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Tag Archive: Middle America


Earth Watch Report

 

GSN Stations

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

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, 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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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.7 2012/09/19 23:51:51   18.740   -67.386 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/19 21:30:11   3.345   128.302 121.3  NORTH OF HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/19 21:18:34   4.621   126.632 97.9  KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/19 20:16:56   52.499  -168.047 26.3  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/19 18:34:48   61.998  -151.125 89.5  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/19 17:07:25   59.659  -152.972 96.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/19 15:02:47   65.653  -144.998 10.9  NORTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/19 10:45:40   -9.810   124.570 35.3  TIMOR REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/19 10:00:00   60.568  -153.189 137.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.9   2012/09/19 09:17:48   37.235   37.098 10.0  CENTRAL TURKEY
MAP  2.7 2012/09/19 08:33:41   60.306  -143.104 0.4  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/19 07:57:24   66.247   -18.785 10.3  ICELAND REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/19 07:39:25   18.792   -64.222 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/19 07:31:47  -10.864   113.891 37.8  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/19 06:44:24  -29.381  -177.017 59.5  KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
MAP  2.8 2012/09/19 06:26:58   19.029   -67.299 9.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.6 2012/09/19 05:44:25   19.561   -63.512 37.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/19 04:57:03   35.398  -117.823 7.3  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/19 04:35:56   19.319  -155.213 8.8  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.2 2012/09/19 04:34:35   19.599   -64.419 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/19 04:27:02   13.008   -88.660 70.7  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  3.5 2012/09/19 02:07:14   59.447  -151.916 58.0  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/19 01:57:33   -5.657   146.707 36.1  EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/19 00:32:09   1.501   127.329 116.5  HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/19 00:15:11  -20.180   168.912 48.5  LOYALTY ISLANDS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.8 2012/09/18 21:15:17   18.975   -66.837 11.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 21:09:40   33.694  -116.737 20.3  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 19:57:10   43.085  -126.533 10.5  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  2.5 2012/09/18 19:34:28   32.642  -115.703 8.4  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 19:22:25   59.271  -153.328 93.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/18 19:10:38   9.792   -85.561 44.2  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/18 18:54:00   57.200  -154.806 40.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/18 17:52:24   18.990   -64.516 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/09/18 17:40:38   19.659   -64.236 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/18 16:35:03   -7.280   105.886 44.6  JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/18 16:06:02   54.094  -163.611 147.0  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/18 15:59:37   3.776   92.650 10.4  OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/18 15:31:50   67.326  -166.875 23.6  BERING STRAIT
MAP  2.9 2012/09/18 14:59:17   19.091   -66.582 54.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/18 14:46:50   51.898  -179.987 159.1  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/18 14:34:25   18.976   -65.149 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 14:32:54   18.993   -65.221 17.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/18 12:32:38   56.992  -154.127 9.1  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/18 11:51:52   67.268  -166.824 24.4  BERING STRAIT
MAP  2.9 2012/09/18 10:48:51   19.008  -155.421 44.4  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.2 2012/09/18 10:25:36   19.095   -66.900 55.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/18 10:15:36  -20.740   167.405 35.0  LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  2.7 2012/09/18 09:42:21   17.899   -65.740 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/18 09:10:24   9.801   -85.635 17.2  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  4.2 2012/09/18 09:03:29   9.726   -85.622 14.4  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/18 08:20:40   12.268   -89.250 35.4  OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR
MAP  5.1   2012/09/18 08:05:38   4.481   126.380 28.1  KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/18 07:08:25   42.234  -124.719 35.9  OFFSHORE OREGON
MAP  4.8   2012/09/18 06:42:30  -10.771   114.033 39.3  SOUTH OF BALI, INDONESIA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 06:33:40   19.076   -66.146 50.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/18 05:20:02   18.358   -68.089 109.0  MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 04:30:33   19.783   -64.234 38.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  2.6 2012/09/18 04:14:26   56.955  -154.135 30.1  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/18 03:53:32  -31.896   -69.203 64.6  SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/18 03:51:36  -29.215  -176.820 58.1  KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/18 03:26:01   56.966  -154.118 27.4  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  5.2   2012/09/18 03:23:42   -6.173   103.788 10.0  SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/18 01:52:37   56.953  -154.101 38.5  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  5.1   2012/09/18 01:46:42   1.405   126.003 22.3  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  5.1   2012/09/18 01:44:50   56.937  -154.142 38.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/18 00:52:24   49.062   154.770 80.1  KURIL ISLANDS
MAP  2.5 2012/09/18 00:20:51   18.078   -67.223 33.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO

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List Of Earthquakes  on the Canary Islands

Listado Terremotos

¿Ha sentido algún terremoto?
Earthquakes of the  last  2  days on the  Canary Islands Mgnitude 1.5 or greater
Terremotos de los últimos 2 días en las Islas Canarias de magnitud igual o superior a 1.5 o sentidos:
The earthquake  information for lesser magnitudes  can be found at this link   Catálogo y boletines sísmicos.
La información de terremotos de magnitud inferior se puede obtener en Catálogo y boletines sísmicos.This data  is  subject  to change as a  consequence of continuous  revisions of seismic  analysis

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

Translation  by Desert Rose

95 Tremors in the Canary Islands Region between 9/17/2012 and 9/18/2012

Event     Date              Time            Lat.        Long.      Depth               Mag.   Type                  Location

Evento Fecha Hora(GMT)* Latitud Longitud Prof.
(km)
Int. Máx. Mag. Tipo Mag. (**) Localización Info
1166716 20/09/2012 17:36:11 27.7012 -18.0111 21 1.9 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166709 20/09/2012 15:24:23 27.6983 -17.9930 28 2.4 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166640 20/09/2012 08:51:54 27.7227 -18.0269 21 2.2 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166601 20/09/2012 05:38:00 27.7024 -18.0260 21 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166569 19/09/2012 21:29:26 27.7239 -18.0672 21 1.8 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166486 19/09/2012 05:08:31 27.7030 -18.0327 21 1.8 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166475 19/09/2012 00:50:00 27.7188 -18.0141 22 1.8 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166474 18/09/2012 22:32:54 27.6298 -18.0865 14 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166466 18/09/2012 21:05:06 27.7194 -18.0215 23 2.0 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166428 18/09/2012 15:13:36 27.6615 -17.9935 19 1.6 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166429 18/09/2012 14:21:31 27.7023 -18.0231 20 1.9 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166422 18/09/2012 13:44:05 27.7263 -18.0070 21 2.4 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166423 18/09/2012 13:43:13 27.7074 -18.1414 19 2.0 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166348 18/09/2012 06:03:03 27.7480 -18.0772 11 2.1 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166347 18/09/2012 05:43:33 27.7016 -17.9932 26 2.4 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166350 18/09/2012 05:30:50 27.7069 -18.0159 21 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166335 18/09/2012 02:00:06 27.7172 -18.0061 22 1.9 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166334 18/09/2012 01:44:59 27.7116 -18.0057 23 1.8 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166333 18/09/2012 01:20:05 27.7154 -18.0037 21 1.8 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166313 17/09/2012 23:58:02 27.6961 -18.0187 22 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166312 17/09/2012 23:26:31 27.7065 -17.9957 22 2.0 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166311 17/09/2012 21:42:46 27.7030 -18.0078 24 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166308 17/09/2012 21:10:53 27.6954 -18.0087 22 1.8 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166306 17/09/2012 21:01:03 27.7032 -18.0052 20 2.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166301 17/09/2012 20:55:02 27.7141 -18.0022 20 2.3 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166283 17/09/2012 20:50:45 27.7009 -18.0074 22 2.1 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166282 17/09/2012 20:20:41 27.7107 -18.0105 22 2.5 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166280 17/09/2012 20:14:15 27.7036 -17.9998 21 2.0 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166279 17/09/2012 19:53:08 27.7042 -17.9886 20 1.9 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166278 17/09/2012 19:47:08 27.7155 -18.0153 23 1.7 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166273 17/09/2012 18:29:37 27.7204 -18.0029 19 1.6 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166266 17/09/2012 17:49:38 27.6889 -17.9883 22 2.2 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166265 17/09/2012 17:34:22 27.6855 -18.0191 22 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166260 17/09/2012 16:54:36 27.6945 -18.0669 27 2.1 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166247 17/09/2012 16:11:02 27.7200 -17.9911 22 2.5 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166243 17/09/2012 16:06:47 27.7324 -17.9921 21 2.1 mbLg S FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166240 17/09/2012 16:04:37 27.7184 -17.9992 20 2.8 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166245 17/09/2012 15:52:56 27.7575 -18.0872 10 1.8 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166231 17/09/2012 15:39:07 27.7118 -18.0222 22 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166226 17/09/2012 15:34:51 27.7601 -18.0891 10 1.8 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166221 17/09/2012 15:32:59 27.7876 -18.1054 11 1.7 mbLg NW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166224 17/09/2012 15:32:23 27.7054 -18.0069 25 1.7 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166225 17/09/2012 15:26:48 27.7398 -18.0069 19 1.5 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166220 17/09/2012 15:15:08 27.7021 -18.0191 22 1.7 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166204 17/09/2012 14:04:42 27.6965 -18.0061 21 2.0 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166205 17/09/2012 14:02:27 27.6968 -18.0169 20 1.8 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166217 17/09/2012 13:49:28 27.6801 -18.0791 16 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166214 17/09/2012 13:40:08 27.7179 -17.9985 22 2.0 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166213 17/09/2012 13:20:35 27.7305 -18.0298 23 1.5 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166202 17/09/2012 13:05:19 27.6834 -18.0092 20 2.2 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166197 17/09/2012 12:50:25 27.7269 -17.9985 22 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166198 17/09/2012 12:47:52 27.6832 -18.0099 15 1.6 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166199 17/09/2012 12:43:14 27.7365 -18.0161 23 1.7 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166171 17/09/2012 11:52:38 27.6973 -18.0285 21 1.7 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166148 17/09/2012 11:16:04 27.6981 -18.0131 22 1.8 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166146 17/09/2012 11:06:18 27.6948 -18.0032 22 2.2 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166144 17/09/2012 11:04:19 27.7143 -17.9947 20 2.4 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166141 17/09/2012 10:54:41 27.7256 -18.0145 21 1.6 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166142 17/09/2012 10:48:49 27.7211 -18.0185 22 1.6 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166143 17/09/2012 10:47:50 27.6981 -18.0208 22 2.0 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166103 17/09/2012 10:00:35 27.7061 -17.9905 24 1.5 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166085 17/09/2012 09:43:12 27.7059 -18.0168 23 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166072 17/09/2012 09:20:44 27.7104 -18.0355 23 1.7 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166075 17/09/2012 09:16:04 27.6991 -18.0086 22 2.2 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166069 17/09/2012 09:11:26 27.7119 -18.0034 21 2.4 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166068 17/09/2012 09:04:48 27.7181 -18.0060 22 1.9 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166060 17/09/2012 08:33:14 27.6835 -18.0236 22 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166064 17/09/2012 08:21:17 27.7925 -18.0067 21 1.5 mbLg N FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166057 17/09/2012 08:19:27 27.7142 -18.0143 21 1.8 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166054 17/09/2012 08:04:36 27.6896 -18.0120 22 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
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More quakes raise panic near Vietnamese dam

A man in Quang Nam Province swings his arms to describe earthquakes that rattled his house early on Monday. The tremors have left his wife and son in a panic, he said.

