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Los Angeles Times

 

Venezuela, Nicaragua open their doors to NSA leaker Snowden

 

 

Snowden asylum offers

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, seen at a meeting last month, have both offered asylum to U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who is believed to have been stranded at a Moscow airport since June 23. (Inti Ocon / AFP/Getty Images / June 29, 2013)

 

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered NSA leaker Edward Snowden political asylum Friday, possibly the firmest offer of refuge the U.S. fugitive has received since exposing a massive program of surveillance of phone calls and emails in the United States and abroad.

Also Friday, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said his government had received an asylum request from Snowden and would be willing to grant it under the right circumstances.

Snowden, who is believed to be stranded in the transit area of a Moscow airport, has applied for refuge to about 30 countries. Many have already refused his request.

Maduro made the offer during a military parade in Caracas commemorating the 202nd anniversary of Venezuela’s declaration of independence. Maduro had previously said he would consider such an offer, as had Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa.

Correa, however, appeared to back away from his offer after receiving a phone call from Vice President Joe Biden.

Although Maduro’s statement Friday seemed to go a step further in making a firm offer, the Venezuelan leader was in Moscow earlier this week and did not take the opportunity to bring Snowden back with him. And Maduro made no mention of facilitating Snowden’s trip to Venezuela with either an aircraft or travel documents.

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Snowden asylum bid: 3 offered, 1 withdrawn, 11 denied, 13 pending

Published time: July 02, 2013 16:27
Edited time: July 07, 2013 11:02
NSA leaker Edward Snowden has reportedly sought asylum in 27 countries, hoping to gain protection from US prosecutors. So far, Venezuela has offered Snowden asylum, with Nicaragua joining in, while 11 other states rejected the requests.

As Snowden awaits replies at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to the NSA whistleblower, making the announcement Friday on television during a broadcast of a parade marking the country’s day of independence.

“I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American, Edward Snowden, so that in the fatherland of Bolivar and Chavez, he can come and live away from imperial North American persecution,” said Maduro.

Venezuela has offered Snowden asylum despite a US extradition request, demanding that the whistleblower be “arrested” if he “travels to” or “transits through” Venezuela and “be kept in custody” for “the purpose of extradition”.

Nicaragua also said that it would “gladly receive” Snowden, who has been holed up in a transit section of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport since fleeing Hong Kong twelve days ago, and give him asylum, “if circumstances permit.”

In the meantime Snowden has received five outright rejections from Finland, Brazil, Poland, India, and Germany, according to WikiLeaks.

New Dehli said on Tuesday that it has “no reason” to accede the whistleblower’s request. In his application to Poland, Snowden said that he risks facing the death penalty if he is returned to the US.

Spain, Norway, Italy, Ecuador, and Austria have also rejected Snowden’s applications, stating that asylum requests cannot be granted unless the applicant is already inside the country. Italy stated that Snowden’s application was made via fax, which is not allowed, ITAR-TASS reported, citing a source in the Italian Foreign Ministry.

France has also rejected Snowden’s application for asylum, saying that police would have to arrest the whistleblower if he entered the country due to the US extradition request.

“Like many countries, France received a request for asylum from Mr. Edward Snowden through its embassy in Moscow. Given the legal analysis and the situation of the interested party, France will not agree,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

French newspaper Le Monde revealed that the asylum request has reached the French authorities in the form of a one-page letter, where Snowden argues that he will not be able to get a fair trial in his home country and explains the fate of Bradley Manning – another whistleblower currently on trial in the US.

Other nations have yet to respond to Snowden’s asylum requests. Those countries include Bolivia, China, Cuba,  Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, and Switzerland. Despite Wikileaks’ claim that Snowden has, in fact, sought asylum in China, Beijing said on Tuesday that it is not aware of the request. France has also denied receiving a request in the past.

WikiLeaks announced on Friday that Snowden has applied to another six states in search of political asylum. In an effort to avoid US interference, the countries weren’t disclosed.

 
 
 
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Escobar: ‘Imperial hijack’ reopens asylum bid for Snowden in Latin America

RussiaToday RussiaToday

 
 
 

Published on Jul 4, 2013

Latin American leaders meet to discuss the “hijack” of Bolivian president Evo Morales’ plane in Austria. Regional leaders presented a united front, defending Latin American sovereignty in the face of what they see as post-colonial imperialism.

International affairs analyst Pepe Escobar says such a turnover in Snowden chase could significantly increase NSA Whistleblower’s chances on asylum in one of Latin America’s countries.

 
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Snowden should take Venezuelan asylum offer, Russian official says

 
Demonstration for Edward Snowden Demonstrators show support for NSA leaker Edward Snowden in New Delhi on Sunday. India denied asylum to Snowden, but he has received offers from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia. (Tsering Topgyal / Associated Press / July 7, 2013)

By Carol J. WilliamsJuly 7, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

An influential Russian lawmaker on Sunday advised fugitive leaker Edward Snowden to take up Venezuela’s offer of asylum, deeming it his “last chance” and cautioning that the leaker of U.S. security secrets can’t live at Moscow’s airport forever.

It was a clear sign from the Kremlin that it has tired of the international standoff over Snowden, the 30-year-old former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed classified information about widespread U.S. surveillance of worldwide telephone and Internet contacts.

“Venezuela is waiting for an answer from Snowden,” Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian parliament’s international affairs committee, said on Twitter. “This, perhaps, is his last chance to receive political asylum.”

In a separate tweet, Pushkov noted that Snowden “shouldn’t live in Sheremetyevo,” Moscow’s main international airport where the fugitive has been stuck in a transit area for two weeks.

Snowden arrived to Moscow on a flight from Hong Kong on June 23. But his U.S. passport had been revoked after Justice Department officials brought espionage charges against him and sought his extradition. That has prevented him from proceeding through passport control and officially entering Russian territory. The airport corridors and holding areas between the arrival gates and the immigration booths staffed by border guards comprise a diplomatic no-man’s land from which an undocumented person can neither enter nor depart.

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Earth Watch Report – Earthquakes

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M6.5 – 50km W of Masachapa, Nicaragua

2013-06-15 17:34:29 UTC

Earthquake location 11.725°N, 86.975°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 17:34:29 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 11:34:29 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 12:34:29 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

11.725°N 86.975°W depth=35.8km (22.3mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 50km (31mi) W of Masachapa, Nicaragua
  2. 60km (37mi) WSW of San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua
  3. 74km (46mi) SW of Nagarote, Nicaragua
  4. 75km (47mi) SSW of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
  5. 90km (56mi) WSW of Managua, Nicaragua

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Instrumental Intensity

ShakeMap Intensity Image

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M4.9 – 45km W of Masachapa, Nicaragua

 2013-06-15 17:59:04 UTC

Earthquake location 11.840°N, 86.927°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 17:59:04 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 11:59:04 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 12:59:04 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

11.840°N 86.927°W depth=38.0km (23.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 45km (28mi) W of Masachapa, Nicaragua
  2. 53km (33mi) W of San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua
  3. 61km (38mi) SW of Nagarote, Nicaragua
  4. 61km (38mi) SSW of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
  5. 80km (50mi) WSW of Managua, Nicaragua

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M5.1 – 49km W of Masachapa, Nicaragua

 2013-06-15 18:10:42 UTC

Earthquake location 11.751°N, 86.969°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 18:10:42 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 12:10:42 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 13:10:42 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

11.751°N 86.969°W depth=40.6km (25.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 49km (30mi) W of Masachapa, Nicaragua
  2. 58km (36mi) W of San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua
  3. 72km (45mi) SW of Nagarote, Nicaragua
  4. 72km (45mi) SSW of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
  5. 88km (55mi) WSW of Managua, Nicaragua

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M4.5 – 54km W of Masachapa, Nicaragua

 2013-06-15 18:50:10 UTC

Earthquake location 11.796°N, 87.017°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-15 18:50:10 UTC
  2. 2013-06-15 12:50:10 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-15 13:50:10 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

11.796°N 87.017°W depth=46.0km (28.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 54km (34mi) W of Masachapa, Nicaragua
  2. 63km (39mi) W of San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua
  3. 70km (43mi) SSW of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
  4. 71km (44mi) SW of Nagarote, Nicaragua
  5. 91km (57mi) WSW of Managua, Nicaragua

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Tectonic Summary

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.

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Earth’s Tectonic Plates Are ‘Lubricated’

By News Staff | March 20th 2013 09:06 PM
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  The discovery was made at the magma layer at the Middle America trench offshore Nicaragua. Using advanced seafloor electromagnetic imaging technology pioneered atScripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Dieg , the scientists imaged a 16 mile-thick layer of partially melted mantle rock below the edge of the Cocos plate where it moves underneath Central America.

The new images of magma were captured during a 2010 expedition aboard the U.S. Navy-owned and Scripps-operated research vessel Melville. After deploying a vast array of seafloor instruments that recorded natural electromagnetic signals to map features of the crust and mantle, the scientists realized they found magma in a surprising place.

“This was completely unexpected,” said  Kerry Key, an associate research geophysicist at Scripps. “We went out looking to get an idea of how fluids are interacting with plate subduction, but we discovered a melt layer we weren’t expecting to find at all—it was pretty surprising.”

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

Pacific Ring Of Fire

Volcanoes Along The Pacific Ring Of Fire

 

2.8

5km SW of Cobb, California

2013-02-10 18:28:35

38.789°N

122.763°W

2.1

5.2

South Indian Ocean

2013-02-10 14:48:39

36.719°S

53.369°E

8.7

3.2

40km E of Bear Creek, Alaska

2013-02-10 14:22:52

60.162°N

148.668°W

40.6

3.0

64km WSW of Big Lake, Alaska

2013-02-10 14:13:38

61.374°N

151.131°W

48.7

4.4

91km SSE of Tateyama, Japan

2013-02-10 12:21:41

34.185°N

140.128°E

86.2

4.0

131km W of Larsen Bay, Alaska

2013-02-10 12:00:23

57.364°N

156.149°W

86.2

4.9

31km ESE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 11:42:06

10.838°S

166.089°E

10.3

4.9

17km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 11:26:30

10.867°S

165.890°E

8.1

5.0

95km E of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 10:36:39

10.810°S

166.704°E

10.4

5.3

71km W of Neiafu, Tonga

2013-02-10 09:37:13

18.580°S

174.659°W

132.0

4.8

16km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 09:21:43

10.853°S

165.784°E

9.9

4.9

24km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 09:10:18

10.932°S

165.875°E

10.1

5.0

98km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 07:46:12

11.606°S

165.797°E

10.3

4.5

44km NNE of Copiapo, Chile

2013-02-10 07:08:30

27.005°S

70.143°W

66.7

4.8

20km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 06:58:54

10.822°S

165.682°E

9.9

5.1

23km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 06:50:40

10.927°S

165.834°E

10.1

3.5

49km ESE of Healy, Alaska

2013-02-10 05:51:47

63.658°N

148.060°W

81.5

4.9

20km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 05:50:16

10.788°S

165.663°E

9.8

5.0

74km NNE of Gueiria, Venezuela

2013-02-10 05:27:11

11.223°N

62.109°W

94.2

2.8

35km WSW of Ferndale, California

2013-02-10 05:11:07

40.406°N

124.626°W

21.9

2.7

31km WNW of Waikoloa Village, Hawaii

2013-02-10 04:04:43

20.033°N

156.112°W

0.0

2.8

42km NNW of Valdez, Alaska

2013-02-10 03:21:11

61.489°N

146.632°W

19.4

4.9

15km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 02:38:36

10.855°S

165.830°E

15.0

2.5

86km S of Tanana, Alaska

2013-02-10 01:42:41

64.406°N

152.417°W

78.4

5.4

109km ESE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 01:30:51

11.075°S

166.767°E

35.1

4.9

234km NW of Tual, Indonesia

2013-02-10 00:38:43

4.453°S

131.022°E

47.5

4.7

54km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 23:53:20

11.059°S

165.477°E

48.4

3.0

63km WNW of San Simeon, California

2013-02-09 23:18:30

35.899°N

121.820°W

13.1

5.2

14km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 23:13:43

10.843°S

165.864°E

44.0

5.4

22km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 23:09:44

10.916°S

165.883°E

28.7

5.1

30km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 22:49:05

10.980°S

165.750°E

40.8

5.3

30km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 22:14:34

10.990°S

165.782°E

37.0

2.6

66km SSW of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska

2013-02-09 21:30:16

59.971°N

153.366°W

139.3

6.6

27km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 21:02:22

10.964°S

165.792°E

15.7

5.0

127km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 20:34:37

11.098°S

164.728°E

10.1

2.6

100km WNW of Talkeetna, Alaska

2013-02-09 20:01:42

62.744°N

151.835°W

19.0

4.6

67km WSW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

2013-02-09 18:56:10

12.528°N

88.027°W

76.1

Earth Watch Report – Volcanic Activity

View of the San Cristobal volcano from Chinandega, 150 km from Managua, on December 26, 2012. The San Cristobal volcano began spewing smoke and ashes Tuesday afternoon. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

1 28.12.2012 Volcano Activity Nicaragua Cordillera Los Maribios, [San Cristobal volcano] Damage level
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Volcano Activity in Nicaragua on Thursday, 27 December, 2012 at 04:46 (04:46 AM) UTC.

Description
Nicaragua’s government officials on Wednesday issued a yellow (preventive) alert and began the precautionary evacuation of some 300 families in the province of Chinandega (northwest) after new ash emissions started at San Cristobal volcano, following an impressive increase in seismic activity. “San Cristobal volcano, located 135 km northwest of Managua, resumed activity with small fumes gases and ash” said Guillermo Gonzalez, director of the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters Network (SINAPRED). Gonzalez said ash columns reach up to 500 meters high, slightly affecting volcano surrounding towns of Tonala, Morazan, Puerto Corinto and Chichigalpa, but without causing any damage. First lady and government spokesperson Rosario Murillo, confirmed they have ordered the evacuation of 300 families living in the area. San Cristobal is the tallest of Nicaragua’s seven active volcanoes. On September 8, it began active with gas and ash explosions that reached five miles high.

Deatils of Situation Update

Volcano Activity in Nicaragua on Thursday, 27 December, 2012 at 04:46 (04:46 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Friday, 28 December, 2012 at 04:12 UTC
Description
The series of small ash explosions starting on 25 Dec at around 20h00 local time continued throughout the night and increased in intensity during the morning of 26 Dec. Activity decreased around noon yesterday, but resumed again in the afternoon with 4 more explosions between 13:25 – 16:11 h local time at intervals of 20-60 minutes, accompanied by strong pulses of tremor. More ash emissions and explosions have followed and are at times near continuous. The height of the ash columns is reported to be about 500-800 m above the crater. VAAC Washington was able to observe the ash plumes on satellite and issued warnings about ash plumes at 14,000 (4.2 km) altitude. Light (few mm) ash fall has occurred in up to 6 km distance from the volcano including in several inhabited areas located mainly NW, W, SW and S of the volcano, namely in El Viejo, Grecia No. 1 and 4, Las Rojas, Banderas, and Abraham Rugama. INETER recommends to the population to protect the water supply sources and children in particular from inhaling ash, and has demanded air traffic control to deviate flight paths in the area. The Nicaraguan president has declared orange alert for the departement of Chinandega and authorized the preventive measure to evacuate families living within 3 km radius from the volcano. More than 200 families were reported to have auto-evacuated out of fear the eruption might intensify.

Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.6 2012/10/31 22:48:46   36.048  -117.515 1.9  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/31 22:46:31   52.273  -171.545 62.3  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/31 21:27:05   -4.620   153.369 43.0  NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/31 19:10:06   19.592   -65.278 17.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/10/31 16:40:13   18.288   -65.470 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/10/31 16:26:38  -30.157  -177.791 61.0  KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
MAP  3.2 2012/10/31 15:29:53   40.974  -123.700 12.6  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/31 15:19:42   19.387  -155.249 3.5  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  4.6   2012/10/31 15:15:07   -5.333   34.833 10.0  TANZANIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/31 14:21:04   53.569  -164.854 29.8  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/31 13:00:15   41.792  -127.083 10.0  OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/31 12:35:13  -18.645  -177.530 315.9  FIJI REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/31 12:05:59   36.087   -89.772 6.3  SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI
MAP  3.2 2012/10/31 09:52:58   37.088  -121.503 8.1  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.9   2012/10/31 06:53:56   -2.048   99.713 21.3  KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/31 06:50:02   36.014   139.837 46.9  EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.0 2012/10/31 02:57:43   62.045  -146.545 40.7  CENTRAL ALASKA

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.2 2012/10/30 23:26:16   58.955  -154.355 122.7  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/30 23:19:10   19.403  -155.296 3.3  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 23:02:19   61.432  -150.725 63.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/30 22:49:52   2.127   127.035 88.5  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/30 22:23:36   61.439  -150.695 66.5  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/30 22:02:46   61.496  -150.723 67.4  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/30 21:16:17   34.238  -116.811 8.2  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/30 18:04:35   61.618  -140.669 16.5  SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/30 17:43:02   34.774  -118.282 0.0  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/30 17:35:54   33.377  -116.848 7.0  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.0 2012/10/30 17:33:30   52.568  -132.312 1.1  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/30 17:25:59   37.499  -118.534 14.5  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/30 16:56:49   14.458   146.827 40.7  ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
MAP  4.6   2012/10/30 15:22:53  -17.979  -178.566 623.1  FIJI REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/10/30 14:10:59   52.285  -131.948 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 13:45:10   59.787  -152.482 65.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  5.2   2012/10/30 13:12:29  -37.949   177.681 67.8  OFF EAST COAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND, N.Z.
MAP  2.8 2012/10/30 13:12:29   59.863  -154.185 199.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/30 12:53:40   12.554   -87.961 87.8  NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/30 12:53:05  -24.742  -179.616 541.2  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  4.4 2012/10/30 12:18:20   6.836   -73.056 148.2  NORTHERN COLOMBIA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/30 11:43:55   -5.341   102.728 41.9  SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
MAP  5.1   2012/10/30 10:59:33  -18.219  -174.809 9.8  TONGA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/30 10:11:41   53.391   108.066 17.9  LAKE BAYKAL REGION, RUSSIA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 10:02:51   63.087  -151.604 15.0  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 09:40:47   18.791   -64.495 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 09:01:59   52.901  -163.745 23.3  SOUTH OF ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/30 08:44:21   2.739   128.664 224.5  HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/30 08:09:27   36.662   26.508 157.0  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 08:01:00   36.604  -121.212 8.7  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/30 07:57:39   19.558   -65.271 7.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/30 07:45:31   19.406   -65.276 57.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/30 07:35:00   19.248   -64.115 93.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 07:29:00   34.657  -121.306 11.3  OFFSHORE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.9   2012/10/30 07:12:35  -17.917  -178.592 560.7  FIJI REGION
MAP  5.2   2012/10/30 07:12:30   -4.615   151.864 156.7  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/30 06:30:19   60.637  -151.155 18.8  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/30 06:09:19   36.459  -121.038 6.5  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 05:50:13   62.832  -149.513 0.0  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/30 05:22:17  -23.001   -69.708 75.7  ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
MAP  4.7   2012/10/30 04:40:15   52.170  -131.604 10.2  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/30 03:07:44   19.084   -65.145 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/30 02:58:31   19.401  -155.258 2.1  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  5.0   2012/10/30 02:55:15   52.484  -131.486 5.1  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  6.2   2012/10/30 02:49:03   52.324  -131.908 9.7  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/10/30 02:17:33   36.362   70.802 185.3  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
MAP  4.6   2012/10/30 00:41:34  -36.203  -100.250 10.0  SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND
MAP  4.1 2012/10/30 00:35:10   52.412  -131.645 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/30 00:34:17   33.880  -115.996 0.8  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.0 2012/10/30 00:32:18   52.467  -132.126 10.4  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.7   2012/10/29 23:51:42   -8.176   123.412 19.6  FLORES REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/29 23:40:17   -8.163   123.453 9.1  FLORES REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/29 22:41:13  -15.263  -172.934 34.2  SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/29 22:23:42   62.159  -148.814 20.5  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/29 22:00:33   52.616  -132.260 10.3  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/29 22:00:17   61.565  -140.683 15.6  SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/29 21:52:17   61.317  -141.645 17.4  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/29 21:46:58   3.253   121.881 604.5  CELEBES SEA
MAP  3.9 2012/10/29 21:41:33   61.455  -141.129 10.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.9   2012/10/29 21:20:36   -4.752   153.162 81.7  NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/29 21:06:07   61.422  -141.146 10.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/29 20:49:49   52.366  -131.459 26.6  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/29 20:10:40   32.182  -115.187 0.1  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  5.1   2012/10/29 19:49:06   -0.452   132.742 28.9  NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/29 19:28:58   19.400  -155.258 2.4  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  4.1 2012/10/29 16:33:09   52.231  -131.964 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/10/29 15:55:46   19.360  -154.965 38.6  HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
MAP  4.0 2012/10/29 15:38:30   52.074  -132.137 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.7   2012/10/29 15:29:53   -0.155   125.245 62.3  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  4.0 2012/10/29 15:15:02   51.989  -132.225 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.0 2012/10/29 15:01:07   52.013  -131.757 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/10/29 14:54:53   80.651   -3.355 10.0  NORTH OF SVALBARD
MAP  4.8   2012/10/29 14:35:14   12.104   -88.260 35.0  NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/29 14:22:50  -37.675   -73.894 13.7  OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
MAP  2.5 2012/10/29 12:47:36   19.427  -155.276 1.7  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.9 2012/10/29 12:39:24   35.205   -90.636 23.1  ARKANSAS
MAP  4.4 2012/10/29 12:05:15   52.574  -132.552 10.2  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/29 11:49:05   35.611   -81.999 6.1  NORTH CAROLINA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/29 10:30:44  -24.600   179.264 526.6  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  3.4 2012/10/29 07:50:54   33.389  -109.237 4.8  ARIZONA
MAP  5.2   2012/10/29 06:28:33   -8.169   123.431 9.7  FLORES REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/29 06:03:54   52.921  -132.341 14.3  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/29 05:48:42   38.816  -122.780 2.2  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/29 04:59:36   13.303   -89.516 68.2  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  3.9 2012/10/29 04:25:16   36.592  -121.201 9.0  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/29 03:47:55   52.387  -132.351 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.0 2012/10/29 02:40:53   52.411  -132.465 10.0  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.3   2012/10/29 02:22:44   0.922   98.432 54.5  NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/29 01:49:02   52.491  -131.953 10.3  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.7 2012/10/29 01:40:37   67.623  -162.719 17.1  NORTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/29 00:30:23   58.864  -137.615 14.1  SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/29 00:26:50   52.306  -132.130 10.1  QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/10/29 00:18:51   52.637  -130.987 10.0  HECATE STRAIT REGION, CANADA

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Second largest earthquake to hit Canada since 1949

Canadian Press

6.4 magnitude aftershock hits south of Haida Gwaii after 7.7 earthquake; no tsunami alert issued

Map locates a violent earthquake measuring 7.7 which jolted British Columbia’s north-central coast Saturday night, frightening residents and forcing many to temporarily leave their homes for higher ground ahead of a possible tsunami.

