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Did the Government Give Industrial Hemp a Pass to Clean Up Radiation in the States?

Christina Sarich

NationofChange / News Analysis

Published: Friday 14 February 2014

Hemp has numerous uses and could replace many crops that require heavy irrigation and pesticides, but the most interesting fact about hemp is that it “eats” radiation.

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Activists have been shouting they want an end to GMO foods for more than a decade now, and Cannabis Sattiva L. supporters have been at it for even longer, so why has the US government finally given farmers the right to legally grow industrial hemp, the non-hallucinatory, sister plant of medical marijuana?

It is safe to say that industrialized hemp should have been legalized years ago. With THC levels so low, you would have to smoke more of it than Snoop Dogg to get ‘high’ – and that’s a lot of Cannabis, it is ridiculous that it was classified as a drug at all. It has numerous uses and could replace many crops that require heavy irrigation and pesticides, like cotton, for example. Here’s the most interesting fact though – hemp plants ‘eat’ radiation.

When the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Reactor 4 accident caused severe radioactive contamination in 1986, families within a 30-kilometer area of the site had to be evacuated. Radioactive contamination was later found at 100 kilometers from the accident site, and Fukushima radiation levels are still to be determined, with the Japanese government planning on dumping their overflowing radiated water tanks into the Pacific as we speak.

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How  anyone can  continue to  make  excuses and give this   administration the  benefit  of t he  doubt  after  these measures are  approved  and put into play  is beyond me.  The  excuse is  always 

he is  one  man   

he  does  not have the  power  to  do it  all. 

He is  not  responsible, 

it  was  Bush’s  mess

The  GOP did  it

The  GOP  will not  cooperate

Well  newsflash  for all you  folks  that  seem to  still be living in  La La Land……..  this is   the  second  term for  this  administration  those  excuses  are  getting  old  and  tired and  frankly ridiculous.    Look  around  people their  accomplishments  are equivalent  if  not worse  to that of  the   GOP, you so  vocally complain  about. 

I know  those of  you in love  with the  idealism  that  was  sold to you  will never   ever  look  up  from that  hole   you  live in  surrounding  yourself  with  all those  sound bites  and   eloquent  speeches  that  mean  absolutely  nothing.  You  have  closed yourself  off and  deafened yourself  to the  realities  of those  words that  have  turned  into worthless  rhetoric and  dust.  Unfortunately  for us  we  will have  to  suffer  with you  for your  lack of vision and  understanding.  Our  children  will suffer  alongside  yours while  we  listen to your deluded  excuses and  deranged plans  for a  better  future .  A  future  that  is  being  destroyed as  we  speak.  Stolen  from  us as  they  poison  our  water  and  food and  allow  the  corporations  to destroy  our health  with  impunity.

Aided  by the   war  mongering  lunatics  that  sit  opposite  them.  All looking  out  for their  bottom line guaranteed  by the  corporations  they empower.  Sitting  in their seats  of  power believing themsleves  to be  above  reproach and  the  law.  Forgetting the constituents  they are supposed  to  represent.  Those  whose  voices  they are  supposed  to  defend.  They  have convinced  themselves  of their  own  grandeur.  They  betray  the  Constitution  they swore to  defend.  Their   oaths  hollow and  meaningless,  falling on  deaf  ears , called  to  task  by none.   While an endless  battle is  waged  between  two sides of the  same  coin .  A  coin tossed forth to  pay  for the  same agenda.   A people  betrayed and enslaved  by the  lust  for  power and wealth, while some  cheer “Yes We Can” and  “Forward”!  Marching us  into the  abyss of the  unknown.  The backbone of a  country once straight and  strong  now  bent  and weary  with the  weight of its  burden.  Once  wealthy and powerful she now knows  hunger and lack.  Lost  and  confused grasping to  retrieve what  was  lost always  just  beyond  her  reach , always taunting her as it  dissolves into  nothingness before  her very  eyes.

 One  wonders  which  will deal the  final  blow  to  finally bring America  to    it’s  knees!  With  nary a  whimper of  protest to stay  it’s  course…….

~Desert Rose~

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Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket

Rollback in Nuclear Radiation Cleanup

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Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket Following Radiological Incidents

by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

The White House has given final approval for dramatically raising permissible radioactive levels in drinking water and soil following “radiological incidents,” such as nuclear power-plant accidents and dirty bombs. The final version, slated for Federal Register publication as soon as today, is a win for the nuclear industry which seeks what its proponents call a “new normal” for radiation exposure among the U.S population, according Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, the radiation guides (called Protective Action Guides or PAGs) allow cleanup many times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted. These guides govern evacuations, shelter-in-place orders, food restrictions and other actions following a wide range of “radiological emergencies.” The Obama administration blocked a version of these PAGs from going into effect during its first days in office. The version given approval late last Friday is substantially similar to those proposed under Bush but duck some of the most controversial aspects:

In soil, the PAGs allow long-term public exposure to radiation in amounts as high as 2,000 millirems. This would, in effect, increase a longstanding 1 in 10,000 person cancer rate to a rate of 1 in 23 persons exposed over a 30-year period;

  • In water, the PAGs punt on an exact new standard and EPA “continues to seek input on this.” But the thrust of the PAGs is to give on-site authorities much greater “flexibility” in setting aside established limits; and

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Recently there have  been  many  media  outlets publishing  articles  on the  Hanford Nuclear  Reservation Tanks  leaking Radioactive  waste underground  where  they are located.  Mixed  with a deadly  cocktail of  nuclear  waste  and  chemicals  that  not  even those directly responsible  and  in  charge of  the  safety  protocol and maintenance  of  said   tanks are  sure of.

These p;ants  like  Nuclear  Power  Plants  are  subsidized  with  taxpayer  monies.  However, any  upgrades  or  retrofitting  that  needs to  be  done must be paid  for  by the company  itself, not  taxpayer  funds.  Right off the  nat  the  fact that company  monies  must  be  used to  improve, repair  or safeguard the facility  for the  security of  the people that  live in the  surrounding areas, not to mention the  soil and the underground  water  supply.  A  water  supply  that  would concern areas   outside of the  immediate  are  of the  Plant.  The  Colorado  River  being one  of  the  sources in  danger.

According  to  Wikipedia information  available  about the  Columbia  River   Watershed, we are  looking  at  waterways basins  that  empty into and  mix  with  bodies  of  water all the  way  from Washington State  to the  Gulf  Of  Mexico.

We have  Governor Inslee  stating that there is  no  danger to  the  residents and  yet  there  have  been  issues  associated  with the  Hanford  site  since  before   2010.  That  is   3  years of  safety irregularities,  leaks  of  dangerous radioactive  waste  not only into the  ground endangering  the  water  shed  for  millions of  Americans both  directly  and  indirectly situated  near  Hanford.    Now  they are  trying to  tell us  that there is  no  danger  to the  public?  According to the  testimonies  given in the videos provided below.  It is  indeed  obvious that  the  leaks  have  been  an  ongoing  problem  that  was made clear  to  both the  management  of  the  Plant and  the  DOE.  Neither  of  which  made  any  move  to  correct.  Now  we  are  expected  to believe  that  there is no  danger  posed,  yet the  leaks  and  the danger  to  their   exposure  was  never addressed,  no one  cared.  SO  now  we  are  to  believe  the  very  same  entities that  have  lied to  us  for  well into  3  years?

How  stupid  do they  actually  think  we  are  ,  exactly ?

If the  testimony  being  given  is  to be  believed  then  not  only  has  our  watershed  been  compromised,  the  air around  the  plant has  been  compromised as  well.  Contaminating   the  residents  that  live  there  and   placing their  children in  danger.

The  Nuclear  Energy  Plants  and  these  Nuclear  Waste  Facilities  are  subsidized  by  taxpayer   monies yet  we  have  no  say  in  vetting there  safety  practices.    Nor  do  we apparently  have  any  say  in  the  approval  process of  these plants  either.   Recently the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved licenses to build two new nuclear reactors Thursday, the first authorized in over 30 years.  They  will be  built  in   Georgia  about   170 miles East  of  Atlanta.  The location  already contains  two  old  reactors.  Just  what  we  needed  …. more  radioactive  waste  to  be  housed  in these  leaky sieves  they call “Nuclear  Reservation Plants”

This is  madness and if it  continues  unchecked the  contamination of  Fukushima  and  Chernobyl  will look  like child’s play  compared  to the  disaster in the  making here  in the   US……..

~Desert Rose~

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Inslee says 6 underground tanks at Hanford leaking waste

by Associated Press and KING 5 News

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Updated yesterday at 5:12 PM

After meeting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu Friday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says at least six underground single-shell tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington are leaking, not one as reported last week.

Inslee called the latest development “very disturbing news” and called for a new action plan to remove the nuclear material.

