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Earthquakes

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D     INFORMATION

USGS Bangladesh Mar 18 02:56 AM   4.6   15.7   MAP

EMSC Bangladesh Mar 18 02:56 AM   4.6   16.0   MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey Mar 18 02:46 AM   3.4   5.0   MAP

USGS Northern Iran Mar 18 02:38 AM   4.4   25.9   MAP

EMSC Northern Iran Mar 18 02:38 AM   4.6   5.0   MAP

EMSC Simeulue, Indonesia Mar 18 02:01 AM  4.6   35.0   MAP

USGS Simeulue, Indonesia Mar 18 02:01 AM  4.6   35.0   MAP

USGS Southern E Pacific Rise Mar 18 01:59 AM  4.7   10.1   MAP

EMSC Southern E Pacific Ris Mar 18 01:59 AM  4.7   10.0  MAP

EMSC Central Turkey Mar 18 01:32 AM    2.6   6.0    MAP

EMSC S.western Siberia, Russia Mar 18 01:29 AM   3.9   10.0  MAP

USGS S. Alaska Mar 18 00:53 AM  2.7   6.5    MAP

USGS Off E Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 18 00:36 AM  4.9   49.7  MAP

EMSC Off E Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 18 00:36 AM  5.0   40.0  MAP

GEOFON Off E Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 18 00:36 AM   5.0   10.0  MAP

Philippines –

The number of people who were injured in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in the southern Philippines rose to 45. Dozens of mall goers got injured when the strong quake caused a stampede at Gaisano Capital duriing its grand opening at around 4pm Friday afternoon. Some government buildings were damaged.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=788157&publicationSubCategoryId=200

New Zealand – Quake damage at Canterbury hospitals could see patient services disrupted for several years to come. The region’s hospitals have suffered considerable damage as a result of the ongoing quakes and many key facilities need extensive repair work.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/6593845/Canterbury-hospitals-set-back-years-by-quake

Storms and Flooding

Tropical Cyclone Lua (17S) Set to Make Landfall Over Australia – March 17th, 2012

approximately 150 nm north of Port Hedland, Australia, has tracked southeastward at 13 knots over the past six hours. Port Hedland radar imagery indicates the LLCC passed over Rowley Shoals at approximately 01:00am local time.

Animated infrared satellite imagery indicates that the system has increased its horizontal extent while maintaining tightly-curved bands wrapping into a well-defined low-level circulation center (LLCC). Recent microwave satellite imagery reveals the deepest convection is location along the western semi-circle of the LLCC, which is due to light to moderate (10-20 knots) easterly vertical wind shear. The current intensity is assessed at 90 knots. Maximum significant wave height is 32 feet. Sustained 10-minute winds were reported at 73 knots.

TC 17S is forecast to continue tracking southeastward, making landfall east of Port Hedland in approximately 12 hours. The system is forecast to reach a peak intensity of 95 knots prior to landfall and then rapidly weaken with dissipation over land forecast by TAU 36.

http://www.eosnap.com/image-of-the-day/tropical-cyclone-lua-17s-set-to-make-landfall-over-australia-march-17th-2012/

UPDATE –

There have been reports of extensive damage on the Pilbara coast but so far no casualties. Cyclone Lua crossed the coast as a category four storm but has weakened to category one as it moves inland. Australia’s meteorology bureau says gusts of up 100km/h (60mph) are still possible near the cyclone centre. It has issued warnings for the eastern Gascoyne, western Interior and northern Goldfields areas for today. Early on Saturday, Lua crossed the coast between Port Hedland and Broome and caused extensive damage to some remote Pilbara towns, uprooting trees and damaging buildings. Recovery teams were on their way to assess the damage.As the cyclone gathered intensity and swept in off the Indian Ocean, Australia’s main iron ore mines – which are some of the biggest in the world – shut down. (map)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-17405085

Stormy weather results in power outages, more fallen trees

KTVU.com

BAY AREA —

Friday night’s stormy weather resulted in power outages for hundreds of Walnut Creek residents and the closure of a state highway for hours.

On Highway 13 in Oakland, just south of the Park Ave. Exit, a large tree came down around 10 p.m. Friday night and blocked the southbound lanes of the highway.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/stormy-weather-results-power-outages-more-fallen-t/nLWmc/

Extreme Temperatures/Weather

Britain’s heritage buildings feel the extreme weather

: heat and cold. Experts fear they are fighting a losing battle as increasingly erratic conditions take their toll. The curators responsible for preserving Britain’s historic sites already have to cope with falling subsidies and the effect of the economic gloom on visitor numbers. Now they have another problem: our increasingly extreme and erratic weather. Freezing temperatures, drought and torrential rain are all proving increasingly damaging to sites that, in some cases, are almost 1,000 years old.
Earlier this month, parts of the roof of St John the Baptist Church in Woodhurst, Cambridgeshire, collapsed, with masonry falling from the chancel, causing damage that will cost up to £40,000 to repair. Experts said the problems were caused by the drought’s effect on soil that is found particularly in the east of England. The trees close to the walls of the building sucked up too much water from the ground after two years of low rainfall, causing the clay to contract. This moved the foundations, and the walls cracked. Finding funding for the necessary repairs is becoming increasingly difficult.
Other churches have been affected in similar fashion. St Mary’s, in the village of Mundon, Essex, had to undergo significant repairs as a result of clay shrinkage, which led the building’s foundations to start “falling apart”. In the Church of St Andrew, at Abbots Ripton, also in Cambridgeshire, the arcades were found to be moving on the foundations, causing cracks. Without repair work, it is likely that the whole building will collapse.
St Andrew’s Church at nearby Wood Walton, which was recorded in the Domesday Book, is also facing serious problems. “We think it is due to the climate. It may be just two or three years aberration, but the climate has definitely had an impact.”
The most recent Heritage At Risk register was published in August. There were 5,828 entries. Although the effect of increasingly extreme weather is difficult to quantify, many list erosion and weathering as a problem. The cold winters of 2009 and 2010 also caused serious problems at several sites, including Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk, a monastic site dating back to 1090, and the 12th century Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. “The frost is a real issue. In the past two severe winters, hard frost caused huge damage to standing ruins in the east of England. The chalk in the stonework deteriorates. We understand the process and know we can’t stop it.”
In Norwich, the medieval city walls have suffered damage as a result of the salt used on the roads in cold weather. The National Trust has also pointed to a rise in threats from extreme weather – specifically torrential rainfall. “The weather is much more extreme in the UK than it used to be. Between 1985 and 2007 I have never had to turn out due to emergency flooding. It has been four times since then.” Severe flooding in Tewkesbury affected several National Trust properties, including Basildon Park. The 12th century Tewkesbury Abbey also had water come in through the doors. In 2009, the devastating floods in Cockermouth, in the Lake District, hit the birthplace of William Wordsworth. National Trust employees had to wade through waist deep water to salvage the collection of furniture, artworks and documents. “Our emphasis must now be on prevention. We are trying to put aside more [money] than we ever have before to deal with this issue.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/extreme-weather-warning-britains-heritage-buildings-feel-the-heat–and-cold-7575925.html

America’s weather is stuck on extreme. –

Nearly 11 feet of snow has fallen on Anchorage, Alaska, this winter. That’s almost a record, and it’s forcing the city to haul away at least 250,000 tons of snow. Not much snow has dropped on the Lower 48 states this year.
The first three months of 2012 have seen twice the normal number of tornadoes. And 36 states set DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS Thursday. So far this month, the U.S. has set 1,757 DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS. That’s similar to the number during last summer’s heat wave. Six RARE, but not unprecedented, March tornadoes struck Thursday in Michigan, which also set 26 HEAT RECORDS. Temperatures were in the 80s in some parts of the state. Nationwide, there have been 132 tornadoes confirmed in January and February, with preliminary reports of more than 150 already in March.

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/a96422cf19244af6ade0a56a2353994a/US-SCI–Extreme-Weather/

Climate Change

Europe’s chief scientist warns against climate delays

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union cannot use the economic slowdown as an excuse to delay action on fighting climate change, the bloc’s first-ever chief scientific adviser has warned.

Molecular biologist Anne Glover took on the newly created role reporting to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the start of this year, having previously served as chief scientific adviser to Scotland’s devolved government.

http://news.yahoo.com/europes-chief-scientist-warns-against-climate-delays-191308281.html

Solar Activity

Asteroid 2012 EG5 Close Call 04/02/2012 – Condition Code 9

Misc

Weird weather: heat, twisters, 250K tons of snow

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s weather is stuck on extreme.

