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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M6.2 – 203km NE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

 2013-07-26 21:32:59 UTC

 

Earthquake location 57.789°S, 23.959°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-07-26 21:32:59 UTC
  2. 2013-07-26 19:32:59 UTC-02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-07-26 16:32:59 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

57.789°S 23.959°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 203km (126mi) NE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
  2. 2715km (1687mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina
  3. 2937km (1825mi) ESE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
  4. 2952km (1834mi) ESE of Punta Arenas, Chile
  5. 2258km (1403mi) ESE of Stanley, Falkland Islands

Instrumental Intensity

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M4.6 – 152km S of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

 2013-07-26 02:38:05 UTC

Earthquake location 60.398°S, 26.807°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-07-26 02:38:05 UTC
  2. 2013-07-26 00:38:05 UTC-02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-07-25 21:38:05 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

60.398°S 26.807°W depth=41.4km (25.7mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 152km (94mi) S of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
  2. 2512km (1561mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina
  3. 2756km (1712mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile
  4. 2762km (1716mi) SE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
  5. 2135km (1327mi) SE of Stanley, Falkland Islands

 

 

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M7.3 – 216km SSE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

 2013-07-15 14:03:42 UTC

Earthquake location 60.860°S, 25.189°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-07-15 14:03:42 UTC
  2. 2013-07-15 12:03:42 UTC-02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-07-15 09:03:42 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

60.860°S 25.189°W depth=31.3km (19.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 216km (134mi) SSE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
  2. 2596km (1613mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina
  3. 2841km (1765mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile
  4. 2851km (1772mi) SE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
  5. 2233km (1388mi) SE of Stanley, Falkland Islands

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Tectonic Summary

The July 15, 2013 Mw7.3 South Sandwich Islands earthquake occurred as a result of either east-west left-lateral or north-south right-lateral strike slip motion at shallow oceanic crustal depths. The earthquake occurred ~100km east of a complex plate triple junction between the South America, Antarctica, and Sandwich plates. The South America plate currently subducts beneath the Sandwich plate at a rate of ~13mm/yr while sliding past the Antarctica plate with left-lateral motion along the South Sandwich Fracture Zone at a rate of ~14mm/yr. Given the strike slip nature and location of the event, the earthquake likely resulted from relative motion between the South America and Antarctica plates. Several large earthquakes have occurred along this portion of the plate boundary, including events of Mw7.4 in January 2006 and Mw7.5 in October 1973.

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Instrumental Intensity

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

5.5 152km ESE of Visokoi Island, 2013-03-27 06:42:46 57.290°S 24.939°W 10.0
5.6 159km ESE of Visokoi Island, 2013-03-27 05:59:41 57.357°S 24.874°W 10.0

M5.6 – 159km ESE of Visokoi Island, 2013-03-27 05:59:41 UTC

Earthquake location 57.357°S, 24.874°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-03-27 05:59:41 UTC
  2. 2013-03-27 03:59:41 UTC-02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-03-27 00:59:41 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

57.357°S 24.874°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 159km (99mi) ESE of Visokoi Island,
  2. 2672km (1660mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina
  3. 2888km (1795mi) ESE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
  4. 2907km (1806mi) ESE of Punta Arenas, Chile
  5. 2201km (1368mi) ESE of Stanley, Falkland Islands

Instrumental Intensity

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

6.1 121km E of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands 2013-03-19 03:29:00 58.915°S 24.410°W 31.3

M6.1 – 121km E of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands 2013-03-19 03:29:00 UTC

Earthquake location 58.915°S, 24.410°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-03-19 03:29:00 UTC
  2. 2013-03-19 01:29:00 UTC-02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-03-18 22:29:00 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

58.915°S 24.410°W depth=31.3km (19.4mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 121km (75mi) E of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
  2. 2666km (1657mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina
  3. 2900km (1802mi) SE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
  4. 2906km (1806mi) ESE of Punta Arenas, Chile
  5. 2241km (1392mi) SE of Stanley, Falkland Islands

Instrumental Intensity

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The South Sandwich Islands are uninhabited, though a permanently manned Argentine research station was located on Thule Island from 1976 to 1982. There are automatic weather stations on Thule (Morrell) Island and Zavodovski. To the northwest of Zavodovski Island is the Protector Shoal, a submarine volcano. (Wikipedia)

The South Sandwich Islands conspired with air currents to make wave patterns in clouds. Saunders, Montagu, and Bristol Islands, part of the South Sandwich chain, all trigger V-shaped waves that fan out toward the east. The white clouds over the dark ocean water vaguely resemble zebra stripes. The South Sandwich Islands are of volcanic origin—Bristol and Montagu have been active during recorded history—and all the islands poke rugged summits above the ocean surface. The islands disturb the smooth flow of air, creating waves that ripple through the atmosphere downwind of the obstacles. (EarthObservatory)

Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.3 2012/10/22 23:27:33   63.405  -151.294 7.8  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/22 23:05:07   -4.860   133.972 10.0  NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/22 21:50:02   19.130   -64.730 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/10/22 21:39:45   51.472  -178.154 13.2  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/22 21:39:33   56.422  -158.152 73.9  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/22 21:38:07   19.387  -155.239 3.8  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  4.4 2012/10/22 19:23:04   51.982  -175.044 71.6  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/22 15:11:31   18.684   -64.357 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.1   2012/10/22 14:46:43   2.865   147.691 15.1  FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/22 12:37:58   44.910  -125.348 27.9  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  4.8   2012/10/22 11:58:24   50.157   156.840 40.8  KURIL ISLANDS
MAP  2.8 2012/10/22 10:46:13   19.524   -64.168 77.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.2   2012/10/22 09:56:00  -56.339   -25.749 46.0  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/10/22 09:27:10   38.020   141.889 53.9  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.6 2012/10/22 08:19:10   58.245  -155.136 6.1  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/22 05:26:30   19.664   -64.264 63.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/10/22 03:43:35   51.720   176.289 36.6  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/22 02:04:22   61.065  -155.867 15.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/22 01:43:21   39.083   142.305 66.3  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.6   2012/10/22 01:02:25   4.220   124.547 319.6  CELEBES SEA
MAP  3.6 2012/10/22 00:49:45   52.669  -169.341 49.7  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/22 00:32:11  -16.473  -174.764 37.7  TONGA

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.2 2012/10/21 23:47:35   31.301  -115.584 10.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.0 2012/10/21 23:28:42   19.065   -66.457 38.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/21 23:26:25   52.399  -169.027 29.1  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/21 23:03:14   40.310  -124.522 19.1  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  5.0   2012/10/21 20:44:20   12.655   -88.147 92.1  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  3.6 2012/10/21 20:40:08   40.901  -123.934 21.9  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  5.5   2012/10/21 20:28:20   12.683   -88.106 65.6  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  4.3 2012/10/21 19:14:21   -5.441   128.202 365.0  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/21 19:05:23   18.719   -64.368 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/10/21 16:38:20   27.753   59.395 10.0  SOUTHEASTERN IRAN
MAP  4.5   2012/10/21 16:13:23   24.956   56.139 33.0  NEAR THE COAST OF OMAN
MAP  4.6   2012/10/21 15:30:45   -7.346   128.594 158.5  KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/21 15:21:02   36.281  -120.840 9.8  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/21 15:07:31   19.521   -69.823 17.9  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/10/21 13:54:03   61.786  -152.024 60.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/21 13:32:03   10.128   -85.525 41.1  COSTA RICA
MAP  5.1   2012/10/21 11:57:28   53.434   142.634 9.9  SAKHALIN, RUSSIA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/21 11:40:38  -37.617   -73.440 16.5  BIO-BIO, CHILE
MAP  4.4 2012/10/21 10:58:29   38.182   74.130 156.0  TAJIKISTAN
MAP  3.1 2012/10/21 10:51:50   19.045   -63.914 93.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/10/21 10:44:16   35.631   -97.214 4.7  OKLAHOMA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/21 09:58:34   19.379  -155.241 3.4  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  4.6   2012/10/21 08:43:54   52.208   176.552 31.8  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/21 07:54:47   13.783   96.225 30.0  ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/10/21 07:51:34   36.307  -120.847 10.9  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.6 2012/10/21 07:37:47   36.309  -120.849 10.2  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/21 07:18:06   19.058   -64.332 56.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/21 07:18:03   36.306  -120.858 8.0  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/21 07:15:12   17.934   -65.782 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  5.3   2012/10/21 06:55:10   36.310  -120.856 9.2  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/21 06:27:45   21.072   122.075 156.1  TAIWAN REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/10/21 02:41:15   -8.021   108.224 71.0  JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  3.4 2012/10/21 02:27:11   60.313  -144.676 11.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  5.7   2012/10/21 01:25:23   66.296   -18.685 9.9  ICELAND REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/10/21 00:52:32   19.728   -65.603 63.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/10/21 00:10:36   66.372   -18.554 10.2  ICELAND REGION

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.8   2012/10/20 23:30:06   -5.409   68.581 10.0  CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/20 23:17:14   19.317   -63.807 90.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  6.2   2012/10/20 23:00:33  -13.565   166.601 35.6  VANUATU
MAP  4.8   2012/10/20 22:46:38   49.920   88.493 16.8  RUSSIA-MONGOLIA BORDER REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/20 22:38:56   32.520  -115.645 12.4  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  4.3 2012/10/20 22:14:56  -17.537  -178.958 515.7  FIJI REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/10/20 21:51:11   6.756   -73.051 165.2  NORTHERN COLOMBIA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/20 21:48:51  -21.486   -66.713 208.0  POTOSI, BOLIVIA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/20 17:31:58   37.471   69.174 10.4  TAJIKISTAN
MAP  4.9   2012/10/20 16:29:51   -3.546   100.573 35.8  KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/20 13:39:50   19.491   -64.202 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/10/20 10:56:40   2.593   -79.848 10.0  SOUTH OF PANAMA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/20 10:38:20   7.378   91.870 30.3  NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/10/20 08:49:39   24.447   122.525 78.8  TAIWAN REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/10/20 07:51:21   18.013   -66.621 14.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.2 2012/10/20 07:28:58   18.809   -64.316 51.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/20 06:03:41   18.969   -65.828 17.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/10/20 03:42:06   10.936   -74.136 49.7  NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF COLOMBIA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/20 03:34:17   51.132  -176.232 13.9  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/20 03:25:11   61.093  -150.397 37.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/20 02:49:16   30.113   130.983 24.9  KYUSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.3 2012/10/20 00:25:52  -32.208   -71.931 21.4  OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE

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A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Alexandria early on Friday morning.

Hatem Oada, head of the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research, said in a statement to the state-run MENA news agency that regional seismic networks indicate the tremor hit at 5:35 am, Cairo time. No damages or injuries have been reported.

The epicenter of the quake was in the Mediterranean Sea, north of the Delta. This region is not typically seismically active, Oada said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattles Vanuatu

AFP

SYDNEY, Oct 21, 2012 (AFP) – – A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the South Pacific island of Vanuatu Sunday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at 10:00 am (2300 GMT Saturday) 500 kilometres (310 miles) northwest of the capital Port Vila at a depth of 35 kilometres, the United States Geological Survey said.

The USGS had earlier put the magnitude at 6.6.

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

It has been rocked by several large quakes in recent years, averaging about three magnitude 7.0 or above incidents every year without any major damage.

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Mýrdalsjökull – earthquakes during the last 48 hours
(Preliminary results)

Earthquake location   23 Oct 00:15 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   23 Oct 00:15 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

ICELAND EARTHQUAKE Swarm Oct 19-20. 2012

Published on Oct 22, 2012 by EQForecaster

Biggest earthquakes during the last 48 hours
Size Time Quality Location
5.2 21 Oct 01:25:15 Checked 19.3 km NNE of Siglufjörður
4.9 20 Oct 22:53:46 38.3 116.8 km NE of Kolbeinsey
4.8 21 Oct 00:10:20 Checked 20.4 km NNE of Siglufjörður
4.4 21 Oct 01:03:42 90.0 20.1 km NNE of Siglufjörður
4.3 21 Oct 02:20:01 90.0 27.5 km NNE of Siglufjörður
4.1 21 Oct 00:10:21 90.0 16.6 km NE of Siglufjörður

Icelandic Met Office
http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes/

Verdict set for Monday in Italy quake scientists trial

by Staff Writers
Rome (AFP)

A verdict in the trial of seven top Italian scientists for manslaughter for underestimating the risks of an earthquake which killed 309 people in L’Aquila, central Italy, in 2009, is expected on Monday.

“The verdict is expected on October 22,” said Enzo Musco, a lawyer for Professor Gian Michele Calvi who is one of the defendants.

The prosecutor’s office has asked for sentences of four years in prison for each of the seven who were all members of the Major Risks Committee.

The committee met in the central Italian city on March 31, 2009 — six days before the powerful earthquake devastated the region — after a series of small tremors in the preceding weeks had sown panic among local inhabitants.

Prosecutor Fabio Picuti said the experts had provided “an incomplete, inept, unsuitable and criminally mistaken” analysis after that meeting, which reassured locals and prevented them from preparing for the quake.

The experts had said after their meeting that they could not predict an earthquake but urged local authorities to ensure safety rules were respected.

The seven include Enzo Boschi, who at the time was the head of Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology.

The La Repubblica daily on Friday also reported on a separate case against an engineer who lost his daughter in the earthquake but was put on trial for failing to respect anti-quake regulations in one of his constructions.

Diego De Angelis, 67, was convicted on Thursday and sentenced to three years in prison.

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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Volcanic Activity

Lava Dome on Top of Mount Merapi Collapses

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Mount Merapi erupting in 2010. (JG Photo/Boy T Harjanto). Mount Merapi erupting in 2010. (JG Photo/Boy T Harjanto).

Solo, Central Java. A lava dome that formed on top of Mount Merapi following its 2010 eruption has collapsed, prompting volcanology officials to issue a warning on Friday of a possible deadly cold lava stream on the mountain slope.

Tri Mujianto, from the Merapi mountain observatory in Jrakah, in the Selo subdistrict of Boyolali, said the lava dome had disappeared but he could not say precisely when.

“The dome is now no longer there but we were not able to monitor when it collapsed. Some [of the material] may have fallen inside [the crater] while some may have flowed into the channel of Apu River,” he said.

They have not been able to determine the cause of the collapse, as there has been no rain in the crater area for days. They also haven’t been able to estimate the volume of cold lava in the collapsed dome.

Tri said the alert status for Merapi remained at the normal level but warned that should rains fall over the crater, cold lava stream may flow down through natural river channels. A cold lava stream is congealed lava and other volcanic mud and debris flushed down the slopes of a volcano by heavy rains.

“Entering the rainy season, the frequency of cold lava stream is rising. We have checked the conditions at the craters several times and it appears to still be very much unstable. People on the slopes of Merapi, especially those living on the banks of rivers originating from the peak, should remain alert,” he said.

Meanwhile, Subandriyo, the head of the Volcanology office in Yogyakarta, said that parts of the lava dome facing Boyolali district had collapsed, and ventured that it was due to its fragile condition.

“The collapse was not directly recorded because there were so many small deflagrations. On the scale, they did not even reach one kilometer down the slope,” Subandriyo said.

He warned that rains with intensity of more than 20 millimeters and lasting more than two hours were enough to trigger flash floods of cold lava down the mountain’s slope.

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Volcanism in the American Southwest

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Experts in volcano hazards and public safety have started a conversation about volcanoes in the southwestern United States, and how best to prepare for future activity. Prior to this meeting, emergency response planning for volcanic unrest in the region had received little attention by federal or state agencies.Though volcanic eruptions are comparatively rare in the American Southwest, the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah host geologically-recent volcanic eruption deposits and are vulnerable to future volcanic activity. Compared with other parts of the western U.S., comparatively little research has been focused on this area, and eruption probabilities are poorly understood.“A volcanic eruption in the American southwest is an example of a low-probability, but high-impact event for which we should be prepared to respond,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “No one wants to be exchanging business cards during an emergency, and thus a small investment in advance planning could pay off in personal relationships and coordination between scientists and first responders.””The goal of the conference is to increase awareness of volcanism and vulnerabilities in the American Southwest, and to begin coordination among volcano scientists, land managers, and emergency responders regarding future volcanic activity,” said Dr. Jacob Lowenstern, one of the organizers of the conference, and the U.S. Geological Survey Scientist-In-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. “This is the first time these federal, state, and local agencies have met to discuss their roles, responsibilities, and resources, should an eruption occur.”The “Volcanism in the American Southwest” conference on Oct. 18-19 in Flagstaff, Ariz. was organized by the USGS, Northern Arizona University, University at Buffalo, and New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, the meeting included interdisciplinary talks, posters, and panel discussions, providing an opportunity for volcanologists, land managers, and emergency responders to meet, converse, and begin to plan protocols for any future volcanic activity.

More information about the meeting, including presentation abstracts, is online.

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20.10.2012 05:44 PM Sunda Strait, Indonesia Mt. Anak Krakatoa Volcano Volcano Activity 0602-00= Caldera 2009 No. 0 Details

Volcano Activity in Indonesia on Saturday, 20 October, 2012 at 17:44 (05:44 PM) UTC.

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Indonesia issued today an official alert at the straight of Sunda for the increasing activity of Mt. Anak Krakatoa. Dense clouds surrounding the mountain blind it from human eyes while fishers and tourists must remain at a distance of two kilometres, said Andi Suardi, head of the watch deport in Hargopancuran. Just 30 days earlier, Anak Krakatoa spewed lava and other material 2,000 meters high above the peak; there have been since hundreds of quakes in the area and black clouds continue to veil the mouth of the mountain. Situated between Sumatra and Java Islands, Anak Krakatoa emerged from sea late in the 1930s and from 1950, growing an average of five meters per year. Science has confirmed another five active volcanos and the authorities have activated the alert in their vicinity, and Indonesia has more than 400 volcanos and some 130 remain active.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Wave snatches Polish woman to her death in Spain

by Staff Writers
Barcelona (AFP)

A huge wave dragged a Polish woman to her death as she walked on a Spanish beach with a friend on Friday in a storm that also left a young French man missing.

As the powerful storm smashed into northeastern Catalonia, a big wave snatched away the 37-year-old Polish woman in the holiday resort of Lloret del Mar in the early hours, emergency services officials said.

“She was walking along the beach with a friend when she was surprised by a wave that dragged her in,” said a police spokesman.

Her corpse was found five nautical miles down the coast near Blanes later in the morning, officials said, and she was identified by her clothes and jewellery.

The French man, described only as a young person, disappeared after going fishing in a rocky area of the coast of Roses, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) further north.

Only his fishing rod was recovered.

Emergency services were alerted by the French man’s friend after he went fishing in a rocky area known as Carretera de Canyelles and failed to return, an emergency services spokesman said.

“This morning we found his fishing rod in a rocky area and began a search of the land and sea with helicopters and specialized vehicles,” he said.

Catalonia’s emergency services declared a state of alert on Friday because of forecasts for the weekend of heavy rain, rough seas with waves higher than 2.5 metres (eight feet) and strong winds.

The authorities warned people to avoid breakwaters, coastal paths and beaches affected by the waves.

Storms also beat down on the neighbouring northern Spanish region of Aragon, causing floods in the province of Zaragoza.

Spain has been punished by extreme weather in the past year.

After the driest winter in 70 years, forest fires scorched more than 184,000 hectares (454,000 acres) of land in the first nine months of 2012, the largest amount in a decade, according to government figures.

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Bitterly cold end to Labour weekend

Bitterly cold end to Labour weekend

New Zealand

While the roads remained clear of any snow, ewes and lambs picked their way through the icy crust

While the roads remained clear of any snow, ewes and lambs picked their way through the icy crust

By Hamish Clark

It’s been a bitterly cold end to Labour Weekend, with bad weather sweeping across the South Island.

Snow fell in Canterbury from Lake Tekapo up to Methven, while over on the West Coast, a tornado flattened an old theatre in the northern township of Hector.

The storm arrived at the break of dawn and blanketed the countryside. Temperatures dived in the wintry blast to near freezing – a turnaround on yesterday’s 20degC highs.

Five-to-10cm of snow covered the Canterbury Foothills, falling as far south as Twizel and Tekapo, cutting short holiday-makers’ long weekend away.

One by one, caravans, campervans and boats joined the queue home, although one classic bike was left on the side of the road.

“We have just come back from Twizel on the old motorbike and been in the snow,” says motorcyclist Grant Jones. “I have just blown a head casket on her, so she is on the trailer now until home.”

While the roads remained clear of any snow, ewes and lambs picked their way through the icy crust.

“[We have] few lambing ewes and a few sorry looking lambs,” says farming student Hamish Forrester.

Over on the West Coast, there was not much left of an old Hector theatre and dancehall north of Westport – a tornado flattened it in the middle of the night.

But if Tourism New Zealand ever wanted the perfect promo, this was it – visitors say they loved seeing the snow in Tekapo.

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Central Australia baking in rare October heat

Brett Dutschke, Monday October 22, 2012 – 17:09 EDT Much of central Australia is baking in heat not experienced at this time of year in decades.

Temperatures have been reaching the high thirties each day for about a week, the longest it has been this hot at this time of year in more than 20 years.

Today is Yulara’s eighth day of reaching 35 degrees or more. In more than 20 years of record there hasn’t been a longer run of such heat at this time of year.

Alice Springs has reached at least 38 degrees in each of the past six days, beating the previous September/October record of four days, most recently set in 2008.

Across the border in far southwest Queensland, Birdsville has almost equalled its longest run of 40-degree days for this time of year. Sunday was the fourth day of 40 or more. This is only one day short of the October record of five days, set in 1988. Monday had only reached 39.4 degrees by 3:30pm. Birdsville’s records go back to the 1950s.

This heat has a few more days to go, at least until Wednesday in Yulara and Alice Springs and until Thursday in Birdsville, when a cooler southerly change is due. This change will drop temperatures by about 10 degrees.

Before the cooler change arrives Alice Springs is on target for nine consecutive days of 35 degrees, also a record for this time of year.

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Today Snow Storm China Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, [Xinjiang-wide] Damage level Details

Snow Storm in China on Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 at 03:30 (03:30 AM) UTC.

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The persistent snow and rain hit the northwestern part of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, causing a dramatic temperature drop. This has resulted in the freezing of the road surface on several sections of Sayram Lake-Guozigou Highway, causing traffic congestion in the direction to Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, northwest China.
22.10.2012 Extreme Weather Zambia Copperbelt Province, Lufwanyama Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Zambia on Monday, 22 October, 2012 at 14:32 (02:32 PM) UTC.

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A hailstorm has left a trail of destruction, damaging furniture and ripping off roofing sheets at Lumanto Basic School in Lufwanyama. The storm, which happened last Friday, damaged a 1×2 classroom block at the school, whose window panes and part of the wall collapsed. Lufwanyama district education board secretary Hilda Kulelwa confirmed the tragedy in an interview yesterday. Ms Kulelwa said the hailstorm struck when schoolchildren were on lunch break and no one was hurt. “We had a very strong wind yesterday (Friday) which ripped off iron sheets at Lumanto Basic School. The desks are also damaged. The storm struck as soon as the grade nines finished their practical examinations,” she said. Ms Kulelwa said the damage left by the hailstorm will affect the school timetable as some classes will have to be rescheduled until the affected block is rehabilitated. She said the matter has been reported to the district commissioner and the provincial education officer. And Lufwanyama district commissioner Alex Kalela said his office will write to the provincial permanent secretary, requesting for the rehabilitation of the school as soon as possible. “The children are writing their final examinations and we don’t want their timetable to be affected. We are appealing to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to quickly repair the roofs before the rains start,” Mr Kalela said.

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Storms / Flooding / Landslides / Tornado

Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Sandy (AL18) Carib Sea 22.10.2012 23.10.2012 Tropical Depression 0 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 3.66 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Sandy (AL18)
Area: Carib Sea
Start up location: N 13° 30.000, W 78° 0.000
Start up: 22nd October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 68.44 km
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23rd Oct 2012 05:01:30 N 12° 42.000, W 78° 36.000 0 74 93 Tropical Depression 0 ° 12 998 MB NOAA NHC
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24th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 48.000, W 77° 54.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
24th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 16° 36.000, W 77° 30.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
25th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 30.000, W 77° 6.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
26th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 42.000, W 75° 48.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
27th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 42.000, W 75° 24.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
28th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 12.000, W 73° 36.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
AL19 Atlantic Ocean 23.10.2012 23.10.2012 Tropical Depression 355 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 3.66 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: AL19
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 22° 18.000, W 51° 42.000
Start up: 23rd October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
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23rd Oct 2012 05:00:42 N 23° 0.000, W 51° 48.000 15 56 74 Tropical Depression 355 ° 12 1006 MB NOAA NHC
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24th Oct 2012 18:00:00 N 27° 42.000, W 47° 6.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
24th Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 26° 42.000, W 49° 36.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
25th Oct 2012 18:00:00 N 30° 0.000, W 40° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
26th Oct 2012 18:00:00 N 33° 30.000, W 34° 0.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC

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22.10.2012 Hailstorm South Africa State of Gauteng, [Ekurhuleni area] Damage level Details

Hailstorm in South Africa on Monday, 22 October, 2012 at 14:30 (02:30 PM) UTC.

