he approached a resident in the Ridgewood neighborhood. “But we’re here to help.”

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited the state Friday.

In St. John the Baptist Parish, residents spent Labor Day dragging waterlogged carpet and furniture to the curb and using bleach and water to clean hopefully to prevent mold.

LaPlace resident Barbara Melton swept mud and debris from her home, which was at one point under 2 feet of water. The garbage, debris and standing water – combined with heat reaching the 90s – created a terrible stench.

“It’s hot, it stinks, but I’m trying to get all this mud and stuff out of my house,” she said.

Melton was grateful for the president’s visit.

“I think it’s awesome to have a president that cares and wants to come out and see what he can do,” Melton, 60, said.

A few houses away, Ed Powell said Isaac was enough to make him question whether to stay.

“I know Louisiana’s a gambling state, but we don’t want to gamble in this method because when you lose this way, you lose a lot.”

Powell said even if Obama comes up with a plan or solution to the flooding problem in his area, time is not on the residents’ side.

“Even if they narrow down what the problem is and begin to resolve the problem, it usually takes years. And between now and whenever, a lot of things can happen,” Powell said.

More than 2,800 people were at shelters in Louisiana, down from around 4,000. State officials were uncertain how many people would eventually need longer-term temporary housing. Kevin Davis, head of the state’s emergency office, said housing would likely include hotels at first, then rental homes as close as possible to their damaged property.

Progress was evident in many places, though lingering flooding remained a problem in low-lying areas.

Crews in the town of Lafitte intentionally breached a levee Sunday night in an effort to help flooding there subside, Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts told The Times-Picayune.

Much of Plaquemines Parish, a vulnerable finger of land that juts into the Gulf of Mexico, remained under as much as 5 feet of water, Parish President Billy Nungesser said. The Category 1 hurricane walloped the parish, and for many, the damage was worse than that from Katrina in 2005.

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03.09.2012 Flash Flood India State of Marharastra, [Marharastra-wide] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in India on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 18:51 (06:51 PM) UTC.

Description
Mumbai received a whopping 15 cm average rainfall in 12 hours since 8 a.m. Monday, even as one person was killed and normal life disrupted, officials said. Five people were killed in rain-related incidents in other parts of Maharashtra. Five persons were killed and another four injured when the wall of a temple crashed at Kaundinyapur village in Amravati district. The incident occurred Sunday evening and the bodies of the victims were removed from the debris early Monday. The incessant rains resulted in overflowing of Thane district’s Lake Tansa, a major source of drinking water for the 17 million people of the city, civic official said. Some parts of the city received between four to eight centimetres of rains since Monday morning, raising hopes that the water deficit would be wiped out this year. Several low-lying areas in the city and suburbs were waterlogged, slowing down vehicular movement and causing massive traffic snarls on both the national highways and other major roads. In the evening, five people were injured in a house-collapse in Chunabhatti area of central Mumbai as torrential rains continued. Water logging was reported from parts of Borivli, Kandivli, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Santacruz, Bhandup, Sion, Byculla and some areas in Dadar, Worli, Goregaon and Kurla experienced flooding.

Suburban train services were disrupted on the Western Railway, Central Railway and Harbour Line with average 20-30 minutes delays, hitting office workers and students. The evening peak hour witnessed chaos with a signal failure at Santacruz-CST on the Harbour Line route and trains virtually crawling to their destinations. People commuting from south Mumbai to their homes in the suburbs were stuck en route and reached their destinations only after long delays of one-two hours. Elsewhere in the state, most districts of the coastal Konkan, eastern districts of Vidarbha, northern parts of the state, Marathwada and western Maharasthra were lashed with heavy rains since morning, spelling cheers for the water-starved farming community. Torrential downpour in Thane’s major towns like Kalyan, Dombivli, Vasai, Virar, Palghar and Dahanu led to flooding on the roads with vehicular movements virtually crippled for hours. As a precautionary measure, some schools in the district were closed early to enable students reach their homes safely. Farmers in the parched districts of Marathwada smiled broadly as the region was lashed with rains after a gap of over three weeks and earnestly resumed their farming activities. The weather bureau has forecast similar heavy to very heavy rains over Mumbai and other parts of the state for the next two days.