Nearly 11 feet of snow has fallen on Anchorage, Alaska, this winter. That’s almost a record, and it’s forcing the city to haul away at least 250,000 tons of snow. Yet not much snow has dropped on the Lower 48 this year.

http://news.yahoo.com/weird-weather-heat-twisters-250k-tons-snow-205518988.html

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Earthquakes

GEOFON Southeast Of Ryukyu Islands Mar 16 03:39 AM 5.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu Mar 16 03:32 AM 5.0 63.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu Mar 16 03:32 AM 4.9 10.0 MAP

USGS Kuril Islands Mar 16 00:38 AM 5.4 28.4 MAP

GEOFON Kuril Islands Mar 16 00:38 AM 5.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Kuril Islands Mar 16 00:38 AM 5.5 2.0 MAP

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, ROTA REGION, N. MARIANA ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 15 21:37 PM

Depth 105 km GEO: Longitude 145.300 GEO: Latitude 14.080

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EMSC

Two Powerful Aftershocks Highlight Ongoing Reassessment of Japan Quake Risks

On Wednesday, a 6.8 magnitude quake hit Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island. It was followed hours later by a 6.1 magnitude tremor in the Chiba Prefecture, which is directly south of Tokyo and some 600 miles from the location of the earlier quake. Both are described as aftershocks from the March 11, 2011 Tohoku quake.

http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=334627

Volcanic Activity

Cleveland Volcano Explodes For Third Time

Cleveland Volcano has exploded for the third time in just over a week. The latest eruption of the Aleutian volcano Tuesday afternoon was relatively small, according to a release from the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Scientists at the Observatory weren’t able detect an ash cloud associated with this event or either of the other two. There’s no real-time monitoring equipment on Cleveland.

None of the recent eruptions have interrupted air travel in the region.

Cleveland’s last major eruption in 2001 sent ash clouds as high as 39,000 feet. The volcano is on uninhabited Island, about 160 miles west of Unalaska.

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/03/14/cleveland-volcano-explodes-for-third-time/

Lamongan volcano (East Java, Indonesia):

signs of unrest, alert raised to yellow due to increased seismic activity

A new volcano in Indonesia, Lamongan volcano in Eastern Java, is showing signs of unrest: weak steaming from its active crater and increasing earthquakes were reported by Indonesian scientists.

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/view_news/6551/Lamongan-volcano-East-Java-Indonesia-signs-of-unrest-alert-raised-to-yellow-due-to-increased-seismic.html

Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano unleashes 9 low-level emissions

by The Extinction Protocol

March 15, 2012 – MEXICO – The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last hours, the volcano Popocatepetl has expelled nine low-intensity exhalations accompanied by emissions of water vapor and gas, and sometimes small amounts of ash. The body of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) reported that the monitoring parameters remain without important changes. He explained that at night, a glow was observed in the crater of the volcano and that for now; there has been a constant emission of steam and gas. He said the advisory code remains yellow in color phase 2 and the likelihood of prevailing moderate exhalations, some with ash emissions, and sporadic bursts of low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments could be expected within walking distance of the crater. The Cenapred called for authorities to continue the safety radius of 12 kilometers around the volcano. Civil Protection has been urged to maintain preventive procedures in place, according to their operational plans and that people should keep advised to the latest news bulletins. –Cronica (translated)

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/mexicos-popocatepetl-volcano-unleashes-9-low-level-emissions/

Storms and Flooding

In the Indian Ocean

Tropical cyclone 17s (Lua) was located approximately 375 nm northwest of Port Hedland, Australia.

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/

Severe Tropical Cyclone Lua to Hit Australia Coast tomorrow –

Lua has intensified to a powerful Category Three storm and is expected to lash the Pilbara coast with destructive winds in excess of 200km/h when it hits land tomorrow. Communities on the Pilbara and Kimberley coasts are on alert as the cyclone Lua, which currently has 185km/h gales at its centre, intensifies and moves towards land. Heavy rain and destructive winds are expected to hit the region and surrounding areas by late Friday or early Saturday. Lua was upgraded from a category 2 to a category 3 system early today. It is expected to cross the east Pilbara coast late Saturday morning or early afternoon. “Gales are currently being experienced in offshore Pilbara waters and are expected to develop in coastal areas between Whim Creek and Bidyadanga late Friday night. Very destructive winds with wind gusts in excess of 200km/h are likely to develop in coastal areas near the centre of the cyclone during Saturday…Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous flooding.”
Remote Pardoo and Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park is in the path of the cyclone. There are fears the park will be damaged again, three years after it received a battering from Cyclone Laurence in 2009. “There’s all new trees, everything’s beautiful and green, and to see that destroyed again would be heartbreaking. We’ve prepared ourselves and we’ve got new buildings, which is the top rating you can get, but it’s all the work that’s gone into it to rebuild.” The iron-ore export port of Port Hedland is being evacuated and residents in the cyclone’s expected path have been urged to prepare their properties for dangerous weather and organise their emergency kits. Western Australia’s Fire and Emergency Services Authority has warned there may be significant flooding in the north Kimberley region and minor flooding in the east Kimberley area today. (map)

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/cyclone-brewing-off-far-north-of-wa-and-northern-territory/story-e6frg13u-1226301180399

U.S.

A tornado touched down in southern Michigan Thursday, and there were reports of significant property damage, with the tornado damaging or demolishing more than 100 homes, downing trees and power lines, sparking fires and flooding neighborhood roads. Local news station footage showed flattened homes but there were no immediate reports of injuries. There was a lot of damage reported just outside the village of Dexter. March and April typically produce the most tornados in the US but this season has already been especially active. Two massive weather systems beginning late last month have spawned a spate of tornados that have ripped through the South and Midwest, flattening towns and killing dozens of people.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/tornado-flattens-homes-as-storms-pound-michigan/story-e6frf7jx-1226301364762

Australia

More NSW residents told to evacuate as waters rise. The Murrumbidgee River is expected to flood yet another Riverina town over the weekend with about 1000 people preparing to flee the deluge.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/more-riverina-residents-told-to-evacuate-as-flood-waters-rise/story-e6frf7jx-1226301691419

Record Breaking Temperatures

U.S. RECORD-BREAKING WARM WEATHERadvances beginning of growing season

Recent ABNORMALLY WARM weather has resulted in a very early start to the growing season across the Great Lakes Region and much of the central and eastern USA. The prolonged warm spell is the result of a very persistent jet stream configuration across North America that generally prevented cold, arctic-origin air masses from moving out of their high-latitude source regions southward into the central and eastern USA. This left the area under the influence of relatively mild Pacific-origin air masses. The current jet stream pattern, with deep troughing across the western USA and ridging across the east has accentuated the pattern. The result is record-breaking warmth brought northward from the Gulf States on southerly winds.
Characterizing the current warm spell as HIGHLY UNUSUAL IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT, both due to the magnitude of the warmth and due to its length. Recent temperatures have been running in the range of 20 to 30°F or more above normal. The warm weather has caused an earlier peak time for cherry blossoms as Washington, D.C. hit a RECORD-BREAKING 82 degrees on a late winter’s day Thursday. (map depicting forecast conditions across North America early next week)

http://www.cattlenetwork.com/e-newsletters/drovers-daily/Record-breaking-warm-weather-advances-beginning-of-growing-season-142831885.html?ref=885

Colorado

More RECORD-BREAKING WARMTH ahead for Denver. Colorado’s warm spell has a solid chance to leave its mark on the record book three times this week. The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 76 degrees today, which would eclipse the record high of 74 degrees for March.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20186133/more-record-breaking-warmth-ahead-denver-snow-creeps

Solar Activity

‘Deathstar’ like object spotted near sun

A NASA video of a dark, disc shaped object hovering near the sun has set off a wave of speculation online as amateur astronomers try to figure out what the object could be.

The video, taken from a NASA satellite and uploaded to Youtube by a man calling himself SunsFlare, shows a huge round object floating near the sun, with a large ‘twister tail’ extending from it.

The video shows the sun’s rays bursting out from the surface, but a large circular object remains black, with a dark ‘twister tail’ remaining connected to the sun.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/13175019/deathstar-like-object-spotted-near-sun/

Misc

Ice Age, Supervolcano Could Topple US Government

CONTRIBUTOR: TERRENCE AYM.

As more evidence mounts that the world is slipping faster into the next Ice Age, Washington insiders are scurrying to solidify their new power base for centralized government operations. Fears that the US…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1894/477/NL/

White cliffs of Dover suffer large collapse

A large section of the white cliffs of Dover has collapsed into the English Channel between Langdon Cliffs and South Foreland Lighthouse.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17389616

Savanah Georgia region shaken by mystery ‘boom’ noise

“Earthquake “booms” have been reported for a long time, and they tend to occur more in the Northeastern US and along the East Coast. Of course, most “booms” that people hear or experience are actually some type of cultural noise, such as some type of explosion, a large vehicle going by, or sometimes a sonic boom, but there have been many reports of “booms” that cannot be explained by man-made sources. No one knows for sure, but scientists speculate that these “booms” are probably small shallow earthquakes that are too small to be recorded, but large enough to be felt by people nearby.

http://www2.wsav.com/news/2012/mar/15/mystery-boom-heard-felt-across-region-ar-3418171/

 

Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.

