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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
08.08.2012 02:10:30 3.1 North America United States Washington Entiat There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 02:05:25 3.9 Asia Turkey Manisa Ahmetli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 02:15:47 4.5 Asia Japan Fukushima Iwaki VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 02:10:51 4.5 Pacific Ocean Fiji Northern Lambasa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 02:05:48 4.4 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 01:40:31 4.0 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 02:06:11 2.7 Europe Greece Central Greece Domokos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 02:06:35 2.8 South-America Chile Valparaíso Vina del Mar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 01:50:29 2.6 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 01:05:18 2.0 Asia Turkey ?zmir Foca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 00:00:26 4.3 South-America Peru Tacna Calana There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 23:05:22 2.0 North America United States California Borrego Springs VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 22:56:41 2.2 North America United States Alaska Anchor Point There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 00:00:44 2.4 Asia Turkey ??rnak Yenikoy VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 00:01:04 4.6 South-America Argentina Salta Tartagal VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 00:01:27 4.6 Atlantic Ocean Argentina Salta Tartagal VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 22:55:26 2.3 Asia Turkey Gümü?hane Evren VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 22:55:49 3.1 Europe Romania Lopatari VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 22:56:08 2.8 Asia Turkey ?zmir Foca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 01:05:46 2.0 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 21:50:27 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Utara Tobelo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 22:15:29 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Davao Bukid VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 21:50:47 3.9 Middle-East Iran Hormozg?n Qeshm VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 20:30:31 2.7 North America United States Alaska Happy Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 20:50:23 2.8 Europe Greece East Macedonia and Thrace Kamariotissa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 21:20:41 4.8 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Papua Nabire VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 21:51:06 4.8 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Papua Nabire VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 21:21:02 2.1 North America United States Alaska Nikolski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 19:45:19 2.8 Europe Greece Central Greece Oxilithos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:45:24 2.5 Europe Greece Peloponnese Meligalas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:45:45 2.1 Europe Italy Friuli Venezia Giulia Socchieve VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:46:05 4.7 Asia Japan Iwate Kamaishi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 21:10:28 4.7 Asia Japan Iwate Kamaishi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 20:50:58 4.6 Middle-America Costa Rica Alajuela Laguna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 20:15:32 4.6 Middle America Costa Rica Alajuela Laguna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 18:46:25 2.7 Europe Greece Crete Makry Gialos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:46:45 2.7 Europe Greece Crete Koutsouras VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:47:07 2.7 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:00:58 2.2 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 17:40:26 2.2 Europe Italy Sicily Rodi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 19:40:36 2.0 North America United States Arkansas Damascus VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 17:40:50 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia East Java Blitar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:20:31 4.5 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia East Java Blitar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 18:47:44 2.4 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 17:41:09 3.1 South-America Chile Coquimbo Coquimbo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 16:35:25 2.1 Asia Turkey Ad?yaman Gerger VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 15:50:39 2.2 North America United States California Home Gardens VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 18:20:58 4.0 South America Chile Antofagasta Taltal VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 16:35:55 4.4 South-America Chile Antofagasta Taltal There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 16:36:19 2.5 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Kalamakion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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Volcanic Activity

New Zealand dormant volcano erupts after a century

“It looked like Hiroshima”, says one local resident of the ash cloud that spewed from Mount Tongarir

A New Zealand volcano dormant for more than a century has erupted, sending up ash clouds, disrupting flights and closing roads.

Mount Tongariro, one of three volcanoes in the centre of the North Island, became active just before midnight local time, with reports of loud explosions, spewing rocks and steam.

The 1,978m (6,490 ft) peak is in a national park popular with hikers.

No casualties or damage have been reported after the eruption.

Witnesses described a dramatic scene as the volcano erupted.

”I saw this beautiful, big cloud and I thought: ‘Gee that looks like a volcanic plume’. Just as I thought that there was a great big orange flash,” truck driver Bryn Rodda told New Zealand National Radio.

“It was quite impressive.”

Mount Tongariro last erupted 115 years ago, and scientists said they did not yet know if this eruption was a single event or if it signalled the start of more activity.

A man holds a handful of volcanic ash that fell on a property in Rangipo near the base of Mt Tongariro, New Zealand after an eruption 7 August, 2012 The eruption sent ash clouds over the area, causing disruptions to flights

Experts said they were caught by surprise – they had recorded some seismic activity in recent weeks but were not expecting an eruption.

“This might just be a quiet period and we should expect it to start again at any time. So we are watching things very closely,” volcanologist Michael Rosenberg told TVNZ.

Eruption activity has currently subsided, New Zealand media said. Meteorologists said the ash was blowing east towards the Pacific Ocean.

A number of domestic flights on the North Island had been affected by the volcanic activity, Air New Zealand said.

Police said highways that had been closed because visibility was affected after the eruption are now open.

Some residents in the vicinity had temporarily left their homes. Officials have not ordered an evacuation, but advised those affected by the ash cloud to stay indoors and close their doors and windows.

Volcanic activity world-wide 7 Aug 2012: Tongariro, Etna, Stromboli, Popocatépetl, volcanoes in Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador

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Strombolian eruption from Etna's Bocca Nuova on 5 Aug

Strombolian eruption from Etna’s Bocca Nuova on 5 Aug

News have been dominated by Tongariro volcano’s first eruption in 115 years (New Zealand). At the moment, the volcano is quiet, but eruptions could resume any time.

Etna (Italy): Strombolian activity continues at varying levels. Following a phase of weak activity during 4-6 Aug, an increase of activity was observed at the Bocca Nuova during the night 6-7 Aug.
Also in Italy, the activity at Stromboli (Eolian Islands) has been at relatively high levels over the past days. The number and size of explosions from the summit vents has increased.

Popocatépetl in Mexico: About 1 explosion occurs per hour, and strong glow is visible at night. A relatively powerful eruption late on 6 Aug sent ash to up to 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude.

The volcanoes in Guatemala have shown little changes in activity over the past days.
Fuego volcano has intermittent weak strombolian explosions throwing lava up to 100 m above the crater, and the lava flow on the south flank is still active.
Santiaguito / Santa Maria (Guatemala): Weak to moderate explosions occur regularly and produce ash plumes up to 900 meters high. Avalanches of lava blocks descend on the south flank of the dome.
Lots of seismic activity is visible on the seismograms, most of it related to rockfalls.
Some tremor and shallow volcanic quakes and weak degassing are the only signs of activity reported from Pacaya.

In Colombia, there are currently 1 volcanoes on orange alert (Ruiz)(eruption warning) and 4 on yellow (unrest):
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) shows tremor, associated with gas and minor ash emissions at low level. A shallow M1.2 earthquake occurred at 3:11 (local time) near the Arenas crater. INGEOMINAS keeps a close watch of the volcano.
Compared to the previous week, the seismicity at Galeras has increased and shows events related to fluid movements within the volcano. Few weak earthquakes with magnitudes less than 1.1 related to fracturing of rock occurred at shallow depths (less than 4 km) at various locations under the volcano.
Seismicity at Cerro Machin volcano remains at slightly elevated levels with some weak earthquakes SE under the lava dome at depths between 3.5 and 5 km.
At Cumbal volcano, seismicity is still above background levels, but has has decreased. Signals are interpreted as fluid movements under the volcano.
Nevado del Huila The volcano shows normal seismic activity and degassing at low levels with no significant changes to previous weeks. INGEOMINAS keeps the alert level at yellow.

Ecuador:
Tungurahua volcano: Activity remains generally at relatively low levels. Few small to moderate explosions (about 3-5 per day) and weak steam and ash venting continue at Tungurahua. The last reported ash cloud altitude was at 18,000 ft (4.5 km) from an explosion on 6 Aug.
This morning, a more intense phase with volcanic tremor is visible on the seismograms.
Reventador volcano: IG reports a strong steam plume rising 1500 m above the summit, but does no more mention any active lava flow.
Sangay volcano: No recent reports of eruptions from remote Sangay are available, but this might simply incidate that its typical strombolian eruptions are too small.

07.08.2012 Volcano Activity New Zealand Northland, [Tongariro Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Activity in New Zealand on Monday, 06 August, 2012 at 17:51 (05:51 PM) UTC.

