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M7.1 – SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE

Preliminary Earthquake Report

  • 4 Dec 0115 22:24:55 UTC
  • 5 Dec 2015 04:24:55 near epicenter
  • 4 Dec 2015 16:24:55 standard time in your timezone
  • 1020 km (632 mi) ENE of Heard Island, Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • 2961 km (1835 mi) SW of Busselton, Australia
  • 3005 km (1863 mi) SW of Bunbury, Australia
  • 3048 km (1889 mi) SW of Albany, Australia
  • 3124 km (1936 mi) SW of Perth, Australia

Location Uncertainty

Horizontal: 8.6 km;

Vertical 1.8 km

Parameters

Nph = 89; Dmin = 1118.9 km;

Rmss = 0.98 seconds; Gp = 42°
Version =Event IDus 100043z2

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

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Southeast Indian Ridge 7.1 Magnitude EQ

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M 7.1 – Southeast Indian Ridge

Time
2015-12-04 22:24:55 UTC
Location
47.643°S 85.093°E
Depth
10.0 km

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M 7.1 – Southeast Indian Ridge

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  5.3   2012/10/25 23:05:27   39.855   16.044 3.8  SOUTHERN ITALY
MAP  4.8   2012/10/25 22:58:19   11.214   126.100 45.1  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/10/25 22:33:49  -50.133   113.885 9.1  SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE
MAP  2.6 2012/10/25 22:11:06   37.733  -121.365 9.3  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/25 22:09:11   51.508  -178.230 25.1  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/25 20:50:04   17.552   -68.919 66.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  5.4   2012/10/25 20:49:34   -5.905   -76.116 8.0  NORTHERN PERU
MAP  3.4 2012/10/25 20:26:45   18.159   -68.659 110.0  ISLA SAONA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP  2.5 2012/10/25 19:51:31   19.830  -155.599 15.5  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  5.0   2012/10/25 18:57:08   -3.939   140.288 44.4  PAPUA, INDONESIA
MAP  5.3   2012/10/25 18:40:40  -19.830  -178.196 604.1  FIJI REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/25 17:37:24   59.271  -152.148 53.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/25 16:54:17   31.943   131.661 41.7  KYUSHU, JAPAN
MAP  2.6 2012/10/25 16:12:00   37.640  -118.948 7.9  LONG VALLEY AREA, CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.5 2012/10/25 12:57:36   63.781  -148.382 10.1  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/25 11:19:55   60.630   -43.993 9.9  WESTERN GREENLAND
MAP  2.8 2012/10/25 10:57:21   32.707  -115.251 15.2  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.0 2012/10/25 10:42:21   60.156  -153.882 200.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  5.8   2012/10/25 10:32:28   38.306   141.733 48.1  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.1   2012/10/25 10:31:18   22.450   120.514 21.3  TAIWAN
MAP  5.0   2012/10/25 10:09:44   0.665   124.548 163.5  MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/25 09:25:59  -17.974  -178.448 599.5  FIJI REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/10/25 07:04:36   60.593  -152.038 115.8  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/25 05:39:31   -6.965   155.468 86.0  BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/25 05:37:59  -32.866   -69.930 91.8  MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/25 04:35:39   18.916   -64.243 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/10/25 03:07:26   51.580  -178.083 4.7  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/25 01:39:43   -6.319   130.430 142.8  BANDA SEA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/25 01:21:59   59.819  -147.419 10.1  GULF OF ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/25 01:11:32   59.513  -155.530 11.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/25 00:42:30   63.738  -148.906 124.9  CENTRAL ALASKA

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.6 2012/10/24 23:32:40   57.988  -155.593 102.1  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/24 22:12:02   0.085   123.564 137.3  MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/24 22:05:51  -22.821   -63.751 523.1  SALTA, ARGENTINA
MAP  2.6 2012/10/24 21:57:37   31.451  -116.858 18.4  OFFSHORE BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  4.6   2012/10/24 21:19:48   -5.420   151.861 47.7  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/24 20:08:07   51.569  -178.171 12.5  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/24 18:29:07   39.264  -123.156 7.0  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  5.4   2012/10/24 17:56:01   17.844   -81.690 32.7  CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/10/24 16:03:58   44.956  -114.564 22.5  SOUTHERN IDAHO
MAP  4.5   2012/10/24 13:36:43   65.240  -134.216 5.0  NORTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA
MAP  2.9 2012/10/24 12:54:37   18.020   -65.423 18.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/10/24 11:29:59   19.498  -155.780 10.1  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.7 2012/10/24 11:20:41   59.907  -147.356 0.0  GULF OF ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/24 10:00:49   19.368  -155.237 3.5  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.1 2012/10/24 09:33:45   59.870  -147.421 11.3  GULF OF ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/10/24 08:35:14   51.279  -177.774 25.6  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/24 07:59:02   61.511  -148.037 12.4  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/24 07:35:26   59.481  -154.834 201.8  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/24 07:05:43   36.446   140.763 69.2  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.7   2012/10/24 06:50:48   54.778  -163.536 90.5  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/24 05:56:17   61.494  -146.560 26.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/24 05:43:44   59.581  -152.361 84.3  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/24 03:08:17   61.853  -149.981 16.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/10/24 01:55:27   10.049   -85.500 11.1  COSTA RICA
MAP  4.3 2012/10/24 01:36:43   16.581   -97.336 46.8  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  6.5   2012/10/24 00:45:34   10.121   -85.314 20.1  COSTA RICA
MAP  3.4 2012/10/24 00:35:42   19.663   -64.265 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/10/24 00:02:52   -4.750   145.221 45.7  NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G.
MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.5   2012/10/23 22:15:29  -18.423  -177.822 628.7  FIJI REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/23 22:00:54   51.606  -178.015 6.7  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/23 21:55:17   38.755   142.351 42.2  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  2.6 2012/10/23 20:01:02   51.577  -178.354 9.0  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/10/23 19:11:53   2.150   92.447 29.0  OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
MAP  5.1   2012/10/23 18:00:44   -6.583   147.923 38.3  EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  4.8   2012/10/23 17:47:57   -6.635   147.918 53.4  EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  4.2 2012/10/23 16:34:18  -10.809   113.654 25.9  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.1 2012/10/23 16:17:56   42.094   47.695 20.6  CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA
MAP  3.4 2012/10/23 15:25:43   51.265  -177.752 20.1  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/23 15:20:42   38.956   20.662 10.0  GREECE
MAP  3.2 2012/10/23 12:43:48   58.444  -150.322 3.1  GULF OF ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/10/23 11:53:27   19.178   -64.126 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/10/23 11:28:39   60.162  -152.321 92.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  5.1   2012/10/23 10:45:21  -25.717   -70.556 32.4  ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
MAP  6.0   2012/10/23 09:39:31  -22.316   171.675 127.0  SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  5.2   2012/10/23 09:33:20  -57.575   148.078 10.0  WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND
MAP  5.9   2012/10/23 08:53:39   29.090   139.244 443.0  IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/10/23 08:22:15   18.889   -65.004 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.7 2012/10/23 07:45:52   40.299  -124.532 8.7  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/23 07:29:43   36.006  -120.567 5.0  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.8 2012/10/23 05:52:19   61.398  -150.053 13.6  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/10/23 05:38:28   -8.994   124.106 103.0  KEPULAUAN ALOR, INDONESIA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/23 05:22:05   36.296  -120.856 8.5  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/10/23 04:37:57   35.577  -120.883 5.0  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/23 03:55:47   38.767  -122.742 2.3  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.5 2012/10/23 02:10:08   58.059  -152.767 96.0  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/10/23 00:37:09   39.570   143.027 26.5  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.5   2012/10/23 00:21:12   14.215   -89.814 260.5  GUATEMALA