About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/science/earth/study-rising-sea-levels-a-risk-to-coastal-states.html?_r=1

Earthquakes

 

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Volcano Islands, Japan Region

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 04:43 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 142.820 GEO: Latitude 25.440

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Solomon Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 05:08 AM

Depth 107.2 km GEO: Longitude 161.105 GEO:Latitude -10.272

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Reykjanes Ridge

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 06:51 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude -35.270 GEO: Latitude 53.980

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GEOFON

 

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 07:08 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 122.640 GEO: Latitude 1.900

Source
GEOFON

 

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Mindanao, Philippines

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 08:51 AM

Depth 139 km GEO: Longitude 126.390 GEO: Latitude 5.700

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 09:08 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 145.270 GEO: Latitude 40.850

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GEOFON

 

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 10:49 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 144.810 GEO: Latitude 40.860

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 11:40 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 144.880 GEO: Latitude 40.940

Source
GEOFON

 

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 12:05 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 141.320 GEO: Latitude 36.130

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 13:43 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 144.820 GEO: Latitude 40.940

Source
GEOFON

 

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 14:04 PM

Depth 9 km GEO: Longitude 144.840 GEO: Latitude 40.960

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 17:26 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 145.120 GEO: Latitude 40.660

Source
GEOFON

 

Mild quake rocks Delhi

An earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale was felt in western Uttar Pradesh and parts of Delhi and the NCR on Tuesday.

The earthquake took place at around 3.37 am. No serious damage has been reported.
An official from the Meteorological Department (IMD) said it was a low intensity earthquake with the epicentre at Baghpat in western Uttar Pradesh.

This is fifth tremor experienced in Delhi since the beginning of this year. On March 5, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake had shaken Delhi and its adjoining areas in the NCR. Its epicentre was Bahadurgarh on the Haryana-Delhi border.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/234056/mild-quake-rocks-delhi.html

Santorini: The ground is moving again in paradise

Do a Google image search for “Greece.” Before you find pictures of the Parthenon or Acropolis, you’ll see several beautiful photos of Santorini, the picturesque island in the Aegean Sea. The British Broadcasting Company named it the world’s best island in 2011. Santorini is a tourist magnet, famous for its breathtaking, cliff side views and sunsets. It’s also a volcanic island that has been relatively calm since its last eruption in 1950. Until now.

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2012/03/13/santorini.the.ground.moving.again.paradise

 

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Japanese coast, tsunami wave hits coast

small tsunami wave has hit Japan’s northeastern coastline, officials say, after a strong earthquake rocked the region a year on from the country’s worst post-war natural disaster.
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Today’s 20cm wave and 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck around 210km off the northern island of Hokkaido, prompted local authorities to issue an evacuation warning for coastal residents before it hit land.

Japan’s meteorological agency also confirmed that an earlier 10cm wave had hit land.

The waves hit two locations in Aomori prefecture, which was one of the areas in Japan’s northeast devastated by last year’s disaster.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/magnitude-68-earthquake-strikes-japanese-coast-tsunami-warning-issued/story-e6frf7jx-1226299726369

 

‘Earthquake swarm’ shakes New Brunswick village

Residents in a small southwestern New Brunswick community may continue to feel minor earthquakes for several more days or even weeks, according to a Natural Resources Canada seismologist.

McAdam has been hit with five small earthquakes since Saturday in what is known as an “earthquake swarm.” The last one was felt at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/03/14/nb-mcadam-earthquake-swarm-940.html

 

6.4 quake strikes Papua New Guinea: US seismologists

(AFP)

SYDNEY — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Thursday, the US Geological Survey reported, but a tsunami warning was not issued and seismologists said “no major human impact is expected”.

The quake hit the New Britain region at 7:13 am (2113 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 48 kilometres (30 miles), 204 kilometres southwest of the main city in the area Rabaul and 598 kilometres from national capital Port Moresby.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j8iayGjx1xK9tRj8Uew5qyZ4iX_w?docId=CNG.3a460f83a030800f04ba77f4d5dc26f6.6b1

Storms

 

In the Indian Ocean –

Tropical cyclone 17s (Lua) was located approximately 385 nm north of Learmonth, Australia.

 

 

Resources companies in Western Australia’s north are bracing for Tropical Cyclone Lua, which is expected to intensify as it approaches the Pilbara coast.

Forecasters believe Lua could cause flooding in the resources-rich Kimberley region. The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest update at 0900 (WST) said a cyclone watch alert was current for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Mardie. The cyclone is currently moving slowly in an easterly direction but is expected to intensify into a severe tropical cyclone late today. .It is then expected to accelerate to the southeast on Friday and early on Saturday towards the east Pilbara coast. BoM anticipates Lua will remain severe as it approaches the coast. On Saturday, destructive winds with gusts of more than 150 kilometres per hour are expected to develop in coastal areas near the centre of the cyclone. In the meantime, heavy rainfall is anticipated in coastal areas of the east Pilbara and west Kimberley.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/wa-resources-firms-brace-for-cyclone/story-e6frf7jx-1226300661606

Strange Weather Patterns

 

A HIGHLY UNUSUAL week-long heat wave is building over much of the U.S., and promises to bring THE WARMEST TEMPERATURES EVER SEEN SO EARLY IN THE YEAR

to a large portion of the Midwest. The exceptional heat will also be EXCEPTIONALLY LONG-LASTING: record-breaking temperatures 20 – 30 degrees F above normal are expected through next Wednesday for much of the Midwest and Northeast U.S. The weather system responsible is a large upper-level ridge of high pressure that is “stuck” in place – a phenomenon known as a “blocking pattern.” The jet stream is bending far to the south over the Western U.S., then bending far to the north over the Rockies and into Canada, and lies far to the north of the eastern U.S. Since the jet stream acts as the boundary between cold air to the north and warm air to the south, the current looping pattern is bringing colder than normal temperatures and snow to the mountains of the West, and summer-like warmth to the Eastern U.S. It is common for the jet stream to get stuck in a blocking pattern for a period of a week or more, but not to this extreme. If the current model forecasts prove correct, a high pressure ridge over the U.S. bringing HEAT THIS INTENSE AND LONG-LASTING IN MARCH WILL BE UNPRECEDENTED IN THE HISTORICAL RECORD, going back to 1872. High temperatures for Wednesday, March 14 over much of the Midwest were more typical of June than March.
The expected warm temperatures during the coming week will rival those recorded on March 8, 2000, when most of the Upper Midwest set all-time records for the warmest temperature ever measured so early in the year. That warm surge was caused by a ridge of high pressure that was not as strong as the one expected to build in during the coming week, and the March 8, 2000 ridge did not stick around long enough to generate more than two days of record-breaking high temperatures. A powerful low pressure system moved through Northern Wisconsin on March 8, 2000, dragging a cold front through the state that triggered a thunderstorm that spawned the earliest tornado ever recorded in Milwaukee County. New DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET AT 208 LOCATIONS TUESDAY.
In Minneapolis, Minnesota yesterday, the high temperature reached 67°F, which is the 7th warmest temperature measured so early in the year, and 27°F above the normal high of 40°F for the date. Since weather records in the city go back to 1872, we can expect that Minneapolis will experience a temperature of 67°F or higher this early in the year once every 20 years, on average. What’s really remarkable is that the forecast for Minneapolis calls for a high temperature of 70 – 75° every day for the next seven days. Since 1872, there have only been nine days that the temperature has gotten to 70°F prior to March 20, with 73°F on March 7, 2000 being the hottest day. So, over the course of the next week, we are likely to break the all-time high for so early in the year, and add nearly double the number of 70°F-plus days. The situation is similar for much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and surrounding states. With temperatures already averaging at least 5°F over much of the Midwest this month, it’s very likely that this month will be the warmest March on record for at least seven states.

 

UNUSUAL snows on the Oregon coast

As is often the case, record heat in one part of the country means that another part is experiencing unusual cold, due to a kink in the jet stream. On Monday, 6.0″ of snow fell at Newport, OR, and 8.5″ at Tillamook. The Newport snowfall was THEIR GREATEST MARCH SNOWFALL ON RECORD (previous was 2.0″ in March 1906) and the their 3rd greatest snowfall of any month since records began in 1893. For Tillamook it was the biggest snow since 9.0″ in January 1971 (but well short of their all-time snowfall of 19.0″ in March 1951).

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2050

 

Volcanic Activity

 

Poas volcano (Costa Rica), activity summary Feb 2012: high-temperature fumarolic activity and sporadic small phreatic explosions

During February, Poás activity consisted in strong high-temperature fumarolic activity and sporadic small phreatic explosions, reported by park rangers.
The latest monthly bulletin of Costa Rica’s volcano observatory OBSICORI published a more detailed summary of Poás’ activity during February summarized as follows

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/view_news/6470/Poas-volcano-Costa-Rica-activity-summary-Feb-2012-high-temperature-fumarolic-activity-and-sporadic-s.html

Colombia cities on alert as smoke, ash rise from volcano

MANIZALES, COLOMBIA (CBS) — A rising smoke plume from a Colombian volcano put nearby cities and towns on alert as it continued to emit smoke, vapor and ash Monday.

The Nevado del Ruiz volcano, located in central Colombia about 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of Bogota, has been on yellow alert since October 2010 and began spewing ash and smoke last week.

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/201480/288/Colombia-cities-on-alert-as-smoke-ash-rise-from-volcano

 

Soufrière Hills volcano (Montserrat): small pyroclastic flow from dome with no warning

A small pyroclastic flow occurred from Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano on 9 March, MVO reports. The flow was small, but happened with no warning at around 5:20 pm (local time) from the western flanks of Soufriere Hills Volcano down into Spring Ghaut.