Description
The volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2 after the central North Island volcano erupted for the first time in more than a century late last night. GNS science is reporting that at approximately 11:50pm on Monday night ash fall began to be reported in the volcano’s vicinity – it has since been reported as far east as SH5 near Te Haroto and in Napier. GNS duty volcanologist Michael Rosenberg told Radio New Zealand that some people are reported to have left their houses on the southern shores of Lake Rotoaira, though no formal notices of evacuation have been issued so far by Civil Defense. He said residents in the area have told GNS of hearing several loud explosions, lightning and plumes of smoke and police have been told by an onlooker that “a new hole in the side of the mountain” had formed. They have also reported bright red rocks flying out of the mountain. The eruption reportedly happened at the Te Mari Craters, which are close to the Ketetahi Hot Springs on the northern side of the mountain. Civil defence spokesman Vince Cholewa told NewstalkZb ash could reach those living in Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu-Wanganui, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki. “The advice to people is to stay indoors, because volcanic ash can obviously be a health hazard, if they’re indoors please close windows and doors to try and limit the entry of ash.” Mr Cholewa says at this stage not all areas alerted are affected by ash, but that situation could change. “We’re working actively with GNS Science who operate the monitoring equipment on the mountains, and with police so all the information from the ground is being gathered, and decisions will be based on that information. “Evacuations have not been ordered, please listen to the radio for advice from local authorities and police, any evacuations would be issued at that level, and based on the evidence from GNS Science.”Due to possible danger to the public the police have closed SH1 between Rangipo and Waiouru (Desert Road) and SH46 west of Rangipo. SH47 and 4 remain open at this stage as does SH5. Motorists are being advised to avoid travel in the area and these closures will be re-assessed once daylight reveals the extent of the ash cloud. A truck driver has told Radio New Zealand that the ash cloud has caused thick dust and reduced visibility on the Desert Road. Bryn Rodda said he saw a large cloud rising from the mountain with orange flashes. Civil Aviation Authority manager of meteorology Peter Lechner told NewstalkZb the plume is leading off to the east and south east. “Flight operations to the west of the plume should remain unaffected, however operations to the eastern half of the North Island will have some difficulty at this stage.” Mr Lechner says a frontal system is on its way which should disperse the cloud, but that depends on whether there are further eruptions. Police are sending search and rescue teams up Mt Tongariro at first light to check no one is stranded in huts. However, they say there have been no reports of injuries or damage. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is currently assessing information with the assistance of GNS scientific advisors. It has not yet activated the National Crisis Management Centre which is called upon in times of emergency like the Christchurch earthquake. New Zealand’s other high profile active volcano, White Island, also had its alert level raised from 1 to 2 on Monday after a small eruption was recorded in its crater lake.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

07.08.2012 Heat Wave Bulgaria [Statewide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in Bulgaria on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 05:29 (05:29 AM) UTC.

Description
Historically high temperatures were recorded in 28 locations throughout Bulgaria on Monday, the country’s National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) said. At 3 p.m. local time (0200 GMT), the temperature in Ruse by the Danube River was 41 degrees Celsius. Pleven in northern Bulgaria recorded 40 degrees Celsius, followed by Sandanski in the southwest of the country at 39.6 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, temperatures in the capital Sofia also hit 34.6 degrees Celsius. Temperatures were unusually high even in the mountains, NIMH said. At Botev peak, temperatures reached 17.5 degrees Celsius, 25.2 degrees Celsius at Murgash peak, and 26.5 degrees Celsius at Rozhen peak. Record-high temperatures were reported also on the Black Sea coast in the towns of Ahtopol and Varna at 35 degree Celsius, and cape of Kaliakra at 32.8 degree Celsius. Temperatures will remain high on Tuesday, after which they should return to what is considered normal for the season, NIMH said.
07.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Klamath National Forest] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 19:02 (07:02 PM) UTC.

Description
Eleven small fires are confirmed to have been started by Sunday night’s lightning across the Klamath National Forest. Six of the fires are burning in the Scott River Ranger District and five are located in the Happy Camp Ranger District, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Another fire burning in the area, the Emily Fire, which is located just over the forest boundary within the Red Buttes Wilderness in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest area. All fires are being managed with a full suppression strategy. Nine of the 11 fires are one-half acre in size or smaller, with the smallest being a single burning tree near the Shackleford Creek Trailhead. The largest of the fires, the Bill Fire, is located near Billberry Creek in the Scott Bar Ponds area and is estimated to be between six and 10 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Fire crews and equipment standing by from the Dillon Fire, located approximately 15 miles southwest of Happy Camp, are available to help extinguish these new fires. The Dillon Fire, which ignited on Aug. 3, is now 90 percent contained.
07.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Canary-Islands (Esp.) Island of La Gomera, [Garajonay National Park] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Canary-Islands (Esp.) on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 16:20 (04:20 PM) UTC.

Description
A wildfire raged Monday on Spain’s Canary Island of La Gomera which burnt down several homes and raced through a national park housing a rare subtropical forest, officials said. Deep ravines made it difficult to fight the blaze, which erupted on Saturday and has affected 3,100 hectares of land, including 350 hectares, or 9 percent, of the Garajonay national park, a World Heritage Site. “The ravines act as genuine chimneys for the fire when the wind blows and this complicates the task of getting the fire under control,” the head of the islands’ government, Paulino Rivero, told reporters. By late Monday firefighters, aided by cooler temperatures and higher air humidity levels, had managed to stop the advance of the flames at Garajonay, the regional government said in a statement. The national park was added to UN cultural body UNESCO’s World Heritage list for its rare subtropical forests which covered the Mediterranean millions of years ago but have now largely disappeared. It is home to 450 plant species, including eight that are found only in the park.At Igualero, a village inside the park whose residents were evacuated over the weekend, several houses were completely burned down. The burned down homes were surrouned by charred fruit trees, vineyards and potato crops as well as the dead sheep, goats, chickens and other animals. Several homes near the town of Vallehermoso had been destroyed, mayor Jaime Luis Noda said. “We have still not done an evaluation of exactly how many, so we don’t know how many,” he said. Mobile telephone services on the island were disrupted as several relay stations had burnt down, power was out in some parts of the island and four roads where shut, the regional government said. But around 600 people who were evacuated over the weekend, including those at Igualero, were allowed to return to their homes Monday. Heavy fog on Monday morning prevented two firefighting aircraft sent from mainland Spain from flying but by afternoon the authorities were able to use water-dropping aircraft against the blaze, which has three active fronts. The authorites suspect arson as the cause of the blaze “because it started in three different places and it is practically impossible for an accident to trigger such a violent fire,” he added. A shepherd on the island of La Gomera, Sebastian Vera Herrera, said many of his sheep were killed by the flames after he ignored police orders to evacuate.

“I guided them to the farm in the hamlet of Magana. Many sheep burned. I managed to save many, about 300 because I stayed,” the 58-year-old said. “This is the first time that I have seen a fire likes this, of this size. There are 200-year-old houses that completely burned down.” Another fire on the neighbouring island of La Palma near the town of Mazo has been stabilised. That blaze had affected about 1,700 hectares. Spain has been battling fires in both the Canaries and on the mainland after a winter that saw almost no rainfall, leaving the Spanish landscape its driest in seven decades. On July 22, a wind-whipped wildfire in the northeast province of Catalonia near the border with France scorched 14,000 hectares, claiming four lives. Spain’s most destructive fires so far this year were in the Valencia region in early July, burning some 50,000 hectares of vegetation.

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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
Ernesto (AL05) Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 07.08.2012 Hurricane II 300 ° 130 km/h 157 km/h 3.66 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Ernesto (AL05)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000
Start up: 02nd August 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 2,354.87 km
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Report by: NHC
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07th Aug 2012 20:35:07 N 18° 30.000, W 85° 30.000 22 130 157 Hurricane II 300 ° 12 983 MB NHC
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09th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 19° 24.000, W 93° 24.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NHC
09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 24.000, W 91° 18.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NHC
10th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 19° 12.000, W 96° 36.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NHC
11th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 19° 0.000, W 100° 0.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NHC
Haikui (12W) Pacific Ocean 03.08.2012 07.08.2012 Typhoon I 310 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 4.88 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Haikui (12W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 24° 24.000, E 139° 48.000
Start up: 03rd August 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 1,083.16 km
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07th Aug 2012 18:13:05 N 28° 6.000, E 122° 48.000 15 111 139 Typhoon I 310 ° 16 JTWC
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09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 12.000, E 119° 42.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 6.000, E 120° 36.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC
13W Pacific Ocean 05.08.2012 07.08.2012 Tropical Depression 305 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 5.49 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: 13W
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 23° 6.000, E 161° 36.000
Start up: 05th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 408.00 km
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07th Aug 2012 18:12:29 N 30° 12.000, E 160° 30.000 17 65 83 Tropical Depression 305 ° 18 JTWC
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09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 48.000, E 155° 36.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 39° 42.000, E 151° 36.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
Gilma (07E) Pacific Ocean – East 07.08.2012 07.08.2012 Tropical Depression 295 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Gilma (07E)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 14° 18.000, W 111° 42.000
Start up: 07th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
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07th Aug 2012 18:10:58 N 14° 48.000, W 112° 36.000 19 65 83 Tropical Depression 295 ° 15 1005 MB NOAA NHC
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09th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 118° 30.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
10th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 120° 30.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
11th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 121° 30.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
12th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 121° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC

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Two dead as storms hit Austria, northern Italy

by Staff Writers
Vienna (AFP)

Storms wreaked havoc in Austria and northern Italy over the weekend, causing landslides that killed two people, authorities said Sunday.