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Earthquake-Causing Fracking to Be Allowed within 500 FEET of Nuclear Plants

Nuclear Plants Vulnerable to Earthquakes

The American government has officially stated that fracking can cause earthquakes. Some fracking companies now admit this fact The scientific community agrees. See this, this, this, this and this.

Earthquakes can – of course – damage nuclear power plants. For example, even the operator of Fukushima and the Japanese government now admit that the nuclear cores might have started melting down before the tsuanmi ever hit. More here.

Indeed, the fuel pools and rods at Fukushima appear to have “boiled”, caught fire and/or exploded soon after the earthquake knocked out power systems. See this, this, this, this and this. And fuel pools in the United States store an average of ten times more radioactive fuel than stored at Fukushima, have virtually no safety features, and are vulnerable to accidents and terrorist attacks. And see this.

Indeed, American reactors may be even more vulnerable to earthquakes than Fukushima.

But American nuclear “regulators” have allowed numerous nuclear power plants to be built in earthquake zones (represented by black triangles in the following diagram):

 Earthquake Causing Fracking to Be Allowed within 500 FEET of Nuclear PlantsSome plants are located in very high earthquake risk zones:

No1 Earthquake Causing Fracking to Be Allowed within 500 FEET of Nuclear Plants (Note: Ignore the long lines in the diagram … they represent the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, which present a huge danger of flooding nuclear reactors , but not an earthquake risk).

And they have covered up the risks from earthquakes for years … just like the Japanese regulators did. For example:

  • The NRC won’t even begin conducting its earthquake study for Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York until after relicensing is complete in 2013, because the NRC doesn’t consider a big earthquake “a serious risk”
  • Congressman Markey has said there is a cover up. Specifically, Markey alleges that the head of the NRC told everyone not to write down risks they find from an earthquake greater than 6.0 (the plant was only built to survive a 6.0 earthquake)
  • We have 4 reactors in California – 2 at San Onofre 2 at San Luis Obisbo – which are vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis

For example, Diablo Canyon is located on numerous earthquake faults, and a state legislator and seismic expert says it could turn into California’s Fukushima:

see  video here

On July 26th 2011 the California Energy Commission held hearings concerning the state’s nuclear safety. During those hearings, the Chairman of the Commission asked governments experts whether or not they felt the facilities could withstand the maximum credible quake. The response was that they did not know.

This is similar to what happened at Fukushima: seismologists dire warnings were ignored (and see this.)

Yet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission doesn’t even take earthquake risk into account when deciding whether or not to relicense plants like Diablo Canyon.

Are They Fracking With Us?

American nuclear regulators are allowing earthquake-inducing fracking to be conducted mere feet from nuclear power plants.

As the Herald Standard reports:

Chesapeake Energy has a permit to frack just one mile from the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport. Whether that is cause for alarm, experts can’t say.

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“Hydraulic fracturing near a nuclear plant is probably not a concern under normal circumstances,” [Richard Hammack, a scientist at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory] said. “If there is a pre-stress fault that you happen to lubricate there (with fracking solution), that is the only thing that might result in something that is (seismically) measurable.”

That’s not very reassuring, given that “lubrication” of faults is the main mechanism by which fracking causes earthquakes. (Indeed,  the point is illustrated by the analogous fact that leading Japanese seismologists say that the Fukushima earthquake “lubricated” nearby faults, making a giant earthquake more likely than ever.)

And as Akron Beacon Journal notes, fracking is allowed with 500 feet of nuclear plants:

“We’re not aware of any potential impacts and don’t expect any,” said FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young today. “We see no reason to be particularly concerned.”

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[But] experts can’t say if the proposed well so close to two nuclear power plants is cause for concern.

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DEP spokesperson John Poister told the Shale Reporter that there are no required setbacks specifically relating to a required distance between such shale wells and nuclear facilities, just a blanket regulation requiring a 500-foot setback from any building to a natural gas well.

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Icelandic authorities warned people in the north of the island on Thursday to prepare for a possible big earthquake after the biggest tremors in the area for 20 years.

The north Atlantic island, where almost 320,000 people live, is a hotspot of volcanic and seismic activity as it straddles a fault in the earth’s surface.

The Civil Protection Department said in a statement that recent small quakes in an area under the sea about 20 km (12 miles) off the north of Iceland had prompted it to issue a warning to local people.

It said such shocks, one of which was a magnitude 5.6, often led to stronger quakes. Warnings were issued when there were grounds to expect a natural or manmade event that could threaten health and human safety, it added.

“People are anxious because they don’t know what might happen,” said Amundi Gunnarsson, chief of the fire brigade in Fjallabyggd, one of the small towns in the area, and a member of the Civil Protection Department.

“At the same time, life goes on as usual. People are going to work and children are going to school, but everyone is on alert,” he told Reuters by telephone.

The coastal area in the north is home to several small towns and a population of several thousand people.

The biggest town in the north of Iceland, Akureyri, has a population of about 17,000 people, and lies roughly 100 km south of the seismic activity.

Geologist Benedikt Ofeigsson said houses in Iceland could typically withstand quakes of a magnitude about 7.

“Of course there could be some damage to in walls and concrete in such strong earthquakes, but what is important that houses have stood firm,” he told Reuters.