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/view_news/6503/Soufri%C3%A8re-Hills-volcano-Montserrat-small-pyroclastic-flow-from-dome-with-no-warning.html

 

Solar Activity

 

Another solar flare and comet dives into solar radiation storm

March 14, 2012 – SPACE – Departing sunspot AR1429 unleashed another strong flare on March 13th, an M7-class eruption that peaked around 1741 UT. Although the sunspot is no longer directly facing Earth, the blast will affect our planet. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say a CME is en route to Earth, and its impact on March 15th at 06:20 UT (+/- 7 hours) could trigger minor to moderate geomagnetic storms. Also, protons accelerated by the flare are swarming around Earth, causing an S2-class radiation storm. A bright comet is diving into the sun. It was discovered just last week by SOHO’s SWAN instrument, so it has been named “Comet SWAN.” The comet’s death plunge (or “swan dive”) comes just as the sun has unleashed a strong flare and radiation storm around Earth.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/another-solar-flare-and-comet-dives-into-solar-radiation-storm/

 

 

Wildlife

 

Dolphin Stranding In Brazil Triggers Mad Dash To Save Animals

It was just another day at the beach–or so it seemed till dozens of dolphins suddenly swam in with the surf and got stranded in the sandy shallows. The dramatic video of the stranding in the Brazilian town of Arraial do Cabo–now a YouTube sensation–shows humans rushing to help their fellow mammals, pushing and pulling hard to help the animals reach deeper water.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/dolphin-stranding-in-brazil-triggers-mad-dash_n_1333810.html

 

Earthquake

Magnitude 6 earthquake, Northwestern Kashmir

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 06:06 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 73.280 GEO: Latitude 36.720

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Near Coast of Peru

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 06:34 AM

Depth 10 km GEO:Longitude -75.770 GEO: Latitude -14.120

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, northwestern Kashmir

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 08:26 AM

Depth 66.2 km GEO: Longitude 73.083 GEO: Latitude 36.857

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake, Kuril Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 12:32 PM

Depth 115 GEO: Longitude 147.750 GEO: Latitude 45.240

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, NORTHWESTERN KASHMIR

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 12:59 PM

Depth 80 km GEO: Longitude 73.710 GEO: Latitude 36.900

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 17:55 PM

Depth 35 km GEO: Longitude 127.005 GEO: Latitude 3.022

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, MAULE, CHILE

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 19:37 PM

Depth 65 km GEO: Longitude -71.560 GEO: Latitude
-34.930

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, VANUATU

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 22:38 PM

Depth 261 km GEO: Longitude 169.240 GEO: Latitude -18.890

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Bay of Plenty

UTC Date / Time Mar 13 02:11 AM

Depth 100 km GEO: Longitude 176.475 GEO: Latitude -38.600

Source
GEONET

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Dominican Republic region

UTC Date / Time Mar 13 04:15 AM

Depth 19.2 km GEO: Longitude -68.064 GEO: Latitude 19.364

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, South Sandwich Islands region

UTC Date / Time Mar 13 04:49 AM

Depth 35 km GEO: Longitude -27.788 GEO: Latitude -55.403

Source
USGS

Kashmir Valley rocked twice, no casualties

SRINAGAR: Two earthquakes of moderate intensity shook Kashmir Valley within three hours today but there were no reports of any casualty or damage.

“An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale rocked Northwest Kashmir at 1136 hrs,” an official of the Disaster Management Cell said.

He said the epicentre of the quake was in Gilgit area in Pakistan.

Another tremor measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale was experienced at 0156 hrs, the official said.

The two quakes caused panic but there were no reports of any casualty or damage to property, he

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/kashmir-valley-rocked-twice-no-casualties/articleshow/12234526.cms

Tremor rocks Snowy Mountains

People in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains are reporting what they say is an earth tremor.

Residents at Jindabyne say the earth was shaking around the Kalkite area, on the shores of Lake Jindabyne early this morning.

Jim Crocker from the Jindabyne township says the tremor took him by surprise.

But he says earth movements are not uncommon when the lake is full.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-12/tremor-rocks-snowy-mountains/3884292

Volcanic Activity

Ijen volcano (East Java, Indonesia): eruption warning due to increased seismic and degassing activity

BY: TOMPFEIFFER

The official alert level for Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia, has been raised again to 3 (“alert”) due to an increase in activity, our Indonesian correspondant Andi reports.
A new 10 m wide gas vent, which erupted buring gasses, was observed on 10 March at 17 m distance from the shore. Thick steaming, larger than usual, forming a thick white column of sulfur steam 200 m high was already noted since 3 March. Measurements of the lake water temperature at 5 m depth had also shown increased values of 42.70 deg C.
On 10 March, the lake surface was 2 meters higher than normal, although this could be attributed to heavy recent rain fall.

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/ijen/news/6388/Ijen-volcano-East-Java-Indonesia-eruption-warning-due-to-increased-seismic-and-degassing-activity.html

Frightening Volcanic Venting Signals Coming

CONTRIBUTOR: TERRENCE AYM.

A U.S. Midwest Megaquake:

many say ‘It can’t happen here.’ But it can, and it will. It’s happened many times in the past and the odds are increasing that it’s about to happen again soon—much sooner than most…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1878/606/NL/

Tropical Storms

In the Indian Ocean

Tropical cyclone 16s (Koji) was located approximately 1200 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia.

Australia – A cyclone watch has been issued for parts of the Top End, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying a cyclone may develop on Wednesday. Areas from Cape Hotham and stretching west to Kalumburu in Western Australia are on cyclone watch, including Darwin and the Tiwi Islands.

Severe Rain

China – High speed train track collapses in China. a section of a high-speed railway line that had already undergone test runs has collapsed in central China following heavy rain. The official Xinhua News Agency did not mention casualties in its report on the collapse of a 300-metre section of the railway line. It said hundreds of workers were rushing to repair the line between the Yangtze River cities of Wuhan and Yichang. The railway line is due to open in May. China has reaffirmed its intention to push ahead with the fast-paced build-up of the high-speed rail system, despite financial difficulties and worries safety may have been compromised in the rush to open new lines.

Record Temperatures

Northeast, Midwest see record high temperatures

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Temperatures soared to record highs in the Northeast on Monday after a weekend of record-setting warmth across the Upper Plains and forecasts for an unprecedented extended warm front this week, the National Weather Service said.

In Boston, temperatures reached a record 71 degrees Monday afternoon, eclipsing the former high of 69 degrees for this date set 110 years ago, the weather service said.

The unseasonably warm weather was expected to continue in Boston throughout the week, but likely not with record setting temperatures, said Bill Simpson, a weather service meteorologist based in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Temperatures also soared Monday afternoon in New York City to near the record 71 degrees in Central Park.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/northeast-midwest-see-record-high-temperatures-214614107.html

Solar System

Vast Increase In ‘Star Bubbles’ Proof Of Energetic Change?

CONTRIBUTOR: ZEN GARDNER.

Is this recent discovery by citizen scientists evidence of the energetic shift we’re experiencing? Is our sun just one of many in our galaxy that is experiencing this re-charging effect that is apparently…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1874/779/NL/

Villain in disguise: Jupiter’s role in impacts on Earth

Whilst most famous for his catalog of 110 galaxies, nebulae, clusters and double stars, Charles Messier was a comet-hunter at heart. His catalog was simply a list of nuisances, faint fuzzies that looked like comets but were not. The Frenchman found 13 comets in all between 1760 and 1785, but perhaps the most important of them was the streaking comet that he spotted in June 1770. Fast moving on the sky, it was bright enough at magnitude +2 that it could be clearly seen from well-lit towns and cities. A brief spectacle of wonder for eighteenth century astronomers to enjoy, its ramifications could have been much greater.

http://www.astrobio.net/exclusive/4620/villain-in-disguise-jupiter%27s-role-in-impacts-on-earth

Wildlife

Thousands of Snowy Owls Migrate South in Unbelievable Wildlife Event

By Dr. Becker

In a true mystery of nature, thousands of snowy owls are migrating into and across the U.S from their Arctic home this winter.

The snow-white owls have been spotted from the east coast to the west, in states as far flung as Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana and Missouri, and as far south as Oklahoma.

A certain number of owls always fly south from their Arctic home during winter months, but for so many to travel so far is extraordinary.

According to Denver Holt of Montana’s Owl Research Institute, who has studied snowy owls in the Arctic for 20 years, “What we’re seeing now — it’s unbelievable. This is the most significant wildlife event in decades.”