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Ekurhuleni metro police ran for cover as hail the size of golf balls shattered their car windscreens and side mirrors, spokesman Kobeli Mokheseng said. The hail “came down like a ton of bricks” for about five minutes on Saturday between 2pm and 3pm, he said. “Metro police officers who were patrolling… ran for cover following heavy rain and winds blowing uncontrollably,” said Mokheseng. He said metro police were still assessing the damage, and that no one was hurt. The hail appeared to have been heaviest in Edenvale, Midrand, Germiston, Boksburg and Benoni. People took to the social networking site, Twitter, to express their dismay at the damage it caused. “What a scary experience yesterday really bad weather hail were so big damaged my younger sister’s kids playroom,” a Twitter user wrote. “Tennis ball sized hail at our place on Saturday crazy.” Another Twitter user wrote: “Talk about hail damage… 12 windows KO!!!!”. “Every car in the East Rand that wasn’t under cover or was on the road is damaged. Mine has 3 dents on boot,” wrote another person. “My mom’s Clio took a beating… Hail damage all over! It went right through the body work.” The Sunday Times showed a photograph of a Benoni man, Jimmy Sales, inspecting his car’s shattered rear windscreen under the headline “This weather is insane”. The newspaper carried an inset picture of a hailstone almost the size of a cricket ball which was among those which fell at the Glendower Golf Club, reportedly damaging several cars in the parking lot and gouging chunks out of the green.
22.10.2012 Flash Flood Bulgaria Province of Burgas, [Varvara and Ahtopol, Municipality of Tsarevo] Damage level Details

Okla. Interstate Reopens After Dust Storm

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BLACKWELL, Okla. — Transportation officials say a stretch of Interstate 35 in northern Oklahoma is open again after a massive dust storm triggered a multi-vehicle accident.

(Weather Extra: Satellite Shows Blowing Dust in the Plains)

Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman Cole Hackett said the 8-mile stretch of Interstate 35 reopened Thursday evening.

Transportation workers had been called in earlier Thursday to close the highway between U.S. 60 and Oklahoma 11. The area just south of the Kansas state line remained closed for several hours as crews cleared debris from the crash and waited for winds to die down.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said visibility was less than 10 feet as gusts as high as 55 mph blew dust over the roadway Thursday afternoon.

No one was killed in the multi-vehicle accident, though Blackwell Police Chief Fred LeValley said nine people were injured.

In a scene reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days, choking dust suspended on strong wind gusts shrouded Interstate 35, which links Dallas and Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Mo. Video from television station helicopters showed the four-lane highway virtually disappearing into billowing dust on the harsh landscape near Blackwell, plus dozens of vehicles scattered in the median and on the shoulders.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Jodi Palmer, a dispatcher with the Kay County Sheriff’s Office. “In this area alone, the dirt is blowing because we’ve been in a drought. I think from the drought everything’s so dry and the wind is high.”

(MORE: The Dust Bowl 2012 vs 1930s)

The highway patrol said the dust storm caused a multi-car accident, and local police said nearly three dozen cars and tractor-trailers were involved. Blackwell Police Chief Fred LeValley said nine people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

State transportation workers were called into to close the highway between U.S. 60 and Oklahoma 11, an 8-mile stretch of the cross-country roadway.

The area is just south of the Kansas state line in far northern Oklahoma. Interstate 35 runs from the Mexican border in south Texas to Duluth, Minn.

A red flag fire warning was in place for parts of northern Oklahoma on Thursday, as is a blowing dust advisory.

The National Weather Service forecast for the area said winds would subside to 20 mph or lower overnight but that gusts as high as 28 mph could continue. Calm winds were expected by Friday night.

The area has suffered through an extended drought and many farmers had recently loosened the soil while preparing for the winter wheat season.

(PHOTOS: Drought Disaster 2012)

“You have the perfect combination of extended drought in that area … and we have the extremely strong winds,” said Gary McManus, the Oklahoma associate state climatologist.

“Also, the timing is bad because a lot of those farm fields are bare. The soil is so dry, it’s like powder. Basically what you have is a whole bunch of topsoil waiting for the wind to blow it away. It’s no different from the 1930s than it is now.”

Steve Austin, a Kay County commissioner, said visibility was terrible.

“It looked like a huge fog was over the city of Ponca City,” he said. “We’ve had dust storms before, but I don’t remember anything of this magnitude in years.”

Flash Flood in Bulgaria on Monday, 22 October, 2012 at 09:57 (09:57 AM) UTC.

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There are no flooded and isolated settlements after the heavy rain in the coastal municipality of Tsarevo on Sunday. A bridge has been hit by a tidal wave on the road between the southeastern village of Varvara and town of Ahtopol, municipality mayor Georgi Lapchev said. He added that the road was closed and experts were working to restore the damaged section. He said there was a roundabout route. He noted that Sunday’s heavy rain caused damages and other settlements might experience problems as well.
22.10.2012 Flash Flood Indonesia State of Papua, [Panja district] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Indonesia on Monday, 22 October, 2012 at 09:55 (09:55 AM) UTC.

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Flash floods in Papua in eastern Indonesia on Sunday night has displaced over 1,000 people and damaged over 200 houses and other public facilities, an official of disaster relief agency said here on Monday. Spokesman of the National Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that heavy rains at mountainous area led to overflow of Eranouli river and caused flash floods in Eranouli village in Panja district at about 21:00 pm Jakarta time (1400 GMT). “Over 200 houses and scores of office building have been damaged and about 1,000 people have escaped to higher grounds,” he said. The waters inundated the village by up to 2 meters high, said Sutopo. The waters also damaged a health clinic and a clean water facility, he said.
21.10.2012 Flash Flood India State of Sikkim, Chungthan Damage level Details

Flash Flood in India on Sunday, 21 October, 2012 at 10:50 (10:50 AM) UTC.

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A flash flood triggered by torrential rain has killed at least nine construction workers and left 15 others missing and feared dead in India’s remote northeast. Karma Zyatso, chief secretary of Sikkim state, says the workers, who lived in camps, were swept away by the swirling waters of a flooded river Friday in Chungthan, a small town in the mountainous region. Zyatso said Sunday that authorities had recovered nine bodies and were searching for the 15 missing workers, who were building roads.

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Eleven killed, 10 missing in Peru landslide

by Staff Writers
Lima (AFP)

At least 11 Peruvians were killed and 10 more are missing after a mudslide Wednesday slammed into a small village in a mountainous jungle region, officials said.

Those killed in the landslide include five children, Ronald Garcia, the provincial mayor, told RPP national radio network.

The avalanche of mud and rocks swept away 24 homes when it crashed into the village of El Porvenir, in the northern department of San Martin, at dawn.

The head of Peru’s Civil Defense Institute, Alfredo Murgueytio, told the daily El Comercio in an interview posted online that rescuers pulled 11 bodies from the rubble, and that 10 people are still missing.

Mayor Garcia said that some of the missing people may have fled into the hills to save their lives.

“Whole families are missing,” said Garcia. More than 80 families live in the village, he said.

El Porvenir residents are mostly coffee farmers, officials said.

Heavy rain in Peru’s Andean region in recent weeks has triggered several landslides.

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Today Tornado USA State of California, [Sutter, Yuba and Butte counties] Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 at 03:29 (03:29 AM) UTC.

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Tornadoes reportedly touched down Monday afternoon in three Northern California counties, knocking down some trees and power lines as a powerful storm blew over the region. Officials said no injuries were reported by the tornadoes, which were caused by the first storm of the season in Northern California. The National Weather Service said preliminary reports indicated that the tornadoes touched down in Sutter, Yuba and Butte counties. The unstable weather prompted the agency to issue a tornado warning for Placer County. Officials said they received reports from residents of toppled trees and power lines and damage to rooftops after shingles were ripped off by powerful winds.
22.10.2012 Tornado USA State of Pennsylvania, Fern Glen [Lancaster County] Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Monday, 22 October, 2012 at 09:47 (09:47 AM) UTC.

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Authorities have confirmed that a tornado caused a pavilion to collapse at a Lancaster County park, injuring 15 people and causing millions of dollars in damage. The EF-1 tornado touched down shortly after 8 p.m. Friday and over the next 10 minutes traveled about 16 miles from Fern Glen to Paradise in Lancaster County, packing maximum winds of 100 to 110 m.p.h., the National Weather Service said Sunday. Officials said several dozen people attending a baseball game near Paradise sought shelter at the 40-by-40-foot pavilion, but high winds collapsed it. Police said 10 to 12 people were injured, but the weather service put the injury total at 15. Authorities said most of the injuries were minor; one person had a broken bone. The tornado damage was sporadic and contained within a larger area of straight-line wind damage, weather observers said. Officials said 50 structures were damaged, including several barns that were destroyed. Two small high-tension towers and thousands of trees were toppled. The county emergency management office estimated damage at $3 million to $5 million.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

22.10.2012 Epidemic Hazard India State of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in India on Monday, 22 October, 2012 at 09:49 (09:49 AM) UTC.

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More than 20 schoolchildren, who have fallen sick in some posh localities of the city, are attending their classes, posing a danger to others kids. Teachers suspect students are afflicted with chickenpox. With blisters over body, fever and tiredness, these students are going to school. The parents say they have to send their children to schools as their absence from the school would affect studies and they might miss the chance of writing their annual test because of falling short of minimum attendance necessary to appear in examination. “I know many children who are suffering from chickenpox, a woman teacher, residing in Arera Colony, told TOI. Instead of quarantining such kids, their parents were sending them to schools, which may trigger the spread of the contagious disease, she said. These kids, some from my locality, are from the posh localities, she said. The health officials should take some steps and visit schools.
Biohazard name: Chicken Pox
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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21.10.2012 Epidemic Hazard India Capital City, New Delhi Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in India on Sunday, 21 October, 2012 at 03:43 (03:43 AM) UTC.

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Hospitals in the city have reported cases of rickettsial disease caused by tick bites – a rare infectious fever that is common in hilly regions having a tropical climate. Though doctors said the disease “is very rare” in Delhi, AIIMS has reported at least two cases in its paediatric unit over the past six weeks. Serological reports from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed that these patients were afflicted with scrub typhus, a variant of rickettsia. Doctors at three private hospitals said they had sent samples to the NCDC and received confirmed reports. Serological tests to confirm the infection is not available in government and most private hospitals. The Director of Health Services (DHS) Dr N V Kamat said the city’s infectious disease surveillance programme was yet to be notified about the cases. Dr V K Paul, the head of paediatrics in AIIMS, said: “The disease is very rare and we do not often get patients suffering from the it in Delhi. But we have received confirmation from the NCDC that two of our patients were diagnosed with Scrub Typhus over the past six weeks.” Dr Atul Gogia, associate consultant of internal medicine in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said: “We have seen 8-10 cases of scrub typhus in the past month. We used to see a case once a year. This year, there has been a sudden jump. So we are sending every suspected, unexplained fever for tests.” Dr Gogia said patients have a characteristic black mark, known as eschar, left by the mite on the body accompanied by fever.
Biohazard name: Typhus (Scrub)
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
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Solar Activity

3MIN News October 20. 2012: Contact the Australian Bureau of Meteorology re:Buoy 53046

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

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

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

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

Helioviewer: http://www.helioviewer.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RADIATION Network: http://radiationnetwork.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3MIN News October 21. 2012: M9 Flare. 6.6 Quake. Magnetic Instability

Published on Oct 21, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

Helioviewer: http://www.helioviewer.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RADIATION Network: http://radiationnetwork.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2MIN News October 22. 2012

Published on Oct 22, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Central Australia Heat: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/central-australia-baking-in-rare-october-h…
Cold/Tornado in NZ: http://www.3news.co.nz/Bitterly-cold-end-to-Labour-weekend/tabid/423/articleI…
Record Lava Height: http://www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/lava-reaches-re…
France Floods: http://www.weather.com/news/france-floods-evacuations-20121021

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

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

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

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

Helioviewer: http://www.helioviewer.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RADIATION Network: http://radiationnetwork.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUST IN: Solar Activity Ramps Up – Warning Issued  

by Mitch Battros – Earth Changes Media

Solar activity has increased to active during the past 24 hours, featuring a long duration M9.1 flare and six C flares.

The M9.1 flare was released by sunspot region 1598 on the east limb of the Sun and peaked at 18:14 UT on October 20th. A high-speed shock wave registered 516 kilometers per second (320 miles per second) observed at 18:15 UT. An associated CME was observed by LASCO C2 at 19:00 UT, but is not directed towards Earth.

Earlier today sunspot region 1596 produced a M1.3 (2003UT), C7.8 (0316UT), and C5.6 (0534UT). Both regions 1596 and 1598 maintain potential for further isolated M-class to X-class activity.

Solar wind speed is expected to increase slightly days one and two under the influence of a coronal hole wind stream. NASA and NOAA has issued a WARNING for high flying aircraft, the ISS, NSSO and NSTAC due to an increased possibility of satellite deep dielectric discharge.

In a flux of high energy charged particles, they penetrate the spacecraft or satellite’s outer surface and bury themselves in dielectric materials such as circuit boards and the insulation in coaxial cables. The buildup of charge will continue until the dielectric strength of the material is exceeded, when a sudden electrical discharge will occur. This miniature lightning stroke can cause permanent damage in the associated or nearby circuitry.

Watch for increased extreme weather events which include earthquake, volcano, tornado, and cyclone activity over the next 48 to 72 hours.

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
214869 (2007 PA8) 05th November 2012 13 day(s) 0.0433 16.8 1.5 km – 3.3 km 10.79 km/s 38844 km/h
(2011 UG21) 06th November 2012 14 day(s) 0.1784 69.4 340 m – 760 m 19.73 km/s 71028 km/h
(2010 WT) 07th November 2012 15 day(s) 0.1251 48.7 53 m – 120 m 6.53 km/s 23508 km/h
333358 (2001 WN1) 09th November 2012 17 day(s) 0.1285 50.0 370 m – 830 m 8.73 km/s 31428 km/h
330233 (2006 KV86) 11th November 2012 19 day(s) 0.1876 73.0 450 m – 1.0 km 23.35 km/s 84060 km/h
(2008 LH2) 12th November 2012 20 day(s) 0.1487 57.9 35 m – 78 m 5.10 km/s 18360 km/h
(2001 YM2) 12th November 2012 20 day(s) 0.0860 33.5 440 m – 980 m 9.26 km/s 33336 km/h
(2012 KF25) 15th November 2012 23 day(s) 0.1528 59.5 23 m – 51 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(1999 SF10) 19th November 2012 27 day(s) 0.0346 13.5 41 m – 92 m 4.08 km/s 14688 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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22.10.2012 Event into space USA State of California, Novato Damage level Details

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

Description
A gray, 2-inch rock that hit a Novato home is the first confirmed chunk of the meteor that dramatically exploded over the Bay Area, a scientist said Sunday. Lisa Webber, 61, found the meteorite in her yard on Saturday, three days after the object fell onto the roof of her home on St. Francis Avenue. She had heard a strange sound at the time but didn’t think twice about it until she read a Chronicle story saying debris from the meteor would be found in a band stretching east of San Rafael toward Napa and Sonoma. Some have marveled at the potential cosmic significance of the fact that it hit a home belonging to a man of the cloth – Webber’s husband, Kent Webber, is pastor at Presbyterian Church of Novato. The space rock, in fact, had first hit the roof of his study, she said. “It’s just science – and it’s cool,” said Lisa Webber, an administrative nurse at UCSF Medical Center. “It’s wonderful. It’s like the heavens coming down, and history and this thing probably came from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter – I mean, how cool is that?” Peter Jenniskens, a leading meteor hunter at the Seti Institute in Mountain View, confirmed that the space rock was indeed debris from the meteor that streaked over the sky Wednesday night.”The significance of this find is that we can now hope to use our fireball trajectory to trace this type of meteorite back to its origins in the asteroid belt,” Jenniskens wrote on his group’s website. At the time the object hit her roof, Webber thought the sound she heard had come from an animal that was rummaging on her property. She checked the roof, found nothing, and quickly forgot about it until she read The Chronicle on Friday night. That’s when she went searching through the yard and found a rock. She summoned her neighbor’s son, the two put a magnet to the object, and they stuck together. On Saturday, neighbor Luis Rivera climbed onto the roof and found an indentation left by the meteorite. “The surprising thing about it all is that it’s something from the orbit between Mars and Jupiter, and it ended up in Novato,” Rivera said. “And when Lisa was relating all of this to me, it took a while to sink in as to the odds of this happening.”

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Russia may build rocket to destroy Earth-threatening asteroids

by Staff Writers
Moscow (XNA)


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Russia could start building a space rocket capable of destroying asteroids threatening the Earth, chief of rocket and space corporation Energia said Friday.

“There are three large asteroids, including Apophis, whose orbits cross the Earth’s orbit and which could hit the Earth in the next several decades,” Vitaly Lopota told the state newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

To change the orbit of a small planet of Apophis’ size, a 70-ton rocket was needed to “tow” an asteroid away from Earth or to destroy it with a thermonuclear blast, Lopota said.

Apophis was discovered in 2004. It will approach the Earth dangerously close, at about 30,000 km, which is less than one-tenth of the Moon’s distance from Earth, in 2029.

Experts calculate impact of a collision between Apophis and the Earth will be equal to a 1,700-Megaton explosion.

Lopota said existing Russian rocket carriers with RD-171 engines could be redesigned to produce a rocket capable of destroying an asteroid. Energia was ready to build such a rocket within three to five years, he said.

Currently, RD-171 engines made by NPO Energomash have been used on Zenit-3SL missiles employed in the Russia-Ukraine-Norway-U.S. joint project Sea Launch.

“We call them Tsar Engines, which no other country possesses,” Lopota said, referring to Russian artifacts, the Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell, which were the world’s largest in their time.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

Related Links
Roscosmos
Asteroid and Comet Impact Danger To Earth – News and Science

Astronomers Uncover A Surprising Trend in Galaxy Evolution

by Francis Reddy for Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX)


This plot shows the fractions of settled disk galaxies in four time spans, each about 3 billion years long. (full size chart) There is a steady shift toward higher percentages of settled galaxies closer to the present time. At any given time, the most massive galaxies are the most settled. More distant and less massive galaxies on average exhibit more disorganized internal motions, with gas moving in multiple directions, and slower rotation speeds. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

A comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe.

“Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form by about 8 billion years ago, with little additional development since,” said Susan Kassin, an astronomer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the study’s lead researcher. “The trend we’ve observed instead shows the opposite, that galaxies were steadily changing over this time period.”

Today, star-forming galaxies take the form of orderly disk-shaped systems, such as the Andromeda Galaxy or the Milky Way, where rotation dominates over other internal motions. The most distant blue galaxies in the study tend to be very different, exhibiting disorganized motions in multiple directions. There is a steady shift toward greater organization to the present time as the disorganized motions dissipate and rotation speeds increase. These galaxies are gradually settling into well-behaved disks.

Blue galaxies – their color indicates stars are forming within them – show less disorganized motions and ever-faster rotation speeds the closer they are observed to the present. This trend holds true for galaxies of all masses, but the most massive systems always show the highest level of organization.

Researchers say the distant blue galaxies they studied are gradually transforming into rotating disk galaxies like our own Milky Way.

“Previous studies removed galaxies that did not look like the well-ordered rotating disks now common in the universe today,” said co-author Benjamin Weiner, an astronomer at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “By neglecting them, these studies examined only those rare galaxies in the distant universe that are well-behaved and concluded that galaxies didn’t change.”

Rather than limit their sample to certain galaxy types, the researchers instead looked at all galaxies with emission lines bright enough to be used for determining internal motions. Emission lines are the discrete wavelengths of radiation characteristically emitted by the gas within a galaxy. They are revealed when a galaxy’s light is separated into its component colors. These emission lines also carry information about the galaxy’s internal motions and distance.

The team studied a sample of 544 blue galaxies from the Deep Extragalactic Evolutionary Probe 2 (DEEP2) Redshift Survey, a project that employs Hubble and the twin 10-meter telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Located between 2 billion and 8 billion light-years away, the galaxies have stellar masses ranging from about 0.3 percent to 100 percent of the mass of our home galaxy.

A paper describing these findings will be published Oct. 20 in The Astrophysical Journal.

The Milky Way galaxy must have gone through the same rough-and-tumble evolution as the galaxies in the DEEP2 sample, and gradually settled into its present state as the sun and solar system were being formed.

In the past 8 billion years, the number of mergers between galaxies large and small has decreased sharply. So has the overall rate of star formation and disruptions of supernova explosions associated with star formation. Scientists speculate these factors may play a role in creating the evolutionary trend they observe.

Now that astronomers see this pattern, they can adjust computer simulations of galaxy evolution until these models are able to replicate the observed trend. This will guide scientists to the physical processes most responsible for it.

The DEEP2 survey is led by Lick Observatory at the University of California at Santa Cruz in collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., the University of Chicago and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., conducts Hubble science operations. STScI is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. in Washington.

Related Links
NASA’s Hubble website
Stellar Chemistry, The Universe And All Within It

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Many in Bay Area heard and saw bright meteor on October 17

October 17 meteor via Wes Jones.  Used with permission.

October 17 meteor via Wes Jones. Used with permission.
Many in and around San Francisco’s Bay Area heard a loud boom and saw a fireball streaking across the sky on October 17, 2012.

Looking for info on this weekend’s Orionid meteor shower? Click here.

A bright fireball, reportedly with hues of red and orange, streaked across the night sky visible from San Francisco’s Bay Area on Wednesday, October 18, around 8 p.m. local time (3UTC on October 18). Many say they heard a boom, which was so loud it “shook their homes,” some residents said, making them think it may be an earthquake.

If you observed it, you might want to tell someone what you saw. Here’s a place to report your meteor sighting.

Wes Jones in Belmont, California caught the meteor disappearing behind the trees while using a wide-field camera. Image copyright Wes Jones. Used with permission.

Belmont, California astronomer Wes Jones captured the fireball as it sailed across the sky on October 17, just as it was entering the trees.

Here is the capture data for the Wes Jones’ image above:

Camera: Interactiveastronomy Skyeye Camera
Camera Location: 122°16’31.73″ W, 37°31’1.17″ N
Altitude: 17 Meters
Exposure Duration: 30 seconds
File Write Time: 07:44:44 PM PDT 10/17/2012

Click here for live Interactiveastronomy Skyeye Camera feeds.

The video above is raw footage from the security camera at Lick Observatory, located in the hills above San Jose, California. Camera is a little out of focus. Round structure to the left is the 40-inch Nickel refracting telescope dome. Lights in the background are the San Jose cityscape. Video posted to YouTube by Erik Kovacs.

Screen grab from Google maps (not clickable) of area where October 17, 2012 meteorite might have fallen. One expert said it might have come down in the hills north of Martinez, California. If so, he said, hikers might be able to find pieces of the meteorite.

Jonathan Braidman, astronomy instructor at Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center, told SuiSunCityPatch.com that the meteor may have been “roughly the size of a car when it broke up over the Bay Area.” He said hikers might be able to find small pieces of the meteorite in the hills north of Martinez, California.

Was the October 17, 2012 meteor seen over the Bay Area associated with the Orionid meteor shower? If it were associated, it would have to have radiated from the same point in the sky as the Orionids. That point is in the the same famous constellation Orion the Hunter, shown here. Can anyone who saw the October 17 meteor tell us if it radiated from this constellation? More about this weekend’s Orionid meteor shower here.

Is the October 17, 2012 meteor associated with the Orionid meteor shower? That shower is coming up this weekend. Although I didn’t see it, and don’t know if its path could be traced back to the constellation Orion – which is the radiant point for all meteors in the Orionid shower – the answer is likely that the two are not associated. Meteors in annual showers are tiny, icy bits left behind by comets orbiting the sun. The Orionids, in particular, come from one of the most famous comets, Comet Halley, which last visited Earth in 1986. The meteor seen over the Bay Area on October 17, 2012 was more likely a larger, rocky meteor, just a random chunk of space debris that entered Earth’s atmosphere and vaporized due to friction with the air.

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide 2012

The October 17, 2012 meteor sighting is reminiscent of another meteor sighting earlier this year, when – on the morning of April 22, 2012 – many in Nevada and California saw a bright flash across the sky, and heard an audible boom, or explosion. The object was later called “a small asteroid” whose estimated weight was some 70 metric tons.