An 84-year-old woman was killed when a landslide hit a farm in Afens, on the Italian side of the border with Austria.

In nearby Tulfer, the body of another woman who had been declared missing after her house was struck by a mud flow, was uncovered on Sunday morning.

Major storms lashed much of Austria and German-speaking northern Italy late Saturday, causing flooding and power cuts, and disrupting rail and road connections.

About 1,000 homes were without electricity Sunday morning in the Virgental valley in southern Austria.

In South Tyrol, a northern province of Italy also known as Alto Adige, some 500 emergency workers, firefighters and civil protection officers were mobilised to deal with the damages.

The rail line between Austria and Italy over the Brenner Pass was buried by a landslide overnight and was expected to remain shut for two weeks.

Road and rail connections were also shut elsewhere in Austria, including in Tyrol, Styria and Salzburg provinces. Most were due to re-open on Sunday but others remained closed due to a further risk of landslides.

In Styria, several houses had to be evacuated after they were flooded, and cellars in northern Austria were also filled with water following heavy rain.

A few barns meanwhile went up in flames after they were hit by lightning, with over 250 animals perishing at one farm in northern Austria.

Related Links
Weather News at TerraDaily.com

China evacuates 450,000 after Philippines turned into ‘waterworld’ by Typhoon Haikui

Shanghai and the nearby coastal province Zhejiang have evacuated 456,000 people as China prepares for its third typhoon in less than a week.

The emergency measures were taken after Typhoon Haikui turned Manila, the Philippines capital into “waterworld”, killing 50 people.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in Zhejiang province, just south of Shanghai, late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the China Meteorological Administration said.

Shanghai officials fear the storm could be the worst since 2005, when Typhoon Matsa killed seven people in the city, state media said.

The city aimed to move 200,000 people to more than a hundred shelters by Tuesday evening, government officials were quoted as saying.

The Shanghai government ordered outdoor construction sites shut down and cancelled summer classes for children until the typhoon had eased.

Authorities in Zhejiang were also rushing to get people out the path of the storm, with 256,000 residents of the province evacuated so far, state media said.

More than 30,000 ships had rushed to shelter in ports.

The typhoon was packing winds of up to 151 kilometres per hour and could bring up to 400 millimetres (16 inches) of rain to some areas, it said. The eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Anhui would also be affected. China is still recovering from Typhoons Damrey and Saola, which hit over the weekend. Those storms brought heavy rains that killed 23 and left nine missing.

Xinhua said the heavy rains that came with the typhoons triggered mudslides and flooding, affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

Typhoon Haikui’s torrential rains submerged much of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas on Tuesday, forcing nearly 270,000 people to flee their homes with more flooding expected in the north of the country as a tropical storm passes through the region, officials said.

Steady rains for the past 10 days, killing more than 50 people, are set to continue until Wednesday, the Philippines weather bureau said.

A man pushes his bicycle through murky floodwaters in Quezon City in suburban Manila, Philippines JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images

“It’s like Waterworld,” said Benito Ramos, head of the Philippines national disaster agency, referring to a Hollywood movie about a flooded world.

Schools , financial markets, and public and private offices were ordered shut, including outsourcing firms whose corporate clients are mainly from the United States and Europe.

Disaster officials said over half of Manila was swamped by floods as high as three metres, worsened by a high tide and the release of water from dams in surrounding provinces.

President Benigno Aquino, in an emergency meeting briefly interrupted by a power failure at the main army base in Manila, ordered officials to exert maximum effort to aid residents in flooded areas. Officials have deployed army troops, police and emergency workers with rubber boats and amphibious trucks.

The monsoon rains, which dumped about 300 mm (12 inches) or three times the daily average of 80-100 mm from late Monday to Tuesday, were the heaviest in three years, the weather bureau said.

Most major roads in Manila were inundated by knee- to waist-deep floodwaters. Some flights were delayed or cancelled. Power, water and communications in flooded areas were disrupted.

Some of the affected residents were marooned on the roofs of their houses.

“There are about 5,000 people here,” said Ester Ronabio, a public school teacher and volunteer in one of the temporary shelter areas in low-lying Marikina City in the eastern part of Manila. “We can’t control the flow of people.”

In a sign of the difficult scramble to move people to safety, Aquino appealed to an anti-graft court to release dozens of rubber boats held as evidence in a case against senior police officials for use in evacuation efforts.

Residents of Manila expressed concern the rains were a repeat of Typhoon Ketsana which killed more than 700 people and destroyed $1 billion worth of private and public property.

“The floods are so deep where we live, we don’t want a repeat of Typhoon Ketsana a few years ago,” Melanio David, a father of four, told Reuters. “We got scared so we evacuated last night.”

Flash Flood in Philippines on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC.

Description
Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. Incessant downpours set off by the seasonal monsoon overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and nine surrounding provinces and put authorities on alert. The death toll from last week’s Typhoon Saola, which battered Manila and the northern Philippines for several days, has climbed steadily to 51. The head of the government’s rescue agency, Benito Ramos, said there were no immediate reports of new casualties early Tuesday after the rains pounded already saturated Manila for more than 24 hours. Vehicles and even heavy trucks struggled to navigate water-clogged roads, where hundreds of thousands of commuters were stranded overnight. Many cars were stuck in the muddy waters. The La Mesa dam, which supplies water to the capital of 12 million people, spilled excess water for a second time early Tuesday into the rivers flowing into Quezon city, a middle-class Manila suburb, as well as the neighborhoods of Malabon, Valenzuela and Caloocan, where several villages were submerged. Along the swollen Marikina River, police were deployed to move more than 5,000 residents away from the riverbanks in what Vice Mayor Jose Cadiz said was an enforced evacuation. The operation started after the City Hall sounded the alarm bell. The Philippine Stock Exchange in the financial district of Makati, which was also flooded, was closed Tuesday. Also closed was the U.S. Embassy along Manila Bay in the historic old city, which was drenched out last week when a storm surge pushed the water over the seawall. “The embassy is closed today due to excessive flooding in the streets and concern for the safety of our employees and consular applicants,” Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. said in an announcement.
07.08.2012 Flash Flood India MultiStates, [States of Uttarakhand, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in India on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 04:06 (04:06 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 03:39 UTC
Description
Seven people, including five members of a family, were reportedly missing in landslides at various parts of Kannur and Kozhikode districts on Monday evening. The five-member family of Biju of Thundathil house was reportedly washed away at Aanakampoyil at Pulloorampara. There were unconfirmed reports that the body of Biju’s three-and-a-half-year-old son, Kuttan, had been recovered. Two people, identified as Gopalan and Varkey, were reported missing in the landslide at Kodencherry in the district. Rescue operations were going on till late in the night. Heavy rains accompanied by landslides wreaked havoc in Iritty and other high range regions of Kannur district on Monday. Landslides threw life out of gear in Vaniyambara in Ayyankunnu panchayat and in Pulloorampara near Thiruvambadi in Kozhikode. The landslides, besides causing heavy damage to several houses, crops and business establishments, also unleashed flash floods in Vaniyambara and Vallithode. A 10-year-old bridge at Odichikunnu was washed away. A car and a bike moving on the bridge at that time were also swept away. Two people who were inside the car swam to safety and five others were rescued by the local people and the fire force from Iritty. Panic prevailed in the place as people were told that the shutters of the Pazhassi Irrigation Project Division would be opened. The water level in the dam had been steadily rising. However, the officials were able to open only seven or eight shutters. The dam which had a capacity to store 27 metres of water was now already full up to 26 metres, officials said. The officials were trying to open the other shutters to divert the water through another irrigation canal in the area nearby. After inspecting the spot, ADM N.T. Mathew said that five families from Vaniyambara had been shifted to safe locations. “We will provide them free ration and other facilities”, he said. The officials were yet to make an assessment of the damage caused by heavy rains and landslides, he said. One house was totally destroyed in the heavy rains and four others were partially damaged. Crops, especially arecanut palms and plantains were damaged. Thalassery sub-collector Kesavendra Kumar also inspected the spot. Landslides at Pulloorampara and Thiruvambadi areas in Kozhikode district on Monday evening caused heavy damages.