 

 

 

 

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Small twister confirmed in Indy

Published on Sep 3, 2012 by

The National Weather Service has confirmed a small twister near 16th and White River on Saturday.

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

First Swine Flu Death in Ohio

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The Ohio Department of Health announced on Friday that the country’s first known swine flu death took place in their state. A 61-year-old Madison county women was infected with the H3N2v virus and died. She had had direct contact with swine at the Ross County fair and had “multiple other underlying medical conditions” according to the statement.

There are currently 102 cases of the H3N2v virus in Ohio. The age range of patients is between 6 months and 61 years. Most of the patients had only a mild illness, and there have been few hospitalizations in this outbreak.

David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, said, “swine flu is not uncommon, especially when temperatures have been high, as they have been this summer.” Dr. Tony Forshey, state veterinarian at the Ohio Department of Agriculture said “there are veterinarians in the barn at every fair. Heat-stressed swine are more likely to become ill and contagious.”

This type of flu is only transmissible through contact with live pigs. You cannot get the flu through properly handled and cooked pork. This virus is different from seasonal influenza, but it is transmitted in the same way: through coughing and sneezing by people who are infected. Most of the patients this year have been children.

To protect yourself, wash your hands with soap and water, especially after you’ve been around animals at the fair. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Do not drink or eat near animals, and do not bring food into the barns when you visit a fair. And limit time around animals. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems should avoid exposure to pigs and swine barns.

If you develop a flu-like illness, with symptoms including fever, tiredness, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, see your healthcare provider. And make sure to tell her that you have been in contact with swine or other people who are sick. For questions or help, call the Ohio Department of Agirculture’s Division of Animal Health at 614-728-6220.

Isaac poses health concerns

Published on Sep 3, 2012 by

There are currently 16 reported cases of West Nile Virus.

 

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Solar Activity

3MIN News Sept 3. 2012: Magnetic Storm Watch

Published on Sep 3, 2012 by

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/

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]

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!]

SUNSPOT AR1564:

The next strong flare could be just around the corner. Sunspot AR1564 is growing rapidly and has developed a ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class flares. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory took this picture of the active region during the early hours of Sept. 4th:

NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of M-flares during the next 24 hours. Any eruptions will likely be Earth-directed as the active region is turning toward our planet.

Solar wind
speed: 422.7 km/sec
density: 15.2 protons/cm3
explanation | more data
Updated: Today at 0735 UT

X-ray Solar Flares
6-hr max: C2 0507 UT Sep04
24-hr: C2 0507 UT Sep04
explanation | more data
Updated: Today at: 0700 UT

Daily Sun: 04 Sep 12

Sunspot 1564 is suddenly growing. It has a ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares. Credit: SDO/HMI

Sunspot number: 156
What is the sunspot number?
Updated 04 Sep 2012

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 0 days
2012 total: 0 days (0%)
2011 total: 2 days (<1%)
2010 total: 51 days (14%)
2009 total: 260 days (71%)
Since 2004: 821 days
Typical Solar Min: 486 days
Update 04 Sep 2012

The Radio Sun
10.7 cm flux: 142 sfu
explanation | more data
Updated 04 Sep 2012

Current Auroral Oval:

Switch to: Europe, USA, New Zealand, Antarctica
Credit: NOAA/POES

Planetary K-index
Now: Kp= 3 quiet
24-hr max: Kp= 6 storm
explanation | more data

Interplanetary Mag. Field
Btotal: 2.8 nT
Bz: 1.5 nT north
explanation | more data
Updated: Today at 0737 UT

Coronal Holes: 04 Sep 12

There are no large coronal holes on the Earthside of the sun. Credit: SDO/AIA.