Read more about the April 22 meteor sighting in California and Nevada here

Wikimedia Commons image of a bollide or fireball – a piece of space debris entering Earth’s atmosphere and causing a particularly bright streak across the sky.

Astronomers use the word bolide to describe an exceptionally bright fireball such as this one. The term bolide – which comes the Greek word bolis, meaning a missile or to flash – is particularly applicable when the object is so bright it can be seen in broad daylight, when the object explodes in the atmosphere and when it creates audible sounds. In other words, all of these phenomena are known to occur, and astronomers even have a word for it.

Bright meteors or bollides were also seen in the U.K. and New Zealand in 2012. They are not uncommon, if you are considering the entire globe.

However, from any one spot on Earth, they are uncommon, Among astronomers, it’s sometimes said you might witness one bolide, or very bright fireball, in your lifetime. So if you saw this one, this was yours!

Bottom line: Many in San Francisco’s Bay Area saw an exceptionally bright meteor, and heard a loud boom, on the night of October 17, 2012. Photo and video in this post, plus information on the Orionid meteor shower, which peaks on the morning of October 21.

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Environmental Pollution

23.10.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Florida, [Collier County beaches] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 18 October, 2012 at 14:33 (02:33 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 at 03:43 UTC
Description
Concentrations of red tide have been detected from Charlotte County to Collier County. Hundreds of dead fish are washing ashore and a foul odor now fills the air at many beaches throughout Southwest Florida. Many residents and visitors are hoping that red tide is on its way out of town, but at Wiggins Pass State Park in Collier County, things aren’t looking too great. Thousands of dead fish remain in sight. But beachgoers we spoke with said they aren’t letting the toxic algae ruin their fun. “This is the first time I’ve seen this,” said Karl Udo, who has been visiting Southwest Florida from Germany for over 20 years. “It’s no good.” The toxic algae started to wash through Collier County beaches just last week, carrying with it the unpleasant stench. “You got to breathe through your mouth. So don’t take deep breaths through your nose,” said Liz Koch, who is visiting from Chicago. The latest tests done by county officials show that red tide is at medium levels throughout some of Collier’s beaches. The toxin can cause respiratory irritation, a concern for county officials with tourist season in sight.

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21.10.2012 Environment Pollution USA State of New Mexico, [Kirtland Air Force Base] Damage level Details

Environment Pollution in USA on Sunday, 21 October, 2012 at 04:00 (04:00 AM) UTC.

Description
Crews working on an old Air Force fuel spill have found potentially cancer-causing chemicals beneath a southeast Albuquerque neighborhood, Kirtland Air Force Base announced. The New Mexico Environment Department said Friday that Air Force crews found the pollutant Perchloroethylene, or PCE, in water around 500 feet underground while installing test wells. However, officials say they don’t believe the recently discovered pollutant is connected to a decades-old Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill threatening Albuquerque’s water supply that could be as large as 24 million gallons. Davis tsaid that the chemicals likely came from a dry cleaner. Jim Davis, head of New Mexico Environment Department Resource Protection, told reporters that the chemical is threatening groundwater and not residents in the neighborhood above the contamination. Still, the discovery could trigger action under the federal Superfund law, a program aimed at the nation’s most serious hazardous chemical contamination problems. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin praised crews for making the discovery.The department has launched a probe to see if any businesses that used PCE were located in the vicinity of the well clusters in the past. The Air Force is two years away from finalizing a cleanup plan in connection with a toxin-laden plume from a 40-year underground pipe leak was discovered at Kirtland Air Force Base. The spill was first discovered in 1999 when the Air Force noticed a pool of fuel coming up out of the ground at its old aircraft fuel storage center, which dates back to the 1950s. Air Force officials say the fuel was leaking from an underground pipe for at least 40 years as tests on elements in the plume — which contains the cancer-causing Benzyne and other harmful toxins — show it dates back to at least the 1970s. Less than half a million gallons have been pumped out of the ground.

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.6   2012/10/11 23:54:30   34.153   73.755 24.3  PAKISTAN
MAP  4.6   2012/10/11 22:58:58  -19.550   -64.018 596.0  CHUQUISACA, BOLIVIA
MAP  5.1   2012/10/11 22:03:46  -56.304   -25.733 34.9  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/11 19:19:36   60.495  -147.249 4.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  5.5   2012/10/11 17:22:10  -32.867   -70.401 81.9  VALPARAISO, CHILE
MAP  5.3   2012/10/11 17:07:54   1.488   92.526 28.6  OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/11 16:38:23   18.063   -68.530 119.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/10/11 15:13:18   24.674  -110.132 11.5  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/11 12:57:58   19.077   -65.371 46.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/11 11:39:51   37.234  -114.705 8.1  NEVADA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/11 11:18:46   19.642   -66.952 81.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/11 11:12:14   19.106   -64.125 51.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/11 10:44:07   19.381  -155.280 3.2  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.2 2012/10/11 09:17:37   19.188   -65.425 30.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/10/11 08:06:01   19.707   -64.269 35.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/11 07:28:43   60.223  -151.831 35.3  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/11 06:45:01   18.863   -65.291 6.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/11 06:19:19   18.213   -67.457 24.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  4.9   2012/10/11 05:47:11   4.542   125.646 158.9  KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/11 04:38:25  -34.023   -72.223 19.3  OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O’HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP  3.2 2012/10/11 04:26:46   51.440  -178.104 5.4  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/11 04:03:27   35.200  -119.538 14.4  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/11 03:05:03  -10.016   160.837 27.2  SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP  4.7   2012/10/11 02:38:28  -34.077   -72.268 1.0  OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O’HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP  2.5 2012/10/11 02:22:50   36.587  -121.183 3.3  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/11 01:29:06   17.797   -66.186 2.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/10/11 01:06:11   39.552  -121.992 24.6  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/11 00:24:43   17.856   -64.909 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/10/11 00:17:38  -15.634   -75.059 49.0  NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU
MAP  2.5 2012/10/11 00:00:41   35.206  -119.521 15.4  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

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6.9-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia

LAST UPDATE
An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale has struck off eastern Indonesia near the Aru islands, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck at 9:31 am local time (0131 GMT) on Friday and was centered 247 kilometers southwest of the city of Nabire in the eastern province of West Paupa and 108 kilometers north of Dobo in the Aru Islands.

Indonesia is vulnerable to earthquakes being located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region known for its seismic and volcanic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.

Last month, a 6.4-magnitude quake rocked the west coast of Sumatra Island, killing at least one person.

MAM/HN

Globe with Earthquake Location

6.7 Mwp – NEAR S COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.7 Mwp
Date-Time
  • 12 Oct 2012 00:31:30 UTC
  • 12 Oct 2012 09:31:30 near epicenter
  • 11 Oct 2012 18:31:30 standard time in your timezone
Location 4.842S 134.085E
Depth 24 km
Distances
  • 108 km (67 miles) N (352 degrees) of Dobo, Aru Islands, Indonesia
  • 273 km (170 miles) WSW (245 degrees) of Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • 440 km (274 miles) S (180 degrees) of Manokwari, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • 669 km (416 miles) E (101 degrees) of Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia
  • 1027 km (638 miles) ENE (67 degrees) of DILI, East Timor
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 12.8 km; Vertical 7.3 km
Parameters Nph = 145; Dmin = 295.0 km; Rmss = 1.08 seconds; Gp = 28°
M-type = Mwp; Version = 7
Event ID us b000d4u2

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

12.10.2012 Extreme Weather Bangladesh Southern region (Bay of Bengal), [Bhola, Hatiya and Sandwip Islands and half a dozen coastal districts] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Bangladesh on Thursday, 11 October, 2012 at 14:12 (02:12 PM) UTC.

Description
At least 14 people were killed and an estimated 1500 fishermen are missing after tropical storms smashed into Bangladesh’s southern coastal islands and districts early Thursday, police said. Police said at least 1500 mud, tin and straw-built houses were also levelled in the storms that swept Bhola, Hatiya and Sandwip Islands and half a dozen coastal districts after midnight local time. At the worst-hit island of Hatiya, at least five people were killed after they were buried under their houses or hit by fallen trees, said local police chief Moktar Hossain. More than 1000 houses were flattened. “More than 100 fishing trawlers, each carrying at least 10 fishermen, have been missing since the storm,” he told said, calling it one of the most powerful in decades. Many fishermen are expected to have taken shelter in other remote islands in the Bay of Bengal or in the neighbouring Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. In the past, many fishermen thought to be missing from storms returned home to coastal villages a week or two later. Four people were killed in Bhola, three in Sandwip and two at Char Jabbar, police said. The police chief of Bhola district Bashir Ahmed said more than 500 fishermen were missing from the country’s largest island and at least 500 mud and straw-built houses were levelled by the sudden storm. Bangladesh’s weather office forecast heavy rain in the coastal region and advised fishermen to approach the shore and take care. But there was no major storm warning. “We only got the warning signal number three. But the storm was so powerful, the weather office should have hoisted the signal number seven or eight,” said Mr Ahmed, referring to the intensity of the storm in a scale of ten. “It caught the fishermen and coastal people by surprise. Till now we haven’t had any reports from the missing fishermen,” he said.
Indian Ocean Region
Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
12.10.2012 00:37 AM Tsunami Information Bulletin Aru Islands Region Indonesia 6.7 0 km Details
Original Bulletin
Tsunami Information Bulletin in Aru Islands Region Indonesia, Indian Ocean
000
WEIO23 PHEB 120037
TIBIOX

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0037Z 12 OCT 2012

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.

... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...

THIS MESSAGE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  0032Z 12 OCT 2012
 COORDINATES -   5.1 SOUTH  134.1 EAST
 LOCATION    -  ARU ISLANDS REGION  INDONESIA
 MAGNITUDE   -  6.7

EVALUATION

 A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON
 HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

 HOWEVER - THERE IS A VERY SMALL POSSIBILITY OF A LOCAL TSUNAMI
 THAT COULD AFFECT COASTS LOCATED USUALLY NO MORE THAN A HUNDRED
 KILOMETERS FROM THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE
 REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THIS
 POSSIBILITY.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
FOR THIS EVENT. IN THE CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION...THE
MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.

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11.10.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Michigan, [Heisterman Island, Saginaw Bay] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Thursday, 11 October, 2012 at 14:26 (02:26 PM) UTC.

Description
A wildfire has burned roughly one-third of an uninhabited island in Saginaw Bay. The Huron Daily Tribune of Bad Axe reports the fire burned Tuesday and Wednesday at Heisterman Island, located a few miles off Huron County’s Fairhaven Township. Members of the Fairhaven Township Fire Department couldn’t get to the scene, so they monitored the blaze from shore and kept in touch with the state Department of Natural Resources. Rain mostly put out the fire, and the DNR estimates that about 130 acres of the 400-acre island burned. The cause of the blaze wasn’t known. The island located about 100 miles north of Detroit is used by hunters, anglers and campers.

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Storms / Flooding

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Prapiroon (22W) Pacific Ocean 08.10.2012 12.10.2012 Typhoon IV 45 ° 185 km/h 232 km/h 2.74 m JTWC Details

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Prapiroon (22W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 54.000, E 135° 42.000
Start up: 08th October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 476.01 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
08th Oct 2012 05:04:27 N 17° 54.000, E 135° 42.000 9 83 102 Tropical Storm 270 15 JTWC
08th Oct 2012 11:07:36 N 18° 0.000, E 135° 6.000 11 93 120 Tropical Storm 280 16 JTWC
09th Oct 2012 05:29:14 N 17° 42.000, E 132° 36.000 9 120 148 Typhoon I. 260 15 JTWC
09th Oct 2012 10:49:25 N 17° 30.000, E 132° 6.000 9 120 148 Typhoon I. 245 15 JTWC
10th Oct 2012 05:20:41 N 18° 24.000, E 130° 54.000 9 157 194 Typhoon II. 295 15 JTWC
11th Oct 2012 05:19:36 N 19° 12.000, E 128° 48.000 11 167 204 Typhoon II. 290 16 JTWC
11th Oct 2012 10:17:17 N 19° 30.000, E 128° 30.000 7 176 213 Typhoon II. 315 11 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
12th Oct 2012 05:08:38 N 19° 48.000, E 128° 42.000 6 185 232 Typhoon IV 45 ° 9 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
13th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 24.000, E 130° 54.000 Typhoon IV 185 232 JTWC
13th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 48.000, E 130° 6.000 Typhoon IV 194 241 JTWC
14th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 0.000, E 131° 36.000 Typhoon IV 176 213 JTWC
15th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 12.000, E 132° 36.000 Typhoon III 167 204 JTWC
16th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 12.000, E 132° 48.000 Typhoon III 157 194 JTWC
17th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 48.000, E 133° 12.000 Typhoon III 148 185 JTWC
Patty (AL16) Atlantic Ocean 11.10.2012 12.10.2012 Tropical Depression 0 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 3.66 m NOAA NHC Details

 Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Patty (AL16)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 25° 24.000, W 72° 36.000
Start up: 11th October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 35.10 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
12th Oct 2012 05:05:52 N 25° 54.000, W 72° 30.000 0 74 93 Tropical Depression 0 ° 12 1005 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
13th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 42.000, W 72° 36.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
13th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 25° 30.000, W 72° 42.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
14th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 0.000, W 73° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
15th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 0.000, W 77° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
16th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 0.000, W 81° 0.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC

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20 Killed, 1500 missing in Bangladesh storms

A Bangladeshi man walks over the destroyed roof of a building in Bhola Island after a deadly tropical storm killed at least 20 and left 1500 fishermen missing. October 11, 2012

A Bangladeshi man walks over the destroyed roof of a building in Bhola Island after a deadly tropical storm killed at least 20 and left 1500 fishermen missing.
At least 20 people have lost their lives and some 1,500 fishermen gone missing as a result of tropical storms in Bangladesh’s southern coastal islands and districts.

Thousands of houses were also destroyed in the storms that started hitting Bhola, Hatiya, and Sandwip Islands and several coastal districts on Wednesday midnight for some hours.

Sixteen people died in Noakhali district, said Sirajul Islam, the district’s administration chief.

Four bodies were also found while over 500 fishermen remained missing in Bhola, the country’s largest island, according to Bashir Ahmed, the island’s police chief.

“More than 100 fishing trawlers, each carrying at least 10 fishermen, have been missing” in the worst-hit island of Hatiya, local police chief Moktar Hossain said.

Bangladesh’s weather forecast office had not issued a major storm warning although it had advised fishermen of heavy rain in the region.

“We only got the warning signal number three. But the storm was so powerful, the weather office should have hoisted the signal number seven or eight…It caught the fishermen and coastal people by surprise. Till now we haven’t had any reports from the missing fishermen,” Ahmed noted.

Authorities have issued evacuation orders in disaster-prone areas.

Torrential storms and landslides are common in Bangladesh. In June 2007, at least 130 people were killed in landslides in Chittagong, a port city in the southeast of the country.

MAM/MHB/AZ

Floods kill 7 in Russian Caucasus: official

by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP)

Seven people were killed when overnight torrential rain unleashed heavy flooding in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Dagestan, officials said Wednesday.

The flooding in the ancient Caspian Sea city of Derbent affected hundreds of homes with 1,120 people in the affected area, the regional branch of the Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

“Seven people have been killed,” it said.

Devastating floods in July in the town of Krymsk at the other end of the Caucasus mountains to the west killed 172 people and raised questions about the authorities’ handling of disasters.

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Moving forward with controversial H5N1 research

by Staff Writers
New York NY (SPX)


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Last winter, scientists at the University of Wisconsin and Erasmus University (Netherlands) shocked the world by announcing they had developed strains of H5N1 influenza that could easily pass between mammals (ferrets). In nature, H5N1 is extremely lethal (kills nearly 60% of its human cases), but it does not easily spread from person-to-person. Thus, biosafety concerns were raised over the possible release, accidental or intentional, of these new viruses.

In January 2012, an international panel of 39 influenza researchers agreed on a 6-month moratorium on all gain-of-function H5N1 research-classified as “dual-use research of concern” or DURC. This was followed over the summer by an indefinite continuation of the ban by the U.S. government until consensus emerges on how to proceed.

To advance this discussion, the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) journal mBio will publish a special issue of commentaries on the pros and cons of DURC from global experts in virology and public health (full list below).

Here is a brief summary.
ASM officials Arturo Casadevall and Thomas Shenk set the stage by discussing the major events that led to the moratorium.

Anthony Fauci, head of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reviews how the U.S. government plans to proceed.

Concerns over laboratory biocontainment are addressed by Professor W. Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

The authors of the controversial research, Ron A. M. Fouchier and Yoshihiro Kawaoka, along with Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, highlight the importance of DURC and why the moratorium should be lifted.

Public health experts Marc Lipsitch and Barry Bloom assess the probability of an accidental release from laboratories with advanced security.

Finally, Stanley Falkow, who attended the infamous 1975 Asilomar conference, provides historical context by comparing the current H5N1 moratorium to lessons learned from the moratorium on recombinant DNA technology.

Related Links
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
Epidemics on Earth – Bird Flu, HIV/AIDS, Ebola

11.10.2012 Epidemic Hazard Angola Province of Cuando Cubango, Menongue City Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Angola on Thursday, 11 October, 2012 at 13:12 (01:12 PM) UTC.

Description
Ten people died of a measles outbreak from 17 September to the present date, in Menongue City, capital of the south-eastern Kuando Kubango Province, a fact that is worrying the local health authorities. ANGOP has learnt that most of the deceased are children below the age of two, but there is also the record of a 35-year old adult. According to the head of the Menongue Municipality health department, Carlos Jonas, who gave this information to ANGOP on Thursday, in view of this worrying reality, which includes the fact that this disease is highly contagious, the authorities have reinforced routine vaccination acts. From 17 September up to the present date the authorities recorded 320 cases of measles were recorded in Menongue City, a number that is considered very high considering the period of the outbreak. According to official sources ten people are currently in-patients in the central hospital for medical assistance, while others are getting ambulatory treatment.
Biohazard name: Measles
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Climate Change

Arctic Sea Ice Extent. 1979-2012: From NSIDC

Published on Oct 2, 2012 by

From the National Snow and Ice Data Center: Animated map of 2012 sea ice extent shown side-by-side with 1979–2009 climatology.


 

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent. 1979-2012: From NSIDC

 

Published on Oct 2, 2012 by

From the National Snow and Ice Data Center: Animated map of 2012 sea ice extent shown side-by-side with 1979–2009 climatology.

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Solar Activity

3MIN News October 11. 2012

Published on Oct 11, 2012 by

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

TODAY’S LINKS
Magnetic Pole Flip: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/03/earths-magnetic-field-overdue-for-a-c…
Arctic Ice Blog: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/
Antarctic Ice Max: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=79369
Spain Credit Rating: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/11/us-spain-standardandpoors-downgrade…
Nigerian Farmers sue Shell: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-nigerian-farmers-sue-shell-dutch.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(1994 EK) 14th October 2012 2 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
(2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 3 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
(2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 6 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h
214869 (2007 PA8) 05th November 2012 24 day(s) 0.0433 16.8 1.5 km – 3.3 km 10.79 km/s 38844 km/h
(2011 UG21) 06th November 2012 25 day(s) 0.1784 69.4 340 m – 760 m 19.73 km/s 71028 km/h
(2010 WT) 07th November 2012 26 day(s) 0.1251 48.7 53 m – 120 m 6.53 km/s 23508 km/h
333358 (2001 WN1) 09th November 2012 28 day(s) 0.1285 50.0 370 m – 830 m 8.73 km/s 31428 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

11.10.2012 Biological Hazard Nigeria Delta State, [Forcados River in Oboro Community] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Nigeria on Thursday, 11 October, 2012 at 16:42 (04:42 PM) UTC.

Description
A 38-year-old woman, identified as Mrs. Torugbene-Ere Aboh, escaped death by the whiskers, following a violent attack on her by a shark at Forcados River in Oboro Community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State. Vanguard gathered that the woman, a mother of five, who was taking her bath in the overflowing river, had gone for a three-day fasting programme in a church in the community, when she was attacked by the shark in the river. Narrating her ordeal, Mrs Aboh, said: “Shortly after I started bathing, I felt a sharp cut on my right leg and I screamed for help. The screaming drew the attention of my brethren who were also in the river and they came to my rescue. “I was immediately taken to a nearby patent medicine shop, where I was given 12 stitches before I was later taken by my husband, to a private clinic at Bomadi, for proper medical treatment.”
Biohazard name: Shark attack (fatal)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
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Articles of Interest

Earth’s magnetic field overdue for a chaos-causing (possibly life-altering) flip

NASA/THEMIS

NASA/THEMIS Illustration showing magnetic reconnection in the magnetotail triggering the onset of substorms. Substorms are the sudden violent eruptions of space weather that release solar energy trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field. The reconnections trigger dynamic changes in the auroral displays seen near Earth’s northern and southern magnetic poles, causing a burst of light and movement in the Northern and Southern Lights.

LONDON — The discovery by NASA rover Curiosity of evidence that water once flowed on Mars – the most Earth-like planet in the solar system – should intensify interest in what the future could hold for mankind.

The only thing stopping Earth having a lifeless environment like Mars is the magnetic field that shields us from deadly solar radiation and helps some animals migrate, and it may be a lot more fragile and febrile than one might think.

Scientists say earth’s magnetic field is weakening and could all but disappear in as little as 500 years as a precursor to flipping upside down.

It has happened before – the geological record suggests the magnetic field has reversed every 250,000 years, meaning that, with the last event 800,000 years ago, another would seem to be overdue.

“Magnetic north has migrated more than 1,500 kilometres over the past century,” said Conall Mac Niocaill, an earth scientist at Oxford University. “In the past 150 years, the strength of the magnetic field has lessened by 10 percent, which could indicate a reversal is on the cards.”

While the effects are hard to predict, the consequences may be enormous. The loss of the magnetic field on Mars billions of years ago put paid to life on the planet if there ever was any, scientists say.

Mac Niocaill said Mars probably lost its magnetic field 3.5-4.0 billion years ago, based on observations that rocks in the planet’s southern hemisphere have magnetisation.

The northern half of Mars looks younger because it has fewer impact craters, and has no magnetic structure to speak of, so the field must have shut down before the rocks there were formed, which would have been about 3.8 billion years ago.

“With the field dying away, the solar wind was then able to strip the atmosphere away, and you would also have an increase in the cosmic radiation making it to the surface,” he said.

“Both of these things would be bad news for any life that might have formed on the surface – either wiping it out, or forcing it to migrate into the interior of the planet.”

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

Earth’s magnetic field has always restored itself but, as it continues to shift and weaken, it will present challenges – satellites could be more exposed to solar wind and the oil industry uses readings from the field to guide drills.

In nature, animals which use the field could be mightily confused – birds, bees, and some fish all use the field for navigation. So do sea turtles whose long lives, which can easily exceed a hundred years, means a single generation could feel the effects.

Birds may be able to cope because studies have shown they have back-up systems that rely on stars and landmarks, including roads and power lines, to find their way around.

The European Space Agency is taking the issue seriously. In November, it plans to launch three satellites to improve our fairly blurry understanding of the magnetosphere.

The project – Swarm – will send two satellites into a 450 kilometre high polar orbit to measure changes in the magnetic field, while a third satellite 530 kilometres high will look at the influence of the sun.

DESCENT INTO CHAOS

Scientists, who have known for some time the magnetic field has a tendency to flip, have made advances in recent years in understanding why and how it happens.

The field is generated by convection currents that churn in the molten iron of the planet’s outer core. Other factors, such as ocean currents and magnetic rocks in the earth’s crust also contribute.

The Swarm mission will pull all these elements together to improve computer models used to predict how the magnetic field will move and how fast it could weaken.

Ciaran Beggan, a geomagnetic specialist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said studies have also refined our understanding of how the field reverses.

They have focused on lava flows. When these cool and form crystals the atoms in iron-rich molten rock align under the influence of the magnetic field, providing a geological memory of the earth’s field.

But that memory looks different in various locations around the world, suggesting the reversal could be a chaotic and fairly random process.

“Rather than having strong north and south poles, you get lots of poles around the planet. So, a compass would not do you much good,” said Beggan.

While the whole process takes 3,000-5,000 years, latest research suggests the descent into a chaotic state could take as little as 500 years, although there are significant holes in scientific understanding.

“Although electricity grids and GPS systems would be more vulnerable, we are not really sure how all the complex things that are linked together would react,” Beggan said.