“There is no immediate or near-term health risk associated with these newly discovered leaks, which are more than 10 miles from the Columbia River,” Inslee said in a news release. “But nonetheless this is disturbing news for all Washingtonians. One week ago, Secretary Chu told me there was one tank leaking. But he told me today that his department did not adequately analyze data it had that would have shown the other tanks that are leaking.”

The amount that is leaking varies from tank to tank, but Inslee did not have specific amounts.

Inslee says Chu blames the Department of Energy’s failure to catch the leaks on their inability to properly evaluate the data from the monitors. The leaking was so small over a short period of time that it was imperceptible. If they had looked at the data over a longer period of time, they would have detected the leaks earlier.

Chu said there will be additional evaluations and information released in the coming days.

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The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.[9] The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It flows northwest and then south into the US state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state of Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river is 1,243 miles (2,000 km) long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River. Its drainage basin is roughly the size of France and extends into seven U.S. states and a Canadian province.

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Most of the Columbia’s drainage basin (which, at 258,000 square miles or 670,000 square kilometres, is about the size of France)[168] lies roughly between the Rocky Mountains on the east and the Cascade Mountains on the west. In the United States and Canada the term watershed is often used to mean drainage basin. The term Columbia Basin is used to refer not only to the entire drainage basin but also to subsets of the river’s full watershed, such as the relatively flat and unforested area in eastern Washington bounded by the Cascades, the Rocky Mountains, and the Blue Mountains.[169] Within the watershed are diverse landforms including mountains, arid plateaus, river valleys, rolling uplands, and deep gorges.

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In 2000, about six million people lived within the Columbia’s drainage basin. Of this total about 2.4 million people lived in Oregon, 1.7 million in Washington, 1 million in Idaho, half a million in British Columbia, and 0.4 million in Montana. Population in the watershed has been rising for many decades and is projected to rise to about 10 million by 2030. The highest population densities are found west of the Cascade Mountains along the I-5 corridor, especially in the Portland-Vancouver urban area. High densities are also found around Spokane, Washington, and Boise, Idaho.

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Several major North American drainage basins and many minor ones share a common border with the Columbia River’s drainage basin. To the east, in northern Wyoming and Montana, the Continental Divide separates the Columbia watershed from the MississippiMissouri watershed, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico. To the northeast, mostly along the southern border between British Columbia and Alberta, the Continental Divide separates the Columbia watershed from the NelsonLake WinnipegSaskatchewan watershed, which empties into Hudson Bay. The Mississippi and Nelson watersheds are separated by the Laurentian Divide, which meets the Continental Divide at Triple Divide Peak near the headwaters of the Columbia’s Flathead River tributary. This point marks the meeting of three of North America’s main drainage patterns, to the Pacific Ocean, to Hudson Bay, and to the Atlantic Ocean via the Gulf of Mexico.[174][175]

Further north along the Continental Divide, a short portion of the combined Continental and Laurentian divides separate the Columbia watershed from the MacKenzieSlaveAthabasca watershed, which empties into the Arctic Ocean. The Nelson and Mackenzie watersheds are separated by a divide between streams flowing to the Arctic Ocean and those of the Hudson Bay watershed.[176] This divide meets the Continental Divide at Snow Dome (also known as Dome), near the northernmost bend of the Columbia River.[177]

To the southeast, in western Wyoming, another divide separates the Columbia watershed from the ColoradoGreen watershed, which empties into the Gulf of California. The Columbia, Colorado, and Mississippi watersheds meet at Three Waters Mountain in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.[178] To the south, in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, the Columbia watershed is divided from the Great Basin, whose several watersheds are endorheic, not emptying into any ocean but rather drying up or sinking into sumps.[174] Great Basin watersheds that share a border with the Columbia watershed include Harney Basin, Humboldt River, and Great Salt Lake.[174] The associated triple divide points are Commissary Ridge North, Wyoming,[179] and Sproats Meadow Northwest, Oregon.[180] To the north, mostly in British Columbia, the Columbia watershed borders the Fraser River watershed. To the west and southwest the Columbia watershed borders a number of smaller watersheds that drain to the Pacific Ocean, such as the Klamath River in Oregon and California and the Puget Sound Basin in Washington.[174]

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*****Please  notice point  number  15 which enters into the Colorado River Drainage Basin

The  map below  is of the  Colorado  River Watershed which  stretches  from Wyoming all the  way  down  through  Mexico.  Touching  on Wyoming, Colorado, UtahNevada, Arizona, New MexicoBaja Californis , Sonora Mexico

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Below is a  Map of the  Colorado River basin  from  Colorado  all the  way  to the  Gulf  of  Mexico through  New  Mexico and  Texas as  indicated  by the  yellow line.

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Published on Feb 23, 2013

Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday, prompting calls for an investigation from a key senator.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the leaking material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take a while — perhaps years — to reach groundwater.

But the leaking tanks raise new concerns about delays for emptying them and strike another blow to federal efforts to clean up south-central Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where successes often are overshadowed by delays, budget overruns and technological challenges.

Department of Energy spokeswoman Lindsey Geisler said there was no immediate health risk and said federal officials would work with Washington state to address the matter.

Regardless, Tom Towslee, a spokesman for Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the senator will be asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate Hanford’s tank monitoring and maintenance program.

Wyden is the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

State officials just last week announced that one of Hanford’s 177 underground tanks was leaking 150 to 300 gallons a year, posing a risk to groundwater and rivers. So far, nearby monitoring wells haven’t detected higher radioactivity levels.

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Part I of the U.S. Department of Energy, Environment, Safety and Health, Public Hearing on Exposed Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation held February 3, 2000 at the Federal Building in Richland, WA.

Sound quality is poor due to on camera mic and bad acoustics.

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Talk – Walter Tamosaitis – A Deep Concern on the Hanford Horizon: The WTP

Uploaded on Sep 11, 2010

Talk by Dr. Walter Tamosaitis, the Research and Technology Manager of Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant, who was summarily terminated from his job after he raised safety issues associated with the design and operation of this nuclear facility

Ukraine: Chernobyl nuclear roof collapse ‘no danger’

BBC News

Photo from Ukraine's nuclear authorities showing the hole in the roof at the Chernobyl plant
The roof that collapsed was installed after the 1986 nuclear disaster

A section of the roof at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear plant has collapsed – but there has been no increase in radiation at the site, authorities say.

No-one was hurt when the roof over a turbine hall gave way under heavy snow.

The “sarcophagus” used to seal off the failed reactor was unaffected, officials said, but around 80 construction workers were moved away.

The 1986 explosion and reactor meltdown at Chernobyl was the world’s worst-ever nuclear accident.

Correspondents say the roof collapse will revive concerns about the condition of the defunct power plant.

“There are no changes in the radiation situation at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant or in the exclusion zone,” Chernobyl’s administrators said in a statement.

‘Stay calm’

The affected area was about 50m (165 feet) away from the sarcophagus built to contain leaking radiation from the exploded reactor, Chernobyl spokeswoman Maya Rudenko told the Associated Press.

“Everyone should stay calm,” Ms Rudenko said. “Yes it is unpleasant, but there is no danger.”

Aerial view of the Chernobyl nuclear plant with the collapsed roof section marked Ukrainian officials released a photo showing the affected area

A huge new containment structure is currently being built to slide over the reactor, amid concerns about the long-term viability of the existing encasement.

The concrete shell is being built by French construction companies and funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as well as other donors. After the roof collapse, two firms, Vinci and Bouygues, moved their workers away from the site as a precaution.

The explosion at Chernobyl’s number four reactor in 1986 – when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union – sent a huge plume of radiation across Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in Ukraine, western Russia and Belarus.

The number of people who died because of the accident remains controversial, but thousands are thought to be at higher risk of cancer as a result of exposure to radiation.

The area around the plant is heavily contaminated and a 30km (19 mile) exclusion zone is in force.

 

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Nuclear Event in Ukraine on Wednesday, 13 February, 2013 at 14:15 (02:15 PM) UTC.

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Ukrainian officials say a roof section at the exploded Chernobyl nuclear power plant has collapsed causing no injuries and leaving radiation levels unaffected. Maya Rudenko, spokeswoman for the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, said a 600-square-metre section of the roof over the turbine hall at energy block No 4 collapsed on Tuesday. Rudenko emphasised, however, that the affected area is about 50 metres away from the exploded reactor. She said on Wednesday that radiation levels were normal and there was no danger to the public, so “everybody should be absolutely calm.” The Emergency Situations Ministry said that the roof collapse was caused by heavy snowfall. The April 1986 explosion at Chernobyl has forced the evacuation of 115,000 people and a 30-kilometre area around the plant remains largely off-limits.

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Officials in Ukraine were rushing to reassure the public that radiation levels remained unaffected after the 6,500 square foot section of roof over the turbine hall at the fourth power block collapsed under heavy snowfall. French construction firms Vinci and Bouygues they had evacuated around 80 employees as a precaution. The two companies are working on constructing the sarcophagus structure covering the reactor that exploded in 1986. The structure is in place to contain radiation emanating from the exploded reactor. “Everybody should be absolutely calm,” a Chernobyl spokesman said. “Yes, it is unpleasant, but there is no danger.”

