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25.06.2013 Power Outage USA State of Nebraska, Omaha Damage level Details

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Power Outage in USA on Monday, 24 June, 2013 at 18:02 (06:02 PM) UTC.

Description
A severe thunderstorm hit the Omaha metro area around 10 am packing 70 mph winds and heavy rain. Those strong winds downed trees, power lines and caused outages throughout Douglas and Sarpy Counties. There are reports of trees down all over the city blocking streets and bringing down power lines. Omaha Fire Department units are busy responding to calls of smoldering tree limbs on power lines. Omaha Public Power District perhaps has the biggest job ahead of them. Nearly 50,000 customers are without service. Loss of service also means traffic lights are not working and that is causing backups throughout the entire metro area. The storm also impacted Council Bluffs and most intersections there are also four-way stops. There were reports of trees down at several locations in that city as well. MidAmerican Energy is reporting is reporting that about 5,000 customers are without service.

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‘Intense’ morning storm causes power outages, tree damage around Omaha

 

 

 

A summer storm that blasted through the Omaha metropolitan area Monday morning downing trees and power lines came about when several thunderstorms joined forces about 4 a.m. in eastern Nebraska.

Frank Strait, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald’s private weather consultant, said forecasters had been predicting chances of thunderstorms, but they “were caught off guard” by the strength of the severe weather.

“We knew there was a good chance of thunderstorms popping up, but what we got was a cluster of thunderstorms organizing into a squall line with high winds in the eastern part of the state,” Strait said. “That made everything more intense.”

More photos: Storm damages trees around Omaha

Scott Dergan, of the National Weather Service in Valley, said the storm began with winds of 40 mph on the western edge of Douglas County about 10 a.m. By the time the storm reached Eppley Airfield on the eastern boundary of the county 45 minutes later, winds there were clocked at 69 mph.

The storm continued through Iowa, with Harlan reporting winds of 75 mph, Dergan said. The line of thunderstorms was expected to hit Chicago late Monday or early Tuesday.

“A lot of times storms like this take time to brew before they get what we call water loaded, and then they accelerate,” Dergan said. “It was nothing specific about the metro area such as the urban heat island effect. It was just Mother Nature.”

 

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

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

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Volcanic Activity

New Zealand dormant volcano erupts after a century

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

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

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

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

No casualties or damage have been reported after the eruption.

Witnesses described a dramatic scene as the volcano erupted.

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

“It was quite impressive.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Strombolian eruption from Etna's Bocca Nuova on 5 Aug

Strombolian eruption from Etna’s Bocca Nuova on 5 Aug

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

07.08.2012 Heat Wave Bulgaria [Statewide] Damage level Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Storms, Flooding

Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Ernesto (AL05) Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 07.08.2012 Hurricane II 300 ° 130 km/h 157 km/h 3.66 m NOAA NHC Details

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

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

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

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

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Two dead as storms hit Austria, northern Italy

by Staff Writers
Vienna (AFP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Solar Activity

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

Published on Aug 7, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Experts: Calif refinery fire will boost gas prices

By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Earthquakes

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:24 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:24 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

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

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

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

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.6     33.0     MAP

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

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.5     8.7     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.3     3.0     MAP

USGS     Washington
Apr 14 21:50 PM
2.7     5.8     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 20:19 PM
3.1     5.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 17:52 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

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

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

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 17:10 PM
4.8     50.3     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 17:10 PM
4.8     50.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 16:54 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

GEONET     Taranaki
Apr 14 16:29 PM
3.5     12.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 14 15:30 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 15:30 PM
3.3     2.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     France
Apr 14 15:05 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 11:24 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 14 07:35 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 07:06 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Albania
Apr 14 02:05 AM
2.7     24.0     MAP

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

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

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 01:43 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2 earthquakes shake Gujarat, Maharashtra

The Indian Express

Agencies : Pune/Ahmedabad

Rann of Kutch

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

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

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

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

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

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

An aftershock measuring 2.9 was also felt, they said.

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

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

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

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

 

 

Earthquake Alert 6.2 Earthquake Drake Passage

Published on Apr 14, 2012 by

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

 

 

USGS reports 5.9 magnitude quake off western Java

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

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

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

(Writing by Eric Walsh)

 

  Asia Pacific News

Strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattles Vanuatu

Posted: 15 April 2012 0651 hrs

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

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage either.

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

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

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

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

– AFP/de

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

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

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

 

Red Flag Warning -FIRE WEATHER

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

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Storms, Flooding

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

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

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

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

Read Full Article Here

Hailstones the size of golf balls in East China

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

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

http://provokedrage.webnode.com


Tornado Warning &Tornado Watch

TOPEKA KS
WICHITA KS
DES MOINES IA

HASTINGS NE
NORMAN OK

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

DES MOINES IA
NORTH PLATTE NE
HASTINGS NE
DODGE CITY KS

Flash Flood Warning

DES MOINES IA
NORTH PLATTE NE
OMAHA/VALLEY NEBRASKA

Flood Warning

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

High Wind Warning

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

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Solar Activity

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


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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

San Diego Earthquake Mystery Today April 13 Denied as Sonic Boom

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

San Diego Earthquake Mystery Today April 13 Prompts Sonic Boom Sound


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

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

Read Full Article  Here

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Wildlife / Radiation

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


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Articles of Interest

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

by Staff Writers
Boston, MA (SPX)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

** How to Prepare For an Earthquake **

By Eddie Sage on 14 April 2012

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

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

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

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

Read Full Article Here

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Earthquakes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     France
Apr 13 21:20 PM
3.6     2.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:56 PM
2.9     141.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:50 PM
3.1     151.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.2     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     111.0     MAP

USGS     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     102.5     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USGS     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     73.4     MAP

EMSC     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     60.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 13 06:39 AM
3.2     7.0     MAP

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     6.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.9     60.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
5.0     46.5     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 01:09 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minor earthquake in sea off Italy’s Sicily

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

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

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Volcanic Activity


Turrialba Volcano Increases Activity

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by itnnews

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



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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

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

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

Fire Weather Watch

Lubbock,Texas
Tiyan, Guam

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Storms, Flooding

Tornado Watch

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

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

Flash Flood Watch

St. Louis , Missouri
Springfield, Missouri

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Norman, Oklahoma

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Radiation

Fukushima leak may have flowed into Pacific: TEPCO

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change

Key ice shelf in Antarctica has shrunk by 85 percent

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP)

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

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

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

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

Larsen A broke up in January 1995.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Solar  Activity

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

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by adrinilinjunky

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

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

2MIN News Apr13: MAGNETIC STORM

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Articles of Interest

Long-term studies detect effects of disappearing snow and ice

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX)


File image: sea ice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadly March Tornadoes Were First Billion-Dollar Disaster of 2012

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

By Andrea Mustain and OurAmazingPlanet

tornado damage

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Earthquakes

 

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 23:46 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 16:27 PM
2.6     16.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 12 12:10 PM
3.1     4.9     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Poland
Apr 12 11:28 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Tajikistan
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.1     156.0     MAP

USGS     Tajikistan
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.1     163.4     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 07:38 AM
2.5     8.0     MAP

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

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

EMSC     Poland
Apr 12 07:33 AM
3.9     80.0     MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Earthquakes shake Gulf of California

By the CNN Wire Staff

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Magnitude 4.5 – NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

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

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Volcanic Activity

Mount Etna eruption no danger to local airport

15:44 12 APR 2012

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

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

New Mexico

Colorado

Florida

Arizona

Texas

Freeze Warning

Virginia

New York

Maryland

Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania

Michigan

Ohio

South Carolina

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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Status
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Earthquakes

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     13.9     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Pacific Ocean
Apr 11 23:33 PM
5.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 11 23:28 PM
4.6     536.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 11 23:28 PM
4.6     535.7     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 23:18 PM
4.6     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 23:18 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Michoacan, Mexico
Apr 11 22:55 PM
7.0     80.0     MAP
I Felt It

USGS     Michoacan, Mexico     
Apr 11 22:55 PM     
7.0     84.0     MAP     

USGS     Michoacan, Mexico     
Apr 11 22:55 PM     
6.5     20.0     MAP  

GEOFON     Michoacan, Mexico
Apr 11 22:55 PM
6.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.4     14.7     MAP