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Solar Activity

3MIN News August 7, 2012: Meteors, Quakes, Storms, Spaceweather

Published on Aug 7, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Fish Deaths Ohio: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/08/06/Dead-fish-prompt-clo…

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]

NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/cme-based/ [CME Evolution]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 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

07.08.2012 Biological Hazard China Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong [Tolo Harbour] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in China on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 09:42 (09:42 AM) UTC.

Description
A red tide was sighted in Hong Kong waters 3 August 3, an inter-departmental red tide working group reported. Staff of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) sighted the red tide at Tolo Harbour, including the Yim Tin Tsai and Yim Tin Tsai (East) Fish Culture Zones. It still persists. No associated death of fish has been reported by mariculturists so far. “The red tide was formed by Scrippsiella trochoidea, which is common in Hong Kong waters and non-toxic,” a spokesman for the working group said. The AFCD urged mariculturists at Yim Tin Tsai, Yim Tin Tsai (East), Yung Shue Au and Lo Fu Wat to monitor the situation closely. Red tide is a natural phenomenon. The AFCD’s proactive phytoplankton monitoring programme will continue monitoring red tide occurrences to minimise the impact on the mariculture industry and the public.
Biohazard name: Red Tide
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:
07.08.2012 HAZMAT Canada Province of Ontario, Limoges [Calypso Theme Waterpark ] Damage level

HAZMAT in Canada on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 19:08 (07:08 PM) UTC.

Description
Thirteen children were taken to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario this afternoon, after an apparent chlorine leak at the Calypso Water Park, east of Ottawa. Ottawa paramedics spokesperson J.P. Trottier says 14 children, between the ages of 4 and 14, were complaining of irritated and burning eyes. Three had more serious symptoms, including nausea. Thirteen children were transported to CHEO. One was treated at the park by paramedics. The pool where the leak occurred has been closed, and an investigation is under way.
07.08.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Kentucky, [Blue Grass Army Depot] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 03:40 (03:40 AM) UTC.

Description
Low levels of a deadly nerve agent have been detected in a chemical weapons igloo containing M55 GB, or sarin, rockets at Blue Grass Army Depot in central Kentucky. The Army Chemical Materials Agency says there’s no danger to people in Madison or surrounding counties and that state and local emergency officials have been notified of the leak. Toxic chemical workers have connected a 1,000 cubic feet-per-minute filter to the igloo’s rear vent. The agency says the leak was discovered during weekly monitoring.

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Experts: Calif refinery fire will boost gas prices

By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Analysts say a fire at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries will contribute to higher prices at the pump on the West Coast.

The fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco, broke out Monday evening.

It sent plumes of black smoke over the San Francisco Bay area and sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems before it was out the following morning.

Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service, says Chevron’s refinery is big and important to the market.

With inventories of gasoline in the region already low compared with the rest of the country, Kloza says pump prices in California and elsewhere on the West Coast will soon average more than $4 per gallon.

 

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Earthquakes

EMSC Maule, Chile
Mar 25 22:37 PM
7.0 47.0 MAP

USGS Maule, Chile
Mar 25 22:37 PM
7.1 34.8 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile
Mar 25 22:37 PM
6.9 10.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Maule, Chile
Mar 25 22:37 PM
7.2 10.0 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu
Mar 25 20:45 PM
4.8 124.0 MAP

GEOFON Vanuatu Islands
Mar 25 20:45 PM
4.9 38.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu
Mar 25 20:45 PM
4.9 10.2 MAP

EMSC Costa Rica
Mar 25 18:33 PM
4.6 44.0 MAP

USGS Nicaragua
Mar 25 18:33 PM
4.6 39.3 MAP

EMSC Molucca Sea
Mar 25 17:07 PM
4.7 80.0 MAP

USGS Molucca Sea
Mar 25 17:07 PM
4.6 45.4 MAP

GEOFON Northern Molucca Sea
Mar 25 17:07 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 14:50 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 14:50 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 25 14:18 PM
4.7 562.0 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 25 14:18 PM
4.6 566.8 MAP

EMSC Fiji Region
Mar 25 13:59 PM
5.1 515.0 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 25 13:59 PM
5.1 507.5 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 25 13:59 PM
5.0 493.0 MAP

EMSC Kuril Islands
Mar 25 13:41 PM
4.8 80.0 MAP

USGS Kuril Islands
Mar 25 13:41 PM
4.9 84.7 MAP

GEOFON Kuril Islands
Mar 25 13:40 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 13:22 PM
5.2 60.5 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 13:22 PM
5.3 56.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 13:22 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region
Mar 25 12:38 PM
4.7 107.0 MAP

EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Mar 25 12:38 PM
4.6 100.0 MAP

USGS Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Mar 25 12:38 PM
4.6 101.4 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 25 12:22 PM
4.7 42.2 MAP

EMSC Fiji
Mar 25 11:27 AM
4.7 24.0 MAP

USGS Fiji
Mar 25 11:27 AM
4.7 24.3 MAP

EMSC South Sandwich Islands Region
Mar 25 10:26 AM
5.1 60.0 MAP

USGS South Sandwich Islands Region
Mar 25 10:26 AM
5.2 29.6 MAP

GEOFON South Sandwich Islands Region
Mar 25 10:26 AM
5.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Luzon, Philippines
Mar 25 10:23 AM
4.7 30.0 MAP

USGS Luzon, Philippines
Mar 25 10:23 AM
4.6 30.9 MAP

EMSC Western Xizang
Mar 25 10:06 AM
4.7 20.0 MAP

EMSC Fiji Region
Mar 25 06:43 AM
4.7 263.0 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 25 06:43 AM
4.6 247.5 MAP

EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica
Mar 25 06:30 AM
4.6 45.0 MAP

USGS Off The Coast Of Costa Rica
Mar 25 06:30 AM
4.6 44.8 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 25 04:46 AM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Greece
Mar 25 04:46 AM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Central East Pacific Rise
Mar 25 03:59 AM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Central East Pacific Rise
Mar 25 03:59 AM
4.8 10.1 MAP

EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:55 AM
4.7 49.0 MAP

USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:55 AM
4.7 20.7 MAP

GEOFON Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:55 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:46 AM
4.6 40.0 MAP

USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Mar 25 01:46 AM
4.6 20.1 MAP

EMSC Pacific-antarctic Ridge
Mar 25 01:05 AM
5.2 33.0 MAP

USGS Pacific-antarctic Ridge
Mar 25 01:05 AM
5.1 10.1 MAP

GEOFON Pacific Antarctic Ridge
Mar 25 01:05 AM
5.7 10.0 MAP

 

 

A MAGNITUDE 7.2 earthquake struck central Chile today (yesterday local time), about 250 kilometres southwest of Santiago, according to the US Geological Survey.

Its epicenter was located near the city of Talca, about 215km south-southwest of Santiago, at a depth of nearly 30 kilometres, the preliminary report said.

Chilean authorities initially ordered people living in coastal areas between Concon and Lebu to evacuate after the quake, but later canceled the order.

Local authorities said one person was injured when they had a traffic accident during the earthquake in the Bio Bio region. Their condition was not immediately known.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no widespread tsunami threat from the earthquake, but warned that earthquakes measuring more than 7.0 magnitude could cause local tsunamis and that local authorities should be prepared.

The Maule coastal region in central Chile where the quake occurred has been periodically shaken by powerful aftershocks since an 8.8 magnitude quake February 27, 2010 that claimed more than 500 lives and billions of dollars in damage, AFP reported.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/magnitude-72-earthquake-strikes-chile/story-e6frf7jx-1226310014552

Large 7.2 Quake Hits Chile –

Tsunami Warning Issued

by Mitch Battros – Earth Changes Media

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Chile prompting an evacuation of coastal areas for fear of a tsunami and causing scenes of panic in an area devastated by a massive quake two years ago.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or significant damage, officials in Chile said; but authorities ordered the evacuation of the central coast of Chile — the same area devastated in 2010, when officials were criticized for waiting too long to allow residents to escape a tsunami.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.” Government spokesman Andres Chadwick said the Office of National Emergencies had issued the evacuation order as a precaution due to “observation of a certain intake of the sea.”

Recent solar activity may have contributed to this event. Watch for continued extreme weather events over the next 72 hours. This includes earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

http://www.earthchangesmedia.com/amember/plugins/protect/new_rewrite/login.php?v=-any&url=/secure/3247.326/article-9162532527.php

‘Widely felt’ earthquake rattles Hawaiian Islands

 

HILO (AP) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 rattled a wide area of Hawaii on Saturday but caused no significant damage or injuries, officials said.