Related

Waiting for doomsday: Our apocalypse obsession likely to last long past 21/12/12

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.1 2012/09/29 23:13:31   32.148  -115.176 20.1  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 21:51:20   39.539   144.402 10.0  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.6 2012/09/29 19:31:17   19.585   -64.320 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/09/29 18:41:42   19.502   -64.241 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.4   2012/09/29 17:48:57  -17.480   -69.660 126.0  SOUTHERN PERU
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 17:42:11   64.731  -145.878 0.4  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/29 17:37:41   35.013   140.026 57.2  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.8   2012/09/29 16:25:42   -7.055   124.158 587.3  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 16:21:00   59.676  -153.345 143.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 16:13:30  -56.192   -26.913 82.3  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.0   2012/09/29 14:12:05   13.869   120.730 186.1  MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 13:14:32   32.157  -115.174 32.2  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 12:56:14   18.175   -67.394 20.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.4 2012/09/29 12:40:08   19.578   -64.267 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/29 12:17:18   19.634   -64.264 51.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/29 12:14:16   19.145   -64.953 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 11:54:00   16.390   -98.223 9.9  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  5.3   2012/09/29 11:24:33   6.115   92.810 28.5  NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 11:24:12   19.573   -64.354 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 11:00:18   51.051   179.145 35.2  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/29 10:52:16   19.719   -64.371 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 10:30:44   19.401   -64.190 91.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 10:11:15   39.716   144.172 22.6  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 10:00:45   17.947   -65.368 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 09:52:50   26.924   143.795 10.1  BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 09:47:26   19.506   -64.158 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 07:34:43   35.546   141.191 34.6  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.5   2012/09/29 07:11:13   16.355   -98.388 10.2  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 07:05:21   19.592   -64.226 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 06:46:23   19.084   -64.878 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 06:17:08   44.157  -127.750 9.9  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 05:57:46   53.559  -169.398 28.6  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 05:26:12   7.129   -71.923 38.7  APURE, VENEZUELA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/29 05:25:42   35.230   27.816 10.0  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 05:02:58   19.712   -64.311 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/29 04:51:58   19.533   -64.335 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/29 04:43:45   18.710   -65.050 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 03:34:26   57.874  -154.160 47.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/29 03:28:50   18.358   -67.402 101.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.0 2012/09/29 03:06:08   19.700   -64.291 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 02:39:32   35.129   27.842 5.4  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 01:26:13  -23.938   -66.754 191.4  JUJUY, ARGENTINA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/29 01:14:20   18.174   -68.546 15.0  MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP  3.5 2012/09/29 00:59:48   34.672  -106.776 6.4  NEW MEXICO
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 00:39:45   38.532   14.810 246.5  SICILY, ITALY

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  5.2   2012/09/28 23:22:31   -8.976   157.426 10.0  SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP  3.5 2012/09/28 22:38:15   19.622   -64.407 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/28 22:14:45   29.284   67.930 10.0  PAKISTAN
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 21:55:05   19.609   -64.247 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/28 21:21:01   32.175  -115.220 44.3  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 20:33:19   19.408   -64.313 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 20:05:14   19.640   -64.218 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 19:37:06   19.681   -64.393 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 19:29:19   19.534   -64.293 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 19:11:56   19.591   -64.342 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/28 18:50:27   20.076   -64.346 24.3  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.8 2012/09/28 16:27:31   32.281  -115.266 10.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 16:25:56   37.852  -122.249 6.9  SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.5 2012/09/28 16:17:13   19.492   -66.260 83.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/28 16:07:58   19.672   -64.307 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 15:55:14   19.416   -64.493 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/28 15:36:27   19.629   -64.428 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/28 15:24:54   24.636  -110.354 27.7  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 14:54:35   37.163  -112.108 7.3  UTAH
MAP  4.8   2012/09/28 14:25:47   13.752   120.770 141.0  MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 13:46:01   46.232  -122.112 9.4  MOUNT ST. HELENS AREA, WASHINGTON
MAP  3.7 2012/09/28 13:37:19   19.366   -64.184 90.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/28 12:11:48   13.485   144.475 110.3  GUAM REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/28 11:36:59   36.852   143.669 22.1  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 10:53:44   48.008  -103.478 0.7  NORTH DAKOTA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/28 10:20:51   38.824  -122.794 2.2  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.2 2012/09/28 10:18:35  -24.136   -66.799 184.1  SALTA, ARGENTINA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/28 10:06:00   55.549  -161.638 164.9  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 09:17:36   19.554   -64.278 56.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 05:21:01   19.650   -64.419 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/28 04:39:01  -11.854   -76.325 103.0  CENTRAL PERU
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 04:28:25   19.191  -155.603 8.2  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.8 2012/09/28 04:12:45   19.588   -64.334 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/28 03:11:51  -31.510   -67.919 111.7  SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/28 01:35:47   18.019   -65.392 24.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/28 01:04:58   19.041   -67.824 17.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 00:41:53   19.561   -64.347 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 00:31:58   19.640   -64.370 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

 

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 30, 2012 08:48:51 UTC

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

CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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10 people killed/Hundreds Evacuated as Extreme Weather/ Floods sweep through Spain

Flash floods hit southern Spain

Flooding caused by torrential rain after months of drought leaves several dead and British woman missing

    Spanish floods

    Cars wrecked by flash floods in Villanueva del Rosario near Málaga, southern Spain. Photograph: Sergio Torres/AP

    Ten people have been killed and hundreds evacuated from their homes after extreme weather and flash floods hit southern Spain on Friday.

    The flooding, caused by torrential rain after months of drought, hit areas around Murcia and Almería in the south-east and Málaga in the south.

    A 52-year-old British woman is believed to be missing in Almería, according to a government official. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was looking into the reports as “a matter of urgency”.

    The weather brought down a motorway bridge and cars were swept away. Officials in the region said at least 600 people had been evacuated from their homes.

    Spanish radio said a young boy and girl who were found drowned in a car in the town of Puerto Lumbreras were among the dead. A middle-aged woman was also killed in Lorca, which was badly damaged in an earthquake last year.

    Jackie Broad, 58, said her home in Mojacar, Almería, was too high up to be flooded but she had seen cars get washed away by raging torrents of water. “The river at the bottom of our road has burst its banks. There was a lot of water, in some places up to the roofs of shops and houses.

    “The water has run away now but it’s left about a foot of mud everywhere. A lot of the roads are closed so we’re having trouble getting around,” she said.

    Five people have so far died in Murcia, three in Almería and two in Málaga. Five people originally declared missing have been found alive.

    A tornado that also swept through the town of Gandia on Friday knocked down a ferris wheel, injuring 35 fair workers. The town hall website said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt. Local media reported that the fair had been closed to the public at the time.

    The flooding disrupted transport links, with at least two motorways closed and one flight diverted to Seville from Malaga.

    Spain’s weather agency said up to 245 litres of water had fallen per square metre in the area on Friday.

    In 2011, a British couple died in a flash flood in Finestrat, on the Costa Blanca, after torrential rain caused a river to burst its banks.

    The heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday before moving towards the Balearic Islands.

    Flood sweeps man to death as UK storms continue

    Man in 60s caught by flooded stream in Shropshire as torrential rain shuts main train lines between England and Scotland

      A child stands at the edge of a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland

      A child stands at the edge of a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

      A man has died after being swept away by floodwater as heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to batter much of England, Scotland and Ireland.

      West Mercia police said the man was overcome by the water in a stream at Bitterley, near Ludlow in Shropshire, shortly after 10.30am on Thursday.

      The accident was reported by witnesses and the man’s body was found after an extensive search involving police, fire crews and the Severn Area Rescue Association.

      Residents named him as maths teacher Mike Ellis, who lived in the village with his wife.

      The West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire all suffered heavy flooding during the day.

      Later the storm spread north, closing both main rail lines between England and Scotland, with the west coast mainline closed at Tebay in Cumbria and a landslip blocking the east coast line near to Berwick.

      At one point the Tyne road tunnel was closed in both directions, and police warned motorists stuck in traffic to stay with their cars until emergency services reached them. Residents in several locations across Tyneside had to be evacuated.

      The Environment Agency urged people to be on alert for more flash flooding across the Midlands, northern England and Scotland as the Met Office forecast outbreaks of torrential rain across central and northern parts of the country. There was a continued risk of surface flooding if drainage systems were overwhelmed by rainfall.

      The heavy rain could also cause rivers to rise rapidly, the EA warned, and it advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater. It also urged people to check its website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings.

      There were seven flood warnings in place for the Midlands, two for the north-east, one for the north-west and one for Scotland.

      Flooding has also hit Ireland, where more than 50 homes and many businesses were flooded and several thousand left without power after 50mm of rain fell in a seven-hour period across Cork.

      There were fears in Northern Ireland that overnight flooding which swamped Belfast could happen again. Further downpours were forecast as thousands struggled to clean up damage caused by flooding across the city and parts of Co Antrim.

      Emergency services reported receiving more than 700 callouts linked to flooding in Belfast, while the region’s water authority said it handled nearly 3,000 flood calls, and 1,000 homes were hit by power cuts.

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      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 30.09.2012 Hurricane II 340 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 5.79 m NOAA NHC Details

       

       

       

       

       

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      Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: 28th September 2012
      Track long: 1,376.35 km
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      30th Sep 2012 06:48:45 N 35° 36.000, W 37° 30.000 17 139 167 Hurricane II 340 ° 19 984 MB NOAA NHC
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      02nd Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 37° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
      03rd Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 36° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
      04th Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 37° 30.000, W 33° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC

       

       

      Jelewat (18W) Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 30.09.2012 Typhoon I 35 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details

       

       

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      Storm name: Jelewat (18W)
      Area: Pacific Ocean
      Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
      Start up: 20th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,242.90 km
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      30th Sep 2012 06:49:54 N 31° 36.000, E 134° 18.000 46 120 148 Typhoon I 35 ° 20 JTWC
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      Norman (EP14) Pacific Ocean – East 28.09.2012 30.09.2012 Tropical Depression 25 ° 46 km/h 65 km/h 3.66 m JTWC Details

       

       

       

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      Storm name: Norman (EP14)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 22° 48.000, W 108° 36.000
      Start up: 28th September 2012
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      30th Sep 2012 06:50:49 N 25° 54.000, W 110° 48.000 11 46 65 Tropical Depression 25 ° 12 NOAA NHC
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      台風17号沖縄を直撃 Typhoon Jelawat Slams Okinawa

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      台風17号が強風を伴って沖縄那覇市内を直撃 2012年9月29日 / Breaking news footage of typhoon Jelawat slamming Okinawa, Japan on 29th September 2012. Footage not to be used without my permission. For licensing please email James (at) EarthUncut (dot) tv

      NHK – Jelawat moves across Japan (intense tyhoon)

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      NHK World News —- Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai

      Description — Southern Japan is being battered by a powerful typhoon.

      The Meteorological Agency says typhoon Jelawat was 210 kilometers southwest of Tanegashima Island as of 4 AM on Sunday. The typhoon is moving northeast at 40 kilometers per hour.

      The agency says the atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm is 945 hectopascals with winds of up to 162 kilometers an hour.

      The typhoon is expected to continue northward and approach western Japan with rainfall of 50 millimeters per hour.

      At least 85 people have been treated for injuries so far. More than 4,400 households have received evacuation advisories in Kagoshima Prefecture, which will affect about 9,300 residents.

      The typhoon has knocked out electrical power at about 260,000 households in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures.
      Sep. 29, 2012 – Updated 19:35 UTC (04:35 JST)

      Hundreds killed in Pakistan flooding

      By the CNN Wire Staff
      People flee flooded areas in Shahdadkot, Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 28.
      People flee flooded areas in Shahdadkot, Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 28.

      STORY HIGHLIGHTS
      • Flooding in Pakistan has left more than 420 people dead and nearly 3,000 injured, official says
      • The floods, which have also displaced some 350,000 people, follow monsoon rains
      • Pakistan was also hit by devastating floods last year and in 2010

      Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Floods resulting from monsoon rains have killed 422 people and left nearly 3,000 injured across Pakistan, a disaster agency spokesman said Saturday.

      Some 350,000 people have been forced from their homes and another 4.7 million people affected by the flooding since August 22, Ahmed Kamal of the National Disaster Management Authority said.

      More than 15,000 villages have been affected and many houses destroyed or damaged in the past five weeks, he said.

      Pakistan has suffered a series of devastating inundations, affecting millions of people, in recent years.

      Pakistan, India hit by deadly flooding

      Flooding last year killed 470 people and impacted 9.1 million others, Kamal said.

      In the worst-affected area of Sindh province, in southeastern Pakistan, the waters submerged more than 4.5 million acres of farming land, damaging an estimated 80% of cash crops.

      Many in the country were at that point barely recovering from massive and deadly flooding in August 2010, which left a fifth of the country submerged by water, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

      Those floods lasted for weeks, affecting more than 20 million people and leaving 1,985 people dead, Kamal said.

      Much of the land inundated in 2010 was in Punjab province, Pakistan’s breadbasket, where many people live off the soil and their livestock. Great hardship followed for millions in the wake of the flooding.

      Pakistan floods kill 371, affect 4.47 million

      by Staff Writers
      Islamabad (AFP)


      Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 371 people and affected nearly 4.5 million, the government’s disaster relief agency said on Friday.

      Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010, when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

      As in 2010 and 2011, most of those hit by the latest floods are in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 2.8 million were affected, with nearly 890,000 in Punjab and 700,000 in Baluchistan.

      Nearly 290,000 people around the country have been forced to seek shelter in relief camps, NDMA said in figures published on its website.

      The floods began in early September, with nearly 80 killed in flash floods, mostly in the northwest and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

      An NDMA spokesman said the government was not yet appealing for foreign assistance.

      “The government’s point of view is that the situation will be handled from own resources,” Ahmad Kamal told AFP.

      More than a million acres (400,000 hectares) of crops have been destroyed by the floods across the country, NDMA said, and nearly 8,000 cattle have been killed.

      UN children’s agency UNICEF, quoting a separate flood assessment, said at least 2.8 million people had been affected, including 1.4 million children, of whom more than 390,000 are under five.

      UNICEF said it was providing 183,000 people a day with drinking water but warned it urgently needed more funds.

      “Children from very poor families are among the worst affected by the severe flooding and they need our immediate help,” said UNICEF Pakistan Deputy Representative Karen Allen.

      “UNICEF urgently needs $15.4 million to scale up its water, sanitation and hygiene response to reach around 400,000 people over the next three to six months.”

      UNICEF said that according to its assessment, more than half of those affected by the floods were concentrated in just five districts, two each in Sindh and Baluchistan and one in Punjab.

      It said 360,000 people had been left without shelter and three quarters of children in the five worst-affected districts were unable to go to school, either because the buildings have been destroyed or because they are being used as temporary shelters.

      The UN agency voiced particular concern about children forced from their homes, saying loss of access to safe water supplies left them vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, measles, polio and pneumonia.

      More than 20,000 families in Sindh have been provided with hygiene kits including water purification tablets, UNICEF said, as part of efforts to prevent deadly water-borne diseases.

      Morocco flooding kills 3


      Rabat (AFP) Sept 29, 2012 – Two women and a teenaged boy have died in flooding that has plagued Morocco over the past two days, authorities said on Saturday.

      A 50-year-old woman, her daughter-in-law and the 14-year-old boy were swept away by flash flooding on Friday in the western region of Safi.

      The younger woman was rescued, but later died in hospital in the Atlantic coastal city of Safi, southwest of Rabat.

      The North African kingdom has been inundated by unseasonal rains and hit by heavy winds since Thursday.

      In Agadir, south of Safi, authorities said more than 50 millimetres (about two inches) of rain have fallen since then, a fifth of normal annual precipitation.

      And the highway linking Safi with Essaouira, further south, was closed to traffic because of the storms.

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      Breaking News: Spain Tornado Hits Fair As ‘Floods’ Kill 10

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      Ten people have been killed in flash floods in southern Spain and a British woman is missing, while dozens were hurt as a tornado ripped through a fairground.

      A 52-year-old British woman is among those missing after torrential rain hit the Andalusia and Murcia regions, and hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes.

      The hardest hit provinces are Malaga in the south and Almeria in the southeast.

      Among the dead are seven men, two women and a 10-year-old girl who was found drowned in a car.

      Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was investigating reports that the unnamed British woman has gone missing in Almeria.

      In the region of Valencia, 35 people were reportedly injured after a tornado hit a fairground and flattened a Ferris wheel.
      Spain Flooding has hit southern parts of Spain

      Local media said all the injured were fairground workers and 15 were seriously hurt.

      The twister damaged several other rides and cut electricity in the temporary fairground set up in the town of Gandia.

      The funfair was closed to the public at the time because of a thunderstorm, reports said.

      On the beach at El Saler, near Valenica, two cargo ships have run ashore and the ports of Valencia and Sagunto were temporarily closed on Saturday.

      The flooding has also disrupted high-speed train services between Madrid and Valencia and various regional lines, while some bridges and roads have been made impassible.

      Around 500 people have been moved from their homes, although some evacuees have begun to return home to clear up the mess with the help of local authority workers.

      Forecasters say the heavy rain, which started on Friday morning, is moving east and will eventually head northwards toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

      The deluge comes after months of virtual drought and soaring summer temperatures all over Spain that triggered thousands of wildfires.

       

       

      30.09.2012 Flash Flood Spain Andalusia, Alora Damage level
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      Flash Flood in Spain on Friday, 28 September, 2012 at 16:44 (04:44 PM) UTC.

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      Torrential downpours in southern Spain have caused flash floods that have killed one person, swamped homes and swept cars down roads transformed into raging rivers. An official in the town of Alora says homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. She did not have more details and spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with town policy. Images in Spanish media showed wrecked cars carried away by flash floods, rivers overflowing their banks and people sweeping muddy water out of their homes. The heavy rains started early Friday morning. The hardest hit area included Alora and other nearby towns inland from the Mediterranean city of Malaga.

       

       

       

       

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Genetic Sleuthing Uncovers Deadly New Virus in Africa

      ScienceDaily   — An isolated outbreak of a deadly disease known as acute hemorrhagic fever, which killed two people and left one gravely ill in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer of 2009, was probably caused by a novel virus scientists have never seen before.

      Collecting samples in the Jungles of Boma in 2009 after the outbreak. (Credit: Courtesy of Metabiota)

      Described this week in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, the new microbe has been named Bas-Congo virus (BASV) after the province in the southwest corner of the Congo where the three people lived.

      It was discovered by an international research consortium that included the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of California, Davis (UCD), Global Viral, the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon, the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Metabiota and others.

      “Known viruses, such as Ebola, HIV and influenza, represent just the tip of the microbial iceberg,” said Joseph Fair, PhD, a co-author and vice president of Metabiota. “Identifying deadly unknown viruses, such as Bas-Congo virus, gives us a leg up in controlling future outbreaks.”

      “These are the only three cases known to have occurred, although there could be additional outbreaks from this virus in the future,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF and director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, who spearheaded the UCSF effort to identify the virus. Chiu and his team continue to work on new diagnostics to detect the virus so that health officials in Congo and elsewhere can quickly identify it should it emerge again.

      One odd characteristic of the Bas-Congo virus, Chiu said, is that while a number of other viruses in Africa also cause deadly outbreaks of acute hemorrhagic fever — Ebola virus, Lassa virus and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus to name a few — the new virus is unlike any of them.

      Genetically it is more closely related to the types of viruses that cause rabies, which are known to infect people with a very different sort of disease — a neurological illness that is uniformly fatal if untreated but may take months to develop.

      An antibody test developed in this study was applied to the one patient who survived and to others who had come into contact with him. It suggested that the disease may be spread from person to person but likely originated from some other source, such as an insect or rodent.

      The identity of this animal “reservoir” and the precise mode of transmission for the virus remain unclear and are currently being investigated by Metabiota and the central African members of the consortium through the PREDICT Project of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. (http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ohi/predict/index.cfm)

      How the New Virus Emerged

      In the summer of 2009, a 15-year old boy in a small rural community called Mangala village suddenly fell ill and developed a bleeding nose, bleeding gums and bloody vomit. He rapidly worsened, dying within three days of the first signs of illness.

      A week later, a 13-year old girl who attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood as the boy came down with a similar, serious illness. She declined just as rapidly and also died within three days. One week after that, the male nurse who cared for this girl began showing the same symptoms, and he was transferred to a hospital in Boma, a nearby port city that sits along the Congo River upstream from Africa’s Atlantic coast.

      Members of the consortium, who had initiated a project to diagnose unusual cases of severe hemorrhagic fever, obtained blood samples collected from the nurse by the Congolese doctors and sent them to the laboratory of Eric Leroy, PhD, doctor of veterinary medicine at the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon. There the samples were tested for traces of any known virus, but nothing was found. The Metabiota scientists then solicited the expertise of Chiu at UCSF and Eric Delwart at the Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI) in San Francisco to aid in the diagnosis.

      The researchers ultimately identified a completely new virus as the cause of the mysterious illness through a powerful strategy for identifying novel pathogens known as “deep sequencing,” in which millions of DNA sequences are generated from a clinical sample and then pieced together using computer algorithms combined with human analysis.

      Distinct Attributes of Bas-Congo

      The Bas-Congo virus belongs to a family of viruses known as the rhabdoviruses, a large family of viruses that infect plants, insects and mammals, including humans. The most famous member of this family is the virus that causes rabies. But even among the rhabdoviruses, Bas-Congo is something of an outlier, being very genetically distinct from other members of the family.

      What’s most unusual about this virus, though, said Chiu, is what it does to people.

      No other rhabdoviruses are known to cause the acute, rapid and deadly hemorrhagic fever seen in the three cases in the Congo. Rabies, for instance, can be a deadly disease if untreated, but the course of rabies in humans is nothing like the rapid and deadly onset seen with the Bas-Congo virus. There is some precedent, however, for hemorrhagic disease from rhabdoviruses in the animal kingdom: fish rhabdoviruses are known to cause hemorrhagic septicemia — acute bleeding and death — in affected fish.

      The third patient had enormous amounts of BASV in his bloodstream just two days after he fell ill — more than a million copies in every milliliter of blood.

      The BASV sequence was also used to design an antibody test for the virus, an effort led by Graham Simmons at the BSRI, another member of the consortium. Antibodies are blood immune proteins produced in response to an infection. The antibody test allowed the researchers to screen both the third patient with acute hemorrhagic fever and other people who had come into contact with the third patient, including the nurse who cared for him in the Boma hospital. High levels of BASV-specific antibodies were found in the third patient, establishing that he indeed had been infected with Bas-Congo virus. The same antibodies were also found in the second nurse, even though he never actually became sick.

      “What this suggests is that the disease may be transmissible from person to person — though it’s most likely to have originated from some other source,” said Nathan Wolfe, PhD, founder and chairman of Global Viral, and a co-author on the paper. “The fact that it belongs to a family of viruses known to infect a wide variety of mammals, insects and other animals means that it may perpetually exist in insect or other ‘host’ species and was accidentally passed to humans through insect bites or some other means.”

      The research consortium includes San Francisco-based Global Viral, Metabiota, UCSF, BSRI, as well as researchers with the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon; the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, France; the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University; and the Howard Hughes Medical Center.

      This work was funded by support from Google.org, the Skoll Foundation, the government of Gabon, Total-Fina-Elf Gabon, and the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes de la France, the U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of Global Emerging Infections, Surveillance Operations (AFHSC GEIS) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (DTRA-CBEP), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, PREDICT project. Additional funding was provided by the National Institutes of Health provided via grant numbers R01-HL083254, R01-HL105770, R56-AI089532, and R01-HL105704 and by an Abbott Viral Discovery Award.

      * Global Viral was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Initiative.