The April 26, 1986, accident in the then-Soviet republic of Ukraine sent a cloud of radioactive fallout over much of Europe and forced the evacuation of about 115,000 people from the plant’s vicinity. A 30-kilometre (19-mile) area directly around the plant remains largely off-limits. A new, giant, arch-shaped confinement is currently being constructed over the old sarcophagus. The construction of the new shelter was not affected by the accident, said Anton Usov, spokesman for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which runs the $2 billion project co-sponsored by the bank and international donors. “The old shelter was not affected, the new safe confinement was not affected either,” Usov said. The workers are expected to return as soon as an investigation into the accident is completed and the roof is reinforced in order to prevent water from getting inside.

The Chernobyl spokesman said that Ukrainian workers at the plant have not been evacuated or ordered to implement any additional safety measures. “We are not wearing face masks, we have not been evacuated, which is what would have happened had there been danger,” she stated. Some environmentalists expressed concern. “Even if the radiation level has not changed, it’s still an alarming signal,” Vladimir Chuprov, head of the energy program at Greenpeace Russia, said, according to the Interfax news agency. “If the panels in the turbine hall have collapsed, then in principle there is no guarantee that the sarcophagus, built in 1986, will not start falling apart in the near future.”

Devin Coldewey , NBC News

Fukushima nuclear plant to be patrolled by four-legged inspection-bot

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The Quadrupedal walking robot from Toshiba.

The robot pair, called simply the “Quadruped walking robot,” was designed by Toshiba specifically for this kind of work. The larger, legged robot can go up and down stairs, allowing it to access places that rolling bots cannot.

But rolling is still a useful skill, so it carries a second robot on its back that can go off on its own after being lowered down on a little crane. You can see it in action in this video:

As you can see, the walking bot isn’t the quickest. But what matters isn’t speed but versatility — these robots can get anywhere and send back images and radiation readings to their operator.

They’re still in the early state of development but worked well enough to show off to the press Wednesday — what remains is adding more battery life and features like waterproofing and further hardening against radiation and temperature.

Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.

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High radiation found in Fukushima’s fish

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Fukushima, Japan (UPI)


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Fish caught near Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant have radiation levels 100 times higher than normal, officials say.

Japan’s Environment Ministry carried out a study that found fish caught near the plant had more radiation than fish caught elsewhere, RIA Novosti reported.

The levels found ranged from 4,400 becquerels per kilogram to 11,400 becquerels per kilogram, against the maximum “safe” level of 100 becquerels per kilogram.

The findings have prompted a government investigation into the physiological basis for contamination and why radiation readings in some specimens remain hundreds of times over the official safe limit, The Asahi Shimbun reported.

The Council for Science and Technology Policy, a government panel, is to study why radiation levels in fish near the plant have not decreased since March.

Researchers will analyze cesium levels in the fish’s otolith, a part of the inner ear.

Researchers will measure cesium levels in contaminated seabed soil near the nuclear plant, in an effort to determine when the fish were contaminated.

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Investigation Continues Into Source of Strange Michigan Area ‘Explosions’ and Radiation Spikes

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Brandon Turbeville
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It appears that questions regarding the strange “explosions” which occurred all over the state of Michigan days ago are only continuing to grow.

With a puzzling lack of interest even from the local media, complete silence by law enforcement/military outlets, and activist investigators being arrested for attempting to obtain a statement at a U.S. military base, one would clearly be justified in wondering if there is not a cover up in the works.

For those unfamiliar with the story, throughout June 6-7 Michigan residents from all corners of the state began to report hearing loud “explosions” that actually rocked the ground hard enough to shake their houses.

Although some reports have focused on the “explosions” occurring in the Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan area, other reports have revealed that these “explosions” have also been heard and felt near Saginaw (Central Eastern Michigan) and on up to Northern Michigan.

“Explosions” are the only way to explain these types of sounds, because no one is claiming that ground movement was the result of an earthquake or anything else commonly seen. Indeed, after speaking with Bob Powell of The Truth Is Viral, it has been described as similar to the firing of artillery both in terms of sound and impact.

Whatever the cause, the fact is that the explosions must have been massive in scale – enough to trigger reports of them for at least 100 square miles – yet, at the same time, so small as to not cause serious enough damage as to be readily apparent.

There are, however, numerous reports of an area where 60-foot trees are now inexplicably missing their tops, and many that were simply snapped in half. This apparently occurred around the same time as the mysterious “explosions.” There is no evidence as to what might have caused this damage as of yet. Indeed, Bob Powell described this area as being “out in the middle of nowhere.”

And then there is the matter of radiation spikes in the Southern Michigan/Northern Indiana region. This was reported by two privately owned radiation measurement facilities, BlackCatSystems and Radiation Network, as well as some individual radiation monitors, which communicated an alarming increase in the level of radiation in the area around the same time the mysterious “explosions” were felt and heard.

Although normal radiation levels in this region usually stay at or around 5-6 CPM (Counts Per Minute), on the evening of June 6, radiation levels skyrocketed to 7,139 CPM. This figure was reported by both of the private radiation measurement facilities. It should be noted that both of these facilities are separately operated.

According to Anthony Gucciardi of Natural Society, these figures were confirmed by the EPA’s own radiation level readings. However, the actual EPA levels were quickly hidden from the viewing of the general public, and the EPA online measuring tool was disabled. Subsequently, Radiation Network and BlackCat announced that they had experienced “technical difficulties” and “errors in the system” resulting in a change in the readings posted online.

Of course, the possibilities for false readings always exist, but the fact that both of these systems “malfunctioned” at the same time and produced the same reading seems a bit more far-fetched. If Gucciardi’s claims are true, then it would be just as likely that the spikes in radiation were real but were edited once attention was drawn to them.

In addition, Gucciardi also writes that startling increases in radiation levels have been recorded by private individuals as far away as Colorado.

With all of these very strange “coincidences,” one obviously wonders what could have caused such loud “explosions” with such a level of impact.

Furthermore, one must wonder what could have caused the tree damage which was reported, as well as the increased levels of radiation.

For instance, Bob Powell states that there are no fracking projects being conducted for at least 150 miles. If this is true, then the likelihood of fracking as the source of the “explosions” is minimal. Likewise, Powell says that he contacted NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency) and was told there was no seismographic evidence of any earthquake or even any explosion in the region.

Powell also stated that he was reassured by the relevant authorities that sinkholes, another hypothesis put forward by puzzled onlookers, could not have produced the “boom” that was heard by so many.

All of these questions seem like a local journalist’s dream. However, at least at this point, the local media has refused to investigate the cause of the “explosions” even in the face of so many Michigan witnesses.

One could argue that there is a similarity between the Michigan “explosions” and the Wisconsin groaning noises which were heard by small town residents on what was, at one time, a regular basis. Although the citizens largely knew that the “official” explanations for the noises was rubbish, the local media quickly accepted whatever claims were put out to the general public and ceased coverage.

But at least they did cover it at the beginning. That’s much more than can be said about the Michigan media. Thus, it has once again fallen on local activists and the alternative media to uncover the events surrounding these bizarre occurrences.

Of course, this is exactly what local activists and independent media have tried to do. Indeed, they might be more successful at doing so if they were not being handcuffed and interrogated for simply trying to obtain an official PR statement from the Alpena Regional Combat Training Center, which is exactly what happened to Bob Powell.

Powell claims that when he attempted to enter the military base, as he has done on numerous occasions before when attached to CBS, he was instructed to park in the designated area. When he returned to the guard shack, he was met by security where he was arrested. Bob Powell states:

I went up to the guard shack and I was handcuffed and put down on my knees, legs crossed, you know, the whole nine yards. . . . . . And all of a sudden here comes a bunch of Air Force security guys with M-4s and I said ‘So are you gonna put a bullet in the back of my head now?’ But surprisingly, the answer was ‘No.’ But it turns out that I’m on a list. And I can only assume it’s because of the work that I’ve been doing so far. And I’m no longer allowed on military reservations. And, apparently, I can’t even film outside of a military installation. . . . . I was, I wouldn’t say interrogated, but I was talked to about what I was doing there and what my purpose was and all that. I was held in custody for about two hours. And the Air Force didn’t do anything. They released me to the Sheriff’s Department.

Powell states that he was then charged with Driving Under Suspension, as his license was suspended in South Carolina, his home state, for not having insurance. You can see Powell’s video regarding his arrest below.

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In an interview with Powell, he also claims that the entire law enforcement community has remained silent regarding the “explosions” in the area.

Thus, while the initial question was centered around the nature of the booming noise, it appears that a much bigger question has arisen. That is, why are the authorities and the media apparently ignoring these “explosions?” Even more so, why are they covering it up? Why such systemic silence?