Photograph by: Sean Vokey , Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — The Haida Gwaii region continues to feel the aftershocks of a violent earthquake measuring 7.7 that jolted British Columbia’s north-central coast Saturday night, frightening residents and forcing many to temporarily leave their homes for higher ground ahead of a possible tsunami.

The largest, a 6.4 magnitude tremor, struck Sunday afternoon, 136 kilometers south of Masset. There have been over 40 aftershocks in the area.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the North Coast Saturday, the Haida Gwaii islands, parts of the central B.C. coast, the coast of Alaska and as far away as Hawaii.

Early Sunday morning the warnings were downgraded to advisory status, meaning evacuations were no longer necessary, and they were cancelled altogether a few hours later.

Residents near the centre of the quake said the violent jolting lasted for up to a minute, but no injuries or major damage had been reported.

Carsten Ginsburg, who lives in the small community of Bella Coola southeast of Prince Rupert, said the quake lasted about 40 seconds.

“It shook everything. The electricity went out, the power lines were swinging all over the place and stuff was falling off the shelves.”

Brent Ward, an earth scientist at Simon Fraser University, said the earthquake was the second largest to hit the country since 1949, when another earthquake was recorded in the same area with a magnitude of 8.1.

“It’s an earthquake in an area that gets a lot of earthquakes,” he said. “It’s a tectonically active area.”

Ward said the area is known as the Queen Charlotte fault, where the earth’s plates slide horizontally across each other in a strike-slip action, similar to what happens along California’s San Andreas fault.

“Stresses build up because of that movement, and every so often we get the release of that stress in the form of an earthquake.”

Ward said he wasn’t surprised the tsunami warning was shortlived because the strike-slip movement along the fault doesn’t generally trigger tsunamis.

“To trigger a tsunami you need to have a vertical movement of the sea floor, and it’s that vertical movement that displaces water and triggers the tsunami,” he said. “Because it’s sliding across each other, you’re not generally moving the water.”

In fact, hours after the earthquake, Dennis Sinnott, who works at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, said the largest wave hit Langara Island, a northern Haida Gwaii island, and measured just 69 centimetres.

The quake also set off emergency sirens across the Pacific on the islands of Hawaii, but even as people were moving to higher ground, the warning was called off.

In Alaska, the wave surge was just 10 centimetres, much smaller than officials had been forecasting.

Kelli Kryzanowski, manager of strategic initiatives Emergency Management B.C., said the initial earthquake occurred at 8:04 p.m. inland on Haida Gwaii and was initially recorded at a magnitude of 7.1 but was quickly upgraded to a magnitude of 7.7.

Kryzanowski said small waves generated by the quake, measured at 28 centimetres and 44 centimetres, also hit the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

“What we’re seeing at this time are relatively small sea-level fluctuations,” she said.

B.C. Justice Minister Shirley Bond said there appeared to be little damage from the quake.

“We’re certainly grateful at this point,” said Bond, who spoke to reporters during a late night conference call. “We’re very grateful for that, but we’ll wait until we can actually see the impact.”

After the quake, Ginsburg said he ran home as quickly as he could to see if there was a tsunami warning.

“Which of course there was,” he added.

Ginsburg owns the Float House Inn on the public wharf in Bella Coola and had about six customers celebrating a birthday party.

They all evacuated to about 35 metres above sea level.

“I’m assuming that it’s OK,” he said laughing. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

Bella Coola resident Barb Cornish, 60, said she considers herself a very calm person.

“But I found it quite unnerving,” she told The Canadian Press.

Cornish lives in a log house and had been told that it’s one of the safest places to be in the event of an earthquake.

But she said it sure didn’t feel safe Saturday night.

“The log house swayed and creaked and my light over my kitchen table was swaying, some chimes went off. I stood up and I could feel the undulations under my feet, to the point where I almost got nauseated.”

Geoff Ray said he has felt a lot of earthquakes, but this was the most powerful quake he’s ever experienced in the 37 years he’s lived on Haida Gwaii.

Ray operates the Breezeway Accommodations bed and breakfast in Queen Charlotte City and said the beams of his building were “visibly shaking quite a lot, there were things falling off shelves.”

“(It was) an exciting experience, there’s no doubt about that.”

Lenore Lawrence, a resident of Queen Charlotte City, said the quake was “definitely scary,” adding she wondered if “this could be the big one.”

She thought the shaking lasted more than a minute.

While several things fell off her mantle and broke, she said damage in her home was minimal.

Residents rushed out of their homes in Tofino when the tsunami sirens sounded, but they were allowed to return about two hours after the quake.

Yvette Drews, a resident of Tofino, said she ran out of her home with her two children and mother in-law and drove to a local school when she heard the community’s tsunami sirens go off.

They were told by police that they could return home.

But while on the way home, Drews said she heard the tsunami sirens go off again.

“Well that just freaked me out, hearing the siren and the voice,” she said.

The quake shook Vancouver Island, the Haida Gwaii area, Prince Rupert, Quesnel and Houston, and was even felt in Metro Vancouver and Alaska.

“It’s a good wake-up call for everyone to make sure they have an earthquake kit and a plan if an earthquake like this hits an area that they live,” said Ward.

 

Tsunami threat in Hawaii downgraded to advisory

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the powerful temblor hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8 p.m. local time Saturday at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometers) and was centered 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Masset, British Columbia. It was felt across a wide area in British Columbia, both on its Pacific islands and on the mainland.

“It looks like the damage and the risk are at a very low level,” said Shirley Bond, British Columbia’s minister responsible for emergency management said. “We’re certainly grateful.”

The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska and Hawaii, but later canceled it for the first two and downgraded it to an advisory for Hawaii.

Gerard Fryer, a senior geologist with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said the first waves hitting shore in Hawaii were smaller than expected.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said early Sunday that the Aloha State was lucky to avoid more severe surges after the powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada. Abercrombie said beaches and harbors are still closed statewide.

“We’re very, very grateful that we can go home tonight counting our blessings,” Abercrombie said.

The weather service also canceled a tsunami advisory for Oregon, leaving northern California as the only spot in North America still under a tsunami advisory.

Dennis Sinnott of the Canadian Institute of Ocean Science said a 69-centimeter (27 inch) wave was recorded off Langara Island on the northeast tip of Haida Gwaii, formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. The islands are home to about 5,000 people, many of them members of the Haida aboriginal group. Another 55 centimeter (21 inch) wave hit Winter Harbour on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.

“It appears to be settling down,” he said. “It does not mean we won’t get another small wave coming through.”

Canada’s largest earthquake since 1700 was an 8.1 magnitude quake on August 22, 1949 off the coast of British Columbia, according to the Canadian government’s Natural Resources website. It occurred on the Queen Charlotte Fault in what the department called Canada’s equivalent of the San Andreas Fault — the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates that runs underwater along the west coast of the Haida Gwaii.

In 1970 a 7.4 magnitude quake struck south of the Haida Gwaii.

The USGS said the temblor shook the waters around British Columbia and was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock after several minutes. Several other aftershocks were reported.

The quake struck 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Sandspit, British Columbia, on the Haida Gwaii archipelago. People in coastal areas were advised to move to higher ground.

Urs Thomas, operator of the Golden Spruce hotel in Port Clements said there was no warning before everything began moving inside and outside the hotel. He said it lasted about three minutes.

“It was a pretty good shock,” Thomas, 59, said. “I looked at my boat outside. It was rocking. Everything was moving. My truck was moving.”

After the initial jolt, Thomas began to check the hotel.

“The fixtures and everything were still swinging,” he said. “I had some picture frames coming down.”

Lenore Lawrence, a resident of Queen Charlotte City on the Haida Gwaii, said the quake was “definitely scary,” adding she wondered if “this could be the big one.” She said the shaking lasted more than a minute. While several things fell off her mantle and broke, she said damage in her home was minimal.

Many on the B.C. mainland said the same.

“I was sitting at my desk on my computer and everything just started to move. It was maybe 20 seconds,” said Joan Girbav, manager of Pacific Inn in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. “It’s very scary. I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never felt that.”

Residents rushed out of their homes in Tofino, British Columbia on Vancouver Island when the tsunami sirens sounded, but they were allowed to return about two hours after the quake.

In Hawaii, the tsunami warning spurred residents to stock up on essentials at gas stations and grocery stores and sent tourists in beachside hotels to higher floors in their buildings. Bus service into Waikiki was cut off an hour before the first waves, and police in downtown Honolulu shut down a Halloween block party. In Kauai, three schools used as evacuation centers quickly filled to capacity.

Fryer said the largest wave in the first 45 minutes of the tsunami was measured in Maui at more than 5 feet (1.5 meters), about 2 feet (60 centimeters) higher than normal sea levels. No major damage was reported.

In Alaska, the wave or surge was recorded at 4 inches (10 centimeters), much smaller than forecast, said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The quake was felt in Craig and other southeast Alaska communities, but Zidek said there were no immediate reports of damage.

Canada quake triggers Hawaii tsunami scare

By Alan Duke and Holly Yan, CNN
Cars are seen on Ala Wai Blvd. in Honolulu's Waikiki in Hawaii on Saturday before the arrival of the first tsunami waves.
Cars are seen on Ala Wai Blvd. in Honolulu’s Waikiki in Hawaii on Saturday before the arrival of the first tsunami waves.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: the largest wave was about 2.5 feet above ambient sea level
  • NEW: Tsunami advisory lifted
  • Hawaii evacuations are lifted
  • The tsunami was caused by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake in western Canada

(CNN) — A tsunami warning for Hawaii, triggered by a powerful earthquake in Canada, proved nothing more than a pre-Halloween scare for thousands of people this weekend.

“The tourists are doing their best Chicken Little impressions,” one CNN iReporter in West Maui, Hawaii, wrote early Sunday.

Sirens announced the tsunami warning across Hawaii on Saturday night, as thousands of revelers packed streets in Honolulu for the annual Hallowbaloo festival and many others in costumes headed to Halloween parties.

Restaurants, clubs and the festival immediately shut down and the parties turned into bumper-to-bumper traffic jams as residents headed to higher ground.

Visions of the devastating quake and tsunami that killed thousands in Japan in March 2011 fueled the fright, but the waves proved to be smaller and less powerful than feared.

While the warning said waves could surge between 3 and 6 feet, the largest wave, measured in Kahului on the island of Maui, was about 2.5 feet above ambient sea level, according to Gerard Fryer, senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The evacuation orders for coastal residents and the tsunami warning were canceled by 1 a.m. in Hawaii (7 a.m. ET) and a tsunami advisory was put in its place. That advisory was lifted three hours later.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said early Sunday that people who had evacuated could return to their homes. CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now reported that was also the case for coastal residents in various parts of the state.

Earlier, local television showed images of bumper-to-bumper traffic on roads leading from the coast to higher ground. About 80,000 people live in evacuation zones on the island of Oahu, where Honolulu is located.

Read the latest developments in our live blog

Even Hawaiians accustomed to tsunami warnings spared no effort in bracing for the worst.

Honolulu resident Victoria Shioi filled her bathtub with water, set her refrigerator to the coldest setting and gathered candles in case of water or power outages.

“Also backed up my computer and put the external (hard drive) in the waterproof safe,” Shioi said.

The tsunami was spawned by a sizable earthquake in western British Columbia, prompting a local tsunami warning.

“A (magnitude) 7.7 is a big, hefty earthquake — not something you can ignore,” Fryer said. “It definitely would have done some damage if it had been under a city.”

Instead, the quake struck about 139 kilometers (86 miles) south of Masset on British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands. No major damage was reported.

The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for western British Columbia from Vancouver to the southern panhandle of Alaska.

Canadians as far away as Prince Rupert, on mainland British Columbia, felt the quake.

Tanya Simonds said she felt as if her house was “sliding back and forth on mud,” but didn’t see any damage from the tremor.

Shawn Martin was at a movie theater when the quake struck.

“It just felt like the seats were moving. It felt like someone was kicking your seat,” he said.

Martin said more than hundred cars headed toward a popular intersection in the city known for its higher ground.

Thousands of miles across the Pacific, residents in Hawaii did the same.

CNN’s Joe Sutton, Jake Carpenter, Chandler Friedman and Maggie Schneider contributed to this report.

8 minor quakes jolt Surigao del Norte town in a day

MANILA, Philippines – Eight earthquakes, many of which occurred within an hour of each other, were recorded east of Burgos town in Surigao del Norte on Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

A 4.1-magnitude tremor which has a depth of 21 kilometers was felt in the eastern part of Burgos at 6:20 a.m.

At 9:43 a.m., a 4.8-magnitue quake was recorded 137 km east of Burgos at a 62-km depth.

The third earthquake, felt at 9:53 a.m., measured 5.3 and rattled the eastern part of Burgos.

At 10:35 a.m., a 4.5-magnitude quake hit Burgos for the fourth time. It was plotted 118 km east of Burgos with a depth of 71 km.

The fifth tremor, measured 5.5 and located 113 km east of Burgos with a depth of 85 km, occurred at 10:43 a.m.

At 11:04 a.m., a 4.9-magnitude shake was recorded 117 km east of Burgos with a depth of 125 km.

A small earthquake measuring 3.5 magnitude struck at 11:37 a.m. It was located 116 km east of the town with a depth of 62 km.

The eighth earthquake happened at 2:15 p.m. and it measured 4.2-magnitude. It was located 57 km of Burgos and has a depth of 7 km.

B.C. shaken by aftershock following powerful earthquake

Eugene Tanner/AP Visitors and Oahu residents watch the ocean water surge in and out of the Ala Wai Harbor carrying various debris during a tsunami Saturday in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Petti Fong and Graham Slaughter
Staff Reporters

VANCOUVER—The second largest earthquake in Canadian history was still rattling nerves Sunday, with aftershocks off the northern coast of British Columbia.

On Saturday night, a massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit about 30 kilometres north of Sandspit, B.C., in the Haida Gwaii islands shortly after 8 p.m. local time, sending tremors north through the island chain and south as far as Metro Vancouver.

It was the largest earthquake to be felt in Canada since an 8.1-magnitude quake in the same region back in 1949.

A surprisingly strong 6.4-magnitude aftershock in the same area shook residents again Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m.

Earthquake expert Brent Ward from Simon Fraser University said he expects aftershocks for days ahead, but generally in the 4- to 5-magnitude range.

“We don’t really understand how to predict earthquakes enough to know if something like this could be an indicator of a larger earthquake in the same vicinity occurring in the future,” Ward said Sunday. “If we get another earthquake that’s greater than 7.7, it wouldn’t be an aftershock, it would be a new earthquake.”

Saturday’s massive quake also caused a sleepless night for a whole section of western North America, watching and waiting for a tsunami warning to pass.

Based on historical records, earthquakes in the area of Saturday evening’s rumblings don’t generally trigger tsunamis, Ward said. But he added that evacuations are a worth the effort because tsunami waves can sweep through coastal communities with devastating consequences.

Neil Goodwin, a fishing lodge manager from Sandspit, was in his living room Saturday night when the rumbling started.

“It was the kind of shaking that if you weren’t holding onto something, you’d be on the floor,” he said. “It wasn’t very violent for probably the first 10 seconds, and then it really amped up.”

As the power cut out, Goodwin, 35, used the flashlight on his cellphone to find his two dogs and escape his house. He didn’t have time to assess the damage or find his cat.

Goodwin drove to one of two hills designated as safety point in tsunami drills, where he stood with his neighbours and watched the waves grow in size and strength.

“Within 10 minutes, pretty much 90 per cent of everyone in town was in one of the two points,” he said.

In Queen Charlotte, Canadian Coast Guard Malcolm Dunderdale spent a sleepless night in the dark after the power cut out within seconds of the shaking, which he said lasted about 30 to 45 seconds.

After gathering his cellphone, mobile radios and general tsunami kits, plus blankets and pillows, Dunderdale said, there was nothing to do but wait.

The first tsunami reached the West Coast at Langara Island, part of Haida Gwaii, at 9:16 p.m., about an hour and a half after the earthquake struck. But the waves caused no damage.

The earthquake also triggered tsunami warnings in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. The last of the tsunami advisories were lifted Sunday morning.

The biggest waves — about 1.5 metres high — appeared to hit Maui, the Associated Press reported. There were no immediate reports of damage, though one person died in a fatal crash near a road that was closed because of the threat near Oahu’s north shore.

Earthquakes hit California

Robert Kirchgassner
The Celebrity Cafe

While the East Coast is bracing for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, southern California is contending with a pair of small earthquakes which struck Sunday.

NBC reported that the tremors measured 3.9 on the Richter scale.

Buildings shook in downtown Los Angeles, but no damages or injuries were reported.
UPI reported that the first quake hit at 12:47 a.m., beginning from a depth of 11 miles. Its epicenter was 66 miles north of San Diego.

The next one occurred at 8:24 a.m., with the epicenter five miles east of Santa Clarita, 24 miles north of Los Angeles.

California was struck by a 3.5 magnitude earthquake a week earlier. It occurred at 1:40 p.m. near the city of Blue Lake, which is over 200 miles east of Sacramento.

Sunday’s quake occurred three hours after a 7.7 magnitude tremor hit the west coast of Canada, which led to a brief tsunami warning in Hawaii.

The Los Angeles Times reported that no warnings were issued for California at that time.

Ark. earthquake felt in Memphis area

An earthquake that registered 3.9 on the Richter Scale hit eastern Arkansas Monday morning, and was felt by several Memphis-area residents as well.

According to the US Geological Survey website, the tremor hit around 7:39 a.m.

The epicenter was about 6 miles from Parkin, Ark., and about 30 miles from Memphis.

Several Memphis residents were chattering almost immediately on social media about the several seconds of tremors that shook Midtown.

“About 8 minutes ago, felt about 8-10 seconds of tremors in midtown,” tweeted @JeffGinMEM around 7:50 a.m. Monday.

Former Jackson resident Jada Love posted on her Facebook, “Did anyone else in Midtown Memphis feel earthquake tremors…?”

Tiffany Renee Daniel responded, “I’m in Southaven and I swear I just felt something too I was just sitting here trying to explain it away.”

Love lives in a fourth-story apartment and said she could hear a low rumbling and felt her couch shake. She said her parents, who are in the Bartlett/Arlington area, did not feel anything.

But Kevin Thompson did at his home in the Rivercrest neighborhood in north Bartlett.

“My wife and I had been awake and talking for a while. We felt an initial boom-rumble, and then the bed was shaking a little. We concluded that it was the kids pounding on the floor upstairs, but we thought it was weird because we had never felt the bed shake like that before,” he said. “A few minutes later, we saw that some of our friends on Facebook talking about the earthquake. That’s when the shaking started to make more sense.”

That experience was similar to what was reported by many residents of the Memphis area.

“A little after 7:30 this morning I felt my house shake and heard a rumbling noise! I thought it was my imagination! Felt better when I heard it really was an earthquake,” said Stacey Alpert of Cordova.

Kevin O’Brien lives just south of Olive Branch. When he felt the tremors Monday morning, at first he thought his cat was somehow shaking the couch.

“It seemed a bit too strong a shake for our smallish cat and my suspicion quickly shifted to earthquake when I saw the Halloween decoration hanging from the dinette light fixture swinging,” he said. “Still, I looked outdoors to confirm that the cat had not snuck into the house.”

Tremors shake up 5 districts

TNN

VIJAYAWADA: Panic spread across several villages in five districts in the state due to mild tremors on Monday. People ran out of their houses when the earth shook for a few seconds. Though no casualties were reported from any of the districts, there was panic in many places in Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nalgonda, and Khammam.

There were reports of tremors even at Hayathnagar in Rangareddy district around the same time. The earth quake monitoring centre at Vijayawada termed the incident as ‘very minor’ and said there was nothing to worry about. “It’s common to experience such tremors when the rocky layers of earth make adjustments within themselves,” said RDO S Venkata Rao.

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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/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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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/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/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, 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/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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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/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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Volcanic Activity

Tjörnes Fracture Zone volcano (North of Iceland): seismic swarm continues with no end in sight

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Time and depth of quakes at the TFZ

The earthquake swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north off Iceland continues into its 10th day. After a decline in intensity during 25-28 Oct, the frequency of quakes has again picked up. There are often more than 100 quakes a day including some above magnitude 3. The Icelandic Met Office maintains a warning for a possible larger quake in the area.

 – By L. Arias
Access to one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks remains open to tourists.
Poás Volcano

Experts from the National Seismological Network are keeping the volcano under surveillance. Courtesy of RSN

The Poas Volcano early Sunday awoke residents of the province of Alajuela with a strong rumble.

At about 1 a.m., the volcano’s crater ejected mud and ash more than 500 meters into the air. Ashes traveled hundreds of meters around the national park, rangers reported.

Although the volcano is frequently active, this kind of strong explosion has not been recorded since 2006. Experts said the activity was normal, but they will continue monitoring the volcano.

Poás Volcano National Park will remain open to tourists while experts determine if there is any risk to visitors.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Cold snap hits France with first signs of winter

Published on Oct 28, 2012 by

http://www.euronews.com/ “C’est l’hiver avant l’heure;” or ‘it is winter before it should be’, was one local person’s reaction to heavy snow falls which have hit eastern parts of France.

The cold snap brought power cuts with up to 50,000 households in the Isere region in the Alps deprived of electricity.

Authorities have issued an “Orange” warning, the second highest alert, and rescue services have been fully mobilised.

Up to 50 centimetres of snow fell in some parts making driving hazardous. An icy wind and fresh falls of snow on top of the ice only added to the dangerous conditions.

Many drivers were forced to abandon their cars while emergency services were called to clear trees from roads felled in the high winds, with gusts blowing up to 130 kilometres per hour recorded in one area.

Parts of the south of France were the worst hit by the high winds where on the riviera two people have been reported missing.

A search has been mounted for a 12-year-old boy on the island of Porquerolles. Emergency services say his bike has been found. A 26-year-old windsurfer is also missing.

In the port of Marseille the ferry Napoleon Bonaparte was damaged when strong winds broke the ship’s moorings.

The hull smashed against the dock flooding two of its watertight compartments.

Cold snap to sweep through China

English People Daily Online

Cold Snap in China

© Xinhua/Lin Hong
Citizens wearing thick clothes walk on a street in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province, Oct. 28, 2012. A cold front swept the province on Sunday, lowering the temperature nine to 11 degrees centigrade in most parts of the province and bringing the lowest temperature down to less than zero.

Beijing — China’s central and eastern regions will experience temperature drops in coming days, while the southern parts will receive moderate to heavy rain, the national meteorological watchdog forecast Sunday.

Strong wind will make temperatures in northeastern regions fall by six to ten degrees Celsius on Sunday. A blast of cold air is forecast to sweep across the central and eastern parts from Monday, the National Meteorological Center said on its website.

The center also forecast that fog will shroud parts of Hubei, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces on Sunday morning, reducing visibility to less than 1,000 meters.

Over the next three days, parts of South China will see moderate to heavy rain, and some regions may experience torrential rain, the center said.

Son-Tinh, the 23rd tropical storm of the year, strengthened to a super-typhoon on Saturday night and was located 260 km southeast of Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa at 5 a.m. Sunday.

Son-Tinh is expected to move northwestward at a speed of 10 to 15 km per hour and make landfall in Vietnam’s northern coastal regions on Sunday night, the center said.