The central province of Quang Nam, which has been disturbed by tremors caused by the Song Tranh 2 dam, was hit by more earthquakes Monday and Tuesday.

Two earthquakes, the bigger of which registered 2.7 on the Richter scale, occurred early Monday, and three others early on Tuesday.

Nguyen Quoc Viet, who lives near the dam, said he was sleeping when a tremor woke him Monday. 

“The bed shook. I knew it was another earthquake, and I just ran out of the house.”

Ho Van Tien, who felt a quake while exercising at 5 p.m., said the tremors lasted around seven seconds. He said it was the biggest of the recent quakes he’d experienced.

Many local residents agreed the late quake Monday was the worst, while scientists later said it occurred as close as five kilometers from the earth’s surface.

The quakes added to a series of at least 17 since September 3, including one of a magnitude 4.2, which have panicked local residents.

Scientists said the quakes were “normal” reservoir-induced ones, caused by the increased pressure of the dam’s water on the earth’s surface as water from the reservoir is absorbed into fault lines in the area, triggering seismic activity.

Geologists sent to the province said the quakes were not dangerous, but local authorities did not believe them.

Many local residents have packed their clothes and blankets and are ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Others have built wooden houses, leaving their cracked concrete houses abandoned.

Many parents have also pulled their children out of schools downstream from the dam. 

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Local officials have demanded that the dam’s investor, the state-owned monopoly Electricity of Vietnam, not to store any more water at the dam, and compensate affected families, at least with rice.

The Song Tranh 2 hydropower dam, the biggest in the central region, was built at a cost of more than VND4.15 trillion (US$197.53 million). It caused first quakes in November 2010 soon after it was completed, and more in April this year after it developed cracks. The cracks were fixed by the end of August.

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Volcanic Activity

Mount Soputan Volcano Erupts In Central Indonesia, Spewing Ash

JAKARTA, Indonesia — One of Indonesia’s most active volcanos has erupted, shooting ash and smoke nearly 1 1/2 kilometers (one mile) into the sky.

State volcanology official Kristianto says Mount Soputan on central Indonesia’s Sulawesi island erupted Tuesday afternoon.

Kristianto, who uses one name, says there is no plan for an immediate evacuation since the nearest villages are outside the danger area of about 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) from the crater.

Mount Soputan is about 1,350 miles (2,160 kilometers) northeast of Jakarta. It last erupted in July last year, causing no casualties.

Indonesia straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines around the Pacific Basin. It has more active volcanoes than any other nation. Another mountain, Gamalama, erupted last week on the Molucca Islands.

Volcanic Activity Up in Several Locations

Steam and ash billow out of Mount Gamalama on Ternate Island on Sunday. (AP Photo)

Steam and ash billow out of Mount Gamalama on Ternate Island on Sunday. (AP Photo)

Solo, Central Java. As two volcanos in the eastern part of Indonesia continued to erupt on Monday, Mount Merapi in Central Java has been displaying increasing activity, with rumblings in the past week.

“In the evenings, there are rumblings that are accompanied by the ground shaking,” Sapto, from Samiran village in the district of Boyolali on the slope of Merapi, said on Monday.

He said that the 2,968-meter volcano was also active during the day, as evidenced by the thick column of ash billowing out from its crater.

Sapto said that as of Monday, local authorities had not issued any information to the public regarding the volcano.

Subiso, head of Selo subdistrict in Boyolali, confirmed that no official advisories or warnings had been issued yet about the increased activity on Merapi.

However, he said that the rumbling sounds from the volcano were almost routine in the area, and added that the situation there “is still safe.”

Ngatini, another resident said that the rumblings did not disturb local residents too much.

“If an eruption is imminent, the rumbling will be heard continuously and there will be some ash rain,” she said.

Merapi last erupted in October 2010, spewing enormous amounts of ash. Pyroclastic flows, fast-moving currents of superheated gas and rock, killed more than 300 people along the heavily populated slopes and forced 350,000 to evacuate.

Meanwhile, with a small eruption still taking place on Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, authorities there are maintaining the alert status for the volcano and have banned all human activities within a 2.5-kilometer radius of the crater.

Farid Sukendar, head of the Lokon volcano observation post, said that  the mountain erupted after dusk on Saturday, spewing superheated volcanic material up to 600 meters and ash up to 1,500 meters into the atmosphere.

“This volcano is active and therefore we should remain vigilant because it could erupt any time,” he said.

Arnold Poli, secretary of the town of Tomohon, located at the base of the mountain, said that the authorities were continuously monitoring the volcano. He said that the series of eruptions had not affected the activities of the local population but added the authorities were calling on everyone to remain alert.

He also said that despite the volcanic activity, the government had yet to evacuate anyone from the villages of Kinilow and Kakaskasen III, the two villages closest to the smoldering crater.

“No one has yet been ordered to evacuate,” he said.

Mount Soputan, in North Sulawesi’s South Minahasa district, and Mount Karangetang in the Sitaro Islands district across from the northernmost tip of Sulawesi remained on a government-ordered standby alert status, or just one rung below the most severe alert.

“There are now three volcanoes in North Sulawesi under the standby alert status,” said Hooke Makarawung, head of the North Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).

“People should remain vigilant.”

He said that about 110 people had been evacuated from the slopes of Karangetang and that the North Sulawesi administration had sent relief supplies to them.

Djauhari Kansil, the deputy governor of North Sulawesi, said that those evacuated were from East Siau subdistrict, but he added that in the daytime, the people were allowed to return to their village to work their fields.

They have been asked to return to the shelters in the evening.

The volcanology office also announced on Monday that it had raised the alert level for Mount Gamalama, on Ternate Island in North Maluku province, to standby.

The office, on its website, said that the alert status was raised on Sunday.

The site offered no further details.

The 1,715-meter Gamalama, a conical volcano that dominates Ternate Island, last erupted in December, destroying more than 100 houses and leaving farmers devastated after a thick layer of ash smothered fruit trees and crops.

Four villagers were confirmed dead in that eruption.

Metro TV reported on Monday that the mountain spewed a white column of ash about 500 meters into the atmosphere.

There was also some volcanic debris thrown up by the mountain but on a smaller scale.

It also said the local volcanology authorities had declared a 2.5-kilometer exclusion radius around the crater of the erupting volcano.

On Sunday evening, the smoke and volcanic debris thrown up by Gamalama reached about 1,000 meters into the atmosphere, according to the report.

Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra also showed some signs of activity earlier this month. The volcano is the remnant of Krakatau, the site of an earth-shattering eruption in 1883.

SP, JG

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Cumbal volcano (Colombia) activity update: seismic swarms

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Seismic unrest has been increasing. 2 earthquake swarms occurred on 23 and 26 August, with 115 and 94 quakes, respectively. White gas emissions from the El Verde fumarole could be observed on 24 August. INGEOMINAS mintains yellow alert for the volcano.

18.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Indonesia Sulawesi, [Soputan Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 15:40 (03:40 PM) UTC.

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One of Indonesia’s most active volcanos has erupted, shooting ash and smoke nearly 1 1/2 kilometers (one mile) into the sky. State volcanology official Kristianto says Mount Soputan on central Indonesia’s Sulawesi island erupted Tuesday afternoon. Kristianto, who uses one name, says there is no plan for an immediate evacuation since the nearest villages are outside the danger area of about 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) from the crater. Mount Soputan is about 1,350 miles (2,160 kilometers) northeast of Jakarta. It last erupted in July last year, causing no casualties. Indonesia straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines around the Pacific Basin. It has more active volcanoes than any other nation. Another mountain, Gamalama, erupted last week on the Molucca Islands.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

2nd Major Wind Storm Hits Anchorage

Rachel D’Oro

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — A second major wind storm in less than two weeks swept through Alaska’s largest city on Sunday, but unlike the earlier storm, its greatest intensity was mostly on higher elevations where gusts as high as 120 mph were reported, weather forecasters said.

Chugach Electric said as many as 6,000 customers between Anchorage and the northern Kenai Peninsula were without power at the height of the storm. Fewer than two dozen customers remained in the dark, utility spokesman Phil Steyer said.

The outages are known or suspected to be caused by fallen trees, although not as many as the stronger storm earlier this month that downed hundreds of trees across the city. That storm blew a lot of leaves off branches, making “less surface area now for the wind to catch on,” Steyer said.

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The storm two weeks ago brought down trees and caused thousands of power outages. Only 6,000 outages were reported Sunday.

Era Aviation commuter planes were grounded Saturday evening, though only partially because of the weather. Spokesman Steve Smith said the statewide airline also learned recently that electronic components for cockpit voice recorders on its 12-plane fleet must be replaced to conform to federal regulatory specifications.

Smith said the equipment could be replaced within a few hours and a few days, depending on the aircraft. In the meantime, some passengers have been rerouted to other carriers, he said. With moderate rains in the area, the National Weather service issued a flood warning for Anchorage’s Chester Creek.

The storm turned out to be less dramatic than expected in the lower elevation Anchorage bowl, with the fiercest winds concentrated in higher elevations, such as the Hillside area and Turnagain Arm south of town.

“It looks like we’re dodging a bullet in the bowl,” weather service meteorologist John Papineau said.

For Anchorage police, the storm brought far fewer calls than the last one, with just a few reports of downed trees and of two flooded intersections, dispatcher Eric Anderson said.

(MORE: Anchorage Recovers from First Storm)

“It’s pretty uneventful so far,” he said. “We’re pretty happy about that.”

The weather service said wind gusts of 35-40 mph were hitting parts of anchorage Sunday night.

With weather service instruments in some of the windiest spots knocked out by the earlier storm, the agency was relying on wind measurements taken by weather enthusiasts, meteorologist Emily Niebuhr said.

The storm, whose long front has stretched over much of south-central Alaska, was expected to shift to the east and diminish later Sunday, Papineau said.

More rain was expected early in the week, he said.

Record loss of Arctic ice may trigger extreme weather

Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a rate much faster than scientists ever predicted and its collapse, due to global warming, may well cause extreme weather this winter in North America and Europe, according to climate scientists.

Last month, researchers announced that Arctic sea ice had dwindled to the smallest size ever observed by man, covering almost half the area it did 30 years ago, when satellites and submarines first began measuring it. While the loss of summer sea ice is likely to open up new shipping lanes and may connect the West Coast of the United States to the Far East via a trans-polar route, researchers say it will also affect weather patterns and Arctic wildlife. “It’s probably going to be a very interesting winter,” climate scientist Jennifer Francis said Wednesday in a teleconference with reporters. Francis, a researcher at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, has argued that shrinking Arctic ice can be tied to such recent weather events as prolonged cold spells in Europe, heavy snows in the Northeastern U.S. and Alaska, and heat waves in Russia. Decades ago, Arctic ice covered about 6 million square miles of sea in the winter, and would shrink to about 3 million square miles in the summer. The rate of summer melt increased enormously around 2005, however, and today scientists say Arctic ice covers about 1 million square miles. “This is a very small amount of ice indeed,” said Peter Wadhams, an ocean physics professor at the University of Cambridge. Wadhams said that while Arctic ice used to build up over many years, new ice formations are now breaking up and melting each summer. “I think that what we can expect in the next few years is further collapse leading to an ice-free Arctic in summer,” Wadhams said. “It really is a dramatic change.” Previously, scientists had predicted that it would take 30 or 40 more years before the Arctic was ice-free in the summer.