The quake was “widely felt” throughout the islands, said Dale Grant, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency’s website received more than 600 responses on its “Did You Feel It?” link within an hour after the tremor.

Among those responses were more than 40 Maui residents who reported feeling the quake in Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Makawao, Paia, Kula and Hana.

The quake hit a little before 11:00 a.m., less than a mile from the tiny community of Honomu, about 10 miles northwest of Hilo, the USGS reported.

People as far away as Honolulu, about 200 miles to the northwest, reported feeling the quake. A dispatcher at the Hawaii Police Department said authorities received a “couple of calls” about the shake but did not get any requests for officers to respond.

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/559473/-Widely-felt–earthquake-rattles-Hawaiian-Islands.html?nav=5031

 

Volcanic Activity

 

MEXICO

 

The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last 24 hours the Popocatepetl volcano registered 33 exhalations of low intensity, accompanied by emissions of water vapor and gas. The body of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) explained that on Saturday one of these incidents occurred at 22:29, 23:21 and 23:56 hours on Sunday while they were at 5:14, 5:41 and 8:32 hours. In a statement, adding that Cenapred at 08:42 hours, an earthquake of low magnitude was followed by 96 minutes of spasmodic tremor segments, while the other parameters concerning the volcano remain unchanged. On Saturday night, there were numerous reports of incandescence material seen glowing in the mouth of the crater, though clouds made visibility poor for portions of the evening. The volcanic alert remains at phase two and yellow. Moderate exhalations are likely, some with ash emissions, sporadic bursts of low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments short and a mild glow of the volcano in the crater may also be likely. The Cenapred recommended maintaining the safety radius of 12 kilometers.-Cronica

http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php?id_nota=648293

 

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/intensification-of-activity-at-mexicos-popocatepetl-volcano-33-emission-events-in-24-hours/

 

‘Widely felt’ earthquake rattles Hawaiian Islands

 

HILO (AP) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 rattled a wide area of Hawaii on Saturday but caused no significant damage or injuries, officials said.

The quake was “widely felt” throughout the islands, said Dale Grant, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency’s website received more than 600 responses on its “Did You Feel It?” link within an hour after the tremor.

Among those responses were more than 40 Maui residents who reported feeling the quake in Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Makawao, Paia, Kula and Hana.

The quake hit a little before 11:00 a.m., less than a mile from the tiny community of Honomu, about 10 miles northwest of Hilo, the USGS reported.

People as far away as Honolulu, about 200 miles to the northwest, reported feeling the quake. A dispatcher at the Hawaii Police Department said authorities received a “couple of calls” about the shake but did not get any requests for officers to respond.

Earthquakes are common in the area, according to the USGS, which added that none of the recent quakes has had any noticeable impact on the continuing eruption of Kilauea Volcano.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement saying no tsunami was expected to be generated from the earthquake.

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/559473/-Widely-felt–earthquake-rattles-Hawaiian-Islands.html?nav=5031

 

Storms, Flooding, Landslides

 

Early storms fuel awareness as spring begins

 

The Associated Press

PADUCAH, Ky. — Recent destructive storms in Kentucky may help the public be more aware of the potential threat of severe weather as spring begins.

National Weather Service meteorologist Christine Wielgos told The Paducah Sun ( http://bit.ly/FQpaa9) that bad storms make people more aware of risks posed by the weather.

She said she doesn’t believe frequent alerts about possible severe storms desensitize people.

“People are more aware of risks because of some bad storms happening here and in their backyards,” Wielgos said. “The storms’ intensity and frequency are increasing, and people know it.”

McCracken County emergency management director Paul Carter said he thought awareness of storm danger had increased in western Kentucky since a tornado hit in 2011 in nearby Joplin, Mo., and killed 160 people.

“There were lessons learned,” Carter said. “We try to stay off the sirens to avoid complacency. We want to make sure there is an acute threat before we start setting off the sirens around the county. So far, that has been very successful.”

Carter said bad weather is always a possibility – twisters were spotted last week in western McCracken County and there was widespread damage in 2007 when high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through the area.

He said when bad weather strikes, people should “use common sense. If there is a possibility of a bad storm, pay attention to all media and rely on warnings.”

Wielgos recommended that residents get weather radios and that will give them warnings for counties to the west. Storms most often move from west to east in the area, she said.

Brad Jackson, a Radio Shack manager at Kentucky Oaks Mall, says weather radios are selling better this year than they before spring last year.

“Any time there’s bad weather, weather radios become the No. 1 purchase,” Jackson said. “Maybe we’re selling more this year compared to last because last spring wasn’t as turbulent. We’re definitely selling more weather-related supplies like batteries, flashlights, car chargers for phones. People want to be safe, and after the ice storm two years ago, maybe more people are taking precautions.”

http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/24/2124234/early-storms-fuel-awareness-of.html#storylink=cpy

 

Storms in US kill 31, death toll could rise

 

HENRYVILLE, Indiana: A string of violent storms from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes scratched away small towns and cut off rural communities as an early season tornado outbreak killed more than 30 people, and the death toll rose as daylight broke on Saturday’s search for survivors.

Massive thunderstorms, predicted by forecasters for days, threw off dozens of tornadoes, hitting the states of Kentucky and Indiana particularly hard. Twisters that crushed entire blocks of homes knocked out cellphones and landlines alike, ripped power lines from broken poles and tossed cars, school buses and tractor-trailers onto roadways made impassable by debris.

Weather that put millions of people at risk Friday killed 31, but both the scale of the devastation and the breadth of the storms made an immediate assessment of the havoc’s full extent all but impossible.

In Kentucky, the National Guard and state police headed out to search wreckage for an unknown number of missing. In Indiana, authorities searched dark county roads connecting rural communities that officials said “are completely gone.”

Susie Renner, 54, said she saw two tornadoes barreling down on the town of Henryville, Kentucky, within minutes of each other. The first was brown from being filled with debris; the second was black.

“I’m a storm chaser,” Renner said, “and I have never been this frightened before.”

Friday’s outbreak came two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South, and forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center had said the day would be one of a handful this year that warranted its highest risk level.

By 10 p.m., the weather service had issued 269 tornado warnings. Only 189 warnings were issued in all of February.

A total of 14 people were reported killed in Indiana. Tony Williams, owner of the Chelsea General Store in the town of Chelsea said a child and mother were huddled in a basement when the storm hit and sucked the 4-year-old out her hands. The mother survived, but her 70-year-old grandparents were upstairs; both died.

Two people also died further north in the town of Holton, where it appeared a tornado cut a diagonal swath down the town’s tiny main drag, demolishing a cinderblock gas station in one spot and leaving a tiny white church intact down the road. Officials also confirmed seven other deaths.

The death toll rose to at least 14 in Kentucky. In West Liberty, Stephen Burton heard the twister coming and pulled his 23-year-old daughter to safety, just before the tornado destroyed the second story of the family’s home.

“I just held onto her and I felt like I was getting sand-blasted on my back,” Burton said.

Kentucky State Police in Morehead said three people were dead in West Liberty and at least 75 were injured.

“All of the downtown area was just devastated,” he said. Samu said West Liberty’s hospital was damaged in the storm and some patients were being transferred to area hospitals.

Officials were having difficulty getting into the area to confirm the damage.

“We can’t even get into some of these counties,” said Kentucky Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers. “The power is out, phones are out, roads are blocked and now it’s dark, which complicates things.”

http://arabnews.com/world/article582542.ece

More Storms Slam Louisville Friday Afternoon

A line of storms that moved through the Louisville area brought strong winds that caused damaged to homes and knocked out power to about 12,000 homes and businesses.

A line of storms that moved through the Louisville area brought strong winds that caused damaged to homes and knocked out power to about 12,000 homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down Friday afternoon south of Louisville
Louisville Gas & Electric reported power out in multiple areas around Jefferson County.

Multiple television stations in Louisville showed damage to homes, including parts of roofs torn away, but officials reported no injuries.

Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman said students were delayed being dismissed while tornado warnings were in effect.

Oldham County elementary school students were being held at their schools.

The Shelby County schools released students 15 minutes late. The district said parents could expect students to arrive home 30 to 40 minutes late.

http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/More_Storms_Slam_Louisville_Friday_Afternoon_144078346.html

 

Twenty Killed in Ecuador Floods

 

Heavy rains in Ecuador trigger floods that killed 20 people and forced thousands from homes. (Video: Reuters)

http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/twenty-killed-in-ecuador-floods/C693F20A-BA65-4A92-86C4-2E394D002F03

 

Storms cause flooding but end drought

 

After enduring wildfires and drought conditions last year, rainfall in March has put north Louisiana on the path toward one of the wettest on record for the month.

