Earthquakes

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 08 23:39 PM
3.1 19.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 23:22 PM
3.0 7.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 23:11 PM
2.9 12.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 08 23:07 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Syria
Apr 08 22:50 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

EMSC Syria
Apr 08 22:49 PM
3.0 18.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 22:31 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 22:15 PM
3.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.4 25.5 MAP

EMSC Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.5 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 08 20:28 PM
3.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 08 19:46 PM
2.6 45.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 08 18:02 PM
2.6 126.6 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 17:42 PM
4.6 25.7 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 17:42 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Oregon
Apr 08 17:16 PM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 08 16:47 PM
2.4 8.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Apr 08 16:38 PM
3.1 73.9 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 08 16:30 PM
2.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Philippine Islands Region
Apr 08 16:00 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Philippine Islands Region
Apr 08 16:00 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 15:26 PM
3.5 14.4 MAP

USGS Oregon
Apr 08 15:19 PM
2.5 6.8 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 08 15:11 PM
4.5 48.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 08 15:11 PM
4.5 47.6 MAP

EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 08 15:03 PM
4.3 73.0 MAP

USGS Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 08 15:03 PM
4.3 73.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 14:47 PM
3.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 08 13:32 PM
2.5 14.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 08 13:19 PM
2.7 63.0 MAP

GEOFON Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.5 34.7 MAP

EMSC Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 08 13:10 PM
2.6 0.1 MAP

USGS Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Apr 08 12:19 PM
2.7 38.7 MAP

EMSC Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 08 12:14 PM
2.8 16.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 08 12:05 PM
3.2 127.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 12:05 PM
2.5 12.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 11:59 AM
2.6 8.0 MAP

EMSC Spain
Apr 08 11:58 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 11:38 AM
2.7 8.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 10:54 AM
2.7 7.3 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 10:46 AM
2.6 101.6 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 08 09:41 AM
2.8 35.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 09:10 AM
2.6 7.0 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 565.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 559.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 559.3 MAP

GEONET Wairarapa
Apr 08 08:42 AM
3.8 40.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 08:26 AM
2.6 7.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 08:15 AM
3.2 4.7 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 07:41 AM
2.8 5.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 08 07:25 AM
2.9 11.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 06:45 AM
2.4 16.0 MAP

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 08 06:36 AM
2.9 21.0 MAP

EMSC Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.7 100.0 MAP

USGS Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.8 10.1 MAP

GEOFON Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico
Apr 08 06:13 AM
2.6 24.3 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 06:01 AM
2.9 4.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 06:00 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 05:59 AM
3.3 28.7 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 05:59 AM
3.3 2.6 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 05:52 AM
2.5 9.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.4 39.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.4 35.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.5 92.5 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.5 96.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 04:54 AM
3.1 118.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 03:42 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 03:38 AM
3.5 12.6 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 03:23 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

EMSC Bay Of Biscay
Apr 08 03:19 AM
2.7 2.0 MAP

EMSC Kuril Islands
Apr 08 03:11 AM
3.9 70.0 MAP

EMSC Azores Islands Region
Apr 08 03:02 AM
3.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Western Montana
Apr 08 03:00 AM
2.9 12.9 MAP

USGS Western Montana
Apr 08 03:00 AM
2.8 12.9 MAP

EMSC Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 02:31 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 02:31 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Greece
Apr 08 02:10 AM
2.5 19.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 08 01:43 AM
2.5 5.7 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 01:39 AM
2.7 8.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 00:59 AM
2.4 4.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 08 00:38 AM
3.5 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 00:35 AM
2.9 5.0 MAP

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Volcanic Activity

Anak Krakatau Volcano – Small Eruptions – 7th April 2012.wmv

Uploaded by yamkin1 on Apr 8, 2012

With thanks and gratitude for OysteinLund Andersen’s dedicated time and effort uploading this video.

On the morning of the 7th April 2012 Anak Krakatau started to produce small eruptions from the southern part of the crater. The eruption clouds only reached a height of 100-150meters and only contained small amounts of ash and only a little rockfall, the eruptions was not of a explosive character. The rest of the crater and its fumaroles are producing a continuous white cloud of steam/gas, rising to greater heights than the eruption clouds from the southern part of the crater. Additionally the southern/southwestern part of the outer part of the crater does now have fumaroles, indicating that magma is trapped under this part of the cone.

Photos will be published on http://www.oysteinlundandersen.com

Volcanic plumbing exposed

Leeds, UK (SPX)

Two new studies into the “plumbing systems” that lie under volcanoes could bring scientists closer to predicting large eruptions. International teams of researchers, led by the University of Leeds, studied the location and behaviour of magma chambers on the Earth’s mid-ocean ridge system – a vast chain of volcanoes along which the Earth forms new crust. They worked in Afar (Ethiopia) and I …

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El Hierro Earthquake Update : 7th April

It is now one month to the day since PEVOLCA Scientists confirmed that the ‘eruptive phase’ of the underwater volcano off the southern coast of the Canary Island of El Hierro had come to an end.