(Reporting by Robert Robertsson, writing by Patrick Lannin; Editing by Alistair Scrutton and Keith Weir)

Today Earthquake Italy Provincia di Cosenza (Calabria), [Cosenza regio] Damage level Details

Earthquake in Italy on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 04:36 (04:36 AM) UTC.

Description
A magnitude 5 earthquake struck north of Cosenza in southern Italy early on Friday, and police said a hospital had been evacuated after cracks were found in its structure, but there were no reports of injuries. The quake hit at 1:05 a.m. (7.05 p.m. EDT on Thursday) about 6.3 km (3.9 miles) underground, north of Cosenza in the Pollino mountains area on the border of the southern regions of Calabria and Basilicata, according to data from the Italian Geophysics Institute (INGV). It said on its website that at least 14 other tremors followed the initial earthquake. An Italian police official told Reuters a hospital in the small town of Mormanno had been evacuated as a precautionary measure because some cracks were found in its structure. No injuries were reported, the official said. Italian news agencies reported scenes of panic in the hospital and said many inhabitants of Mormanno and surrounding towns had come out in the streets. Police and fire fighters are surveying the area for further damage, officials said.
Today Earthquake Iceland North Atlantic Ocean, [North of the island (under the sea)] Damage level Details

Earthquake in Iceland on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.

Description
Icelandic authorities warned people in the north of the island yesterday to prepare for a possible earthquake after the biggest tremors in the area for 20 years. The north Atlantic island, where almost 320,000 people live, is a hotspot of volcanic and seismic activity. The Civil Protection Department said in a statement that recent small quakes in an area under the sea about 20km off the north of Iceland had prompted it to issue a warning. It said such shocks, one of which was a magnitude 5.6, often led to stronger quakes

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LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: October 26, 2012 05:49:05 UTC

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

CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Volcanic Activity

Hawaii’s big Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes linked

New model says they are connected underground and relieve pressure in each other

By Becky Oskin

OurAmazingPlanet

The past decade of eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano may have acted as a pressure-relief valve for neighboring Mauna Loa, according to a new model suggesting two of the planet’s biggest volcanoes connect deep underground.

Scientists know each of the two Hawaiian volcanoes has its own plumbing —separate, shallow magma chambers. Such chambers are the source of Kilauea’s rising lava lake, which is threatening to spill over. But 50 miles (80 kilometers) down, in a part of the Earth’s mantle layer called the asthenosphere, Mauna Loa and Kilauea are dynamically coupled, said Helge Gonnermann, a professor at Rice University in Houston, who is the lead author of a new study showing the link.

“It’s like groundwater in an aquifer or oil in an oil reservoir,” Gonnermann told OurAmazingPlanet. “We know that there is melt that extends beneath both volcanoes. Changes in pressure can be transmitted to both volcanoes.”

The Hawaiian Islands are hotspot volcanoes, formed as the Pacific plate moves over a plume of hot magma in the mantle. Pressure changes in the pooled magma in the mantle could rapidly affect both volcanoes, the model indicates.

The model helps explains some intriguing observations: When one volcano inflates, the other starts to bulge about six months later. At times, such as in 2005, both volcanoes inflate at the same, GPS data show

The study suggests that Mauna Loa’s and Kilauea’s opposing pattern — when one is active, the other is quiet — occurs because eruptions at one volcano release pressure in the other.

The model suggests Mauna Loa, which produced its most recent blast in 1984, had accumulated enough magma for another eruption, but its pressure was relieved by Kilauea’s heightened activity.

“The hypothesis coming out of this model is that if we hadn’t seen this increased activity at Kilauea, then we would not have seen this pressure relief,” Gonnermann said.

The summit of Kilauea has recently started inflating, giving the researchers a real-world test. “If Kilauea continues to inflate like it is right now, and if our model holds water, we should also see another period of inflation at Mauna Loa in about half a year,” Gonnermann said.

The scientists also hope to test the model in other hotspot volcanoes, such as those of the Galapagos.

The findings are detailed in the November issue of the journal Nature Geosciences.

Reach Becky Oskin at boskin@techmedianetwork.com. Follow her on Twitter @beckyoskin. Follow OurAmazingPlanet on Twitter @OAPlanet. We’re also on Facebook and Google+.

вулкан Алаид

Kuril’s Alaid volcano.
© Photo: ru.wikipedia.org

The Kuril Island volcano named Alaid, in Russia’s Far East has begun spewing ash with the giant ash cloud rising to an altitude of up to 700 meters.

The Alaid Volcano is the tallest and northernmost volcano in the islands, with a crater which is approximately 1.5-km-wide.

The first signs of activity were recorded on October 7th when thermal anomalies were observed a cloud of steam appeared.

Volcanologists are issuing warnings regarding the likelihood of an eruption of ash emissions which may reach a height of 10-15 kilometers above sea level.

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25.10.2012 03:12 AM Australian Antarctic Territory in the Southern Ocean, Heard Island and McDonald Islands Madison Complex Volcano (Madison Peak) Volcano Activity 0304-001 Stratovolcano No. 0 Details

Volcano Activity in Heard Island and McDonald Islands on Thursday, 25 October, 2012 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.

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One of Australia’s two active volcanoes seems to be erupting. We say seems because the volcano in question, on Heard Island, is located in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, 2000km north of Antarctica and closer to Africa than to Australia. That’s about as close to the middle of nowhere as it is possible to be. Heard Island and its neighbour MacDonald Island are Australian territories and are uninhabited, but each possesses an active volcano. Scientific expeditions venture there infrequently, due to conservation issues and the fact the islands have a wretched climate, are thousands of miles from anywhere nice and can only be accessed or supplied by ship. That means little attention is paid to the islands, with the satellite images such as the one below seldom acquired. But NASA’s Earth Observatory says the image and other analysis detected heat signatures on Heard Island’s 2475m Mawson Peak that suggest recent volcanic activity. “Although not definitive, this natural-color satellite image also suggests an ongoing eruption,” NASA writes. “The dark summit crater (much darker than Mawson’s shaded southwestern face) is at least partially snow-free, and there’s a faint hint of an even darker area—perhaps a lava flow—within. Shortwave infrared data (collected along with the visible imagery) shows hot surfaces within the crater, indicating the presence of lava in, or just beneath, the crater.” The Australian Government’s official Heard and McDonald Island website, which has a nifty .aq domain, reports eruptions on McDonald Island. In 1992. Heard Island’s remote location means any eruptions are unlikely to bother anyone, as the region has no history of colossal, world-shaking, events. Penguins and expeditions that plan to visit the islands are, however, in jeopardy. Two of the latter are scheduled for the near future. In 2013 a solo adventurer plans to sail to the islands and then kayak ashore.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of North Carolina, [Croatan National Forest ] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 03:09 (03:09 AM) UTC.