The National Weather Service said this March is the 12th wettest on record in more than 100 years and may rise higher in the rankings before the month ends. This week brought heavy rainfall, causing some areas to flood. Among them was Natchitoches Parish, which suffered from high water levels, flooding and severe storm damage.

“The rain we have had since about November has effectively eliminated the drought,” said Keith Stellman with the National Weather Service. “Most of the water is back for now.”

Stellman said north Louisiana received more than 8 inches of rain this month, just a quarter of an inch shy of the record. The surplus rain may make the early summer months cooler, he said, and hopefully, keep another drought at bay.

The excess water may bode well for the summer months, but it has caused the Red River to rise and become more treacherous.

All of the public boat ramps in the Caddo-Bossier area were closed this week, according to the Red River Waterway Commission, but the river is still open to boat traffic.

“It’s not a safe place out there,” Ken Guidry, with the commission, said adding the ramps will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

The river is treacherous at the moment and the “pool stage” is over 14 ½ feet above sea level, he said. The river is expected to crest Monday, but that may change if more rain falls in the areas that drain into the Red River, Guidry said.

“We’re going to monitor the situation, stay tuned to forecasts and see how many flood reservoirs release up river before we make an assessment,” Guidry said.

There was no way to tell how long the river will remain so high, Guidry said, but it may rise even further if another storm breaks next week.

“We’re expecting it to be warm and dry early next week,” said Stellman, “but we may enter a wet cycle again after the weekend.”

He said Monday and Tuesday look to be dry with temperatures in the upper 80s, with the chance of rain increasing as the week progresses. There is a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday followed by a possible pattern change Friday that may mean even more rain, Stellman said.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120324/NEWS01/203240347/Storms-cause-flooding-end-drought

 

Extreme Temperatures / Droughts

 

Experts: Drought effects will linger after rains

 

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

HOUSTON

The economic impact of a historic drought that has parched Texas and other parts of the Southwest will be felt for years, with ripple effects spreading nationwide as agriculture damage adds to increases in food prices, experts told a Texas legislative committee on Thursday.

Texas had an estimated $7.6 billion in agriculture losses last year, the driest in its history. Crops failed, ranchers sold or slaughtered cattle they couldn’t afford to feed leading to the largest reduction in the state’s herd since the Dust Bowl, municipalities spent millions on stop-gap measures to ensure they didn’t run out of water and at least one community began trucking water into residents.

Food prices are expected to rise because Texas is third in the nation when it comes to agricultural production and the leading producer of beef.

But of even greater concern is the long-term, with experts warning Texas’ climate is getting hotter and drier. This drought, some believe, is only a preview of what the future holds….

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-03/D9TLOBG80.htm

Stubborn drought expected to tax Mexico for years

 

(Reuters) – A severe drought in Mexico that has cost farmers more than a billion dollars in crop losses alone and set back the national cattle herd for years, is just a foretaste of the drier future facing Latin America’s second largest economy.

As water tankers race across northern Mexico to reach far-flung towns, and crops wither in the fields, the government has allotted 34 billion pesos ($2.65 billion) in emergency aid to confront the worst drought ever recorded in the country.

The water shortage wiped out millions of acres of farmland this winter, caused 15 billion pesos ($1.18 billion) in lost harvests, killed 60,000 head of cattle and weakened 2 million more livestock, pushing food prices higher in Mexico.

The overall cost to the economy is still being gauged but Mexico’s drought-stung winter has been evolving for years and is expected to worsen as the effect of global climate change takes hold, according to the government.

“Droughts are cyclical – we know that – but they are growing more frequent and severe due to climate change,” said Elvira Quesada, the Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources.

According to Mexico’s AMSDA agricultural association, poor weather destroyed some 7.5 million acres (3 million hectares) of cultivable land in 2011 – an area about the size of Belgium. The federal agriculture ministry puts the figure at about half that.

That helped push Mexico’s food imports up 35 percent last year, a trend likely to persist through the 2012-13 crop cycle.

“There was talk of drought when I got here sixteen years ago,” said Ignacio Becerra, a priest working in the rugged town of Carichi in Chihuahua state, which has suffered massive water shortages. “This year, not even corn or beans came up.”

“Watering holes that never ran dry are empty. Without rain this situation is going to get even more serious,” he said…..

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/21/us-mexico-drought-idUSBRE82K1E520120321

Drought, high temps have DNR fire crews on alert

 

FOREST LAKE, Minn. – Our warm weather has been great to get out and enjoy but the heat and lack of snow this winter puts us at high risk for fires this spring.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) keeps a close eye on the weather and sets levels for fire dangers.

A lot has changed in a few days. A majority of the state went from a low fire risk on Wednesday to a high risk on Saturday.

Grass fire season has ignited a month early for firefighters from the DNR Carlos Avery Fire Base.

Smoke-chasers, as the firefighters call themselves, checked for hot spots Saturday after a grass fire charred 20 acres in rural Linwood on Friday.

The DNR used a helicopter to help contain the blaze which was started mistakenly by a homeowner…..

http://www.kare11.com/news/article/968171/391/Drought-high-temps-have-DNR-fire-crews-on-alert

 

Storm doesn’t ease Arizona drought

 

Spring arrived Monday night in the wake of a cold storm that added a late layer of snow across Arizona’s high country and ended a three-month rainless streak in Phoenix.

The moisture was a welcome coda to an otherwise drier-than-average winter, but it won’t do much to ease drought conditions that have deepened over the state in recent months.

“We’re calling it a drop in the bucket at this point in the season,” said Dino DeSimone, water-supply specialist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the federal agency that tracks snow and runoff. “It certainly will help. It will improve conditions in general, but the soil moisture has been so depleted, it won’t have a significant impact.”

The effects, if any, on fire danger are not yet known. The added moisture could delay the start of the season. But wildfire forecasters were already predicting above-average risks through June, so without more rain or snow, forest and range conditions could dry up again in a hurry.

The storm delivered its chilly punch in winter’s final days, exiting almost in sync with the official start of spring on Monday at 10:14 p.m. Arizona time. It was spring’s earliest arrival in more than a century, in part because this is a leap year…..

http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-news/2012/03/19/storm-doesnt-ease-arizona-drought/

 

Drought to send food prices soaring (Britain)

 

Soaring fruit and vegetable prices are set to pile more misery on hard-pressed shoppers this summer as London’s worst drought since 1976 spreads to much of the rest of the country.

The warning comes ahead of the publication of a major “call for action” from the Environment Agency tomorrow that will trigger hosepipe bans in London and across the South East from April 5.

A report from the agency is expected to say that the entire south eastern half of the country – from Yorkshire to Somerset – is at severe risk of drought after two dry winters in a row.

Planting of crops is already down by a fifth on normal because of restrictions on farmers’ water use.

The potato harvest is most vulnerable as it is a particularly “thirsty” crop, according to the National Farmers Union, but carrots, onions, lettuce and peas are also threatened…..

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/london/drought-to-send-food-prices-soaring-7562420.html

European Crops Damaged by Winter Freeze Now Face Drought

 

European wheat and rapeseed crops are at risk of drought that may further hurt yields after freezing weather last month destroyed some fields, analysts and forecasters said.

France, Spain, England and northern Italy got less rain than normal since the start of January, European Union weather data show. They will probably stay drier and warmer than usual in the next 30 days, said Joel Burgio, an agricultural meteorologist at Telvent DTN.

The 27-nation EU typically grows about 20 percent of the world’s soft wheat. A cold wave in February may have lopped 5 million metric tons off this year’s harvest, and a lack of rain might further harm EU output, according to Alexandre Marie, an analyst at French farm adviser Offre et Demande Agricole.

“The situation in Europe is alarming,” Marie said by phone yesterday from Bourges, west of Paris. “That will remain a factor of support for the market in coming weeks.”

Paris-traded milling wheat for November delivery was priced above the grain for December delivery in Chicago for the first time in the contracts’ lifetime on Feb. 7. Buyers now need to pay $261.86 a ton for French wheat, $12.77 a ton more than for soft red winter wheat.

“We’re already starting to see a market reaction,” Marie said. European wheat has gained on U.S. grain because of concern about frost damage to the crop, and drought is an additional risk, he said…..

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-22/european-crops-damaged-by-winter-freeze-now-face-drought

 

Drought: first desalination opens in mainland Britain as water bosses warn of price rises

 

More than one million people will be supplied with water from Britain’s first large-scale desalination plant this summer to help cope with what is expected to be a widespread drought.