Sweden braces for week of heavy snow

Ice Age Now

Meteorologists predict heavy snowfall throughout the country and have issued a nationwide class 1 warning.

“There may be large quantities of snow,” explained Lisa Frost of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI.

“As it’s the first snow and it’s quite early in the season, we’re issuing the warning – especially as some people haven’t changed to their winter tyres yet.”

Throughout Monday, the Dalarna and Värmland counties have been slammed by a lengthy snow storm, which has left 10 cm (4 inches) of snow. SMHI forecast a further 10 cm before Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is already fighting the blizzards.

The season’s lowest temperature was recorded on Sunday night with Nattavaara in far northern Sweden hitting -22.1C (-6F).

Surprise October snow hits central Germany – Suspected record

TheLocal.de

Winter appeared overnight in many parts of Germany on Saturday with unseasonal heavy snow fall and subzero temperatures hitting central and southern areas.

Meteorologists say this is the first time for decades that snow has fallen on low lying areas in October. More flurries are expected over the weekend.

As much as 17cm of snow fell overnight in Thuringen forest in central Germany – a suspected record for this time of year.

Heavy snow also fell on Bavaria, Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Saarland, with further flurries expected on Saturday in Leipzig, Dresden and Munich, according to the DWD.

“This happens maybe once every 30 or 40 years,” meteorologist Christoph Hartmann of the German weather service (DWD) told Die Welt newspaper on Saturday, referring to the unusual snowfall in October.

The severe drop in temperature – by 20 degrees within a week – also occurs “very, very seldom,” he added.

With winter’s first onslaught, fallen trees blocked train lines between Leipzig and Munich, causing delays and diversions to the ICE high speed rail network.

A further 10-15 cm of snow is expected overnight in the Alps and in the Ore Mountains in Saxony, where DWD said temperatures could fall as low as minus ten.

Austria – Rare October snow catches drivers by surprise

Ice Age Now

Only twice before since records began has there been snow in October in all the nine provinces of Austria, on the 31 October 1941 as well as in the night of 23 and 24 October 2003.

Austrian weather expert Alexander Orlik from the central weather institute ZAMG said: “It is true the snow is very early this year and that is an indication that it will be a long hard winter, but not proof.”

The early snow caught many drivers unaware who had not yet changed over to winter tyres – causing problems on the roads. The legal deadline to have winter tyres is 1 November in Austria.

In Carinthia parts of the region were left without electricity as the snow fell as a result of heavy snow meaning trees toppled onto the lines .

Early Snow Pummels West Virginia

By KRIS MAHER

Parts of West Virginia were digging out from up to three feet of snow dumped in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a deluge that cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents and shut down main highways.

The thick blanket of snow at higher elevations across the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, including in parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania, also brought concerns that rivers and creeks in low-lying areas could flood later in the week as the snow melts, with temperatures expected to reach 60 degrees. Falling trees and storm-related traffic accidents claimed the lives of three people in Maryland, three in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia, state officials said Tuesday.

Close to 300,000 West Virginia residents were without power Tuesday afternoon, as high winds and heavy snow snapped branches and downed power lines, and officials expected the number to rise. Outages at several utilities had left some areas without access to water, and officials were sending out trucks to deliver bottled water.

“West Virginia continues to be hard hit,” said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat. “Right now, my main focus is on life safety, power restoration and critical infrastructure.…We are doing everything we can to help the folks in need.”

More than 30 of West Virginia’s 55 counties had snow, with the heaviest snowfall at higher elevations, said Liz Sommerville, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Charleston, W.Va. Bowden, above 3,000 feet, recorded 24 inches by early Tuesday, compared with 16 inches in Beckley, elevation 2,300 feet, and 9 inches in the capital of Charleston, elevation 980 feet.

“Trees are coming down. I got a feeling that a lot of weaker structures are going to come down,” said Gary Berti, of Davis, W.Va., where 30 inches of snow had fallen by Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Berti, 54 years old, said all the stores along the main street of Davis were closed Tuesday and only pickup trucks with four-wheel drive were braving secondary roads. Restaurants without power were making food for rescue workers using gas stoves, he said: “They’re cooking everything they’ve got because they know they’re going to lose it.”

Snow was expected to keep falling on mountainous areas through Wednesday, and blizzard warnings remained in effect in more than a dozen counties Tuesday. At lower elevations, snow was expected to turn to rain by Tuesday night.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation reported accidents on three major highways in the state and said fallen trees and power lines were complicating efforts to clear roads. The agency urged residents to stay home. Marshall University canceled classes at various campuses around the state, and West Virginia State University closed for the day.

Western Maryland recorded two feet of snow, and blizzard warnings remained in effect Tuesday. While eastern areas of the state endured some flooding, officials were bracing for worse, said Ed McDonough, a spokesman for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. More than 300,000 people in the state were without power Tuesday, with many outages in the Baltimore area. About 50 people were evacuated late Monday from the town of Crisfield, which sits on the Chesapeake Bay, after floodwaters spilled into homes.

In Pennsylvania, 1.25 million residents remained without power Tuesday. Gov. Tom Corbett warned that the central part of the state could see minor flooding, but far less than what storms last year brought to the region. The highest point in the state, Mount Davis, received 9 inches of snow, with several more inches expected. There is “nothing of major significance at this point in time that we have great concern about,” Gov. Corbett said at a midday news briefing.

Pennsylvania officials planned to have a shelter open in West Chester, Pa., to house 1,300 people from New Jersey, and another in East Stroudsburg, Pa., to aid 500 people displaced in New York. In addition, Pennsylvania officials were providing 35 ambulances and a large vehicle to transport people, as well as providing a rescue team requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to New Jersey.

—Jennifer Corbett Dooren contributed to this article.

31.10.2012 Extreme Weather USA State of Alaska, [Novarupta volcan] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 at 19:24 (07:24 PM) UTC.

Description
Strong winds swept ash from the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century into the atmosphere Tuesday, creating a haze over Alaska’s Kodiak Island and prompting the National Weather Service to issue flight warnings for the area. Powerful northwest winds funneled through the mountains at the Katmai Bay, sending ash around 4,000 feet into the sky southeast toward Kodiak. Brian Hagenbuch, general meteorologist at the National Weather Service Anchorage office, was the first to spot the ash. “When the sun came up yesterday, I noticed it looked foggy on the Larson Bay camera,” one of many cameras set up by the FAA to monitor weather conditions. But as the sun continued to rise, he noted the fog looked smoggy and brown. Around 10 a.m., Hagenbuch checked the visible satellite and found a “milky, dome-shaped plume.” He then double-checked on infra-red equipment that is used specifically to spot ash even through cloud cover, which verified his findings. Having confirmed his suspicions, Hagenbuch put together a “Significant Meterological Event” warning, called a SIGMET, to alert pilots of the hazardous conditions in the area. Hagenbuch says that very strong winds “from time to time” will stir up the ash from Novarupta. The Novarupta volcanic eruption of June 6, 1912, occurred in what is now the Katmai National Park and Preserve. For three days, the volcano spewed 100 times more material than the Mount St. Helens eruption, shooting plumes 20 miles into the air and burying the valley downwind in over 500 feet of ash and volcanic rock. Four years later, when botanist Robert Griggs visited the valley, steam still poured from vents across the valley, prompting the crew to name it The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Hagenbuch will update, and possibly cancel, the SIGMET on the National Weather Service’s website Wednesday. Hagenbuch notes that there is “much less” ash in the air than Tuesday.

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Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Rosa (EP17) Pacific Ocean – East 30.10.2012 31.10.2012 Hurricane V 275 ° 743 km/h 93 km/h 2.44 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Rosa (EP17)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 14° 24.000, W 116° 6.000
Start up: 30th October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 60.60 km
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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31st Oct 2012 05:22:06 N 14° 30.000, W 117° 0.000 7 74 93 Tropical Storm 275 8 1003 MB NOAA NHC
31st Oct 2012 10:48:56 N 14° 30.000, W 117° 18.000 7 743 93 Hurricane V. 275 8 1003 MB NOAA NHC
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31st Oct 2012 10:48:56 N 14° 30.000, W 117° 18.000 7 743 93 Tropical Depression 275 ° 8 1003 MB NOAA NHC
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02nd Nov 2012 06:00:00 N 14° 42.000, W 118° 48.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
03rd Nov 2012 06:00:00 N 14° 30.000, W 119° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
04th Nov 2012 06:00:00 N 14° 30.000, W 120° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
05th Nov 2012 06:00:00 N 15° 0.000, W 120° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC

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Crew member dead, captain missing after Canadian-built replica of HMS Bounty sinks

Paul Koring and Jane Taber
The Globe and Mail

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Washington – One crew member has died and the captain is missing in high seas and raging winds after the Canadian-built replica of HMS Bounty was abandoned and sank Monday morning.

U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopters rescued 14 others from life rafts in a dramatic dawn rescue about 150 kilometres off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

As the crew abandoned the sinking ship, struggling to get into life rafts before dawn, three were tossed into the sea by waves sweeping over the stricken vessel. “One of those managed to get to a raft, but not the other two,” U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Jamie Frederick told The Globe and Mail at 13:30 pm.

The dead crew member, 42-year-old Claudene Christian, was found unresponsive in the water on Monday evening. The Coast Guard said she was taken to a hospital in Elizabeth City, where she was later pronounced dead.

Rescuers continued to search for the missing captain of HMS Bounty, 63-year-old Robin Walbridge.

The Coast Guard says Captain Walbridge and Ms. Christian were able to put on survival suits designed to keep them afloat and protect them from chilly waters for 15 hours.

Helicopters were used in the search and two Coast Guard cutters have also gone out to sea to help search.

“We’re throwing all the assets we have out there so that we can keep searching for these folks,” Cdmr Frederick said.

Earlier he confirmed that “14 are safe on shore.”

Storm damages crops in Haiti, fueling food price woes

Susana Ferreira
Reuters
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    Many homes remain underwater in southern Haiti.

    Huge crop losses in southern Haiti raise famine worries

  • Flooding raises specter of cholera
  • Crop losses in Cuba, Jamaica as well

Port-au-Prince – As Hurricane Sandy barreled toward the U.S. East Coast on Monday, the full extent of the storm’s havoc on Haiti was just beginning to emerge.

Extensive damage to crops throughout the southern third of the country, as well as the high potential for a spike in cases of cholera and other water-borne diseases, could mean Haiti will see the deadliest effects of Sandy in the coming days and weeks.

Haiti reported the highest death toll in the Caribbean, as swollen rivers and landslides claimed at least 52 lives, according to the country’s Civil Protection office. More than three days of constant rain left roads and bridges heavily damaged, cutting off access to several towns and a key border crossing with the Dominican Republic.

“The economy took a huge hit,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told Reuters. He also said Sandy’s impact was devastating, “even by international standards,” adding that Haiti was planning an appeal for emergency aid.

“Most of the agricultural crops that were left from Hurricane Isaac were destroyed during Sandy,” he said, “so food security will be an issue.”

Sandy also destroyed banana crops in eastern Jamaica as well as decimating the coffee crop in eastern Cuba.

But the widespread loss of crops and supplies in the south, both for commercial growers and subsistence farmers, is what has Haitian authorities and aid organizations had worried about most.

The past several months have seen a series of nationwide protests and general strikes over the rising cost of living. Even before Hurricane Sandy hit, residents complained that food prices were too high.

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Carmene Chales, left, walks with Anes Michaelange and one-year-old Alexandra Alexandre through an area where Hurricane Sandy triggered flooding in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

Peasant Crop Losses

A rise in food prices in Haiti triggered violent demonstrations and political instability in April 2008. Jean Debalio Jean-Jacques, the Ministry of Agriculture’s director for the southern department, said he worried that the massive crop loss “could aggravate the situation.”

“The storm took everything away,” said Jean-Jacques. “Everything the peasants had in reserve – corn, tubers – all of it was devastated. Some people had already prepared their fields for winter crops and those were devastated.”

In Abricots on Haiti’s southwestern tip, the community was still recovering from the effects of 2010’s Hurricane Tomas and a recent dry spell when Sandy hit.

“We’ll have famine in the coming days,” said Abricots Mayor Kechner Toussaint. “It’s an agricultural disaster.”

The main staples of the local diet, bananas and breadfruit, were ripped out by winds and ruined by heavy rains.

In the southwestern Grand Anse department, a boat that regularly comes from Port-au-Prince to deliver supplies and pick up produce to sell in the capital had not come in more than a week because of the storm. The cost of basic things, like fuel, had already jumped.

In Camp-Perrin, a mountainous region in the southwest peninsula where Sandy’s first fatality was recorded after a woman tried to cross a swollen river, coffee planters lamented the loss of a harvest they were weeks away from collecting.

“Coffee is the bank account of the peasants,” said Maurice Jean-Louis, a planter and head of a coffee growers’ cooperative in Camp-Perrin. Rain flooded many storage areas as well, soaking coffee beans that were set aside for export. He called the damage “incalculable.”

Cholera in the Capital

In the capital, Port-au-Prince, Sandy destroyed concrete homes and tent camps alike, where 370,000 victims of the 2010 earthquake are still living. Haitian authorities said 18,000 families were left homeless in the disaster.

Aid organizations began reporting a sharp rise in suspected cholera cases in several departments, with at least 86 new cases alone coming from Port-au-Prince’s earthquake survivor camps, according to Dr. Juan Carlos Gustavo Alonso of the Pan American Health Organization. Many communities are still cut off and only accessible by helicopter, he said, so the broader rise in cholera was “still too early to tell.”

Since October 2010, a cholera outbreak has sickened almost 600,000 people and killed more than 7,400 in Haiti.

Both the Haitian state and international aid organizations distributed food, water and other items to affected camps and communities throughout the weekend, including personal distributions by President Michel Martelly.

“These stocks are running dangerously low,” said George Ngwa, spokesman for OCHA, a humanitarian coordinating body in Haiti. “After Tropical Storm Isaac in August, these stocks have not been replenished. What we’re doing is scraping the bottom.”

Powerful storm kills at least 30 in Philippines, Vietnam

By Jethro Mullen, CNN
Boats sit in the Beilun River, which separates China and Vietnam, on Tuesday, October 30. Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was moving northeast along the northern Vietnamese coast on Monday after tearing the roofs off hundreds of houses and breaching flood defenses overnight, the state-run Vietnam News Agency reported. Boats sit in the Beilun River, which separates China and Vietnam, on Tuesday, October 30. Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was moving northeast along the northern Vietnamese coast on Monday after tearing the roofs off hundreds of houses and breaching flood defenses overnight, the state-run Vietnam News Agency reported.

A Chinese soldier hands over a Vietnamese baby he rescued from the flood to his mother at a waterlogged market near the China-Vietnam on Monday.

A Chinese soldier hands over a Vietnamese baby he rescued from the flood to his mother at a waterlogged market near the China-Vietnam on Monday.
A man stands on a flooded road in Sanya, China, on Sunday, October 28.
A man stands on a flooded road in Sanya, China, on Sunday, October 28.

An uprooted tree crushes a car in China on Sunday. An uprooted tree crushes a car in China on Sunday.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More than a thousand rescue workers have been deployed in Vietnam
  • Helicopters are on standby to search for an oil rig adrift from its towboats
  • Tropical Storm Son-Tinh had already killed at least 27 people in the Philippines

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Hong Kong (CNN) — As Hurricane Sandy lashes the East Coast of the United States with wind and rain, Southeast Asia is dealing with the trail of death and damage from a powerful storm that has killed at least 30 people in the region over the past few days.

Superstorm Sandy threatens ‘catastrophe’ of a lifetime

Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was moving northeast along the northern Vietnamese coast on Monday after tearing the roofs off hundreds of houses and breaching flood defenses overnight, the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Son-Tinh was at typhoon level when it thumped into northern Vietnam late Sunday with winds as strong as 133 kilometers per hour (83 mph). It left three people dead and two injured, according to an initial estimate from the Office of the National Search and Rescue Committee reported by (VNA).

More than a 1,300 rescue workers and soldiers have been deployed to work with local authorities on search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of the storm, VNA said.

Helicopters were on standby for a search and rescue mission for an oil rig with 35 people on board that became disconnected from its towboats miles out at sea amid strong waves generated by the storm, according to VNA.

And five people were missing Sunday after winds from Son-Tinh sank an engineering vessel near a cargo terminal in Sanya, a city on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Son-Tinh is expected to gradually weaken over the course of Monday, regional weather agencies said. At least 260,000 people in Vietnam had been relocated to safer areas as it approached Sunday.

The storm had already killed 27 people when it swept across the central Philippines during the second half of last week, causing flash floods and landslides, according to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Nine people remain missing, the council said Monday.

East Asia is buffeted for several months a year by heavy storms that roll in from the western Pacific Ocean. In August, a big typhoon, named Bolaven, killed more than 60 people on the Korean peninsula.

Storm Barrels Through Region, Leaving Destructive Path

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The mammoth and merciless storm made landfall near Atlantic City around 8 p.m., with maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. That was shortly after the center had reclassified the storm as a post-tropical cyclone, a scientific renaming that had no bearing on the powerful winds, driving rains and life-threatening storm surge expected to accompany its push onto land.

The storm had unexpectedly picked up speed as it roared over the Atlantic Ocean on a slate-gray day and went on to paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states, with extensive evacuations that turned shorefront neighborhoods into ghost towns. Even the superintendent of the Statue of Liberty left to ride out the storm at his mother’s house in New Jersey; he said the statue itself was “high and dry,” but his house in the shadow of the torch was not.

The wind-driven rain lashed sea walls and protective barriers in places like Atlantic City, where the Boardwalk was damaged as water forced its way inland. Foam was spitting, and the sand gave in to the waves along the beach at Sandy Hook, N.J., at the entrance to New York Harbor. Water was thigh-high on the streets in Sea Bright, N.J., a three-mile sand-sliver of a town where the ocean joined the Shrewsbury River.

“It’s the worst I’ve seen,” said David Arnold, watching the storm from his longtime home in Long Branch, N.J. “The ocean is in the road, there are trees down everywhere. I’ve never seen it this bad.”

In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said late Monday night that at least five deaths in the state were attributable to the storm. At least three of those involved falling trees. About 7 p.m., a tree fell on a house in Queens, killing a 30-year-old man, the city police said. About the same time, two boys, ages 11 and 13, were killed in North Salem in Westchester County, when a tree fell on the house they were in, according to the State Police.

In Morris County, N.J., a man and a woman were killed when a tree fell on their car Monday evening, The Associated Press reported.

In Manhattan, NYU Langone Medical Center’s backup power system failed Monday evening, forcing the evacuation of patients to other facilities.

In a Queens beach community, nearly 200 firefighters were battling a huge blaze early on Tuesday morning that tore through more than 50 tightly-packed homes in an area where heavy flooding slowed responders.

Earlier, a construction crane atop one of the tallest buildings in the city came loose and dangled 80 stories over West 57th Street, across the street from Carnegie Hall.

Soon power was going out and water was rushing in. Waves topped the sea wall in the financial district in Manhattan, sending cars floating downstream. West Street, along the western edge of Lower Manhattan, looked like a river. The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, known officially as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in memory of a former governor, flooded “from end to end,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said, hours after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York ordered it closed to traffic.Officials said water also seeped into seven subway tunnels under the East River.

Joseph J. Lhota, the transit authority chairman, called the storm the most devastating disaster in the 108-year history of the subway system.

“We could be fishing out our windows tomorrow,” said Garnett Wilcher, a barber who lives in the Hammells Houses, a block from the ocean in the Rockaways in Queens. Still, he said he felt safe at home. Pointing to neighboring apartment houses in the city-run housing project, he said, “We got these buildings for jetties.”

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 175 miles from the center of the storm; tropical-storm-force winds spread out 485 miles from the center. Forecasters said tropical-storm-force winds could stretch all the way north to Canada and all the way west to the Great Lakes. Snow was expected in some states.

Businesses and schools were closed; roads, bridges and tunnels were closed; and more than 13,000 airline flights were canceled. Even the Erie Canal was shut down.

Subways were shut down from Boston to Washington, as were Amtrak and the commuter rail lines. About 1,000 flights were canceled at each of the three major airports in the New York City area. Philadelphia International Airport had 1,200 canceled flights, according to FlightAware, a data provider in Houston. And late Monday night, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said cabs had been instructed to get off New York City roads.

A replica of the H.M.S. Bounty, a tall ship built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando and used in the recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, sank off the North Carolina coast. The Coast Guard said the 180-foot three-masted ship went down near the Outer Banks after being battered by 18-foot-high seas and thrashed by 40-m.p.h. winds. The body of one crew member, Claudene Christian, 42, was recovered. Another crew member remained missing.

Delaware banned cars and trucks from state roadways for other than “essential personnel.”

“The most important thing right now is for people to use common sense,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “We didn’t want people out on the road going to work and not being able to get home again.”

By early evening, the storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, stores and office buildings. Consolidated Edison said that as of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, 634,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County were without power. Con Edison, fearing damage to its electrical equipment, shut down power pre-emptively in sections of Lower Manhattan on Monday evening, and then, at 8:30 p.m., an unplanned failure, probably caused by flooding in substations, knocked out power to most of Manhattan below Midtown, about 250,000 customers. Later, an explosion at a Con Ed substation on East 14th Street knocked out power to another 250,000 customers.

In New Jersey, more than two million customers were without power as of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, and in Connecticut nearly 500,000.

President Obama, who returned to the White House and met with top advisers, said Monday that the storm would disrupt the rhythms of daily life in the states it hit. “Transportation is going to be tied up for a long time,” he said, adding that besides flooding, there would probably be widespread power failures. He said utility companies had lined up crews to begin making repairs. But he cautioned that it could be slow going.

“The fact is, a lot of these emergency crews are not going to get into position to start restoring power until some of these winds die down,” the president said. He added, “That may take several days.”

Forecasters attributed the power of the storm to a convergence of weather systems. As the hurricane swirled north in the Atlantic and then pivoted toward land, a wintry storm was heading toward it from the west, and cold air was blowing south from the Arctic. The hurricane left more than 60 people dead in the Caribbean before it began crawling toward the Northeast.

“The days ahead are going to be very difficult, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland said. “There will be people who die and are killed in this storm,” he said.

Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, said potentially damaging winds would continue on Tuesday from Illinois to the Carolinas — and as far north as Maine — as the storm barreled toward the eastern Great Lakes.

Mr. Cuomo, who ordered many of the most heavily used bridges and tunnels in New York City closed, warned that the surge from Hurricane Sandy could go two feet higher than that associated with Tropical Storm Irene last year. The PATH system, buses and the Staten Island Ferry system were also suspended.

Mr. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has said he expected to restore at least some service about 12 hours after the storm ended. But possible flooding within the subway system could prevent a full-scale reopening.

The storm headed toward land with weather that was episodic: a strong gust of wind one minute, then mist. More wind. Thin sheets of rain dancing down the street. Then, for a moment, nothing. The sky lightened. Then another blast of rain. Then more wind.

The day brought a giddiness to schoolchildren who had the day off and to grown-ups who were fascinated by the rough, rising water. Some went surfing, discounting the danger. Felquin Piedra, 38, rode his Jet Ski from Queens to Lower Manhattan.