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/03/12/arctic-snowy-owls-migrate-south.aspx

Misc

Potential For 100ft. Waves On NW Coast Now Seems A Possibility

CURATOR: BARRACUDA. A computer simulation shows how a tsunami generated by a magnitude 9 earthquake off the Northwest Coast would spread across the Pacific. Scientists are asking whether the massive waves triggered by last year’s…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1876/759/NL/

2MIN News Mar12: CME Impacting Now

Earthquake

 

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 07:25 AM

Depth 73 km GEO: Longitude 127.020 GEO: Latitude 26.170

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Ryukyu Islands, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 07:25 AM

Depth 72.6 km GEO: Longitude 127.022 GEO: Latitude 26.168

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, Hokkaido, Japan region

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 08:33 AM

Depth 78.5 km GEO: Longitude 143.223 GEO: Latitude
42.539

Source
USGS

 

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, SOUTHERN IRAN

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 10:08 AM

Depth 12 km GEO: Longitude 51.810 GEO: Latitude 29.980

Source
EMSC

 

Magnitude 5 earthquake, SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 11:10 AM

Depth 104 km GEO: Longitude -176.940 GEO: Latitude-24.690

Source
EMSC

 

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Vanuatu Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 16:08 PM

Depth 257 km GEO: Longitude 168.590 GEO: Latitude -17.010

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 17:58 PM

Depth 35.8 km GEO: Longitude -173.279 GEO: Latitude 51.677

Source
USGS

 

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 17:58 PM

Depth 80 km GEO: Longitude -173.120 GEO: Latitude 51.860

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 19:02 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude -173.240 GEO: Latitude 51.630

Source
GEOFON

 

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 20:34 PM

Depth 33 km GEO: Longitude -173.430 GEO: Latitude 51.900

Source
EMSC

 

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Philippine Islands Region

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 21:31 PM

Depth 160 km GEO: Longitude 122.260 GEO: Latitude 20.090

Source
GEOFON

 

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Southern Mid Atlantic Ridge

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 22:30 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude -16.740 GEO: Latitude -41.090

Source
GEOFON

 

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, SOUTH OF PANAMA

UTC Date / Time Mar 12 05:03 AM

Depth 40 km GEO: Longitude -82.550 GEO: Latitude 5.450

Source
EMSC

 

Solar Activity

 

GIANT MASSIVE WEIRD BLACK SUN PLASMA FILAMENT OR TORNADO ANOMILIE MARCH 11TH 2012

 

 

The Oceans

 

Ocean life on the brink of mass extinctions: study

(Reuters) – Life in the oceans is at imminent risk of the worst spate of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing, a study showed on Tuesday.

Time was running short to counter hazards such as a collapse of coral reefs or a spread of low-oxygen “dead zones,” according to the study led by the International Program on the State of the Ocean (IPSO).

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/us-oceans-idUSTRE75K1IY20110621

 

Oceans Acidifying Faster Today than in the Past
Source: NSF press release

The oceans may be acidifying faster today than they did in the last 300 million years, according to scientists publishing a paper this week in the journal Science.

“What we’re doing today really stands out in the geologic record,” says lead author Bärbel Hönisch, a paleoceanographer at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

“We know that life during past ocean acidification events was not wiped out–new species evolved to replace those that died off. But if industrial carbon emissions continue at the current pace, we may lose organisms we care about–coral reefs, oysters, salmon.”

http://www.astrobio.net/pressrelease/4619/oceans-acidifying-faster-today-than-in-the-past

 

 

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 05:31 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 141.860 GEO: Latitude 37.090

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake, Vanuatu Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 07:09 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 169.580 GEO: Latitude -19.060

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Vanuatu

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 07:36 AM

Depth 35.4 km GEO: Longitude 169.256 GEO: Latitude -19.159

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Vanuatu

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 08:21 AM

Depth 22.2 km GEO: Longitude 169.921 GEO: Latitude -19.247

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Fiji Islands Region

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 10:25 AM

Depth 615 km GEO: Longitude -178.570 GEO: Latitude -17.950

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 12:46 PM

Depth 224 km GEO: Longitude 145.380 GEO: Latitude 18.880

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Eastern Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 17:25 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 140.130 GEO: Latitude 37.030

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 18:19 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 142.160 GEO: Latitude 35.700

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 21:27 PM

Depth 71 km GEO: Longitude 112.970 GEO: Latitude -9.060

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, TARAPACA, CHILE

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 02:26 AM

Depth 87 km GEO: Longitude -68.790 GEO: Latitude -19.660

Source
EMSC

Series of Earthquakes Rumble Across the Globe

A series of moderate to strong earthquakes has rattled several parts of the globe including Iran, China, the Philippines and parts of the South Pacific in the past 12-24 hours.

There have been no reports of serious damage or fatalities from these quakes thus far and no tsunami warnings were issued for areas that could be impacted.

A similar earthquake earlier this week did injure 10 people in the Philippines.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/series-of-earthquakes-rumble-a/62578

Quake Hits West China; No Injuries Reported

An earthquake has struck the far west of China but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Friday that the 5.8 quake struck about 7 a.m. (2300 GMT) in the southern part of Xinjiang region.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/quake-hits-west-china-injuries-reported-15882190#.T1qpz7QycdQ

Quake researchers warn of Tokyo’s ‘Big One’

A year on from one of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history, Japanese scientists are warning anew that Tokyo could soon be hit by a quake that will kill thousands and cause untold damage.

Greater Tokyo, home to 35 million tightly packed people, has seen a three-fold increase in tectonic activity since the magnitude 9.0 undersea quake that unleashed a killer tsunami last March.

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Quake_researchers_warn_of_Tokyos_Big_One_999.html

Japan earthquakes over time

Figures compiled by the ABC reveal that since the massive earthquake in Japan a year ago the country has been rattled by more than five times as many tremors as usual. That includes 10 aftershocks of magnitude seven or greater. Using figures provided by Japan’s meteorological agency, the ABC found that there have been more than 9,000 significant tremors under and around Japan since last year’s March 11 earthquake. That compares with 1,300 for all of 2010. As well as 10 quakes of magnitude seven or greater in the past year, there were more than 100 that were more violent than magnitude six. Recent media reports suggest Tokyo has a 70 per cent chance of being hit with a major earthquake in the next four years.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-09/japan-earthquakes-over-time/3879910

Iliamna sees earthquake activity

Iliamna volcano experienced several episodes of increased earthquake activity over the last three months, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Alaska Volcano Observatory officials. One of the episodes is currently ongoing and is characterized by numerous small earthquakes.

The increase in activity may be related to movement of magma at depth and additional observations, including an airborne gas sampling and observation flight, are being planned to help constrain this interpretation, according to the release.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-03-07/iliamna-sees-earthquake-activity

Storm

Volcanic Activity

Bezymianny volcano erupts again

Friday saw a new eruption of the Bezymianny volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.

Earlier in the day, the volcano spewed ash up to 8 kilometers high, seismologists said, adding that the eruption does not pose a threat to population centers in the area.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_03_09/67945279/

Colombian volcano waking up

The Nevado del Ruiz volcano, whose eruption 26 years ago killed around 25,000 people, is showing signs of activity after nearly 20 years laying dormant, said Colombian geological group Ingeominas Thursday.

Early Friday morning, geologists completed an observational fly-over with the assistance of the Colombian Air Force, during which they photographed the Nevado del Ruiz volcano and noted “ash on the glacier, near the crater rim and on the eastern flank,” as well as a 4,500 foot gas column at the mouth of the volcano. During the same day a seismic tremor was reported along with an increase in sulfur dioxide emissions.

http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/22726-colombian-volcano-waking-up.html

Explosion detected at Alaska’s Cleveland volcano 

Mount Cleveland, located about 45 miles from the community of Nikolski, is isolated on an uninhabited island and — despite the volcano’s regular eruption pattern — has no real-time monitoring equipment. Cloud cover prevented visual observation or satellite imagery of the eruption. Officials said this was similar to eruptions in December, when small ash clouds dissipated quickly and didn’t affect air traffic.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/explosion-detected-alaskas-cleveland-volcano

Tropical Storms


In the Indian Ocean –


-Tropical cyclone 14s (Irina) was located approximately 455 nm east-southeast of Maputo, Mozambique.


-Tropical cyclone 16s (Koji) was located approximately 1065 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia.

SEVERE RAIN STORMS, FLOODING, LANDSLIDES –


Australia


 NSW floods: Worse to come, warns minister. The damage bill from NSW’s flood crisis is heading “way north” of $500 million and April is set to heap even worse misery on the sodden state. Communities remain on tenterhooks as a fresh wave of rain threatens homes and property in NSW’s southwest, central west and suburban Sydney. “Sadly we’re in a La Nina and the weather forecasters are telling me that April will be the worst that we’ve faced yet.”
The State Emergency Service (SES) issued evacuation warnings for people in Richmond Lowlands, Pitt Town and Gronos Point at 6.30am (AEDT). Several caravan parks on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, between Windsor and Sackville, were also put on high alert. “We are asking those people to start preparing themselves now for possible evacuations throughout the day.” Communities in southwest Sydney were also on high alert.
More than 1000 people remain in evacuation centres at Griffith, in southwest NSW, with the Murrumbidgee River due to peak again today. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of major flooding in Narrandera, southeast of Griffith, and the neighbouring communities of Darlington Point, Carathool and Hay. Flooding was also expected in Forbes and Bega today, with hundreds of residents in both communities already evacuated.


Residents in parts of Sydney’s northwest

have been told to prepare for evacuation as the Hawkesbury River floods. Parts of Australia are seeing some of THE WORST FLOODING IN 160 YEARS. Dozens of residents in New South Wales had to be rescued when they became stranded in their cars. Shops are short of supplies as locals buy up food and other essentials.


No ordinary downpour

wild weather swamped Sydney and the south coast in THE WETTEST WEEK IN NEW SOUTH WALES’ HISTORY. “It is VERY RARE to have such persistent, RECORD-BREAKING RAINFALL over such large areas of NSW and Victoria.”


EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT 

Canada 

Wednesday’s high was a RECORD-BREAKING 11.7 C.

Portland, Maine, hits RECORD-BREAKING 60 degrees

The calendar still says winter, but Maine is experiencing spring-like weather. The temperature climbed to 60 degrees Thursday afternoon in Portland. The previous high for the date was 56, set two years ago.


The UNUSUAL Weather is Creating Angst Among Maine Maple Syrup Producers

The RECORD-BREAKING temperatures and the possibility of more warm weather over the next two weeks is not a welcome prospect.

From Texas to India to the Horn of Africa, Concern about Weather, Water and Crops

Hardly a week goes by without new reasons to be concerned about the impact of changing precipitation patterns and mounting water stress on food production.
This past week, officials in Texas cut off irrigation water to rice farmers downstream of reservoirs depleted by the worst one-year drought in Texas history. Even with recent rains, lakes Buchanan and Travis remain at 42 percent of capacity. Farmers, who pay the least for water, will be denied their liquid lifeline in order to prevent curtailments to urban and industrial water users. It was the FIRST TIME IN ITS 78-YEAR HISTORY that the Austin-based Lower Colorado River Authority had cut off water to farmers.
On February 29, United Nations officials announced that the crucial March through May rainy season in the Horn of Africa would likely fall short again this year. The warning comes on the heels of last year’s drought, the worst in sixty years, and the devastating famine it triggered. Scientists analyzed data on rainfall, temperature, ocean currents and the strength of the La Niña before making their forecas. “This is not good news for farmers in areas which have been affected by agricultural drought in recent years. We must plan for the probability that rainfall will be erratic and there will be long dry spells which will impact on crop production and food security.” The forecast comes just weeks after the United Nations downgraded Somalia’s food crisis from a famine to a “humanitarian emergency.” Across the Horn of Africa, some 9.5 million people still require emergency assistance.
And then from India comes perhaps the most worrisome news of the week. Researchers there have found that India’s monsoonal rainfall, upon which much of the nation’s agriculture depends, is becoming less frequent and more intense. Scientists found that global climate change can cause departures from the historic monsoonal norm, which, on balance would lead to lower yields of rice, maize, cotton, soybeans, and other kharif (monsoonal) crops. During the rabi (dry) season, higher temperatures could cut yields of wheat, potatoes, and vegetables. The agriculture commissioner for Maharashtra, an important crop-producing state, says that farmers in his state already are seeing yield impacts that he attributes to climatic change.
Still another report from the last week casts a pall over California’s upcoming harvest. State officials found that the water content of California’s mountain snowpack is only 30 percent of normal historic levels for this point in the season. Officials estimate they will deliver only 50 percent of the water requested from the State Water Project, a system of reservoirs and canals that distributes water to 25 million Californians and nearly one million acres of irrigated farmland. “Absolutely, we should be concerned.”
These reports are snapshots of weather and climate-related warnings and in no way present a picture of the world’s food situation. But they are the kinds of warnings that now seem to routinely overlay already troubling global water trends – from widespread groundwater depletion to dried up rivers and lakes. What’s emerging is an interconnected web of risks, with the threads of water stress, food insecurity and rising population and consumption now magnified by extreme weather and climatic change.
The portrayal of water security in the U.S. intelligence community’s 2012 worldwide threat assessment clearly warns that “over the next 10 years, water problems will contribute to instability in states important to US interests.” It also underscores groundwater depletion as a risk to both national and global food markets.
But it fails to spotlight the potential for social and political instability stemming from the interplay of extreme weather, water shortage and food prices – even though we got a sneak preview of this destabilization in 2007-08 and again in 2011. The food riots that erupted in Haiti, Senegal, Mauritania and a half dozen other countries as grain prices climbed in 2007-08 are a harbinger of what is to come. Extreme weather in 2010 – including the off-the-charts heat wave in Russia that slashed the country’s wheat harvest by 40 percent, the epic flood in Pakistan, widespread drought in China, and the massive flooding following the decade of drought in Australia – caused an even higher spike in food prices in early 2011. Some analysts have linked the skyrocketing food prices with the violent protests that unleashed the Arab Spring. Climatic change and its impacts on the global water cycle guarantee that we’ll increasingly find ourselves outside the bounds of normal. The implications for food security, social cohesion and political stability are of the utmost concern both to our national security and our humanitarian impulse. It’s time to connect the dots – and to prepare, as best we can, for the new scenarios unfolding before our eyes.

Solar Activity

Exploding Sun To Fuel 1000s Of Super-Tornadoes

CONTRIBUTOR: TERRENCE AYM. When the sun becomes angry super space storms scour Earth. For the next 14 months the sun will be the angriest it’s been since 1859. The massive storms electrify the geomagnetic field, affects the Arctic vortex, and…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1864/381/NL/

The space weather storm that was forecast to be the strongest in five years has fizzled out

and ended up causing no impact to power grids or modern navigation systems.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/space-weather-storm-fizzles-on-arrival/story-e6frf7jx-1226294341602


Scientists say that the storm could still have adverse effects as it passes

“The magnetic field in the solar wind is not facing in the direction of danger. But it could change, into the early evening.” Although space weather scientists have seen no more significant activity since the solar flares that launched the current storm, scientists around the globe are still keeping an a close watch on the Sun. “The part of the Sun where this came from is still active. It’s a 27-day cycle and we’re right in the middle of it, so it is coming straight at us and will be for a few days yet. We could see more material. ” But regardless of its eventual extent, this episode of solar activity is a preview of what is to come in the broader, 11-year solar cycle.
“The event is the largest for several years, but it is not in the most severe class. We may expect more storms of this kind and perhaps much more severe ones in the next year or so as we approach solar maximum. Such events act as a wake-up call as to how our modern western lifestyles are utterly dependent on space technology and national power grid infrastructure.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337

Diseases

New strain of flu found in bats

‘And even though they don’t have all the answers yet, infectious disease experts say just knowing this strain exists is giving them a head start at creating a vaccine.’ 06 Mar 2012 The blockbuster movie “Contagion” showed just how easy it is for an emerging disease to spread across the world. Now, some say the cause of that fictional flu is at least one step closer to reality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking creating something new. It’s not the bird flu. Not swine flu. But rather, the bat flu. Researchers in Guatemala ‘found’ a new strain of influenza in bats and are now watching to see how and if it can transmit to humans. Bats are known to carry emerging diseases.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/health/doctor_jo/new-strain-of-flu-found-in-bats-03062012

Mystery Illness Kills Three in Maryland Family

‘We have to wonder if it may be a mutant strain of flu virus.’ 06 Mar 2012 Three members of a Maryland family died after contracting severe respiratory illnesses and a third family member is hospitalized in critical condition, the Calvert County Health Department announced Tuesday. Officials are trying to identify the illness that killed an 81-year-old woman and two of her children, both in their 50s, who cared for her in her home in Lusby. Another of the woman’s children is seriously ill at Washington Medical Center. “The first thing that comes to mind is influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “But when they’re a cluster like this, we have to wonder if it may be a mutant strain of flu virus. There’s been some concern about a swine flu variant.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/06/mystery-illness-kills-three-in-maryland-family/

Misc

As sea levels rise, Kiribati eyes 6,000 acres in Fiji as new home for 103,000 islanders

By The Associated Press

Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji.

Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/09/10618829-as-sea-levels-rise-kiribati-eyes-6000-acres-in-fiji-as-new-home-for-103000-islanders

Earthquakes

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN

UTC Date / Time  Mar 07 07:49 AM

Depth 70 km GEO: Longitude 127.040 GEO: Latitude 26.370

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake, Irian Jaya, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time Mar 07 12:00 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 138.850 GEO: Latitude -2.940

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5 earthquake, VANUATU

UTC Date / Time  Mar 07 13:56 PM

Depth 4 km GEO: Longitude 168.150 GEO: Latitude -19.430

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Vanuatu

UTC Date / Time  Mar 07 13:56 PM

Depth 3.6 km GEO: Longitude 168.149 GEO: Latitude -19.434

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, JAVA, INDONESIA

UTC Date / Time Mar 07 15:33 PM

Depth 60 km GEO: Longitude 106.480 GEO: Latitude -7.510

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION

UTC Date / Time Mar 07 16:57 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 47.070 GEO: Latitude 32.560

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, CERAM SEA, INDONESIA

UTC Date / Time Mar 07 22:29 PM

Depth 47 km GEO: Longitude 127.860 GEO: Latitude -2.190

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, SALTA, ARGENTINA

UTC Date / Time Mar 08 00:01 AM

Depth168 km GEO:Longitude -67.040 GEO: Latitude -24.160

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, SOUTHEAST OF RYUKYU ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 08 00:19 AM

Depth 2 km GEO: Longitude 127.730 GEO: Latitude 24.540

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, SOUTHERN IRAN

UTC Date / Time
Mar 08 02:01 AM

Depth 18 km GEO: Longitude 55.320 GEO: Latitude 28.280

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, HAITI REGION

UTC Date / Time Mar 08 02:51 AM

Depth 5 km GEO: Longitude -72.060 GEO: Latitude 18.330

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Eastern Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 08 03:23 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 140.840 GEO: Latitude 39.020

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, VANUATU REGION

UTC Date / Time Mar 08 03:51 AM

Depth 13 km GEO:Longitude 166.860 GEO:Latitude -18.080

Source
EMSC

 Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Cook Strait

UTC Date / Time Mar 08 07:09 AM

Depth 80 km GEO: Longitude 174.675 GEO: Latitude -40.681

Source
GEONET

 

VOLCANOES –

Italy– After twenty four days of being silent, Italy’s Mt. Etna roared to life Sunday. Combining snow and fire, Mt. Etna’s lava emissions are spectacular shooting more than 300 feet into the air. So far no flights have been canceled in the area.