Within weeks, the new £270million plant in east London will begin supplying homes with seawater that has been turned into drinking water.

More than 20million people are facing hosepipe bans after seven water companies announced restrictions earlier this week. Householders could be fined up to £1,000 for filling a paddling pool or washing their car.

Water companies yesterday faced calls to invest in reducing leaks instead of imposing water restrictions on home owners. According to official figures, the companies are losing 3.4billion litres of water a year to leaks, equivalent to 25 per cent of all water used. Thames Water admitted that its last hosepipe ban, imposed in 2006, resulted in just a 5 per cent drop in water use…..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9141282/Drought-first-desalination-opens-in-mainland-Britain-as-water-bosses-warn-of-price-rises.html

 

Aid agencies warn of impending catastrophe in Niger

 

THE British aid agency Oxfam says millions of dollars are needed urgently to stop a hunger crisis in Niger turning into a catastrophe.

It says some 1.9 million people are at severe risk and that number could rise to 3.5 million next month. More than six million of the population of 17 million need immediate help.

“All signs point to an impending catastrophe” and “the world cannot allow this to happen,” Oxfam’s Niger director Samuel Braimah said

He said Oxfam has received only €2.9 million ($A3.69 million) of the €15 million it needs to help.

Oxfam blamed a lethal mix of drought, erratic rains, high food prices, entrenched poverty and regional conflict that has brought tens of thousands of refugees to Niger.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/aid-agencies-warn-of-impending-catastrophe-in-niger/story-e6frf7jx-1226310192409

 

Solar Activity

 

Solar Flares Likely Knocked Military Satellites Offline
Solar storms earlier this month may have caused military satellites to reboot

 

By Jason Koebler

Despite being made to withstand radiation emitted from solar flares, a storm caused by the sun earlier this month may have temporarily knocked American military satellites offline, according to General William Shelton, head of the Air Force’s Space Command.

The energy particles associated with two solar storms March 9 and 10 may have caused what are called “single event upsets” on military satellites. “The timing is such that we say this was likely due to [solar radiation],” Shelton told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast Thursday. Although it’s impossible to tell exactly what caused the events—essentially a temporary reboot of satellite instrumentation software—solar storms are known to wreak havoc on satellites.

“We’re very concerned about solar activity,” he said. Military satellites are “hardened [to withstand radiation], but maybe in some cases, not every part is as hard as we would like it to be.”

That’s because building a satellite to withstand solar storms is costly, which is why NASA says commercial satellites are often most vulnerable. Yihua Zheng, head of NASA’s Space Weather Services at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., says each satellite is built to withstand a different level of radiation, and that there’s a “cost-benefit analysis” to radiation hardening during a satellite’s development. Most mission-critical military satellites are built to sustain short bursts of solar radiation. Satellites “can reset and come back online.” But if the solar storm is lengthy, the damage could be severe enough that the satellite’s software won’t be able to reboot.

“Most of the satellites are built for this,” she says. “They should be OK.”

In recent years, the military has become more reliant on satellites operated by the Air Force’s Space Command, Shelton said. “Space capability is integral to everything [the military does],” he said, “from GPS targeting and communications to incoming missile warnings for our troops overseas.”

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/03/22/solar-flares-likely-knocked-military-satellites-offline

 

2MIN News Mar23: US Tremors/Serious Weather, Solar Activity

 

 

400 Chernobyls: Solar Flares, Electromagnetic Pulses and Nuclear Armageddon

 

By Matthew Stein, Truthout | News Analysis

There are nearly 450 nuclear reactors in the world, with hundreds more being planned or under construction. There are 104 of these reactors in the United States and 195 in Europe. Imagine what havoc it would wreak on our civilization and the planet’s ecosystems if we were to suddenly witness not just one or two nuclear meltdowns, but 400 or more! How likely is it that our world might experience an event that could ultimately cause hundreds of reactors to fail and melt down at approximately the same time? I venture to say that, unless we take significant protective measures, this apocalyptic scenario is not only possible, but probable.

Consider the ongoing problems caused by three reactor core meltdowns, explosions and breached containment vessels at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility and the subsequent health and environmental issues. Consider the millions of innocent victims who have already died or continue to suffer from horrific radiation-related health problems (“Chernobyl AIDS,” epidemic cancers, chronic fatigue, etcetera) resulting from the Chernobyl reactor explosions, fires and fallout. If just two serious nuclear disasters, spaced 25 years apart, could cause such horrendous environmental catastrophes, it is hard to imagine how we could ever hope to recover from hundreds of similar nuclear incidents occurring simultaneously across the planet. Since more than one-third of all Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant, this is a serious issue that should be given top priority.[1]……

http://truth-out.org/news/item/7301-400-chernobyls-solar-flares-electromagnetic-pulses-and-nuclear-armageddon

 

2MIN News March25: Quakes, Planets, The Sun

 

Stories of Interest

 

Hippies head for Noah’s Ark: Queue here for rescue aboard alien spaceship

Thousands of New Agers descend on mountain they see as haven from December’s apocalypse

A mountain looming over a French commune with a population of just 200 is being touted as a modern Noah’s Ark when doomsday arrives – supposedly less than nine months from now.

A rapidly increasing stream of New Age believers – or esoterics, as locals call them – have descended in their camper van-loads on the usually picturesque and tranquil Pyrenean village of Bugarach. They believe that when apocalypse strikes on 21 December this year, the aliens waiting in their spacecraft inside Pic de Bugarach will save all the humans near by and beam them off to the next age.

As the cataclysmic date – which, according to eschatological beliefs and predicted astrological alignments, concludes a 5,125-year cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar – nears, the goings-on around the peak have become more bizarre and ritualistic.

For decades, there has been a belief that Pic de Bugarach, which, at 1,230 metres, is the highest in the Corbières mountain range, possesses an eery power. Often called the “upside-down mountain” – geologists think that it exploded after its formation and the top landed the wrong way up – it is thought to have inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Since the 1960s, it has attracted New Agers, who insist that it emits special magnetic waves……

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/hippies-head-for-noahs-ark-queue-here-for-rescue-aboard-alien-spaceship-7584492.html

Earthquakes

 

EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 18 23:55 PM
4.6 Mag 212.0 MAP

USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea Mar 18 23:55 PM
4.6 Mag 212.2 MAP

EMSC Azerbaijan
Mar 18 23:51 PM
3.1 Mag 15.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 23:15 PM
2.6 Mag 8.0 MAP

EMSC Azores Islands Region
Mar 18 23:11 PM
3.5 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 22:59 PM
2.5 Mag 16.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 22:52 PM
2.4 Mag 7.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 22:42 PM
2.6 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 22:38 PM
3.6 Mag 14.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 22:17 PM
3.0 Mag 7.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 18 22:05 PM
2.6 Mag 2.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 21:55 PM
3.0 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 20:59 PM
2.7 Mag 9.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 18 20:53 PM
2.7 Mag 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 19:47 PM
2.5 Mag 11.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 19:34 PM
3.0 Mag 15.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic
Mar 18 19:19 PM
3.4 Mag 117.5 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 18:57 PM
2.6 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 18 18:48 PM
2.7 Mag 7.0 MAP

USGS Washington
Mar 18 18:48 PM
3.3 Mag 42.3 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 18:47 PM
2.9 Mag 9.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 17:42 PM
2.7 Mag 7.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Mar 18 17:22 PM
2.7 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 16:32 PM
2.5 Mag 4.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 16:18 PM
2.4 Mag 6.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Italy
Mar 18 16:00 PM
3.1 Mag 2.0 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 18 15:13 PM
4.5 Mag 56.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 18 15:13 PM
4.5 Mag 55.8 MAP

EMSC Poland
Mar 18 14:59 PM
2.5 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 18 14:53 PM
3.5 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 18 13:52 PM
3.0 Mag 1.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 13:41 PM
3.5 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 18 13:12 PM
2.7 Mag 106.0 MAP

EMSC Fiji Region
Mar 18 12:21 PM
4.5 Mag 571.0 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 18 12:21 PM
4.5 Mag 571.3 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 18 12:05 PM
3.4 Mag 101.6 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 18 11:43 AM
3.1 Mag 5.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 11:16 AM
2.7 Mag 200.8 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 18 11:05 AM
3.1 Mag 56.0 MAP

USGS New Mexico
Mar 18 10:57 AM
2.9 Mag 5.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 18 10:52 AM
2.9 Mag 41.7 MAP