“I love the waves,” Mr. Piedra yelled from New York Harbor. “The water is warm. I’ve jumped in several times.”

But even when landfall was still hours away, there was no holding back the advance guard of the storm — fast-moving bands of rain and punishing winds.

It added up to devastation. Driving through places like Pompton Plains, N.J., late Monday afternoon was like an X-Games contest for drivers. They had to do tree-limb slaloms on side streets and gunned their engines anxiously as they passed wind funnels of leaves swirling on highways.

On City Island, off the Bronx mainland, Cheryl Brinker sprayed “Sandy Stay Away” on her boarded-up art studio, expanding a collage she started during Tropical Storm Irene last year. But by midafternoon, nearby Ditmars Street was under as much as five feet of water and Steve Van Wickler said the water had cracked the cement in his cellar. “It’s like a little river running in my basement,” he said. “There are cracks and leaks everywhere.”

In some places, caravans of power-company trucks traveled largely empty roads; Public Service Electric and Gas said that 600 line workers and 526 tree workers had arrived from across the country, but could not start the repairs and cleanup until the wind had subsided, perhaps not until Wednesday.

They will see a landscape that, in many places, was remade by the storm. In Montauk, at the end of Long Island, a 50-seat restaurant broke in half. Half of the building floated away and broke into pieces on the beach.

The 110-foot-tall lighthouse at Montauk Point — the oldest in the state, opened in 1796 — shuddered in the storm despite walls that are six feet thick at the base. The lighthouse keeper, Marge Winski, said she had never felt anything like that in 26 years on the job.

“I went up in tower and it was vibrating, it was shaking,” she said. “I got out of it real quick. I’ve been here through hurricanes, and nor’easters, but nothing this bad.”

Sandy kills dozens in U.S., millions left without power

CTVNews.ca Staff

With at least 50 people dead, transit crippled in New York City and millions of people along the U.S. East Coast struggling without electricity, communities face a daunting challenge of repairing the damage wrought by superstorm Sandy.

In New York, where 18 people were killed, Mayor Michael Bloomberg surveyed the destruction in the hardest-hit neighbourhoods Tuesday. He said he saw homes so utterly destroyed only “chimneys and foundations” were left.

But despite the daunting challenge of recovery efforts, Bloomberg said “New Yorkers are resilient.”

About a third of New York’s fleet of taxis were operating Tuesday, bus service was partially restored, and the New York Stock Exchange was expected to reopen Wednesday.

U.S. President Barack Obama declared New York and Long Island a “major” disaster area.

The declaration means federal funding is now available to residents of the hardest-hit areas, who awoke to a tragic aftermath of the deadly storm that slammed ashore in New Jersey on Monday evening.

New York had seen a four-metre surge of seawater crash ashore overnight, inundating the city’s tunnels and electrical systems and causing massive damage to the city’s famed subway. The storm left New York with no running trains, a vacated business district and entire neighbourhoods under water.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the subway system, which remains closed, had suffered the worst damage in its 108-year history.

As of midday Tuesday, Sandy’s sustained winds were already diminishing from the 130 km/h it was packing at landfall near Atlantic City, N.J. on Monday evening.

But forecasters warn the storm system will continue to affect a region stretching from the U.S. eastern seaboard north to Canada, and as far west as Wisconsin and Illinois, as it churns across Pennsylvania before veering into western New York state sometime Wednesday.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a bleak update at a morning news conference Tuesday, saying seaside rail lines were washed away, and there was no safe place on the state’s barrier islands for him as large parts of the coast are still under water.

“We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can,” Christie said. “The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.”

The effects aren’t contained to America’s largest city. More than 7.4 million homes and businesses in an area that stretches from the Carolinas in the south to Ohio in the northeast are without power Tuesday. Tens of thousands were also without electricity in southern parts of Ontario and Quebec too, as Sandy carries its combination of rain and wind northwards.

In Canada, a Toronto woman was killed Monday evening after she was struck by a falling sign blown down in the powerful storm’s high winds.

Most of the Sandy-related wind warnings issued by Environment Canada have been called off however, except for the Sarnia region, areas along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec and Inverness County in Nova Scotia.

The storm was officially downgraded from hurricane status, but it came ashore packing a lot of energy due to its unusually low barometric pressure. Combined with a cold-weather system from the north, and the high tide of the full moon, the storm is forecast to continue wreaking havoc across a 1,300-kilometre region that’s home to 50 million people through Wednesday.

Forecasters are even warning as much as one metre of snow could fall in some states, some of which has already fallen in West Virginia and other higher ground inland.

Notable effects of post-tropical storm Sandy:

  • U.S. death toll so far is 50, including 18 people in New York, and numerous others killed in a total of seven states.
  • In Canada, one woman is dead after she was struck by debris from a wind-blown sign in the west-end of Toronto Monday evening.
  • Sandy had already been blamed for 69 deaths when it tore through the Caribbean.
  • Concerns during the peak of the storm prompted shutdowns at two nuclear plants in New York and New Jersey, as well as an alert at America’s oldest nuclear plant at Barneget Bay, N.J.
  • 200 patients, including those on respirators and babies in intensive care, evacuated after New York University’s Tisch Hospital lost power.
  • Winds toppled a construction crane atop a 74-storey luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan, forcing the evacuation of nearby buildings.
  • Fire destroyed at least 50 homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens.
  • Four unoccupied row houses in Baltimore collapsed in the storm.
  • Wind gusts of more than 100 km/h prompted the closure of the port in Portland, Maine.
  • Flooding in areas from Virginia to Atlantic City, where the storm washed away a 15-metre section of the famous boardwalk. New York City’s now-flooded subway remains shut.
  • The Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey is closed, as is a tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is also barricaded due to high winds.
  • More than 12,000 commercial flights are cancelled, with more expected. New York’s LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Kennedy airports are all closed.
  • One crew member of the Canadian-built HMS Bounty sunk in storm-battered seas off North Carolina was found and later pronounced dead. 14 others rescued alive, but the captain is still missing.

An estimated 360,000 residents of 30 Connecticut communities were under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders.

While it could take days to determine the extent of the storm damage, early estimates peg the potential price tag anywhere between $10 billion and $20 billion, which could make it one of the costliest storms in U.S. history.

Ahead of Sandy making landfall Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama declared states of emergency in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying,” Obama said from the White House. “When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Don’t delay, don’t pause, don’t question the instructions that are being given, because this is a powerful storm.”

On the U.S. presidential election front, both Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney suspended campaigning Monday, with just a week left before voting day.

Cyclone Nilam spares Chennai

T. Ramakrishnan

  • Onlookers gather to get a glimpse of ‘Pratibha Cauvery’ that ran aground near Elliots Beach on Wednesday. Photo: V. Ganesan
    The Hindu Onlookers gather to get a glimpse of ‘Pratibha Cauvery’ that ran aground near Elliots Beach on Wednesday. Photo: V. Ganesan
  • Cyclone ‘Nilam’ hits the Mamallapuram beach, in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
    The Hindu Cyclone ‘Nilam’ hits the Mamallapuram beach, in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
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    A bird’s eye view of Marina beach in Chennai on Wednesday. Nilam evoked fears of large-scale destruction among the people in coastal districts in north Tamil Nadu. Photo: PTI
  • An aerial view of the cyclone Nilam ravaged Marina on Wednesday evening. Schools, colleges and other educational establishments have announced holiday for the third day on Thursday. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
    The Hindu An aerial view of the cyclone Nilam ravaged Marina on Wednesday evening. Schools, colleges and other educational establishments have announced holiday for the third day on Thursday. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
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    The Hindu A man takes cover from gusty winds at Anna Salai in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: M. Vedhan
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    India Meteorological Department Image shows Cyclone Nilam as captured by Kalpana-1 satellite on Wednesday.

Storm makes landfall near Mamallapuram; rain claims four lives in Tamil Nadu

Cyclonic storm Nilam, which threatened to hit the Chennai coast, spared the city, but made landfall near Mamallapuram, about 60 km south of Chennai, on Wednesday evening.

Four persons were reported to have died during the day in different parts of the State, but a Revenue department official clarified that Kancheepuram district, where the storm crossed the coast between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., did not report even a single death.

Nilam evoked fears of large-scale destruction among the people in coastal districts in north Tamil Nadu.

The exact details about the landfall would be known on Thursday after an assessment by the Meteorological Department, according to Y.E.A. Raj, Deputy Director General of Meteorology.

Though many areas in the northern belt received heavy rainfall on Tuesday night, the intensity was not much during the day when Nilam made the last leg of its journey. According to a bulletin issued on the basis of observations at 8-30 a.m., the storm lay centred about 260 km south southeast of Chennai, and by 6 p.m, it made landfall.

At the time of crossing the coast, Chennai recorded the maximum wind speed of 75 km per hour and Kalpakkam 65 km per hour. Hereafter, it was expected to weaken rapidly after making northwestward movement.

A holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in all coastal districts, including Chennai, on Thursday.

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Tropical Storm in India on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:22 (04:22 AM) UTC.

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A tropical storm slammed into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge flooding low-lying areas and displacing more than 100,000 people. Just before the storm made landfall Wednesday, an oil tanker with 37 crew ran aground off Chennai. One of its lifeboats capsized in the choppy waters, and one crewmember drowned, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Coast guard officers were searching for the lifeboat’s six other occupants. Andhra Pradesh state said two people died there when their homes collapsed due to heavy rain Wednesday night in Nellore and Chittoor districts, and PTI reported another death in Tamil Nadu state, a 46-year old man who slipped into the rough sea from a pier and drowned. Sri Lanka reported two deaths earlier from the cyclone. The storm from the Bay of Bengal had maximum winds of 75 kilometers (45 miles) per hour after landfall but was weakening. A storm surge of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) was expected to flood low-lying coastal areas, the India Meteorological Department said. Heavy to very heavy rain was forecast for Thursday, and fishermen were asked to stay at shore. State authorities turned 282 schools into relief centers in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. The city’s port halted cargo operations, officials said. Twenty-three ships were moved to safer areas. About 150,000 people were moved to shelters in Nellore, district official B. Sridhar said.
Today Tropical Storm Sri Lanka [Statewide] Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in Sri Lanka on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:20 (04:20 AM) UTC.

Description
In Sri Lanka, thousands have been displaced due to heavy rain and strong winds. The nation’s Disaster Management Center said 4,627 people were displaced by flooding and 56 fled because of a landslide threat in the island’s central region. One woman died Tuesday after a tree branch fell on her, while another person was killed in flooding, the agency said. Floods also damaged about 1,000 houses, it said.
01.11.2012 Tropical Storm USA State of New York, New York City Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in USA on Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 at 03:43 (03:43 AM) UTC.

Description
Winds from hurricane Sandy have seriously damaged a building in Manhattan as the centre of the storm heads towards land. Part of the facade of a four story building in the West Village collapsed at about 6.30pm, leaving rooms open to the elements but no one injured. Elsewhere parts of midtown Manhattan were evacuated when a crane on top of a skyscraper partially collapsed. The Fire Department of New York initially reported a “multi-dwelling building collapse” on Twitter, although pictures quickly emerged showing that the front wall of the top two floors of the building was missing, rather than the entire structure collapsing. Images showed a fire truck at the scene, with a writer from the Huffington Post reporting that firefighters had to enter the building to help people out. The fire department later said that no one had been hurt. “There are no injuries or people trapped at 92 8th Ave building collapse, which involved the facade of the structure,” it said in a tweet. “Firefighters went in and rescued the residents. Some residents said same thing happened to same building 20 years ago,” said Meg Robertson, a reporter at HuffPost Live. She posted several pictures of the scene on her Twitter account. The building, 92 8th Avenue, is located between 14th and 15th streets in Manhattan. The main threat to buildings in New York City had been expected to come from flooding, with a mandatory evacuation order in place in many places along Manhattan’s coastline. Earlier a crane on top of the One 57 building, which is under construction on west 57th street further north in Manhattan, appeared to come loose from its bearings in high winds. Pictures showed the crane hanging upside down from the top of the building, which is set to be luxury flats. Police and the fire department evacuated all buildings north and south of 57th street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, CNN reported. The Le Parker Meridien hotel on West 56th Street was also evacuated, according to reports, with guests being transferred to a different hotel. In New York bridges across the East River have been closed, including the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, with people warned to stay inside.
Today Landslide Canada Province of British Columbia, Langley [7700 block of 264th Street] Damage level Details

Landslide in Canada on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:36 (04:36 AM) UTC.

Description
City workers in Langley, B.C., are cleaning up after two mudslides stuck on Wednesday morning, forcing the evacuation of one home and the closure of 264th Street between 72nd and 84th avenues. Just after 5 a.m. PT, mud rushed down the side of a steep slope and crossed a rural stretch of the 7700 block of 264th Street, moving a cement barrier. The slide also covered the side of a home below the road. No one was injured and there was only minor damage to the house. About 100 metres of 264th Street has been closed for much of the morning. It’s not clear when the road might reopen. While officials were cleaning up the first slide, officials confirmed they were responding to reports of a second landslide in the municipality, this time at 252A Street and 72nd Avenue. The second slide was much smaller and did not affect any roads or homes, city officials said. City officials say small mudslides on the hills into Glen Valley are common this time of year. A rainfall warning is in effect in the area with between 10 and 20 millimetres expected to fall throughout the day.

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Radiation / Nuclear

Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Oregon State University researchers have found traces of radioactive cesium from last year’s Japanese nuclear reactor disaster in West Coast albacore tuna.

The amount is far too small to harm people who eat the fish, the scientists said.

Scientists from the university and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collected and tested fish caught off the West Coast before and after the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear reactor to release radioactive material, the Longview Daily News (http://bit.ly/QIcdV8) reported.

The team’s findings are in line with work by researchers in California, who announced in May that they had found traces of radioactive cesium in bluefin tuna caught off the southern coast.

“We’re still processing new fish, but so far the radiation we’re detecting is far below the level of concern for human safety,” said Delvan Neville, a graduate researcher with OSU’s Radiation Health Physics program and a co-investigator on the project.

Albacore tuna is a $41 million business in the Pacific Northwest, and fishermen from the region caught about 10,000 tons last year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Washington fishermen accounted for about 53 percent of the haul, and the remainder came through Oregon docks.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration and NOAA have jointly stated they have “high confidence” in the safety of U.S. seafood products because the radiation levels are so low.

The OSU team said its findings could reveal information about where Pacific albacore tuna travel and how the ocean’s ecosystem can be linked to events thousands of miles away.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

FACTBOX-U.S. nuclear units in the path of Hurricane Sandy 

by Thomson Reuters

Oct 26 (Reuters) - U.S. electric companies from Maine to
Florida are preparing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that
could take down power lines and could close some East Coast
nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes
ashore.
    There are more than a dozen nuclear plants near Hurricane
Sandy's path in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut, providing power to
millions of customers in the region. 
    The following lists the nuclear reactors and utilities in
Sandy's potential path.

 Plant                 State              Size    Company
                                          (MW)    

 Brunswick             North Carolina     1,858   Duke 

 Surry                 Virginia           1,638   Dominion

 North Anna            Virginia           1,863   Dominion

 Calvert Cliffs        Maryland           1,705   Constellation

 Salem                 New Jersey         2,332   PSEG

 Hope Creek            New Jersey         1,161   PSEG

 Peach Bottom          Pennsylvania       2,244   Exelon

 Limerick              Pennsylvania       2,264   Exelon

 Three Mile Island     Pennsylvania        805    Exelon

 Susquehanna           Pennsylavnia       2,450   PPL

 Oyster Creek          New Jersey          615    Exelon

 Indian Point          New York           2,063   Entergy

 Millstone             Connecticut        2,102   Dominion

 Pilgrim               Massachusetts       685    Entergy

 Seabrook              New Hampshire      1,247   NextEra

 Vermont Yankee        Vermont             620    Entergy

 (Reporting By Scott DiSavino; Editing by Bob Burgdorfer)
 By Christine Harvey

Nuclear reactors in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are being monitored for potential impacts by Hurricane Sandy, a Category 1 storm that may strike anywhere from Delaware to southern New England.

“Because of the size of it, we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants,” Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said by phone. “We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they could be directly impacted.”

Men walk amid the destruction caused by hurricane Sandy east of Havana in Mayari, Cuba. Source: AFP/Getty Images

The NRC met earlier today to discuss the necessary precautions to take for the storm, Sheehan said. Plants must begin to shut if wind speeds exceed certain limits, he said.

As of 2 p.m. New York time, Sandy had winds of 75 miles (121 kilometers) per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was about 430 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, moving north at 7 mph.

The current Hurricane Center track calls for the system to come ashore just south of Delaware Bay on Oct. 30.

Contingency Plans

Nuclear plants in the projected path of the hurricane include North Anna and Surry in Virginia, Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, Hope Creek and Salem in New Jersey, Indian Point in New York and Millstone in Connecticut. The NRC is considering enhancing inspector coverage of these reactors, Sheehan said in an e-mail today.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG) must shut all units at the Salem and Hope Creek plants two hours before the onset of hurricane-force winds greater than 74 mph, according to Sheehan. An “unusual event” would be declared if the winds are sustained for greater than 15 minutes or if the water level reaches 99.5 feet or higher, he said. Such an event is the lowest of four level of emergency used by the commission.

Salem Unit 2 is currently shut for refueling, while Unit 1 was operating at 83 percent of capacity today during maintenance on the circulating water system. Hope Creek ran at full power. The three units have a combined capacity of 3,365 megawatts.

“We are in phase one of our severe-weather plan,” Joe Delmar, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail responding to questions. “This includes inspecting, removing and securing outside areas for potential missiles, objects that could go airborne, and staging of emergency equipment and supplies.”

Millstone Reactor

Nuclear generation in the Northeastern region dropped 1.1 percent to 18,016 megawatts, with seven plants shut, an NRC report today showed.

Dominion Resources Inc.’s Millstone plant is monitoring Sandy’s progress and preparing to adjust staff as it comes closer, according to Ken Holt, a plant spokesman based in Richmond, Virginia. The plant must shut if winds reach 90 mph.

“We would shut down in advance of the storm if they were expected to be 90 miles per hour at the site,” Holt said by phone today. “Floods and high winds are a threat because they can knock off off-site power and we’d then need to activate emergency generators for power to put the plant to safe conditions.”

Today Nuclear Event USA State of Minnesota, Red Wing [Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:05 (04:05 AM) UTC.

Description
Xcel Energy Inc. says its Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing declared an “unusual event” after some security equipment failed. The Minneapolis-based utility says the event happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and was declared over just before 6 p.m. Xcel says there was no release of radioactive material and that there is no danger to the public or plant employees. Plant officials made the declaration after some security equipment temporarily failed. The equipment has been restored, and plant officials are investigating the cause. The plant maintained security during the event. Xcel says it notified federal, state and local officials. The declaration is the lowest of four emergency classifications. Prairie Island’s Unit 2 continues to operate at full power. Unit 1 remains offline has part of a scheduled refueling outage.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

01.11.2012 Epidemic Hazard Uganda Western Uganda, [Kabale District] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Friday, 19 October, 2012 at 10:56 (10:56 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 at 17:33 UTC
Description
The death toll of the deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Uganda has risen to eight and nine other people have tested positive of the highly infectious diseases, a top ministry of health official said. Christine Ondoa, Minister of Health told reporters on Monday that the latest patient died on October 27 at an isolation ward at Rushoroza Health Centre, in the western Ugandan district of Kabale, the epicenter of the outbreak. The disease broke out on October 4 in Kabale. Five people have tested positive of the highly infectious viral hemorrhagic fever in Kabale, two others in the capital Kampala and another two in the western district of Ibanda. “To date, the death toll of both the probable and confirmed cases stands at eight. Since the onset of the outbreak, we have collected a total of 45 samples of which nine were confirmed positive,” said Ondoa. She said the ministry has established temporary isolation facilities in Kabale, Mbarara, Ibanda and Kampala to accommodate the suspected and confirmed cases. “We have assembled a team of experts to work in the newly established isolation facilities and they are expected in these districts today. We also plan to undertake infection control procedures in these facilities as safety measures for the workers and the admitted patients,” said Ondoa. A total of seven student nurses who attended to a Marburg patient at Ibanda Hospital and died on October 24 at Mbarara Regional Hospital have been quarantined. The ministry is also monitoring a total 436 people who had contact with the patients. “Those being monitored got into contact with either the dead or confirmed cases. The team continues to monitor them on a daily basis for possible signs and symptoms of this highly infectious disease until they have completed 21 days without showing any signs and symptoms,”Ondoa said.

Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Friday, 19 October, 2012 at 10:56 (10:56 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:38 UTC
Description
As of the end of October, 18 cases and nine deaths have been reported as a result of Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak, according to WHO. The outbreak began in mid-October, and cases have been reported from five districts in southwestern Uganda, Kampala, Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole, with a case fatality rate of 50%. Blood samples from nine patients have been confirmed for Marburg virus at the Uganda Virus Research Institute. Currently, 13 patients have been admitted to the hospital, and their contacts are listed for daily follow-up. The latest confirmed case was admitted to an Ibanda district isolation ward on Oct. 26. The WHO and international partners, including the CDC, the Uganda Red Cross, African Field Epidemiology Network and Médecins-Sans-Frontières, are supporting the national authorities in outbreak investigation and response. The national task force has identified additional health care workers and epidemiologists to strengthen the teams in the field. Training of health workers on infection prevention and control, surveillance and clinical case management is ongoing, and the first shipment of personal protective equipment arrived recently. WHO and its partners have deployed additional staff to support the response teams. As the investigation into the outbreak continues, WHO and partners continue to support the national authorities as needed in the areas of coordination, infection prevention and control, surveillance, epidemiology, public information and social mobilization, anthropological analysis and logistics for outbreak response. Neighboring countries have been contacted to strengthen cross-border surveillance and preparedness to prevent cross border spread of the outbreak.
Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of California, [San Quentin State Prison, Marin County] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:40 (04:40 AM) UTC.

Description
Officials at San Quentin State Prison say the prison is on a medical lockdown after at least two inmates became sick with chickenpox. Prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson says the prison has been locked down since last Friday, with only employees being allowed to enter and leave the facility. He could not say when the lockdown would be lifted. Robinson says the last time there was a medical lockdown at the prison was in March of last year when at least four inmates became sick with chickenpox. The Centers for Disease Control describes chickenpox as a “very contagious disease” that spreads easily from infected people to others who have never had chickenpox or have never received the chickenpox vaccine. San Quentin, located north of San Francisco, is the oldest prison in California. It houses about 3,800 inmates.
Biohazard name: Chicken Pox
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
31.10.2012 Epidemic Sudan State of South Darfur, [Region-wide] Damage level Details

Epidemic in Sudan on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 at 04:13 (04:13 AM) UTC.