Though some may be tempted to legitimize the “no comment” position maintained by the media and the government, it is almost impossible to believe that these agencies and outlets have no interest in what is obviously a big deal to many of the people who have personally heard the “explosions.”

In fact, the longer this whole thing continues, the more it seems that a cover up is very much in the works.

Particularly interesting are the photos posted by Anthony Gucciardi regarding what many of his readers are claiming to be military vehicles heading for the center of the “explosions.” Gucciardi writes:

Eyewitnesses on the ground near the media-blacked-out elevated radiation zone near the border of Indiana and Michigan, . . . . . are now sending in a large number of photos and videos documenting massive explosions accompanied by unmarked helicopters, A-10 Thunderbolts, and military personnel. These reports come after a Department of Homeland Security hazmat fleet was sent out to the location after ‘years’ of inactivity.

Of course, it should be noted that there are military bases located nearby to at least some of the areas that have experienced these “explosions.” This should be taken into consideration when one mentions troop or military vehicle movements. In addition, it should be mentioned that the claims regarding the DHS hazmat fleet are somewhat suspect and have yet, to my knowledge at least, been proven or corroborated.

Nevertheless, in the midst of this mystery, one thing is for certain – something is happening in Michigan. The only question is what it is and why it is being covered up. At the very least, why the silence?

As Bob Powell concluded:

If you’re looking for information in the local media, good luck. Because they’re not saying a word.

Read other articles by Brandon Turbeville here.

Earthquakes

 

 EMSC     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
4.9     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
5.0     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 23:44 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 23:37 PM
2.6     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 23:36 PM
2.8     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:24 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:24 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
4.9     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
4.5     29.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.6     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.5     8.7     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.3     3.0     MAP

USGS     Washington
Apr 14 21:50 PM
2.7     5.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
4.4     14.6     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
4.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.9     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.9     28.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.5     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.5     18.3     MAP

EMSC     Kashmir-xizang Border Region
Apr 14 20:50 PM
4.1     38.0     MAP

USGS     Kashmir-xizang Border Region
Apr 14 20:50 PM
4.1     37.9     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.5     26.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Sichuan, China
Apr 14 20:31 PM
4.9     40.0     MAP

USGS     Western Sichuan, China
Apr 14 20:31 PM
4.9     20.7     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 20:19 PM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwest Of Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.8     60.0     MAP

USGS     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.9     49.0     MAP

GEOFON     Java, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.8     63.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 18:11 PM
4.4     27.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 18:11 PM
4.4     27.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 17:52 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 17:45 PM
3.2     25.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 14 17:21 PM
2.8     25.9     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 17:10 PM
4.8     50.3     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 17:10 PM
4.8     50.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 16:54 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

GEONET     Taranaki
Apr 14 16:29 PM
3.5     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 14 16:09 PM
4.1     100.0     MAP

USGS     Luzon, Philippines
Apr 14 15:53 PM
4.3     209.0     MAP

EMSC     Luzon, Philippines
Apr 14 15:53 PM
4.3     209.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Xinjiang, China
Apr 14 15:45 PM
3.8     1.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 14 15:30 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 15:30 PM
3.3     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.5     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.3     14.7     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 15:16 PM
2.7     105.4     MAP

GEOFON     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.5     74.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.6     63.8     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 14 15:05 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 15:04 PM
4.5     51.2     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 15:04 PM
4.5     51.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 14 14:21 PM
2.9     29.8     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 13:06 PM
3.0     26.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 12:43 PM
2.5     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Kyushu, Japan
Apr 14 12:39 PM
4.8     55.0     MAP

GEOFON     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 14 12:39 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 12:30 PM
2.8     8.2     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.1     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.1     3.0     MAP

USGS     Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 14 12:13 PM
2.6     6.3     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 14 11:34 AM
2.7     7.2     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 11:24 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

EMSC     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

USGS     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     9.9     MAP     

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:51 AM
4.8     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:51 AM
4.9     14.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     24.3     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     16.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     12.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.6     9.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.4     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 09:34 AM
4.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 09:34 AM
4.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.8     29.5     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.7     11.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 14 09:00 AM
3.3     38.2     MAP

EMSC     Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 14 08:58 AM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 14 08:47 AM
2.4     6.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 08:46 AM
4.4     52.4     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 08:46 AM
4.4     52.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:28 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 08:22 AM
2.9     9.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.3     10.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 14 07:51 AM
2.5     7.0     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 14 07:35 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 14 07:34 AM
2.6     6.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 07:23 AM
2.6     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 07:06 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 14 06:41 AM
3.4     39.6     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 14 06:25 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 14 06:23 AM
4.3     560.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 14 06:23 AM
4.4     553.6     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 06:05 AM
2.4     31.0     MAP

USGS     Maharashtra, India
Apr 14 05:27 AM
4.3     11.1     MAP

EMSC     Maharashtra, India
Apr 14 05:27 AM
4.3     11.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico
Apr 14 05:25 AM
2.7     27.8     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.3     29.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.3     28.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 14 05:20 AM
3.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 14 05:15 AM
3.4     23.7     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 05:13 AM
2.5     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 14 04:13 AM
4.3     160.0     MAP

USGS     Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 14 04:13 AM
4.3     160.4     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 04:06 AM
2.5     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 04:03 AM
4.2     14.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 04:03 AM
4.2     14.3     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 14 04:03 AM
2.9     72.5     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 03:56 AM
2.5     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 03:19 AM
2.4     18.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 03:13 AM
3.5     2.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 14 03:10 AM
2.8     12.7     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 02:49 AM
2.9     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     15.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 14 02:05 AM
2.7     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:04 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:03 AM
4.5     13.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:03 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 01:43 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 01:29 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 01:00 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 01:00 AM
3.1     8.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 14 00:52 AM
2.8     83.4     MAP

EMSC     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

USGS     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.5     24.9     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.4     35.0     MAP

EMSC     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

 

 

2 earthquakes shake Gujarat, Maharashtra

The Indian Express

Agencies : Pune/Ahmedabad

Rann of Kutch

Two earthquakes of mild intensity shook parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat today, but there were no reports of any casualty.

A quake measuring 5 on the Richter scale was experienced in parts of western Maharashtra at 10.50 am. Its epicentre was Goshatwadi village, about 10km from Koyana dam in Satara district, the Met office here said.

An aftershock of 4.4 magnitude was registered an hour later, it said. The Koyna dam, situated in a quake-prone region, is safe, officials said.

The tremors were also felt in several parts of Mumbai, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

There were no reports of any damage to life or property, they added.

A quake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, was felt at 8.55 AM in parts of Gujarat. The earthquake had its epicentre at Vamka taluka in Kutch, which is an active fault line, scientists at Institute of Seismological Research said.

An aftershock measuring 2.9 was also felt, they said.

Besides Kutch district, tremors were experienced in parts of Saurashtra region.

No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far in Gujarat, officials said.

Among those who felt the tremors in Mumbai were megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who resides in suburban Juhu.

“Earthquake in Mumbai ! Did you feel it… I did.. .Shutters and building shook twice for few seconds,” Bachchan tweeted.

 

 

Earthquake Alert 6.2 Earthquake Drake Passage

Published on Apr 14, 2012 by

This 6.2 Earthquake was reviewd and has been posted by the USGS. This is a Earthquake Alert by MrHurricaneTracker. This earthquake was on the Ring of Fire and we are watching it real close due to the passed few days and earthquake activity. Stay tuned right here on MHTAlerts. The Earthquake location 57.588°S, 65.414°W

 

 

USGS reports 5.9 magnitude quake off western Java

(Reuters) – A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck offshore western Java in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait at a depth of 30.5 miles (49 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said on Saturday.

The USGS initially reported the quake as measuring 5.8 and a depth of 27.3 miles (44 km). It revised the location to 97 miles (157 km) south of T.Telukbetung in Sumatra, after first reporting it at 111 miles (178 km) west of Sukabumi in Java.

There were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami warning from the quake, which was 109 miles (177 km) west-southwest of the capital Jakarta on Java.

(Writing by Eric Walsh)

 

  Asia Pacific News

Strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattles Vanuatu

Posted: 15 April 2012 0651 hrs

SYDNEY: A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage either.

The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of eight kilometres, around 150 kilometres south east of the capital Port Vila.

Vanuatu lies on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.

The earthquake hit shortly after 9:00am (around 2200 GMT Saturday), USGS said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued an information bulletin but no alert, saying “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii”.

– AFP/de

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  14.04.2012 Extreme Weather Saudi Arabia Capital city, Riyadh Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Alaska, [Juneau area] Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Extreme Weather India MultiStates, [States of Bengal and Kolkata] Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Technological Disaster Pakistan State of Punjab, Gujranwala Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Tornado USA State of Oklahoma, Norman Damage level Details

 

Red Flag Warning -FIRE WEATHER

LUBBOCK TX
AMARILLO TX
EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA NM
MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
 ALBUQUERQUE NM
GOODLAND KS

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Storms, Flooding

More  photos of the phenomenal  hailstorm  in the Texas  Panhandle on  Wednesday April 11th, 2012

Texas Hailstorm Leaves Panhandle Chest-High In Ice And Mud (PHOTO)

For over two hours Wednesday afternoon, cities in the Texas panhandle were hammered by a hailstorm that left quarter-sized balls of ice stacked chest-high in some areas, Time NewsFeed reports.