USGS     Offshore Northern California
Apr 11 22:42 PM
3.9     7.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off Coast Of Oregon
Apr 11 22:41 PM
5.8     10.0     MAP     

EMSC     Off Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM
6.0     20.0     MAP     

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM
5.9     14.0     MAP   

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM     
5.9     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
5.0     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
4.9     14.8     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 22:15 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.0     13.8     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Apr 11 22:02 PM
4.2     35.6     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 11 21:53 PM
3.0     197.9     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 21:38 PM
2.5     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
5.0     15.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
4.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 11 21:30 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Apr 11 21:23 PM
3.2     18.3     MAP

EMSC     Spain
Apr 11 21:17 PM
3.0     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 21:07 PM
2.5     14.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 21:02 PM
4.7     15.2     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:02 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:02 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Spain
Apr 11 20:58 PM
3.2     8.0     MAP

USGS     Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Apr 11 20:50 PM
2.9     11.6     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 11 20:29 PM
4.8     63.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 11 20:29 PM
4.8     46.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.8     2.0     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic Region
Apr 11 20:03 PM
3.6     165.3     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 11 19:36 PM
2.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:14 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:14 PM
4.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 11 19:13 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.5     10.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     40.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     14.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 11 18:44 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:32 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:32 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:15 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:15 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 11 18:10 PM
3.4     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:54 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:41 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:41 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 17:16 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 17:16 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:58 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic Region
Apr 11 16:32 PM
2.5     104.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 11 16:30 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 16:27 PM
3.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     South Of Java, Indonesia
Apr 11 16:21 PM
5.0     53.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Of Java, Indonesia
Apr 11 16:21 PM
5.0     43.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:13 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:13 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEONET     West Coast
Apr 11 16:12 PM
3.7     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.1     12.0     MAP
USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.1     10.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 11 16:03 PM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 11 15:52 PM
2.6     6.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.1     21.6     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.0     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:41 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:41 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:37 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:37 PM
4.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 15:35 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:09 PM
4.9     100.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:09 PM
5.0     13.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:06 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP
EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:06 PM
4.8     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.3     11.9     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.2     20.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.3     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:26 PM
5.0     9.4     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:26 PM
5.0     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     9.6     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.5     13.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.3     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.3     11.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     South Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 11 13:38 PM
3.2     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:19 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:19 PM
5.0     20.4     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:15 PM
5.1     5.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:15 PM
5.1     5.0     MAP

USGS     Tonga
Apr 11 13:12 PM
4.8     245.2     MAP

GEOFON     Tonga Islands
Apr 11 13:12 PM
5.2     238.0     MAP

EMSC     Tonga
Apr 11 13:12 PM
4.9     215.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:10 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:10 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 11 13:06 PM
3.4     174.1     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 12:53 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 12:53 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 11 12:27 PM
2.7     1.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     9.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.1     10.4     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 12:10 PM
2.7     23.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 11:53 AM
5.7     10.0     MAP

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 8.6 – Off West Coast of Sumatra

US Geological Survey
2012-04-11 10:54:00

Date-Time:
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 08:38:37 UTC
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 02:38:37 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
2.311°N, 93.063°E

Depth:
22.9 km (14.2 miles)

Region:
OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA

Distances:
434 km (269 miles) SW of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

550 km (341 miles) SW of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, Indonesia

963 km (598 miles) W of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

1797 km (1116 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

The April 11, 2012 Event: cluster of large earthquakes rattle the globe from Indonesia to Mexico

Posted on April 12, 2012
April 12, 2012WORLD – A strong earthquake hit Mexico on Wednesday, shaking buildings and sending people running out of offices onto the streets of the capital Mexico City. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.5 -magnitude quake was centered on Mexico’s Pacific coast near Michoacan and struck fairly deep under the earth at 65 km or 40 miles. Prior to the Mexico earthquake, a powerful and shallow 5.9 struck near the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate off the coast of Oregon- indicating tectonic plates worldwide are being rattled by planetary seismic tension. Prior to Oregon earthquake, two massive 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes (8.6 and 8.2) struck the ocean floor off the north coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. As I warned in my book The Extinction Protocol, the power unleashed in these seismic events is growing. This is testament to the dangers and seriousness of the earth-changes facing us and how these events are unleashing more unbridled force with each successive eruption. The Indian Ocean strike-slip fault earthquakes are very unusual. As a matter of fact, I’ve never heard of a strike-slip lateral earthquake of this great a magnitude; especially under water. Preliminary assessment of the Indonesian quakes by U.S. geologists suggests one plate lurched past each other as much as 70 feet. San Andreas is a strike-slip, lateral- can we even imagine two sections of ground moving 70 feet near San Francisco? Had the force of the Sumatra quakes been unleashed upon San Andreas, the city would have been completely destroyed. Ironically, the largest surface displacement ever recorded in a lateral strike-slip fault was 21 feet and that was in the 1906 7.9 San Andreas earthquake. Just so we understand the significance of what transpired today; the Japanese March 11, 2011 earthquake move the ocean floor 79 feet sideways and 10 ft upwards, but today’s earthquakes happened in double 8.0+ magnitude sequence and moved the earth nearly as far. Worst, the seismic tension from the event ricocheted around the world and contributed to other earthquakes. –The Extinction Protocol

Arizona earthquake numbers saw a large increase in 2011

by on Apr. 11, 2012,

According to the Arizona Geological Survey, 131 earthquakes were detected in 2011 compared with 53 in 2010. That was twice as many as in 2009 and about a third more than in 2008. Most of the earthquakes were in the northwestern part of the state. The Yuma area was also shaken by earthquakes associated with the Gulf of California Rift Zone.

Many of these earthquakes (magnitude ca. 1.6) occurred near Lake Mead. These are attributed to mining and quarrying, and also to crustal adjustments to water going into and out of the lake. The strongest earthquakes (magnitude ca. 3.6) occurred near Clarkdale in the central part of the state. The Survey says that these events are consistent with past behavior: “a propensity for deeper seismicity to occur in two pockets, the northwestern Utah-Arizona border and well within the Colorado Plateau in the northeast corner of the state” and “the highest concentration of energy release correlates well with the pattern of established Quaternary faulting, indicating that this portion of the crust continues to be an active area of strain release and of particular interest for hazard studies in Arizona.” The strain is due to on-going crustal extension.

Read more here. The Arizona Geological Survey provides several videos dealing with earthquakes and geothermal energy on its Youtube Channel. Give it a look. Also take a look at the new issue of Arizona Geology Magazine.

See also:

The Great Arizona-Sonora Earthquake of 1887

Arizona earthquakes, 1852-2011, a video time line

Precariously Balanced Rocks and earthquakes

Where the Next Big American Earthquake and Tsunami Might Occur

The Measure of an Earthquake

8.9 Aceh quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami warning

BBC News
2012-04-11 04:58:00

An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.9 has struck under the sea off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning across the Indian Ocean region.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had been generated, but advised authorities to “take appropriate action”.

The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 170,000 people in Aceh.

The US Geological Survey, which documents quakes worldwide, said the Aceh quake was centred 33km (20 miles) under the sea about 495km from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

It was initially reported as 8.9 magnitude but was later revised down to 8.7 by the USGS.

The tsunami warning said quakes of such a magnitude “have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin”.

Tsunami watch lifted after two big earthquakes

By the CNN Wire Staff

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon, triggering a tsunami watch for the Indian Ocean, which was later canceled.

The quake struck about 434 kilometers (270 miles) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh province, and had a magnitude of 8.6, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It took place at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles).

A second large quake, with a magnitude of 8.2, occurred off the west coast of Sumatra about two hours later, the USGS said.

Gary Gibson from the Seismology Research Center in Melbourne, Australia, said the location of the second quake reduced the possibility of a tsunami.

There was also a series of smaller quakes off the west coast of northern Sumatra with magnitudes between 5.1 and 5.4.

There were no reports of destruction or deaths.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on local television that there were no reports of casualties or damage in Aceh.

Four people were slightly injured on Simeulue Island, off the coast of Aceh, the National Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean. And a few hours later, the center announced the tsunami watch was canceled.