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A sudden, unexpected burst of high winds caused a controlled burn in the Croatan National Forest to get out of control and burn 21,000 acres this summer, according to a report on the fire. The U.S. Forest Service released its “Learning Analysis” of the fire that prompted road closures in the forest and affected the region for weeks with heavy smoke. The report shows that the controlled burn that began on June 14 to remove undergrowth and improve habitat for the red cockaded woodpecker in 1,567 acres went well at first. Subsequent burns on June 15 and June 16 also had no issues. However, the report cites a sudden burst of high winds during a 20- to 30-minute window around 2:30 p.m. on June 16 that sent embers across South Little Road outside of the controlled burn area as the reason behind the wildfire. The report shows that maximum winds had been up to only 15 mph, but that the wind suddenly picked up to 23 mph. “The winds that kicked up for that half an hour were what we suspect as contributing to us having a spot fire,” Barry Garten, acting district ranger for the Croatan National Forest, said on Thursday. “We did everything that we possibly could to make sure that everything was in good shape but when the wind comes up like that, a kind of anomaly of a wind that no one saw, it makes it difficult to keep everything in check.”

According to the report, a forest service helicopter spotted the new fire at about 3 p.m. June 16 and estimated its size at 50 to 75 acres. By 6 p.m., it had grown to 235 acres. Forestry officials opted not to fight the fire through the night of June 16, citing safety concerns, according to the report. By the morning of June 17, the fire had spread to 2,800 acres. The report lists that the controlled burn created a “smoke screen” that made detecting the wildfire difficult. The report also mentioned the importance of maintaining communication with the National Weather Service about weather conditions during controlled burns. The report, put together by eight forestry officials that were not directly connected to the fire, mentioned that the preparation, plan and practices established for controlled burns were followed and that officials took appropriate action once the wildfire started.

25.10.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Colorado, [Wetmore area] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Wednesday, 24 October, 2012 at 03:06 (03:06 AM) UTC.

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Colorado authorities said they were hoping to determine Wednesday how many buildings had been burned by a fast-moving wildfire that sprang up Tuesday afternoon. The blaze in south-central Custer County was quickly spread by 50 mph winds. The high winds prevented crews from fighting the fire from the air. Officials said the wildfire was ignited by a house fire in a subdivision south of Wetmore and that it had burned into “broken terrain” of relatively uninhabited areas of Custer and Pueblo counties. More than 300 homes have been evacuated, said Steve Segin of the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center. A separate wildfire in Estes Park has consumed 979 acres and was only partially contained, the National Park Service reported.

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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
Sandy (AL18) Carib Sea 22.10.2012 26.10.2012 Hurricane III 335 ° 148 km/h 185 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: 824.38 km
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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23rd Oct 2012 05:01:30 N 12° 42.000, W 78° 36.000 0 74 93 Tropical Storm 0 12 998 MB NOAA NHC
24th Oct 2012 04:57:08 N 15° 12.000, W 77° 12.000 17 93 111 Tropical Storm 15 12 989 MB NOAA NHC
25th Oct 2012 05:02:54 N 19° 24.000, W 76° 18.000 20 148 185 Hurricane I. 10 12 954 MB NOAA NHC
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26th Oct 2012 05:02:25 N 25° 18.000, W 76° 6.000 20 148 185 Hurricane III 335 ° 12 968 MB NOAA NHC
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27th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 36.000, W 77° 24.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NOAA NHC
27th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 28° 54.000, W 76° 54.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
28th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 24.000, W 75° 24.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
29th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 0.000, W 72° 30.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
30th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 37° 30.000, W 72° 30.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
31st Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 40° 30.000, W 76° 30.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
Tony (AL19) Atlantic Ocean 23.10.2012 25.10.2012 Tropical Depression 70 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Tony (AL19)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 22° 18.000, W 51° 42.000
Start up: 23rd October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 886.99 km
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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23rd Oct 2012 04:48:04 N 22° 18.000, W 51° 42.000 11 56 74 Tropical Depression 350 9 1006 MB NOAA NHC
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
24th Oct 2012 04:49:58 N 26° 42.000, W 49° 12.000 19 65 83 Tropical Storm 50 10 1004 MB NOAA NHC
25th Oct 2012 05:00:08 N 30° 6.000, W 40° 18.000 37 83 102 Tropical Storm 70 10 1000 MB NOAA NHC
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25th Oct 2012 17:59:58 N 31° 0.000, W 36° 18.000 33 65 83 Tropical Depression 70 ° 16 1000 MB NOAA NHC
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27th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 12.000, W 27° 48.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
Son-Thin (24W) Pacific Ocean 24.10.2012 26.10.2012 Typhoon I 285 ° 102 km/h 130 km/h 3.66 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Son-Thin (24W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 9° 30.000, E 126° 24.000
Start up: 24th October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 779.31 km
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Report by: JTWC
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24th Oct 2012 04:45:21 N 9° 30.000, E 126° 24.000 20 65 83 Tropical Storm 305 10 JTWC
25th Oct 2012 04:49:30 N 12° 24.000, E 121° 36.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 14 JTWC
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26th Oct 2012 05:05:24 N 14° 36.000, E 116° 6.000 19 102 130 Typhoon I 285 ° 12 JTWC
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27th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 17° 36.000, E 107° 18.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
27th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 42.000, E 109° 42.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
28th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 19° 12.000, E 104° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
29th Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 42.000, E 103° 42.000 Tropical Depression 28 46 JTWC
Murjan (01A) Indian Ocean 25.10.2012 26.10.2012 Tropical Depression 270 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 0.00 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Murjan (01A)
Area: Indian Ocean
Start up location: N 10° 30.000, E 53° 54.000
Start up: 25th October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 252.63 km
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Report by: JTWC
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25th Oct 2012 04:47:31 N 10° 30.000, E 53° 54.000 26 65 83 Tropical Storm 70 12 JTWC
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26th Oct 2012 05:06:12 N 9° 36.000, E 50° 18.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 270 ° 0 JTWC

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Hurricane Sandy: Florida coastline under storm warning

Satellite image provided by the National Hurricane Center showing Sandy moving north towards the US coastline, 25 October 2012 Sandy is expected to bring high winds, heavy rain and extreme tides to the eastern US seaboard

Hurricane Sandy has swept north over the Bahamas towards the US, having reportedly killed some 20 people as it tore through Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica.

Schools, offices, airports and bridges had closed across the Bahamas as residents stocked up on supplies.