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Space

SUBSIDING STORM:

A geomagnetic storm that began on Sept. 3rd when a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field is fitfully subsiding. The impact at 1200 UT (5 am PDT) induced significant ground currents in the soil of northern Scandinavia and sparked bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. Ole C. Salomonsen photographed the display over Naimakka, Finland, on Sept. 4th:

“There I was standing all alone deep in the Finish forest, just in awe of this display of light above my head,” says Salomonsen. “This is just one of many images of spectacular auroras I shot on this wonderful night.”

 

 

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 PX) 04th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.0452 17.6 61 m – 140 m 9.94 km/s 35784 km/h
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 4 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 7 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
(2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
(1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
(2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
(2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 12 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
(2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 12 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
(2005 UC) 17th September 2012 13 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
(2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
(1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 21 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 22 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 26 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

 

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

Today Biological Hazard India State of Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore [Government Polytechnic College for Women] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in India on Tuesday, 04 September, 2012 at 02:59 (02:59 AM) UTC.

Description
Forty-six students of Government Polytechnic College for Women at Sidhapudur in the heart of Coimbatore city became ill on Monday following suspected food poisoning. They were admitted at two hospitals in the vicinity after they complained of severe vomiting and stomach pain. The students developed discomfort after having dinner at the college hostel cafeteria on Sunday. While 11 of them were admitted at Ramakrishna hospital on Sunday night itself, 35 students were rushed to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) at around 8 am on Monday. Seven of them are being kept in the Intensive Care unit at CMCH and Ramakrishna hospital. The doctors attending to the students said that most of them were admitted with complaints of vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. They were put on drips and medication. P Sivaprakasam, resident medical officer of CMCH said initial examinations had revealed that the students were suffering from food poisoning. He also said that they had consumed contaminated water. “They are recovering well and will be discharged in a couple of days,” he added.

A Kalpana, a third year student recovering at CMCH said that on Sunday night they were served tomato rice for dinner. For the past week the drinking water supply was not proper. Some students may have consumed contaminated water or it may have been used for cooking,” said another student on conditions of anonymity. “Just a few months ago the students had oragnised a public protest demanding good quality food. The case of food poisoning highlights the grim situation prevailing at the hostel,” she added. The doctors say that students fell ill because of consuming contaminated water. What has happened is unfortunate. We will look into the issue and ensure this does not happen again. Corrective measures will be put in place,” said B Padmini, principal of the college. There are 300 students residing at the hostel. Most hostel students are sports players, she said. “Students may have consumed pipe water instead of the boiled water made available to them. This is despite several reminders to drink only boiled water,” the principal added. Regarding the allegation of inadequate drinking water supply in the past one week, Padmini said that on certain days there was a disruption in supply.

Biohazard name: Mass. Food Poisoning
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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03.09.2012 Biological Hazard Kyrgyzstan Chuy Oblast, [About 20 kilometers of the Kant Air Base] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Kyrgyzstan on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 18:47 (06:47 PM) UTC.

Description
Russia’s military officials say that efforts to prevent an anthrax epidemic have been increased at a Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan because of an outbreak of anthrax nearby. Officials from Russia’s Central Military District say one of the outbreaks is within 20 kilometers of the Kant Air Base in Kyrgyzstan’s northern region of Chui. He says all military buildings on the base — including apartments for officers and their families — have been disinfected and safety checks on food supplies have been increased. The move was undertaken after Kyrgyz health officials announced last week that several cases of anthrax had been confirmed in Chui and in the southern regions of Jalal-abad and Batken.
Biohazard name: Anthrax
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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04.09.2012 Biological Hazard United Kingdom Scotland, Saint-Andrews Damage level

Biological Hazard in United Kingdom on Sunday, 02 September, 2012 at 19:19 (07:19 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 07:41 UTC
Description
A wildlife rescue organization says 13 whales have died following a mass stranding off the Scottish coast. British Divers and Marine Life Rescue said Sunday that the mammals were among a group of 26 pilot whales stranded at Pittenweem, in eastern Scotland. Coast guards, volunteer medics, fire crews and police are all also involved in efforts to rescue the 13 still living. But rescue coordinator Gareth Norman said that it was likely more of the whales would die. A further 24 pilot whales from the same pod are currently in shallow water three miles along the coast at Cellardyke.