“A significant tsunami was generated by this earthquake. However, sea level readings now indicate that the threat has diminished or is over for most areas,” the center said.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Still In Effect

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE FOR

Florida From  Central Florida  to the  Panhandle

El Paso, Texas  to Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Pueblo ,Colorado

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Freeze Watch Still in Effect  For

Buffalo,  New York
Clevelnad, Ohio
Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina

Blacksburg, Virginia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Baltimore, Maryland,Washington, D.C.

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Storms, Flooding

Hailstorm in China on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

HS-20120412-34868-CHN
Hailstorm
Thursday, 12 April, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC

Severe Damage level

Asia
China
MultiProvinces
Provinces of Jiangxi and Guizhou

N 28° 40.465, E 115° 54.551

Base data
EDIS Number: Event type: Date/Time: Last update: Cause of event: Damage level: Geographic information Continent: Country: County / State: Area: City: Coordinate:

Giant Wave Impact in New Zealand on Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 at 11:31 (11:31 AM) UTC.

GW-20120411-34852-NZL
Giant Wave Impact
Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 at 11:31 (11:31 AM) UTC

Storm surge
Moderate Damage level

Australia & New-Zealand
New Zealand
Southland
Foveaux Strait

S 46° 35.360, E 168° 3.774

Base data
EDIS Number: Event type: Date/Time: Last update: Cause of event: Damage level: Geographic information Continent: Country: County / State: Area: City: Coordinate:

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Hanford, California
647 PM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...WINTER-LIKE STORM TO REACH THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA THURSDAY
NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Reno, Nevada
300 PM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE SIERRA...

.A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION THURSDAY
AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW IN
THE SIERRA.

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HANFORD HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH FOR HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS
OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET.

* ELEVATION: ABOVE 4000 FEET.

* TIMING: FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: CAMP NELSON...GIANT FOREST...JOHNSONDALE...
  LODGEPOLE...SHAVER LAKE...YOSEMITE VALLEY.

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 60 MPH
  OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

* IMPACTS: SNOW COULD CAUSE TRAVEL DELAYS AND POSSIBLE ROAD
  CLOSURES ABOVE 5000 FEET. GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE AREAS OF
  BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES. PEOPLE
  LIVING IN OR PLANNING TRAVEL INTO THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA
  ABOVE 5000 FEET SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER
  CONDITIONS.

Flood Advisory

FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Amarillo, Texas
1220 AM CDT THU APR 12 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  SOUTHERN MOORE COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF DUMAS...

* UNTIL 415 AM CDT

* HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
  MOORE COUNTY.

* THE HEAVY RAIN HAS CAUSED FLOODED ROADWAYS IN WESTERN MOORE
  COUNTY AND WILL LIKELY CAUSE URBAN FLOODING IN DUMAS AND IN
  CREEKS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MOORE COUNTY.

Flood Watch

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Spokane, Washington
1138 AM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE, WA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN IDAHO...

  COEUR D`ALENE RIVER AT CATALDO AFFECTING KOOTENAI AND SHOSHONE
  COUNTIES

...EXPECTED RAIN FALL TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY OVER THE COEUR D`ALENE
RIVER BASIN WILL LEAD TO POSSIBLE MINOR FLOODING ON THE COEUR D`ALENE
RIVER AT CATALDO.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE, WA HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WATCH FOR
  THE COEUR D`ALENE RIVER AT CATALDO
* FROM THURSDAY EVENING TO FRIDAY EVENING.
* AT  9:30 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 37.6 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 43.00 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL RISE TODAY AND THURSDAY...POSSIBLY
  ACHIEVING FLOOD STAGE LATE THURSDAY EVENING. THE RIVER WILL
  LIKELY CREST SLIGHTLY ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AND BEGIN TO DROP
  DURING THE DAY FRIDAY.
* AT 43.0 FEET...MINOR FLOODING OF FARMLAND FROM CATALDO DOWNSTREAM TO
  HARRISON IS LIKELY. THE CAMPGROUND AT CATALDO WILL ALSO BEGIN TO
  FLOOD. PORTIONS OF DUDLEY ROAD, WEST OF LATOUR CREEK, WILL LIKELY
  BE UNDERWATER AND IMPASSABLE. IF THERE IS SIGNIFICANT WATER ALREADY
  IN THE FLOODPLAIN, THESE IMPACTS MAY OCCUR AT LOWER STAGES.

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Radiation

Fukushima Radiation Plume Has Now Hit Hawaii- In a year it’ll Probably Reach U.S. West Coast

Energy News
2012-04-08 09:38:00

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.

KAMPS: And that plume, as you said, it’s taken a year but it has now hit Hawaii. Another year from now it’ll probably reach the West Coast of the US.

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SOLAR ACTIVITY

2MIN News Apr11: 8.9 Quake Indonesia [8.6 USGS] & a New Gamma Burst!


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Solar System

A Magnetic Surprise from Venus

Artist’s impression showing how the solar wind shapes the magnetospheres of Venus (shown with a brown tail, closer to the Sun) and Earth (shown in blue). Both planets are roughly the same size. Venus is closer to the Sun, at roughly 0.7 AU (Astronomical Unit) while Earth is located at 1 AU. Unlike Venus, Earth has an internal magnetic field which makes its magnetosphere bigger. The lines coming out of the Sun symbolise the propagation direction of the solar wind. Credit: ESA

Venus is a rarity among planets – a world that does not internally generate a magnetic field. Despite the absence of a large protective magnetosphere, the near-Venus environment does exhibit a number of similarities with planets such as Earth. The latest, surprising, example is the evidence for magnetic reconnection in Venus’ induced magnetotail.

Planets which generate magnetic fields in their interiors, such as Earth, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn, are surrounded by invisible magnetospheres. Their magnetic fields deflect the charged particles of the solar wind (electrons and protons) as they stream away from the Sun. This deflection creates a magnetosphere – a protective “bubble” around the planet – which ends in an elongated magnetotail on the lee side of the magnetosphere.

Since Venus has no intrinsic magnetic field to act as a shield against incoming charged particles, the solar wind sometimes interacts directly with the upper atmosphere. However, Venus is partially protected by an induced magnetic field. ….

Read Full Article Here

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Long rumbling (20 min or more) then mystery ‘boom’ — St. Louis, MO – part 1

 

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

Boom can be heard at the very first few seconds of PART 2 — uploading that video next (right now its 2am CDT)

I am not drawing ANY conclusions on this yet.. just a strange coincidence as of now… but hoping there are some other people besides my wife and I, who heard these sounds yesterday—- here in South Saint Louis, Missouri USA.

Approx coordinates of the rumbles and boom heard: 38°36’14.85″N , 90°14’7.74″W ..

Confirmed 1st hand reports — heard by myself, my wife, and neighbor. Looking for others in the area who may have heard these multiple rumbles. 3am for 15 or 20 minutes.. 9am for 20-30 minutes.. and 11am for about 10 – 15 seconds.. Two times VERY long.. one time very short…..not a jet, train, or truck.. which you CAN hear in the video clearly as such.

Some kind of rumbling / drilling sound ?!! Carries on for a very long time.

One boom at 3am (not captured on video).. one boom about 945am (captured on video at the very start of part 2)… camera is a Sony DCR SX-63 … records in 30 minute segments.. part 1 30 min long.. part two 17 min long.

every bird in the area is chirping.. its about 40 degrees F outside. No wind 1-5 mph tops.

you can hear the rumble OVER any animals, trucks, planes, helicopters AND EVEN over the police sirens. NO air conditioners fans or construction going on.. especially at 3am the first time we heard it (it woke up my wife .. who woke me up).

Yesterday — 4/11/2012 — my wife and I were awoke about 3am CDT to a long persistent rumble — which shook our house and windows… it lasted for about 15 minutes before I got out of bed and came down to record video of it….

my camera died at 315am (approx) .. as soon as i took it outside… blast confounded! Then the sound stopped abruptly.

Then…. within the hour of this first rumble at 3am — we saw the large earthquakes in Indonesia — don’t know yet if these are related… may not be related at all (im HOPING!).

Then move forward to about 9am CDT — the rumble appeared again.. this time with a series of “booms”. I grabbed my cam and ran outside.. and this is where you begin in the video.

Clearly.. a low audible rumble for many minutes.. towards the end of this Part 1 .. you can hear it pick up in intensity.