Forecasters warn the storm could pose a major threat to the US East Coast.

Early on Friday, Sandy had dropped to a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), said the US National Hurricane Center.

It was moving north at about 13 mph centred between Cat Island and Eleuthera in the central Bahamas about 185 miles south-east of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

Florida was already being lashed by heavy rain and high winds, with the coastal state being put under a tropical storm warning.

“We’re looking for tropical-storm force winds along the coast and then some very dangerous surf conditions over the next couple of days,” said James Franklin, the NHC’s chief hurricane forecaster.

“So we can’t really emphasise enough to keep people out of the water, the winds are going to be very strong.”

Some US broadcasters were already referring to Sandy as The Halloween Hurricane – or even Frankenstorm, due to the possibility of it blending with a winter storm over the United States – as it was expected to bring coastal flooding and power outages around All Hallow’s Eve – on 31 October.

The storm was expected to head north-west at a slower pace on Friday, getting gradually larger all the while.

Although it is forecast to weaken, the NHC said it would likely remain a hurricane during the next 48 hours.

Guantanamo battered

Earlier on Thursday Sandy had caused a storm surge leading to severe flooding along Cuba’s south-eastern coastline.

Civil emergency authorities revealed 11 people died as the storm lashed the communist island – nine of those in Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second-largest city.

TV footage of the popular tourist destination showed fallen trees, toppled houses and debris-choked streets.

More than 50,000 people had been moved from their homes in the city as a precaution.

Strong winds and rain also battered the US naval base and detention facility at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay, confining some workers to their quarters, delaying a hearing and prompting a number of prisoners to be moved to safer accommodation.

Elsewhere, nine deaths were reported in Haiti – where much of the infrastructure remains in a very poor condition following a massive earthquake in 2010.

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In Jamaica earlier, more than 1,000 people sought refuge in shelters as Sandy caused widespread power outages, flooded streets and damaged buildings.

One elderly Jamaican was killed when a boulder fell on his house.

A 48-hour curfew was imposed in the island’s major towns to deter the looting that had accompanied previous storms.

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One person killed as Hurricane Sandy batters Jamaica

Forecasters warned the category one hurricane would grow in size

A man has been crushed to death by boulders as Hurricane Sandy sweeps across Jamaica, moving north to Cuba.

The category one hurricane struck the island on Wednesday, unleashing heavy rains and winds of 125km/h (80mph).

Schools and airports are closed, and a curfew has been imposed in major towns. A police officer was shot and injured by looters in the capital, Kingston.

A hurricane warning has also been issued in Cuba, where Sandy is expected to make its next landfall.

Moving at 22km/h, the hurricane struck Kingston on Wednesday evening and headed north, emerging off the island’s northern coast near the town of Port Antonio.

Sandy has prompted a hurricane watch in the Bahamas, while Florida has been placed on tropical storm watch.

“It’s a big storm and it’s going to grow in size after it leaves Cuba,” said forecaster Michael Brennan from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.

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The NHC predicts that Sandy could dump up to 50cm (inches) of rain across parts of Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba.

“These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain,” the centre warned in a statement.

More than 1,000 Jamaicans have sought refuge in shelters, with residents reporting widespread power outages, flooded streets and damages to buildings.

An elderly man was crushed to death by stones that fell from a hillside as he tried to get into his house in a rural village, authorities said.

Much of the island’s infrastructure is in a poor state of repair, and a lack of effective planning regulation has resulted in homes being built close to embankments and gullies.

“A part of the roof of my veranda just went like that [and] at least five of my neighbours have lost their entire roofs,” a resident of the coastal city of Iter Boreale told Reuters news agency.

Boarding up windows in the capital Kingston Kingston prepares for the arrival of the hurricane

The country’s sole energy provider, the Jamaica Public Service Company, said 70% of its customers were without electricity.

Authorities have imposed a 48-hour curfew in all major towns. But looters in Kingston ignored the order and wounded a senior officer in a shooting, police said.

In some southern Jamaican towns, crocodiles were caught in rushing floodwaters, which carried them out of mangrove thickets, the Associated Press reports.

One big croc was washed into a family’s front yard in the city of Portmore, according to the news agency.

While Jamaica was ravaged by winds from Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the eye of a hurricane hasn’t crossed the island since Hurricane Gilbert in 1988.

Almost 50 people were killed by that storm, and the then Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, described the hardest hit areas near where Gilbert made landfall as looking “like Hiroshima after the atom bomb”.

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Hurricane Sandy Heads Toward Cuba, May Strike U.S.

By Brian K. Sullivan

Hurricane Sandy, which closed businesses and airports on Jamaica as it moved north in the Caribbean, may strike the U.S. East Coast next week with the potential to cause millions of dollars in damage.

Sandy’s top winds reached 85 miles (137 kilometers) an hour as it moved off the north coast of Jamaica and headed toward Cuba, according to a U.S. National Hurricane Center advisory at 8 p.m. New York time.

“The table is set for some pretty major weather,” said Henry Margusity, an expert senior meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “Is it going to be an epic storm or is going to be just your typical nor’easter? We will have the answers next week.”

Sandy is expected to cross Cuba overnight and the Bahamas tomorrow, according to the hurricane center. The storm may then move parallel to the U.S. East Coast and either be pushed into the Atlantic Ocean or pulled into the coastline.

A computer model based in Europe took the storm up Delaware Bay, while another by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had Sandy curve into Portland, Maine, Margusity said. Both events would take place early next week.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said residents should monitor the storm’s progress.

Weather Patterns

One of the major weather patterns determining where Sandy will end up is the North Atlantic Oscillation, which is currently blocking weather systems moving off the U.S. The system may turn Sandy into the U.S. coast, Margusity said.

A storm on that potential track may do millions in damage from downed trees, power outages and flooding, he said.

Before then, Sandy is forecast to cross eastern Cuba and the Bahamas, where hurricane warnings have been issued, according to the hurricane center.

As much as 20 inches (51 centimeters) of rain may fall on parts of Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, the center said. Three inches are possible in Florida.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

Hybrid of Sandy, Winter Storm Threatens East Coast

Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Santo Domingo
ORLANDO BARRIA / EPAA boy plays next to firefighters in a flooded street amidst garbage that was dragged by the heavy rains in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic after Hurricane Sandy hit the country on Oct. 25, 2012. About 8,755 people have been forced to leave their homes due to heavy rains caused by Hurricane Sandy.

(WASHINGTON) — Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say.

Though still projecting several days ahead of Halloween week, the computer models are spooking meteorologists. Government scientists said Wednesday the storm has a 70 percent chance of smacking the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.