Description
A previously unknown disease which has claimed more than 30 lives in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region this month has been identified as yellow fever, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Preparations for a mass vaccination campaign are now underway. The outbreak was first detected early this month when a number of people in the central and southern regions of Darfur became ill and eventually died. Sudanese media said the victims suffered from a number of symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding from both the mouth and nose. Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO), on Tuesday said it had been informed by Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) that the outbreak is being caused by yellow fever. Since the first week of October, a total of 84 suspected cases, including 32 deaths, have been reported in the districts of Azoom, Kass, Mershing, Nertiti, Nyala, Wadi Salih and Zalingei. “FMoH said that the immediate priority is to control the vector, reinforcing the disease surveillance system and raising public awareness on the prevention and control of this disease,” Jasarevic said. “Preparations for a mass vaccination campaign are underway to vaccinate the at risk population in Darfur.”According to Darfur radio station Dabanga, however, at least 37 people are believed to have died as a result of the disease while 125 others have been infected. The radio station quoted a resident as saying that local authorities were slow to react and did not immediately take necessary action to contain the outbreak. “FMoH, WHO, as well as health partners are working on ground to ensure timely containment of the outbreak,” Jasarevic added. There is no cure for yellow fever, which is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Treatment is aimed at reducing the symptoms for the comfort of patients, and measures often taken include supportive care to treat dehydration and fever and blood transfusion if needed. “It is a preventable disease with symptoms and severity varying from case to case,” Jasarevic explained. “Protective measures like the use of bed nets, insect repellent and long clothing are considered the best methods to contain an outbreak. Vaccination is the single most important measure for preventing yellow fever.”
Biohazard name: Yellow Fever
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

 

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Space

01.11.2012 Event into space USA State of California, Novato Damage level Details

Event into space in USA on Monday, 22 October, 2012 at 09:50 (09:50 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:36 UTC
Description
A magnetic piece of rock stirred up controversy last week, but scientists confirmed, and reconfirmed, that the mysterious object in Novato residents Lisa and Kurt Webber’s backyard was a meteorite. And to prove it, a second was discovered just miles from the Webbers’ home. Webber gave the meteorite to her neighbor Glenn Rivera as a birthday gift. He helped her analyze the chunk before calling scientists. The meteorite broke off from the meteor shower that blazed over the night sky at approximately 7:44 p.m. on Oct. 17. It also happened to be Rivera’s birthday. “As a result, Glenn was asked by the scientific team to ride in the airship Eureka from Moffett Field on Friday,” said Leigh Blair, Rivera’s mother. “They flew over Novato and all the way up to Lake Berryessa, following the calculated trajectory of the meteor, looking for signs of larger meteorites on the ground.” Peter Jenniskens, the meteor scientist at the Seti Institute, a nonprofit scientific and education organization that has projects sponsored by NASA and other foundations and research groups, at first dismissed the first rock because the surface appeared strange and weathered, unlike most meteorites. But everything changed when a second rock showed small specks of what seemed to be metal, when observed under a microscope. Brien Cook, a meteorite hunter and Sacramento resident, found the second rock in the Novato area, but too dismissed it as a meteorite until the two chunks were compared. After cutting it open and looking inside, he knew he had found an extraterrestrial treasure. Cook is offering one chip of his meteorite on eBay. It weighs 6.6 grams, and objects like it regularly sell for approximately $100 a gram, he said. Lisa Webber, a University of California San Francisco nurse, found the meteorite in her backyard on Oct. 20. She returned the piece to Jenniskens, and he will send samples of both rocks to a noted meteorite expert Professor Alan E. Rubin of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA.

 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
214869 (2007 PA8) 05th November 2012 4 day(s) 0.0433 16.8 1.5 km – 3.3 km 10.79 km/s 38844 km/h
(2011 UG21) 06th November 2012 5 day(s) 0.1784 69.4 340 m – 760 m 19.73 km/s 71028 km/h
(2010 WT) 07th November 2012 6 day(s) 0.1251 48.7 53 m – 120 m 6.53 km/s 23508 km/h
333358 (2001 WN1) 09th November 2012 8 day(s) 0.1285 50.0 370 m – 830 m 8.73 km/s 31428 km/h
330233 (2006 KV86) 11th November 2012 10 day(s) 0.1876 73.0 450 m – 1.0 km 23.35 km/s 84060 km/h
(2008 LH2) 12th November 2012 11 day(s) 0.1487 57.9 35 m – 78 m 5.10 km/s 18360 km/h
(2001 YM2) 12th November 2012 11 day(s) 0.0860 33.5 440 m – 980 m 9.26 km/s 33336 km/h
(2012 KF25) 15th November 2012 14 day(s) 0.1528 59.5 23 m – 51 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(1999 SF10) 19th November 2012 18 day(s) 0.0346 13.5 41 m – 92 m 4.08 km/s 14688 km/h
(2009 WB105) 24th November 2012 23 day(s) 0.0400 15.6 59 m – 130 m 18.86 km/s 67896 km/h
(2007 VB188) 25th November 2012 24 day(s) 0.1446 56.3 14 m – 32 m 10.32 km/s 37152 km/h
(1994 XD) 27th November 2012 26 day(s) 0.0518 20.2 400 m – 890 m 20.03 km/s 72108 km/h
(2009 LS) 28th November 2012 27 day(s) 0.1418 55.2 670 m – 1.5 km 25.88 km/s 93168 km/h
(2010 VW98) 29th November 2012 28 day(s) 0.1321 51.4 81 m – 180 m 7.03 km/s 25308 km/h
(2009 XH8) 30th November 2012 29 day(s) 0.1288 50.1 61 m – 140 m 6.70 km/s 24120 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Environmental pollution / Hazmat

Today Biological Hazard USA State of Arizona, Phoenix [40000 block of W. Magnolia Road] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:18 (04:18 AM) UTC.

Description
Two men were transported to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after a bees’ nest was disturbed when one of the men, an unidentified DirectTV employee, was working on a home in the 40000 block of W. Magnolia Road. “It was terrible,” Phoebe Lechuga, one of the home’s five residents, said. “They were flying everywhere.” Lechuga’s 33-year-old son, Resugio Furwilder, was also transported to the hospital. Furwilder went outside to help the DirectTV worker and was stung himself, Lechuga said. Her daughter, Vanessa Lechuga, 27, was also stung but was not taken to the hospital. Lechuga said at first the worker thought there were only a few bees and didn’t come inside after the first stings.
Biohazard name: Bees Attack (Non-Fatal)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:
Today Environment Pollution USA State of New Jersey, Woodbridge Damage level Details

Environment Pollution in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 04:03 (04:03 AM) UTC.

Description
New Jersey environmental officials say 336,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled after a storage tank was lifted and ruptured from the surge from superstorm Sandy. The Coast Guard says all the spilled oil is believed to be contained by booms put in the water. Officials said today the spill happened Monday night at the Motiva oil tank facility in Woodbridge. Coast Guard spokesman Les Tippets says a secondary tank caught most of the oil and that the liquid that escaped moved into the Arthur Kill, the waterway separating New Jersey from New York’s Staten Island. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Ragonese says the company reported the spill and hired contractors to clean it up.
Today HAZMAT USA State of Maryland, Baltimore Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Thursday, 01 November, 2012 at 03:53 (03:53 AM) UTC.

Description
Three people from North Laurel, Maryland have been taken to the hospital Tuesday morning with carbon monoxide poisoning, caused by a generator running inside their house. Authorities reported that Howard County Fire crews and paramedics found a man and two women inside the home in Brevard Street after responding to a 911 call which was made by one of the women. The victims suffered elevated levels of carbon monoxide. According to a spokesman from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, the three were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The two females have been released on Tuesday morning but the male, who was in critical condition, remained in the hospital for further treatment. The spokesman confirmed that all three patients underwent therapy in the hyperbaric chamber at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The male patient is scheduled to receive another hyperbaric therapy. Police said the firefighters discovered a generator operating at the bottom of the stairs on the ground level of the residence. It was placed in a doorway leading to the garage, but the garage door was closed, restricting ventilation. Firefighters later confirmed that the amount of carbon monoxide inside the house was 30 times more than the normal level.
01.11.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Kentucky, Louisville [Near the Dixie Highway] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Monday, 29 October, 2012 at 21:24 (09:24 PM) UTC.

Description
Emergency officials have evacuated a few dozen homes near a derailed train in southern Jefferson County over concerns of hazardous material leaks. The Paducah & Louisville Railway train derailed just after 6 a.m. EDT Monday near Dixie Highway. Emergency officials are asking residents within a 2 ½-mile radius of the scene to stay inside their homes until they are told they can leave. Beuchel Fire assistant chief Rick Harrison says the train has a “small leak” of butadiene, which is a chemical used in the manufacturing of rubber. No other leaks have been found. Tom Garrett, president of P&L Railway, says the train was on its way to Louisville from Paducah with a total of 57 cars. He says company officials have not yet been able to get to the scene because of safety concerns. Garrett says the two crew members on the train were not hurt. Officials say eight of the 40 cars on the train were off the track.

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.9 2012/10/07 23:48:20   19.083   -64.763 37.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/07 23:34:07   19.085   -64.797 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/07 23:31:10   18.962   -64.695 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/07 23:14:56   59.767  -151.986 54.5  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/07 21:10:23   49.483  -120.490 0.0  BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/07 21:04:00   18.420   -64.879 83.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/10/07 16:53:10   19.600   -64.442 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/07 13:25:09   33.986  -117.189 14.2  GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/07 12:59:21   19.155   -64.604 82.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/07 12:44:53   18.145   -64.599 3.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/07 12:12:06   19.093   -65.859 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/07 12:01:34   18.978   -64.108 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.3   2012/10/07 11:42:51   40.737   48.470 40.9  AZERBAIJAN
MAP  4.5   2012/10/07 11:34:14   -7.423   124.922 376.0  BANDA SEA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/07 11:19:37   19.658   -64.352 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/10/07 11:08:55   -3.211   135.196 32.8  PAPUA, INDONESIA
MAP  3.3 2012/10/07 11:06:20   19.926   -64.301 49.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.2 2012/10/07 10:17:13   59.028  -154.559 135.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/07 09:16:49   12.368   -89.199 35.0  OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR
MAP  5.3   2012/10/07 08:36:32   -5.533   151.810 35.3  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/07 08:34:03   18.899   -64.974 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.6 2012/10/07 07:49:31   18.015   -68.561 97.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/10/07 07:44:51   19.786   -64.281 30.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  2.7 2012/10/07 07:41:26   18.562   -64.104 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/10/07 07:39:36   17.543   -68.570 37.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/10/07 07:38:46  -15.420  -172.065 10.0  SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/10/07 07:00:55   9.685   -85.056 23.7  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/07 06:10:09   18.890   -65.249 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/07 06:09:00   19.027   -64.584 18.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/07 05:45:23   19.094   -64.508 35.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.6   2012/10/07 03:14:23   18.550   120.959 33.1  LUZON, PHILIPPINES
MAP  3.4 2012/10/07 03:07:43   19.631   -64.387 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.7 2012/10/07 02:48:34   19.457   -64.256 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/10/07 02:32:07   54.567   167.322 25.4  KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/10/07 01:56:51  -20.659  -174.094 21.8  TONGA

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MAP  2.7 2012/10/06 23:42:18   41.274  -123.381 40.4  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/06 22:57:02   61.735  -150.726 55.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/06 22:49:37  -32.097   -72.290 15.2  OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE
MAP  2.7 2012/10/06 22:11:34   55.639  -161.901 166.7  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/06 21:58:29   33.456  -116.388 5.5  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/06 20:15:36   60.232  -141.851 36.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/06 16:59:06   19.259  -155.287 32.7  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.9 2012/10/06 15:01:11   57.067  -157.532 6.1  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/06 10:25:44   59.825  -141.784 5.0  SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/06 09:27:41   41.113   88.308 36.1  SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/06 08:49:17   23.769  -108.551 10.1  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.3 2012/10/06 08:40:51   62.423  -153.554 37.8  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/06 08:35:37   19.436  -109.056 10.0  REVILLA GIGEDO ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/10/06 07:56:29  -25.457  -177.582 150.0  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  3.4 2012/10/06 06:15:15   19.693   -64.379 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/06 05:32:16   18.969   -64.278 64.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/10/06 05:27:44   31.424   140.165 153.2  IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/06 04:43:03   19.525   -64.421 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/10/06 03:40:04   23.833   -45.674 9.9  NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
MAP  4.6   2012/10/06 03:18:16  -32.172   -72.138 12.3  OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE
MAP  2.6 2012/10/06 03:01:36   61.519  -146.737 49.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/06 01:19:35   76.129   7.725 10.0  SVALBARD REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/06 00:31:54   60.497  -152.071 16.9  SOUTHERN ALASKA

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MAP  3.3 2012/10/05 23:07:26   41.349  -117.348 0.0  NEVADA
MAP  3.4 2012/10/05 22:37:55   58.209  -137.906 0.0  SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/05 20:51:27   43.771  -127.756 10.0  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  2.8 2012/10/05 20:32:11   47.709  -122.613 26.2  SEATTLE-TACOMA URBAN AREA, WASHINGTON
MAP  5.0   2012/10/05 20:02:09   23.502  -108.680 1.0  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/05 19:54:29   32.205  -115.280 35.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.2 2012/10/05 19:45:33   18.518   -66.071 119.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/05 19:42:54   58.162  -153.726 99.0  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  5.4   2012/10/05 18:22:58   13.032   -91.557 50.9  OFF THE COAST OF GUATEMALA
MAP  5.0   2012/10/05 18:08:20   -6.673   129.509 157.2  BANDA SEA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/05 17:56:02  -15.542   -70.700 185.2  SOUTHERN PERU
MAP  3.0 2012/10/05 17:12:44   19.047   -64.315 63.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/05 17:11:53   19.233   -64.451 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/05 17:05:21   19.380  -155.238 3.8  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.3 2012/10/05 13:58:11   19.129   -64.295 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/05 13:57:01   18.777   -64.128 69.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/05 13:32:58   19.649   -64.397 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/05 13:14:47   19.108   -64.405 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/05 13:11:09   19.182   -64.559 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/05 12:39:03   18.809   -64.120 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/05 12:35:36   19.177   -64.409 45.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/05 12:28:00   19.033   -64.353 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/05 11:59:32   19.629   -64.393 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/10/05 11:23:01   19.471   -64.115 86.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/10/05 11:19:23  -23.038  -175.509 35.0  TONGA REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/10/05 10:25:28   39.369   33.833 4.8  CENTRAL TURKEY
MAP  5.0   2012/10/05 08:13:19   26.233   125.176 154.7  NORTHEAST OF TAIWAN
MAP  4.0 2012/10/05 06:37:31   19.961   -65.465 36.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/10/05 04:55:52   11.931   -86.656 100.0  NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/05 04:38:39   19.642   -64.378 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/05 04:03:31   19.078   -64.707 78.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/05 03:25:18   19.132   -64.382 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/05 02:36:23   18.940   -64.274 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/10/05 02:23:54   18.963   -64.271 68.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/05 02:17:31   19.108   -64.314 53.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/05 02:08:30   18.969   -64.384 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.5 2012/10/05 01:17:22   35.928  -117.680 2.7  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.4 2012/10/05 01:10:44   19.236   -64.360 46.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.7   2012/10/05 00:19:57   17.496   -46.461 10.0  NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
MAP  5.5   2012/10/05 00:15:42   17.509   -46.465 10.0  NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

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‘Silent Earthquakes’ Ripple Under Cascadia

Credit Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
The past five weeks saw two swarms of “slow slip and tremor” in the Northwest.

Parts of Washington and Oregon are in the midst of silent earthquakes this week. You can’t feel this so-called “slow slip” quake and it doesn’t cause damage. Still, scientists want to learn more about the recently discovered phenomenon.

Little is certain so far, but there’s a possibility these deep tremors could trigger a damaging earthquake or serve as a warning bell for the Big One.

A bank of computer monitors covers one wall of the University of Washington seismology lab. Some display seismograph readouts that look like jagged mountain ranges stacked one over the other. A big screen shows a current map of tremors under the Pacific Northwest. It is lit up with activity.

“Each dot represents the location of a five minute burst of tremor,” says earth scientist Ken Creager.

He scrutinizes a dense slash of blue, yellow, green and red dots. The arc stretches south from mid-Vancouver Island, goes under the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and peters out south of Olympia. A separate patch of color radiates out from near Roseburg, Ore.

Washington State Seismologist John Vidale is also keeping an eye on the busy map.

“This kind of earthquake is distinctly different than the earthquakes we have been watching for a hundred years, because this patch of fault that we’re watching takes three weeks to break. Whereas ordinarily something a hundred miles long would take a minute or less to break.”

“About half of our instruments can see it,” Vidale adds. “It’s a very slight level of rattling. I don’t think I have ever heard of somebody who we believed could feel it.”

Local seismologists woke up to the phenomenon about a decade ago and have since discovered a big non-volcanic tremor swarm happens fairly routinely around here — every 14 months or so in western Washington, a little less often in Oregon and more often in northern California.

Scientists have coined a variety of names including “slow slip quake” or “episodic tremor and slip” to describe what they’re seeing.

Vidale says the mechanisms at work deep underground remain fairly mysterious. This current slow slip quake under the Salish Sea has lasted five weeks. Creager says scientists have calculated that a significant event like this releases the equivalent energy of a magnitude 6.5 regular quake.

“It’s a lot of energy being released,” Creager says. “It just happens so slowly that you’re not going to feel it. This is the way we like to see energy released.”

But there’s a flip side. The grinding and slippage at depth increases the strain closer to the surface where the North American plate and the oceanic plate are stuck together or “locked.” When that offshore fault zone eventually gives way, we get the damaging Big One.

University of Oregon Professor David Schmidt makes an analogy to a car teetering partway over a cliff.

“And these small slow slip events are somebody standing behind that car giving it a little nudge every several months. So even though the nudge is small, at some point that nudge might be enough to kind of tip us over the edge and cause the car to fall off the cliff.”

Or set off the Cascadia megaquake in this analogy.

Schmidt points to a study published in the journal Science that describes how last year’s great earthquake and tsunami in Japan was preceded by slow slip and tremor near the epicenter.

John Vidale mentions another killer earthquake, in Turkey in 1999, where instruments picked up a slow slip precursor.

“One of the goals of our research is to say, how often does that slow slip trigger a great earthquake? How often are great earthquakes triggered by slow slip? That’s almost completely unknown at this point.”

Vidale and his colleague Creager are more certain that we don’t need to quake with worry. They note that great earthquakes strike very infrequently in the Northwest.

So even if a megaquake becomes more likely during a slow slip event, the chances of one happening are still quite slim.

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

On the Web:

Interactive tremor map (Pacific Northwest Seismic Network)

“Slow Slip, ETS and Cascadia” (Central Washington University)

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: October 8, 2012 05:18:48 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/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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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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Volcanic Activity

Maar Volcanoes: Odd Explosions Beneath Earth Explained

By Megan Gannon, News Editor | LiveScience.com

The eruption of a so-called maar-diatreme volcano is short-lived but violent. Magma creeps up through a crack in the Earth’s crust and mixes with water, setting off a series of explosions — as many as a few each hour for several weeks. When the action stops, a crater-topped, rock-filled fracture called a diatreme is left behind. Now researchers are proposing a new way to think about how these structures are formed, which could help geologists predict eruptions and find new sources of diamonds. “Previously it was thought that those explosions started at very shallow levels and got progressively deeper,” geologist Greg Valentine, a professor at the University at Buffalo in New York, told LiveScience. This old model seemed to explain the shape of a diatreme, which sits like an inverted cone beneath a shallow maar, or crater. But that model didn’t match with what geologists were finding at volcanic sites, Valentine said. If the explosions started at shallow levels and moved deeper, shallow rocks would be spewed from the mouth of the volcano first and the deeper rock deposits would pile up on top. At maar sites, however, scientists were finding deep rock fragments mixed mostly with shallow fragments, indicating that explosions occur at essentially every depth throughout the episode. Valentine and James White, an associate professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand, created a new model to account for the apparently more jumbled order of explosions. Their model, published online Sept. 18 by the journal Geology, also shows that individual explosions are relatively small, and shallow explosions are more likely than deep explosions to cause eruptions. The last known maar-diatreme eruption occurred in 1977 in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Range, forming two vents known as the Ukinrek Maars. The threats associated with these volcanoes tend to be localized, but they can still be significant, Valentine said. “These volcanoes can send ash deposits into populated areas. They could easily produce the same effects that the one in Iceland did when it disrupted air travel, so what we’re trying to do is understand the way they behave,” he explained in a statement.

08.10.2012 Volcano Eruption Indonesia North Sulawesi, [Mount Lokon _Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on Sunday, 07 October, 2012 at 15:46 (03:46 PM) UTC.

Description
A volatile volcano in northern Indonesia erupted Sunday, spewing smoke and ash that caused muddy rain to fall in nearby villages, an official said. Mount Lokon in North Sulawesi province rumbled as heavy rain fell around its cloud-covered crater, local monitoring official Farid Ruskanda Bina said. He said the sound was heard 5 kilometers (3 miles) away but the height of the eruption was not visible. The ash made the rain thick and muddy in six villages, Bina said. “Soldiers are distributing masks to the villagers,” he said. There was no plan for evacuations because the nearest villages are beyond the danger area, he said. More than 33,000 people live along the fertile slopes of the 5,741-foot (1,750-meter) mountain. Mount Lokon is one of about 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Its last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.
05.10.2012 Volcano Activity Italy Sicily, [ Etna Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Activity in Italy on Friday, 05 October, 2012 at 17:01 (05:01 PM) UTC.

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A slight increase in shaking was reported at Etna volcano on the island of Sicily but it does not appear in danger of eruption, volcano experts said Friday. Activity on a recently opened crater has been registered since Wednesday, Italian news agency ANSA reported. The activity has been accompanied by “a slight increase in volcanic shaking,” volcano experts said. Etna has experienced nine “eruptive events” this year. The volcano belched a plume of smoke in a full-blown explosion in January that led to the temporary closure of Catania airport.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

07.10.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Tanzania Multiple areas, [Namtumbo and Tunduru districts] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Tanzania on Sunday, 07 October, 2012 at 07:05 (07:05 AM) UTC.

Description
Recently, fire occurrence surveys were conducted in Namtumbo and Tunduru districts, covering all villages in Selous-Niassa Wildlife Protection Corridor (SNWPC) Project Area. The surveys were conducted by teams composed of staff belonging to natural resources sectors.Similar situations where wild fires are seen include Coast Region, Morogoro, Singida, Kigoma and Mara. The selected area served as a study case to general situation in rural areas where this dry season phenomenon is common to the detriment of the environment.It has been found that the major cause for fires is shifting cultivation but other factors also come into play, such as poachers, lumberers, honey gatherers and charcoal burners. Also cases of accidental fires cannot be ruled out. However, fires that occur often get out of hand due to lack of action from villagers as well as lack of laws to control fire occurrences and where laws exist there is a lot of laxity in enforcing them. The report compiled by staff from Natural Resources Sector revealed that incidents of wildfire have increased along with effects of climatic changes. Fires are rare in the wet season because the grass usually has high water content to burn properly. The above situation is also applicable to other areas in Coast Region, Morogoro and Tanga, since wildfires are a commonplace in many parts during the dry season.The majority of interviewed residents and villagers agreed that wildfires tend to occur during the dry season, from July to November. This is the time when the grass is tinder dry and, unfortunately, wild fires can often get out of hand. Again, this is the period most peasants are preparing their plots for the next farming season.The fires are used as short-cut measures in removing long grasses and thick bushes.