      **Metabiota was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Inc.

      29.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Indiana, Riley Damage level Details

      Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 29 September, 2012 at 17:34 (05:34 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Riley Hospital for Children is back in operation after a mysterious illness resulted in a lockdown on Thursday. Seven adults got sick and four others were hospitalized Thursday due to an unknown substance they were exposed to inside the emergency room at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. All of those hospitalized have since been relased according to Riley spokeswoman, Abigail Gras. It all started with an odd smell, which Riley staff members confirmed, prompting a call to the Indianapolis Fire Department. At approximately 11:50 a.m., an IFD hazardous materials team responded, along with members of the Department of Homeland Security, to investigate a possible chemical spill inside the hospital’s emergency room. IFD spokesman Lt. Derrick Sayles later said there wasn’t a chemical spill. Crews were still trying to identify the mystery subtance that caused seven adults to fall ill at Riley, even though investigators admit they may never know what made them sick. “At this time, everything we found is inconclusive,” said Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons at a news conference Friday afternoon.Marion County Health Department Director, Dr. Virginia Caine, confirmed the inconclusive findings, “We’ve used the most sophisticated tests that we have already,” she said. “Usually when you get to this stage, it’s very rare that you identify something later.” Riley says its hospital did everything right to respond: a major lockdown and extensive testing by Hazmat, the Health Department, even experts at the National Guard. They ruled out benzene and any gases associated with bio-terrorism. “Our monitors would pick up on any kind of chemical like that,” Coons told reporters. Thankfully, all 7 adults who were sickened reported no additional symptoms hours after exposure to the mystery substance, nor has any one else reported getting sick since it all began. Unfortunately, them may never know what made them sick. As of today, health officials report that we may likely never know what noxious substance triggered the hospital lockdown and caused people to get sick.
      Biohazard name: Unidentified illness
      Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
      Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
      Symptoms:
      Status: suspected

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      Climate Change

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

       by Kim Martineau

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study Enlarge Glaciers on Svalbard are retreating rapidly. Credit: William D’Andrea
      Glaciers on Svalbard are retreating rapidly. Credit: William D’Andrea (Phys.org)—Summers on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard are now warmer than at any other time in the last 1,800 years, including during medieval times when parts of the northern hemisphere were as hot as, or hotter, than today, according to a new study in the journal Geology.
      “The Medieval Warm Period was not as uniformly warm as we once thought—we can start calling it the Medieval Period again,” said the study’s lead author, William D’Andrea, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “Our record indicates that recent summer temperatures on Svalbard are greater than even the warmest periods at that time.” The naturally driven Medieval Warm Period, from about 950 to 1250, has been a favorite time for people who deny evidence that humans are heating the planet with industrial greenhouse gases. But the climate reconstruction from Svalbard casts new doubt on that era’s reach, and undercuts skeptics who argue that current warming is also natural. Since 1987, summers on Svalbard have been 2 degrees to 2.5 degrees C (3.6 to 4.5 degrees F) hotter than they were there during warmest parts of the Medieval Warm Period, the study found. Researchers produced the 1,800 year climate record by analyzing levels of unsaturated fats in algae buried in the sediments of Kongressvatnet lake, in western Svalbard. In colder water, algae make more unsaturated fats, or alkenones; in warmer water, they produce more saturated fats. Like pages in a book, the unsaturation level of fats can provide a record of past climate. So far, most Arctic climate records have come from ice cores that preserve only annual layers of cold-season snowfall, and thus cold-season temperatures. But lake sediments, with their record of summertime temperatures, can tell scientists how climate varied the rest of the year and in places where ice sheets are absent. “We need both ice core and lake sediment records,” said Elisabeth Isaksson, a glaciologist at the Norwegian Polar Institute who was not involved in the study. “Here, Billy has found something that tells a different, more detailed story.” In looking at how summers on Svalbard varied, researchers also discovered that the region was not particularly cold during another recent anomalous period—the “Little Ice Age” of the 18th and 19th centuries, when glaciers on Svalbard surged to their greatest extent in the last 10,000 years and glaciers in many parts of Western Europe also grew.They suggest that more snow, rather than colder temperatures, may have fed the growth of Svalbard glaciers.
      Evidence from tree rings and ice cores shows that southern Greenland and parts of North America were warmer from 950 to 1250 than today, with the Vikings taking advantage of ice-free waters to settle Greenland. Some regions also saw prolonged drought, including California, Nevada and the Mississippi Valley, leading some scientists to coin the term Medieval Climate Anomaly to emphasize the extreme shift in precipitation rather than temperature. A natural increase in solar radiation during this time was responsible for warming parts of the northern hemisphere, with a rise in volcanic activity from 1100 to 1260 causing milder winters, University of Massachusetts scientist Ray Bradley explained in a 2003 Perspective piece in Science. Bradley is a co-author of the Svalbard lake sediment study. Western Svalbard began to gradually warm in 1600, the researchers found, when the northern arm of the Gulf Stream, known as the West Spitsbergen Current, may have brought more tropical water to the region. In 1890, the warming began to accelerate, with researchers attributing most of the warming since about 1960 to rising industrial greenhouse gas levels. Ice cores from Svalbard, by contrast, show a slight cooling over the last 1,800 years. The conflicting evidence suggests that temperatures may have fluctuated more sharply between winter and summer, said Anne Hormes, a quaternary geologist at the University Centre in Svalbard who was not involved in the study. D’Andrea and his colleagues dated their lake cores by analyzing grains of glass spewed by volcanoes hundreds of miles away in Iceland. Those past eruptions— Snæfellsjökullin 170, Hekla in 1104 and Öræfajökull in 1362—all left unique chemical time markers on Svalbard’s lake sediments. “We know fairly precisely when these eruptions occurred, which is rare in the geologic record,” said study co-author Nicholas Balascio, a scientist at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Recent temperature measurements show that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, with sea ice this summer shrinking to its smallest extent on record. Natural feedbacks are amplifying the warming as loss of reflective sea ice causes the ocean to absorb more of the sun’s energy, melting more sea ice, which causes more energy absorption, and so on. Climate models suggest that by 2100 Svalbard will warm more than any other landmass on earth, due to a combination of sea-ice loss and changes in atmospheric and oceanic circulation, according to the International Panel on Climate Change 2007 report. In a study published last year in the journal Advances in Meteorology, Norwegian researchers estimate that average winter temperature in Svalbard could rise by as much as 10 degrees C, or 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

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      Solar Activity

      2MIN News Sept 29. 2012

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

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

      TODAY’S LINKS
      More on the Mars Pics: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2015&category=Science
      Sinkhole: http://www.bayoubuzz.com/component/k2/item/104287-the-smell-of-the-bayou-corn…
      Arctic Temps: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-high-arctic-tops-year-high.html
      More on the Mars Pics: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2015&category=Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Space

       

       

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

      Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
      (2012 RH10) 03rd October 2012 2 day(s) 0.1260 49.0 98 m – 220 m 12.90 km/s 46440 km/h
      (2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 8 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
      (1994 EK) 14th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
      (2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
      (2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 17 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

       

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      Sinkhole

      sinkholeIs the growing sinkhole crises at Bayou Corne Louisiana  worsening?  Is the state of Louisiana, the feds and Texas Brine Company doing enough to protect the area, the residents and the region?

      On Tuesday, a 30 x 50 section caved in pulling down more trees and part of an access road.

      According to the Advocate, “Other developments regarding the sinkhole emergency have emerged in recent days, state and parish officials said:

      • Sonar testing results of a damaged Texas Brine salt cavern and samples of material found in the cavern are being analyzed to better understand what happened to the cavern suspected as the cause of the sinkhole.
      • Testing of hydrocarbon liquids from a Texas Brine investigatory well into the cavern may provide a definite link between the cavern and the sinkhole.
      • Another location where natural gas bubbles to the surface of area waterways emerged and samples of its gas emissions have been captured for testing.

      In announcing their cavern sustained damage, Texas Brine officials said Monday that a tool used to measure the depth of the underground cavern found its floor is 1,300 feet shallower than when it was plugged and abandoned in mid 2011. That new, shallower point is 4,000 feet underground.

      The company said the findings indicated “some type of dense material has fallen to the bottom of the cavern.”

      Parish and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources officials are trying to get a better idea about the nature and amount of material found Monday inside the 20-million-barrel salt cavern, said Patrick Courreges, DNR spokesman.

      The sinkhole has been in existence now  since August 3 of this year, prior to Hurricane Isaac.

      According to environmental attorney Stuart Smith, something smells.  Smith, who has been critical of the state and Texas Brine and others, stated today in a emailer sent to the public:

      But the stench from the latest whopper from Texas Brine is more foul than any odor from the growing slurry pit:

      The Louisiana Office of Conservation Commissioner James Welsh ordered Texas Brine Co. of Houston Tuesday to turn over all studies and data supporting its claim that tremors caused the failure of the company’s salt cavern in Assumption Parish, the agency said.

      The order, which threatens fines or penalties for noncompliance, follows Texas Brine’s statement late Monday night that regional seismic activity damaged an abandoned company salt cavern that has been suspected as the cause of a 4-acre sinkhole erupting near the Bayou Corne community.

      You read that correctly. Remember, this is the site were Texas Brine warned state officials more than a year and a half ago that there might be problems with the cavern’s integrity, and then neither the company nor the state lifted a finger this summer when the ground began to shake and gases began bubbling up from underground. And yet now Texas Brine is trying to pull a fast one by claiming the earth tremors caused the cavern to sink — not the other way around.

      A federal official called out the company’s claim as preposterous:

      But, in Tuesday’s statement from the Office of Conservation, researchers also studying the quakes disputed that claim.

      William Leith, U.S. Geological Survey senior adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards, said that the USGS consensus is that the seismic activity detected in the area is a consequence of the cavern collapse, not the cause of the collapse and sinkhole/slurry area, the office’s statement says.

      The bottom line just keeps growing bigger in Bayou Corne, and the ultimate bottom line is this: Somebody is going to have to pay for both the environmental carnage and the psychological stresses have been dumped on this small bayou community. Now Texas Brine has the audacity to portray this as an act of God, when clearly this crisis was created by humans acting recklessly. Even if the sinkhole swallows the entire town, it can’t swallow the truth.

       

       

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      Earthquakes

      USGS

      MAG UTC DATE-TIME
      y/m/d h:m:s
      LAT
      deg
      LON
      deg
      DEPTH
      km
       Region
      MAP  4.8   2012/09/15 23:44:51  -55.951   -27.774 10.1  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.3 2012/09/15 23:41:25  -16.690   -69.210 197.4  SOUTHERN PERU
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/15 19:52:09   19.708  -156.015 11.6  HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 18:31:49   19.569   -64.301 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.9 2012/09/15 18:27:17   19.576   -64.238 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  5.3   2012/09/15 17:35:45  -10.768   113.874 30.6  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
      MAP  5.6   2012/09/15 16:32:21  -10.771   113.856 9.9  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/15 16:09:45   35.688   140.969 12.6  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
      MAP  2.5 2012/09/15 15:59:29   60.037  -152.761 97.5  SOUTHERN ALASKA
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/15 15:30:52   62.889  -150.411 106.8  CENTRAL ALASKA
      MAP  3.2 2012/09/15 14:51:53   18.930   -65.087 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 13:28:09   51.543   178.892 2.4  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
      MAP  2.6 2012/09/15 12:37:09   39.713  -123.163 2.9  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
      MAP  2.9 2012/09/15 12:21:40   46.366  -111.049 8.0  WESTERN MONTANA
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 10:54:34   17.916   -65.460 35.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
      MAP  5.3   2012/09/15 10:26:26   12.558   125.466 35.0  SAMAR, PHILIPPINES
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/15 09:52:17   18.586   -67.810 80.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/15 09:37:18  -32.832   -66.667 41.6  SAN LUIS, ARGENTINA
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/15 08:43:28   46.164   152.949 42.8  KURIL ISLANDS
      MAP  3.4 2012/09/15 07:30:08   19.743   -64.257 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 07:29:09   19.555   -64.293 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  5.1   2012/09/15 07:04:01   12.564   125.530 23.8  SAMAR, PHILIPPINES
      MAP  3.3 2012/09/15 06:44:23   51.789  -176.409 67.9  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
      MAP  2.8 2012/09/15 06:29:37   19.212   -64.661 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.1 2012/09/15 05:59:08   19.394   -64.165 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.2 2012/09/15 05:57:45   19.705   -64.257 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.6   2012/09/15 05:52:12   40.380   63.399 23.7  WESTERN UZBEKISTAN
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/15 05:20:08   19.535   -64.356 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  3.4 2012/09/15 05:18:37   19.625   -64.334 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
      MAP  4.4 2012/09/15 05:14:28   -3.891   -80.141 80.1  PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION
      MAP  2.8 2012/09/15 02:36:59   62.432  -147.767 1.8  CENTRAL ALASKA
      MAP  2.7 2012/09/15 02:23:26   57.378  -154.630 0.2  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
      MAP  3.0 2012/09/15 00:51:00   19.380  -155.243 3.7  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
      MAP  4.5   2012/09/15 00:50:47  -34.657   -72.665 20.3  OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
      MAP  4.7   2012/09/15 00:40:15  -34.650   -72.677 24.1  OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE

      LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

      GSN Stations

      These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 16, 2012 05:18:57 UTC

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

      CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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      CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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      CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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      CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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      CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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      CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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      CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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      CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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      CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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      IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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      IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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      IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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      IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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      IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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      IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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      IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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      IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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      IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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      IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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      IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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      IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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      IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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      IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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      IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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      IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

       COLA 24hr plot

      IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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      IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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      IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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      IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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      IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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      IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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      IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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      IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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      IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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      IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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      IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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      IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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      IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

       JOHN 24hr plot

      IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

       KBS 24hr plot

      IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

       KEV 24hr plot

      IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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      IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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      IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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      IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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      IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

       KONO 24hr plot

      IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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      IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

       LCO 24hr plot

      IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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      IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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      IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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      IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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      IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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      IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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      IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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      IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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      IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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      IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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      IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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      IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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      IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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      IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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      IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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      IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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      IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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      IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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      IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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      IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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      IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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      IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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      IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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      IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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      IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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      IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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      IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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      IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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      IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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      IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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      IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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      IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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      IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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      IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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      IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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      IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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      IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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      IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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      IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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      IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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      IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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      IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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      IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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      IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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      IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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      Volcanic Activity

      15.09.2012 04:40 AM Tanna Island, Vanuatu Mount Yasur volcano Volcano Activity 0507-10= Stratovolcano 2010 No. 0 Details

      Volcano Activity in Vanuatu on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 04:40 (04:40 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Volcanic activity on Mount Yasur on Tanna Island in Vanuatu, which has been erupting for hundreds of years, has intensified. The Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory has raised its warning regarding Yasur to level two, with expectations of ash and rock falls around the mountain. The volcano reached a level three rating last year, but Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory manager Esline Garaebiti says a threat of that extent is unlikely. However she says people still need to stay clear of the mountain. “This volcano is quite special and the activity is so strong that we maintain it in level two for quite some time and if the explosions are becoming very strong and the projections go further out from the parking area then we will raise the level to level three.”

       

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      Storms / Tornadoes / Flooding / Landslides

        Active tropical storm system(s)
      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Sanba (17W) Pacific Ocean 11.09.2012 16.09.2012 Typhoon IV 355 ° 176 km/h 213 km/h 5.79 m JTWC Details

       Tropical Storm data

      Share:
      Storm name: Sanba (17W)
      Area: Pacific Ocean
      Start up location: N 11° 6.000, E 133° 48.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,158.44 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: JTWC
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      Past track
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
      Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Category Course Wave Pressure Source
      12th Sep 2012 05:03:46 N 12° 42.000, E 131° 48.000 15 102 130 Tropical Storm 310 18 JTWC
      13th Sep 2012 04:24:21 N 14° 48.000, E 129° 48.000 13 167 204 Typhoon II. 335 17 JTWC
      14th Sep 2012 05:10:27 N 18° 12.000, E 129° 42.000 19 278 296 Super Typhoon 360 20 JTWC
      15th Sep 2012 06:52:46 N 22° 18.000, E 129° 0.000 19 204 250 Typhoon III. 335 15 JTWC
      Current position
      Date Time Position Speed
      km/h
      Wind
      km/h
      Gust
      km/h
      Category Course Wave
      feet
      Pressure Source
      16th Sep 2012 05:12:01 N 27° 0.000, E 128° 6.000 26 176 213 Typhoon IV 355 ° 19 JTWC
      Forecast track
      Date Time Position Category Wind
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      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 0.000, E 127° 54.000 Typhoon II 139 167 JTWC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 43° 0.000, E 130° 18.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 52° 30.000, E 135° 6.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
      Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 16.09.2012 Hurricane II 95 ° 130 km/h 157 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

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      Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,012.00 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
      13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
      14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
      15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
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      16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane II 95 ° 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
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      17th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 31° 48.000, W 37° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 54.000, W 40° 0.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 0.000, W 34° 48.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 32° 30.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
      20th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 37° 0.000, W 32° 0.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
      21st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 36° 30.000, W 31° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
      Kristy (EP11) Pacific Ocean – East 12.09.2012 16.09.2012 Tropical Depression 315 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 5.49 m NOAA NHC Details

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      Storm name: Kristy (EP11)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 16° 42.000, W 106° 0.000
      Start up: 12th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 818.09 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      13th Sep 2012 05:35:33 N 18° 0.000, W 107° 24.000 15 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 11 1002 MB NOAA NHC
      14th Sep 2012 05:12:13 N 19° 42.000, W 111° 6.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 15 1000 MB NOAA NHC
      15th Sep 2012 06:57:35 N 21° 12.000, W 113° 48.000 15 74 93 Tropical Storm 305 11 1001 MB NOAA NHC
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      16th Sep 2012 05:19:27 N 23° 42.000, W 116° 12.000 15 65 83 Tropical Depression 315 ° 18 1004 MB NOAA NHC
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      17th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 26° 24.000, W 118° 48.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 36.000, W 118° 24.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 0.000, W 118° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
      Lane (EP12) Pacific Ocean – East 15.09.2012 16.09.2012 Tropical Depression 280 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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      Storm name: Lane (EP12)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 14° 0.000, W 123° 30.000
      Start up: 15th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 62.93 km
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      16th Sep 2012 05:13:14 N 13° 18.000, W 124° 6.000 11 65 83 Tropical Depression 280 ° 16 1003 MB NOAA NHC
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      17th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 15° 36.000, W 127° 18.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
      17th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 30.000, W 126° 6.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
      18th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 54.000, W 128° 18.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
      19th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 18.000, W 129° 42.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
      20th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 0.000, W 131° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
      21st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 30.000, W 135° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC

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      New Typhoon Heads To Korea; North Korea Already Reels

      By Evan Ramstad

      KCNA via European Pressphoto Agency
      Damage from Typhoon Bolaven in North Korea, photographed near Komdok on Aug. 31 by KCNA, released Sept. 7 to EPA for international distribution.

      Just as another typhoon headed toward the Korean peninsula, North Korea on Friday summarized the damage from the late summer storm season – 300 dead and another 600 injured or missing.

      North Korea’s state news agency said that the worst damage came from the typhoon called Bolaven that swept over the peninsula on Aug. 28 and 29.

      That storm alone killed 59 people and left about 26,320 people homeless after about 8,000 houses were destroyed by rain and flooding.

      For a country that is so poor and inefficient that each year’s summer storms leave it a disastrous wreck, North Korea provides strikingly precise data about the damage.

      Since mid-June, storms and floods damaged or destroyed 87,280 homes and left 298,050 people homeless, its news agency said.

      It did not say whether they were temporarily homeless from, say, floodwater, or indeed needed entire new homes.

      Among the other damage, 92 drinking water systems were ravaged and 16,900 trees knocked down. “More than 17,150 square meters of railroad were washed away and over 300 sections of railway [were] covered by landslides, with scores of tunnels and railway bridges damaged,” it said.

      Now comes Typhoon Sanba, which is heading north from the Philippines toward Okinawa this weekend and the Korean peninsula by Monday. It is a stronger storm than Bolaven, which was billed as the biggest in a decade but didn’t turn out that way.
      Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer on Okinawa warns that he’s never seen a storm as intense as Sanba is shaping up to be.

      By the time it hits the Korean peninsula, its winds will have died down from Category 4 to Category 2 speeds, he estimates. Even so, both South and North Korea are well-saturated. And North Korea is in no shape for another big storm.

      15.09.2012 Tornado Philippines Province of Zamboanga del Norte, Zambo Sibugay Damage level Details

      Tornado in Philippines on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:52 (03:52 PM) UTC.

      Description
      One people got injured and several establishments were partially damaged when a tornado hit a town in Zamboanga Sibugay early today, local officials said. The tornado, which is locally called “buhawi”, hit Poblacion village, the town center of Kabasalan town about 3:30 a.m today, said Mayor George Cainglet. According to the responding police, a driver of a bicycle cab identified as Bebot Baricua, got injured when a flying debris hit him on the street, making him the only victim of the tornado. Besides him, the roofs of the public market, particularly under the wet section, and the roof of the garage area of the town police center were also tore by the tornado, the police added. “The damage was minimal but the residents went panic as a result of the sudden weather disturbance,” disaster officer Adriano Fuego told the press. The authorities estimated that the total damage caused by the tornado is just P200,000 (about $4,800), and the business at the public market was temporarily halted due to the disaster.

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      15.09.2012 Flash Flood Taiwan Multiple areas, [Northern regons] Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in Taiwan on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:48 (03:48 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Northern Taiwan has seen heavy rainfall Saturday due to the combined effects of seasonal winds and a nearby typhoon, the Central Weather Bureau said. Moisture carried by seasonal winds from the northeast, together with the outer rim of Typhoon Sanba, has caused significant downpours in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan County and Yilan County. Xindian District in New Taipei was the hardest-hit area, recording accumulated precipitation of 296 millimeters between midnight and 3 p.m. Saturday, bureau data showed. Rainfall in the areas is likely to continue until Sunday, causing daily minimum temperatures to drop to around 23 degrees Celsius, forecasters said. Meanwhile, strong winds reaching 100 kilometers per hour could be felt in coastal areas across the island due to influence from nearby Sanba. However, the typhoon is not expected to pose further threats to the island as it is heading toward the Ryukyu Islands, the bureau said. As of 2 p.m., Sanba was centered 720 km east of Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, moving at a speed of 23 kph in a north-northwesterly direction. It was packing sustained winds of 191 kph, with gusts reaching 234 kph, the bureau said.
      15.09.2012 Flash Flood Philippines Capital City, Manila Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in Philippines on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:39 (03:39 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Parts of Manila were under six feet (1.8 metres) of floodwater on Saturday after heavy rain lashed the capital overnight, forcing more than 400 people to flee their homes, officials said. There was also a strong typhoon lurking in the region, and although it was moving away from the Philippines and towards Japan, forecasters said it was adding to the wild weather. “Typhoon (Sanba) has no direct effect but the storm enhanced the southwestern monsoon so we will continue to experience rains,” said government meteorologist Gary de la Cruz. Low-lying coastal areas of the capital were hardest hit, forcing people to leave their homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. At least 10 domestic flights were cancelled and universities in affected areas called off classes, the council said.

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      15.09.2012 Landslide India State of Bengal, Darjeeling Damage level Details

      Landslide in India on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:59 (03:59 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Landslides triggered by heavy overnight rain in the hills caused extensive damage in six tea gardens, while the National Highway 31A which was blocked was cleared by the Border Roads Organisation on Saturday. Work had to be stopped for the day in Takdah and Lopchu gardens because of the landslide, while Bannockburn, Phoobshering, Ging and Pussimbing reported loss of tea bushes, Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA) Principal Secretary, Sandip Mukherjee said. “Takdah received around 18 inches of rainfall in the last 24 hours. A 40ft road in Takdah has been washed away in four places and five culverts have been damaged in landslides. There is no approach road to the garden factory now,” Mukherjee said. He said 13 labour quarters and two culverts were affected by the landslides at Lopchu. “Tea bushes in an acre have been uprooted in Lopchu and road connectivity within the garden has become a major problem. Given the extent of the damage, no work could be carried out in Lopchu,” he said. Road communication in the Ging tea garden, about 20km from Darjeeling, was hit after three culverts were damaged. “In Phoobshering, 6,500 tea bushes have been uprooted by the landslides. There is no approach road to the factory now. Water has also seeped into the garden factory,” he said. He alleged that constructions under the 100-days work scheme aggravated the situation in the tea gardens. District Magistrate Saumitra Mohan said “The NH31A was blocked at Tarkhola, Melli and Kalijhora but all major roads have been cleared of debris with the help of agencies like the Border Roads Organisation and the public works department.” Mohan, also the principal secretary of the GTA, said an order has been issued to all subdivisional officers and block divisional officers, that any project was to be cleared only after taking into account environmental concerns and technical viability.

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      15.09.2012 Technological Disaster India State of Uttarakhand, Rudraprayag Damage level Details

      Technological Disaster in India on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:45 (03:45 PM) UTC.

      Description
      At least 20 people were killed as dozens of houses collapsed following a cloudburst in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in north India on Friday. Several people are feared trapped under the debris and rescue operations have been launched, Disaster Management and Mitigation department officials said citing initial reports. According to officials, incessant rains since Thursday followed by a cloudburst in the wee hours Friday have left a trail of destruction in Timada, Sansari, Giriya, Chunni and Mangali villages in the district. River Saryu and Kaliganga are flowing above danger mark following rains since Thursday night. Communication and power lines were disrupted and traffic along several roads, including national highways, in the area has been blocked due to landslides, officials said. The local administration has sought the assistance of the Army in view of the large-scale destruction caused by the cloudburst in Rudrap rayag district.

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      Radiation / Nuclear

       

       

      Yukio Edano OKs Restart of Construction of New Reactors in Aomori, Shimane

       
      Yukio “There is no immediate effect on health” Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry who will have technically lost his portfolio on nuclear issues come September 19 (when the new Nuclear Regulatory Commission under Goshi Hosono’s ministry takes over the nuclear regulatory oversight from NISA), approved the resumption of construction of two new reactors.

      So much for the Noda administration’s “pledge” to have zero nuclear power plant operating in 2030. (We’re just shocked. Shocked, aren’t we?)