(PHOTOS: The Most Destructive U.S. Hurricanes of All Time)

Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North are predicted to collide, sloshing and parking over the country’s most populous coastal corridor starting Sunday. The worst of it should peak early Tuesday, but it will stretch into midweek, forecasters say.

“It’ll be a rough couple days from Hatteras up to Cape Cod,” said forecaster Jim Cisco of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prediction center in College Park, Md. “We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting.”

It is likely to hit during a full moon when tides are near their highest, increasing coastal flooding potential, NOAA forecasts warn. And with some trees still leafy and the potential for snow, power outages could last to Election Day, some meteorologists fear. They say it has all the earmarks of a billion-dollar storm.

Some have compared it to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but Cisco said that one didn’t hit as populated an area and is not comparable to what the East Coast may be facing. Nor is it like last year’s Halloween storm, which was merely an early snowstorm in the Northeast.

Today Flash Flood Philippines Province of Zamboanga Sibugay, [Buug and Lamare] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Philippines on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 05:13 (05:13 AM) UTC.

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At least 1,250 families evacuated to safer ground as flash flood, triggered by incessant rains, hit the town of Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay, a military officer said here. Two families were also forced to flee their homes due to landslides near the mining village of Lamare, Bayog town in the adjacent province of Zamboanga del Sur Thursday. No one was hurt or injured during the incident as the two families managed to flee before huge chunks of crumbling earth destroyed their houses made of light materials. Capt. Alberto Caber, Spokesman of the Army’s 1st Division, said ground troops and civilian disaster response teams reported that the flood water swelled in the Barangay Poblacion – the town center of Buug and in the nearby village of Bula-an, prompting residents residents to flee to higher ground. “The flood water reached as [high] as five feet, prompting the rescue and evacuation Thursday of the affected residents in the area,” Caber said. He said local disaster officials on the ground reported that the flood was triggered by continuous rains since Wednesday night.

Local weather bureau of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the incessant rain was triggered by the monsoon and enhanced by the tail ends of tropical storm Ofel. Close to 6,250 persons were evacuated by the rescuing police and military troops to the nearby Villa Castor Elementary School. Caber said no casualty was reported while local authorities have yet to assess the damage brought by the flood. Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, 1st Army Division chief, directed the military units located in the coastal areas to closely monitor the water level. “As the need arises, [we will] undertake rescue and retrieval operations jointly with the PNP, local officials and civilian volunteers,” Cruz said.

Today Flash Flood Turkey Province of Gaziantep, [Gaziantep-Sanl urfa Highway] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Turkey on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 05:11 (05:11 AM) UTC.

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Three people were killed early on Thursday in the province of Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey when a passenger bus was drifted in flood. The passenger bus was among several vehicles which were drifted by flood along the Gaziantep-Sanl urfa Highway after flash floods hit the city, said the report, adding that several people were also missing. Search and rescue teams were dispatched for searching for the missing people since the early hours of the day, said the report. The floods came during the holidays of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), a four-day Islamic holiday. Thousands of people were jamming the roads during the Eid to visit relatives, with authorities calling on drivers to be careful while driving.
Today Flash Flood Malaysia Capital City, Kuala Lumpur [Jalan Damansara] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Malaysia on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 03:23 (03:23 AM) UTC.

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Petty traders preparing for Hari Raya Haji shoppers had their business interrupted by flash floods. Lemang stall operators along Jalan Damansara had to wait for the floods to subside after heavy rain at 5pm yesterday before reopening for business. The flash floods also caused a 3km-long jam on the Sprint Highway from Section 16. Muslims are celebrating Hari Raya Haji today amid a forecast of heavy rain by the Meteorology Department.

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Radiation / Nuclear

Fukushima Update: Unit 4 Is Sinking … Unevenly

… And May Begin Tilting

The spent fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4 is the top short-term threat to humanity, and is a national security issue for America.

As such, it is disturbing news that the ground beneath unit 4 is sinking.

Specifically, Unit 4 sunk 36 inches right after the earthquake, and has sunk another 30 inchessince then.

Moreover, Unit 4 is sinking unevenly, and the building may begin tilting.

An international coalition of nuclear scientists and non-profit groups are calling on the U.N. to coordinate a multi-national effort to stabilize the fuel pools. And see this.

Given the precarious situation at Unit 4, it is urgent that the world community pool its scientific resources to come up with a fix.

Minor hydrogen leak at closed Calif. nuclear plant

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—The operators of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant say a hydrogen leak is the latest problem to plague the troubled plant, but it was small and presented no risk to workers or the public.Plant operator Southern California Edison said in a statement Monday that the leak was discovered in a non-nuclear part of the facility Sunday and has been reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/RSeFa9) reports that hydrogen is used to cool electrical generators at the plant, and a pipe fitting will be replaced because of the leak.

The plant located between Los Angeles and San Diego hasn’t produced power since Jan. 31 because of excessive wear in its reactors, and it’s not clear when, or if, it will return to service.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

25.10.2012 Nuclear Event France Lower Normandy, Flamanville [Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in France on Thursday, 25 October, 2012 at 15:47 (03:47 PM) UTC.

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A contained radioactive water leak detected at EDF’s Flamanville nuclear plant did not cause any damage to the environment or harm any employees, France’s nuclear safety watchdog ASN and EDF said on Thursday. The nuclear safety agency said on its website EDF had detected a leak in a water pipe that feeds the plant’s reactor 1 primary circuit late on Wednesday. It was stopped and did not cause any radioactive contamination. The incident was defined as a grade 1 incident on the international nuclear event scale (INES), where the maximum 7 is the most severe. There were 66 Level 1 incidents in 2011 in France according to the ASN.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

25.10.2012 Epidemic Hazard Uganda Western Uganda, [Kabale District] Damage level Details

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

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Health experts have confirmed an outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in the western district of Kabale after samples from two relatives taken to the Uganda Virus Institute tested positive. Police Thursday stopped the burial of Boaz Turyahikayo a lecturer at Uganda Christian University and his sister Mildrid Asasira after it emerged that their family had lost four people from a mysterious disease in just a month. The other two are Lillian Banegura their mother and an elder brother Bernard Rutaro who passed away early this month. Dr. Patrick Tusiime the Kabale district health officer said a team from the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization is on its way to oversee the burial of the two victims. The Marburg virus was last reported in Uganda in 2008. It carries symptoms similar to those of Ebola that include fever, vomiting and internal bleeding.
Biohazard name: Marburg virus disease (MVD)
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
Today Epidemic Hazard Canada Province of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Canada on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