The loss of Arctic ice has several effects. Ice reflects heat and solar energy back into space. With less ice cover, that heat energy is instead absorbed by the ocean, which warms and melts more ice. Currently, the Arctic region is the fastest-warming region on the planet, and the change in temperature will probably influence weather patterns here and in Europe, according to Francis. The heating and cooling of Arctic seawater has been affecting the jet stream – the river of air that flows from west to east high above the Earth’s surface – and has slowed it down, Francis said. The jet stream controls the formation and movement of storm systems, so when its movement slows, weather conditions persist for longer periods of time over the same area. They get “stuck.” “If you’re in a nice dry pattern with sunny skies, it’s great if it lasts for a few days. But If it lasts for a few weeks, well then you’re starting to talk about a drought,” Francis said. “If you have a rainy pattern and it hangs around for a long time, then that becomes a situation that could lead to flooding.” Arctic warming will influence weather to the south during the late fall and winter. While Francis said it would probably result in severe weather this winter, it was impossible to predict when and where those events would occur. Record ice melts this year and in 2007 have alarmed many scientists, mostly because they thought it would take many more years to reach this state. James Overland, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said forecasts failed to account for the physics of lost solar energy reflection and warming ocean water. “These are really surprises to most scientists,” Overland said. “In looking at climate models that are used to look forward, they’ve tended to say the Arctic may be ice-free by 2040 or 2050. It looks like things are happening a lot faster, and it’s because not all of the physics that we’re seeing today were well-handled in these climate models.” Overland, who is also an associate professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, said these effects are known as “Arctic amplification” and would carry heavy consequences for wildlife like polar bears and walruses by reducing their habitat. Wednesday’s telephone news conference was hosted by Climate Nexus, a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to publicize the effects of climate change. (c)2012 Los Angeles Times Distributed by MCT Information Services

During the first six months of 2012, sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem were the highest ever recorded, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). Above-average temperatures were found in all parts of the ecosystem, from the ocean bottom to the sea surface and across the region, and the above average temperatures extended beyond the shelf break front to the Gulf Stream.
The annual 2012 spring plankton bloom was intense, started earlier and lasted longer than average. This has implications for marine life from the smallest creatures to the largest marine mammals like whales. Atlantic cod continued to shift northeastward from its historic distribution center. The Northeast US Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) extends from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The NEFSC has monitored this ecosystem with comprehensive sampling programs from 1977 onward; prior to 1977, this ecosystem was also monitored by the NEFSC through a series of separate but coordinated programs dating back decades. “A pronounced warming event occurred on the Northeast Shelf this spring, and this will have a profound impact throughout the ecosystem,” said Kevin Friedland, a scientist in the NEFSC’s Ecosystem Assessment Program. “Changes in ocean temperatures and the timing of the spring plankton bloom could affect the biological clocks of many marine species, which spawn at specific times of the year based on environmental cues like water temperature.” Friedland said the average sea surface temperature (SST) exceeded 10.5 degrees C (51°F) during the first half of 2012, exceeding the previous record high in 1951. Average SST has typically been lower than 9 degrees C (48°F) over the past three decades. Sea surface temperature in the region is based on both contemporary satellite remote-sensing data and long-term ship-board measurements, with historical SST conditions based on ship-board measurements dating back to 1854. In some nearshore locations like Delaware and Chesapeake Bays in the Middle Atlantic Bight region, temperatures were more than 6 degrees C (11°F) above historical average at the surface and more than 5 degrees C (9°F) above average at the bottom. In deeper offshore waters to the north, bottom waters were 1 degree C (2°F) warmer in the eastern Gulf of Maine and greater than 2 degrees C (3.6°F) warmer in the western Gulf of Maine.
Ocean bottom temperature data cited in the advisory posted today came from a variety of sources, including eMOLT, a cooperative research program between the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and lobstermen who deploy temperature probes attached to lobster traps. While some of the temperature probes from the eMOLT program are still in the water and have not yet been returned, those that have been returned indicate that bottom water temperatures in 2012 were the warmest since the eMOLT program began in 2001. Atlantic cod distribution in the Gulf of Maine continues a northeasterly shift, with the spring 2012 data consistent with a response to ecosystem warming. Warming ocean temperatures and the resulting impact on the distribution of 36 fish stocks was reported by the Center in a 2009 study published in Marine Ecology Progress Series. That study analyzed annual NEFSC spring survey data from 1968 to 2007 and other information and found that about half of the 36 fish stocks studied in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, many of them commercially valuable species, have been shifting northward over the past four decades, with some disappearing from US waters as they move farther offshore. Friedland notes that although cod didn’t shift as much as other species like hake in the 2009 study, the effects of warming water on ocean currents and other ocean circulation patterns could change that. “Cod distribution continues to be dynamic, with northerly shifts detected in the spring 2012 data, consistent with a response to ecosystem warming,” Friedland said. “The big question is whether or not these changes will continue, or are they a short-term anomaly?” Mike Fogarty, who heads the Ecosystem Assessment Program, says the abundance of cod and other finfish is controlled by a complex set of factors, and that increasing temperatures in the ecosystem make it essential to monitor the distribution of many species, some of them migratory and others not. “A complex combination of factors influence ocean conditions, and it isn’t always easy to understand the big picture when you are looking at one specific part of it at one specific point in time, “Fogarty said, a comparison similar to not seeing the forest when looking at a single tree in it. “We now have information from a variety of sources collected over a long period of time on the ecosystem, and are continually adding more data to clarify specific details. The data clearly show a relationship between all of these factors.” The 2012 spring plankton bloom, one of the longest duration and most intense in recent history, started at the earliest date recorded since the ocean color remote sensing data series began in 1998. In some locations, the spring bloom began in February, and was fully developed by March in all areas except Georges Bank, which had an average although variable spring bloom. The 2012 spring bloom in the Gulf of Maine began in early March, the earliest recorded bloom in that area. “What this early start means for the Northeast Shelf ecosystem and its marine life is unknown,” Fogarty said. “What is known is that things are changing, and we need to continue monitoring and adapting to these changes.” Intensive surveys of environmental conditions on the Northeast Shelf from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to Nova Scotia were conducted from 1977 to 1987 as part of the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment & Prediction (MARMAP) program. The efforts continued at reduced levels through the 1990s and are ongoing today as part of the Center’s Ecosystems Monitoring (EcoMon) program. Plankton samples are collected six times a year in each of the four subareas of the Northeast Shelf: the Middle Atlantic Bight, Southern New England, Georges Bank, and the Gulf of Maine. EcoMon scientists also collect water samples and other oceanographic data about conditions during each season in each of the four areas to provide a long-term view of changing conditions on the Shelf. Ecosystem advisories have been issued twice a year by the NEFSC’s Ecosystems Assessment Program since 2006 as a way to routinely summarize overall conditions in the region. The reports show the effects of changing coastal and ocean temperatures on fisheries from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border. The advisories provide a snapshot of the ecosystem for the fishery management councils and also a broad range of stakeholders from fishermen to researchers. The Spring 2012 Ecosystem Advisory with supporting information is available online.

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Storms /  Flooding / Landslides

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 20.09.2012 Tropical Depression 120 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 5.79 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
Start up: 11th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,607.33 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
11th Sep 2012 16:46:42 N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000 17 56 74 Tropical Depression 275 12 1006 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 16:51:03 N 19° 6.000, W 47° 36.000 24 93 111 Tropical Storm 300 13 997 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 11:12:43 N 21° 30.000, W 51° 18.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 18:13:35 N 22° 36.000, W 52° 12.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 315 15 990 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 17:08:52 N 28° 0.000, W 53° 30.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 360 17 988 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 10:59:20 N 30° 42.000, W 51° 24.000 24 120 148 Hurricane I. 50 13 985 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 17:35:38 N 30° 54.000, W 49° 54.000 24 130 157 Hurricane I. 70 17 983 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane I. 95 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 18:00:15 N 30° 30.000, W 41° 42.000 37 130 157 Hurricane I. 90 20 983 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 05:22:55 N 31° 24.000, W 38° 6.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 75 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 10:47:47 N 32° 0.000, W 36° 24.000 28 111 139 Tropical Storm 65 15 985 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 16:41:39 N 32° 54.000, W 35° 18.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 50 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 05:15:16 N 33° 54.000, W 34° 12.000 15 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 18 989 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 10:46:51 N 34° 18.000, W 33° 36.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 14 990 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 18:19:45 N 34° 24.000, W 32° 54.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 11 990 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 05:31:59 N 35° 48.000, W 32° 12.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 25 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 11:00:20 N 36° 24.000, W 32° 6.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 360 9 993 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 17:37:42 N 37° 12.000, W 31° 48.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 20 9 993 MB NOAA NHC
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Gust
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Category Course Wave
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Pressure Source
20th Sep 2012 17:59:47 N 36° 12.000, W 29° 24.000 17 83 102 Tropical Depression 120 ° 19 981 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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Gust
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Source
21st Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 33° 30.000, W 26° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
21st Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 0.000, W 27° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
22nd Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 30.000, W 26° 0.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
23rd Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 0.000, W 26° 0.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
24th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 0.000, W 25° 54.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
25th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 0.000, W 26° 0.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
18W Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 20.09.2012 Tropical Depression 265 ° 46 km/h 65 km/h 5.18 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: 18W
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
Start up: 20th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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20th Sep 2012 15:58:27 N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000 26 46 65 Tropical Depression 265 ° 17 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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Gust
km/h
Source
21st Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 36.000, E 130° 0.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
21st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 13° 6.000, E 130° 48.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC
22nd Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 6.000, E 129° 18.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
22nd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 12° 18.000, E 129° 36.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
23rd Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 6.000, E 128° 48.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
24th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 30.000, E 128° 18.000 Typhoon III 148 185 JTWC
25th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 13° 18.000, E 127° 54.000 Typhoon IV 176 213 JTWC

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Five dead as storm rips across South America

by Staff Writers
Asuncion (AFP)

A fierce storm packing 140-kilometer (87-mile) an hour winds tore across the heart of South America on Wednesday, killing five people in Paraguay and wreaking havoc in Argentina and Uruguay.

The Roque Alonso suburb of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion was devastated by the storm and widespread looting was reported in its aftermath.

Four police cadets died and 15 were injured when the roof of their dormitory collapsed, and a 16-year-old boy died at a shopping center when a water tank collapsed on him outside a pharmacy.

“Roque Alonso has to be built all over again,” police commander Heriberto Marmol said.

Dozens of injured people flooded Asuncion hospitals and traffic was gridlocked in parts of the city.

A crowd of thousands braved torrential rain for a concert by the rock band Scorpions only to see the show cancelled.

Nationwide, at least 5,000 homes were destroyed and more than 80 people injured in storm-related incidents, Aldo Saldivar of the national emergency response center said.

The storm also blew the roof off homes and barns in Neembucu, south of the capital and knocked out power in the town of Encarnacion for many hours.

The wind was less severe further south in Argentina and Uruguay, around 100 kilometers (62 mph) per hour, but strong gusts still ripped of roofs and toppled trees and power lines, plunging some regions into darkness.

 

RUDRAPRAYAG, India (CNN) — The death toll in cloudburst that triggered a massive landslide and affected nearly five villages of northern India’s Uttarakhand state, rose to 50 and about 20 people are still reported to be missing.

The cloudburst preceded by incessant rains led to a massive landslide in the state’s Rudraprayag district caused heavy damage in the hilly region rendering almost 500 people homeless.

Search and the rescue operations are in full swing in the cloudburst-hit area, but the official says rains have disrupted the relief and rescue work.