      From Yomiuri Shinbun (9/15/2012):

      経産相、大間原発・島根3号機の建設を容認

      Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry allows the construction of Ooma Nuke Plant, Reactor 3 at Shimane

      枝野経済産業相は15日、青森県の三村申吾知事や原子力施設のある市町村の首長らと青森市で会談し、東日本大震災後に工事を中断した電源開発大間(おおま)原子力発電所(青森県大間町)と中国電力島根原発3号機(松江市)の建設再開・稼働を事実上、容認する考えを伝えた。

      On September 15, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano held a meeting in Aomori City with Governor of Aomori Prefecture Shingo Mimura and the mayors of municipalities where nuclear facilities are located, and told them that he would allow the resumption of construction and operation of Ooma Nucleaer Power Plant by Electric Power Development Co.,Ltd. (in Ooma-cho, Aomori Prefecture) and Reactor 3 of Shimane Nucleaer Power Plant by Chugoku Electric Power Company (in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture).

      両原発の建設が再開されれば、震災後初めての原発建設となる。

      It would be the first construction of nuclear reactors after the March 11, 2011 disaster.

      政府は14日に決めた「革新的エネルギー・環境戦略」に、2030年代に原発の稼働をゼロにする目標を明記した。運転期間を40年とする政府の原則に従えば、建設を再開した原発は50年代まで稼働できることになり、新たなエネルギー戦略の矛盾を早くも露呈する形となった。

      In the “Revolutionary strategy for energy and environment” that was agreed upon on September 14, the national government clearly set the target to have zero nuclear reactors operating in 2030. If the government rule of 40 years of operation is applied, these nuclear reactors would be allowed to operate into 2050, which would be a contradiction to the new energy strategy.

      枝野氏は会談で「原子炉の設置と工事計画許可が与えられている原発について、経産省の立場として変更は考えていない」と述べ、19日に発足する原子力規制委員会が安全を確認すれば、建設再開・稼働を認める方針を示した。

      Mr. Edano said in the meeting, “As to the nuclear power plants with permits for installing a reactor and for construction plan, we as Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are not thinking of any change”, indicating the intention to allow the resumption of construction and operation once the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirms safety. The Commission will be installed on September 19.

      建設中の原発は、大間、島根3号機のほか、東京電力東通(ひがしどおり)原発1号機(青森県東通村)がある。ただ、東通1号機について、枝野氏は「東電が原子力について議論できる段階ではまだない」と述べており、建設再開の対象にはならないとみられる。

      In addition to Ooma Nuclear Power Plant and Reactor 3 of Shimane Nuclear Power Plant, Reactor 1 of Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant is also under construction by TEPCO (in Higashidori-mura, Aomori Prefecture). However, Mr. Edano said of Higashidori’s Reactor 1, “TEPCO is not in a position yet to discuss nuclear energy”, indicating that the resumption of construction of Higashidori Reactor 1 would be unlikely at this time.

       

      7.2 Bq/Kg of cesium from pickled plum in Tokyo

      Posted by Mochizuki

      7.2 Bq/Kg of cesium from pickled plum in Tokyo

      Pickled plum (Ume boshi) is one of the most common Japanese traditional food.

      It’s known to be a great preserved food as well,and people often use it for lunch box.

      However, they are contaminated as well.

      On 9/7/2012, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare measured cesium from pickled plum.

      The sample was purchased on 9/6/2012. It was already distributed in Tokyo.

      The origin of product is not announced.

      7.2 Bq/Kg of cesium from pickled plum in Tokyo

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      Insurance company “no coverage for damage caused by nuclear fuel material”

      Posted by Mochizuki

      Insurance company or life insurance company writes on instruction that they won’t cover damage from nuclear fuel material recently.

      A Japanese posted tweeted like this below,

       

      最近、保険にこーゆー文言が入るようになった。『核燃料物質によって生じた損害』には保険金をお支払いできませんとな。 twitter.com/sayakaiurani/s…

      — HALOPさん (@sayakaiurani) 9月 15, 2012

      Insurance company "no coverage for damage caused by nuclear fuel material"

      <Translate>

      Recently insurance company adds this item on their instruction.

      “We won’t pay insurance for the damage caused by nuclear fuel material.”

      <End>

       

      We need to verify how it was before 311.

       

       
       
       
       
       

      Installation of new thermometer to reactor2 still takes time

      Posted by Mochizuki
      Currently, only 1 measuring point remains available to measure temperature in RPV of reactor2. [Link]

      On 9/14/2012, Tepco released the work implementation plan to install new thermometer to RPV of reactor2, but they didn’t announce when to complete the installation clearly.

      Installation of new thermometer to reactor2 still takes time

       

      Installation of new thermometer to reactor2 still takes time 2

       

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Superbug kills 7th person at NIH hospital in Bethesda

      BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.

      Aerial photo of the NIH Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, Bethesda, Maryland

      The Washington Post reported the death Friday.

      NIH officials told the paper that the boy from Minnesota died Sept. 7.

      NIH says the boy arrived at the research hospital in Bethesda in April and was being treated for complications from a bone marrow transplant when he contracted the bug.

      He was the 19th patient at the hospital to contract an antibiotic-resistant strain of KPC, or Klebsiella pneumoniae.

      The outbreak stemmed from a single patient carrying the superbug who arrived at the hospital last summer.

      The paper reported the Minnesota boy’s case marked the first new infection of this superbug at NIH since January.

       

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      Solar Activity

      2MIN News Sept 15. 2012

      Published on Sep 15, 2012 by

      2012 Explanation Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Space

      Electromagnetic Event: Magnetic Pole Shift Could Be In Progress

      Published on Sep 14, 2012 by

      There are two dangers presented in this video: 1) The Electromagnetic Event; and 2) The Mega Solar Flare & CME – Music: Instrumental “Soul Survivor” by Akon & Young Jeezy

      HAARP:
      Emotional & behavioral suppression technology, Silent Sound Spread Spectrum technology, and weather modification are dangerous, unethical, a secret in their truest form, and don’t have a damn thing to do with HAARP — This is what you should know:
      1) Things not caused by HAARP: Long Solar Minimum, Jupiter/Saturn Storms, Saturn/Venus Rotation Anomalies, New Radio Emission from Jupiter, Uranus Auroras, the ENA ribbon, and most importunely, earth’s shifting N pole and fading Magnetic Shield. [There is a natural event taking place]
      2) Weather Modification that is not HAARP: Radar Rings are different [local VLFs can do it without any help from HAARP], see video called ‘Standing Wave Tank” to see how LF work better on water vapor than HF. Some rings are man made with VLF, others are a natural effect of the EM event; I believe we are trying to stop it.
      3) Potential Danger of HAARP: Over-ionization of certain layers or regions, Creating Ozone holes, Increasing our Solar Vulnerability.
      4) ****HAARP and the Russian/Norwegian Devices are directly under the auroral electrojet, which is the thing that would kill our grids in a solar storm. The devices are ionospheric heaters capable of expanding the electrojet and scattering the energy.

      NIBIRU:
      What can I say, there is no star coming in here. That would kill us, and wouldn’t have left any planets here if it had come before. The term ‘dark star’ is a misnomer, it’s not so dark you wouldn’t see it. There IS a possibility that we could see a crossing ‘planet’, but not a star. Here are those possibilities, google will help fill in the blanks.
      1) Hypothetical Planet Vulcan [not star trek] happens to be real and comes out from behind the sun.
      2) Rogue Planet enters our system. [they outnumber stars in our galaxy]
      3) Planetary ‘Birthing’ process where a baby planet comes out of the Sun, Saturn, or Jupiter.
      4) A Return to the World described in ‘Symbols of an Alien Sky’
      [All but #2 could be lumped in together as caused by an electromagnetic event; I worry this is what is happening now– Sitchen made many documented errors, and it was the Maya, not the Sumerians, who spoke of 2012]

      http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/images/ssn_recent2.gif
      http://www.ips.gov.au/Solar/1/6
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/01apr_deepsolarmini…
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30sep_blankyear/
      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/solar-minima.html
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2003/29dec_magneticfield/
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3359555.stm
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/09/0909_040909_earthmagfield.html
      http://phys.org/news8917.html
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/magnetic-field-1.html
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/06/080630-earth-core.html
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/16dec_giantbreach/
      http://news.discovery.com/earth/earth-magnetic-field-north-110304.html
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30oct_ftes/
      http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_archives/2012/2012-19.shtml
      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia13763.html
      http://phys.org/news/2011-08-giant-arrow-shaped-cloud-saturn-moon.html
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/19may_saturnstorm/
      http://www.science20.com/news_articles/now_broadcasting_radio_jupiter-93369
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/20may_loststripe/
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2006/02mar_redjr/
      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/media/cassini-062804.html
      http://www.universetoday.com/93494/is-venus-rotation-slowing-down/
      http://dvice.com/archives/2012/09/video-jupiter-t.php
      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/09/explosion-spotted-on-jupiter-a…
      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/15oct_ibex/
      http://news.discovery.com/earth/earth-atmosphere-shrinking.html
      http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/special-reports/2011-spring-extremes/

      STARWATER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiC-92YgZvQ
      Electric Universe: google the Thunderbolts Project

       

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      Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

      15.09.2012 Biological Hazard China Tibet Autonomous Region, [Nyingchi Prefecture] Damage level Details

      Biological Hazard in China on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 15:54 (03:54 PM) UTC.

      Description
      The highly infectious and sometimes fatal Foot and Mouth Disease infections have been traced in livestock in the Nyingtri region of central Tibet. According to the regional agricultural ministry, a total of 123 live head of cattle and 108 pigs have showed symptoms associated with FMD. After collecting samples, the Chinese National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory on Thursday confirmed that the livestock were infected with type O FMD. The local authorities have “sealed off and sterilised the infected area, where a total of 612 head of cattle and pigs have been culled and safely disposed of in order to prevent the disease from spreading since the case was confirmed.” While “quietly sending military troops to kill and burry the cattle,” Chinese authorities did not reveal the outbreak to the public. “Insiders say the provincial officials ordered the cover-up in fear that their records might be affected. Further investigation confirmed the disease to be a special type of FMD resistant to the current vaccine.” Following an outbreak of FMD in China’s eastern provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu, which later spread to suburban Beijing in 2005, China had for the first time reported FMD outbreak to the World Health Organisation. FMD is an acute contagious febrile disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovids. The disease can potentially cost huge economic loss to farming and nomadic families who make their living from livestock.
      Biohazard name: Foot-mouth disease (FMD)
      Biohazard level: 0/4 —
      Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
      Symptoms:
      Status: confirmed
      15.09.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Indiana, Mishawaka [Baycote Metal Finishing] Damage level Details

      HAZMAT in USA on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 09:30 (09:30 AM) UTC.

      Description
      A large portion of the southside of MIshawaka, Ind. was evacuated overnight after a chemical spill. Firefighters were called to 1302 Industrial Drive just after 8 p.m. after receiving a call of smoke coming out of a vacant building. The building used to be the home of Baycote Metal Finishing. After the fire was out, a firefighter noticed a low hanging vapor cloud in the building and immediately evacuated the area. The area includes about fifty homes, including an assisted living center. WSBT reports about 200 people were evacuated. The Red Cross set up a shelter for evacuees. Residents reported irritated skin and itchy eyes. Officials say this will be a major clean-up effort. This is a developing story. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
      15.09.2012 HAZMAT Czech Republic Multiple region, [Prerov,Osek and Becvou] Damage level Details

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

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      Updated: Saturday, 15 September, 2012 at 04:16 UTC
      Description
      The Czech Republic has banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content as it battles a wave of methanol poisonings that has already killed 19 people. Health Minister Leos Heger says the unprecedented ban is effective immediately and applies nationwide. It covers all possible sales locations, including restaurants, hotels and stores. Kiosks and markets had earlier been banned from selling spirits with more than 30 percent alcohol content. In a brief announcement late Friday, Heger said the measure was taken as the death toll from the poisonings reached 19 and the first person was hospitalized in Prague. Dozens of people have been hospitalized, some in critical condition after drinking vodka and rum laced with methanol. The problem appears largely centered in northeastern Czech Republic.

       

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      Earthquakes

      RSOE EDIS

      Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
      14.05.2012 08:55:40 4.4 Pacific Ocean Northern Mariana Islands Marasu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 07:20:28 5.0 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Thikombia VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 07:10:31 4.8 Pacific Ocean Fiji Thikombia VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 07:20:50 2.5 Asia Turkey Cihatli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 06:55:35 3.1 Caribbean Puerto Rico Islote VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 06:30:35 2.2 North America United States Alaska Chickaloon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 06:21:29 2.1 North America United States California Sans (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 05:55:27 5.0 Asia Japan Miyazaki-ken Oryuzako There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 06:20:33 5.0 Asia Japan Hasugaike There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 05:30:31 2.2 North America United States Hawaii Waiki‘i There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. Vulkán 0 Vulkán 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 06:20:55 2.9 Europe Albania Arapaj i Eperm VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 05:15:28 2.6 Europe Greece Metokhion Zografou VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 07:55:53 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Campamento Susua VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 05:15:56 4.9 North-America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 04:56:23 5.2 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 05:10:49 5.0 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 04:10:27 3.1 Asia Turkey Camlikoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 08:25:23 2.2 Europe Greece Koundandlaiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 04:20:25 4.2 Middle America El Salvador Departamento de Ahuachapan El Botoncillo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 05:16:21 4.2 Middle-America Guatemala Barra del Limon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 03:10:44 2.6 Caribbean Puerto Rico Corcega VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 03:26:07 4.2 Middle America Panama Provincia de Veraguas El Suay VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 04:10:49 4.2 Middle-America Panama El Suay VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 02:40:26 4.3 Asia Afghanistan Velayat-e Badakhshan Larki VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 03:05:30 4.3 Asia Afghanistan Larki VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 07:21:16 2.5 Europe Greece Skala Eresou VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 03:05:51 2.8 Asia Turkey Alakilise There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 02:05:28 2.6 Asia Turkey Bekdemir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 01:30:40 4.8 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Propinsi Maluku Yafila There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 02:05:50 4.8 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Yafila There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 01:22:03 4.9 Pacific Ocean Fiji Vunikondi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      14.05.2012 02:06:18 4.9 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Yasawa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 01:00:46 2.3 Asia Turkey Bespinar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 01:01:11 2.9 Europe Macedonia Brodec VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 22:55:28 3.3 Asia Turkey Degirmitas There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 21:55:33 3.0 Europe Austria Kosslbach VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 22:55:55 2.7 Asia Turkey Yavaslar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      14.05.2012 07:30:37 2.4 North America United States Oklahoma Spencer VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 21:55:54 2.7 Europe Austria Wildpfad VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 21:00:59 2.3 North America United States California Mercuryville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 21:56:15 4.8 North-America United States Amchitka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 21:06:07 4.7 North America United States Alaska Amchitka VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 20:55:32 5.0 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Abubu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 20:45:39 5.0 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Propinsi Maluku Abubu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 20:55:53 5.0 Middle-East Iran Qal`eh-e Gareh Kuh VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 20:40:35 5.1 Middle East Iran Hormozgan Province Kuhvar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 20:25:37 2.1 North America United States Washington Saint Helens There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 20:56:15 3.4 Europe Greece Menetai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 21:56:35 2.5 Europe Portugal Sagres VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 20:56:34 3.3 Asia Azerbaijan Qimir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 18:45:30 3.7 Asia Turkey Asit There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 18:05:40 2.6 North America United States Alaska Yakutat VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 17:30:39 2.8 North America United States California Caldwell Pines There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 17:40:34 2.5 Asia Turkey Rahimler VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 16:45:34 2.7 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Canon de Guadalupe There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 16:55:41 4.3 Middle East Iran Ostan-e Ilam Murmuri VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 17:40:53 4.3 Middle-East Iran Shahrak-e Jadid-e Dehloran VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 15:10:35 4.8 South America Chile Region de Valparaiso Quintero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 15:35:33 4.8 South-America Chile Quintero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 14:45:40 3.6 North America United States California Mercuryville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 15:35:54 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Simatorkis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 15:00:46 4.6 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Simatorkis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 14:25:45 4.5 Pacific Ocean Fiji Ono Levu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 18:45:49 4.5 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Ono Levu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 15:36:17 4.5 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Ono Levu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 13:55:40 4.8 Atlantic Ocean South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 15:36:39 4.8 Atlantic Ocean – North South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 13:30:41 2.2 North America United States California Madrone Soda Springs (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 12:20:35 2.7 Europe Greece Ano Kotsanopoulon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 11:35:41 2.1 North America United States California San Pedro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 12:20:59 2.7 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 11:25:45 3.1 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Campo Mosqueda There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 11:45:42 4.7 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Keudesuie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 12:21:18 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Keudesuie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 11:26:06 2.6 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 11:40:49 4.6 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Pasarsungai-pinang There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 12:21:37 4.8 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Pasarsungai-pinang There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 10:35:34 2.3 North America United States Alaska Mentasta Lake VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 10:15:23 2.6 Asia Turkey Yagmurlar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 09:30:41 4.4 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Horoera There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 10:15:54 4.4 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Horoera There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 09:05:28 2.4 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Canon de Guadalupe There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 09:05:49 2.0 North America United States Alaska Point MacKenzie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      13.05.2012 13:25:30 2.4 Europe Portugal Remedios VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 09:10:34 2.9 Asia Turkey Karabogurtlen VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 09:10:55 2.5 Asia Turkey Gureci VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 11:15:33 2.2 Asia Turkey Marmara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      13.05.2012 12:21:59 2.2 Europe Greece Kalochorion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

      Moderate earthquake kills one in Tajikistan

      By AFP

      One man was killed when a moderate, 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck in central Tajikistan early Sunday, damaging several buildings.

      The most damage occurred in the country’s Garm district, where one man was killed by a collapsing wall, Nargis Nurova of Tajikistan’s emergency situations committee told AFP.

      Two buildings were completely destroyed, and several more were damaged, she said. The quake also caused a mudslide, burying alive herds of cows and sheep, she added.

      The US Geological Survey located the epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 4:28 am (2328 GMT Saturday), at around 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of the city of Kulob at a depth of 10 kilometres.

      Residents in the capital Dushanbe some 140 kilometres (90 miles) away felt tremors of about magnitude 4.0, a representative of the geophysics department in Tajikistan’s Academy of Sciences told AFP.

      The reading was based on the open-ended Moment Magnitude scale, now used by US seismologists, which measures the area of the fault that ruptured and the total energy released.

      Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, is mostly covered by mountains, with earthquakes occurring on a nearly monthly basis.

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      Volcanic Activity

      Mexico volcano spews huge ash cloud, frightens villagers

      The Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of ash and steam high into the air in Puebla May 11, 2012. REUTERS-Imelda Medina
      Flight personnel stand inside the airport in Puebla May 10, 2012. REUTERS-Imelda Medina

      By Noe Torres

      SANTIAGO XALITZINTLA, Mexico

      (Reuters) – Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spewed out huge clouds of ash and fiery rock overnight, closing a local airport on Saturday and frightening nearby villagers, already on edge after weeks of increased activity.

      Popocatepetl, 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Mexico City, shook with tremors that belched out four large plumes of ash on Friday night and Saturday morning, the National Center for Disaster Prevention said in a statement on Saturday.

      The biggest expulsion shot an ash cloud 2.5 miles (4 km) into the air and launched glowing rocks more than half a mile (1 km) from the crater, the statement said.

      Raul Arambula, a scientist collaborating with the government’s disaster center, said the volcano threw out the most ash and fragments of red-hot rock since authorities raised the alert level last month.

      “It was spectacular,” Arambula said. “Of course, it makes you worry about everyone living nearby.”

      In Santiago Xalitzintla, a village about 6 miles (10 km) from the volcano, the loud rumblings sent residents running to the town square during the night.

      “The volcano is looking serious. It was really roaring strongly last night,” said Juan Castro, 83, who said he was half-deaf but had no trouble hearing the tremors.

      The ash clouds forced the airport in the central state of Puebla to suspend operations on Saturday. Billowing ash earlier in the week closed the airport on Tuesday and Thursday.

      Civil protection officials in Mexico City said a change in wind patterns could send ash over the capital next week.

      Mexico’s disaster center raised the volcano’s alert level to yellow phase three from yellow phase two in mid-April, the third-highest warning on the center’s seven-step scale. There are no plans yet to evacuate nearby residents.

      “They told us that we need to be ready because if we have to evacuate, they are going to warn us with the church bells,” said Lizbeth Agustin, a 22-year-old candy vendor who had collected half a pail of ash in the town center of Santiago Xalitzintla.

      Popocatepetl has spewed smoke and ash sporadically over the past few years. A major eruption in 2000 forced the evacuation of nearly 50,000 residents in three states surrounding the peak.

      (Additional reporting and Writing By Michael O’Boyle; Editing by Peter Cooney)

      Icelandic volcano warming up for eruption: Small glacier flood continues at Katla

      Jón Frímann
      jonfr.com

      This is going to be a short blog post. As I am going to be short of table and a cheer for few more days.

      It seems that Katla volcano is warming up for a eruption. As I did mention in last blog post. But there is more to this. As the glacier flood that started on the 28. April 2012 continues according to a email that I got from an geologist working at Iceland Meteorological Office. But that suggests two things. That there is currently an ongoing melting of glacier taking place in Katla volcano, or there is a slow drainage taking place from some area in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. But given increased conductivity following this it is clear that this water has been in contact with magma. But that can be seen with the increased conductivity in the water.

      There have not been many earthquakes following this events. But from the earthquakes that have happened. It seems that most likely source for current events is close to or the same area that erupted in July 2011. But at the moment this is just speculation based on limited data. It has not been confirmed so far.

      The harmonic tremor that started on 28. April 2012. This is Lágu Hvolar SIL station. Copyright of this picture belongs to Iceland Meteorological Office. Used with written permission.This plot shows clearly how the harmonic tremor starts and continues at same level for several days. I do not know if the harmonic tremor is ongoing. But I find it likely, if the small glacier flood is currently going on (that was my last information, but things might have changed during the day). But it is hard for me to know that for sure. But based on latest data from the water monitoring system around Katla volcano, the spike in this glacier flood is most likely over for now. But it impossible to know what happens next in Katla volcano. All that can be done is to wait and see what happens next.

      VIDEO: Kilauea volcano’s spattering lava lake continues

        Lava, Volcano

      HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii: The active lava lake in the Halemaumau crater vent at the summit of Hawaii Island’s Kilauea volcano continues to spatter and spew sulfur dioxide, as a recent video by USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists shows.

      From the HVO website:

      This Quicktime movie shows spattering that is typical at the margins of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu crater. The slow migration of the lava lake surface is normally towards the area of spattering, where the lava sinks back into the magmatic system. Spatter in this clip is being thrown about 5-10 meters (yards) in height. Views like this are fleeting, however, with the thick gas plume shifting with the winds.

      The lava lake has been putting on a show since late 2008, when it was first seen from above by an overflight. Since that time, the crater vent has enlarged, as rockfalls and rim collapses have steadily grown the fiery puka.

      Scientists say the lava lake has been generally low at the summit, coinciding with a weak contraction at the summit that started on April 27th. “The summit lava lake levels also peaked on April 27, 2012,” wrote HVO in a recent Kilauea activity update, “and are now generally lower while fluctuating during DI and rise/fall events. Seismic tremor levels have been higher and the increase seems correlated with appearance of a new spattering sink along the southwest edge of the lava lake.”

      However, Thursday night into Friday morning, another change. HVO says the summit contraction has slowed; back-to-back, days-long DI tilt events continued during which lava lake levels rose and fell with tilt.

      Watch Video Here

      Rise and fall of underwater volcano revealed

      By David Shukman Science editor, BBC News

      The researchers capture images of the underwater volcano using sonar

      The violent rise and collapse of an underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean is captured in startling clarity for the first time.

      Researchers studying the Monowai volcano, near Tonga, recorded huge changes in height in just two weeks.

      The images, gathered by sonar from a research ship, shed new light on the turbulent fate of submarine mountains.

      Published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the findings were made during a seabed survey last year.

      Underwater wonder

      Lead author Tony Watts of Oxford University told the BBC that the revelation was “a wake-up call that the sea-floor may be more dynamic than we previously thought.”

      “I’ve spent my career studying the seabed and have generally thought it pretty stable so it’s stunning to see so much change in such a short space of time.”

      As many as 32,000 underwater mountains have been identified around the world and the majority are believed to be volcanic in origin. Several thousand of these may be active but a combination of ocean depth and remoteness means that very few have been studied.

      Ring of fire

      This research into the Monowai volcano provides a fascinating insight into the little-known world of submarine geology.

      Monowai was first spotted from an aircraft in 1944. Surveys over following years found evidence of significant change – with the sea discoloured and seismic activity detected. Studies between 1978 and 2007 showed the summit repeatedly rising and falling

      But this latest analysis compared images gathered on May 14 and then June 1-2 last year and even in that short period the volcano had undergone a transformation.