Description
Measles hasn’t been seen in the Saskatoon Health Region in the past 15 years, but Thursday the region is reporting a case of the disease. Parents of infants should to check their children’s vaccination records, said Julie Kryzanowski, the region’s medical health officer. About one in four children younger than two are not properly covered by the vaccine because their immunizations are not up to date, she said. “We’re at about 76 per cent coverage rate for children under two years with two doses, so public health will be calling parents of children who are behind with their measles vaccine,” Kryzanowski said. “We’ve set up extra drop in clinics in Saskatoon and some of the surrounding communities of our health region starting Saturday and running through next week.” Measles can be quite serious. “If somebody isn’t protected by immunization and they are exposed to a case of measles, over 90 per cent will be infected,” Kryzanowski said. “Whenever we see a single case of measles we are concerned about the risk of an outbreak because measles is so contagious.” While rare, there are cases seen across the country. “Most of the cases of measles that we do see in Canada are sporadic cases and usually attributed to travel internationally or people coming from overseas to Canada and bringing the measles virus with them.” The case here has been linked to a case in Prince Albert reported last month.
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

Climate-changing methane ‘rapidly destabilizing’ off East Coast, study finds

NOAA

In this visualization, the Gulf Stream is seen as the dark red current coming into the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico.

By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. And since methane is even more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas, the researchers said, any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts.

Temperature changes in the Gulf Stream are “rapidly destabilizing methane hydrate along a broad swathe of the North American margin,” the experts said in a study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature.

Using seismic records and ocean models, the team estimated that 2.5 gigatonnes of frozen methane hydrate are being destabilized and could separate into methane gas and water.

It is not clear if that is happening yet, but that methane gas would have the potential to rise up through the ocean and into the atmosphere, where it would add to the greenhouse gases warming Earth.

The 2.5 gigatonnes isn’t enough to trigger a sudden climate shift, but the team worries that other areas around the globe might be seeing a similar destabilization.

USGS

Methane hydrate samples

“It is unlikely that the western North Atlantic margin is the only area experiencing changing ocean currents,” they noted. “Our estimate … may therefore represent only a fraction of the methane hydrate currently destabilizing globally.”

The wider destabilization evidence, co-author Ben Phrampus told NBC News, includes data from the Arctic and Alaska’s northern slope in the Beaufort Sea.

And it’s not just under the seafloor that methane has been locked up. Some Arctic land area are seeing permafrost thaw, which could release methane stored there as well.

An expert who was not part of the study said it suggests that methane could become a bigger climate factor than carbon dioxide.

“We may approach a turning point” from a warming driven by man-made carbon dioxide to a warming driven by methane, Jurgen Mienert, the geology department chair at Norway’s University of Tromso, told NBC News.

“The interactions between the warming Arctic Ocean and the potentially huge methane-ice reservoirs beneath the Arctic Ocean floor point towards increasing instability,” he added.

For thousands of years, permafrost has trapped Siberia’s carbon-rich soil, a compost of Ice Age plant and animal remains. But global warming is melting the permafrost and exposing the soil, causing highly flammable methane to seep out. NBC’s Jim Maceda reports.

He also noted, however, that “one of the big unknowns is the magnitude of rapid methane escape from the ocean floor, and how natural filter systems react and affect the future ocean, its environment and the climate.”

Relate: Thawing Arctic permafrost is releasing methane

Another unknown is what caused the Gulf Stream changes, said Phrampus, an earth sciences PhD candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

“Multiple events can play a factor, such as changing sea level or an addition of cold/fresh water from the north,” Phrampus said, adding he was hopeful that the changes might be “reversible under their own influence.”

But, he added, “we need more data to resolve this, and we are currently investigating this process.”

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Solar Activity

3MIN News October 23. 2012: X Flare

Published on Oct 23, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
New York Stalls Fracking: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-21/fracking-needs-rules-not-flawed-stud…
Mars Canyon: http://www.universetoday.com/98122/valles-marineris-the-grandest-canyon-of-all/
Wyoming Windfarm: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-huge-farm-wyoming.html
California Tornados: http://www.weather.com/news/california-severe-20121022

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 24. 2012

 

Published on Oct 24, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Uruguay Waves: http://www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/waves-crash-ove…
Italy Quake Trial: http://www.weather.com/news/italy-earthquake-trial-20121021
Russia Sends Human ISS Capsule: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-10/24/c_131926094_2.htm
Antarctic Melt: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-australia-antarctic-runway.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/

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 25. 2012

 

Published on Oct 25, 2012 by

Collapsing Atmosphere/Magnetic Shield: http://youtu.be/woVitezc-zU
STARWATER: http://youtu.be/LiC-92YgZvQ

TODAY’S LINKS
Australia Volcano: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/penguin-panic-is-this-aussie-volcano-e…
Gulf Stream Methane: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/346009/description/Gulf_Stream_mig…
Catastrophic Methane Release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/extinction_causes/Clathrate_gun_hypothesis
Permian Methane Event: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/08/030828071722.htm
Solar Plasma Penetration: http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMOVAMFL8H_index_0.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/

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

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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 10 day(s) 0.0433 16.8 1.5 km – 3.3 km 10.79 km/s 38844 km/h
(2011 UG21) 06th November 2012 11 day(s) 0.1784 69.4 340 m – 760 m 19.73 km/s 71028 km/h
(2010 WT) 07th November 2012 12 day(s) 0.1251 48.7 53 m – 120 m 6.53 km/s 23508 km/h
333358 (2001 WN1) 09th November 2012 14 day(s) 0.1285 50.0 370 m – 830 m 8.73 km/s 31428 km/h
330233 (2006 KV86) 11th November 2012 16 day(s) 0.1876 73.0 450 m – 1.0 km 23.35 km/s 84060 km/h
(2008 LH2) 12th November 2012 17 day(s) 0.1487 57.9 35 m – 78 m 5.10 km/s 18360 km/h
(2001 YM2) 12th November 2012 17 day(s) 0.0860 33.5 440 m – 980 m 9.26 km/s 33336 km/h
(2012 KF25) 15th November 2012 20 day(s) 0.1528 59.5 23 m – 51 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(1999 SF10) 19th November 2012 24 day(s) 0.0346 13.5 41 m – 92 m 4.08 km/s 14688 km/h
(2009 WB105) 24th November 2012 29 day(s) 0.0400 15.6 59 m – 130 m 18.86 km/s 67896 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Sinkholes

Tremors reported at giant Louisiana sinkhole

By Amber Stegall

(Source: Assumption Office of Emergency Preparedness) (Source: Assumption Office of Emergency Preparedness)

BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) –

A sharp tremor was recorded by USGS monitors just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at the site of the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

The giant sinkhole appeared in August near the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas.