….the ongoing pattern of the majority of activities taking place in the area between Frontera and Pinar toward the North-West of the Island continues, with magnitudes ranging between 1.5 to 2.5 on the richter scale, and at depths ranging from between 11 to 29 kms, with the majority of activities taking place at around 1.5 on the ricter scale and at depths of around 15km…..

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El Hierro Volcano Update : 8th & 9th December

Scientists from Spain´s National Geological Institute (IGN) who are observing the recent seismic and volcanic activity on the Canary Island of El Hierro have recorded just 4 Earthquakes over the course of the last 48 Hours (12.00 hrs Wednesday – 12.00 hrs Friday GMT).

The activities continue to be centered in and around the El Golfo bay area, off the coast of the town of Frontera, on the northern side of the island.

The activities recorded had magnitudes of between 1.6 and 2.0 on the richter scale, and the depths were recorded as varying between 17 to 23 kms.

Meanwhile, to the South of the Island off the coast of La Restinga, the underwater Volcanic vents in the Las Calmas bay are continuing to erupt. Smouldering Pyroclastic rocks continue to be brought to the surface…..

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Anchorage breaks seasonal snowfall record

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — While winter is a distant memory for most Americans, it continues unabated in Anchorage, Alaska — where a new bout of precipitation this weekend helped the city break its record for seasonal snowfall, at more than 133 inches (3.38 meters).

Some 3.4 inches of snow — and counting — had fallen as of 4 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) Saturday in Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service.

That brought the seasonal total for the city to 133.6 inches — breaking the record of 132.6 inches, set in 1954-1955.

And with snow continuing to fall into early Sunday morning, the figure promises to get even larger….

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Radiation

The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima

Washington’s Blog

The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4

We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the reactors themselves. See this and this.

We noted in February:

Scientists say that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hitting Fukushima this year, and a 98% chance within the next 3 years.

Given that nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that an earthquake of 7.0 or larger could cause the entire fuel pool structure collapse, it is urgent that everything humanly possible is done to stabilize the structure housing the fuel pools at reactor number 4.

Tepco is doing some construction at the building … it is a race against time under very difficult circumstances, and hopefully Tepco will win.

As AP points out:

The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long been a major concern among experts because a collapse of its spent fuel cooling pool could cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.

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Gundersen (who used to build spent fuel pools) explains that there is no protection surrounding the radioactive fuel in the pools. He warns that – if the fuel pools at reactor 4 collapse due to an earthquake – people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside for a while.

The fuel pool number 4 is apparently not in great shape, and there have already been countless earthquakes near the Fukushima region since the 9.0 earthquake last March…..

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Dartmouth scientists track radioactive iodine from Japan nuclear reactor meltdown

Hanover NH (SPX)

Radioactive iodine found by Dartmouth researchers in the local New Hampshire environment is a direct consequence of a nuclear reactor’s explosion and meltdown half a world away, says Joshua Landis, a research associate in the Department of Earth Science. The failure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, was the largest nuclear disa …

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Solar Activity

SOLAR ACTIVITY UPDATE: CMEs Expected to Give Earth a Glancing Blow

Uploaded by Skyywatcher88 on Apr 8, 2012

INCOMING CME: NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of strong geomagnetic storms around the poles on April 8-9 when a CME delivers a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field. The cloud was propelled in our direction by a solar filament, which erupted on April 5th. High- latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

http://www.spaceweather.com

2MIN News Apr8: Infant Mortality, World/Solar Update

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Articles of Interest

Peak Civilization: MIT Research Team Predicts Global Economic Collapse and Precipitous Population Decline

Mac Slavo

Researchers at one of the world’s leading think tanks have developed a computing model that predicts serious implications for our way of life as a result of our incessant need to consume resources like oil, food, and fresh water. According to a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the breaking point will come no later than 2030, and when it does, we can expect a paradigm shift unlike any we have seen before in human history – one that will not only collapse the economies of the world, but will cause food and energy production to decrease so significantly that it will lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in the process.

The recent study, completed on behalf of The Club of Rome, an organization which issued it’s own findings on ‘peak everything’ back in the 1970′s in a controversial environmental report dubbed The Limits to Growth (video), takes into account the relations between various global developments and produces computer simulations for alternative scenarios.

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Scientists Find Slow Subsidence of Earth’s Crust Beneath the Mississippi Delta

Washington DC (SPX)

The Earth’s crust beneath the Mississippi Delta sinks at a much slower rate than what had been assumed. That’s one of the results geo-scientists report in a paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The researchers arrived at their conclusions by comparing detailed sea-level reconstructions from different portions of coastal Louisiana. “The findings demonstrate the …

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First glaciers in Japan recognized

By MINORU MATSUTANI

Scientists have found three glaciers in Toyama Prefecture, the first recognized in Japan and the southernmost in East Asia.

Researchers from the Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum discovered the three slow-moving chunks of ice in the Hida Mountain Range, otherwise known as the Northern Alps.

Their research paper submitted to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice was accepted Tuesday, the museum said.

A glacier is defined as a large mass of ice that over many years “flows” owing to its great weight, according to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice. They are often found on high mountains, such as the Himalayas, and have even been found on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is almost on the equator. Until now, the southernmost glaciers in East Asia were on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

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