      Travelling on the research ship the R/V Sonne, the scientists first spotted that the sea above the volcano had turned a yellowy-green and gas bubbles were rising to the surface.

      According to Professor Watts, “”I had butterflies. The gas was smelling awful – like rotten eggs. We saw a slick ahead of us and with something venting, there could have been a sudden shallowing of the water.”

      The team then left the area to carry on with planned research elsewhere but three days later were warned that seismic detectors on the Cook Islands had detected violent activity around the volcano over a five-day period.

      “If we had been over the volcano during the eruption, rocks could have hit the hull of the ship – that could have been potentially dangerous.”

      Later the ship returned to the scene and the scientists were surprised to see how much the volcano had changed. In the space of a fortnight, one part of the volcano’s summit had collapsed by as much as 18.8m while new lava flows had raised another area by 79.1m. Most striking was the creation of an entirely new volcanic cone.

      The researchers believe the changes are larger than at most other volcanoes. Only Vesuvius and Mount St Helens have recorded larger growth rates.

      The paper says the speed of growth and change is “a reminder of how rapidly geological processes such as submarine landsliding and volcanism can occur.”

      Professor Watts said: “Any movement on the seabed has the potential to create a tsunami. An earthquake suddenly dislocates the seabed. Here a violent disturbance lasted five days with magma oozing out which might be too slow to trigger a tsunami – but it’s unknown.

      “This is a violent exchange of rock into the water – it could destabilise the cone and cause a landslide which in principle could cause a tsunami.

      The same expedition’s survey produced stunning images last year of a line of underwater volcanoes being carried inexorably to the chasm of a subduction zone, the Tonga Trench.

      That research was investigating whether the volcanoes exacerbated or dampened the pressures on the fault line.

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      Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

      Northeast Ohio wine grapes destroyed by hard freeze

      Mark Johnson
      newsnet5.com
      It was what grape growers in Northern Ohio feared the most. Early Sunday morning, temperatures in the Grand River Valley vineyards of Lake and Ashtabula Counties dropped into the lower and middle 20s. That’s not just a quick frost. That’s a hard freeze. By 9 that morning, most of the primary buds, the growth that gives you the best fruit, were black and shriveled, killed by freezing temperatures.”It was devastating.” said Mary Jo Ferrante-Leaman, of Ferrante Winery in Geneva. “There was just nothing we could do.”

      Leaman said the freeze killed 80 percent of this year’s wine grape crop. Ferrante Winery farms 45 acres of vinifera grapes in the prestigious Grand River Valley appellation east of Cleveland. The grape vines began growth early this year due to an extremely warm March. Growers at several area wineries have battled eleven different frost or freeze events from late March through the month of April. All had managed to save the majority of their crops. That is, until Sunday morning.

      “We have 6 large wind machines to mix the air and keep the grapes warm,” Leaman said, “but once the temperature drops below 28 degrees for more than a couple of hours, freeze damage begins.”

      Temperatures early Sunday were well below freezing for more than 6 hours. “We haven’t seen a freeze like this in at least 12 years,” said Leaman.

      Similar reports are coming in from nearby Vineyards as well. Growers at St. Joseph’s Winery & Chalet Debonne report similar devastating losses.

      Gene Sigel farms 170 acres of wine grapes in Lake and Ashtabula Counties. He said Monday’s cold “pretty much destroyed the whole 2012 vintage for our wine farmers.” Sigel supplies grapes to several wineries in the area.

      “Vines that were brilliant green on Saturday afternoon,” lamented Sigel, “were turned to dry lifeless shoots by the frost on Sunday morning. Fields that stretch as far as the eye can see are simply all dead.”

      Vines will grow new buds in a few weeks, Sigel said. The fruit on these buds will be smaller and of lesser quality.

      “Fields that froze this week have not frozen in 50-60 years in our area.” he added, “In my case I just bought 54 acres of a neighboring farm last year that has never really frozen like this. The previous owner is 93 years old and has owned the farm I bought since 1956 and never experienced this complete a frost.”

      Mary Jo Ferrante is hoping for the best. “With the secondary fruit set, we might be able to produce about a third of what we normally do.”

      Ferrante Winery averages about 110-thousand gallons of wine per year. “We won’t have any signature or reserve wines this year.” she said.

      On top of that, the cost of saving the grapes keeps mounting. Ferrante just spent $5,000 on propane for the wind machines. “More frosts are still possible.” said Ferrante, “We’ve got to save the grapes we have left.”

        Today Extreme Weather China Nanning Damage level Details

      Extreme Weather in China on Monday, 14 May, 2012 at 06:10 (06:10 AM) UTC.

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      Heavy rainstorms have battered several areas in Southern China, destroying houses and cropland. The rain comes after China’s national observatory upgraded the warning level from blue to yellow for a new round of rainstorms over the next few days.Torrential rains have affected South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Several cities, including the capital city Nanning, have issued their first red alert for torrential rain this year. The rain inundated roads and damaged old buildings in several cities.In Hunan province, local authorities say torrential rains have affected the lives of more than 1.9 million people and forced the relocation of almost 80,000 people.Elsewhere, Jiangxi Province was also hit by heavy rains, as the water in some rivers rose above warning levels. In Shicheng city, 84 houses were destroyed and over 1,500 hectares of crop land were inundated. Local authorities have evacuated more than 3,000 people, and continued to monitor the possible geological disasters.Finally, the continued rain raised the water level of a hydro power station in Nanping city, in Fujian Province. It forced the station to empty some of the water, in order to guard against possible heavy rain in the coming days.
        13.05.2012 Extreme Weather Nigeria Cross River State , Damage level Details

      Extreme Weather in Nigeria on Sunday, 13 May, 2012 at 09:45 (09:45 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Four persons were reported dead while over 20 others sustained various degrees of injuries in recent windstorm that ravaged 13 out of the 18 local government areas of Cross River state. Of the four, three of them died as the result of tree trunks and walls of residential buildings that felt on them and one died of lightening strike.The injured are being treated in both orthodox and traditional hospitals while one with the fractured skull was referred to a specialist hospital in Enugu for surgery. Samuel Edom, a brother to one of the deceased, Mr. Ekam Ekpishoko (60) in Egoja – Ndim in Ogoja Local Government Area narrated that when the ominous cloud of rain enveloped the community at about 5:00pm on the fateful day everybody hurried to their homes for safety.The rain came down few minutes later in an unprecedented manner amidst windstorm that seemed determined to bringing down the entire community. Edom narrated further; “my brother was in his room with his family while I was in mine in the same building engaging in discussion in loud voices against the sound of the storm and suddenly I heard a loud sound of a tree falling and our home came crumbling down”.A 22 feet tall historic tree which stood about 20 metres from the house was uprooted by the storm and in the process of its falling crushed other nearby smaller trees including palm, mangoes, and oranges bringing down alongside surrounding houses.He said that after the crash, he called out to his brother but only heard wailing from the family members and that when he managed to limp due to injuries he sustained to his brother’s apartment, he found him lying dead, having been crushed by a tree branch. Over 15,000 residential homes, churches, recreational centres, schools, hospitals and market were affected by the storms that swept across the state.Many of the houses were completely uncapped while some were reduced to rumbles. About 20,000 persons were displaced majority of whom were women and children. While some of the victims were accommodated by neighbours, majority were sheltering helplessly in makeshift huts and in very miserable conditions.In his remark, the Yala Local Government Council chairman, Hon. Gabe Ugor said the Council was overwhelmed by the destruction caused by the storm. He appealed for urgent attention from the State and Federal Governments to provide succour to the affected persons.
      13.05.2012 Extreme Weather China Hunan, Damage level Details

      Extreme Weather in China on Sunday, 13 May, 2012 at 09:39 (09:39 AM) UTC.

      Description
      A bridge in China’s Hunan province has collapsed after days of torrential rain across the country.It is not known how many people were on the bridge when it buckled and fell into the river at around 8:30am (local time).Fire department official Su Tao told Xinhua that witnesses say they saw people falling into the water when the bridge collapsed.He says firefighters have not rescued anyone yet but some people have managed to climb ashore.It is estimated that up to 40 people have been killed in heavy rain and hailstorms in north-west China in the past few days.Nearly 3,500 homes have been destroyed, and about 29,000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres.

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      Storms, Flooding

      More rain on the way after China hit by deadly storms

      Zhou Ke / Xinhua via Zuma Press

      A car is stranded in a flooded tunnel after a heavy rainstorm hit China’s Jiangxi Province on May 12, flooding roads in several cities.

      China’s national observatory yesterday upgraded the warning level from blue to yellow for a new round of rainstorms expected to hit the country’s southern regions over next three days.

      The National Meteorological Center urged local authorities in south China to strengthen monitoring and guard against possible geological disasters such as landslides.

      The national observatory uses a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red being the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

      — Reported by eastday.com

      Read the full story.

      AFP – Getty Images

      A young girl makes her way along a mud-covered street after a storm hit the village of Minxian, China. Forty people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of northwest China.

      40 Die in Chinese Hailstorm

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      London hail 2

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      Forty people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of northwest China, according to the local government.

      Eighteen others remained missing in Min county, a disaster-prone area of Gansu province, while 87 had been sent to hospital, the county government said in a statement on its website.

      Officials said 29,300 people had been evacuated after rain and hail battered the county for just 60 minutes late Thursday afternoon.

      © Nie Jianjiang/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
      In this May 11, 2012 photo released by China’ Xinhua News Agency, villager Jia Xinping, left, stands next to the remains of his house destroyed by hail and torrential rains in Minxian County in northwest China’s Gansu Province.

      It had “wreaked havoc” on all of the county’s 18 townships and had affected more than two-thirds of its 450,000 residents, the state-controlled Xinhua news agency reported.

      “Roads were blocked, houses collapsed, farmland was destroyed, and the power supply and telecommunications services were disrupted by the extreme weather,” the agency said, quoting Xu Guangyao, a senior county official.

      Min county is 150 kilometres (94 miles) from Zhouqu county, where a rain-triggered mudslide killed about 1,500 people in August 2010.
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      Widespread floods in Kenya kill 15 as 50,000 left homeless

      The Citizen

      Nairobi – Seven school children are among 15 people who have drowned in the last two days as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc across the country. They were swept away by floods on their way to school, many of which have been ordered closed.

      This came as more than 50,000 people in three villages in Elgeyo-Marakwet County were asked to leave their homes for fear of landslides.A team of geologists from the Ministry of Lands toured Kittony, Embobut and Kakisoo villages and directed residents to leave as the heavy rains had eroded the grounds, raising the chances of a landslide.

      Two years ago, 15 people were killed in Kittony village and many other injured in a landslide.

      Relief agencies warned on Thursday the heavy rains had displaced more than 50,000 people, and destroyed property worth millions of shillings.

      In Malindi, about 90 families that had been marooned by floods in Madunguni since Tuesday were rescued on Thursday by the provincial administration and the Red Cross.An 11-year-old class four pupil drowned after a motorcycle taxi he was riding on was swept away by a swollen river in Hamisi district.

      Five people, among them three children, died in separate incidents in Central Kenya.In Meru, a nursery school pupil drowned in Mutonga River Gikui location.

      The girl was crossing a makeshift bridge that links Keeria and Mutonga villages in Igoji when she slipped.”The young girl slipped and fell off the bridge on Wednesday at around 6.30 pm. The elder sister tried to rescue her but the raging waters overpowered her and a search party recovered the body two kilometres away from the scene of the accident,” said Igoji ward councillor John Kireria.

        13.05.2012 Flash Flood Georgia Tbilisi [Kura River] Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in Georgia on Sunday, 13 May, 2012 at 13:20 (01:20 PM) UTC.

      Description
      A flood killed five people in Georgia’s capital overnight after torrential rain caused the local river to burst its banks, officials said Sunday.The Agency for Emergency Situations said that a mother with her two children, an elderly woman and an elderly man died in Tbilisi’s Ortachala neighborhood after the Kura River flooded Saturday night. All five were trapped in their homes and crushed when the buildings collapsed. One of the children was six months old; the other was five.
      At least 30 people sought medical help.According to eyewitnesses, the water in some areas rose to 3 meters (10 feet) and lifted parked cars. Electricity was cut off in a number of neighborhoods.Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava pledged to provide financial assistance to all flood victims. He was unable to estimate the damage caused by the flood but said it was “quite substantial.”Georgia’s military was assisting the rescue effort by helping to clear debris and evacuate people from flooded areas.Rainy weather in Georgia is forecast for the next three days.

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      2MIN News May13: NICT Freakout, Spaceweather, Quake Watch

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      Space

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

      Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
      (2011 KY15) 15th May 2012 1 day(s) 0.1586 61.7 41 m – 93 m 17.61 km/s 63396 km/h
      (2001 BA16) 18th May 2012 4 day(s) 0.1157 45.0 18 m – 41 m 6.66 km/s 23976 km/h
      (2010 KK37) 19th May 2012 5 day(s) 0.0058 2.3 19 m – 43 m 10.94 km/s 39384 km/h
      4183 Cuno 20th May 2012 6 day(s) 0.1218 47.4 3.5 km – 7.8 km 14.40 km/s 51840 km/h
      (2006 KY67) 23rd May 2012 9 day(s) 0.1499 58.3 68 m – 150 m 13.88 km/s 49968 km/h
      (2011 KG4) 24th May 2012 10 day(s) 0.1216 47.3 67 m – 150 m 11.50 km/s 41400 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

      Powerful Cosmic Force Almost Destroyed Earth  

      MessageToEagle.com – In our article Powerful Jet Pointing Directly At Earth we discussed one of the most fascinating cosmic phenomena, known to astronomers as blazars.

      A very interesting, but also frightening event took place back some years ago when satellites and observatories suddenly registered an extremely powerful cosmic force that almost destroyed Earth. The explosion, coming from the Bootes constellation was firing material directly toward Earth traveling at almost the speed of light.

      The explosion formally named GRB 080319B was detected at 2:13 a.m. EDT on March 19, 2008. It came from the constellation of Bootes.

      The event, called a gamma-ray burst, became bright enough for human eyes to see.

      In a scientific report, Judith Racusin of Penn State University and a team of 92 coauthors state that observations across the spectrum began 30 minutes before the explosion and followed its afterglow for months.

      The team concludes the burst’s extraordinary brightness arose from a jet that shot material directly toward Earth at 99.99995 percent the speed of light.

      At the same moment Swift saw the burst, the Russian KONUS instrument on NASA’s Wind satellite also sensed the gamma rays and provided a wide view of their spectral structure.A robotic wide-field optical camera called “Pi of the Sky” in Chile simultaneously captured the burst’s first visible light.The system is operated by institutions from Poland.

      Within the next 15 seconds, the burst brightened enough to be visible in a dark sky to human eyes.

      It briefly crested at a magnitude of 5.3 on the astronomical brightness scale.

      Incredibly, the dying star was 7.5 billion light-years away.

      Telescopes around the world already were studying the afterglow of another burst when GRB 080319B exploded just 10 degrees away.

      TORTORA, a robotic wide-field optical camera operated in Chile with Russian-Italian collaboration, also caught the early light. TORTORA’s rapid imaging provided the most detailed look yet at visible light associated with a burst’s initial gamma-ray blast.

      A powerful jet from the Bootes constellation was directed at Earth. Image credit: NASA

      Immediately after the blast, Swift’s UltraViolet and Optical Telescope and X-Ray Telescope indicated they were effectively blinded. Racusin initially thought something was wrong. Within minutes, however, as reports from other observers arrived, it was clear this was a special event.

      Gamma-ray bursts are the universe’s most luminous explosions. Most occur when massive stars run out of nuclear fuel. As a star’s core collapses, it creates a black hole or neutron star that, through processes not fully understood, drive powerful gas jets outward. These jets punch through the collapsing star. As the jets shoot into space, they strike gas previously shed by the star and heat it. That generates bright afterglows.

      The team believes the jet directed toward Earth contained an ultra-fast component just 0.4 of a degree across. This core resided within a slightly less energetic jet about 20 times wider.

      Gamma-ray bursts are the Universe’s
      most luminous explosions.
      Image credit: NASA
      “It’s this wide jet that Swift usually sees from other bursts,” Racusin explained.“Maybe every gamma-ray burst contains a narrow jet, too, but astronomers miss them because we don’t see them head-on.”Such an alignment occurs by chance only about once a decade, so a GRB 080319B is a rare catch.

      Could then such a gamma-ray destroy life on Earth? That depends on the nature of the burst and its location.

      There are two type of gamma-ray bursts. There is a longer, brighter burst and a “short-hard” burst, which lasts less than a second but seems to give off more radiation than a longer burst.

      If a gamma-ray happened inside the Milky Way, its effects on Earth would be much longer lasting.

      These bursts of radiation reach the Earth’s atmosphere and cause free oxygen and nitrogen atoms to bang together, and some recombine into ozone-destroying compounds called nitrous oxides.

      Short gamma-rays could be caused by dense neutron stars or colliding black holes.

      According to researchers, such stellar collisions might occur once every 100 million years in any given galaxy. At this rate, Earth would have been hit by several of these short-hard events over the course of its 4.5-billion-year history.

      It is possible that a short gamma-ray was responsible for at least one planet-wide extinction event in the past.

      We do not know with certainty what would have happened if the powerful jet from the Bootes constellation would have hit our planet, but we can be thankful it missed our planet.

      MessageToEagle.com

      See also:
      Gigantic Black Hole At The Centre Of The Milky Way Eats Asteroids

      Sturm und Drang

      Uranus with a few of its moons

      The planet Uranus with a few of its moons. Credit: NASA/ESA and H. B. Hammel

       

      Uranus recently erupted with a new bright region in its lower latitudes. Could electrical effects be responsible?

      The planet Uranus revolves around the Sun at a mean orbital radius of 2,870,990,000 kilometers, 19 times as far as the Earth. Of course, its most exotic attribute is its inclination to the plane of the ecliptic: 98 degrees past vertical. Astrophysicists have always found the configuration difficult to explain, since their models of Solar System formation demand a distribution of angular momentum from the “primordial nebular cloud” that precludes a planet lying on its side. Their only recourse is to suggest that something hit the giant planet with enough energy to tip it over.

      The average temperature on Uranus is -224 Celsius, giving it the distinction of being the coldest planet in the Solar System—colder than Neptune, although Neptune is half again the distance from the Sun. Why Uranus is so cold remains a mystery to planetary scientists.

      Uranus possesses a magnetic field, but unlike its two large siblings, Jupiter and Saturn, whose magnetic poles are mostly aligned with their rotational axes, the field is slanted from Uranus’s rotational axis by 60 degrees. This fact also presents something of a conundrum for conventional cosmogony.

      Why Uranus (and Neptune) have relatively weak magnetic fields is not easily explained. Standard theory expects a conducting core, probably composed of metallic hydrogen, to act as a dynamo to generate the field. An off-center core would be difficult to explain. However, in an Electric Universe model, an internal dynamo is not necessary. A probable scenario is that rotation of charged particles in the giant planet’s plasma gives rise to the field: a spinning, electrically charged body will induce a magnetic field.

      Uranus is 51120 kilometers in diameter, rotating in approximately 18 hours, so the rotational dynamics of its electrically charged atmosphere produces a current sheet between it and Miranda, one of its small moons. The Uranian magnetosphere encompasses its entire family of moons and its ring system, as well.

      According to a recent press release, a large bright region has appeared near the lower latitudes. Images taken in near infrared wavelengths by the Gemini North Telescope reveal what scientists are calling an “anvil cloud of methane” rising up from the depths into the sunshine. Reflections from methane ice crystals are supposed to be causing the bright patch.

      Over the years, the Hubble Space Telescope has observed many bright spots on Uranus. They appear similar to the bright spots seen in Jupiter’s southern latitudes, as well as in its polar aurorae. The four Galilean moons all leave their marks in Jupiter’s aurora, so the same thing could be happening on Uranus.

      On Saturn, a “great white spot” periodically appears in its southern latitudes. As Electric Universe advocate Wal Thornhill wrote: “Saturn occasionally ‘burps’, creating a great white spot 3 times the size of the Earth. It is inexplicable on standard models. However, it is the kind of thing to be expected following an exceptionally powerful lightning discharge deep into Saturn’s atmosphere. The discharge forms a vertical jet of matter from the depths that spouts into the upper atmosphere.”

      Perhaps this explanation suits the observations on Uranus. Instead of convection-powered thunderheads of cold methane ice, the spots are jets from intense plasma discharges.

      Stephen Smith

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      Biological Hazard/Wildlife

      For the second time in a week, massive fish deaths were reported from Pathalam belt in river Periyar, triggering alarm and protests.

      Dead fish were found in bunches on the banks of river on Saturday morning. The local residents and councillors of Kadungalloor panchayat alerted the district Pollution Control Board officials who came and collected the samples of water and fish.

      Local residents, fishermen, panchayat members and green activists of Periyar Malineekarana Virudha Samithi (PMVS) blocked the PCB officials when they came to collect the samples, in protest against the negligent attitude of the authorities in checking continuing fish deaths.

      Later, police arrested the group of protesters led by panchayat members Joshy, Shiney Sajan, Geetha Sunil, Kabeer, Sudha Devi and activists of PMVS, Anwar C.I., Sainudeen Edayar and Mahesh.
      According to environmental experts, low level or absence of oxygen is the major reason for the recurring fish deaths in Periyar.

      A similar incident was reported on last Monday on the banks of river Periyar. Earlier, on May 3, fish deaths were reported on the banks of river Muttar, a tributary of Periyar. As per the report of the Pollution Control Board, the fish deaths were caused by lack of dissolved oxygen in river water and by entry of polluted water containing decayed waste into the river.

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      Articles of Interest

      Biology Stranger Than Fiction
      Mind-Controlled Ants Turning Into Zombies
      12 May, 2012 MessageToEagle.com – Strange things happen in the world of biology. Have you ever heard of ants that can turn into zombies?

      These amazing super-organisms that, as we have previosly seen created a huge secret underground megapolis can unfortunately also become deadly victims of mind-control.

      For the first time ever, researchers can reveal how an entire ant colony is able to survive infestations by the zombie-ant fungus.

      When brain-manipulating parasites invades an ant’s brain and causes it to march to its death at a mass grave near the ant colony, where the fungus spores erupt out of the ant’s head.

      The parasite of the zombie-ant fungus is itself a fungus, a hyperparasitic fungus that specializes in attacking the parasite that turns the ants into zombies.

      “The hyperparasitic fungus effectively castrates the zombie-ant fungus so it cannot spread its spores,” said Hughes, who is an assistant professor of entomology and biology, and a member of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State.

      “Because the hyperparasitic fungi prevents the infected zombie-ant fungus from spreading spores, fewer of the ants will become zombies.”

      As part of their research, the scientists created a detailed model that revealed previously unknown details of the interactions between the fungus-infected ants and the parasite-infected zombie-ant fungus.Scientists previously had known that ants defend their colonies against microscopic enemies such as fungal spores by efficiently grooming each other.In this study, the researchers also modeled the effect of ant behavior on limiting infection.

      “Interestingly, beyond the well known effect of defensive ant behavior, our new research reveals the added effect of the castrating actions of the hyperparasite fungi, which may result in significantly limiting the spread of the zombie-ant fungus” Hughes said.

      Ants can become victims of mind-control and commit suicide.The scientists report that only about 6.5 percent of the spore-producing organs of the zombie-ant fungus were viable.

      “Even though there are a lot of dead and infected zombie ants in the neighborhood, only a few of the spores of the zombie-ant fungus will become mature and able to infect healthy ants,” Hughes said.

      “Our research indicates that the danger to the ant colony is much smaller than the high density of zombie-ant cadavers in the graveyard might suggest.

      This complex interaction between ant colonies, their brain-manipulating parasites, and other fungi capable of lending assistance to the colony underscores the need to study social insects under natural conditions.”

      Hughes said his team is expanding its efforts and “remains focused on following the exciting theatre played out on the rainforest floor.”

      Nature never ceases to amaze!

      MessageToEagle.com via Penn State

      See also:
      Amazing Giant Underground City Created By Ants Discovered

      Unknown Energy Source Created The Image On The Shroud Of Turin
      Scientists Suggest
      12 May, 2012 MessageToEagle.com – Few ancient relics have caused so much heated debated and controversy as the Shroud of Turin.

      Is it a forgery or the shroud authentic?

      This subject has been discussed for years among various experts.

      Adding more fuel to the debate, a recent study indicates that the image on the Shroud was formed by a sort of electromagnetic source of energy. But how people living in medieval times have access to such advanced technology?

      The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Italy.

      The researchers, including Paolo Di Lazzaro, Daniele Murra, Enrico Nichelatti, Antonino Santoni and Giuseppe Baldacchini, successfully created similar effects to the Shroud’s markings using ultraviolet light.

      What kind of technology was used to create the image?