Speaking to Asian News International in the state capital Dehradun, director of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Department (DMMD), Piyush Rautela said the rescue operations are in full swing in the region and also the basic necessities are being provided to the homeless people staying in relief camps.

“The incident happened on September 13 and 14 which affected four to five villages around Ukhimath. Again there were incidents of landslides in the morning of September 16. From this incident, so far 50 bodies have been recovered, and 20 people are still reported to be missing. The operation to search the missing people is going on.

The personnel from ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police Force), NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) are engaged in rescue operations. All our rescue teams are working. Two relief camps are there in Ukhimath for those who have been affected. About 500 people are staying there.

All the necessary items like food and other basic facilities are being provided to them,” he said

The cloudburst that occurred in the wee hours on last Friday, wreaked havoc in several villages of the area and killed most of the victims in their sleep.

Heavy monsoons have always resulted in calamities in different parts of India with each passing year.

The annual monsoon, vital for South Asia’ s agricultural dependent economy, often wreaks havoc as floods and landslides inundate vast swathes of low-lying lands.
Weather News at TerraDaily.com

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Radiation

 

 

 

Mutated sunflower in Kagawa prefecture

Posted by Mochizuki
Fukushima Diary

Mutated sunflower in Kagawa prefecture

Mutated sunflower was found in Manno cho Kagawa prefecture. Kagawa is in Shikoku.
大きな地図で見る

For the question of the prefectural agriculture and distribution department, an expert commented it may be prolification flower, which is a sort of mutation. This is a rare phenomenon for sunflower.

General causes are

1. Excessive fertilizer

2. Unusual heat

However, it was growing naturally.

The central flower is about 20cm diameter, 14 other ones are 3cm diameter.

It withered 1 week later.

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34% of Fukushima city people want to evacuate, local gov “Measures need to be taken”

Posted by Mochizuki
Fukushima Diary
For the questionnaire, 34% of the people answered they want to evacuate Fukushima city, and local government staff is commenting they need to take measures about this situation.

In May, Fukushima city government sent questionnaires to 5,000 people of over 20 years old living in Fukushima city and to 500 people who evacuated to out of Fukushima city. The valid response rate was 55%.

The result showed 34% of them answered “They want to evacuate even now.”. 31% of them answered “They used to want to evacuate.”.

Among people who evacuated to out of Fukushima city, 27% of them answered “They don’t want to come back.”. 19% of them answered “They don’t want to come back to Fukushima city if possible.”
However, 55% of them answered “They want to come back to Fukushima city.”

The city government staff comments, “The result is very severe. We need to take some measures. “.

 

Related article..Thyroid disease rate spiked to 43.7%, “About 1 in 2 children have nodule or cyst in Fukushima city”
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Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, “Safety limit food is safe enough to keep eating”

Posted by Mochizuki
Fukushima Diary
Before 311, nuclear material to contain more than 100 Bq/Kg of Cs 134 or 137 was treated as nuclear waste. Now it is the safety limit of food in Japan.

Japanese government is still investing into making people consume radioactive food.

On 9/12/2012,  Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Consumer Affairs Agency, food safety commission of Japan and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published the leaflets.

The purpose is like this below,

食品中の放射性物質に関する国・自治体や生産現場における対策の状況や、食品
に含まれる放射性物質が極めてわずかであることなどを、直接消費者に情報提供す
ることで、正しい理解と不安の解消を図る。

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The purpose is to help people understand and resolve their anxiety about radiation properly by supplying consumers with information about how Japanese and local governments take measures about food contamination, and the fact that only little amount of radiation is contained in food.

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On the leaflet, they emphasized it’s safe to keep eating potentially contaminated food only if it’s under the safety limit.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, "Safety limit food is safe enough to keep eating"

 

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If it’s under the safety limit, it’s safe to keep eating.

New safety limit has been introduced since April 2012. If it’s under this safety limit, the total dose for the entire life is less than 1mSv, which is safe adequately.

This safety limit is strictly determined by FAO and WHO and it doesn’t have to be more strict.
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The leaflet is to be distributed at supermarkets or chain stores.

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Pink grasshopper in Yamagata prefecture

Posted by Mochizuki
Fukushima Diary
Pink grasshopper in Yamagata prefecture 2

In Kahoku machi Yamagata prefecture, mutated grasshopper was found on 9/12/2012.

Kahoku machi Yamagata is about 130km from Fukushima plant.

Pink grasshopper in Yamagata prefecture

It’s usually green.
It’s about 3cm, found in Nishisato kindergarten.

Ms. Goto (4) commented, “I’m happy because I like pink.”

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

18.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Arizona, [Concho Valley] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 18:42 (06:42 PM) UTC.

Description
Residents in the Concho Valley area off of Highway 61 noticed hundreds of prairies dogs had died in a short span of time. Prairie dogs are considered sentinel animals to the fact that plague is in the area. Officials with Arizona Game and Fish were notified by an alert resident and further contact was made with health officials from Apache and Coconino counties, the state health department, as well as experts at Northern Arizona University. NAU is home to the Microbial Genetics and Genomics Center and has been a key player in testing for plague for the past 10 years. The lab sent a team to the area to trap fleas in the prairie dog holes that had recent die-offs. The team’s first visit was on August 27 and results from the lab testing showed positive for plague.
Biohazard name: Yersinia pestis (plague)
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

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Climate Change

Climate change to fuel northern spread of avian malaria

Climate change to fuel northern spread of avian malaria

Avian malaria was found in Alaska in the Common redpoll, pictured here. Credit: Jenny Carlson, SF StateRead more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-climate-fuel-northern-avian-malaria.html#jCp
Malaria has been found in birds in parts of Alaska, and global climate change will drive it even farther north, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
The spread could prove devastating to arctic bird species that have never encountered the disease and thus have no resistance to it, said San Francisco State University Associate Professor of Biology Ravinder Sehgal, one of the study’s co-authors. It may also help scientists understand the effects of climate change on the spread of human malaria, which is caused by a similar parasite. Researchers examined blood samples from birds collected at four sites of varying latitude, with Anchorage as a southern point, Denali and Fairbanks as middle points and Coldfoot as a northern point, roughly 600 miles north of Anchorage. They found infected birds in Anchorage and Fairbanks but not in Coldfoot. Using satellite imagery and other data, researchers were able to predict how environments will change due to global warming—and where malaria parasites will be able to survive in the future. They found that by 2080, the disease will have spread north to Coldfoot and beyond. “Right now, there’s no avian malaria above latitude 64 degrees, but in the future, with global warming, that will certainly change,” Sehgal said. The northerly spread is alarming, he added, because there are species in the North American arctic that have never been exposed to the disease and may be highly susceptible to it.

Climate change to fuel northern spread of avian malaria

Avian malaria was found in Alaska in the Savannah sparrow, pictured here. Credit: Jenny Carlson, SF State “For example, penguins in zoos die when they get malaria, because far southern birds have not been exposed to malaria and thus have not developed any resistance to it,” he said. “There are birds in the north, such as snowy owls or gyrfalcons, that could experience the same thing.” The study’s lead author is Claire Loiseau, a former postdoctoral fellow in Sehgal’s laboratory at SF State. Ryan Harrigan, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, provided data modeling for the project. The research was funded by grants from the AXA Foundation and National Geographic. Researchers are still unsure how the disease is being spread in Alaska and are currently collecting additional data to determine which mosquito species are transmitting the Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria. The data may also indicate if and how malaria in humans will spread northward. Modern medicine makes it difficult to track the natural spread of the disease, Sehgal said, but monitoring birds may provide clues as to how global climate change may effect the spread of human malaria. More information: “First evidence and predictions of Plasmodium transmission in Alaskan bird populations” was written by Claire Loiseau, Ryan J. Harrigan, Anthony K. Cornel, Sue L. Guers, Molly Dodge, Timothy Marzec, Jenny S. Carlson, Bruce Seppi and Ravinder N. M. Sehgal and published Sept. 19 in PLoS ONE. Journal reference: PLoS ONE search and more info website Provided by San Francisco State University search and more info website

Shrinking Snow Depth On Arctic Sea Ice Threatens Ringed Seal Habitat

A ringed seal peaks out from its snow cave. (Credit: Brendan Kelly, NSF)

As sea ice in the Arctic continues to shrink during this century, more than two thirds of the area with sufficient snow cover for ringed seals to reproduce also will disappear, challenging their survival, scientists report in a new study.

The ringed seal, currently under consideration for threatened species listing, builds caves to rear its young in snow drifts on sea ice. Snow depths must be on average at least 20 centimeters, or 8 inches, to enable drifts deep enough to support the caves.

“It’s an absolute condition they need,” said Cecilia Bitz, an associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. She’s a co-author of the study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

But without sea ice, the platform that allows the snow to pile up disappears, ultimately reducing the area where the seals can raise their pups.

Bitz typically focuses on studying the area and thickness of sea ice. “But when a seal biologist telephoned and asked what our climate models predict for snow depth on the ice, I said, ‘I have no idea,'” she said. “We had never looked.”

That biologist was co-author Brendan Kelly of the National Science Foundation and he was curious about the snow depth trend because he was contributing to a governmental report in response to the petition to list the seals as threatened.

The researchers, including lead author and UW atmospheric sciences graduate student Paul Hezel, found that snowfall patterns will change during this century but the most important factor in determining snow depth on the ice will be the disappearance of the sea ice.

“The snowfall rate increases slightly in the middle of winter by the end of the century,” Hezel said. However, at the same time sea ice is expected to start forming later in the year than it does now. The slightly heavier snowfall in the winter won’t compensate for the fact that in the fall — which is also when it snows the heaviest — snow will drop into the ocean instead of piling up on the ice.

The researchers anticipate that the area of the Arctic that accumulates at least 20 centimeters of snow will decrease by almost 70 percent this century. With insufficient snow depth, caves won’t hold up.

Other climate changes threaten those caves, too. For instance, the snow will melt earlier in the year than it does now, so it’s possible the caves won’t last until the young seals are old enough to venture out on their own. In addition, more precipitation will fall as rain, which soaks into the snow and can cause caves to collapse.

The research is important for more than just the ringed seals. “There are many other reasons to study snow cover,” Hezel said. “It has a huge thermodynamic impact on the thickness of the ice.”

Snow on sea ice in fall and winter acts like a blanket that slows the release of heat from the relatively warm ocean into the atmosphere. That means deeper snow tempers sea ice growth.

In the spring, snow has a different impact on the ice. Since snow is more reflective than ice, it creates a cooling effect on the surface. “So the presence of snow helps sustain the icepack into spring time,” Hezel said.

To produce the study, the scientists examined 10 different climate models, looking at historic and future changes of things like sea ice area, precipitation, snowfall and snow depth on sea ice. The resulting prediction for declining snow depth on sea ice this century agreed across all of the models.

The new research comes too late to be cited in the report about ringed seals that was written by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in response to the petition to list the ringed seal as threatened. However, it confirms results that were based on a single model that Bitz provided for the report two years ago. NOAA expects to issue its final decision soon.

The UW scientists on this study were funded by the Office of Naval Research.

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The above story is reprinted from materials provided by University of Washington. The original article was written by Nancy Gohring.

Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. For further information, please contact the source cited above.