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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
Olivia (EP15) Pacific Ocean – East 06.10.2012 08.10.2012 Tropical Depression 355 ° 93 km/h 111 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Olivia (EP15)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 14° 0.000, W 118° 42.000
Start up: 06th October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 211.23 km
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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07th Oct 2012 08:08:10 N 14° 0.000, W 120° 30.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 280 19 1000 MB NOAA NHC
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11th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 54.000, W 123° 48.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
12th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 0.000, W 125° 42.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
Prapiroon (22W) Pacific Ocean 08.10.2012 08.10.2012 Tropical Depression 270 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 4.57 m JTWC Details

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All 18 children confirmed dead in China landslide

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP)

Rescuers have found the bodies of all 18 children buried when a landslide engulfed their primary school in China as they made up classes lost due to recent deadly earthquakes, state media said Friday.

The landslide, triggered by sustained rains, buried the school and three farmhouses on Thursday in the village of Zhenhe in Yunnan province where a pair of earthquakes last month killed 81 people and injured hundreds.

Any last hope for survivors evaporated early Friday when rescuers pulled the body of the last missing child from the landslide debris, China National Radio said in a report on its website.

The disaster in the village of Zhenhe is likely to raise questions over why the children had been brought back into the school, located in a deep mountain valley, when the rest of China was on a week-long national holiday.

But local officials have said the children needed to make up class time lost due to disruptions stemming from the September 7 earthquakes.

China has a highly competitive education system built around cramming for high-stress testing that determines entry into good schools later.

A local villager also was buried under the rubble and has yet to be found by rescuers, China National Radio said.

State media reports initially identified the school as the Youfang Primary School, but subsequent reports have said its official name is the Tiantou Primary School.

School safety is a sensitive issue in China after thousands of students died when an 8.0-magnitude tremor centred in Sichuan province rocked the southwest of the country in 2008.

Many schools collapsed in that quake, which killed more than 80,000 people.

This led to accusations that corner-cutting in construction projects and possibly corruption led to shoddy buildings, especially as many buildings near such schools held firm.

There have so far been no such allegations in the Yunnan landslide.

However, like many schools, homes, and other structures in the rugged region, the disaster-hit primary school was located at the base of steep slopes.

Mountainous southwestern China is prone to deadly landslides, a threat worsened by frequent seismic activity.

The 2008 earthquake triggered giant landslides that left whole mountainsides scarred.

The students killed in Thursday’s landslide were from another school who were brought in to study because their own school had been too heavily damaged in last month’s quakes, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

The two 5.6-magnitude quakes left more than 820 people injured and 201,000 displaced in the poor region.

Thursday’s landslide also blocked a nearby river, creating a lake and forcing the evacuation of more than 800 residents living downstream, the agency said.

Almost 2,000 people had been mobilised to unblock the waterway and help in the rescue, it said.

At least 30 students had been scheduled to resume classes at the school in Zhenhe. Those who were unharmed by the landslide will resume classes at a nearby school, Xinhua said.

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07.10.2012 Landslide Italy Provincia di La Spezia, [Cinque Terre] Damage level Details

Landslide in Italy on Sunday, 07 October, 2012 at 17:41 (05:41 PM) UTC.

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Rescuers say a rockslide slammed into Italy’s popular Way of Love hiking trail in the coastal Cinque Terre resort area, injuring four Australian women. One was crushed by rocks and another was knocked off the steep path. Dr. Davide Battistella said those two hikers were in grave condition and two others were less seriously injured by the landslide Monday morning on the trail, which cuts into a steep hillside overlooking the Ligurian Sea south of Genoa. Battistella told The Associated Press that one woman was dug out from under the rocks and flown by helicopter to a hospital. The woman who landed on a precarious perch on the hillside was carried out by a human chain of rescuers. The Cinque Terre area is breathtakingly beautiful but geologically fragile.

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Epidemic Hazards  / Diseases

Meningitis Outbreak: 5 Dead

ublished on Oct 5, 2012 by

Some steroid shots contaminated with a fungus incite health scare. For more: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/meningitis-outbreak-highlights-hazards-…

Medication tied to rare meningitis outbreak reached 23 states

By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE, Tennessee

(Reuters) – A steroid medication linked to the death of at least five people from rare fungal meningitis may have been administered to patients in 23 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday, raising fears the rare outbreak could spread.

In a briefing for reporters, the CDC said five people had died so far and 35 had taken ill from fungal meningitis in six states. The outbreak was first reported in Tennessee, where three people have died and 25 of the cases have been reported.

The other confirmed deaths were in Virginia and Maryland.

The CDC said it had not yet determined the rate of infection among those patients who received the potentially tainted steroid. The rate of infection is an important barometer of the potential for the outbreak to spread.

The steroid is administered to patients, usually by injection, primarily to control back pain.

All the cases have so far been traced to three lots of Methylprednisolene Acetate from a pharmaceutical compounding plant in Massachusetts, according to the briefing.

The company, New England Compounding Center Inc, or NECC, in Framingham, Massachusetts, prepared the medication, which has been voluntarily recalled. The company has also voluntarily surrendered its license. NECC could not immediately be reached for comment.

“We are encouraging all health facilities to immediately cease use of any product produced by NECC,” Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, Massachusetts public health director of safety, told reporters in a conference call from Boston.

NECC could not immediately be reached for comment.

A fungus linked to the steroid medication has been identified in specimens from five patients, according to the CDC’s Dr. Benjamin Park.

The Massachusetts Health Department said there were 17,676 vials of medication in each of the three lots under investigation. They were sent out July through September and have a shelf life of 180 days.

The CDC said the fungal contamination was detected in the examination of one of the sealed vials taken at that company.

Fungal meningitis is rare and life-threatening, but is not contagious from person to person. Meningitis can be passed to humans from steroid medications that weaken the immune system. Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, and vomiting, according to the CDC web site.

In addition to the 25 cases in Tennessee, one has been reported in North Carolina, two in Florida, four in Virginia, two in Maryland and one in Indiana, according to CDC’s Park.

SOME TENNESSEE PATIENTS ‘REALLY CRITICALLY ILL’

About 75 facilities could have received the steroid in the 23 states. They include California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas and West Virginia, according to Park.

In one example of how widespread the steroid was distributed, one facility in Indiana, St. Mary’s Health, said on Thursday that 560 patients had received the recalled medication. They received the steroid at the Surgicare Cross Pointe clinic in Evansville, said St. Mary’s spokeswoman Laura Forbes. It was not immediately known if any patients were infected there.

In Tennessee, the worst-hit state, Dr. John Dreyzehner, the state health commissioner, said expectations were that the number of cases would rise. “We are awaiting results of tests from other cases,” he told a news conference in Nashville.

Some Tennessee patients are “really critically ill” and in intensive care units, said Dr. Marion Kainer of the state health department. She declined to say how many were critical.

The Massachusetts Health Department said there had been several complaints against the company linked to the steroid. Complaints in 2002 and 2003 about the processing of medication resulted in an agreement with government agencies in 2006 to correct deficiencies

In 2011, there was another inspection of the facility and no deficiencies were found. In March 2012, another complaint was made about the potency of a product used in eye surgery procedures. That investigation is continuing, the state health department said.

(Additional reporting by Mary Wisniewski and Susan Guyett; Writing by Greg McCune; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Peter Cooney)

The Next Pandemic: Why
It Will Come from Wildlife

Experts believe the next deadly human pandemic will almost certainly be a virus that spills over from wildlife to humans. The reasons why have a lot to do with the frenetic pace with which we are destroying wild places and disrupting ecosystems.

by david quammen

Emerging diseases are in the news again. Scary viruses are making themselves noticed and felt. There’s been a lot of that during the past several months — West Nile fever kills 17 people in the Dallas area, three tourists succumb to hantavirus after visiting Yosemite National Park, an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo claims 33 lives. A separate Ebola outbreak, across the border in Uganda, registers a death toll of 17. A peculiar new coronavirus, related to SARS, proves fatal for a Saudi man and puts a Qatari into critical condition, while disease scientists all over the world wonder: Is this one — or is that one — going to turn into the Next Big One?

By the Next Big One, I mean a murderous pandemic that sweeps around the planet, killing millions of people, as the so-called “Spanish” influenza did in 1918-19, as AIDS has been doing in slower motion, and as SARS might have done in 2003 if it hadn’t been stopped by fast science, rigorous

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An official from the Scottish Agricultural College holds a dead swan to be tested for avian flu.

measures of public health, and luck. Experts I’ve interviewed over the past six years generally agree that such a Next Big One is not only possible but probable. They agree that it will almost certainly be a zoonotic disease — one that emerges from wildlife — and that the causal agent will most likely be a virus. They agree that sheer human abundance, density, and interconnectedness make us highly vulnerable. Our population now stands above seven billion, after all, a vast multitude of potential victims, many of us living at close quarters in big cities, traveling quickly and often from place to place, sharing infections with one another; and there are dangerous new viruses lately emerging against which we haven’t been immunized. Another major pandemic seems as logically inevitable as the prospect that a very dry, very thick forest will eventually burn.

That raises serious issues in the realm of health policy, preparedness, and medical response. It also suggests a few urgent questions on the scientific side — we might even say, the conservation side — of the discussion. Those questions, in simplest form, are: Where? How? and Why? Addressing them is crucial to understanding the dynamics of emerging diseases, and understanding is crucial to preparedness and response.

First question: From where will the Next Big One emerge? Answer, as I’ve noted: Most likely from wildlife. It will be a zoonosis — an animal infection that spills over into humans.

Everything comes from somewhere. New human diseases don’t arrive from Mars. Notwithstanding the vivid anxieties of The Andromeda Strain (1969) and other such fictions, lethal microbes don’t arrive on contaminated satellites returning from deep space. (Or anyway, knock wood, they haven’t so far.) They emerge from nonhuman animals, earthly ones, and spill over into human populations, catching hold, replicating, sometimes adapting and prospering, then passing onward from human to human.

According to one study, 58 percent of all pathogen species infecting humans are zoonotic. Another study found that 72 percent of all recently emerged zoonotic pathogens have come from wildlife. That list includes

According to one study, 72 percent of all recently emerged zoonotic pathogens have come from wildlife.

everything from Ebola and Marburg and the HIVs and the influenzas to West Nile virus, monkeypox, and the SARS bug.

In Malaysia, a virus called Nipah spilled over from fruit bats in 1998. Its route into humans was indirect but efficient: The bats fed in fruit trees overshadowing factory-scale pigsties; the bat droppings carried virus, which infected many pigs; the virus replicated abundantly in the pigs, and from them infected piggery workers and employees at abattoirs. That outbreak killed 109 people and ended with the culling of 1.1 million pigs.

Second question: How do such pathogens get into humans? The particulars are various but the general answer is: contact. Contact equals opportunity, and the successful pathogens are those that seize opportunities to proliferate and to spread, not just from one host to another but from one kind of host to another.

Wild aquatic birds defecate in a village duck pond, passing a new strain of influenza to domestic ducks; the ducks pass it to a Chinese boy charged with their care, after which the boy passes it to his brother and sister. A man in Cameroon butchers a chimpanzee and, elbow deep in its blood, acquires a simian virus that becomes HIV-1. A miner in Uganda enters a shaft filled with bats carrying Marburg virus and, somehow, by ingesting or breathing bat wastes, gets infected. Contact between people and wildlife, sometime direct, sometimes with livestock as intermediaries, presents opportunities for their infections to become ours.

Third question: Whydo such spillovers seem to be happening now more than ever? There’s been a steady drumbeat of new zoonotic viruses

We are interacting with wild animals and disrupting the ecosystems they inhabit to an unprecedented degree.

emerging into the human population within recent decades: Machupo (1961), Marburg (1967), Lassa (1969), Ebola (1976), HIV-1 (inferred in 1981, first isolated in 1983), HIV-2 (1986), Sin Nombre (the first-recognized American hantavirus, 1993), Hendra (1994), the strain of influenza called “avian flu” (1997), Nipah (1998), West Nile (1999), SARS (2003), and others. These are not independent events. They are parts of a pattern. They reflect things that we’re doing, not just things that are happening to us.

What we’re doing is interacting with wild animals and disrupting the ecosystems that they inhabit — all to an unprecedented degree. Of course, humans have always killed wildlife and disrupted ecosystems, clearing and fragmenting forests, converting habitat into cropland and settlement, adding livestock to the landscape, driving native species toward extinction, introducing exotics. But now that there are seven billion of us on the planet, with greater tools, greater hungers, greater mobility, we’re pressing into the wild places like never before, and one of the things that we’re finding there is… new infections. And once we’ve acquired a new infection, the chance of spreading it globally is also greater than ever.

We cut our way through the Congo. We cut our way through the Amazon. We cut our way through Borneo and Madagascar and northeastern Australia. We shake the trees, figuratively and literally, and things fall out. We kill and butcher and eat many of the wild animals found there. We settle in those places, creating villages, work camps, towns, extractive

Evolution seizes opportunity, explores possibilities, and helps convert spillovers to pandemics.

industries, new cities. We bring in our domesticated animals, replacing the wild herbivores with livestock. We multiply our livestock as we’ve multiplied ourselves, operating huge factory-scale operations such as the piggeries in Malaysia, into which Nipah virus fell from the bats feeding in fruit trees planted nearby, after the bats’ native forest habitats had been destroyed. We export and import livestock across great distances and at high speeds. We export and import other live animals, especially primates, for medical research. We export and import animal skins, exotic pets, contraband bushmeat, and plants, some of which carry secret microbial passengers.

We travel, moving between cities and continents even more quickly than our transported livestock. We eat in restaurants where the cook may have butchered a porcupine before working on our scallops. We visit monkey temples in Asia, live markets in India, picturesque villages in South America, dusty archeological sites in New Mexico, dairy towns in the Netherlands, bat caves in East Africa, racetracks in Australia — breathing the air, feeding the animals, touching things, shaking hands with the friendly locals — and then we jump on our planes and fly home. We get bit by mosquitoes and ticks. We alter the global climate with our carbon emissions, which may in turn alter the latitudinal ranges within which those mosquitoes and ticks live. We provide an irresistible opportunity for enterprising microbes by the ubiquity and abundance of our human bodies.

 

Climate’s Strong Fingerprint
In Global Cholera Outbreaks

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Climate’s Strong Fingerprint in Global Cholera Outbreaks

For decades, deadly outbreaks of cholera were attributed to the spread of disease through poor sanitation. But recent research demonstrates how closely cholera is tied to environmental and hydrological factors and to weather patterns — all of which may lead to more frequent cholera outbreaks as the world warms.

Everything I’ve just mentioned is encompassed within this rubric: the ecology and evolutionary biology of zoonotic diseases. Ecological circumstance provides opportunity for spillover. Evolution seizes opportunity, explores possibilities, and helps convert spillovers to pandemics. But the majesty of the sheer biological phenomena involved is no consolation for the human miseries, the deaths, and the current level of risk.

There are things that can be done — research, vigilance, anticipation, fast and effective response — to stave off or at least mitigate the Next Big One. My point here is different. My point is about human ecology, not human medicine. It behooves us to remember that we too are animals, interconnected with the rest of earthly biota by shared diseases, among other ways. We should recall that salubriuous biblical warning from the Book of Proverbs: “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.” The planet is our home, but not ours only, and we’d be wise to tread a little more lightly within this wonderful, germy world.

7 dead as meningitis outbreak grows

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The pharmacy that manufactured the steroid recalls all its other products
  • The number of cases grows to 64 people in 9 states
  • It is linked to contaminated steroid injections
  • The steroid is used to treat pain and inflammation

Atlanta (CNN) — The death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections has risen to seven, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.

The total number of cases has also grown to 64 people in nine states, the CDC said. That is 17 more cases and two more states than the day before.

Patients contracted the deadly meningitis after being injected in their spine with a preservative-free steroid called methylprednisolone acetate that was contaminated by a fungus. The steroid is used to treat pain and inflammation.

What is meningitis?

The New England Compounding Center, the Massachusetts-based pharmacy that made the contaminated injections, voluntarily recalled three lots of the injected steroid last week.

On Saturday, the same pharmacy announced a voluntary nationwide recall of all its other products as well. NECC said the new recall was being announced out of an abundance of caution and that there is no indication any of its other products are contaminated.

The Food and Drug Administration has already asked doctors, clinics, and consumers to stop using any of the pharmacy’s products. The pharmacy on Wednesday voluntarily surrendered its license to operate until the FDA investigation into the contamination is complete.

Health officials say 76 medical facilities in 23 states received the contaminated steroid injections from NECC. A list of the 76 affected medical facilities is on the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html.

The CDC raised the death toll Saturday after two people died in Michigan. Other deaths have been reported in Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Tennessee is reporting the most number of overall cases — 29 — which includes three deaths, according to the CDC.

There are also confirmed cases in Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.

The other states that received the contaminated products from NECC are California, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

Federal health inspectors began inspecting the NECC plant last Monday. Inspectors found foreign particles in unopened vials, and after testing one of the unopened vials, they determined the substance was a fungus.

The investigation is still under way.

Nearly 10% of drugs administered in the United States come from compound pharmacies, according to a 2003 Government Accountability Office report.

Drugs manufactured by compound pharmacies do not have to go through FDA-mandated pre-market approval. Instead, oversight and licensing of these pharmacies comes from state health pharmacy boards.

Compound pharmacists create customized medication solutions for patients for whom manufactured pharmaceuticals won’t work, according to the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It is usually caused by an infection, frequently with bacteria or a virus, but it can also be caused by less common pathogens like fungi, according to the CDC.

Fungal meningitis is very rare and, unlike viral and bacterial meningitis, it is not contagious.

Symptoms of fungal meningitis are similar to symptoms from other forms of meningitis, but they often appear more gradually and can be very mild at first, the CDC says.

Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told CNN that fungal infections are not usually mild. He said when a fungus invades small blood vessels, it can cause them to clot or bleed, which can lead to symptoms of small strokes.

In addition to typical meningitis symptoms like headache, fever, nausea and stiffness of the neck, people with fungal meningitis may also experience confusion, dizziness and discomfort from bright lights. Patients might just have one or two of these symptoms, the CDC says.

Health officials say any patients who received an injection at one of the facilities beginning July 1 and who began showing symptoms between one and three weeks after being injected should see their doctor right away.

The earlier a patient gets treatment, the more likely he or she will survive.

Patients are treated with anti-fungal medication, which is given intravenously so patients have to be admitted to the hospital, the CDC said. Patients may need to be treated for months.

The FDA is urging anyone who has experienced problems following an injection with the NECC product to report it to MedWatch, the FDA’s voluntary reporting program, by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088 or online at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

CNN’s Miriam Falco contributed to this report.

Today Epidemic Hazard India State of Orissa, Kandhamal Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in India on Monday, 08 October, 2012 at 02:58 (02:58 AM) UTC.

Description
The vector-borne disease of chicken pox has been spreading among the inmates of a government-run residential school in Kandhamal district. At least 19 inmates, aged 6 to 12 years, in the residential school at Daberi in Daringibadi block, have been infected with the disease. There are 131 inmates in the hostel at present. “The situation is under control and there is no cause to panic,” a senior medical officer said, however. District malaria officer (DMO) J N Patnaik visited the hostel along with a team of doctors on Sunday. “The infected children were segregated in a room to prevent the spread of the disease. They are being administered the required medication,” the DMO said. He said the condition of the other students, who have already left the hostel after being infected, was not known. “We are trying to bring them to the hostel for treatment. If their parents do not agree, the medical staff will go to their respective places to provide treatment,” Patnaik said. The outbreak of chicken pox was first reported in the hostel on September 29, sources said. The disease spread gradually. “It’s a viral disease which spreads through the air and after contact with the affected persons. We have advised the school authorities not to allow the affected students to venture outside the hostel,” the DFO said.
Biohazard name: Chicken pox
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Climate Change

Arctic Sea Ice Shatters Previous Low Records; Antarctic Sea Ice Edges to Record High

ScienceDaily

This September, sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean fell to the lowest extent in the satellite record, which began in 1979. Satellite data analyzed by NSIDC scientists showed that the sea ice cover reached its lowest extent on September 16. Sea ice extent averaged for the month of September was also the lowest in the satellite record.

The near-record ice melt occurred without the unusual weather conditions that contributed to the extreme melt of 2007. In 2007, winds and weather patterns helped melt large expanses of ice. “Atmospheric and oceanic conditions were not as conducive to ice loss this year, but the melt still reached a new record low,” said NSIDC scientist Walt Meier. “This probably reflects loss of multi-year ice in the Arctic, as well as other factors that are making the ice more vulnerable.” Multi-year ice is ice that has survived more than one melt season and is thicker than first-year ice.

NSIDC Director Mark Serreze said, “It looks like the spring ice cover is so thin now that large areas melt out in summer, even without persistent extreme weather patterns.” A storm that tracked through the Arctic in August helped break up the weakened ice pack.

Arctic sea ice extent reached its lowest point this year on September 16, 2012 when sea ice extent dropped to 3.41 million square kilometers (1.32 million square miles). Averaged over the month of September, ice extent was 3.61 million square kilometers (1.39 million square miles). This places 2012 as the lowest ice extent both for the daily minimum extent and the monthly average. Ice extent was 3.29 million square kilometers (1.27 million square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average.

The Arctic ice cap grows each winter as the sun sets for several months and shrinks each summer as the sun rises higher in the northern sky. Each year the Arctic sea ice reaches its annual minimum extent in September. It hit its previous record low in 2007. This summer’s low ice extent continued the downward trend seen over the last 33 years. Scientists attribute this trend in large part to warming temperatures caused by climate change. Since 1979, September Arctic sea ice extent has declined by 13 percent per decade. Summer sea ice extent is important because, among other things, it reflects sunlight, keeping the Arctic region cool and moderating global climate.

In addition to the decline in sea ice extent, a two-dimensional measure of the ice cover, the ice cover has grown thinner and less resistant to summer melt. Recent data on the age of sea ice, which scientists use to estimate the thickness of the ice cover, shows that the youngest, thinnest ice, which has survived only one or two melt seasons, now makes up the large majority of the ice cover.

Climate models have suggested that the Arctic could lose almost all of its summer ice cover by 2100, but in recent years, ice extent has declined faster than the models predicted. Serreze said, “The big summer ice loss in 2011 set us up for another big melt year in 2012. We may be looking at an Arctic Ocean essentially free of summer ice only a few decades from now.” NSIDC scientist Julienne Stroeve recently spent three weeks in the Arctic Ocean on an icebreaker ship, and was surprised by how thin the ice was and how much open water existed between the individual ice floes. “According to the satellite data, I expected to be in nearly 90% ice cover, but instead the ice concentrations were typically below 50%,” she said.

As the Arctic was experiencing a record low minimum extent, the Antarctic sea ice was reaching record high levels, culminating in a Southern Hemisphere winter maximum extent of 19.44 million square kilometers (7.51 million square miles) on September 26. The September 2012 monthly average was also a record high, at 19.39 million square kilometers (7.49 million square miles) slightly higher than the previous record in 2006. Temperatures over Antarctica were near average this austral winter. Scientists largely attribute the increase in Antarctic sea ice extent to stronger circumpolar winds, which blow the sea ice outward, increasing extent.