 

 

Whales beach themselves in UK, US

Scientists and conservationists are once again puzzled over the behaviour of whales – with two different pods of pilot whales beaching themselves this weekend on either side of the Atlantic.

A pod of 26 pilot whales stranded themselves off the coast of Fife in Scotland.

Crowds of on-lookers gathered to watch the massive rescue and relief operation.

13 of the 26 whales did not make it.

And in a strange coincidence… another pod of whales beached themselves along the coast of south-central Florida in the U.S.

This time, 22 pilot whales stranded themselves near Fort Pierce.

Only five whales survived.

 

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VERO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) — Wildlife experts suspect an ailing alpha whale caused a pod of short-fin pilot whales to beach themselves in Florida this weekend.

Seventeen of the 22 mammals died in the surf at Avalon Beach State Park in St. Lucie County and five juveniles were taken to a rescue facility at nearby Florida Atlantic University, but were not expected to survive.

Blair Mase, who specializes in the study of whale stranding for the U.S. government, told TCPalm.com the tragedy was probably linked to the pod leader.

“This species has a tight social structure,” said Mase, a regional coordinator for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. “Typically, they stay together as a group. So if one animal is sick, they all come ashore.”

Hundreds of people on the area either watched the stranding unfold. Many tried to help out by throwing wet towels on the whales to protect them from the sun, TCPalm.com said.

Mase it would not have done much good to push the whales off the sand. “If you push them into the water, they’ll just keep coming back and stranding themselves again,” she said.

 

 

 

 

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
01.09.2012 07:45:20 2.9 Europe Greece West Greece Neochorion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 07:45:44 2.5 Asia Turkey Bal?kesir Marmara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 07:30:28 5.1 South America Colombia Santander Cepita VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 06:20:26 2.1 North America United States California Coalinga VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 06:45:19 2.2 Europe Greece East Macedonia and Thrace Kamariotissa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 06:45:47 2.0 Europe Italy Calabria Salerni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 06:46:11 2.8 Europe Poland Lower Silesian Voivodeship Jerzmanowa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 06:00:33 2.0 North America United States Alaska Lake Minchumina VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 06:46:33 2.5 Asia Turkey Mu?la Sarigerme VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 06:10:47 3.4 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Hawke’s Bay Takapau VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
01.09.2012 06:46:54 2.7 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zenica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 05:45:24 3.3 Europe Greece Peloponnese Marathopolis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 05:46:20 3.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Sarigerme VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 05:46:48 2.2 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 05:47:15 2.1 Europe Italy Sicily Panarea There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 05:11:16 5.5 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Mamaku There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
01.09.2012 05:47:37 2.0 Europe Greece South Aegean Olymbos There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 04:15:26 2.0 North America United States Alaska Livengood VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 04:00:41 2.2 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 04:25:29 4.6 Middle America El Salvador Usulután Puerto El Triunfo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 04:45:20 4.6 Middle-America El Salvador Usulután Puerto El Triunfo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 03:50:26 2.4 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 03:35:51 2.4 North America United States California Imperial There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 03:36:15 2.5 North America United States California Seeley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 03:40:21 5.3 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 03:43:20 5.3 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.09.2012 03:40:45 2.6 Europe Italy Calabria Salerni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 03:41:03 5.4 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Eastern Visayas Sulangan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.09.2012 03:43:38 5.4 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Caraga Libas VulkĂĄn 0