Journal Reference:

P. J. Hezel, X. Zhang, C. M. Bitz, B. P. Kelly, F. Massonnet. Projected decline in spring snow depth on Arctic sea ice caused by progressively later autumn open ocean freeze-up this century. Geophysical Research Letters, 2012; 39 (17) DOI: 10.1029/2012GL052794

Antarctic Ice Area Sets Another Record – NSIDC Is Silent

Day 256 Antarctic ice is the highest ever for the date, and the eighth highest daily reading ever recorded. All seven higher readings occurred during the third week of September, 2007 – the week of the previous Arctic record minimum.

arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/timeseries.south.anom.1979-2008

NSIDC does not mention the record Antarctic cold or ice on their web site, choosing inside to feature an article about global warming threatening penguins.

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

NSIDC does have a completely nonsensical discussion page explaining why Antarctic ice does not affect the climate.

Scientists monitor both Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, but Arctic sea ice is more significant to understanding global climate because much more Arctic ice remains through the summer months, reflecting sunlight and cooling the planet.

Nonsense. There is very little sunlight reaching the Arctic Ocean in September, and much more reaching Antarctic ice – because it is located at lower latitudes. Arctic ice took its big decline in mid-August, after the sun was already low in the sky.

Sea ice near the Antarctic Peninsula, south of the tip of South America, has recently experienced a significant decline. The rest of Antarctica has experienced a small increase in Antarctic sea ice.

Antarctic ice is nearing an all-time record high, and is above average everywhere.

Antarctica and the Arctic are reacting differently to climate change partly because of geographical differences. Antarctica is a continent surrounded by water, while the Arctic is an ocean surrounded by land. Wind and ocean currents around Antarctica isolate the continent from global weather patterns, keeping it cold. In contrast, the Arctic Ocean is intimately linked with the climate systems around it, making it more sensitive to changes in climate.

Antarctic and Arctic ice move opposite each other. NSIDC`s dissonance about this is astonishing.

Quick Facts on Sea Ice

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Sept 19. 2012

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Canary Quakes: http://www.geo.ign.es/ign/layoutIn/volcaListadoTerremotos.do?zona=2&canti…
Antarctic Ice Record: http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/antarctic-ice-area-sets-another…
Sea Temp Record: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-sea-surface-temperatures-highs-northeast.html
India Landslide: http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/227182/288/Heavy-rains-lead-to-deadly-l…
Oil Sill EU/UK: https://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/psa-investigates-hydrocarbon-leak-on-ula-…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3MIN News Sept 18. 2012

Published on Sep 18, 2012 by

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

TODAY’S LINKS
ANOTHER Alaska Windstorm: http://www.weather.com/news/major-wind-storm-hits-anchorage-20120917
Extreme Weather is Coming: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-loss-arctic-ice-trigger-extreme.html
Ringed Seals Threatened: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120917132345.htm
Tracking Tropics: http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 4 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
(2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 15 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
(2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 15 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
(2006 TD) 06th October 2012 16 day(s) 0.1746 68.0 88 m – 200 m 13.03 km/s 46908 km/h
(2009 TK) 06th October 2012 16 day(s) 0.0450 17.5 100 m – 230 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2004 UB) 08th October 2012 18 day(s) 0.1995 77.6 240 m – 530 m 14.65 km/s 52740 km/h
277830 (2006 HR29) 11th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1917 74.6 190 m – 440 m 7.88 km/s 28368 km/h
(2008 BW2) 11th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1678 65.3 3.1 m – 6.8 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2005 GQ21) 12th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1980 77.0 620 m – 1.4 km 23.86 km/s 85896 km/h
(2012 GV17) 12th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1500 58.4 160 m – 370 m 16.11 km/s 57996 km/h
256004 (2006 UP) 14th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1374 53.5 65 m – 140 m 3.06 km/s 11016 km/h
(2005 ST1) 14th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1319 51.3 230 m – 510 m 12.88 km/s 46368 km/h
(2011 OB57) 14th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1553 60.4 17 m – 37 m 4.95 km/s 17820 km/h
(2012 KB4) 14th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1271 49.4 22 m – 49 m 4.98 km/s 17928 km/h
(2004 RX10) 15th October 2012 25 day(s) 0.0819 31.9 150 m – 340 m 11.86 km/s 42696 km/h
(2006 WV1) 15th October 2012 25 day(s) 0.0910 35.4 17 m – 39 m 6.15 km/s 22140 km/h
(2012 LA) 16th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.0449 17.5 8.3 m – 19 m 1.86 km/s 6696 km/h
329275 (1999 VP6) 17th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1766 68.7 300 m – 670 m 7.15 km/s 25740 km/h
136993 (1998 ST49) 18th October 2012 28 day(s) 0.0737 28.7 790 m – 1.8 km 16.63 km/s 59868 km/h
(2002 TR190) 19th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1712 66.6 430 m – 960 m 13.58 km/s 48888 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

18.09.2012 Biological Hazard China Province of Guangdong, Zhanjiang Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in China on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 12:13 (12:13 PM) UTC.

Description
The H5N1 avian flu virus has been detected in the city of Zhanjiang in south China’s Guangdong province, experts confirmed on Tuesday. The virus has infected 14,050 ducks and killed 6,300 of them since Sept. 11, when symptoms were first reported, a Ministry of Agriculture official said. After the epidemic was confirmed, local authorities cordoned off an infected area in the city and killed all poultry in the area before starting to decontaminate it, the official said. China is particularly prone to bird flu epidemics, as it has the world’s largest poultry population and many rural farmers live in close proximity to their poultry.
Biohazard name: H5N1 – Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
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
18.09.2012 Biological Hazard Germany Multiple areas, [Regensburg and Berlin] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Germany on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 03:39 (03:39 AM) UTC.

Description
A fourth case of anthrax has been confirmed in a German heroin user since June, reports the Robert Koch Institut (RKI) in a news release Friday, September 14. According to the release (translated), the individual saw a doctor in mid-September presenting with a soft tissue infection in the area of injection site. The presumptive diagnosis of anthrax was confirmed by the RKI using real-time PCR laboratory on the wound material. Germany has now confirmed 4 cases in two states, two in Regensburg and two in Berlin since June 2012. The RKI says, the fact that the anthrax strains that were isolated from the first three anthrax cases in 2012 are similar or at least very closely related to the strains of the German and British cases of the years 2009/2010, suggests that the same source of infection might still be active. This case is the eleventh of anthrax among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Europe reported since June. In addition to the four cases in Germany, there have been four in the United Kingdom, two in Denmark and one in France. The RKI reminds the public, since anthrax is not passed on from person-to-person, there is no risk of transmission.
Biohazard name: Anthrax contained heroin
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:
19.09.2012 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.

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Updated: Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 at 13:14 UTC
Description
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has decided to stop transport of live water-fowl from North and Central Vietnam to the South, in an effort to curb spread of the new highly toxic strain of avian flu virus. Pham Van Dong, deputy director of the Department of Animal Health, stated this at a meeting held yesterday in Hanoi by the National Steering Committee for Avian Flu Prevention and Control. The new strain, 2.3.2.1 C, which has been detected, is highly toxic and therefore extremely deadly. The virus strain has recently spread to Vietnam and is now present in affected areas in the northern and central provinces of Hai Phong, Ha Tinh, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Bac Kan, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ngai. Fearing the virus may spread to South Vietnam, the Department of Animal Health was asked to isolate the virus and ban transport of live water-fowl from infected areas. Dong said that slaughterhouses practicing good hygiene should be mentioned to localities from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to Ho Chi Minh City. Because the new strain is different from the earlier A/H5N1 virus, the ministry has urged for experiments and tests to confirm whether the vaccine used to combat A/H5N1 is also effective against the new strain. If the existing vaccine is ineffective, studies on new vaccines should be conducted soon. The Central Veterinary Diagnosis Center has been asked to study the new strain to help find a specific medication to fight the virus.

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A substantial escape of hydrocarbons occurred on the Ula field in the Norwegian North Sea on 12 September. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has decide to investigate this incident.

No people were injured and no damage caused to the installation beyond the equipment directly involved. But the PSA considers the incident to have had a substantial potential.

The leak arose in the separator module on Ula’s production platform (PP). Nobody was in the module when the incident occurred.

While the facility was automatically shut down, all personnel on the installation were evacuated to the drilling platform (DP). Production on Ula has been suspended for the time being.

One reason why the PSA has resolved to conduct an investigation is the substantial potential involved in the incident.

Objectives include establishing the course of events and identifying the direct and underlying causes. The resulting report will be published on the PSA’s website.

The Ula oil field lies in Norway’s North Sea sector and has three conventional steel platforms for production, drilling and quarters. These are linked by bridges. BP is the operator.

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18.09.2012 HAZMAT Czech Republic Multiple region, [Prerov,Osek and Becvou] Damage level Details

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

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Updated: Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 18:52 UTC
Description
The Czech Republic has the 23rd victim of methyl alcohol, an autopsy has confirmed, Stepanka Zatloukalova, from the police presidium said. She said methanol was not confirmed as the cause of death of another two people. They, too, died of alcohol, but not of methyl alcohol, Zatloukalova said. Tens of other people are hospitalised. Some of the cured have gone blind. The first victim in the series of methanol-related poisonings was reported on September 6. The sale of drinks with more than 20 percent of alcohol have been banned in the country since Friday evening. Extensive police raids and checks have uncovered barrels with dangerous alcohol since the “prohibition” was introduced on Friday and some distributors of the bootleg alcohol have been arrested. Both producers and sellers complain about the ban because it inflicts huge damage on them.

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Articles of Interest

Tornado Of Fire Caught On Tape In Australia Fire Twister

Published on Sep 16, 2012 by

THERE’S something mean and magical about Australia’s Outback. An Alice Springs filmmaker captured both when a whirlwind of fire erupted before his eyes.
Chris Tangey of Alice Springs Film and Television was scouting locations near Curtin Springs station, about 80km from Ularu, last week when confronted by a fiery phenomenon.
He had just finished his tour of the station when workers encountered difficulties with a grader. So he went to help them.
A small fire was burning in nearby bushland, so Mr Tangey decided to start filming.
He caught the sight of his life.
A twister touched down on the spot fire, fanning it into a furious tower of flame.
“It sounded like a jet fighter going by, yet there wasn’t a breath of wind where we were,” he told the Northern Territory News.
“You would have paid $1000 a head if you knew it was about to happen.”
The column of fire danced about the landscape for about 40 minutes, he said, as he and the station workers stood transfixed.

There was talk of making a quick getaway, Mr Tangey said. But everyone was too hypnotised to feel scared – and he continued furiously filming.

“The bizarre thing was that it rarely moved,” he said.

“These things just stood there because there was no wind to move them … but it was flickering incredibly fast.”

Darwin weather forecaster David Matthews said small twisters were common in isolated areas. But the fiery vortex was highly unusual.

“The flames would have assisted by trying to suck in air and that could have helped generate those circular winds,” Mr Matthews said.

 

 

 

Mysteriously Boiling Water In Russian River Reported 


MessageToEagle.com – The problem with rivers around the world continues. A while back the Yangtze River in China turned red, and now there are reports of a river in Russia that has suddenly started to boil.

Hundreds of shocked residents that live in Yekaterinburg, Russia describe how a small river named Olkhovka that passes through the city unexpectedly turned into a stream of extremely hot water.

 

Olkhovka river in Russia begins to boil, causing yet another environmental disaster.

No one knew what caused the phenomenon, but the fact is that the river ecosystem was severely affected, causing the death of thousands of fish lying on the banks.

“The water is really hot. The shore of the river is littered with dead fish,” a Professor from a local university said.

The local urban traffic control service reported the problem.