The deluge began around 3:30 a.m. Over the next few hours, fast-moving hailstones pummeled the area north of Amarillo, Tex., which had lately been sitting in mud and dust due to a lack of precipitation, according to the news organization. The hail mixed with the mud and dust to create four-foot high mounds that shut down a major highway for the next 18 hours.

Read Full Article Here

Hailstones the size of golf balls in East China

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

Towns in East China’s Fujian Province have been devastated by hailstones the size of golf balls. . Report by Katie Lamborn

http://provokedrage.webnode.com


Tornado Warning &Tornado Watch

TOPEKA KS
WICHITA KS
DES MOINES IA

HASTINGS NE
NORMAN OK

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

DES MOINES IA
NORTH PLATTE NE
HASTINGS NE
DODGE CITY KS

Flash Flood Warning

DES MOINES IA
NORTH PLATTE NE
OMAHA/VALLEY NEBRASKA

Flood Warning

LITTLE ROCK AR
LAKE CHARLES LA
NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LASHREVEPORT LA
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
SPRINGFIELD MO
ST LOUIS MO

High Wind Warning

MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
ALBUQUERQUE NM
EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA NM

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr14: ‘100 Tornados Possible’ & Quake Watch


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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

San Diego Earthquake Mystery Today April 13 Denied as Sonic Boom

Posted: April 13th, 2012 in Earthquake, San Diego by LALATE

San Diego Earthquake Mystery Today April 13 Prompts Sonic Boom Sound


LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A San Diego “earthquake” mystery today Friday April 13, 2012 has been denied as a sonic boom. San Diego residents reported an earthquake like event at 8:38 am to 9 am PST today. While a light San Diego neighboring earthquake did happen this morning, there was no sonic boom from MCAS Miramar, officials tell news.

Earlier today, local news erroneously reported that there wasn’t an earthquake at the time. But USGS does confirm to news that a neighboring earthquake did strike around that time. But the quake wasn’t substantial. And it wasn’t precisely in San Diego either.

Read Full Article  Here

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Wildlife / Radiation

Study: Wildlife survive nuclear accidents
by Staff Writers
Portsmouth, England (UPI) Apr 11, 2012


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Radiation from nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima may not present as much of a threat to wildlife as previously thought, British researchers say.

Earlier studies on the impact on birds of the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Russia in April 1986 have been put in doubt by new research, the University of Portsmouth reported Wednesday.

The findings by Portsmouth researcher Jim Smith and colleagues from the University of the West of England are likely to also apply to wildlife at Fukushima in Japan following its nuclear disaster in 2011, the university said.

“I wasn’t really surprised by these findings — there have been many high profile findings on the radiation damage to wildlife at Chernobyl but it’s very difficult to see significant damage and we are not convinced by some of the claims,” Smith said.

“We can’t rule out some effect on wildlife of the radiation, but wildlife populations in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl have recovered and are actually doing well and even better than before because the human population has been removed.”

Previous studies had suggested radiation affected bird populations following the Chernobyl disaster because it damaged to birds’ antioxidant defense mechanisms, but the new research found the birds’ antioxidant mechanisms could easily cope with radiation at density levels similar to those seen at Chernobyl and Fukushima.

The researchers said their finding would likely apply to other forms of wildlife as well.

“We would expect other wildlife to be similarly resistant to oxidative stress from radiation at these levels,” Smith said.

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Articles of Interest

Summer temperature variability may increase mortality risk for elderly with chronic disease

by Staff Writers
Boston, MA (SPX)


Although heat waves can kill in the short term, the authors say, even minor temperature variations caused by climate change may also increase death rates over time among elderly people with diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, or those who have survived a previous heart attack.

New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that seemingly small changes in summer temperature swings-as little as 1 degrees C more than usual-may shorten life expectancy for elderly people with chronic medical conditions, and could result in thousands of additional deaths each year. While previous studies have focused on the short-term effects of heat waves, this is the first study to examine the longer-term effects of climate change on life expectancy.

The study will be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The effect of temperature patterns on long-term mortality has not been clear to this point. We found that, independent of heat waves, high day to day variability in summer temperatures shortens life expectancy,” said Antonella Zanobetti, senior research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and lead author of the study. “This variability can be harmful for susceptible people.”

In recent years, scientists have predicted that climate change will not only increase overall world temperatures but will also increase summer temperature variability, particularly in mid-latitude regions such as the mid-Atlantic states of the U.S. and sections of countries such as France, Spain, and Italy. These more volatile temperature swings could pose a major public health problem, the authors note.

Previous studies have confirmed the association between heat waves and higher death rates. But this new research goes a step further. Although heat waves can kill in the short term, the authors say, even minor temperature variations caused by climate change may also increase death rates over time among elderly people with diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, or those who have survived a previous heart attack.

The researchers used Medicare data from 1985 to 2006 to follow the long-term health of 3.7 million chronically ill people over age 65 living in 135 U.S. cities. They evaluated whether mortality among these people was related to variability in summer temperature, allowing for other things that might influence the comparison, such as individual risk factors, winter temperature variance, and ozone levels. They compiled results for individual cities, then pooled the results.

They found that, within each city, years when the summer temperature swings were larger had higher death rates than years with smaller swings. Each 1 degrees C increase in summer temperature variability increased the death rate for elderly with chronic conditions between 2.8% and 4.0%, depending on the condition.

Mortality risk increased 4.0% for those with diabetes; 3.8% for those who’d had a previous heart attack; 3.7% for those with chronic lung disease; and 2.8% for those with heart failure. Based on these increases in mortality risk, the researchers estimate that greater summer temperature variability in the U.S. could result in more than 10,000 additional deaths per year.

In addition, the researchers found the mortality risk was 1% to 2% greater for those living in poverty and for African Americans. The risk was 1% to 2% lower for people living in cities with more green space.

Mortality risk was higher in hotter regions, the researchers found. Noting that physiological studies suggest that the elderly and those with chronic conditions have a harder time than others adjusting to extreme heat, they say it’s likely these groups may also be less resilient than others to bigger-than-usual temperature swings.

“People adapt to the usual temperature in their city. That is why we don’t expect higher mortality rates in Miami than in Minneapolis, despite the higher temperatures,” said Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology at HSPH and senior author of the paper.

“But people do not adapt as well to increased fluctuations around the usual temperature. That finding, combined with the increasing age of the population, the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, and possible increases in temperature fluctuations due to climate change, means that this public health problem is likely to grow in importance in the future.”

** How to Prepare For an Earthquake **

By Eddie Sage on 14 April 2012

One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible aftereffects. An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock as it releases strain that has accumulated over a long time.

For hundreds of millions of years, the forces of plate tectonics have shaped the earth, as the huge plates that form the earth’s surface slowly move over, under and past each other. Sometimes, the movement is gradual. At other times, the plates are locked together, unable to release accumulated energy. When the accumulated energy grows strong enough, the plates break free. If the earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause many deaths and injuries and extensive property damage.

While earthquakes are sometimes believed to be a West Coast occurrence, there are actually 45 states and territories throughout the United States that are at moderate to high risk for earthquakes including the New Madrid fault line in Central U.S.

The 2011 East Coast earthquake illustrated the fact that it is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

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Earthquakes

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 23:20 PM
3.4     2.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 13 22:18 PM
3.5     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Northern Italy
Apr 13 22:13 PM
3.4     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Italy
Apr 13 22:13 PM
3.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 13 21:39 PM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Syria
Apr 13 21:33 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 13 21:31 PM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 13 21:20 PM
3.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 20:48 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.5     30.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.5     9.8     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 13 20:39 PM
4.1     80.0     MAP

USGS     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 13 20:28 PM
4.5     213.0     MAP

EMSC     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 13 20:28 PM
4.5     213.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 20:04 PM
2.4     25.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.6     27.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.7     8.0     MAP     I Felt It

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:56 PM
2.9     141.0     MAP

USGS     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 13 19:54 PM
4.1     429.2     MAP

EMSC     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 13 19:54 PM
4.1     429.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.7     16.8     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.8     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:50 PM
3.1     151.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.8     66.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.5     64.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.7     64.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 19:34 PM
2.5     14.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 13 19:16 PM
3.4     139.8     MAP

GEONET     Bay Of Plenty
Apr 13 19:05 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 13 18:47 PM
3.0     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 13 18:42 PM
2.6     21.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 18:12 PM
4.0     10.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 18:12 PM
4.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Ionian Sea
Apr 13 17:50 PM
2.7     11.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 13 17:45 PM
2.7     1.5     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 13 17:04 PM
4.5     80.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 13 17:04 PM
4.4     67.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.8     502.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.8     488.6     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.9     420.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.5     35.8     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.2     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.4     14.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 15:09 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Mexico-guatemala Border Region
Apr 13 13:50 PM
4.6     129.0     MAP