Undersea Eruption Emergency Ends in Spanish Island – The authorities in the Canary Islands decreed on Tuesday the end of the emergency phase in the underwater volcano eruption area which started in October last year at El Hierro Island.

TROPICAL STORMS
In the Indian Ocean –
Tropical cyclone 14s (Irina) was located approximately 500 nm east-southeast of Maputo, Mozambique.

Tropical Storm Irina has been “going loopy” in the Mozambique Channel over the last couple of days as it has been monitored by NASA satellites. Irina is making a cyclonic loop, something that a tropical cyclone does on occasion whenever there are a couple of weather systems that push it in different directions. Irina is currently parallel to the middle of South Africa, about 315 nautical miles south-southeast of Maputo, Mozambique, and moving toward the southeast. But the storm is expected to start curving toward the northeast and then the northwest as it continues making a loop that will take it back toward a landfall in extreme northeastern South Africa on March 9.
Weather systems in the area are pushing past Irina, acting as guides for the storm to follow and causing it to loop around. The last weather system that will turn it back to the north is a ridge or elongated area) of high pressure that’s strengthening over South Africa and will turn Irina to the northwest.
There are several parks located near where landfall is currently forecast. Tembe Elephant Park and the Ndumo Game Reserve are located near the Mozambique border and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park is located to the south. These areas are likely to feel the strongest winds from Irina when it makes landfall. As Irina nears landfall by the end of the week, cold waters stirred up from below the surface are causing sea surface temperatures near the coast to cool, which will reduce any energy going into Irina as it nears the coast for landfall. Once Irina makes landfall, the forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning center expect Irina to dissipate quickly. Meanwhile residents of eastern South Africa, Swaziland and southeastern Mozambique can expect more clouds, showers, gusty winds and rough surf in coastal areas as Irina loops back toward land.

Australia – Cyclone threat easing in Queensland’s southeast after day of heavy rain. The Sunshine Coast remained on a severe weather alert but forecasters say they are no longer entertaining the possibility of a freak cyclone developing over southern waters. The low pressure system that brought huge rainfall to the southeast – dumping most of it on the Sunshine Coast – was at 3am Tuesday around 90km east of Hervey Bay and moving in a north-north easterly direction. The most rainfall yesterday fell at Eumundi, which recorded 202mm of rain in the 24 hours from 9am.
There were no signs the low would develop into a tropical cyclone. “We’re not really expecting that to develop into a tropical cyclone. There weren’t many signs in the way of development last night.” But the system is expected to bring gusty winds up to 90km/h across Fraser Island this morning as it leaves southern waters, bound for the Coral Sea. “It will gradually move north into the Coral Sea and weaken over the next few days…We’re not expecting it to develop further.”

SEVERE RAIN STORMS, FLOODING, LANDSLIDES –

Hawaii’s governor has declared a disaster for two islands after three days of relentless rains caused flooding and a sewage spill on Kauai, where officials are dealing with tree-blocked roads, closed schools and dangerous surf. The declaration includes Oahu, where a brown water advisory was issued after two manholes overflowed and wastewater flowed into the ocean. There were also warnings of possible hail, lightning, rockslides and water-clogged roads. Kauai schoolchildren were kept home yesterday. A school was functioning as an emergency shelter, where 33 people spent the night Monday. State workers in Honolulu yesterday continued to remove floating rubbish from the debris trap at the entrance to the Ala Wai small boat harbour. Cleanup began Monday after the weekend rains washed large amounts of rubbish into the Ala Wai canal. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Kauai, Niihau, Oahu as well as the islands of Lanai, Maui and Molokai. It lifted a flash flood warning that had been in place for Kauai and Oahu.

HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –

Afghanistan avalanche kills 42 in Badakhshan. Many areas of Afghanistan have been experiencing harsh winter conditions. At least 42 people have been killed and many more are missing in an avalanche in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Badakhshan province. One village near the Tajikistan border has been completely swept away. Badakhshan is one of the country’s poorest and most remote regions. Parts of it are shut off by heavy snow for at least six months every year.
“There were 190 people living in the village – 39 people have been killed, six injured.” Correspondents say the rescue effort has been hampered because all roads to and from the village are closed. Many more people in the village are missing or presumed dead. Three people had also died in a nearby district. About 60 people have been killed by snow in Badakhshan this year and homes and thousands of cattle have been lost.
Up to 4m (13ft) of snow is lying in some areas of the province and roads between the capital, Faizabad, and remote rural areas are impassable. “It has been a tragedy this year.” Local officials said in January that the winter conditions were at an emergency level and appealed for help. They repeated their call on Tuesday, because dozens of homes remain at risk from further avalanches. They said that some food, medicine and blankets had arrived from Tajikistan, but it was not nearly enough. Afghanistan is suffering ONE OF ITS HARSHEST WINTERS IN MANY YEARS.

Solar Activity

Uploaded by on Mar 6, 2012

Major X 5.4 Solar Flare !!
The second strongest solar flare of Solar Cycle 24 and the Second X-Flare from Active Region 11429. This major event measured X 5.4 at 00:24 UTC and triggered a strong R3 Level Radio Blackout. A coronal mass ejection was captured shortly after and is likely to be headed earths way. more information shortly.
The expected CME from March 4 has impacted the earths magnetic field moments ago, causing the Bz component of the IMP to deviated sharply southward to – 18 nT. Geomagnetic storm should result in the next 3-4 hours.

this X-Flare was predicted in this video below
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbswuqC7YnU

 

 

Global Disaster Watch – March 5th, 2012

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Off Coast Of Central America

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 09:44AM

Depth  60 km  GEO: Longitude  -84.470

GEO  Latitude  2.630

Source  EMSC

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake, Southeast of Loyalty Islands

UTC Date / Time   Mar 04 12:49 PM

Depth 10 kmGEO: Longitude169.760GEO: Latitude-21.510

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake , Luzon,Philippines

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 14:26 PM

Depth 152.5 km    GEO: Longitude120.625   GEO: Latitude14.254

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time   Mar 04 23:17 PM

Depth 10 km   GEO: Longitude 102.490 GEO: Latitude -4.500

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Southwestern, Siberia, Russia

UTC Date / Time   Mar 04 23:33 PM

Depth 14.9 km GEO: Longitude 95.983 GEO: Latitude 51.542

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake,Northern Algeria

UTC Date / Time   Mar 05 02:45 AM

Depth  10 km GEO: Longitude  0.690 GEO: Latitude 36.520

Source
EMSCKuril Islands,

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Kuril Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 05 03:33 AM

Depth123 km GEO: Longitude153.450 GEO:Latitude  46.250

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Southeast of Loyalty

Date / Time  Mar 05 05:14 AM

Depth 287 km GEO: Longitude 169.720

GEO: Latitude –22.130

Source
GEOFON

Solar Activity

BIG SUNSPOT: A sunspot almost four times as wide as Earth itself is rotating onto the solar disk. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded its entrance on March 2nd and 3rd; click to view a 24-hour animation:

The sunspot has a ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong M-class solar flares. Indeed, it has already unleashed an M3-class eruption on March 2nd that created mild waves of ionization in the atmosphere over Europe.