      In an interview with The Telegraph, Dr Paolo Di Lazzaro was asked whether if this was the most plausible way the image on the Shroud of Turin could have been created?

      “We obtained a coloration “similar” to that of the body image on the Shroud.

      “Similar” means that it replicates several peculiar characteristics of the Shroud image, including the shallow penetration depth and the hue of color, the lack of fluorescence, and the absence of heating effects on the image formation.

      However, our coloration still does not match 100 per cent of the physical and chemical characteristics of the Shroud image.

      Till now, nobody was able to replicate all the body image characteristics.

      This inability to repeat (and therefore falsify) the image on the Shroud makes it impossible to formulate a reliable hypothesis on how the body image was made.As a consequence, we cannot state ultraviolet light is the most plausible way the original marking was made.Certainly, the radiation-based attempts (ultraviolet light, corona discharge, protons) gave coloration results which are much closer to the Turin Shroud image than the contact paint or chemical attempts are.

      In particular, the recent results obtained by Prof Garlaschelli using acid, powders and paints show the incapacity of chemistry-based attempts to match the original characteristics at the microscopic level, “Dr. Di Lazzaro explained.

      Shroud of TurinDoes Dr. Di Lazzaro’s studies suggest that the Shroud of Turin is not a medieval fake?

      “All the attempts to replicate the body image on the Shroud were partially (often totally) unsuccessful.

      We must admit it is not easy creating an image that is negative, has 3D encoded information, is extremely shallow, with the color intensity is determined by the surface density of fibrils all having the same RGB value, and which does not fluoresce under UV illumination.

      Modern technologies seem unable to produce an image with the characteristics of the Shroud image, even using the most advanced tools like those used in our experiments.

      As a consequence, it is unlikely that a forger could have created this image using technologies available in the Middle Ages.

      In addition, we must consider the body image is not the only difficult-to-replicate marking.

      On the Shroud there are also stains of blood with high levels of bilirubin which would be consistent with a haemolytic process caused by torture, eg whipping (the bilirubin content being only visible by UV lamps, such as those used by policemen to detect organic traces), there is the absence of image under the blood stains, and many other forensic details unknown in the Middle Ages.

      How could the image have been produced 800 years ago without any access to modern advanced technology?

      According to Prof Christopher Ramsey of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, the radiocarbon dating results put the relic at 1260 – 1390AD. This means the Shroud of Turin is about 800 years old. This raises the question how our medieval ancestors could posses technology sophisticated enough to create an image that even our modern technology has difficulties to produce.

      “I have no experience of radiocarbon dating. As a consequence, I have to accept the opinion of Prof Ramsey.

      However, I note we have a problem: there is an object dated 1260AD that has a microscopic complexity such that it cannot be made by a forger in 1260AD.

      Does Prof Ramsey have any idea how to solve this contradiction? Can we collaborate to find a solution? Is it possible to organise a team of experts that reconsider both dating and microscopic characteristics of this extraordinary image?” Dr. Di Lazzaro said.

      When Dr. Di Lazzaro was asked if he believes the controversial Shroud of Turin could really be the burial clothes of Jesus, he replied: “As a scientist, I think we will never demonstrate the Shroud is the burial cloth of Christ.

      Even if it will be shown this cloth is of the first century, we will have a probability, never a certainty. However, I have studied more than 60 peer-reviewed papers on this topic, analysed a lot of microphotographs and microscope images, read sophisticated spectral information, and considered many other scientific data available.

      The more one studies the Shroud from a scientific perspective, the clearer it becomes that this image could not have been made by a forger, either medieval or modern. This allows to come back to the “question of questions”: how was the body image on the Shroud made? ”

      It would seem that the controversy concerning the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin continues…

      @ MessageToEagle.com

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      Earthquakes

       

      RSOE EDIS

      Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details

       

       

      02.05.2012 23:25:54 2.8 Europe Greece Dhiyela VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 22:20:46 2.0 North America United States Hawaii Pähala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 23:26:17 2.9 Asia Turkey Dogutepe VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 23:26:39 2.3 Asia Turkey Rahimler There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.05.2012 00:30:47 4.1 Europe Russia Sarychevo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 21:55:46 2.1 North America United States California Parkfield Junction VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 22:50:47 3.1 Caribbean Dominican Republic Provincia de La Altagracia Cabeza de Toro VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 21:20:30 2.9 Europe Greece Matala VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 22:01:00 3.1 Caribbean Puerto Rico Arenas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 21:41:37 4.8 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Mokai There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
      03.05.2012 01:51:40 3.5 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Wairoto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
      02.05.2012 20:16:33 2.8 North America United States California Ora VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 23:27:00 2.9 Europe Albania (( Bashkim )) VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 20:15:32 2.4 Asia Turkey Hacilar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 23:27:22 5.1 South-America Chile Hanga Roa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 23:27:42 2.5  Europe Montenegro Velika Plaza VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 19:15:23 2.8 Asia Turkey Guvencli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 19:15:48 4.2 Middle-East Iran Mushi Kala VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 19:51:05 4.5 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maniwori VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 20:15:52 4.5 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maniwori VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 19:16:12 2.4 Europe Italy Iria There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 19:16:31 2.4 Europe Italy San Fratello There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 19:16:52 2.5 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 19:17:14 2.8 Asia Turkey Gavuragili VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 18:10:34 2.5 Europe Greece Metokhion Zografou VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 18:10:55 2.7 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 17:10:26 2.4 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 17:10:52 2.0 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 17:11:12 3.0 Asia Turkey Bilecik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 16:10:30 4.7 Middle-America Mexico Chun Cedro VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 16:10:51 2.4 Asia Turkey Killan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 16:20:40 5.0 Middle America Mexico Estado de Campeche Chun Cedro VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 16:11:12 2.2 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 18:35:37 2.4 North America United States Alaska Unga VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 15:50:33 2.3 North America United States California Parkfield Junction VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 16:11:32 2.2 Asia Turkey Foca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 16:12:13 3.4 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 15:36:09 2.0 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 16:12:34 2.2 Europe Germany Dittersbach VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 22:46:04 3.0 North America United States Wyoming Three Forks VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 15:13:18 2.0 North America United States Alaska Susitna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 14:55:46 4.0 North America Canada British Columbia Port Hardy VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 15:10:30 4.0 North-America Canada Port Hardy VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 15:10:52 2.5 Asia Turkey Mollakasim There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 15:11:12 5.6 Australia & New-Zealand Australia Pelverata VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 14:40:38 5.5 Australia Australia State of Tasmania Pelverata VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 15:11:31 2.5 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 15:11:53 3.0 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 15:12:15 3.1 Europe Spain Las Entinas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 15:12:35 2.2 Asia Turkey Agzikarahan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 15:12:55 3.0 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 14:10:28 2.0 Europe Czech Republic Strupcice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 17:20:30 2.4 North America Canada British Columbia Gibsons VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 13:50:37 3.2 North America United States California Capetown VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 14:10:49 2.3 Asia Turkey Degirmendere VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 14:11:11 4.0 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 14:12:43 4.0 Asia Turkey Izmir Ili Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 13:35:54 2.1 North America United States California Dixie There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 13:36:17 2.0 North America United States Alaska Donnelly There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 14:13:08 3.4 Caribean Puerto Rico El Morro VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 14:11:31 2.6 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 13:51:02 3.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Costa Dorado VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 13:36:39 4.1 Middle America Mexico Estado de Chiapas El Encanto VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 14:11:53 4.1 Middle-America Mexico El Encanto VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 14:12:14 2.1 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 13:05:35 3.7 Asia Turkey Ulusar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 12:20:36 5.0 Asia India Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Koi-hoa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      02.05.2012 13:05:55 5.0 Asia India Koi-hoa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      02.05.2012 20:30:33 2.2 North America United States California Pinnacles VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.05.2012 00:51:13 3.9 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Jamestown VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
      02.05.2012 23:15:35 3.8 Asia Russia Stavropol'skiy Kray (( Klyuch )) VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.05.2012 00:15:40 5.1 Pacific Ocean Tonga Haatua VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      8 small quakes have hit in recent weeks

      CBC News

      Posted: May 2, 2012 11:45 AM ET

      A swarm of earthquakes struck off Vancouver Island in recent weeks. A swarm of earthquakes struck off Vancouver Island in recent weeks. (U.S. Geological Survey)

      Experts say a “swarm” of small earthquakes off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island are part of the normal seismic activity in the area, and they could continue for several more days.

      A 4.0 magnitude earthquake that struck just after midnight on Tuesday morning was the eighth small quake with a magnitude between 3.8 and 4.7 to strike the region since April 22.

      Earthquakes Canada notice:

      There is a light swarm of earthquakes occurring offshore of Vancouver Island. The largest event was a magnitude 4.7 earthquake on Apr 22 and seven other earthquakes in the magnitude 4 range on Apr 27. These earthquakes are too far from land to be felt.

      Source: Natural Resources Canada

      Pacific Geoscience Centre Seismologist Gary Rogers said the activity is focused along a 20-kilometre stretch along an area called the Raveer Delwood Fault, located about 200 kilometres offshore.

      “In the very thin crust that we have out there off our west coast of Vancouver Island, it often fractures in a series of small earthquakes, usually about this size being the maximum.”

      Rogers said more small earthquakes are expected in the area over the next week.

      “They often go on for days. There’s been a lot of smaller ones, so eventually they’ll wind down, but typically, what we’ve seen in the past is that most of these swarms last a few days to a week or so.”

      A similar but more powerful swarm that struck the same area in August 2008 included a magnitude 5.2 quake.

      Experts have been warning a major earthquake hits B.C. every 500 years, and the last one was in 1700. But they said the swarm of small earthquake activity does not indicate a larger earthquake is more likely in the short term.

      The last significant quake to rattle the West Coast was a magnitude 6.5 tremor centered that struck about 50 kilometres off the west coast of the island in September of 2011, swaying high-rises as far away as Vancouver, Kelowna and Seattle.

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      Volcanic Activity

      Satellite Spies Smoking, Hot Sandwich: Big Pic

      May 2, 2012 — A plume of volcanic smoke is seen rising from the appropriately-named Mount Asphyxia volcano, located on Zavodovski Island in the southern Atlantic. The image was acquired on April 27 by NASA’s Aqua satellite.
      Zavodovski is part of the South Sandwich Islands, a group of 11 British-owned islands located 217 miles southeast of South Georgia, off the tip of South America. Only 3.1 miles wide, the icy island is dominated by the 1,800-foot-high stratovolcano.
      Aptly named, the sulphuric fumes from Asphyxia coupled with the stench of penguin droppings — the island is a breeding ground for millions of chinstrap penguins — can be suffocating for human visitors.
      The plume is seen here snaking into upper-level winds where it takes a turn to the northwest. The other islands exhibit swirling cloud vortices on their lee sides, created by their disturbance of prevailing winds.
      BIG PIC: Cloud Island Tango
      –by Jason Major
      via NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team.

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      Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

       

        Short Time Event(s)

        02.05.2012 Extreme Weather China Jiangxi Province, Damage level
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      Extreme Weather in China on Wednesday, 02 May, 2012 at 20:11 (08:11 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Continuous torrential rain in east China’s Jiangxi Province has left four people dead, it was announced on Wednesday.By 9 am Wednesday, 18,000 residents who were threatened by floods had been relocated, according to a statement issued by the provincial civil affairs department.Torrential rain has disrupted life for 543,000 residents in 34 counties, districts and cities of the province, and damaged 33,900 hectares of crops, the statement said.More than 5,700 houses have been toppled, with another 4,200 seriously damaged, it added.The National Disaster Reduction Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Monday initiated an emergency response to battle the rain-triggered disaster.Storms have affected large parts of southern China, bringing landslides.In Shaoguan city of Guangdong Province, which borders Jiangxi, one person was killed and another two were missing after rain-triggered landslides.Landslides also disrupted traffic on a section of an international highway in Tibet Autonomous Region, and in Shennongjia, a forestry resort in central China’s Hubei Province, although the flow of vehicles had resumed on Wednesday.

       

       

      Hazardous Seas Warning

       

      MEDFORD, OR

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      Storms, Flooding

      Sodden Britain braced for more floods

      by Staff Writers
      London (AFP)


      A man and his dog were killed as they tried to cross a flooded ford in Hampshire, in southeast England, on Monday, while in Northamptonshire in central England, 1,000 holidaymakers were evacuated from a caravan park. File image courtesy AFP.

      Southern England and Wales were on high flood alert Tuesday, with thousands of homes at risk from a deluge that has killed one person after Britain’s wettest April in over 100 years.

      Rivers were being closely monitored as flood defences held back muddy water from over 25,000 homes, the Environment Agency said. A total of 40 warnings of expected flooding and 152 alerts for possible floods were in place Tuesday.

      “There is still a risk of flooding across many parts of England and Wales with particular focus on Somerset, Dorset and Devon,” the agency said Monday evening, ahead of a night of thunder and heavy showers.

      Forecasters the Met Office said Tuesday that heavy rain was starting to ease but “there will still be a good deal of standing water and a continued risk of localised flooding since river levels remain high”.

      Provisional Met Office data showed the past month has been the wettest April since records began in 1910. Figures to April 29 showed 121.8mm (4.8 inches) of rain fell on average, almost double the long-term average for April of 69.6mm.

      A man and his dog were killed as they tried to cross a flooded ford in Hampshire, in southeast England, on Monday, while in Northamptonshire in central England, 1,000 holidaymakers were evacuated from a caravan park.

      Despite the downpour, large parts of Britain remain officially in drought after two dry winters, with householders under instructions to save water where they can.

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        Short Time Event(s)

        02.05.2012 Thunderstorm Nepal Balwatoli [Kishanganj district] Damage level
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      Thunderstorm in Nepal on Wednesday, 02 May, 2012 at 12:02 (12:02 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Six persons, including two women and as many girls, were killed and over 50 others injured in a thunderstorm at Balwatoli in Bihar’s Kishanganj district, an official said today. The thunderstorm accompanied by cyclonic wind and hailstorm struck the area yesterday trapping the inhabitants under its fury killing six persons, while over 50 others sustained injuries, Disaster Management Additional Collector Shatrughan Chaudhary said. Of the dead, five of them were identified as Chameli Begum (10), Navolal Ram, his son Neeraj Kumar, Mando Devi, Samukta Khatun, he said. The injured were admitted to hospitals, Chaudhary said. The thunderstorm also caused largescale devastation in the area damaging several houses, he said. An ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh will be paid to the kin of the victims and Rs 10,000 will be given those whose houses have been damaged, the Assistance Collector said.

       

       

      Severe Thunderstorm Warning

       

      HASTINGS NE
      DULUTH MN
      DES MOINES IA
      GRAND RAPIDS MI
      
      
      
      

      Flash Flood Warning

       

      GREEN BAY WI
      GAYLORD MI
      HASTINGS NE
      OMAHA/VALLEY NEBRASKA
      
      
      
      

      Flash Flood Watch

       

      MOBILE AL
      SAN JUAN PR
      
      
      
      
      
      

      Flood Warning

       

      CLEVELAND OH
      BOISE ID
      SPOKANE, WA
      INDIANAPOLIS IN
      SPRINGFIELD MO
      TULSA OK
      NORMAN OK
      WICHITA KS
      
      
      
      
      
      

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      Radiation/Biological Hazard

      Dead fish cause panic in Western Turkey

      İZMİR – Doğan News Agency

       Hurriyet Daily News

      Locals in Izmir’s Tahtalı district are in a panic due to the appearance of dead fish in the area. Şaşal Village locals believe fire extinction planes, which are currently being used in the area for trial flights, are the cause behind the dead fish.

      Many dead fish have washed up on shore around the village due to waves and wind, said locals speaking to Doğan news agency.

      “This is the first time that we have experienced such an event here. Sometimes the river basin becomes the area for test fligths. We think that this is affecting the current situation of dead fish.”

      May/02/2012

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      Solar Activity

      3MIN News May2: Full Update + Quake Watch

      Published on May 2, 2012 by

      QUIET SUN: Solar activity is low, with only a smattering of isolated C-flares occasionally breaking the quiet. NOAA: The chance of X-flares today is no more than 1%.

      spaceweather.com

      SUNSPOT MIRAGE: Yesterday, May 1st, when the sun rose over Veszprem, Hungary, big sunspot AR1471 split into three pieces. “It was a mirage–the strongest I have ever seen!” says Monika Landy-Gyebnar, who photographed the apparition:

      Landy-Gyebnar explains how she arranged this photo-op: “We had a nice, clear and windless morning. I set up my camera where I could see the sun rising over a cold valley where fog often collects; it is a location colder then its surroundings. I hoped the inversion layer at the valley would provide some distortion–and indeed it did. The image I saw when sun appeared was incredible!”

      The entire event lasted no more than a few minutes, “but it seemed to be a century to me!” she says. A short animation of the mirage may be found here.

      QUIET SUN: Solar activity is low, with only a smattering of isolated C-flares occasionally breaking the quiet. NOAA: The chance of X-flares today is no more than 1%.

      spaceweather.com

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      Space

      METEORS FROM HALLEY’S COMET: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, source of the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower. Because the shower’s radiant is located below the celestial equator, southern hemisphere observers are favored, but even northerners will be able to see at least a few flecks of Halley-dust disintegrating in the atmosphere when the shower peaks this weekend. The best time to look is during the hours before sunrise on Sunday, May 6th. Bright moonlight will cap the meteor rate at about 30 per hour.

      In recent nights, NASA’s all-sky meteor network has picked up a number of early eta Aquarid fireballs. This one was bright enough to shine through the glow of sunrise and clouds over Tullahoma, Tennessee, on April 29th:

      According to analysts at NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, this particular speck of comet dust hit the atmosphere traveling 62 km/s (139,000 mph) and disintegrated about 84 km (52 mi) above Earth’s surface.

      The full Moon of May 5-6, 2012, with interfere with the visibility of the eta Aquarid peak. Radar signals, however, penetrate moonlight with ease. Tune into Space Weather Radio for live echoes from eta Aquarids passing over the US Air Force Space Surveillance Radar in Texas.

      spaceweather.com

      Incredible energy burst from a distant black hole increases X-ray brightness by at least 3,000 times

      SPACE.com
      Wed, 02 May 2012 15:56 CDT
      A NASA space telescope has detected an incredible energy burst from a distant black hole, an explosion so intense that it boosted the black hole’s X-ray brightness by at least 3,000 times, scientists say. The outburst came from a black hole in the spiral galaxy M83, about 15 million light-years away from Earth. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers found a new object, called an ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX), that emits more X-rays than most “normal” systems in which a companion star orbits around a black hole or neutron star, the researchers said.

      © Left image – Optical: ESO/VLT; Close-up – X-ray: NASA/CXC/Curtin University/R. Soria et al., Optical: NASA/STScI/Middlebury College/F. Winkler et al.
      At left is an optical view of M83. At right is a composite image showing X-ray data from Chandra in pink and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope in blue and yellow. The ULX is located near the bottom of the composite image.
      The observations from Chandra spanned several years, and scientists noticed that the ULX in M83 increased its X-ray brightness by at least 3,000 times.

      This surprisingly sudden brightening is one of the largest changes in X-rays ever seen for this type of object, according to the researchers. In fact, ultraluminous X-ray sources do not typically have periods of dormancy. [Photos: Black Holes of the Universe]

      In the accompanying image, the left is an optical view of M83. On the right is a composite image showing X-ray data from Chandra in pink and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope in blue and yellow. The ULX is located near the bottom of the composite image.

      Optical images of the black hole in M83 were taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. These images revealed a bright blue source where the ULX is located during the X-ray outburst. Yet, before the outburst, this blue source cannot be seen, the scientists said.

      The discrepancy suggests that the companion to the black hole in M83 is a red giant star that is more than 50 million years old. The mass of this object is less than four times the mass of the sun, and according to theoretical models that predict the evolution of stars, the black hole in M83 should be almost as old as this companion red giant star.

      The bright blue emission that could be seen during the X-ray outburst could be the black hole’s disk brightening significantly as it acquires more material from its companion star, the astronomers said.

      Another strangely behaved ULX from a black hole with an old, companion red giant star was found recently in the galaxy M31. These new discoveries in M83 and M31 show that there could be a population of similar black holes that are older and more volatile, the researchers said.

      The mass of the ULX in M83 is estimated to be between 40 to 100 times the mass of the sun.

      The astronomers also found that the black hole in this system may have formed from a star surprisingly rich in “metals,” or elements that are heavier than helium. Based on previous observations, the ULX is located in a metal-rich region.

      Large concentrations of metals increase the rate of mass lost from massive stars, siphoning mass before they collapse. This also decreases the mass of the resulting black hole.

      Current theoretical models suggest that in regions highly rich in metals, only black holes with masses less than about 15 times that of the sun should form. As a result, the findings based on the ULX in M83 could dispute these models, the researchers said.

      Another plausible explanation is that the black hole is so old that it formed at a time when heavy elements were much less abundant in M83, before metals were sprinkled throughout by later generations of supernovas. Astronomers are also investigating the possibility that the mass of the black hole in M83 is only about 15 times that of the sun.

      “The Demon Star” –Cairo Calendar Shows Egyptians Discovered Binary Algol 3200 Years Ago

      The Daily Galaxy
      Wed, 02 May 2012 13:51 CDT
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      Algol, aka the Demon Star, is actually a binary star in the Perseus constellation, and has been discovered by a group of Finnish researchers to be first noted by the Egyptians some 3200 years ago. It is one of the best known eclipsing binaries, the first such star to be discovered, and also one of the first (non-nova) variable stars to be discovered.

      The eclipses in binary stars give precise information of orbital period changes. Alogl brightens and dims every 2.867 days, a phenomenon first described in semi-modern western astronomy by John Goodricke, who wrote about what he saw with the naked eye back in 1783.

      The irregular orbital period changes of this longest known eclipsing binary continues to puzzle astronomers. The mass transfer between the two members of this binary should cause a long-term increase of the orbital period, but observations over two centuries have not confirmed this effect.

      Perseus Constellation

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      The Finnish research team presents evidence indicating that the period of Algol was 2.850 days three millenia ago. For religious reasons, the ancient Egyptians recorded this period into the Cairo Calendar, which describes the repetitive changes of “The Raging one.” Cairo Calendar may be the oldest preserved historical document of the discovery of a variable star.

      The data from the Cairo Calendar however describes the binary period as 2.85 days –slightly less than the 2.867 days observed today. The Helsinki team doesn’t believe this difference is due to error, they think it’s because the period has changed over time, and that they say, gives credence to the theory that the Algol binary is actually a three star system as new research suggests: Beta Persei A, B, and C.

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      Did the ancient egyptians record the period of the eclipsing binary Algol – the Raging one?

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      32 Dead Porpoises Worry Wildlife Experts

      Jeanna Bryner
      LiveScience
      Tue, 01 May 2012 21:21 CDT
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      A finless porpoise at the Miyajima Aquarium, Japan.

      More than 32 Yangtze finless porpoises have been found dead in the Dongting and Poyang lakes in China in the last two months, leading wildlife experts to worry whether the rare animals are being pushed closer to extinction, the World Wildlife Fund has reported.

      Yangtze finless porpoises live mainly in the freshwater Yangtze River and the two lakes, where the bodies of more than 32 of them have been found since March 3. One of the porpoises was pregnant, according to the blog Save Yangtze Finless Porpoise.

      “This tragedy shows that Yangtze finless porpoise is facing enormous challenges,” said Lei Gang, head of WWF China’s Central Yangtze program, in a statement. “The porpoise deaths illustrate that without effective measures to fundamentally reverse the trend of ecological deterioration, [the] future of the incredible creature is far from certain.”

      After examining the dead porpoises, scientists were left with a long list of possible culprits, including electro-fishing, strikes by boat-engine propellers, food shortages and pollution.

      In electro-fishing, which is illegal, people use storage batteries to fire huge electric charges into the Yangtze and then collect the dead fish that float to the surface, according to an EDGE blog entry by Sam Turvey, who has studied wildlife along the Yangtze, including the Yangtze dolphin or baiji.

      An autopsy report released April 17 by the Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences suggests two of the finless porpoises were killed due to electro-fishing and boat-engine propellers.

      Some experts have noted that climate change has lowered water levels in the Yangtze and its lakes, making it more difficult for porpoises to find food, but the researchers have yet to find any evidence that lack of food is resulting in porpoise deaths.

      A 2006 IHB survey found about 1,800 Yangtze finless porpoises in the Yangtze River and connected lakes, but that number has been decreasing. From 2006 to 2010, the number of Yangtze finless porpoises in just the Dongting Lake decreased to 198.

      Rather than relocate the porpoises, local government officials, along with cetacean experts with the WWF, are considering conservation measures in the Dongting Lake.

      In addition, the local government plans to implement a ban on illegal fishing (including electro-fishing), regulate sand dredging and limit boat speeds, according to the WWF.

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