Start of video 2 you can hear the last “boom”.. only one boom heard on cam. At 3am.. the first “boom” rattled the windows and woke my wife, who woke me in turn to check out what was going on.

Hoping this is just some kind of anomaly… if we get a repeat… I will deploy the cam again if I hear it.

The part 2 of this video.. the boom in particular.. sounds similar to the Wisconsin booms a few weeks ago… if you have some kind of audio processing gear.. let me know what you think if you have the time to analyze this fully.

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Earthquakes

EMSC Syria
Apr 10 23:23 PM
3.4 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 23:16 PM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 23:16 PM
4.7 40.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 23:16 PM
4.6 31.7 MAP

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 10 22:46 PM
2.7 29.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 22:45 PM
4.3 35.7 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 22:45 PM
4.3 36.0 MAP

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 10 22:37 PM
3.4 32.0 MAP

USGS Wyoming
Apr 10 20:29 PM
3.0 1.9 MAP

GEONET Taupo
Apr 10 19:42 PM
4.7 100.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 19:28 PM
2.6 9.0 MAP

EMSC Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 10 19:22 PM
3.0 88.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Northern California
Apr 10 19:07 PM
2.6 26.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 17:56 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

EMSC Pyrenees
Apr 10 17:40 PM
2.8 2.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 10 17:39 PM
2.6 4.0 MAP

EMSC Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 10 16:44 PM
4.4 51.0 MAP

USGS Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 10 16:44 PM
4.4 51.1 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 16:39 PM
3.1 6.0 MAP

EMSC Sea Of Japan
Apr 10 16:36 PM
4.0 374.0 MAP

USGS Sea Of Japan
Apr 10 16:36 PM
4.0 374.3 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 15:20 PM
2.5 18.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 10 14:01 PM
3.0 9.0 MAP

GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 13:54 PM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 10 13:45 PM
2.4 1.0 MAP

GEOFON Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 13:42 PM
4.7 360.0 MAP

EMSC Near S. Coast Of Western Honshu
Apr 10 13:42 PM
4.6 353.0 MAP

USGS Near The South Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 13:42 PM
4.4 357.2 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 13:37 PM
2.6 8.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 13:31 PM
2.5 9.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 13:24 PM
2.4 30.0 MAP

USGS Molucca Sea
Apr 10 13:00 PM
4.5 51.3 MAP

EMSC Molucca Sea
Apr 10 13:00 PM
4.6 47.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Molucca Sea
Apr 10 13:00 PM
4.6 43.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 10 12:52 PM
2.8 23.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 10 12:47 PM
2.5 0.6 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 10 11:58 AM
2.4 30.0 MAP

EMSC Germany
Apr 10 11:50 AM
2.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 10 11:42 AM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 11:36 AM
3.4 7.0 MAP

USGS Northern Alaska
Apr 10 11:07 AM
2.9 7.5 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 10 10:42 AM
3.6 6.9 MAP

EMSC France
Apr 10 10:33 AM
2.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 10:25 AM
2.5 14.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 10 10:12 AM
3.2 2.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 10 09:57 AM
2.4 20.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 09:52 AM
2.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 10 09:39 AM
2.4 157.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 09:34 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 10 09:28 AM
3.0 38.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 09:26 AM
2.8 18.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 10 09:24 AM
3.1 52.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 10 09:22 AM
3.2 66.0 MAP

USGS Java, Indonesia
Apr 10 09:18 AM
4.7 59.9 MAP

EMSC Java, Indonesia
Apr 10 09:18 AM
4.8 55.0 MAP

GEOFON Java, Indonesia
Apr 10 09:18 AM
4.8 47.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 10 08:48 AM
2.7 53.0 MAP

USGS Western Xizang
Apr 10 08:25 AM
4.3 35.0 MAP

EMSC Western Xizang
Apr 10 08:25 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Xizang
Apr 10 08:25 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Western Xizang
Apr 10 08:08 AM
4.7 34.5 MAP

EMSC Western Xizang
Apr 10 08:08 AM
4.7 30.0 MAP

GEOFON Xizang
Apr 10 08:08 AM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 07:58 AM
2.5 10.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 07:13 AM
4.4 36.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 07:13 AM
4.4 36.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 10 06:01 AM
4.0 30.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Northern California
Apr 10 05:43 AM
2.9 10.6 MAP

EMSC North Of Ascension Island
Apr 10 05:09 AM
5.8 33.0 MAP

GEOFON North Of Ascension Island
Apr 10 05:09 AM
5.7 10.0 MAP

USGS North Of Ascension Island
Apr 10 05:09 AM
5.8 9.9 MAP

USGS Washington
Apr 10 04:43 AM
3.2 11.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 10 04:34 AM
2.6 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 04:19 AM
2.7 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 04:13 AM
2.9 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 04:11 AM
3.0 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Mid Atlantic Ridge
Apr 10 03:37 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 10 03:37 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 10 03:37 AM
4.7 10.4 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 02:57 AM
4.8 55.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 02:57 AM
4.7 60.0 MAP

EMSC Spain
Apr 10 01:54 AM
2.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 10 01:42 AM
4.7 30.0 MAP

USGS Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 10 01:42 AM
4.8 15.2 MAP

GEOFON Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 10 01:42 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 01:16 AM
3.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 10 01:09 AM
2.5 1.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 00:02 AM
2.5 12.0 MAP

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Freeze Watch – URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE

VIRGINIA
1239 AM EDT WED APR 11 2012

INDIANA
1116 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

KENTUCKY
1105 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

SOUTH CAROLINA
1019 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

GEORGIA
1009 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

TENNESSEE
801 PM CDT TUE APR 10 2012

WEST VIRGINIA
801 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
758 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

OHIO
749 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

NORTH CAROLINA
345 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

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Fire Conditions

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

EL PASO, TEXAS ,SANTA TERESA, NEW MEXICO
909 PM MDT TUE APR 10 2012

JACKSONVILLE , FLORIDA
947 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

TAMPA BAY AREA – RUSKIN, FLORIDA
758 PM EDT TUE APR 10 2012

ALBUQUERQUE ,NEW MEXICO
320 PM MDT TUE APR 10 2012

PUEBLO , COLORADO
255 PM MDT TUE APR 10 2012

GLASGOW ,MONTANA
242 PM MDT TUE APR 10 2012

MOBILE ,ALABAMA
233 PM CDT TUE APR 10 2012

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Storms, Flooding

Cyclonic storms in Tripura, India

-Seven killed and at least 30 people injured in Tripura.
-Strong winds and hailstorms from last five days have damaged more than 1,000 houses.
-10.5 mm rainfall in capital city and hailstorms reported across the state.
-Amarpur subdivision to be worst affected.
-District administrations has distributed Rs.1,000 to each affected family as immediate assistance.
-Tripura is a state in North-East India which is surrounded by Bangladesh on the north, south, and west.

 

Tornadoes in Woodward Region, Oklahoma

 

-Two tornadoes reported in northwest Oklahoma.
-One tornado reported 3 miles south-southwest of Woodward and other east of Sharon.
-Two people injured and damage of about $250,000 estimated.

 

Tornadoes, giant hail slam northwest Oklahoma

(CBS/AP) OKLAHOMA CITY – At least two tornadoes have touched down and hail the size of softballs pounded northwestern Oklahoma, injuring two people and damaging a county jail and numerous vehicles.

The National Weather Service says one tornado was spotted about 3 miles south-southwest of Woodward about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Another tornado was spotted east of Sharon.

CBS affiliate KWTV in Oklahoma City reports the storm has caused more than $250,000 in damage so far.

In Woodward, hail up to 4.25 inches broke vehicle windows and damaged roofs.

Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says an infant was cut by glass when hail knocked out windows in its parents’ vehicle. Lehenbauer says he didn’t believe the baby was seriously hurt.

Sheriff Gary Stanley says hail broke every skylight in the jail and one hail stone cut an inmate on the back.

Stanley says the hail damage caused the roof to leak.