According to them, the most likely cause to the disaster is that a great leakage of hot water that had flowed into the river Olkhovka of such intensity that could be water vapor on the surface.

“The problem is that when the river connects to the pond, the water flows through a tunnel, and no one knows exactly where there was a rush, “Russian urban traffic control dispatchers said.

Industries that might be involved, among which is the “heat supply company Sverdlovsk” deny any connection with thermal pollution of the watercourse. But local authorities are well aware that this is a problem caused by human action.

MessageToEagle.com

See also:
Strange Red Appearance Of Azov Sea – Locals Panic

Exploding Lakes – Horrifying Natural Phenomena

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.5 2012/09/08 23:27:54   61.523  -146.435 15.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/08 22:44:23   19.242   -64.633 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/08 21:11:41   11.938   43.461 10.0  NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI
MAP  3.3 2012/09/08 21:03:55   19.618   -64.170 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/09/08 20:55:50   23.602   126.748 10.0  SOUTHEAST OF THE RYUKYU ISLANDS
MAP  5.6   2012/09/08 20:29:32   10.095   -85.321 35.6  COSTA RICA
MAP  4.3 2012/09/08 19:19:50   53.110   156.548 270.7  KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/08 18:47:16   60.244  -152.426 89.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/08 18:27:13   -6.598   106.696 8.8  JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.9   2012/09/08 17:45:38   -6.716   146.149 139.9  EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/08 16:31:24   -3.364   135.482 34.3  PAPUA, INDONESIA
MAP  5.1   2012/09/08 16:27:39   2.405   126.732 35.0  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/08 14:10:41   19.610   -64.394 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/08 13:03:12   19.612   -64.408 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/08 12:35:40   1.140   120.665 35.7  MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/08 12:27:09   18.864   -67.584 5.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/08 12:01:10   10.039   -85.435 43.1  COSTA RICA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/08 11:11:34   51.669  -168.128 34.1  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/08 10:54:17   32.461  -115.602 12.8  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  6.1   2012/09/08 10:51:43   -3.189   135.084 14.1  PAPUA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.1 2012/09/08 10:01:07   37.329   37.085 3.5  CENTRAL TURKEY
MAP  4.5   2012/09/08 09:50:22   10.361   -85.654 35.8  COSTA RICA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/08 09:22:20  -10.903   113.843 25.1  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/08 08:39:23   36.294  -120.311 7.1  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/08 07:36:36  -10.790   113.964 9.8  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.3 2012/09/08 07:35:39   53.798  -164.969 52.5  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/08 07:18:18   6.648   95.614 250.3  NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/08 07:14:50   19.621   -64.364 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.7   2012/09/08 06:54:19   21.517   145.921 9.2  MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/08 05:21:05   58.834  -153.269 120.3  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/08 05:09:56   -7.051   -12.394 10.0  ASCENSION ISLAND REGION
MAP  3.5 2012/09/08 04:57:45   45.122  -122.692 22.6  OREGON
MAP  3.6 2012/09/08 04:54:30   19.510   -64.256 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/08 04:43:21   58.937  -152.731 53.2  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  5.2   2012/09/08 04:11:49   -9.820   160.367 48.7  SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP  4.2 2012/09/08 03:17:37   38.527   55.691 12.5  TURKMENISTAN
MAP  4.2 2012/09/08 02:27:22   12.090   -88.533 35.1  OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR
MAP  4.6   2012/09/08 01:41:26   33.754   132.183 55.7  SHIKOKU, JAPAN
MAP  6.0   2012/09/09 05:39:21   49.473   155.517 56.8  KURIL ISLANDS
MAP  2.5 2012/09/09 05:33:23   60.625  -147.676 13.9  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/09 05:14:53   16.230   -98.198 11.9  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  4.4 2012/09/09 03:30:27  -10.749   114.053 22.2  SOUTH OF BALI, INDONESIA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/09 02:09:00   18.629   -66.737 27.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/09 01:58:53   35.379   -96.543 4.9  OKLAHOMA
MAP  4.9   2012/09/09 00:13:50  -28.087  -176.526 9.9  KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

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Strong 6.0 quake hits Indonesia

  • From: AP

A MODERATELY strong earthquake has hit eastern Indonesia, causing panic among residents, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. No tsunami warning was issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.0-magnitude quake struck off the eastern province of Papua. It says it was fairly shallow, just 20 kilometers beneath the sea, which often causes more shaking than deeper quakes.

Witnesses said shocked residents and hotel guests in Nabire town ran outside screaming.

Indonesia has frequent earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

Video: Moment of deadly China earthquake, landslide caught on

Published on Sep 7, 2012 by

A series of earthquakes hit rural southwestern China on Friday, collapsing homes and triggering landslides. At least 50 people were killed, and the death toll is expected to rise.

08.09.2012 Earthquake China Province of Sichuan, [About 51 km NE Zhaotong (affected also Yunnan and Guizhou provinces)] Damage level Details

Earthquake in China on Friday, 07 September, 2012 at 08:32 (08:32 AM) UTC.

Description
A shallow earthquake hit southwestern China on Friday, killing at least 24 people, state media said. 150 people were also hurt in the quake that hit Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. An official from the Yunnan provincial government earthquake office, who like many Chinese bureaucrats would not give his name, earlier said 20 people had died. The quake destroyed or damaged 20,000 homes. Buildings in rural areas in China are often constructed poorly. In 2008, a severe earthquake in Sichuan province, just north of Yunnan, killed nearly 90,000 people, with many of the deaths blamed on poorly built buildings, including schools. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.6 quake hit at a depth of 9.8 kilometers (6.1 miles). Shallower earthquakes often cause more damage than deeper ones.

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Volcanic Activity

Nicaraguan volcano spews ash cloud, residents evacuated

By Ivan Castro

MANAGUA (Reuters) – Nicaragua’s highest volcano belched an ash plume up to 3 miles (5 km) into the atmosphere on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, authorities said. But the government issued a yellow alert, indicating emergency plans had been activated.

The plume formed a cloud extending 30-miles (48 km) from the 5,725-foot (1,745-meter) San Cristobal volcano, which is about 95 miles (154 km) north of the capital Managua in the country’s volcano-dotted northwest, said the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, or Ineter.

Javier Mejia, executive director of Ineter, which monitors seismic and volcanic activity, said he recommended that civil aviation authorities close down the air space near San Cristobal because of the ash plume and cloud, the largest recorded in recent years.

The volcano has long been active, and stirred in mid-2008, when it expelled gas and rumbled with a series of small eruptions. For months it has emitted “abundant gases in a constant manner,” Ineter said in its monthly bulletin.

The government expects to evacuate about 3,000 people from around San Cristobal, though numerous families already have evacuated of their own, said Guillermo Gonzalez, who heads Sinapred, a government emergency and disaster relief agency.

“A response plan exists for volcano eruptions and every community has clearly defined places for people to go to once they are evacuated,” Gonzalez said.

In a preliminary report, Ineter said “more gas emissions and sporadic explosions” could be expected from San Cristobal.

The volcano is one of the most active along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, according to the institute, and at times averages nearly 100 seismic movements a day.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo earlier said as many as 20,000 people could ultimately be affected.

(Reporting by Ivan Castro; writing by Simon Gardner and Herbert Lash; editing by Will Dunham and Todd Eastham)

09.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Nicaragua Chinandega Department, [ San Cristobal volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Nicaragua on Saturday, 08 September, 2012 at 18:12 (06:12 PM) UTC.

Description
Nicaragua’s tallest volcano belched an ash cloud nearly a mile into the atmosphere on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents who heard explosions emanating from its crater. The 5,725-foot (1,745-meter) San Cristobal volcano, which sits around 95 miles north of the capital Managua in the country’s northwest, has been active in recent years, and stirred in mid-2008, when it expelled gas and rumbled with a series of small eruptions. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said authorities were still assessing the strength of the volcanic activity, and said nearby residents were being evacuated. He said as many as 20,000 people could ultimately be affected by the gas and ash from the volcano.
08.09.2012 02:47 AM Chiltepe Peninsula Natural Reserve, Nicaragua Apoyeque Volcano Volcano Activity 1404-091 Pyroclastic shield 4640 BC +-200é No. 0 Details

Volcano Activity in Nicaragua on Saturday, 08 September, 2012 at 02:47 (02:47 AM) UTC.

Description
The Apoyeque Volcano (caldera type volcano), located northwest of the capital, was calm Friday, but officials continued monitoring it for volcanic tremors, a release from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) said. The agency registered 21 low-intensity volcano-related tremors between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, prompting the government to issue a green advisory alert. Seismic activity near the volcano, located 10 kilometers northwest of Managua, “decreased Friday morning, but it doesn’t mean that it has disappeared,” INETER Geophysics Director Angélica Munoz told reporters. She also announced that a group of experts will travel to the volcano to investigate the earthquakes causes. The tremors began after a magitude-7.6 earthquake hit neighboring Costa Rica on Wednesday.

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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 08.09.2012 Hurricane I 360 ° 102 km/h 120 km/h 4.27 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: 1,576.63 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
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
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
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
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
06th Sep 2012 04:44:33 N 26° 12.000, W 62° 30.000 4 120 148 Hurricane I. 10 9 985 MB NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 05:21:34 N 26° 30.000, W 62° 12.000 0 120 148 Hurricane I. 0 19 985 MB NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 05:14:29 N 27° 36.000, W 62° 18.000 6 102 120 Tropical Storm 350 9 983 MB NOAA NHC
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08th Sep 2012 18:28:25 N 28° 36.000, W 62° 30.000 13 102 120 Hurricane I 360 ° 14 988 MB NOAA NHC
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10th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 34° 30.000, W 61° 0.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NOAA NHC
10th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 32° 48.000, W 61° 48.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
11th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 40° 30.000, W 58° 0.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 45° 0.000, W 55° 0.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 47° 0.000, W 51° 0.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
Michael (AL13) Atlantic Ocean 04.09.2012 08.09.2012 Hurricane III 325 ° 167 km/h 204 km/h 4.27 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: 464.75 km
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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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
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
06th Sep 2012 04:47:08 N 29° 18.000, W 42° 12.000 11 120 148 Hurricane I. 50 16 990 MB NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 05:20:37 N 30° 48.000, W 40° 48.000 7 167 204 Hurricane II. 25 9 970 MB NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 05:11:40 N 31° 48.000, W 41° 48.000 9 157 194 Hurricane II. 320 10 974 MB NOAA NHC
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08th Sep 2012 18:29:12 N 32° 36.000, W 42° 6.000 7 167 204 Hurricane III 325 ° 14 971 MB NOAA NHC
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10th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 33° 48.000, W 45° 6.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NOAA NHC
10th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 36.000, W 43° 48.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
11th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 38° 12.000, W 48° 12.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 48° 0.000, W 47° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC

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NOWATA, Okla. – Authorities say four people — including an infant — have been killed as thunderstorms swept through northeast Oklahoma.

Nowata County Undersheriff Doug Sonenberg tells KSWO-TV (http://www.kswo.com/global/story.asp?s=19489100 ) the infant and two adults were killed Friday when heavy winds destroyed a mobile home. They were found in a creek.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also reported that Ash Grove, Mo., resident Jimmy King was killed when straight-line winds flipped the semi he was driving onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside near Afton.

Troopers say the 70-year-old King was pinned in the wreckage for nearly three hours and died at the scene of massive injuries.

The storms were part of a system that unleashed winds of 25 mph to 35 mph as it moved through the state.