NSIDC scientist Ted Scambos said, “Antarctica’s changes — in winter, in the sea ice — are due more to wind than to warmth, because the warming does not take much of the sea ice area above the freezing point during winter. Instead, the winds that blow around the continent, the “westerlies,” have gotten stronger in response to a stubbornly cold continent, and the warming ocean and land to the north.”

Weather-Making High-Pressure Systems Predicted
To Intensify In Coming Years!
 


MessageToEagle.com – The intensity of two such high-pressure systems, present over the northern Pacific and Atlantic oceans during the summer, has changed in recent years.

Scientists do not know whether these changes are related to climate warming.

Conducted simulations from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report suggest that these summertime highs are likely to intensify in the twenty-first century as a result of an increase in atmospheric greenhouse-gas concentrations, according to a Duke University-led study published online this week in Nature Geoscience.


Click on image to enlargeSouth Indian Ocean, Oval-shaped Hole in a Blanket of Marine Stratocumulus Clouds photographed off Australia on June 5, 2012. High-pressure weather systems often bring fair weather and relatively clear skies. In early June 2012, a high off the coast of Tasmania did just that…and in spectacular fashion. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this view of a hole in a cloud formation at 3:00 p.m. local time (05:00 Universal Time) on June 5, 2012.
The weather system over the Great Australian Bight cut out the oval-shaped hole from a blanket of marine stratocumulus clouds. The cloud hole, with a diameter that stretched as far as 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) across, was caused by sinking air associated with an area of high pressure near the surface. Credits: NASA

High-pressure systems over oceans that largely determine the tracks of tropical cyclones and hydrological extremes will posssibly play an increasingly important role regarding drought and extreme summer rainfall.

The black lines of all the historical tropical storm and hurricane paths curving around that subtropical ridge. If that ridge extends far to the west, tropical storms or hurricanes south of it can in turn be forced far to the west. Credits: http://www.weather.com

Changes in the dominant heating component between the twenty-first- and twentieth-century run. p>Blue, red and green colours denote long-wave radiative cooling, sensible heating and condensational heating, respectively, obtained from the CMIP3 multi-model ensemble mean. Credits: Duke University


A team of scientists led by Wenhong Li, assistant professor of earth and ocean sciences at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, conducted a series of simulations predicting future changes in the strength of the annually occurring North Atlantic Subtropical High “subtropical ridge” (also known as the Bermuda High), and the North Pacific Subtropical High.

Based on their results, these changes will intensify over the 21st century as a result of increasing greenhouse-gas concentrations and – the difference between ocean and land heating, as Earth’s climate warms – will fuel the systems’ intensification.

Research paper

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Escalating Problem: Satellites See Collapse of the Greenland Glaciers!

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Solar Activity

3MIN News October 5. 2012: Tsunamis on the Sun

Published on Oct 5, 2012 by

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

TODAY’S LINKS
China Landslide: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-10/05/c_131889256.htm
F*cking Monsanto: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/10/european-food-safety-author…
Head of NOAA: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/10/despite-tumult-noaas-lubche…

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]

CERES JPL: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=ceres;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb

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

2MIN News October 6. 2012

Published on Oct 6, 2012 by

Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU
STARWATER: http://youtu.be/LiC-92YgZvQ

TODAY’S LINKS
Snow: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/snow-seasons-first-average-20121004

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]

CERES JPL: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=ceres;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb

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 October 7. 2012

Published on Oct 7, 2012 by

Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU
STARWATER: http://youtu.be/LiC-92YgZvQ

TODAY’S LINKS
Colombia Landslide: http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/15055199/13-missing-in-colombia-muds…
Australia cold: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/record-cold-october-day-across-nsw-and-vic…
Canary Quake List: http://www.01.ign.es/ign/layoutIn/volcaListadoTerremotos.do?zona=2&cantid…
Draconid Meteors: http://earthsky.org/tonight/legendary-draconids-boom-or-bust

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]

CERES JPL: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=ceres;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb

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

The Past 99 Days

Published on Oct 7, 2012 by

July 1st to October 7th

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 1 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
(1994 EK) 14th October 2012 6 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
(2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 7 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
(2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 10 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h
214869 (2007 PA8) 05th November 2012 28 day(s) 0.0433 16.8 1.5 km – 3.3 km 10.79 km/s 38844 km/h
(2011 UG21) 06th November 2012 29 day(s) 0.1784 69.4 340 m – 760 m 19.73 km/s 71028 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

NIWAKA Japanese Minisatellite Is Sending A Morse Code Beacon Signal 

MessageToEagle.com – Scientists from Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan developed a small artificial satellite named FITSAT-1. It also has the nickname “NIWAKA”.

The shape is a 10cm cube, and the weight is 1.33kg.

The main mission of this satellite is to demonstrate the high speed transmitter developed. It can send a jpeg VGA-picture(480×640) within 6 sec.

NIWAKA, which is now in a regular orbit, was launched from the International Space Station 390 kilometres (242 miles) above Earth at 15:44 on 4th October 2012 (UTC).

NIWAKA will write messages in the night sky with Morse code as:


Click on image to enlargeA Morse code in the night sky – transmitted by a palm sized satellite, NIWAKA designed by scientists from Fukuoka Institute of Technology. Credits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan

NIWAKA will test the possibility of optical communication by satellite. It will actually twinkle as an artificial star.

The minisatellite’s high power LEDs, which is driven with more than 200W pulses to produce extremely bright flashes, will be observable by the unaided eye or with small binoculars.


Click on image to enlargeThe beacon signal is a standard Morse code CW signal. The signal starts with “HI DE NIWAKA …” and telemetry data follows. Credits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology

The LEDs will also be driven in detecting faint light mode. The light will received by a photo-multiplier equipped telescope linked to the 5.8 GHz parabolic antenna.


Duty 30%, 10Hz signal is modulated with also duty 30%, 5kHz signal. So the average input power will be 220W x 0.3 x 0.3 = 20W. In order to detect the faint light, a high gain amplifier with 5kHz filter may be useful.

While, the Morse code is modulated with duty 15%, 1kHz signal. So, the signal can directly drive a speaker with AF-amplifier to hear Morse sound.


Click on image to enlargeFlight Model – Credits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology

The NIWAKA body is made by cutting a section of 10cm square aluminum pipe. Both ends of the cut pipe are covered with aluminum plates. The surface of the body is finished with black anodic coating.


Click on image to enlargeBottom View of The Model – Credits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology

The CubeSat slide rails and side plates are not separate; they are made as a single unit. The thickness of the square pipe is 3mm, but the surfaces attached by solar cells are thinned to 1.5mm because of weight limit.

In order to make the 8.5mm square CubeSat rails, 5.5mm square aluminum sticks are attached to the four corners of the square pipe.


Click on image to enlargeCredits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology

The trajectory of the ISS is inclined 51.6 deg from the equator, so NIWAKA will travel between 51.6 degrees south latitude and 51.6 degrees north latitude.

NIWAKA minisatellite will carry a mounted neodymium magnet to force it to always point to magnetic north like a compass. When NIWAKA rises above the horizon, it will be to the south of the Fukuoka ground station, and both the 5.8 GHz antenna and the LEDs will be aimed accurately enough by the magnet aligning itself and the satellite with the earth’s magnetic field that the Fukuoka ground station will be within the main beams.


Click on image to enlargeScientists perform both 5.8 GHz high-speed and optical communication experiments for about 3 minutes as the satellite travels along the orbit shown as the red line in the figure. Credits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology

After Deployment from NASA pictures:


Click on image to enlargeCredits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology


Click on image to enlargeCredits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology


Click on image to enlargeProfessor Takushi Tanaka holding a palm sized satellite at his laboratory in Fukuoka. Credits: Fukuoka Institute of Technology

Scientists will perform both 5.8 GHz high-speed and optical communication experiments for about 3 minutes as the satellite travels along the orbit shown as the red line in the figure.

MessageToEagle.com

See also:
Dawn Spacecraft Is Heading Towards Dwarf Planet Ceres To Investigate The Formation Of Our Solar System

X-Ray Nova Reveals A New Black Hole 

MessageToEagle.com – A new stellar-mass black hole has been discovered in our Milky Way galaxy by NASA’s Swift satellite.

The presence of a previously unknown black hole, was revealed by high-energy X-rays emanating from a source towards the center of our galaxy.

“Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they’re essentially once-a- mission events and this is the first one Swift has seen,” according to Neil Gehrels, the mission’s principal investigator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.


Click on image to enlargeCredit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

“This is really something we’ve been waiting for.”

An X-ray nova is a short-lived X-ray source that appears suddenly, reaches its emission peak in a few days and then fades out over a period of months. The outburst arises when a torrent of stored gas suddenly rushes toward one of the most compact objects known.


The nova – dubbed Swift J1745-26 – is located a few degrees from the center of our galaxy toward the constellation Sagittarius. While astronomers do not know its precise distance, they think the object resides about 20,000 to 30,000 light-years away in the galaxy’s inner region.

The nova peaked in X-rays — energies above 10,000 electron volts, or several thousand times that of visible light — on September 18, when it reached an intensity equivalent to that of the famous Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant that serves as a calibration target for high-energy observatories and is considered one of the brightest sources beyond the solar system at these energies.


Click on image to enlargeCredit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

As it dimmed at higher energies, the nova brightened in the lower-energy emissions detected by Swift’s X-ray Telescope.

“The pattern we’re seeing is observed in X-ray novae where the central object is a black hole,” said Boris Sbarufatti, an astrophysicist at Brera Observatory in Milan, who currently is working with other Swift team members at Pennsylvania State

“Once the X-rays fade away, we hope to measure its mass and confirm its black hole status.”

MessageToEagle.com

See also:
Halo Of Hot Gas Surrounds The Milky Way

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife /Hazmat

Officials baffled as Nearly 8,500 Deer found Dead in Michigan in recent weeks due to mystery Virus

Published on Oct 4, 2012 by

(Oct 4, 2012) Almost 8,500 deer across Michigan have died from EHD according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. EHD is a disease that causes deer to suffer a high fever and internal bleeding. The DNR says a small fly known as a midge bites the deer transferring the disease. Officials say nearly half of the deer that have died from EHD have been found in Ionia County. Just two days into bow hunting season and many are talking about the problem. Steve Hayes, a manager at Bob’s Gun and Tackle Shop in Barry County, says people are not putting away their bows just yet.”Our customers are concerned, they are also concerned sportsman too. They’re deciding if they are going to back off on the number of deer they are going to shoot this year, but what we are seeing so far is most people are still interested in going out and doing some deer hunting,” said Hayes. James Waller says the outbreak will cause him to cutback because he has a concern of wiping out too many prize game. Waller says he usually gets out around 15-20 times per season.”A lot of the big bucks, the DNA that is there, we are losing that gene of that deer. We’re trying to create a really good herd to raise some nice deer,” said Waller. “Something like this comes along and it wipes out a lot of work, time and effort.””We’re going to be carefully watching the situation to and watching how it affects business, so we can react to that going forward,” says Hayes. A frost is expected to hit as early as this weekend, leaving many hopeful it will put an end to the disease and see hunting season can return to normal. http://www.wlns.com/story/19724898/dnr-over-8000-deer-dead-in-michigan

(Zephaniah 1:2-3) “I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord.I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord.”

(Hosea 4:3) “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”

06.10.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Texas, Halliburton Damage level Details

 

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

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Updated: Saturday, 06 October, 2012 at 03:42 UTC
Description
A small radioactive cylinder that went missing from a Halliburton (HAL) truck last month was found on a Texas road late Thursday, the company said, ending a weeks-long hunt for the device that involved local, state and federal authorities. The seven-inch stainless steel tube, which contained a small amount of radioactive material, was lost by an oil-and-gas crew somewhere along the 130-mile journey from the vicinity of Pecos to Odessa, in West Texas. A Halliburton spokesman said Friday that the device was found late Thursday on a road in Reeves County, Texas. The company first reported it missing to the state health department on Sept. 11, according to another report to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. State officials, company inspectors and members of a Texas National Guard unit had combed the area for the device, which is used in the process of measuring and evaluating conditions within oil and gas wells. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission report stated that the tube was a “category 3” radioactive device, a class that includes some pacemakers.
07.10.2012 HAZMAT India State of Maharashtra, Jalgaon Damage level Details

HAZMAT in India on Sunday, 07 October, 2012 at 14:18 (02:18 PM) UTC.

Description
Over 50 labourers fell ill on Sunday in an industrial area of Jalgaon city in Maharashtra owing to a chlorine gas leak from a factory, police said. “The workers belonged to a factory called Tulsi Pipes. They suffered from breathing problems and acute vomiting as one of the 25 chlorine cylinders stacked in the adjoining Kalpataru Agro-Chem Industries leaked,” an official from Jalgaon police station said. The manager of Kalpataru Agro-Chem told police that the cylinders were kept on the factory premises for being taken to another plant. He said that he did not know how the chlorine leaked from one of the cylinders, police said. “All victims have been sent to hospital. While 10 labourers are still under medical care, others have been discharged,” the official added. A complaint has been registered by one of the labourers, Mohammed Aslam Mehboob Ilahi, against owners of Kalpataru Agro-Chem under Indian Penal Code Sections 284 (negligent conduct with respect to poisonous substance), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of other), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of other) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of other), the official said.

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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 2012/10/03 23:05:49   36.900  -117.418 8.0  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.9   2012/10/03 22:48:58  -14.331   -76.217 32.0  NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU
MAP  4.7   2012/10/03 22:23:22   46.760   97.920 12.6  WESTERN MONGOLIA
MAP  5.0   2012/10/03 21:02:39   -5.765   151.126 56.9  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/03 20:25:52   38.529  -122.323 0.1  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.8 2012/10/03 19:51:08   39.724  -119.436 10.9  NEVADA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/03 18:30:14   53.395  -164.278 20.0  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  5.4   2012/10/03 18:28:33   5.860   126.955 144.5  MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  3.3 2012/10/03 16:49:04   19.141   -65.120 84.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/03 16:25:14   57.427  -154.107 13.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/03 14:41:28   44.884   9.865 10.0  NORTHERN ITALY
MAP  5.7   2012/10/03 13:32:35   -0.451   97.648 10.0  KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/03 10:04:04   19.802   -64.287 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  4.9   2012/10/03 09:39:59   38.070   141.898 35.4  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.4 2012/10/03 09:20:45   44.655   7.311 10.0  NORTHERN ITALY
MAP  4.7   2012/10/03 08:16:41   44.352  -129.006 10.0  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  4.8   2012/10/03 08:02:16   14.851   147.797 35.1  MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/03 06:44:56   18.192   -67.845 50.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  4.2 2012/10/03 06:26:41   12.296   -87.831 64.7  NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA
MAP  5.3   2012/10/03 06:26:17   -6.277   152.746 30.5  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  3.4 2012/10/03 03:31:03   57.241  -154.888 12.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/03 03:22:30   62.448  -151.512 107.2  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/03 02:36:14   62.911  -148.674 82.6  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/03 02:13:13   44.475  -128.814 10.0  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  4.6   2012/10/03 00:50:29   53.216  -166.719 39.8  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  3.7 2012/10/03 00:35:53   19.684   -64.335 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/10/03 00:19:51   60.613  -147.537 6.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.4 2012/10/02 22:41:21   19.635   -64.387 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/10/02 22:38:48   19.580   -64.407 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/10/02 21:00:48   19.637   -64.269 18.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.8 2012/10/02 19:59:32   51.552  -178.046 5.0  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/02 19:43:09   24.678  -110.179 15.4  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  5.3   2012/10/02 19:41:30  -65.008   177.926 16.6  BALLENY ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/10/02 19:17:14   19.662   -64.273 56.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/10/02 19:16:02   37.142   71.812 138.9  TAJIKISTAN
MAP  3.4 2012/10/02 19:15:19   19.732   -64.250 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.0   2012/10/02 18:39:08  -20.607  -174.229 3.1  TONGA
MAP  5.1   2012/10/02 18:37:41   26.847   92.788 51.6  ASSAM, INDIA
MAP  4.9   2012/10/02 18:23:16   -6.071   146.248 118.1  EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/02 17:50:19  -27.498   -68.945 79.6  CATAMARCA, ARGENTINA
MAP  5.2   2012/10/02 17:37:24   -2.876   101.931 116.6  SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/02 17:24:58   -6.336   130.286 135.2  BANDA SEA
MAP  3.4 2012/10/02 16:46:51   19.457   -64.275 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/10/02 14:55:31   -3.632   101.476 57.5  SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
MAP  3.5 2012/10/02 13:28:08   19.476   -64.164 85.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/02 12:05:13   19.666   -64.235 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/10/02 11:37:53   39.774   143.243 29.8  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.1   2012/10/02 11:35:52  -21.109  -174.474 34.7  TONGA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/02 10:02:22   32.800  -116.154 6.6  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.4 2012/10/02 09:08:11   18.216   -68.175 125.0  MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP  4.4 2012/10/02 08:43:35   37.558   72.321 190.1  TAJIKISTAN
MAP  4.8   2012/10/02 08:34:55   32.461   76.641 12.6  HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/02 08:28:15   32.805  -116.144 10.5  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/02 07:16:10   50.251   179.183 30.2  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  5.1   2012/10/02 06:25:32   8.293   123.314 41.1  MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.5 2012/10/02 05:43:29   34.215  -117.090 5.9  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/02 04:41:36   52.038   176.335 46.0  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/02 04:21:03   52.473   173.398 49.5  NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/02 04:12:32   52.094   176.423 50.0  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  5.3   2012/10/02 03:33:30  -18.820  -174.836 96.7  TONGA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/02 03:20:53   36.220  -118.318 5.5  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/02 03:17:12   45.897   142.685 342.6  HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/02 03:14:04   59.818  -150.519 60.3  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/02 03:05:47   18.513   -67.368 19.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  2.8 2012/10/02 02:57:00   40.329  -125.431 6.4  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/02 02:38:32   51.559  -178.031 4.8  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/02 01:51:39   39.600   143.424 33.2  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.6   2012/10/02 01:10:46   36.206   140.937 17.7  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

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Earthquake at Katla Volcano

An earthquake of a magnitude of 3.2 hit Katla volcano, which lies underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap in south Iceland, just before 9:30 this morning.

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Mýrdalsjökull, under which Katla volcano lies. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.According to Gunnar Guðmundsson, seismologist at the Icelandic Office of Meteorology, the earthquake hit at a depth of 100 meters. Several smaller earthquakes occurred shortly before the larger one but no earthquakes have been recorded since, mbl.is reports.

Gunnar says there have been quakes of this strength before in the volcano but that they are not common. There has been little activity in Katla in the last month and there is no evidence of any further developments, he adds.

The glacier-covered volcano is monitored closely. A major glacial outburst flood occurred in July 2011, tearing a hole in the Ring Road in South Iceland.

Click here to read more about seismic activity in Katla and here to read about other recent earthquakes in Iceland.

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Volcanic Activity

Suwanosejima volcano (Japan): new explosion reported & activity summary for August 2012

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An explosion was reported this morning (around 07 am GMT time) with an ash plume reaching 10,000 (about 3 km) altitude.

Summary for August 2012 activity (JMA):
No explosive eruptions occurred at Otake crater in August (as in July). The plume was observed only August 19th and the height was approx. 300 m above the crater rim during this period (maximum. 400 m in July). Weak volcanic glows in the crater were recorded at night with a high-sensitivity camera on August 8th-10th, 12th-14th, 18th-20th and 24th.
Seismic activity remained at low levels, with 17 A-type events (29 in July) and 39 B-type events (123 in July).
No volcanic tremor was observed in August (total tremor duration 38h 5m in July).
No unusual ground deformation was seen in GPS observation data.
At Otake crater, no eruption was observed during this period, but eruptions nevertheless have occurred repeatedly over a long time.


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NASA Radar to Study Volcanoes in Alaska and Japan

This UAVSAR interferogram shows active volcano Mount St. Helens (left) and dormant volcano Mount Adams, both in Washington state. This UAVSAR interferogram shows active volcano Mount St. Helens (left) and dormant volcano Mount Adams, both in Washington state. The sensor collected data for this image during flights in July 2009 and August 2010 to compute the surface deformation that could indicate activity in the volcanoes’ magma. No deformation was evident during this period. (NASA image)
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A NASA aircraft carrying a unique 3-D aerial radar developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has left California for a 10-day campaign to study active volcanoes in Alaska and Japan.

The modified NASA C-20A (G-III) aircraft, with JPL’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) installed in a pod under its belly, departed NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., Oct. 2, en route to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. Along the way, it will image volcanoes in the western United States. After refueling, the aircraft will travel on to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska, where UAVSAR will image a series of volcanoes, including those in the Aleutian Islands.

UAVSAR can see below Earth’s surface to monitor very subtle deformations. NASA scientists periodically use UAVSAR to monitor subtle changes in volcanic activity. The radar uses a technique called interferometry, which sends pulses of microwave energy from the sensor on the aircraft to the ground to detect and measure very subtle Earth surface deformations.

The plane will then fly to Japan’s Yokota Air Force Base near Tokyo. Yokota is the staging location for science missions to collect data about volcanoes on several islands in Japan that pose a hazard to nearby populations. On its return, the aircraft will repeat the route, acquiring data from the opposite viewing direction, before arriving back at its base in Palmdale Oct. 11.

This study builds on UAVSAR research of U.S. West Coast and Hawaiian volcanoes acquired from 2009 through 2011 and additional observations of Central and South American volcanoes gathered in 2010 and 2011.

The aircraft features a high-precision autopilot designed and developed by engineers at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. The Precision Platform Autopilot guides the aircraft using a kinematic differential Global Positioning System developed by JPL along with the aircraft’s inertial navigation system to enable it to fly repeat paths to an accuracy of 15 feet (4.6 meters) or less. With the precision autopilot engaged, the synthetic aperture radar is able to acquire repeat-pass data that can measure land-surface changes within millimeters.

UAVSAR provides a measurement system that complements satellite-based observations by providing rapid revisits and imaging of active volcanoes to better understand their deformation prior to, during or after an eruption.

In addition to the NASA study of volcanoes, the UAVSAR team is working with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency scientists to define cross-calibration sites, including flight lines over disaster and forested areas, between the UAVSAR and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Polarimetric and Interferometry Synthetic Aperture Radar with L-band 2 (PISAR-L2).

For more on UAVSAR, visit: http://uavsar.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html .