Earth-effects could become stronger as the sunspot turns toward our planet in the days ahead. NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of additional M-class flares and a 5% chance of an X-flare during the next 24 hours. Solar flare alerts: text,phone.

more images: from Dennis Put of Brielle, The Netherlands; from Pavol Rapavy of Observatory Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia; from Maximilian Teodorescu of Bucharest, Romania; from Jim Werle of Henderson, Nevada;

THE SUN TODAY: 4 March 2012 – ANOTHER HUGE FLARE

Solar System

The Lunar Cataclysm

http://www.astrobio.net/pressrelease/4603/the-lunar-cataclysm

Drought

Portugal prays for rain as drought adds to crisis

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/03/us-portugal-drought-idUSTRE8220EV20120303

Tornadoes

Tornadoes cut violent path across U.S. leaving trail of destruction and 37 dead

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/tornadoes-cut-violent-path-across-u-s-leaving-trail-of-destruction-and-32-dead/

Whole town ‘completely gone’ after Indiana tornado

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242398-Whole-town-completely-gone-after-Indiana-tornado

Storms Demolish Small Towns in Indiana, Kentucky; 38 Dead

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242471-Storms-Demolish-Small-Towns-in-Indiana-Kentucky-38-Dead

Volcanic Activity

The Tungurahua volcano increased its activity level at 18:30 on Saturday. According to the technicians of the Observatory of the Geophysical Institute, this is characterized by the explosive ejection of incandescent rocks with additional steam and ash. Moreover, the intensity of the bellows rose relative to those detected at 14:20 on the start of this new eruptive process.  Jorge Bustillos, a volcanologist, said the expulsion of the material reaches 500 meters above the crater and the vapor cloud 800. “The activity is Strombolian type, this is identified by the output of lava, steam and ash.”  Lookouts of the colossus said there was a fall of volcanic dust cam in communities Puela, Chonglontus and El Manzano, in Chimborazo. The cloudy nights have impeded direct observation of the giant crater.  Serafin Medina, a resident of Palictahua said that since the late bellows have been emitted from the volcano, activity at the volcano has increased. “We listen to what they say the technicians of the Geophysical Institute.” –El Comerico translated

Lights in the Sky

Green Object Reported in the Sky Over Newfoundland

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242337-Green-Object-Reported-in-the-Sky-Over-Newfoundland

Green Fireball Seen All Over Southeastern Canada

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242383-Green-Fireball-Seen-All-Over-Southeastern-Canada

Fireball seen from southern Norway and Sweden

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242443-Fireball-seen-from-southern-Norway-and-Sweden

Meteor Lights up the Sky Across England

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242478-Meteor-Lights-up-the-Sky-Across-England

Thousands Witness Spectacular Fireball Streak Over UK (VIDEO)

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242486-Thousands-Witness-Spectacular-Fireball-Streak-Over-UK-VIDEO-

Radioactivity

Tokyo Bay Radioactive Cesium Deposits Now Over 10 Inches Deep

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/242464-Tokyo-Bay-Radioactive-Cesium-Deposits-Now-Over-10-Inches-Deep

Asteroids

Asteroid 2012 DA14 heads for Earth next year

Misc

3MIN News Mar4: Earthquake Watch, M-FLARE WHILE UPLOADING!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

**Three things can’t be hidden:
coughing, poverty, and love.**
Yiddish proverb

LARGEST QUAKES –
This morning –
5.1 KURIL ISLANDS

Yesterday –
2/28/12 –
5.1 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
5.4 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.1 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.0 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.2 KURIL ISLANDS
5.2 KURIL ISLANDS
5.5 BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

Moderate quake jolts east Iran, 6 hurt – A magnitude 5.4 quake hit a sparsely populated area at 10 pm on Monday. It damaged buildings, roads, and water canals as well as the nearby dam in the town of Ravar, some 750 kilometers southeast of the capital Tehran. A magnitude 4.6 quake hit late on Tuesday and a 4.7 hit early today.

‘Devil’s chain reaction’ was feared after 2011 Japan quake – Recovery workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant still fear for the future, one year after the country’s worst ever nuclear accident. The Former Japanese Prime Minister ordered workers to stay at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year as fears mounted of a “devil’s chain reaction” that would force tens of millions of people to flee Tokyo, a new investigative report shows. About three days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, his staff began referring to a worst case scenario that could threaten Japan’s existence as a nation. That was when fears mounted that thousands of spent fuel rods stored at a damaged reactor would melt and spew radiation after a hydrogen explosion at an adjacent reactor building. Japan’s then top government spokesman said that at the height of tension he feared a “devil’s chain reaction” in which the Fukushima Daiichi plant and the nearby Fukushima Daini facility, as well as the Tokai nuclear plant, spiralled out of control, putting the capital at risk.
He stepped down last September as he came under fire for his handling of the crisis, including flying over the plant by helicopter the morning after the disasters hit – a move some critics said contributed to a delay in the operator’s response. He was haunted by the spectre of a crisis spiralling out of control and forcing the evacuation of the Tokyo greater metropolitan area, 240km away and home to some 35 million people.
After the quake and tsunami struck, three reactors melted down and radiation spewed widely through eastern Japan, forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate from near the plant. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co, known as Tepco, managed to avert the worst scenario by pumping water, much of it from the sea, into Daiichi’s damaged reactors and spent fuel pools. The reactors were stabilised by December.
A year after the disaster, however, Fukushima Daiichi still resembles a vast wasteland. High radiation levels hamper a cleanup that is expected to take decades. The damaged 40-metre-high No.2 reactor building stands like a bird’s nest of twisted steel beams. A Tepco official who accompanied foreign media to the plant on Tuesday said metal debris was being painstakingly removed by giant cranes and pincers as radiation doses were too high for workers. Another challenge is keeping a new cooling system, built from a myriad of technologies and prone to breaking down, running without major glitches. “An earthquake or tsunami like the ones seen a year ago could be a source of trouble for these (cooling) systems. But we are currently reinforcing the spent fuel pool and making the sea walls higher against tsunamis. A series of back up systems is also being put in place in case one fails.”
Confused media reports at the time of the accident said Tepco had threatened to withdraw workers from the plant, but that Kan ordered them to keep staff on-site. “Now Tepco is saying there was no request for a complete pullout, that it only asked for a partial withdrawal. The truth may never come out, but as a result, 50 Tepco staff stayed behind and … the worst case scenario was averted.” How many of those who stayed were volunteers is a mystery. “An order was likely given for full-time employees to stay behind. We may eventually find out who volunteered to stay, but the impression from our investigation is that they are under strict orders to remain silent.”

TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES –

Japan Government quake panel cut tsunami warning from report prior to March 11 – The science ministry’s earthquake research panel omitted a warning from a report, eight days before the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, that a massive tsunami could hit northeastern Japan “at any moment”, despite having earlier planned to include it. The Earthquake Research Committee had presented the report eight days before the March 11 disaster to an unofficial meeting among the ministry, Tokyo Electric Power Co. and two other utilities but ended up not publicizing it. Committee members decided to delete the warning as they viewed it “inappropriate to use the same expression” as that used to describe an expected major earthquake in the Tokai region, central Japan, which was regarded “more imminent.” Reference to the possible quake in the Pacific off eastern Japan was further weakened at the request of power utilities at the March 3 meeting.
Comprising more than a dozen members, mostly academics, the panel was compiling the report as part of a review of its long-term evaluation on the frequency of big quakes in the region ranging from the Sanriku coast in northeastern Japan to the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. The draft report had a new article entitled “from the sea off Miyagi Prefecture to the sea off Fukushima Prefecture” and said a temblor that entails a gigantic tsunami could occur at any moment based on recent research that such tsunami hit the coast four times over the past 2,500 years.But after some membeers argued that such an expression could be linked with the projected Tokai quake, which was said to be 87 percent likely to occur within 30 years, it was weakened to simply noting that a major quake could occur off the Pacific coastline in eastern Japan. References to research having found tsunami-caused sediment at a rate of every 450 to 800 years, and that 500 years had passed since the latest major quake were also deleted. After the March 2011 disaster, the committee under the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry estimated that the quake, if it were predictable beforehand, was 10 to 20 percent likely to occur within 30 years as of March 11 last year. (photos)

TROPICAL STORMS
In the Indian Ocean –
Tropical cyclone 14s (Irina) was located approximately 270 nm northwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Is now intensifying over the Mozambique Channel. Forecasts expect it to move across The Channel and into Mozambique, north of Maputo.

EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT / WILDFIRES / CLIMATE CHANGE –

Extreme Weather in Western China Continues – Natural calamities are taking a toll on provinces in western China. In the north, people suffer from severe snowstorms, while southwestern areas are coping with prolonged drought. Cold weather continues to plague the northwestern Xinjiang region of China. Over $900,000 of damage was reported. Barns, houses, and livestock have all fallen victim to the freezing temperatures.
Meanwhile in the southwestern Yunnan province, some villagers haven’t seen rain since last November. Over six million people are affected by the drought. “It’s very difficult for our village. If the drought goes on for another two days, we’ll have to fetch water from three kilometers (1.86 miles) away and carry it back on our cattle. There’s nothing we can do. We don’t have a pump to transport water.” State media announced on Wednesday that $19 million has been set aside to assist the areas worst hit by the drought. (video)

 

Volcanic Activity

Mexico Popocatepetl volcano rumbles with 16 low intensity emissions – alert level, Phase 2, yellow

by The Extinction Protocol

February 28, 2012MEXICO (Notimex) – The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last 24 hours, the Popocatepetl volcano registered 16 emissions of low intensity, accompanied by emissions of water vapor, ash, and gas. The body of the Interior Ministry said in a statement that the largest emissions occurred yesterday at 14:50 and 17:12 hours during the night glow was observed on the volcano, while the rest of the monitoring parameters remain approximately unchanged. He said, at the time of the report, a slight emission of water vapor and gas was flashing from the volcano. The volcanic alert remains in Phase 2 yellow. The Ministry said there were moderate exhalations, some with ash emissions, sporadic bursts of low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments within walking distance of the crater and incandescent light in the observable crater overnight. The Cenapred explained that a security parameter remains in a 12 kilometer radius of the volcano, so staying in that area is not permitted and controlled traffic is maintained between Santiago and San Pedro Nexapa Xalitzintla via Paso de Cortes. He called the Civil Protection authorities to maintain preventive procedures, according to their operational plans and to keep people alert to the official information that is released. –Yucatan  translated