 

Winter Storm Watch – URGENT

RENO, NEVADA
217 PM PDT TUE APR 10 2012

…HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE SIERRA…

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Flood Warning

HOUSTON/GALVESTON, TEXAS
915 PM CDT TUE APR 10 2012

LAKE CHARLES ,LOUISIANA
849 PM CDT TUE APR 10 2012

NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
757 PM CDT TUE APR 10 2012

SHREVEPORT ,LOUISIANA
756 PM CDT TUE APR 10 2012

LITTLE ROCK ,ARKANSAS
819 PM CDT TUE APR 10 2012

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SOLAR ACTIVITY

2MIN News Apr10: NASA News, Seismicity, Solar/Planetary Update

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Earthquakes

 

 

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 10 06:01 AM
4.0 30.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Northern California
Apr 10 05:43 AM
2.9 10.6 MAP

EMSC North Of Ascension Island
Apr 10 05:09 AM
5.8 33.0 MAP

GEOFON North Of Ascension Island
Apr 10 05:09 AM
5.4 10.0 MAP

USGS North Of Ascension Island
Apr 10 05:09 AM
5.8 9.9 MAP

USGS Washington
Apr 10 04:43 AM
3.2 11.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 10 04:34 AM
2.6 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 04:19 AM
2.7 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 10 04:13 AM
2.9 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 04:11 AM
3.0 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Mid Atlantic Ridge
Apr 10 03:37 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 10 03:37 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 10 03:37 AM
4.7 10.4 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 02:57 AM
4.8 55.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 10 02:57 AM
4.7 60.0 MAP

EMSC Spain
Apr 10 01:54 AM
2.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 10 01:42 AM
4.7 30.0 MAP

USGS Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 10 01:42 AM
4.8 15.2 MAP

GEOFON Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 10 01:42 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 01:16 AM
3.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 10 01:09 AM
2.7 1.2 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 10 00:02 AM
2.5 12.0 MAP

 

Swarm of small earthquakes hit Mt. Rose area

 

A series of small earthquakes over the weekend in the area between Mt. Rose and Incline Village is nothing out of the norm, a seismologist for the University of Nevada, Reno said Monday.

More than a dozen small tremors registering between 1.0 and 1.9 on the Richter scale were recorded on Sunday, most taking place about 6 miles north of Incline Village. The quakes were so small, and at a depth that they likely weren’t felt.

“I wouldn’t consider this unusual,” said Diane Depolo, a seismologist with the UNR Seismological Lab. “These are pretty small, and depth-wise, they’re what we’d consider normal depth for that area.”

The quakes were about 8 to 12 kilometers deep. Depolo said it would normally take a quake of 2.5 to 3 to be felt at that depth.

Depolo said this cluster of quakes is different from those that affected the Verdi-Mogul area in past years because the Verdi-Mogul quakes were much shallower.

A 1.1 quake was registered in the Mt. Rose area on Monday morning.

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

Colombia issues Nevado del Ruiz volcano warning

 

 

BOGOTA (AFP) – Colombia on Sunday issued a warning for areas crossed by rivers that pass through the Nevado del Ruiz volcano area, amid heavy rains and concern that an eruption could be in the works.

Authorities issued a ‘red alert’ for rivers near the volcano in Caldas and Tolima departments ‘due to the change in the eruption threat and to heavy rains in the area,’ the national weather and environmental institute (IDEAM) said.

The volcano has been rumbling at a greater rate in recent days; its alert level was boosted on March 31.

On Saturday, the volcano’s activity was still unstable and it was emitting more gases, the National Geological Service said.

 

 

Ecuador: Increase in Seismic Activity of Tungurahua Volcano

 

Quito, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) A new increase in the seismic activity of Tungurahua Volcano, in Ecuador, began early Monday with a constant sign of high energy tremor linked with ash emissions.

According to the report of the Geophysics Institute of the National Polytechnic School, the increase of the seismic activity in this crater started with a column of smoke that reached 3 kilometers high along with low intensity roaring and sounds.

The first explosions caused minor thunders or crashes due to the rolling of blocks through the side walls of the volcano.

Shortly after, the falling of black and fine ashes on populations in the south-southwest regions, such as Palitahua, Capil, and Toctes, was reported.

According to the last report, the area surrounding the volcano remains highly cloudy, and with seismic activity.

 

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

National heat records shattered during March

 

Associated Press

 

It’s been so warm in the United States this year, especially in March, that national records weren’t just broken, they were deep-fried.

Temperatures in the lower 48 states were 8.6 degrees above normal for March and 6 degrees higher than average for the first three months of the year, according to calculations by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That far exceeds the old records.

The magnitude of how unusual the year has been in the U.S. has alarmed some meteorologists who have warned about global warming. One climate scientist said it’s the weather equivalent of a baseball player on steroids, with old records obliterated.

“Everybody has this uneasy feeling. This is weird. This is not good,” said Jerry Meehl, a climate scientist who specializes in extreme weather at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. “It’s a guilty pleasure. You’re out enjoying this nice March weather, but you know it’s not a good thing.”

It’s not just March…..

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

Extreme weather in Sydney, Australia

 

-Heavy storm and rainfall in Australia damaged roofs of several houses.
-Power outage in several areas of Ryde, Lindfield, Killara, St Ives, Frenchs Forest and Turramurra.
-Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sydney, the Hunter region, the Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains districts.

 

 

Massive Wildfire in Harford County, Maryland, USA

 

 

-Evacuation order issued to several houses across Harford county.
-100 firefighters controlled the fire which spread to more than 50 acres.
-People were allowed to return their homes after three hours.

 

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Storms, Flooding

 

Natural Disasters List April 9, 2012-Flooding In Turner Falls, Oklahoma

 

Flooding in Turner Falls, Oklahoma

-More than 500 people evacuated from Turner Falls area after flooding caused by heavy rainfall.
-Evacuated people are taking shelter in Murray County Expo Center.
-Many flood affected people are from Texas.
-Power outage reported in several places.
-The National Weather Service hadn’t issued any weather watches or warnings in this area.
-Turner Falls is currently closed and expected to reopen when water levels are safe.
-No fatalities or injuries reported.
-In March, Norman and Oklahoma City were affected by Flash floods
Update
-About 600 people are living in evacuation centers.
-The American Red Cross is supporting the shelter in the evacuation center.
-Following officials, more storms are expected in Oklahoma this week.

 

 

Strong winds and sandstorm in Northern part of China

 

-National Meteorological Center (NMC) of China has issued a BLUE ALERT for different areas of Northern China.

-Strong winds and sandstorms are forecast over the next 24 hours in parts of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Ningxia Hui autonomous region and the provinces of Gansu, Shaanxi and Shanxi.
-Last week Gansu province of China was hit by the biggest sandstorm in 2012

 

 

Flooding in Fiji Islands

 

-Schools in Western Division will resume classes from Tomorrow.
-Flood victims are currently living in 60 different evacuation centers. Click for detail report on Fiji floods

 

 

Flooding in Indonesia

 

-More than 900 people affected by flood last week are suffering from influenza and skin rashes.
-About 7,000 people were affected by flood which caused due to torrential rainfall.
-Following Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), rainfall last week was a normal phenomenon during the transition period from the rainy to dry season

 

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Radiation

 

Radioactive fluid leaks at French nuclear reactor

 

Radioactive cooling fluid leaked at a French nuclear reactor Thursday following two small fires, but the spillage was safely collected in special tanks, officials said.

 

A reactor at the power plant in Penly on the English Channel near the port of Dieppe shut down automatically after two small fires broke out Thursday, the plant’s operator EDF said.

Firefighters easily extinguished the blazes but a cooling pump was damaged, in turn causing a joint to leak radioactive water into collection tanks located inside the reactor building, EDF said.

The reactor continued to be cooled properly and teams were working to lower the water pressure, the company said.

EDF said the installation was secure, no one was injured, and there were “no consequences for the environment”…..

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

California nuclear plant shut indefinitely amid hunt to find cause of problems

 

By the CNN Wire Staff

 

(CNN) — A large Southern California nuclear plant is out of commission indefinitely, and will remain so until there is an understanding of what caused problems at two of its generators and an effective plan to address the issues, the nation’s top nuclear regulator said Friday.

Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, refused to give a timetable as to when the San Onofre nuclear plant could resume operation. He said only that his agency had “set some firm conditions” as to when that could happen.

“We won’t make a decision (to approve the facility’s restart) unless we’re satisfied that public health and safety will be protected,” Jaczko told reporters. “They have to demonstrate to us that they understand the causes, and … that they have a plan to address them.”