EMSC     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     111.0     MAP

USGS     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     102.5     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
5.3     14.3     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.8     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.8     15.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
5.0     35.2     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.6     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.3     30.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.7     11.2     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 11:35 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Gibraltar
Apr 13 11:01 AM
3.1     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 10:30 AM
3.2     15.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 13 10:16 AM
3.3     12.8     MAP

GEOFON     Myanmar-india Border Region
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.4     70.0     MAP

USGS     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     73.4     MAP

EMSC     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.4     10.1     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     8.7     MAP

EMSC     Tyrrhenian Sea
Apr 13 09:59 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 13 09:54 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 09:45 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 13 08:10 AM
2.7     4.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 13 07:54 AM
2.7     31.1     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 13 07:47 AM
2.9     37.4     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 13 07:46 AM
3.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 07:41 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 07:41 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 07:15 AM
2.9     6.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 13 07:07 AM
3.2     137.6     MAP

USGS     Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 13 06:48 AM
4.5     63.4     MAP

EMSC     Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 13 06:48 AM
4.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:44 AM
2.4     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 13 06:39 AM
3.2     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Mediterranean Sea
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     6.0     MAP

USGS     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.7     26.8     MAP

GEOFON     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.3     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.7     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Maule, Chile
Apr 13 06:13 AM
4.7     40.0     MAP

USGS     Maule, Chile
Apr 13 06:13 AM
4.7     40.3     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 05:50 AM
3.3     12.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
4.9     17.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 13 05:31 AM
2.9     5.3     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.8     15.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.8     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.2     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.5     21.0     MAP

USGS     San Pedro Channel, California
Apr 13 04:18 AM
2.6     0.1     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.8     56.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.9     60.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
5.0     46.5     MAP

GEOFON     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.6     162.0     MAP

EMSC     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.6     154.0     MAP

USGS     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.5     154.8     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 13 03:52 AM
2.6     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 13 03:51 AM
2.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.7     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.5     15.5     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 03:23 AM
3.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.4     14.1     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 13 02:20 AM
3.2     68.2     MAP

EMSC     Russia-mongolia Border Region
Apr 13 01:35 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 01:09 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 13 00:54 AM
3.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Armenia-azerbaijan-iran Border Reg.
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.3     2.0     MAP

USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

Ruins left over from the 2004 temblor that nearly destroyed Banda Aceh.
The Nation/Asia News Network
Friday, Apr 13, 2012

A fierce earthquake from the Nicobar Islands could strike over Songkran, sending a tsunami crashing into the Andaman Coast, an expert warned yesterday after finding that the 8.6magnitude Sumatran tremor three days ago was exceptionally deep.

“Whenever there is a quake rooted in the [Earth’s] mantle, a following quake will be likely in the next few days,” said Professor Thanawat Jaruphongsakul, a senior seismologist at Chulalongkorn University.

Fear of another devastating tsunami panicked Thailand and Southeast Asia on Wednesday.

An underwater quake, with its epicentre at the Nicobar Islands, about 150 kilometres north of Aceh on Sumatra, would affect six coastal provinces of Thailand on the Andaman Sea, especially Ranong, which lies closest to a fault line connecting with the Nicobar Islands, he said.

The quakes on Wednesday originated from mantlelevel crust, 20 kilometres below the Earth’s surface, which is regarded as a layer that would cause very high magnitude tremblers.

The quake that hit Japan in March came from a shallower layer, so it would take up to 100150 years for the next quake. However Wednesday’s quakes, with their epicentre at Aceh, followed just eight years after the massive one that triggered a continentwide tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in many countries, he said.

“Why did Wednesday’s quakes emerge just eight years afterwards? This is new to most seismologists and geologists, who are unfamiliar with quakes with depth rooting to the mantle layer,” he said.

Seismologists were closely watching and cautiously studying the 9.0 quake that devastated Sendai in Japan on March 11 last year. The first tremor on March 9 was recorded at 7.3 on the Richter scale. That one was understood by seismologists as the main shock, but there were two aftershocks on an even greater scale at 9.0 on March 11 that followed, he said.

The tsunamis created on Wednesday were not powerful or harmfully high because the quake was the horizontal dipslide type. But a mantlebased quake at an island with active underwater volcanoes located north of the Nicobar Islands would probably be a vertical strikeslip type, which would directly impact the six Thai coastal provinces, and possibly deluge them with tsunamis, he added.

Professor Michio Hashzume, a wellknown Japanese seismologist, said Wednesday’s quakes were a new type known to have started in the mantle. It was difficult to tell whether a new quake would follow within a few days, like the Sendai quakes, which were similar to Wednesday’s quakes. Then there was a 7.3, followed by a 9.0 two days later.

If there are quakes near the Nicobar Islands, they may cause huge collapses in the seabed and outer crust. The seabed may rise and form new islands, he said.

Minor earthquake in sea off Italy’s Sicily

  • From: AAP
  • April 13, 2012 5:50PM

A 4.3 MAGNITUDE earthquake has struck in the sea off Italy’s Sicily, sending residents into the streets but with no immediate reports of victims or injuries, officials said.

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Volcanic Activity


Turrialba Volcano Increases Activity

Thursday morning the Turrialbla volcano unleashed a new series of eruptions, with experts converging on the colossus to take a close look at the smoke emanations coming from its centre.



For a live view of the volcano (photos update every 10 seconds) click here.

According to the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) and the Observatorio Vulcanologio y Sismologico de Costa Rica (OVISCORI) the activity does not present any danger, but will continue to monitor the volcano much closer.

The alert followed reports by area residents of hearing a large rumble and then the sighting of dark coloured smoke, produced by gas fumes from the volcano.

Last January the volcano became a concern for residents and experts following the emanation of white gas fumes.

Several RSN experts are on their way to the top of the volcano and the OVISCORI is keeping the national park closed and under a green alert.

Fiery lava and ash spew from Italy’s Mount Etna volcano

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by itnnews

Mount Etna has begun spewing blood-red lava and grey and white ash into the air, the volcano’s 24th eruption in a series that started this year. Report by Sophie Foster.



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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Extreme Weather Saudi Arabia Capital city, Riyadh Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard USA State of Alaska, [Juneau area] Damage level Details
  Today Extreme Weather India MultiStates, [States of Bengal and Kolkata] Damage level Details
  Today Technological Disaster Pakistan State of Punjab, Gujranwala Damage level Details
  Today Tornado USA State of Oklahoma, Norman Damage level Details
  13.04.2012 Volcano Activity Costa Rica Cartago, [Turrialba Volcano, Turrialba County] Damage level Details
1 13.04.2012 Hailstorm China MultiProvinces, [Provinces of Jiangxi and Guizhou] Damage level Details

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

Fire Weather Watch

Lubbock,Texas
Tiyan, Guam

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Storms, Flooding

Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 164
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
340 AM CDT SAT APR 14 2012
  OKLAHOMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

CRAIG                CREEK               DELAWARE
KAY                  LINCOLN             LOGAN
MAYES                NOBLE               NOWATA
OSAGE                OTTAWA              PAWNEE
PAYNE                ROGERS              TULSA
WAGONER              WASHINGTON

Flash Flood Watch

St. Louis , Missouri
Springfield, Missouri

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Norman, Oklahoma

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Radiation

Fukushima leak may have flowed into Pacific: TEPCO

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP)

About 12 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with the facility’s operator saying Thursday that some may have flowed into the Pacific Ocean.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the leak was found early Thursday from a pipe attached to a temporary decontamination system, and the water had already gone through some of the cleansing process.

The water, once it has been used to cool the reactors, contains massive amounts of radioactive substances and is put into the water-processing facility so it can be recycled for use as a coolant.

“Our officials confirmed that cooling water leaked at a joint in the pipes,” a TEPCO spokesman told AFP, adding that “it is possible that part of the water may have flowed outside the facility and poured into the ocean”.

The leak has since been plugged, the spokesman added, saying the utility was probing the cause of the accident and how much, if any, water flowed into the Pacific.

The accident was the latest of several leaks of radioactive water at the troubled plant, undermining the government’s claim made in December that the shuttered Fukushima reactors were now under control.

In one incident last month, about 120 tonnes of radioactive water leaked at the plant’s water decontamination system and about 80 litres (21 gallons) seeped into the ocean, according to TEPCO.

The plant about 220 kilometres (135 miles) northeast of Tokyo was crippled by meltdowns and explosions caused by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami in March last year.

Radiation was scattered over a large area and made its way into the sea, air and food chain in the weeks and months after the disaster.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes around the plant and swathes of this zone remain badly polluted. The clean-up is proceeding slowly, amid warnings that some towns could be uninhabitable for three decades.