The Assumption Parish Police Jury says the tremor was large enough that the body wave phases could easily be identified. A body wave travels through the interior of the earth.

The preliminary location of the tremor was just SE of Oxy #3 cavern at a depth of 500m.  There is no additional information specific to this seismic activity at this time.

The sinkhole is now about four acres in size.

Residents were forced from their homes on August third, two months after the bayous started bubbling. They are still evacuated from their homes.

SLIDESHOW: Giant Louisiana Sinkhole

The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees.

 

 

 

Today Unusual geological event USA State of Louisiana, [Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas, Assumption Parish] Damage level Details

 

Unusual geological event in USA on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 03:10 (03:10 AM) UTC.

Description
A sharp tremor was recorded by USGS monitors just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at the site of the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish. The giant sinkhole appeared in August near the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas. The Assumption Parish Police Jury says the tremor was large enough that the body wave phases could easily be identified. A body wave travels through the interior of the earth. The preliminary location of the tremor was just SE of Oxy #3 cavern at a depth of 500m. There is no additional information specific to this seismic activity at this time. The sinkhole is now about four acres in size. Residents were forced from their homes on August third, two months after the bayous started bubbling. They are still evacuated from their homes.

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife /  Hazmat

26.10.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Texas, Texas City [Dallas Group of America Inc] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Thursday, 25 October, 2012 at 15:44 (03:44 PM) UTC.

Description
Officials say nine people have been slightly hurt in a chemical tank leak that restricted outdoor activities in a Southeast Texas city. Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid. Diane Tracy with New Jersey-based Dallas Group of America Inc. says company officials are investigating Wednesday night’s accident. Tracy says one Dallas Group employee, four workers with a neighboring transportation company and four firefighters were injured. Tracy says all nine victims were treated and released from a hospital. Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson says the victims suffered acid exposure in the leak around 11 p.m. Wednesday. A shelter-in-place order was issued just before midnight Wednesday.
25.10.2012 HAZMAT USA State of California, Santa Monica [Lincoln and Ocean Park boulevards] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Thursday, 25 October, 2012 at 11:25 (11:25 AM) UTC.

Description
Fire crews have blocked off the parking lot outside Albertson’s grocery store in Santa Monica while a hazardous materials team investigates a low-level radioactive substance which was found inside a trash bin close by. The material was discovered Wednesday morning near the store on Lincoln and Ocean Park boulevards, according to reports. The store has not been evacuated but the parking lot has been blocked off. “We do have firefighters inside the Albertson’s doing radiation monitoring,” Santa Monica Fire Department Chief Mark Bridges told KNX Newsradio. “They are not getting any radiation readings inside the store, but outside we’re getting above-normal readings.” Bridges also confirmed that “low-level radioactive material”, thought to be medical waste, was found in a trash bin.

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Articles of Interest

Today Unusual geological event USA State of California, [Salton Buttes area] Damage level Details

Unusual geological event in USA on Friday, 26 October, 2012 at 03:19 (03:19 AM) UTC.

Description
Earthquake swarms and a region-wide rotten egg smell recently reminded Southern California residents they live next to an active volcano field, tiny though it may be. At the time, scientists said the phenomena did not reflect changes in the magma chamber below the Salton Sea. But now, researchers may need to revise estimates of the potential hazard posed by the Salton Buttes – five volcanoes at the lake’s southern tip. The buttes last erupted between 940 and 0 B.C., not 30,000 years ago, as previously thought, a new study detailed online Oct. 15 in the journal Geology reports. The new age – which makes these some of California’s youngest volcanoes – pushes the volcanic quintuplets into active status. The California Volcano Observatory, launched in February by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), already lists the area as a high threat for future blasts. “The USGS is starting to monitor all potentially active volcanoes in California, which includes the Salton Buttes,” said study author Axel Schmitt, a geochronologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “With our results, I think this will further enhance the need to look into the system,” Schmitt told OurAmazingPlanet. Schmitt and his colleagues dated zircon crystals in the hardened lava of the buttes with a relatively new technique, a “helium clock” that starts ticking once the minerals begin cooling at the surface.

The National Science Foundation’s EarthScope project funds an extensive seismic imaging project in the Salton Sea that may soon reveal more information about what’s happening deep underground. “We’ll be looking with great interest to see what we can tell from the Salton Seismic Imaging Project,” said Joann Stock, a Caltech professor and an expert on the region’s volcanic hazards who was not involved in the new study. “I think (Schmitt’s study) is a great contribution,” she said. “It’s an area where we should be concerned. We know that there’s a lot of hot stuff down there,” she told OurAmazingPlanet. In August, an earthquake swarm shook the nearby town of Brawley. The USGS attributed the temblors to faults in the Brawley Seismic Zone. In September, a sulfurous stench emanated from the Salton Sea and wafted across the Inland Empire. The odor was tentatively linked to a fish die-off, but could also have been caused by volcanic gases, Stock said.

 

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Earthquakes

 

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 23:46 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 16:27 PM
2.6     16.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 12 12:10 PM
3.1     4.9     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Poland
Apr 12 11:28 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Tajikistan
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.1     156.0     MAP

USGS     Tajikistan
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.1     163.4     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 07:38 AM
2.5     8.0     MAP

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

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

EMSC     Poland
Apr 12 07:33 AM
3.9     80.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Earthquakes shake Gulf of California

By the CNN Wire Staff

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Magnitude 4.5 – NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

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

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Volcanic Activity

Mount Etna eruption no danger to local airport

15:44 12 APR 2012

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

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

New Mexico

Colorado

Florida

Arizona

Texas

Freeze Warning

Virginia

New York

Maryland

Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania

Michigan

Ohio

South Carolina

New Jersey

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Storms, Flooding

Photos: Spring hailstorm pelts Texas Panhandle

by WFAA

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

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

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

Some vehicles were trapped in the drifts of hailstones.

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

Melting hail and heavy rain triggered flash flooding in the Panhandle

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Tornado leaves path of destruction near Stockton

French Camp funnel cloud damage photo
French Camp funnel cloud damage

KTVU.com

STOCKTON, Calif. —

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flood Warning

Texas

Louisiana

Arkansas

Winter Storm Warning

California

Nevada

Oregon

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Radiation

Published on Apr 6, 2012 by

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


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Solar Activity

THE SUN TODAY: 12 April 2012 – Activity Building?

Solar X-rays:

Geomagnetic Field:

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