The power plant has been shut down since this winter, when a small amount of radioactive gas escaped from a steam generator during a water leak. At the time, federal regulators said there was no threat to public health, though they could not identify how much gas leaked or exactly why it had happened.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

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Climate Change

 

North Sea Gas Leak: Experts Assess Climate Impact of Ongoing Accident

 

Elizabeth Grossman, InsideClimate News:

 

“The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about 200,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day … If the gas continues escaping at that rate, and all of it reaches the atmosphere, it would approximate the annual global warming impact of 35,000 Americans. The gas is mostly methane, which is considered the second largest contributor to human-caused global warming after carbon dioxide.”

 

Read Full Article Here

 

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SOLAR ACTIVITY

 

2MIN News Apr9: NASA, WW3, Extreme Weather, Solar/Planetary Update

 

 

 

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Wildlife

 

Polar bears have symptoms of mystery disease: U.S. agency

 

(Reuters) – Symptoms of a mysterious disease that has killed scores of seals off Alaska and infected walruses are now showing up in polar bears, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday.

Nine polar bears from the Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were found with patchy hair loss and oozing sores on their skin, similar to conditions found in diseased seals and walruses, the agency said in a statement.

Unlike the sickened seals and walruses, the affected polar bears seem otherwise healthy, said Tony DeGange, chief of the biology office for the USGS’s Alaska Science Center. There had been no deaths among polar bears, he said.

The nine affected bears were among the 33 that biologists have captured and sampled while doing routine studies on the Arctic coastline, DeGange said.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

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Earthquakes

 

 

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 23:26 PM
2.6 9.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 06 21:31 PM
3.7 1.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 06 20:43 PM
3.2 7.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 20:38 PM
3.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 20:27 PM
3.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 06 20:16 PM
2.5 88.9 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 06 19:53 PM
2.6 71.7 MAP

GEONET Taupo
Apr 06 19:31 PM
2.4 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 06 19:24 PM
5.2 26.0 MAP

EMSC Kep. Mentawai Region, Indonesia
Apr 06 19:24 PM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia
Apr 06 19:24 PM
5.5 5.5 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 06 18:40 PM
2.5 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 06 18:38 PM
2.4 8.0 MAP

GEONET Taupo
Apr 06 18:25 PM
2.5 2.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 06 17:58 PM
3.1 9.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 06 17:49 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Kep. Tanimbar Region, Indonesia
Apr 06 17:49 PM
4.6 88.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia
Apr 06 17:49 PM
4.5 66.2 MAP

EMSC Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 06 17:46 PM
4.1 1.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 06 17:23 PM
2.9 17.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 06 17:19 PM
2.8 9.0 MAP

EMSC Offshore Bio-bio, Chile
Apr 06 17:11 PM
4.7 23.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Bio-bio, Chile
Apr 06 17:11 PM
4.7 22.7 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 06 17:04 PM
3.1 117.8 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 06 16:38 PM
2.8 1.6 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 06 16:34 PM
3.0 2.0 MAP

USGS Oklahoma
Apr 06 16:20 PM
3.3 9.1 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 06 16:15 PM
6.1 111.0 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 06 16:15 PM
6.1 100.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 06 16:15 PM
6.2 85.4 MAP

EMSC Pyrenees
Apr 06 16:15 PM
2.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Apr 06 15:40 PM
3.2 90.8 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 06 15:38 PM
4.8 61.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 06 15:38 PM
4.8 67.9 MAP

EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 06 15:38 PM
4.8 60.0 MAP

USGS Seattle-tacoma Urban Area, Washington
Apr 06 15:24 PM
2.6 21.9 MAP

USGS South Of Alaska
Apr 06 15:07 PM
3.1 20.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 06 15:01 PM
2.5 133.9 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 06 14:33 PM
2.6 22.1 MAP

USGS Offshore Northern California
Apr 06 14:08 PM
2.8 0.2 MAP

EMSC Off Coast Of Araucania, Chile
Apr 06 13:25 PM
4.8 57.0 MAP

USGS Off The Coast Of Araucania, Chile
Apr 06 13:25 PM
4.8 38.2 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 06 13:25 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 06 13:04 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 06 11:33 AM
4.2 10.0 MAP

EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 06 11:24 AM
4.2 408.0 MAP

USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 06 11:24 AM
4.2 406.2 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 11:01 AM
3.1 5.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Greece
Apr 06 11:00 AM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 06 10:00 AM
3.2 8.0 MAP

EMSC Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 06 09:55 AM
3.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 06 09:24 AM
2.4 22.0 MAP

USGS Tonga
Apr 06 08:50 AM
4.9 35.0 MAP

EMSC Tonga
Apr 06 08:50 AM
4.9 41.0 MAP

GEOFON Tonga Islands
Apr 06 08:50 AM
5.0 32.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 07:38 AM
2.6 8.0 MAP

USGS Poland
Apr 06 06:42 AM
4.4 4.9 MAP

EMSC Poland
Apr 06 06:42 AM
4.3 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Poland
Apr 06 06:42 AM
4.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 06 06:28 AM
4.8 60.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 06 06:28 AM
4.8 48.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 06 06:28 AM
4.9 35.5 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 06 06:10 AM
3.3 14.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 06 06:03 AM
4.7 207.0 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Apr 06 06:03 AM
4.6 219.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Apr 06 06:03 AM
4.7 212.9 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Dominican Republic
Apr 06 05:47 AM
3.2 78.4 MAP

EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 06 04:48 AM
4.1 317.0 MAP

USGS Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 06 04:48 AM
4.1 301.4 MAP

EMSC Georgia (sak’art’velo)
Apr 06 03:43 AM
3.2 2.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 06 03:25 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 06 03:16 AM
3.7 6.2 MAP

EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 06 01:31 AM
4.4 20.0 MAP

USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 06 01:31 AM
4.4 20.1 MAP

EMSC Western Iran
Apr 06 01:14 AM
3.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 00:37 AM
2.4 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 06 00:26 AM
3.2 127.3 MAP

EMSC Romania
Apr 06 00:24 AM
3.2 127.0 MAP

 

 

6.2-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

 

SYDNEY: A 6.2-magnitude quake struck off Papua New Guinea early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit at 02:15 am (16:15 GMT) 150 kilometres (93 miles) east of Rabaul, in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province and 885 kilometres northeast of the capital Port Moresby at a depth of 85 kilometres.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

 

Cleveland Volcano continues to erupt

 

by The Associated Press

 

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Alaska’s Cleveland volcano in the Aleutian Islands is continuing to erupt.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Friday that low-level eruptions continue to occur inside the volcano located on a remote, uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The volcano’s lava dome in the summit crater was destroyed during a short explosive eruption on Wednesday. The resulting ash cloud reached about 15,000 feet above sea level.

It was the third lava dome that has been destroyed by explosive events since the eruptions began in July 2011.

 

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Climate Change

 

CNN meteorologist: Today’s tornadoes are ‘climate change we are seeing’

 

On the Tuesday broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele declared that tornadoes plowing through the Dallas-Fort Worth area were brought on by climate change.

Steele, formerly of The Weather Channel, also predicted that more extreme weather is on its way.

“It really is [such a strange spring],” Steele said. “That’s kind of the climate change we are seeing. You know, extremes are kind of ruling the roost and really what we are seeing, more become the norm.”

“CNN Newsroom” host Carol Costello said it made her “afraid” about what is in store for next spring.

“It might be unnaturally cold,” said Costello. Steele agreed that future weather would be less predictable.

“This global warming is really kind of a misnomer,” Steele said. “It’s global climate change. So the colds are colder and warms are warmer and severe is more severe.

 

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Storms

At least 14 dead in Argentina storms

 

At least 14 people died overnight into Thursday in Argentina following storms that saw strong winds cause damage across the capital region.

“Seven people died — six were crushed and one was electrocuted,” near Buenos Aires, local emergency coordinator Luciano Timerman told reporters.

Police also said three other people died in a neighborhood to the south of Buenos Aires when an illegally built home collapsed.

In the capital, a man died when the walls of his home collapsed, authorities also said in an initial report.

They later reported the death of another man crushed by the wall of a gas station abandoned in Florencio Varela to the south of Buenos Aires. A woman was killed after another wall fell on her.

In central-eastern Santa Fe province, a high tension cable snapped by the high winds killed a man, Timerman said.

 

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Radiation

 

Fukushima Daiichi Site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl Accident

 

….In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.

Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet…..

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr6: MAJOR UPDATES! Gas Leak, Alaska Animals, Spaceweather

 

 

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Solar System

 

Daytime Fireball Seen Over San Antonio, TX and Surrounding Areas

 

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Apr 5, 2012

http://sheilaaliens.net/?p=504 Old news by now but still interesting considering the one right before it in New Zealand. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dXJBNSRAyE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-5Do82swFI) bonus: Check out this HUGE fireball from April 2010 (bet you’ve seen the video before): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-TYo1LgHr4

“SAN ANTONIO – We’ve received a bunch of phone calls Monday about a ball of fire in the sky.

John Haley says that’s exactly what it looked like.

“It was like a fireball falling right out of the sky,” Haley told News 4 WOAI. “It was so bright! It was like a little piece of the sun falling with a big torch behind it.”

I spoke to our astronomer expert Bob Kelley with the Scobee Planetarium, and he explained that it was a phenomenon called “April Fireballs.”

Chunks of meteors enter and burn up in our atmosphere. The fireballs are brighter than a shooting star and can happen at any time of the day. For reasons astronomers don’t fully understand, they occur in early April.

San Antonians weren’t the only ones who saw the April Fireball Monday morning. Sightings were reported in New Braunfels, Kerrville, Floresville and other cities nearby.

“I can chalk that up on the old bucket list — I saw a meteorite during the day,” laughed Haley.”
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/April-Fireball-streaks-across-the-daytim…
http://fireballs-meteorites.blogspot.com/2011/04/april-2011.html
http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com

 

 

Mars Twister On The Move – Video Animation

 

Uploaded by VideoFromSpace on Apr 5, 2012

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured imagery of a Red Planet dust devil on March 14, 2012. Different from a tornado, this phenomena sometimes occurs on clear days when the heated surface interacts with pockets of cool air above it.

 

 

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Articles of Interest

 

Mexican plan for Gulf deepwater wells sparks new worries

 

Tim Johnson

 

MEXICO CITY — Two years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Mexico’s state oil company is about to test its hand at drilling at extraordinary depths in the Gulf of Mexico.

If all goes as planned, Petroleos de Mexico, known as Pemex, will deploy two state-of-the-art drilling platforms in May to an area just south of the maritime boundary with the United States. One rig will sink a well in 9,514 feet of water, while another will drill in 8,316 feet of water, then deeper into the substrata.

Pemex has no experience drilling at such depths. Mexico’s oil regulator is sounding alarm bells, saying the huge state oil concern is unprepared for a serious deepwater accident or spill. Critics say the company has sharply cut corners on insurance, remiss over potential sky-high liability.

Mexico’s plans come two years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. On April 20, 2010, a semi-submersible rig that the British oil firm BP had contracted to drill a well known as Macondo exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and spewing 4.9 million barrels of oil in the nearly three months it took engineers to stop the spill.

BP has said the tab for the spill — including government fines, cleanup costs and compensation — could climb to $42 billion for the company and its contractors.

Pemex’s plans to sink even deeper offshore wells underscore Mexico’s pressing need to maintain sagging oil production — exports pay for one-third of government operating expenses — along with oil companies’ desire to leverage technology and drill at ever more challenging depths.

Carlos A. Morales, the chief of the Pemex exploration and production arm, which employs 50,000 people, voiced confidence that his company has to the ability to sink wells in ultra-deep water.

“Pemex is ready to undertake the challenge and to do it safely,” Morales said in an interview in his 41st-floor office at Pemex headquarters in this capital city.

“You have to bear one thing in mind,” he said. “Pemex is the biggest operator in the Gulf — including everyone — both in production and in the number of rigs we operate. We are operating more than 80 rigs offshore.”

 

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Is Spreading, and It Could Be a Public Health Disaster

 

Artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites first emerged in Cambodia in 2006. Now researchers say the deadly bugs are quickly spreading.

Malaria remains one of the world’s great unnecessary killers. More than 650,000 people succumb to the disease each year — that’s more than one per minute — mostly in the poor nations of sub-Saharan Africa, but as deadly as malaria is, it doesn’t have to kill. Prevention and better treatment can stop the progression of the disease, and death tends to be a matter of extreme poverty.

Indeed, in recent years great progress has been made in controlling malaria, with deaths down 30% over the past decade. That’s thanks largely to more effective treatment regimens that make use of artemisinin, a plant-derived antimalarial drug originally developed in China. Artemisinin is the closest thing we have to a miracle drug for malaria.

That’s what makes the results of two studies out this week in the Lancet and Science so disturbing. Health officials have known for a while that some malaria parasites in the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia have begun to develop resistance to artemisinin, but they hoped the resistance wasn’t spreading. Now researchers in the region have shown that artemisinin is becoming dramatically less potent in malaria cases in western Thailand, and they know it’s due to growing drug resistance in the malaria parasites themselves. If resistance to artemisinin were to spread to sub-Saharan Africa, the result could be a “public health disaster,” in the words of lead Lancet author Standwell Nkhoma of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

 

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Earthquakes

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 04 23:54 PM
2.4 6.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 23:44 PM
2.6 5.0 MAP

USGS British Columbia, Canada
Apr 04 23:31 PM
2.5 0.0 MAP

EMSC Pyrenees
Apr 04 23:06 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 04 22:58 PM
3.3 170.2 MAP

EMSC Fiji
Apr 04 22:41 PM
4.8 18.0 MAP

USGS Fiji
Apr 04 22:41 PM
4.8 17.7 MAP

EMSC Romania
Apr 04 22:35 PM
2.7 109.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 04 22:28 PM
3.9 87.4 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 04 22:10 PM
2.6 12.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 21:56 PM
3.2 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 21:45 PM
2.5 6.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 04 20:59 PM
3.0 8.9 MAP

GEONET Hawke’s Bay
Apr 04 20:49 PM
3.7 30.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 04 20:46 PM
3.4 28.0 MAP

GEOFON Luzon, Philippines
Apr 04 20:35 PM
4.6 185.0 MAP

EMSC Luzon, Philippines
Apr 04 20:35 PM
4.9 160.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 20:33 PM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 04 20:27 PM
5.3 15.0 MAP

USGS New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 04 20:27 PM
5.5 16.7 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 04 20:27 PM
5.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 19:36 PM
3.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 19:34 PM
2.8 7.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 04 18:53 PM
2.6 1.0 MAP

EMSC Czech Republic
Apr 04 17:39 PM
2.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 17:02 PM
2.6 5.0 MAP

USGS Nevada
Apr 04 16:21 PM
2.6 0.0 MAP

EMSC Papua, Indonesia
Apr 04 16:20 PM
4.8 130.0 MAP

GEOFON Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Apr 04 16:20 PM
4.8 134.0 MAP

USGS Papua, Indonesia
Apr 04 16:20 PM
4.8 124.8 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 15:36 PM
2.8 5.8 MAP

EMSC Kyrgyzstan
Apr 04 14:21 PM
4.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 14:18 PM
4.3 35.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 14:18 PM
4.4 14.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 14:09 PM
2.5 5.3 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 04 14:08 PM
3.0 7.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 04 13:54 PM
2.6 25.8 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 04 13:34 PM
2.5 6.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 04 12:58 PM
2.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Central Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 04 12:10 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

USGS Central Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 04 12:10 PM
4.9 10.2 MAP

GEOFON Central Mid Atlantic Ridge
Apr 04 12:10 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 12:06 PM
2.7 3.5 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 04 11:11 AM
2.9 42.7 MAP

USGS Turkey-syria Border Region
Apr 04 11:05 AM
4.2 9.9 MAP

EMSC Turkey-syria Border Region
Apr 04 11:05 AM
4.3 20.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 04 10:21 AM
3.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 09:50 AM
3.2 13.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 09:41 AM
4.5 2.0 MAP

USGS Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 09:41 AM
4.5 2.6 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 04 08:57 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 04 08:03 AM
3.4 75.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 07:37 AM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC North Atlantic Ocean
Apr 04 07:08 AM
2.8 30.0 MAP