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Climate Change

Key ice shelf in Antarctica has shrunk by 85 percent

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP)

A vast ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula, a hotspot for global warming, has shrunk by 85 percent in 17 years, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

Images taken by its Envisat satellite show that the so-called Larsen B ice shelf decreased from 11,512 square kilometres (4,373 square miles) in 1995, an area about the size of the Gulf state of Qatar, to only 1,670 sq km (634 miles) today.

Larsen B is one of three ice shelves that run from north to south along the eastern side of the peninsula, the tongue of land that projects towards South America.

From 1995 to 2002, Larsen B experienced several calving events in which parts of the shelf broke away. It had a major breakup in 2002 when half of the remainder disintegrated.

Larsen A broke up in January 1995.

“Larsen C so far has been stable in area, but satellite observations have shown thinning and an increasing duration of melt events in summer,” the agency said in a press release.

Ice shelves are thick floating mats of ice, attached to the shore, that are created by the runoff into the sea from glaciers.

Scientists say they are extremely sensitive to changes in atmospheric temperature and can be hollowed out from below by warmer ocean currents.

The northern Antarctic peninsula has been subject to atmospheric warming about 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) over the last 50 years, a figure that is several times greater than the global average.

Ice shelves are not the same as ice sheets, the vast blanket of frozen water that covers Antarctica.

If these melted, even partially, they would drive up sea levels, threatening small island states and coastal cities. But the scientific evidence is that the icesheets so far are stable.

“These observations are very relevant for measuring the future behaviour of the much larger ice masses of West Antarctica if warming spreads further south,” ESA quoted Helmut Rott, a professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, as saying.

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Solar  Activity

Massive Solar Flare rocked Earth with Earthquakes & Volcano eruptions this week! (April 13, 2012)

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by adrinilinjunky

A massive Earth directed Solar Flare that launched off the Sun on (April 9th 2012). The expected arrival date was 2 days later which was (April 11th 2012). This was also the day; the Earth just got rocked by all the magor Earthquakes such as a 8.6 off the coast of Sumatra, 7.0 Michoacan Mexico, 6.2 the off the coast of Oregon, 4.3 Utah, 5.0 North Indian Ocean, 6.9 in the Gulf of California & many other less magnitude quakes. So it clearly shows that Solar Flares/CME affect & have a magor impact on our Seismic activity dealing in reguards to Earthquakes & volcano eruptions.

http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater
http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/
http://spaceweather.com/

2MIN News Apr13: MAGNETIC STORM

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Articles of Interest

Long-term studies detect effects of disappearing snow and ice

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX)


File image: sea ice.

Ecosystems are changing worldwide as a result of shrinking sea ice, snow, and glaciers, especially in high-latitude regions where water is frozen for at least a month each year-the cryosphere.

Scientists have already recorded how some larger animals, such as penguins and polar bears, are responding to loss of their habitat, but research is only now starting to uncover less-obvious effects of the shrinking cryosphere on organisms.

An article in the April issue of BioScience describes some impacts that are being identified through studies that track the ecology of affected sites over decades.

An article in the April issue of BioScience describes some impacts that are being identified through studies that track the ecology of affected sites over decades.

The article, by Andrew G. Fountain of Portland State University and five coauthors, is one of six in a special section in the issue on the Long Term Ecological Research Network. The article describes how decreasing snowfall in many areas threatens burrowing animals and makes plant roots more susceptible to injury, because snow acts as an insulator.

And because microbes such as diatoms that live under sea ice are a principal source of food for krill, disappearing sea ice has led to declines in their abundance-resulting in impacts on seabirds and mammals that feed on krill. Disappearing sea ice also seems, unexpectedly, to be decreasing the sea’s uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

On land, snowpack changes can alter an area’s suitability for particular plant species, and melting permafrost affects the amount of carbon dioxide that plants and microbes take out of the atmosphere-though in ways that change over time. Shrinking glaciers add pollutants and increased quantities of nutrients to freshwater bodies, and melting river ice pushes more detritus downstream.

Disappearing ice on land and the resulting sea-level rise will have far-reaching social, economic, and geopolitical impacts, Fountain and his coauthors note. Many of these changes are now becoming evident in the ski industry, in infrastructure and coastal planning, and in tourism. Significant effects on water supplies, and consequently on agriculture, can be predicted.

Fountain and his colleagues argue that place-based, long-term, interdisciplinary research efforts such as those supported by the Long Term Ecological Research Network will be essential if researchers are to gain an adequate understanding of the complex, cascading ecosystem responses to the changing cryosphere.

Other articles in the special section on the Long Term Ecological Research Network detail further notable scientific and societal contributions of this network, which had its origins in 1980 and now includes 26 sites.

The achievements include contributions to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, to ecological manipulation experiments, to bringing decision makers and researchers together, and to mechanistic understanding of long-term ecological changes.

Deadly March Tornadoes Were First Billion-Dollar Disaster of 2012

The swarms of March caused more than $1.5 billion in damage and killed 40. However, the drama is difficulty to qualify because tornadoes are ‘atypical events’ by nature

By Andrea Mustain and OurAmazingPlanet

tornado damage

Tornado damage in Henryville, Ind., after a tornado swept through the small community on March 2, 2012. Image: Michael Raphael/FEMA

A swarm of tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and Southeast in early March has earned the grim title of the nation’s first billion-dollar weather disaster of 2012.

From March 2 through the early hours of March 3, 132 tornadoes were reported across nine states. Although those numbers are preliminary, and will undoubtedly decrease once overlapping reports are eliminated, their aftermath was devastating, causing more than $1.5 billion in damage and killing 40 people.

The storms killed four people in Ohio, but they took the greatest toll in Indiana, killing 13, and Kentucky, where 23 people died.

The costly disaster follows on the heels of a record-breaking year for devastation wrought by the vagaries of the weather and longer-term climate conditions. Last year, the United States experienced 14 separate events that caused $1 billion or more in damage. Five of those events were tornado outbreaks.

 

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Earthquakes

 

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 23:46 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 23:25 PM
2.7     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 23:19 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southeast Indian Ridge
Apr 12 23:15 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southeast Indian Ridge
Apr 12 23:15 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 23:04 PM
3.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 23:01 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 22:55 PM
2.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 12 22:46 PM
2.8     9.4     MAP

USGS     Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 12 22:42 PM
2.7     76.2     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 22:37 PM
4.6     96.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 22:37 PM
4.4     27.1     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 22:37 PM
4.6     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Sea Of Okhotsk
Apr 12 22:28 PM
4.0     480.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 12 22:13 PM
3.5     19.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 12 22:10 PM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 12 21:55 PM
2.4     27.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 21:42 PM
4.8     28.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 21:42 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 21:42 PM
4.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 21:12 PM
3.0     7.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 12 20:49 PM
2.7     26.4     MAP

GEOFON     Greenland Sea
Apr 12 20:45 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greenland Sea
Apr 12 20:45 PM
4.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 20:43 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Greenland Sea
Apr 12 20:31 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greenland Sea
Apr 12 20:31 PM
4.5     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 20:21 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 20:21 PM
4.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 20:07 PM
3.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 12 19:41 PM
4.1     82.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Apr 12 19:30 PM
2.4     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 19:25 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 19:25 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 12 19:11 PM
2.5     7.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 12 18:53 PM
3.5     7.7     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 12 18:31 PM
3.6     87.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 12 17:52 PM
2.4     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 17:36 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Oregon
Apr 12 16:59 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 12 16:58 PM
4.2     1.0     MAP

EMSC     Offshore Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 12 16:58 PM
4.2     1.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Iran
Apr 12 16:47 PM
3.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 12 16:44 PM
3.6     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 16:44 PM
2.4     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Alaska
Apr 12 16:41 PM
4.2     57.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 12 16:41 PM
4.0     67.6     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 16:27 PM
2.6     16.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Oregon
Apr 12 16:25 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 15:51 PM
4.4     32.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 15:51 PM
4.4     32.0     MAP

EMSC     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 12 15:26 PM
4.7     40.0     MAP

USGS     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 12 15:26 PM
4.7     33.1     MAP

GEOFON     Southeast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 15:26 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 15:07 PM
4.8     11.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 15:07 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 15:07 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Iran
Apr 12 15:01 PM
4.0     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Java, Indonesia
Apr 12 15:01 PM
4.8     69.0     MAP

GEOFON     Java, Indonesia
Apr 12 15:01 PM
4.9     65.0     MAP

USGS     Java, Indonesia
Apr 12 15:01 PM
4.8     42.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 14:55 PM
2.8     8.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 14:50 PM
5.6     23.2     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 14:50 PM
5.4     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 14:50 PM
5.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:46 PM
5.0     27.8     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:46 PM
5.0     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:46 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:31 PM
4.7     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:31 PM
4.7     29.7     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 12 13:20 PM
3.1     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 13:09 PM
5.3     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 13:09 PM
5.3     30.4     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 13:09 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 12 12:57 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 12:19 PM
4.8     26.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 12:19 PM
4.8     29.5     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 12:19 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 12 12:10 PM
3.1     4.9     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 12 11:53 AM
2.6     6.1     MAP