USGS Halmahera, Indonesia
Mar 18 10:43 AM
4.8 Mag 68.0 MAP

EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia
Mar 18 10:43 AM
4.8 Mag 52.0 MAP

GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia
Mar 18 10:43 AM
4.6 Mag 10.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 10:37 AM
4.6 Mag 54.7 MAP

EMSC Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 10:37 AM
4.6 Mag 55.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 10:32 AM
2.4 Mag 9.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 10:22 AM
3.3 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 09:21 AM
2.4 Mag 21.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 09:16 AM
3.0 Mag 91.7 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 08:35 AM
3.6 Mag 7.0 MAP

EMSC Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 07:56 AM
4.7 Mag 47.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 07:56 AM
4.0 Mag 31.4 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 18 07:41 AM
2.5 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Georgia (sak’art’velo)
Mar 18 06:59 AM
3.6 Mag 2.0 MAP

EMSC North Of Ascension Island
Mar 18 06:00 AM
4.9 Mag 10.0 MAP

USGS North Of Ascension Island
Mar 18 06:00 AM
4.9 Mag 9.8 MAP

GEOFON North Of Ascension Island
Mar 18 06:00 AM
4.8 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Mar 18 05:49 AM
2.8 Mag 26.0 MAP

EMSC Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Mar 18 05:00 AM
4.5 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Mar 18 04:47 AM
2.6 Mag 9.0 MAP

EMSC Western Iran
Mar 18 04:38 AM
3.6 Mag 4.0 MAP

EMSC Santa Cruz Islands
Mar 18 04:33 AM
4.4 Mag 50.0 MAP

USGS Santa Cruz Islands
Mar 18 04:33 AM
4.4 Mag 50.2 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 03:51 AM
3.6 Mag 6.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 18 03:47 AM
3.0 Mag 122.0 MAP

EMSC Bangladesh
Mar 18 02:56 AM
4.7 Mag 80.0 MAP

USGS Bangladesh
Mar 18 02:56 AM
4.6 Mag 15.7 MAP

 

 

Light tremor jolts parts of Bangladesh

 

Dhaka, Mar 18 (bdnews24.com) – A Meteorological Department official said a light earthquake jolted parts of Bangladesh on Sunday morning.

Assistant director of Bangladesh Meteorological Department Shamsuddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com that the 4.6-maginitude tremor shook buildings in the capital Dhaka at 8:56 am and lasted 10 seconds.

http://bdnews24.com/details.php?id=220520&cid=2

 

3 mild quakes jolt Northern Luzon

 

SINAIT, Ilocos Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) — Three mild quakes rocked some areas in Northern Luzon on Saturday afternoon and this morning but no damage to properties was reported, the PhilippineInstitute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) satellite office here said.

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=381332046084

Volcanic Activity

 

Italy’s Mount Enta erupts

Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna erupted on Sunday sending a four mile-long plume of smoke and ash into the sky.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9151662/Italys-Mount-Enta-erupts.html

 

Storms and Flooding

 

Flooding in Southeastern Australia

 

Rising waters flooded parts of New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, in March 2012, forcing some residents to evacuate their homes. On March 15, evacuation orders were lifted for the northern Victoria town of Nathalia, which had faced possible inundation. Although allowed to return home, residents were warned to stay vigilant for rapidly rising waters, news reports said.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=77447&src=nha

 

Dust Storm in Southwest Asia

 

An intense dust storm spanned hundreds of kilometers over Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan on March 19, 2012. The dust spread southward over the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, and swept northeastward along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=77450&src=nha

 

Extreme Temperatures

 

U.S.

 

While it was unseasonably warm across most of the United States Sunday, a late winter storm dropped upward of 5 feet of snow on Arizona’s mountains with more expected Sunday night.
The snow forced the closure of numerous roads and there were reports of many vehicles skidding into ditches and other accidents. A winter storm warning was in effect from the Mexican border to the northern outskirts of Utah Sunday, at the same time the East and Midwest was experiencing temperatures in the 70s — 76 in Bangor, Maine. Phoenix was experiencing the storm in the form of its first rain since December. An inch of rain fell in the region Sunday. “Phoenix is known for its dry climate, but this is normally a wet time of the year. Phoenix typically receives nearly 3 inches of rain from late December through mid-March.”

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/03/18/Arizona-gets-5-feet-of-snow/UPI-35861332081960/?spt=hs&or=tn

The winter of 2011-12 might well earn the title of “the winter that wasn’t” in many parts of the United States.

 

The season has entered the books as the fourth warmest on record for the Lower 48 states. Despite several powerful snowstorms that crossed the continent during the season, the extent of the country blanketed with snow was the third smallest since satellites began keeping track 46 years ago. The amount of rain was also below normal.
What a contrast with the winter before. Who could forget the seemingly endless conga line of storms that traversed the country? That winter also was somewhat colder than normal, which meant the snow didn’t melt significantly between storms. “This year was dramatically different.” Yet both winters began the same way – with La Niña reigning in the tropical Pacific. La Niña is the cooler half of what’s called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. El Niño brings warmer-than-normal waters to the equatorial eastern Pacific, where it piles up against the coasts of Central and South America. La Niña brings colder-than-normal waters to the same region. Both alter atmospheric-circulation patterns in ways that are felt far beyond the tropics.
Typically, La Niña pushes the eastward-flowing jet stream – which serves as a kind of superhighway for storms – farther north than usual. That pattern appeared last year in a relatively stark boundary between a very wet northern half of the country and a parched southern tier, stretching from Arizona to northern Florida and up into the Carolinas. This year, even with a somewhat weaker La Niña, the average path of the jet stream has moved farther north still, leaving the northern US drier than normal. Without extensive snow cover to help keep a lid on winter temperatures, the stage was set for a warmer-than-normal winter.
The back-to-back La Niñas have a marked effect on rivers in the Southwest and Southeast. “We’ve had 10 cases in the last century of double-dip La Niña events.” If the initial event is strong – last year was one of the Top 3 La Niñas in the past 50 years – the second, weaker one tends to bring drier conditions to the Southwest and southern tier. The difference shows up strikingly in river flows. They tend to be even lower coming out of the second event than they were at the end of the first event. “That’s what we’re looking at now for the Colorado River, and it’s also what we’re looking at for parts of the Southeast – Florida, Georgia, places like that.” One glaring exception this winter was Texas, where several storms helped moderate the state’s severe drought.
Elsewhere, the reduced blanket of snow is likely to give areas ravaged by last year’s floods along the Mississippi River a much-needed break. A year ago, runoff from heavy snows, combined with intense spring storms, brought record floods in many parts of the Midwest.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/hey-happened-winter-wimpiness-portends-spring/story?id=15916142#.T2eriLRZe8Y

 

Historic March heat wave continues in Chicago; headed towards another record breaking day.

 

Coming off their warmest St. Patricks Day in 141 years of records, the historic March heat wave continues. Sunday was expected to become their 5th straight record breaking day and 5th consecutive 80+ degree day across the Chicagoland area. This RECORD-BREAKING STREAK HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE SO EARLY IN THE SEASON in Chicago. Over the past week, more than 1,200 RECORDS HAVE BEEN SET and for the month of March, more than 2,000 RECORDS HAVE BEEN SET.
This UNPRECEDENTED March heat wave is as a result of a weather pattern known as a “blocking pattern” where a stubborn high pressure has just been stuck over the eastern two-thirds of the nation. This pattern has been responsible for pumping in heat and Gulf moisture into the Great Plains, Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast regions. This historic March heat wave is expected to continue into the middle of next week before a cooler airmass moves into the region late next week. Until then, there will be the likelihood of more records broken.

http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-chicago/historic-march-heat-wave-continues-headed-towards-another-record-breaking-day

 

Misc

2MIN News Mar18: Fukushima, Earthquakes, Solar Update

Dead Russian Satellite to Fall From Space

 

This time, the satellite will be guided into a controlled descent.

http://news.discovery.com/space/russian-satellite-controlled-descent-120217.html

U.K. adds solar storms, volcanoes to national threat list

 

LONDON — Britain has added volcanoes and solar storms to floods, flu and terrorism on a list of threats to national security.

The highest-priority risks to Britain are pandemic influenza, coastal flooding, terrorist attacks and – a new addition – volcanic eruptions in countries like Iceland, according to the recently published 2012 edition of the government’s National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies.

“Severe space weather” poses a threat to communications systems, electronic circuits and power grids, the list said. Solar storms – eruptions of magnetic energy and charged particles – are part of the sun’s normal 11-year cycle, which is expected to reach a peak next year.

http://m.ctv.ca/topstories/20120318/britain-volcanoes-solar-storms-20120318.html