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 04 07:08 AM
3.2 26.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 04 06:57 AM
3.2 31.0 MAP

USGS Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 04 06:48 AM
3.0 13.1 MAP

GEONET Hawke’s Bay
Apr 04 06:24 AM
3.3 30.0 MAP

USGS Bay Of Campeche
Apr 04 06:11 AM
4.1 15.2 MAP

EMSC Bay Of Campeche
Apr 04 06:11 AM
4.1 15.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 04 06:00 AM
2.6 193.4 MAP

USGS South Of Panama
Apr 04 05:41 AM
4.3 10.0 MAP

GEOFON South Of Panama
Apr 04 05:41 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC South Of Panama
Apr 04 05:41 AM
4.3 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 04 05:37 AM
2.8 129.8 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 05:32 AM
2.5 13.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 04 05:21 AM
4.6 40.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of The Kamchatka Peninsul

Apr 04 05:21 AM
4.6 39.1 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 04:37 AM
2.6 14.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 04:33 AM
3.8 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 04 04:29 AM
4.7 108.0 MAP

EMSC Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 04 04:29 AM
4.5 100.0 MAP

USGS Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 04 04:28 AM
4.4 83.1 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 03:45 AM
2.6 4.0 MAP

EMSC Bay Of Campeche
Apr 04 02:28 AM
4.3 15.0 MAP

USGS Bay Of Campeche
Apr 04 02:28 AM
4.3 15.2 MAP

USGS Anguilla Region, Leeward Islands
Apr 04 01:46 AM
3.4 78.7 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 04 01:46 AM
3.6 126.8 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 04 01:45 AM
3.6 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 01:12 AM
3.5 2.4 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 00:44 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Turkey
Apr 04 00:33 AM
4.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 00:33 AM
4.3 7.0 MAP

USGS Western Turkey
Apr 04 00:33 AM
4.1 8.8 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 04 00:13 AM
4.7 40.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 04 00:13 AM
4.7 38.9 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 04 00:12 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 00:01 AM
2.8 7.0 MAP

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Volcanic Activity

Significant increase in the activity of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

BY: T

Nevado del Ruiz seems to be getting closer to a new eruption. INGEOMINAS reports that during the last week, there has been a significant increase in the activity of the volcano, which can be summarized as follows:
– From March 27, there have been phases of volcanic tremor pulses related probably to deep magma movements
– Since the last week, there were seismic signals interpreted with rock fracturing, i.e. dike intrusions, located west of the active crater. Similar seismic activity was observed prior to the eruptions in November 1985 and September 1989, although this time it is less energetic.
– On March 29 at 10:54 local time, for a period of 25 minutes, there were over 135 earthquakes located south of Arenas crater at a depth of about 4 km.
– From 04:00 am local time on 31 March, there has been a significant increase in seismicity of events associated with fluid movements and fracturing of rock located in the active crater.
– SO2 emissions continue at high levels.

According to the diagnosis made so far, INGEOMINAS expects an eruption in the coming weeks, but smaller in size than those in November 1985 and September 1989.

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China

City shakes and booms as quake, thunder strike

A 1.2-magnitude earthquake hit Shanghai Monday night just as a brief thunderstorm struck, causing no casualties but raising public concern online because of the coincidental timing.

It also happened to occur a day after the local seismological bureau had dismissed any possibility that Shanghai might suffer serious damages should another major tsunami be unleashed by a powerful earthquake off Japan.

A prediction by a Japanese government-commissioned panel of another big Japan earthquake had made headlines in local media, with locals fearing the predicted 34-meter-high tsunami waves, caused by a potential 9.0-magnitude earthquake near the Japanese coast, would inundate Shanghai.

Just as locals breathed a sigh of relief reading a no-worry clarification from the seismological authority, many were surprised Monday night to feel several seconds of strong building shaking from the local earthquake.

The city’s seismological bureau said the 1.2-magnitude quake took place at 11:27pm, with the epicenter in Minhang District at a depth of just 10 kilometers.

Given its shallow depth, the slight-magnitude quake was still obvious enough to be felt by many locals, seismological officials said.

“Did I just feel an earthquake? Who else felt the same?” read a post, and many like it, sweeping through Weibo.com, a twitter-like social-networking platform, minutes after the quake. Curious netizens discussed the scope of affected areas by reporting where they felt it.

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Extreme Temperatures

Hosepipe bans enforced in drought areas

Hosepipe bans affecting about 20 million customers have been introduced by seven water authorities in parts of southern and eastern England.

People who flout the bans, which follow one of the driest two-year periods on record, face fines of up to £1,000.

Suppliers Thames, Southern, South East, Anglian, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East have all introduced “temporary use bans”.

The government has urged householders to be “smarter about how we use water”.

Using a hosepipe to water a garden, water plants, fill a pond not containing fish, or clean outdoor surfaces are all banned as are filling and maintaining ornamental fountains.

But exemptions are in place for grass and surfaces used for national and international sports which means the Olympic and Paralympic games will be unaffected.

Disabled people with blue badges are exempt, while some businesses, including car washing firms, will also be allowed to continue using hosepipes in most areas.

And some drip irrigation systems featuring perforated hoses are allowed…..

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Storms,   Tornadoes

TORNADOES SMASH A SEMI DEPOT DALLAS FT WORTH TEXAS USA

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr4: NASA, Nuclear, Earthquakes, Planetary/Solar Update

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Articles of Interest

Extreme Weather is the New Normal

By Stephen Leahy

“Extreme weather is fast becoming the new normal. Canada and much of the United States experienced summer temperatures during winter this year, confirming the findings of a new report on extreme weather.”

Extreme weather is fast becoming the new normal. Canada and much of the United States experienced summer temperatures during winter this year, confirming the findings of a new report on extreme weather.

For two weeks this March most of North America baked under extraordinarily warm temperatures that melted all the snow and ice and broke 150-year-old temperature records by large margins.

Last year the U.S. endured 14 separate billion-dollar-plus weather disasters including flooding, hurricanes and tornados.

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Mar. 28, provides solid evidence that record-breaking weather events are increasing in number and becoming more extreme. And if current rates of greenhouse gas emissions are maintained, these events will reach dangerous new levels over the coming century.

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No Way To Stop The North Sea Gas Leak

Massive Gas Leak Could Be the North Sea’s Deepwater Horizon

—By Julia Whitty

A natural gas well in the North Sea 150 miles off Aberdeen, Scotland, sprung a massive methane leak on March 25. The 238 workers were all safely evacuated. But the situation is so explosive that an exclusion zone for ships and aircraft has been set up around the rig, reports the Mail Online. And nearby rigs have been evacuated, reports the New York Times:

Royal Dutch Shell said it closed its Shearwater field, about four miles away, withdrawing 52 of the 90 workers there; it also suspended work and evacuated 68 workers from a drilling rig working nearby, the Hans Deul.

But that’s not the worst of it. The platform lies less than 100 yards/meters from a flare that workers left burning as crew evacuated. The French super-major oil company owner of the rig, Total, dismissed the risk, while the British government claimed the flame needs to burn to prevent gas pressure from building up. But Reuters reports:

[O]ne energy industry consultant said Elgin could become “an explosion waiting to happen” if the oil major did not rapidly stop the leak which is above the water at the wellhead.

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Carbon Dioxide Linked to End of Last Ice Age

 

Wynne Parry
Live Science

 
The circumstances that ended the last ice age, somewhere between 19,000 and 10,000 years ago, have been unclear. In particular, scientists aren’t sure how carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, played into the giant melt.

New research indicates it did in fact help drive this prehistoric episode of global warming, even though it did not kick it off. A change in the Earth’s orbit likely started of the melt, setting off a chain of events, according to the researchers.

The ambiguity about the end of the ice age originates in the Antarctic. Ice cores from the continent reveal a problematic time lag: Temperatures appeared to begin warming before atmospheric carbon dioxide increased. This has led scientists to question how increasing carbon dioxide – a frequently cited cause for global warming now and in the distant past – factored into the end of the last ice age. Global warming skeptics have also cited this as evidence carbon dioxide produced by humans is not responsible for modern global warming.

But the data from Antarctica alone offer too narrow a perspective to represent what was happening on a global scale, according to lead study researcher Jeremy Shakun of Harvard University…..

 

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