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Information from: KSWO-TV, http://www.kswo.com

USGS Helps Assess Tangipahoa Dam Health

JACKSON, Miss. – The U.S. Geological Survey mapped the damage caused to Tangipahoa Dam in 3-D earlier this week, using new technology to get a detailed view of the troubled dam. The dam was damaged during heavy rainfall in Hurricane Isaac and caused thousands of people downstream to be evacuated late last week.

Using terrestrial lidar, or T-lidar, the crew captured multiple scans of the dam, including two large landslides on its downstream side. In the larger of the two slides, much of the base of the slide was still underwater and necessitated the use of a kayak-towed acoustic Doppler profiler to measure the toe of the slide.

The first T-lidar scans took place Saturday, with more completed on Monday to assess whether additional movement of the slides had occurred.  Monday’s scan showed little change; information that has been provided along with other data to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they continue to address the issue.

“We were fortunately already mobilizing this fabulous 3-D imaging technology when our field crews learned of the need to monitor the stability of the Tangipahoa Dam,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “I know of no other technology that could compete with T-lidar for providing both the precision and ease of deployment or that has the potential to determine whether a structure is in danger of failing when time is of the essence.”

Isaac is the first storm in which USGS has used its terrestrial lidar capabilities to map urban flooding.

“We brought our T-lidar capabilities into the area affected by Isaac as part of a pilot project to assess its use for mapping flood levels in urban areas, and to develop flood inundation maps that will help forecast future flood effects,” said Toby Minear, a research hydrologist at the USGS California Water Science Center, who completed the scans of the dam.  “What we’ve found is that, not only can it help assess current flood levels and high-water marks, it has the potential to play a pivotal role in helping assess the health of structures threatened by floodwaters, providing critical information to those who need it in a matter of minutes.”

T-lidar allows scientists to quickly generate 3-D maps of buildings, dams, levees and other structures, and can show areas of storm damage as well.  In a four-to-five minute scan, the instrument collects millions of topographic data points in a full 360-degree view to quickly produce highly accurate topographic information and can map areas up to two-thirds of a mile away.

Acoustic Doppler instruments, such as the one used to map the underwater portion of the slide at Tangipahoa Dam, are frequently used to measure stream or lake geometry and water velocity. An acoustic signal is bounced off the river or lake bottom and the amount of time required for the signal to return to the sensor provides a measurement of the distance to the bottom.

USGS crews also deployed storm surge sensors just below the dam, and at four bridge crossings downstream between the dam and the USGS’ real-time permanent streamgage on the Tangipahoa at Osyka.  The sensors allowed the USGS to monitor river levels as actions were taken to release the pressure on the dam and reduce water levels.

Today Flash Flood Philippines Central Visayas, Cebu City Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Philippines on Sunday, 09 September, 2012 at 04:31 (04:31 AM) UTC.

Description
At least one house was destroyed while another was damaged in Cebu City in the wake of a flash flood brought by heavy rain Saturday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Sunday. In a report on its website, the NDRRMC said the incident occurred Saturday afternoon in Sitio Lukana in Kalunasan village in Cebu City. The NDRRMC said the flash flood was due to the overflowing of the Guadalupe River. “One house was totally damaged while another was partially damaged. As of reporting time, no casualty was reported,” it said. It said the Bureau of Fire Protection, the village disaster risk reduction and management council, and the Philippine Red Cross responded to the incident.

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08.09.2012 Tornado USA State of New York, New York City [Breezy Point, Queens] Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Saturday, 08 September, 2012 at 16:40 (04:40 PM) UTC.

Description
Firefighters are assessing damage caused by a cyclone that struck a beachfront neighborhood in New York City. Videos taken by bystanders show a funnel cloud hurling sand and debris in the air as it moved through the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens on Saturday. A Fire Department spokesman says there were power lines down and possibly other damage. The general manager of the Breezy Point Surf Club tells The Associated Press the storm ripped up cabanas and even picked up industrial-sized metal trash bins. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn as the storm moved through the city. It expired at 11:30 a.m. The service says radar detected a “strong rotation” in the storm.

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Radiation / Nuclear

Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Inside the Treated Water Buffer Tank

Published on Sep 7, 2012 by

TEPCO submerged a video camera inside the butter tank that stores the treated water before the water is fed back into the reactors (Units 1, 2, and 3). The amount of water being fed to the reactors for cooling has been fluctuating significantly, and TEPCO hasn’t identified the cause yet.

There are white bits (particles) floating in the water. TEPCO explains the bubbling in the video as “nitrogen”.

For your own copy of the video, go to TEPCO’s Photos and Videos page:
http://photo.tepco.co.jp/en/date/2012/201209-e/120906-01e.html

For more on the problem of the reactor cooling system, read my post: http://bit.ly/PZTFC0

For continued coverage of Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident and radiation contamination in Japan, visit my blogs:
http://www.exskf.com (English)
http://www.exskf-jp.com (Japanese)

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Video Inside the Buffer Tank Shows White Particles Floating in the Treated Water, Rust on the Bottom

TEPCO still hasn’t identified the cause for the decreased water flow into the reactors (1, 2, and 3), but the company suspects some rust or foreign particles clogging the system somewhere. On September 5, a video camera was submerged into one of the buffer tanks that store the treated water before the water is fed back into the reactors.

White particles floating around, like near the bottom of the ocean. I wonder what they are. TEPCO explains the bubbling seen in the video as “nitrogen”.

Here’s a photo of the strainer of one of the 5 “chiller” machines (to cool water), from TEPCO’s 9/5/2012 Photos and Videos page. Rust flakes and curled-up white bits. (It looks like bits of jellyfish…) Click to enlarge.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Any Foodborne Transmission Among Hantavirus- Swine Flu or WNV?

Not a lot, but some

Mangoes are likely responsible for the ongoing Salmonella Braenderup outbreak and Cantaloupes are almost certainly the source of the recent Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak, but what roles do food and water play in spreading Hantavirus, swine flu and West Nile Virus?
None of the three are typically thought of as foodborne diseases, but that does not tell the
whole story.
Hantavirus
For example, the federal Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta reports that people can contract Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome if they eat food contaminated by urine, droppings or saliva from an infected rodent.
That might not happen at your house. Hantavirus infections typically occur in people who are camping, hunting or doing other outdoor activities. This year 10,000 people who visited Yosemite National Park have been warned about Hantavirus because they may have stayed in the park’s Curry Village an area containing permanent tent-like structures.
Three confirmed and one possible case of Hantavirus have been linked to that location.
CDC says many Hantavirus victims probably touch something contaminated with rodent urine, droppings, or saliva and then touch their own nose or mouth. Rodent bites would also do, but those are rare.
Airborne transmission is also likely from tiny droplets of urine, rodent droppings and nesting material get into the air.
Any number of rodents — from deer mice to cotton rats — can spread the virus. CDC has tracked Hantavirus in the U.S. since 1993, the year when attention was first focused  on the virus after unexplained deaths began occurring in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.
The exposure of Yosemite’s many park visitors to Hantavirus this year does not mean that anything extraordinary is going on. Through early July, only 15 new confirmed cases had been recorded since last year when the total count since 1993 stood at 587.
The mean age for a Hantavrirus victim from 1993 to 2011 was 37, with two out three being men from the Four Corners states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. California and Texas had the most cases.
Swine Flu
More than 300 variant influenza viruses have now been recorded in the U.S. Most of these “swine flu” viruses have been found in Indiana and Ohio, which recently experienced the first deaths. The term “variant” means they are similar to viruses circulating in swine.
The current U.S. outbreak of swine flu involves the H3N2 Influenza A Variant Virus. In addition to the one death, 15 of the 288 people infected required hospitalization.
CDC reports that swine flu has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and prepared pork (pig meat) or other products derived from pork. Key to proper preparation is cooking pork to 145 °F throughout.
West Nile Virus (WNV)
About 30,000 Americans have suffered from West Nile Virus since 1999.  Unless you count one case where a nursing mother with West Nile Virus gave it to her baby, WNV is not much of a foodborne disease.
But standing water is another story. Mosquitos do their breeding in standing water, bird baths or pets’ water bowls. Breeding areas mean more mosquitos and more WNV-carrying mosquito bites.
Dr. Lyle Petersen, CDC’s director of the division of vector-borne infectious diseases, says cases of West Nile Virus are on the rise.
“As of August 28th, 2012, a total of 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes. Only Alaska and Hawaii have reported no West Nile virus activity. Forty-three states have reported at least one human case of West Nile virus disease.”
CDC received reports of 1,590 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 66 deaths, Petersen told an Aug. 29 press briefing.
“Of these, 889 (56 percent) were classified as neuroinvasive disease, such as meningitis or encephalitis; and 701 (or 44 percent) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. These numbers represent a 40 percent increase over last week’s report of 1,118 total cases, 629 neuroinvasive disease cases, and 41 deaths.
“The 1,590 cases reported thus far in 2012, is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to the CDC through the last week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.  More than 70 percent of the cases have been reported from 6 states, which in descending order are Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan.  Nearly half of the cases are from Texas.”
The following article provides in-depth information on Hantavirus infection.
http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/16/12/3669.full

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Climate Change

Warmer Temperatures Likely Driving Increase of Metal Concentrations in Rocky Mountain Watershed

Warmer air temperatures since the 1980s may explain significant increases in zinc and other metal concentrations of ecological concern in a Rocky Mountain watershed, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, led by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Rising concentrations of zinc and other metals in the upper Snake River just west of the Continental Divide near Keystone, Colo., may be the result of falling water tables, melting permafrost, and accelerating mineral weathering rates, all driven by warmer air temperatures in the watershed.  Researchers observed a fourfold increase in dissolved zinc over the last 30 years during the month of September.

“This study provides another fascinating, and troubling, example of a cascading impact from climate warming as the rate of temperature-dependent chemical reactions accelerate in the environment, leaching metals into streams,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “The same concentration of metals in the mountains that drew prospectors to the Rockies more than a century ago are now the source of toxic trace elements that are harming the environment as the planet warms.”

Increases in metals were seen in other months as well, with lesser increases seen during the high-flow snowmelt period. During the study period, local mean annual and mean summer air temperatures increased at a rate of 0.2-1.2 degrees Celsius per decade.

Generally, high concentrations of dissolved metals in the upper Snake River watershed are the result of acid rock drainage, or ARD, formed by natural weathering of pyrite and other metal-rich sulfide minerals in the bedrock. Weathering of pyrite forms sulfuric acid through a series of chemical reactions, and mobilizes metals like zinc from minerals in the rock and carries these metals into streams.

Increased sulfate and calcium concentrations observed over the study period lend weight to the hypothesis that the increased zinc concentrations are due to acceleration of pyrite weathering. The potential for comparable increases in metals in similar Western watersheds is a concern because of impacts on water resources, fisheries and stream ecosystems. Trout populations in the lower Snake River, for example, appear to be limited by the metal concentrations in the water, said USGS scientist Andrew Todd, lead researcher on the project.

“Acid rock drainage is a significant water quality problem facing much of the Western United States,” Todd said. “It is now clear that we need to better understand the relationship between climate and ARD as we consider the management of these watersheds moving forward.”

In cases where ARD is linked directly with past and present mining activities it is called acid mine drainage, or AMD. Another Snake River tributary, Peru Creek, is largely devoid of life due to AMD generated from the abandoned Pennsylvania Mine and smaller mines upstream, and has become a target for potential remediation efforts.

The Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety, in conjunction with other local, state and federal partners, is conducting underground exploration work at the mine to investigate the sources of heavy metals-laden water draining from the adit. The study conducted by Todd and colleagues has implications in such efforts because it suggests that establishing attainable clean-up objectives could be difficult if natural background metal concentrations are a “moving target.”

Collaborators include USGS, CU Boulder and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). The data analyzed for the study came from INSTAAR, the USGS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Sept 8. 2012: Earth-Sun Connection- Planetary Positions

Published on Sep 8, 2012 by

STARWATER: http://youtu.be/LiC-92YgZvQ

TODAY’S LINKS
US WInd Map: http://hint.fm/wind/
China Quake Update: http://www.china.org.cn/china/2012-09/08/content_26464807.htm
Rain Records: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
(2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
(1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
(2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
(2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 7 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
(2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 7 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
(2005 UC) 17th September 2012 8 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
(2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
(1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 16 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 17 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 21 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 25 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
(2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
(2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
(2006 TD) 06th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1746 68.0 88 m – 200 m 13.03 km/s 46908 km/h
(2009 TK) 06th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.0450 17.5 100 m – 230 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2004 UB) 08th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1995 77.6 240 m – 530 m 14.65 km/s 52740 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

09.09.2012 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.

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Updated: Sunday, 09 September, 2012 at 03:39 UTC
Description
The strain appeared to be a mutation of the H5N1 virus which swept through the country’s poultry flocks last year, forcing mass culls of birds in affected areas, according to agriculture officials. The new virus “is quickly spreading and this is the big concern of the government”, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan said. Experts cited in the report said the new virus appeared in July and had spread through Vietnam’s northern and central regions in August. Outbreaks have been detected in six provinces so far and some 180,000 birds have been culled, the Animal Health department said. The Central Veterinary Diagnosis Centre said the virus appeared similar to the standard strains of bird flu but was more toxic. The centre will test how much protection existing vaccines for humans offer, the report said. Some experts suggested that the new strain resulted from widespread smuggling of poultry from China into the northern parts of Vietnam. Two people have died this year from the virulent disease — but long before the new strain was identified. According to the World Health Organisation, Vietnam has recorded one of the highest numbers of fatalities from bird flu in southeast Asia, with at least 59 deaths since 2003. The avian influenza virus has killed more than 330 people around the world, and scientists fear it could mutate into a form readily transmissible between humans, with the potential to cause millions of deaths.

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Articles of Interest

08.09.2012 Non-categorized event China Province of Chongquing, Chongquing [Yangtze River] Damage level Details

Non-categorized event in China on Saturday, 08 September, 2012 at 16:43 (04:43 PM) UTC.

Description
For a river known as the “golden watercourse,” red is a strange color to see. Yet that’s the shade turning up in the Yangtze River and officials have no idea why. The red began appearing in the Yangtze, the longest and largest river in China and the third longest river in the world, yesterday near the city of Chongquing, where the Yangtze connects to the Jialin River. The Yangtze, called “golden” because of the heavy rainfall it receives year-round, runs through Chongqing, Southwest China’s largest industrial and commercial center, also known as the “mountain city” because of the hills and peaks upon which its many buildings and factories stand. The red color stopped some residents in their tracks. They put water from the river in bottles to save it. Fishermen and other workers who rely on the river for income kept going about their business. While the river’s red coloring was most pronounced near Chongqing it was also reported at several other points. Officials are reportedly investigating the cause.

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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

Globe with Earthquake Location

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

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/

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

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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
Description
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

© Aaron Campbell Photography
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.

Description
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.

Description
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

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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
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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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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
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
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Gust
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Category Course Wave
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Pressure Source
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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Gust
km/h
Source
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
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
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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
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
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Pressure Source
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

© Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
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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© Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
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.
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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
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 23:09:04   19.692 -63.933 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 23:03:56   19.657 -64.299 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 23:02:22   19.663 -64.213 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 22:54:26   19.669 -64.157 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 22:53:08   19.491 -64.096 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 22:21:25   18.506 -65.070 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 22:19:50   19.612 -64.220 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 22:00:14   19.685 -64.343 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 21:58:58   19.761 -63.975 25.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 21:51:32   19.688 -64.048 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 21:48:38   19.628 -64.023 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 21:40:41   19.436 -64.394 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 20:46:14   19.604 -64.341 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 20:44:59   19.632 -64.347 45.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 20:34:23   19.632 -64.311 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 20:30:56   19.655 -64.299 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 20:29:38   19.468 -64.200 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 20:00:56   19.002 -63.894 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 19:40:25   19.695 -64.269 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 19:02:13   19.332 -64.007 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 18:24:34   19.653 -64.293 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 17:56:21   19.756 -64.113 29.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 17:35:19   19.583 -64.184 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 17:32:05   19.652 -64.365 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 17:21:59   19.501 -64.179 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 17:20:12   19.428 -63.981 94.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 17:16:36   19.537 -64.198 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/30 17:14:30   19.596 -64.356 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 16:18:58   19.749 -64.183 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 16:02:06   19.700 -64.425 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/08/30 15:53:52   19.648 -64.286 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 15:34:35   19.738 -64.129 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 15:07:06   19.623 -64.299 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 14:11:40   19.540 -64.243 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 14:08:09   19.711 -64.028 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 13:49:45   19.661 -64.228 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 13:42:19   19.593 -64.118 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 13:25:13   19.509 -64.295 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 13:16:08   19.714 -64.283 21.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 13:13:08   19.680 -64.452 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 13:07:00   19.760 -64.097 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 13:03:22   19.769 -64.150 42.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 12:39:25   19.805 -64.083 10.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.8 2012/08/30 12:29:19   19.618 -64.377 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 12:00:03   18.950 -63.971 99.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 11:13:33   19.072 -64.546 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 11:10:12   19.639 -64.289 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 11:01:52   19.532 -64.243 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 10:48:46   19.428 -64.390 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 10:36:13   19.697 -64.073 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 10:29:28   19.626 -64.320 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 10:25:45   18.488 -66.631 78.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 10:21:48   19.735 -64.102 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 10:14:01   19.665 -64.483 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 09:37:14   19.710 -64.342 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 08:42:18   19.649 -64.365 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 08:39:30   19.616 -64.326 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 08:36:09   19.607 -64.163 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 08:16:15   19.479 -64.320 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 08:13:51   19.677 -64.225 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 08:11:04   18.899 -65.784 15.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 08:08:15   19.165 -63.758 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 08:06:46   19.655 -64.243 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 07:59:55   19.445 -64.200 69.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:57:25   19.635 -64.266 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 07:27:02   19.639 -64.271 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 07:25:03   19.494 -64.153 82.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:21:53   19.266 -63.990 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 07:18:47   19.668 -64.227 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:08:30   19.731 -64.232 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 06:08:17   19.694 -64.264 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 06:02:05   19.590 -64.237 56.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 05:58:45   19.652 -64.242 22.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 05:24:55   19.750 -64.304 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 05:16:45   19.678 -64.223 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 04:38:59   19.500 -64.077 84.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 04:16:26   19.685 -64.055 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 04:12:05   19.663 -64.246 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 03:59:37   19.611 -64.340 29.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 03:52:06   19.528 -64.119 79.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 03:49:57   19.493 -64.399 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 03:47:43   19.603 -64.310 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 03:30:03   19.721 -64.135 31.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 03:09:40   19.698 -64.076 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 03:07:25   19.700 -64.507 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 02:41:33   19.520 -64.053 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/30 02:20:08   19.703 -64.220 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/08/30 02:14:46   19.650 -64.296 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 02:02:16   19.745 -64.664 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 01:50:42   19.257 -64.195 64.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 01:49:39   19.632 -64.143 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 01:48:24   19.698 -64.022 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 3.8 2012/08/30 01:33:35   19.696 -64.187 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:32:37   19.723 -64.229 23.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 01:26:38   19.558 -64.490 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:24:10   19.545 -64.220 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 01:21:22   19.072 -63.583 109.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:20:06   19.206 -64.035 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 01:17:39   19.622 -64.250 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 01:15:19   19.506 -64.099 90.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 01:09:57   19.686 -64.301 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:06:46   19.519 -64.192 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 01:04:24   19.610 -64.135 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 00:49:31   19.554 -64.236 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 00:43:48   19.655 -64.314 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 00:41:14   19.545 -64.235 64.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 00:38:19   19.698 -64.284 18.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 00:35:57   19.352 -64.125 85.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 00:32:02   19.686 -64.251 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 00:25:07   19.639 -64.300 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 00:23:44   19.776 -64.193 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 00:21:55   19.745 -64.073 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 00:19:25   19.319 -64.242 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 00:16:49   19.705 -64.077 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 00:15:18   19.470 -63.846 75.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 00:13:51   19.889 -63.683 10.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 00:05:01   19.657 -64.279 6.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 23:55:22   19.911 -63.982 15.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 23:42:33   19.307 -64.124 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 23:30:07   19.463 -64.328 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 23:25:18   19.652 -64.471 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 23:23:34   19.627 -64.158 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 23:20:37   19.560 -64.355 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 23:14:08   19.544 -64.338 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/08/29 23:13:05   19.655 -64.333 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 23:05:09   19.599 -64.376 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 23:02:03   19.698 -64.124 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 22:57:54   19.609 -64.126 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/08/29 22:54:28   19.643 -64.154 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 22:44:02   19.623 -64.272 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 22:39:34   19.627 -64.280 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 22:36:33   19.640 -64.311 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.3 2012/08/29 22:26:28   19.774 -64.238 29.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 22:23:27   19.609 -64.242 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 22:19:13   19.451 -64.304 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 22:16:59   19.593 -64.401 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 22:15:44   19.658 -64.211 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 22:09:02   19.645 -64.266 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 22:05:53   19.445 -64.201 76.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 22:04:04   19.256 -64.192 86.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 22:01:23   19.532 -64.106 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 22:00:10   18.832 -64.019 109.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 21:53:11   19.482 -64.406 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/08/29 21:47:39   19.662 -64.278 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 21:40:59   19.720 -64.401 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 21:40:04   19.501 -64.122 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 21:34:59   19.549 -64.235 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 21:29:04   19.600 -64.359 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/29 21:26:52   19.712 -64.231 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 21:14:38   19.480 -64.260 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 21:12:24   19.251 -64.332 79.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.2 2012/08/29 21:07:19   19.803 -64.255 17.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 20:59:47   19.344 -64.311 78.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 20:57:34   19.683 -64.197 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 20:54:09   18.976 -64.924 23.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 20:46:30   19.684 -64.320 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/29 20:31:00   19.582 -64.353 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.0 2012/08/29 20:25:13   19.649 -64.195 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 20:23:32   19.701 -64.162 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 20:21:44   19.447 -64.307 75.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 20:00:45   19.316 -64.146 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 19:57:37   19.534 -64.288 64.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 19:53:56   19.406 -64.224 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 19:50:24   19.431 -64.226 96.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.3 2012/08/29 19:44:12   19.618 -64.326 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.7 2012/08/29 19:35:54   19.652 -64.324 31.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 18:28:22   19.718 -64.296 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 18:20:54   19.711 -64.327 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 17:32:28   19.484 -64.463 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/29 16:02:33   19.372 -67.411 67.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 15:32:21   17.949 -67.093 6.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
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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LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 5, 2012 17:19:15 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/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/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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

by Staff Writers
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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Updated: Tuesday, 04 September, 2012 at 08:55 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

 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 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
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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Gust
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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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