EMSC     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 12 11:38 AM
4.9     33.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 12 11:38 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Mid Atlantic Ridge
Apr 12 11:38 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 12 11:34 AM
3.1     8.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 11:29 AM
2.6     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 12 11:28 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 11:20 AM
5.2     18.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 11:19 AM
5.3     14.3     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 11:19 AM
5.2     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 11:02 AM
3.3     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southwest Of Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 12 11:02 AM
5.1     35.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 12 11:02 AM
4.9     28.1     MAP

EMSC     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 12 11:02 AM
4.9     29.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:59 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:59 AM
4.7     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:59 AM
4.9     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 10:27 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 10:26 AM
4.9     9.9     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 10:26 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:18 AM
4.7     30.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:18 AM
4.9     27.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:18 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 10:07 AM
2.6     15.0     MAP

GEONET     West Coast
Apr 12 09:49 AM
3.8     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 09:32 AM
4.0     2.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 12 09:30 AM
2.5     103.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 09:24 AM
2.4     12.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 09:15 AM
4.7     27.5     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 09:15 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 09:15 AM
4.8     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.0     162.0     MAP

EMSC     Tajikistan
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.1     156.0     MAP

USGS     Tajikistan
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.1     163.4     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 08:54 AM
4.4     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 08:54 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 12 08:54 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 08:21 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 12 08:10 AM
2.6     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 07:57 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 07:57 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 07:54 AM
3.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:43 AM
5.1     30.4     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:43 AM
5.1     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:43 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 12 07:43 AM
2.5     7.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 07:41 AM
2.4     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 07:38 AM
2.5     8.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 07:34 AM
5.0     15.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 07:34 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 12 07:33 AM
3.9     80.0     MAP

GEONET     West Coast
Apr 12 07:18 AM
4.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Baja California, Mexico     
Apr 12 07:15 AM     
6.3     60.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Baja California, Mexico     
Apr 12 07:15 AM     
7.0     10.0     MAP     

USGS     Gulf Of California     
Apr 12 07:15 AM     
6.9     10.3     MAP     

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 12 07:14 AM
4.0     64.3     MAP

GEOFON     Baja California, Mexico     
Apr 12 07:06 AM     
6.1     10.0     MAP     

USGS     Gulf Of California     
Apr 12 07:06 AM     
6.2     10.1     MAP     

EMSC     Gulf Of California     
Apr 12 07:06 AM     
6.0     10.0     MAP   

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 07:01 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:01 AM
5.0     26.9     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:01 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:01 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 12 06:48 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 06:48 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 06:48 AM
4.7     9.8     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 12 06:47 AM
2.7     11.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 06:47 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 06:47 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 06:47 AM
4.5     14.7     MAP

EMSC     Northern Algeria
Apr 12 06:17 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

 

 

 

Earthquakes shake Gulf of California

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — A pair of strong earthquakes rocked Mexico’s Gulf of California only minutes apart early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quakes — magnitude 6.9 and 6.2 — were centered about 85 miles northeast of Guerrero Negro in the Mexican state of Baja California, or 325 miles south-southwest of Phoenix in the United States. Both epicenters were shallow, a little more than six miles underground.

No tsunami warnings were issued and there were no immediate reports of damage, but people as far north as Tucson, Arizona, reported feeling them.

The temblors were recorded at 12:16 a.m. and 12:06 a.m. local time (3:16 a.m. and 3;06 a.m. ET).

 

 

7.0 Mexico/ 5.9 Oregon Coast/8.6 Sumatra/6.1 Tokyo

Magnitude 4.5 – NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Magnitude 4.5
Date-Time
Location 41.998°N, 65.994°W
Depth 15.8 km (9.8 miles)
Region NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
Distances 203 km (126 miles) S of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
290 km (180 miles) SSW of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
352 km (218 miles) SW of HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Canada
421 km (261 miles) E of BOSTON, Massachusetts
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 22 km (13.7 miles); depth +/- 6.3 km (3.9 miles)
Parameters NST=125, Nph=138, Dmin=323.9 km, Rmss=0.89 sec, Gp=155°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=8
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0009131

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Volcanic Activity

Mount Etna eruption no danger to local airport

15:44 12 APR 2012

(AGI) Catania – Mount Etna is erupting for the sixth time this year with lava and plumes of smoke and ash from a new crater on the volcano’s southeast side. The new activity was preceded by new phase that began last night and that, according to experts from the INGV in Catania, has the same characteristics as the one before this one. Ash, carried by wind towards the east, has not yet created problems at the Fontanarossa airport, which is fully operational. . .

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

New Mexico

Colorado

Florida

Arizona

Texas

Freeze Warning

Virginia

New York

Maryland

Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania

Michigan

Ohio

South Carolina

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Storms, Flooding

Photos: Spring hailstorm pelts Texas Panhandle

by WFAA

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

An unusual spring storm in the Texas Panhandle Wednesday afternoon dumped two to four feet of hail near Dumas.

Trucks were reported sliding off the road on Highway 287 as a result of the unexpected weather phenomenon. Snow plows were being used to clear the roads.

Some vehicles were trapped in the drifts of hailstones.

Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus said a tornado watch was in effect for the Panhandle region through 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the storms were moving very slowly between Pampa and Dumas north of Amarillo and to the east of Dalhart.

Melting hail and heavy rain triggered flash flooding in the Panhandle

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Tornado leaves path of destruction near Stockton

French Camp funnel cloud damage photo
French Camp funnel cloud damage

KTVU.com

STOCKTON, Calif. —

An EF-1 tornado that set down near Stockton Wednesday afternoon destroyed a building near a home and left debris strewn across the surrounding area, according to local meteorologists.

In Stockton, a highway traffic camera captured a funnel cloud southwest of the city, near Lathrop and a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento said it later touched down in French Camp, south of Stockton.

Discovery Bay resident Carlos Espinoza noticed the unusual atmospheric conditions just before the funnel cloud formed.

“I hear what I thought was thunder, said Espinoza. “Curious, I went out to look”

Espinoza grabbed his compact camera and snapped a series of 11 pictures that showed the funnel cloud forming and extending towards the ground.

A retired police officer, Espinoza knew what he’d witnessed.

“We’ve been shown how to look for certain weather conditions, explained Espinoza. To see this come up right in front of you was surprising, and fun!”

By early Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado swept through French Camp.

People who live in French Camp said they knew it was a tornado before the weather service did, as they watched it tear apart a building and send pieces of corrugated metal flying into telephone poles.

“[I was] scared to death,” said tornado victim Valentin Guitierrez. “We really thought we were going to die. I thought I was going to die.”

Guitierrez owned the shed that was destroyed when the tornado touched down. He said the sight of the twister and resulting damage was stunning.

“I heard a loud loud noise. I ran out to look out the back window and I see this big ol’ cloud,” said Guitierrez. “I see it flip over the trailers, so I figured it was a tornado. So I ran to the front of the house, told my family to get on the ground.”

One man said he’d never seen anything like it in his 65 years in San Joaquin County.

It is not unheard of to have twisters spawn from the clouds in the San Joaquin Valley, but it’s not common.

Besides the funnel cloud, a mass of unstable air between Spring storms triggered thundershowers and hail in the Central Valley, according tometeorologists.

The thundershowers erupted in a break between two storm fronts that have gotten April off to a wet start.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday afternoon for Tulare County near Hanford where quarter-inch sized hail fell accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder.

National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson said some BB-size hail was reported in the San Jose area around noon.

Meanwhile, a strong line of thundershowers roared into the Sierra foothills, dumping half inch in diameter hail and heavy downpours.

Two more low pressure system were lined up off shore ready to bring showers for the morning commutes both on Thursday and Friday.

Forecasters predicted the North Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains could get 2 inches or more of rain by Saturday while the central Bay Area could expect 0.5 to 2 inches.

After one of the driest winters in a century, Mother Nature has done her best to eliminate potential drought conditions with one of the wettest Marchs in the past 80 years and now the April showers.

The same has held true for the Sierra where for much of the winter the ski resorts were forced to rely on snowmaking machines.

“Back in January, when we didn’t have any snow, we were looking for a tough season,” said Jennie Bartlett, a spokeswoman for Sugar Bowl. “But March was an awesome month for us. We got over 200 inches of snow.”

Flood Warning

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Winter Storm Warning

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Radiation

Published on Apr 6, 2012 by

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom Hartmann. California beware! A radioactive wave is headed toward the West Coast of the United States courtesy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? So with nuclear power still wreaking havoc on the environment – why are the Japanese about to flip on more of their nuclear reactors?


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Solar Activity

THE SUN TODAY: 12 April 2012 – Activity Building?

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