Written by Beth Hagenauer, Public Affairs
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

 

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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 04.10.2012 Tropical Depression 40 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
Start up: 11th September 2012
Status: 28th September 2012
Track long: 1,762.49 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 11:12:43 N 21° 30.000, W 51° 18.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 10:59:20 N 30° 42.000, W 51° 24.000 24 120 148 Hurricane I. 50 13 985 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane I. 95 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 05:22:55 N 31° 24.000, W 38° 6.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 75 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 10:47:47 N 32° 0.000, W 36° 24.000 28 111 139 Tropical Storm 65 15 985 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 05:15:16 N 33° 54.000, W 34° 12.000 15 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 18 989 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 10:46:51 N 34° 18.000, W 33° 36.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 14 990 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 05:31:59 N 35° 48.000, W 32° 12.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 25 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 11:00:20 N 36° 24.000, W 32° 6.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 360 9 993 MB NOAA NHC
20th Sep 2012 05:12:41 N 37° 6.000, W 31° 24.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 60 9 990 MB NOAA NHC
20th Sep 2012 11:02:24 N 36° 48.000, W 30° 36.000 15 83 102 Tropical Storm 120 18 983 MB NOAA NHC
21st Sep 2012 10:40:35 N 35° 6.000, W 27° 12.000 13 102 120 Tropical Storm 140 14 981 MB NOAA NHC
22nd Sep 2012 06:38:52 N 31° 54.000, W 26° 36.000 20 93 111 Tropical Storm 165 15 984 MB NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 04:58:41 N 29° 30.000, W 31° 24.000 9 83 102 Tropical Storm 220 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 12:03:57 N 28° 54.000, W 31° 30.000 9 93 111 Tropical Storm 220 10 992 MB NOAA NHC
29th Sep 2012 11:21:43 N 31° 54.000, W 35° 54.000 19 111 139 Tropical Storm 340 20 992 MB NOAA NHC
30th Sep 2012 06:48:45 N 35° 36.000, W 37° 30.000 17 139 167 Hurricane I. 340 19 984 MB NOAA NHC
01st Oct 2012 04:38:54 N 36° 42.000, W 39° 24.000 11 139 167 Hurricane I. 230 16 981 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Oct 2012 05:24:46 N 34° 42.000, W 38° 54.000 9 102 120 Tropical Storm 125 15 995 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Oct 2012 10:57:37 N 34° 30.000, W 38° 6.000 11 102 120 Tropical Storm 105 16 995 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Oct 2012 04:47:11 N 34° 24.000, W 35° 42.000 15 83 102 Tropical Storm 90 18 996 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Oct 2012 11:00:21 N 34° 54.000, W 34° 36.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 75 19 998 MB NOAA NHC
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04th Oct 2012 11:03:25 N 38° 24.000, W 28° 24.000 37 74 93 Tropical Depression 40 ° 16 996 MB NOAA NHC
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05th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 47° 0.000, W 26° 30.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 44° 30.000, W 26° 30.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 49° 0.000, W 27° 0.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
Gaemi (21W) Pacific Ocean 01.10.2012 04.10.2012 Tropical Depression 235 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 3.35 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Gaemi (21W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 18.000, E 114° 48.000
Start up: 01st October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 290.77 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
02nd Oct 2012 05:30:45 N 16° 24.000, E 115° 18.000 9 65 83 Tropical Storm 170 15 JTWC
02nd Oct 2012 10:37:35 N 16° 6.000, E 115° 36.000 7 74 93 Tropical Storm 135 9 JTWC
03rd Oct 2012 04:52:53 N 15° 30.000, E 117° 54.000 9 93 120 Tropical Storm 110 15 JTWC
03rd Oct 2012 11:01:04 N 15° 18.000, E 117° 30.000 7 102 130 Tropical Storm 245 8 JTWC
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04th Oct 2012 11:04:11 N 14° 42.000, E 118° 6.000 7 83 102 Tropical Depression 235 ° 11 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 42.000, E 117° 24.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
05th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 14° 42.000, E 115° 48.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 48.000, E 113° 42.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
07th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 54.000, E 108° 42.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC
08th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 18.000, E 104° 24.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC
Oscar (AL15) Atlantic Ocean 03.10.2012 04.10.2012 Tropical Depression 345 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 5.49 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Oscar (AL15)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 18.000, W 41° 30.000
Start up: 03rd October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 145.59 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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04th Oct 2012 11:03:02 N 20° 0.000, W 42° 30.000 15 65 83 Tropical Depression 345 ° 18 1006 MB NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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05th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 23° 48.000, W 39° 24.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 0.000, W 41° 24.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC

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Today Landslide China Province of Yunnan, Zhenhe [Youfang Elementary School] Damage level Details

Landslide in China on Thursday, 04 October, 2012 at 08:35 (08:35 AM) UTC.

Description
Chinese state media say a landslide has buried 18 elementary school students in a southwest region that was already recovering from a devastating earthquake. The landslide destroyed the Youfang Elementary School and two farmhouses in Zhenhe village early Thursday. Normally, the students would not have been in school, because China is in the middle of a week-long national holiday period. But officials say the students were making up for classes that were canceled following last month’s earthquake, that left 81 people dead. Zhenhe village is located in southwestern Yunnan province, a mountainous, earthquake-prone region.

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Today Epidemic Hazard Pakistan State of Punjab, Rawalpindi Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Pakistan on Thursday, 04 October, 2012 at 03:03 (03:03 AM) UTC.

Description
The second case of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) from Rawalpindi was confirmed by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Wednesday. Meanwhile, World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against the increase in CCHF cases this year if precautionary measures are not taken before Eidul Azha. This year, 38 confirmed cases of CCHF have been reported from across the country and more are expected after Eidul Azha, according to WHO. Out of these 38 cases, 14 deaths have been reported so far. This is the first time in eight years that there has been such an increase in the number of CCHF cases in the country. According to the NIH, the case is from Choa Saidan Shah in Chakwal district from where a previous CCHF case was reported which resulted in the patient’s death. Imtiaz, 45, was brought to the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) Rawalpindi on September 27, with high-grade fever. His test samples were sent to NIH where it was confirmed that he was infected with the deadly disease. People should take precautionary measures while slaughtering sacrificial animals like wearing gloves, properly covering their face, especially eyes and mouth. Those who come into contact with newly-skinned animal hides should also take safety measures. Patients infected with the virus should be quarantined to prevent its spread through his secretions.
Biohazard name: Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
Today Epidemic Hazard Canada Province of Northwest Territories, [ Northwest Territories-wide] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Canada on Thursday, 04 October, 2012 at 03:01 (03:01 AM) UTC.

Description
A superbug skin infection has been spreading in the Northwest Territories since January. By August, there were 462 recorded cases of MRSA, which is the highest it has ever been in the territory. The infection, which is otherwise known as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is resistant to some antibiotics. “The complication in the health care system is that we have to use different antibiotics that are more costly and also have more side effects. And if the bacteria become resistant to those antibiotics than we would have very little left to treat,” said Dr. Dr. André Corriveau, the N.W.T.’s chief public health officer. Corriveau is alarmed that the infection is becoming more common among babies and toddlers, given the fact that children at that age are more susceptible to more severe infections. The rates are highest in the Tlicho and Beaufort Delta regions. MRSA is a bacteria which lives on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. It can cause skin and soft tissue infections, and can also cause severe invasive infections such as pneumonia. The infection also spreads easily between people. Corriveau said cuts and other skin breaks should be promptly cleaned and disinfected, and people should consult with a health care provider if there is any sign of infection.
Biohazard name: MRSA
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

02.10.2012 Epidemic Hazard Democratic Republic of the Congo Province of Orientale, [Haut Uele District] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday, 17 August, 2012 at 03:03 (03:03 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Tuesday, 02 October, 2012 at 10:00 UTC
Description
The Ebola epidemic that affects the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the probable cause of 36 deaths in the 81 patients registered until last Saturday. According to a report from the Ministry of Health published today, on September 29 there were 81 cases including 20 confirmed, 32 probable, 29 suspected and 36 deaths registered. The laboratory tests revealed that 10 of the deaths were directly linked to the disease. Currently, 216 people who had contact with the 81 reported cases are under surveillance. An epidemic was declared in mid-August in the Eastern Province, where almost all the cases were detected. Meanwhile, the International Committee fighting against Ebola conducted an investigation in May, which revealed a large number of cases. Given the current situation, the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are working together to face this hemorrhagic fever. So far, there is no treatment or vaccine against Ebola, which kills between the 25 and 90 percent of those infected, according to WHO. The disease is transmitted by direct contact with blood, body fluids (sweat, saliva), as well as sexual contact. Careless handling of contaminated corpses can also lead to infection. Media reports stated that since the first appearance of the disease, this country has seen eight epidemics.

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Climate Change

Study finds Southern Hemisphere becoming drier

A decline in April-May rainfall over south-east Australia is associated with a southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone according to research published today in Scientific Reports, a primary research journal from the publishers of Nature.

CSIRO scientists Wenju Cai, Tim Cowan and Marcus Thatcher explored why autumn rainfall has been in decline across south-eastern Australia since the 1970s, a period that included the devastating Millennium drought from 1997-2009. Previous research into what has been driving the decline in autumn rainfall across regions like southern Australia has pointed the finger at a southward shift in the storm tracks and weather systems during the late 20th century. However, the extent to which these regional rainfall reductions are attributable to the poleward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone has not been clarified before now. Mr Cowan said rainfall patterns in the subtropics are known to be influenced by the Hadley cell, the large-scale atmospheric circulation that transports heat from the tropics to the sub-tropics. “There has been a southward expansion of the edge of the Hadley cell – also called subtropical dry-zone – over the past 30 years, with the strongest expansion occurring in mid-late autumn, or April to May, ranging from 200 to 400 kilometres,” Mr Cowan said. The CSIRO researchers found that the autumn southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone is greatest over south-eastern Australia, and to a lesser extent, over the Southern Ocean to the south of Africa. “The Hadley cell is comprised of a number of individual branches, so the impact of a southward shift of the subtropical dry-zone on rainfall is not the same across the different semi-arid regions of the Southern Hemisphere,” says CSIRO’s Dr Wenju Cai.

The researchers tested the hypothesis that the dry-zone expansion would give rise to a southward shift in the average rainfall during April and May, and questioned how rainfall across semi-arid regions, including southern-coastal Chile and southern Africa, would be affected. “During April and May, when the dry-zone expansion is strong, rainfall over south-eastern Africa, south-eastern Australia and southern-coastal Chile is higher than over regions immediately to their north,” Dr Cai said. Using high-quality observations and an atmospheric model the CSIRO team found that for south-eastern Australia, up to 85% of recent rainfall reduction can be accounted for by replacing south-eastern Australia rainfall with rainfall 400km to the north. Such a southward shift of rainfall can explain only a small portion of the southern Africa rainfall trend, but none of the autumn drying observed over southern Chile. “For south-east Australia, autumn is an important wetting season,” Dr Cai explained. “Good autumn rainfall wets the soil and effectively allows for vital runoff from follow-on winter and spring rain to flow into catchments.” According to the study an important issue remains as to why the poleward expansion is largest in autumn, and there is still uncertainty about the role of external forcings – such as greenhouse gases – as climate models underestimate the southward expansion of the Hadley cell edge. This research was conducted through CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship, and was funded by the Goyder Institute for Water Research and the Australian Climate Change Science Programme. Wenju Cai, Tim Cowan and Marcus Thatcher are from CSIRO’s Marine and Atmospheric Research division.

Journal reference: Scientific Reports search and more infoNature search and more info website

  Provided by CSIRO search and more info website

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Solar Activity

2MIN News October 2. 2012

Published on Oct 2, 2012 by

Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU
STARWATER: http://youtu.be/LiC-92YgZvQ

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]

CERES JPL: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=ceres;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb

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

2MIN News October 3. 2012

Published on Oct 3, 2012 by

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

TODAY’S LINKS
Beached Pilot Whales: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/pilot-whales-indonesia_n_1932375.htm…
Black Hole Jets: http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2012/sep/27/origins-of-galactic-jet-…
Drought Monitor: http://www.drought.gov/drought/content/products-current-drought-and-monitorin…
Dry US: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=79316
EU Weather Forecast: http://www.wsi.com/4010a794-a7f6-4110-bb24-1fa9dfeb71f0/news-scheduled-foreca…

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]

CERES JPL: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=ceres;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 5 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
(1994 EK) 14th October 2012 10 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
(2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 11 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
(2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife/ Hazmat

03.10.2012 HAZMAT Zimbabwe Mashonaland West Province, Kadoma Damage level Details

HAZMAT in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, 03 October, 2012 at 11:13 (11:13 AM) UTC.

Description
Four people died from suspected food poisoning in Kadoma last week, while six others are battling for life at Harare Central Hospital. The poison also claimed birds, goats and dogs. The dogs died after eating goats that died after consuming the food in a chain reaction that has left people at Hezelmare 19 Mine and surrounding areas shocked. On the fateful Friday afternoon last week, Gift Watungwa (37) allegedly took a 20kg bucket of maize to the mill and on arrival he requested for an empty sack to transfer his maize, but the mill operator Mr Norbert Mhazi said he did not have any. Instead, he was shown a pile of maize and mealie-meal bags on the other side of the room. Watungwa allegedly took a bag that used to contain mealie- meal and put his maize inside. He headed home where another mineworker Douglas Pepukai (22) prepared sadza using mealie-meal from the bag.

The sadza was served with chicken bought at Hezelmare Shopping Centre. After eating the food, the 10 men started complaining of stomach pains and their condition continued to deteriorate before they fell unconscious. Another worker, who did not eat the food, made a report to the police and they were taken to Kadoma General Hospital. The 10 were subsequently transferred to Harare Central Hospital after their condition got serious. Acting Mashonaland West police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ian Kohwera confirmed the incident. He said the bodies of the dead were awaiting post-mortem at Harare Central Hospital mortuary. The other six victims are still admitted at Harare Hospital where their condition was reported to be stable. “We are investigating a case in which four people have so far died after eating food suspected to have been contaminated with poison,” said Asst Insp Kohwera. “Investigations are still at their infancy and we are following on a number of leads.” The mill operator is assisting police with investigations.

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Articles of Interest

Today Power Outage USA State of California, Santa Cruz Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Thursday, 04 October, 2012 at 02:59 (02:59 AM) UTC.

Description
A flood of an underground utility vault on Dakota Street in Santa Cruz caused about 6,600 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers to lose power Wednesday morning. The outage was reported about 4:30 a.m. at homes and business near Ocean Street and Broadway, said PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell. Utility representatives initially reported that the power outage was caused when a vehicle that struck a power pole. Tell said later Wednesday that the collision was not related to the outage. Power was restored to all customers about 11:15 a.m.

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

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 23, 2012 08:18:51 UTC

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

CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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

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

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

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

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

 

Translation by Desert Rose

Event    Date    Time           Lat.        Long.        Depth                        Type                   Location

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

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Volcanic Activity

By The Associated Press

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

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

Government volcanologist Hendrasto says it unleashed two strong eruptions Friday.

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

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

 

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Storms / Flooding

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Jelewat (18W) Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 23.09.2012 Typhoon II 270 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 3.35 m JTWC Details

 Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Jelewat (18W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
Start up: 20th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 263.99 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
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Gust
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
22nd Sep 2012 06:41:44 N 11° 42.000, E 129° 54.000 6 93 120 Tropical Storm 200 9 JTWC
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23rd Sep 2012 06:04:26 N 11° 48.000, E 128° 54.000 7 139 167 Typhoon II 270 ° 11 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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24th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 13° 24.000, E 128° 30.000 Typhoon IV 185 232 JTWC
24th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 14° 30.000, E 128° 30.000 Typhoon IV 194 241 JTWC
25th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 42.000, E 128° 18.000 Typhoon IV 204 250 JTWC
26th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 6.000, E 127° 30.000 SuperTyphoon 213 259 JTWC
27th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 24.000, E 126° 6.000 SuperTyphoon 213 259 JTWC
28th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 42.000, E 124° 42.000 Typhoon IV 204 250 JTWC
Miriam (EP 13) Pacific Ocean – East 22.09.2012 23.09.2012 Tropical Depression 300 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

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

Niger floods kill at least 92 people

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

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

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

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

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

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Flooding, landslides plague parts of Alaska

The Associated Press

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

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

But there has been no report of major injuries.

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

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

Weather problems are not confined to Southcentral Alaska.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Radiation / Nuclear

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas

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

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

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

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

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

Japan Backpedals on “No Nukes” Policy

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6

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

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

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

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

Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6

Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6 2

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

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

West Nile virus kills 5 in Balkans, dozens in hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bdnews24.com/lq/1715h.

Health: Measles epidemic kills 22 in Congo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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– In light of confirmation of a measles case in a school-aged child in Ulster County, State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., advises all New Yorkers to be vaccinated against measles. “Many people think measles is a childhood disease of the past, but it remains a highly-contagious viral disease that can cause serious health problems and even death,” Shah said. “The good news is that measles is preventable, and people who are vaccinated can protect themselves against the disease.” The current Ulster County measles case involves a child who attends a school where nearly half of the students are not vaccinated against measles. Although vaccination against measles is one of the required immunizations for school children in New York, exemptions from the requirement may be granted by a school. The Ulster County Health Department is working with the school district to protect other school children from measles. Unvaccinated children who attend the same Ulster County school as the child with measles and unvaccinated school staff are being excluded from the school for 21 days to help prevent them from contracting or spreading the disease. Individuals are not at risk of contracting measles if they are immune. A person is considered immune if they were born before January 1, 1957, have a history of physician-diagnosed measles, a blood test confirming immunity, or have received two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Due to widespread immunization in the United States, the measles virus does not circulate in this country, but is present in some foreign countries, including some in Europe and Asia. It is strongly recommended that anyone traveling to a country where measles is circulating be immunized before their trip; those who are not immunized could potentially contract the disease while abroad and infect other non-immunized individuals upon their return back to the U.S.
Biohazard name: Measles
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Status: confirmed
22.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard Sudan South Sudan, [In some refugees camp] Damage level Details

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

Description
The international humanitarian agency Oxfam is warning that living conditions of refugees in a camp in Upper Nile state are becoming increasingly desperate, and more people will probably die if help does not arrive soon. More than 100,000 refugees have fled fighting between Sudanese armed forces and rebels in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states. At least 16 refugees have died in the past two weeks from an outbreak of Hepatitis E, according to the U.N. Pauline Ballaman, Oxfam’s South Sudan director, said the best way to curb the spread of the water-borne disease is to relocate thousands of Sudanese refugees to a safer place. “The government of South Sudan and UNHCR, who are the lead agencies, would encourage them to look at all other possibilities because this is not going to be a sustainable job or solution,” Ballaman said. South Sudan and the UN refugee agency considered relocating the refugees to areas along the Nile River, according to Ballaman, but she said no decision has been made so far. Ballaman said more people are showing symptoms of Hepatitis E. She added, “there are a lot more people affected and, of course, it is far more serious for the nursing and pregnant mothers and young children, and malnutrition kicks in as well,” According to Ballaman, no season is favorable to housing more than 100,000 refugees. Widespread flooding during South Sudan’s rainy season is the problem right now, but when the dry season arrives the problem will be not enough water.
Biohazard name: Hepatitis E. Outbreak
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
23.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of New York, New Paltz [Mountain Laurel Waldorf School] Damage level Details

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

Description
A case of measles has been confirmed in a student who attends the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, according to the Dutchess County Department of Health. The measles case was reported by Dutchess County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Caldwell in a press release emailed to local media outlets late Friday. It was not immediately clear why the release came from a Dutchess County official rather than one in Ulster County, where the private school is located, and the name and hometown of the infected person were not provided. Caldwell said his office has “been in close communication” with the Ulster County Department of Health and the state Department of Health. Caldwell said anyone who has visited the school since Sept. 10 or has had contact with anyone from the school since that date should make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date. Those who lack proper vaccinations should consult with a doctor. Caldwell said his department has learned that a number of students at the New Paltz school have not been vaccinated for measles, meaning they could become ill and put others at risk. Caldwell said all medical practices and laboratories in the area should be on high alert that there may be a number of children and family members who have been exposed and could spread the disease further. Incidents of measles, which is highly contagious, have increased in the United States recently due to a growing number of unvaccinated individuals who travel to countries where measles is prevalent, Caldwell said.
Biohazard name: Measles
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

 

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Solar Activity

3MIN News Sept 22. 2012

Published on Sep 22, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Click on image to enlarge

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

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

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

MessageToEagle.com

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Click on image to enlargeColorful Colossi and Changing Hues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Click on image to enlargeObscured by Rings

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


Click on image to enlargeA Ring of Color

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


Click on image to enlargePolar Vortex in Color

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

MessageToEagle.com via NASA

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

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.3 2012/09/17 23:28:38   23.334   100.045 15.0  YUNNAN, CHINA
MAP  5.0   2012/09/17 21:15:45  -14.902   167.409 146.9  VANUATU
MAP  2.8 2012/09/17 21:12:30   36.644  -120.949 9.6  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  5.4   2012/09/17 20:07:55   -5.717   150.119 92.7  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  5.0   2012/09/17 19:09:31   39.808   142.084 36.7  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.1 2012/09/17 16:18:04   19.076   -67.493 25.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/17 16:08:46   72.472   2.746 10.0  NORWEGIAN SEA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/17 15:44:43   19.319   -64.711 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/09/17 14:19:24  -10.786   113.812 12.2  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/17 14:02:27   18.505   -64.574 49.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/17 13:27:23  -10.967   113.736 10.0  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/17 12:55:32   60.050  -152.166 55.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/17 12:10:22   19.350  -155.027 8.4  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.2 2012/09/17 09:51:44   19.660   -64.249 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/09/17 09:31:35   50.255  -170.132 46.9  SOUTH OF THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
MAP  3.1 2012/09/17 09:25:40   19.304   -64.517 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/17 09:20:33   19.136   -64.917 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/17 07:05:53   38.727   46.717 10.0  NORTHWESTERN IRAN
MAP  2.8 2012/09/17 05:30:27   37.000  -104.929 4.9  COLORADO
MAP  3.1 2012/09/17 04:19:58   19.633   -64.449 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/17 03:08:44   42.338   144.882 45.7  HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/17 02:50:44   42.464  -125.837 10.0  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  2.6 2012/09/17 02:28:16   18.439   -66.447 81.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP  2.9 2012/09/17 01:59:18   42.421  -125.880 10.0  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  4.4 2012/09/17 01:29:50   49.312   154.831 85.5  KURIL ISLANDS
MAP  3.3 2012/09/17 00:51:16   61.059  -140.138 4.2  SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.4 2012/09/16 23:22:26   12.643   -89.151 35.3  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  2.8 2012/09/16 23:15:32   37.062  -104.834 5.0  COLORADO
MAP  4.8   2012/09/16 22:09:15   10.509   126.739 73.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/16 21:46:44   -7.019   129.673 134.6  KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA
MAP  5.3   2012/09/16 21:46:20   10.591   126.676 49.5  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/09/16 21:04:12   19.090   -65.780 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/16 20:54:40   19.746   -64.189 18.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.0 2012/09/16 20:49:12   51.404  -176.543 24.6  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/16 20:43:08   19.721   -64.259 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/16 19:13:15   52.458  -174.573 224.9  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/16 19:12:45   19.725   -64.190 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/16 19:10:01   18.308   -67.115 15.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP  2.9 2012/09/16 18:54:01   38.808  -122.810 0.7  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/16 18:53:03   38.793  -122.766 3.3  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/16 18:33:27   12.674   -89.203 51.1  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  3.6 2012/09/16 17:58:07   19.622   -64.330 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/16 16:46:55   19.679   -64.303 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/09/16 16:17:25   0.496   96.928 25.4  NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/16 16:07:08   19.633   -64.356 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/16 15:42:49   19.663   -64.323 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/16 15:32:55  -10.734   113.860 15.2  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA