Tag Archive: volcanic activity


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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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.

 

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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 Central Italy
Apr 08 23:39 PM
3.1 19.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 23:22 PM
3.0 7.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 23:11 PM
2.9 12.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 08 23:07 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Syria
Apr 08 22:50 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

EMSC Syria
Apr 08 22:49 PM
3.0 18.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 22:31 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 22:15 PM
3.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.4 25.5 MAP

EMSC Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.5 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 08 20:28 PM
3.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 08 19:46 PM
2.6 45.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 08 18:02 PM
2.6 126.6 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 17:42 PM
4.6 25.7 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 17:42 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Oregon
Apr 08 17:16 PM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 08 16:47 PM
2.4 8.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Apr 08 16:38 PM
3.1 73.9 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 08 16:30 PM
2.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Philippine Islands Region
Apr 08 16:00 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Philippine Islands Region
Apr 08 16:00 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 15:26 PM
3.5 14.4 MAP

USGS Oregon
Apr 08 15:19 PM
2.5 6.8 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 08 15:11 PM
4.5 48.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 08 15:11 PM
4.5 47.6 MAP

EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 08 15:03 PM
4.3 73.0 MAP

USGS Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 08 15:03 PM
4.3 73.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 14:47 PM
3.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 08 13:32 PM
2.5 14.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 08 13:19 PM
2.7 63.0 MAP

GEOFON Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.5 34.7 MAP

EMSC Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 08 13:10 PM
2.6 0.1 MAP

USGS Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Apr 08 12:19 PM
2.7 38.7 MAP

EMSC Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 08 12:14 PM
2.8 16.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 08 12:05 PM
3.2 127.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 12:05 PM
2.5 12.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 11:59 AM
2.6 8.0 MAP

EMSC Spain
Apr 08 11:58 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 11:38 AM
2.7 8.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 10:54 AM
2.7 7.3 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 10:46 AM
2.6 101.6 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 08 09:41 AM
2.8 35.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 09:10 AM
2.6 7.0 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 565.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 559.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 559.3 MAP

GEONET Wairarapa
Apr 08 08:42 AM
3.8 40.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 08:26 AM
2.6 7.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 08:15 AM
3.2 4.7 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 07:41 AM
2.8 5.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 08 07:25 AM
2.9 11.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 06:45 AM
2.4 16.0 MAP

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 08 06:36 AM
2.9 21.0 MAP

EMSC Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.7 100.0 MAP

USGS Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.8 10.1 MAP

GEOFON Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico
Apr 08 06:13 AM
2.6 24.3 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 06:01 AM
2.9 4.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 06:00 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 05:59 AM
3.3 28.7 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 05:59 AM
3.3 2.6 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 05:52 AM
2.5 9.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.4 39.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.4 35.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.5 92.5 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.5 96.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 04:54 AM
3.1 118.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 03:42 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 03:38 AM
3.5 12.6 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 03:23 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

EMSC Bay Of Biscay
Apr 08 03:19 AM
2.7 2.0 MAP

EMSC Kuril Islands
Apr 08 03:11 AM
3.9 70.0 MAP

EMSC Azores Islands Region
Apr 08 03:02 AM
3.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Western Montana
Apr 08 03:00 AM
2.9 12.9 MAP

USGS Western Montana
Apr 08 03:00 AM
2.8 12.9 MAP

EMSC Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 02:31 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 02:31 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Greece
Apr 08 02:10 AM
2.5 19.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 08 01:43 AM
2.5 5.7 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 01:39 AM
2.7 8.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 00:59 AM
2.4 4.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 08 00:38 AM
3.5 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 00:35 AM
2.9 5.0 MAP

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Volcanic Activity

Anak Krakatau Volcano – Small Eruptions – 7th April 2012.wmv

Uploaded by yamkin1 on Apr 8, 2012

With thanks and gratitude for OysteinLund Andersen’s dedicated time and effort uploading this video.

On the morning of the 7th April 2012 Anak Krakatau started to produce small eruptions from the southern part of the crater. The eruption clouds only reached a height of 100-150meters and only contained small amounts of ash and only a little rockfall, the eruptions was not of a explosive character. The rest of the crater and its fumaroles are producing a continuous white cloud of steam/gas, rising to greater heights than the eruption clouds from the southern part of the crater. Additionally the southern/southwestern part of the outer part of the crater does now have fumaroles, indicating that magma is trapped under this part of the cone.

Photos will be published on http://www.oysteinlundandersen.com

Volcanic plumbing exposed

Leeds, UK (SPX)

Two new studies into the “plumbing systems” that lie under volcanoes could bring scientists closer to predicting large eruptions. International teams of researchers, led by the University of Leeds, studied the location and behaviour of magma chambers on the Earth’s mid-ocean ridge system – a vast chain of volcanoes along which the Earth forms new crust. They worked in Afar (Ethiopia) and I …

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El Hierro Earthquake Update : 7th April

It is now one month to the day since PEVOLCA Scientists confirmed that the ‘eruptive phase’ of the underwater volcano off the southern coast of the Canary Island of El Hierro had come to an end.

….the ongoing pattern of the majority of activities taking place in the area between Frontera and Pinar toward the North-West of the Island continues, with magnitudes ranging between 1.5 to 2.5 on the richter scale, and at depths ranging from between 11 to 29 kms, with the majority of activities taking place at around 1.5 on the ricter scale and at depths of around 15km…..

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El Hierro Volcano Update : 8th & 9th December

Scientists from Spain´s National Geological Institute (IGN) who are observing the recent seismic and volcanic activity on the Canary Island of El Hierro have recorded just 4 Earthquakes over the course of the last 48 Hours (12.00 hrs Wednesday – 12.00 hrs Friday GMT).

The activities continue to be centered in and around the El Golfo bay area, off the coast of the town of Frontera, on the northern side of the island.

The activities recorded had magnitudes of between 1.6 and 2.0 on the richter scale, and the depths were recorded as varying between 17 to 23 kms.

Meanwhile, to the South of the Island off the coast of La Restinga, the underwater Volcanic vents in the Las Calmas bay are continuing to erupt. Smouldering Pyroclastic rocks continue to be brought to the surface…..

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Anchorage breaks seasonal snowfall record

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — While winter is a distant memory for most Americans, it continues unabated in Anchorage, Alaska — where a new bout of precipitation this weekend helped the city break its record for seasonal snowfall, at more than 133 inches (3.38 meters).

Some 3.4 inches of snow — and counting — had fallen as of 4 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) Saturday in Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service.

That brought the seasonal total for the city to 133.6 inches — breaking the record of 132.6 inches, set in 1954-1955.

And with snow continuing to fall into early Sunday morning, the figure promises to get even larger….

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Radiation

The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima

Washington’s Blog

The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4

We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the reactors themselves. See this and this.

We noted in February:

Scientists say that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hitting Fukushima this year, and a 98% chance within the next 3 years.

Given that nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that an earthquake of 7.0 or larger could cause the entire fuel pool structure collapse, it is urgent that everything humanly possible is done to stabilize the structure housing the fuel pools at reactor number 4.

Tepco is doing some construction at the building … it is a race against time under very difficult circumstances, and hopefully Tepco will win.

As AP points out:

The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long been a major concern among experts because a collapse of its spent fuel cooling pool could cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.

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Gundersen (who used to build spent fuel pools) explains that there is no protection surrounding the radioactive fuel in the pools. He warns that – if the fuel pools at reactor 4 collapse due to an earthquake – people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside for a while.

The fuel pool number 4 is apparently not in great shape, and there have already been countless earthquakes near the Fukushima region since the 9.0 earthquake last March…..

Read Full Article Here

Dartmouth scientists track radioactive iodine from Japan nuclear reactor meltdown

Hanover NH (SPX)

Radioactive iodine found by Dartmouth researchers in the local New Hampshire environment is a direct consequence of a nuclear reactor’s explosion and meltdown half a world away, says Joshua Landis, a research associate in the Department of Earth Science. The failure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, was the largest nuclear disa …

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Solar Activity

SOLAR ACTIVITY UPDATE: CMEs Expected to Give Earth a Glancing Blow

Uploaded by Skyywatcher88 on Apr 8, 2012

INCOMING CME: NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of strong geomagnetic storms around the poles on April 8-9 when a CME delivers a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field. The cloud was propelled in our direction by a solar filament, which erupted on April 5th. High- latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

http://www.spaceweather.com

2MIN News Apr8: Infant Mortality, World/Solar Update

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Articles of Interest

Peak Civilization: MIT Research Team Predicts Global Economic Collapse and Precipitous Population Decline

Mac Slavo

Researchers at one of the world’s leading think tanks have developed a computing model that predicts serious implications for our way of life as a result of our incessant need to consume resources like oil, food, and fresh water. According to a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the breaking point will come no later than 2030, and when it does, we can expect a paradigm shift unlike any we have seen before in human history – one that will not only collapse the economies of the world, but will cause food and energy production to decrease so significantly that it will lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in the process.

The recent study, completed on behalf of The Club of Rome, an organization which issued it’s own findings on ‘peak everything’ back in the 1970′s in a controversial environmental report dubbed The Limits to Growth (video), takes into account the relations between various global developments and produces computer simulations for alternative scenarios.

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Scientists Find Slow Subsidence of Earth’s Crust Beneath the Mississippi Delta

Washington DC (SPX)

The Earth’s crust beneath the Mississippi Delta sinks at a much slower rate than what had been assumed. That’s one of the results geo-scientists report in a paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The researchers arrived at their conclusions by comparing detailed sea-level reconstructions from different portions of coastal Louisiana. “The findings demonstrate the …

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First glaciers in Japan recognized

By MINORU MATSUTANI

Scientists have found three glaciers in Toyama Prefecture, the first recognized in Japan and the southernmost in East Asia.

Researchers from the Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum discovered the three slow-moving chunks of ice in the Hida Mountain Range, otherwise known as the Northern Alps.

Their research paper submitted to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice was accepted Tuesday, the museum said.

A glacier is defined as a large mass of ice that over many years “flows” owing to its great weight, according to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice. They are often found on high mountains, such as the Himalayas, and have even been found on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is almost on the equator. Until now, the southernmost glaciers in East Asia were on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

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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.

 

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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

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 05 23:05 PM
4.5 5.0 MAP

USGS Gulf Of Alaska
Apr 05 22:55 PM
3.8 12.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 05 21:49 PM
3.9 9.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 20:32 PM
3.1 16.0 MAP

EMSC Samar, Philippines
Apr 05 20:29 PM
4.7 91.0 MAP

GEOFON Samar, Philippines
Apr 05 20:29 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 05 20:23 PM
3.2 90.0 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Apr 05 19:48 PM
2.9 109.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 05 19:01 PM
3.0 3.6 MAP

GEOFON New Siberian Islands, Russia
Apr 05 18:42 PM
4.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC New Siberian Islands, Russia
Apr 05 18:42 PM
4.4 2.0 MAP

EMSC Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 05 18:14 PM
3.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Channel Islands Region, California
Apr 05 17:58 PM
2.7 15.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 05 17:55 PM
2.7 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 17:39 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 05 17:30 PM
2.5 25.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 16:55 PM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 16:49 PM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 16:45 PM
3.4 2.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 05 16:07 PM
3.3 11.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 16:01 PM
2.5 24.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 15:24 PM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 15:14 PM
2.4 28.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 15:02 PM
3.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 05 14:19 PM
4.5 31.0 MAP

EMSC Nias Region, Indonesia
Apr 05 14:19 PM
4.7 20.0 MAP

USGS Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Apr 05 13:19 PM
3.1 50.9 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 12:23 PM
2.6 7.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 05 12:14 PM
2.6 17.3 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 05 11:04 AM
4.2 32.8 MAP

GEOFON Alaska Peninsula
Apr 05 11:04 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Alaska Peninsula
Apr 05 11:04 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 10:57 AM
2.7 9.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 10:14 AM
2.5 18.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 09:55 AM
2.6 19.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 05 09:43 AM
2.4 16.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 05 09:42 AM
2.9 6.3 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 05 09:39 AM
4.0 40.0 MAP

USGS Western Texas
Apr 05 09:11 AM
2.9 4.9 MAP

EMSC Turkey-syria-iraq Border Region
Apr 05 08:41 AM
2.4 3.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 05 08:03 AM
2.7 7.8 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 05 07:22 AM
2.8 4.8 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 05 06:54 AM
3.1 33.6 MAP

USGS Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 05 06:40 AM
2.7 44.6 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 05 06:25 AM
2.4 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 05:57 AM
2.8 12.0 MAP

GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region
Apr 05 05:45 AM
4.2 157.0 MAP

EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 05 05:45 AM
4.3 158.0 MAP

USGS Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 05 05:45 AM
4.3 150.1 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 05 05:37 AM
2.5 20.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 05:24 AM
2.4 6.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of The Kamchatka Peninsula

Apr 05 05:14 AM
4.4 62.3 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 05 05:14 AM
4.4 50.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 05 05:14 AM
4.5 35.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Algeria
Apr 05 04:56 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Algeria
Apr 05 04:56 AM
4.6 10.1 MAP

EMSC Northern Algeria
Apr 05 04:56 AM
4.2 10.0 MAP

USGS South Of Panama
Apr 05 04:40 AM
4.5 11.5 MAP

GEOFON South Of Panama
Apr 05 04:40 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC South Of Panama
Apr 05 04:40 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 05 04:36 AM
3.2 64.5 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 05 03:58 AM
4.5 65.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 05 03:58 AM
4.4 53.1 MAP

EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 05 03:58 AM
4.5 40.0 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 05 03:32 AM
2.6 17.3 MAP

EMSC Lebanon – Syria Region
Apr 05 03:32 AM
2.9 12.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 05 03:14 AM
2.4 20.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 05 03:01 AM
2.9 7.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 02:38 AM
2.9 2.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 02:31 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 05 02:31 AM
2.5 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 02:11 AM
3.2 20.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 05 02:03 AM
2.4 24.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 01:53 AM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Timor Region, Indonesia
Apr 05 01:44 AM
4.7 80.0 MAP

GEOFON Timor Region
Apr 05 01:44 AM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Timor Region, Indonesia
Apr 05 01:44 AM
4.7 15.7 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 05 01:27 AM
2.4 4.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Apr 05 01:24 AM
2.4 24.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 05 00:26 AM
2.4 5.0 MAP

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Volcanic Activity

Small, short explosion rocks Cleveland Volcano in Aleutians

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says a small explosion at Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have sent up a small ash cloud

Associated Press

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says a small explosion at Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have sent up a small ash cloud.

Clouds prevented satellite observation of an ash cloud.

The observatory says the explosion at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday was of short duration and similar to small events in December. Those explosions created ash clouds that dissipated quickly and did not affect air traffic.

Cleveland Volcano is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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Extreme Weather

Time to ditch the umbrella? 20 million hit by drought in southeast England

By Ian Johnston, msnbc.com

London has an undeserved reputation as a rainy city, with “things to do” when the U.K. capital is wet a popular topic of conversation among tourists.

But this year could see that image shattered in dramatic fashion, with much of southeast England gripped by a serious drought currently affecting about 20 million people.
Restrictions on the use of water were imposed Thursday from the southeast coast to the River Humber in the north and almost as far west as Wales.

By the time the Olympics comes to London in July, further controls could be introduced that will prevent aircraft, London’s famous double-decker buses and other vehicles from being washed. Other restrictions are also likely.

Brits revel in gloom ahead of London Olympics

Those arriving for the greatest show on Earth, may find a parched, somewhat grubby city. The event itself, however, will be exempt, so rest assured there will be water in the diving pool, the rowers will not in find themselves marooned and the smiles of the synchronized swimmers will remain fixed.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

Drought hits 4 million hectares of China’s crops -Xinhua

(Reuters) – About 4 million hectares of crops are suffering from a severe drought in China that has hit 13 provinces including the major farming province of Sichuan in southwest China, state news agency Xinhua said.

The drought has left 7.8 million people and 4.6 million livestock without adequate drinking water in provinces including Yunnan, Hebei, Shanxi and Gansu as of Thursday, Xinhua said.

The dry spell has dried reservoirs and threatens spring planting, the agency said, citing the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

The province of Yunnan in southwest China, which borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, is so far the worst hit, Xinhua said, without giving details.

China, which has just 6 percent of the world’s fresh water resources but a fifth of its population, is frequently gripped by drought.

Last year parts of the country suffered their worst drought in 50 years, officials said, with rainfall 40 to 60 percent less than normal, damaging crops and cutting power from hydroelectric dams.

A drought in the top sugar-producing province of Guangxi last year also led to a surge in imports as China tried to ease tight sugar supply.

(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing, editing by Jane Baird)

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Solar Activity / Climate Change

Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says

Kate Ravilious

for National Geographic News

Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory.

Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. (Get an overview: “Global Warming Fast Facts”.)

Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures.

In 2005 data from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide “ice caps” near Mars’s south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.

Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of space research at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun.

“The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars,” he said.

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Booms and Light Flashes in Baraboo, Wisc. – April 5, 2012

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Apr 5, 2012

http://sheilaaliens.net/?p=501 “BARABOO (WKOW) — It’s not just Clintonville–Baraboo Police are investigating weekend reports of booms and flashes of light.

Neighborhoods on Baraboo’s southwest side woke early Sunday morning to a loud boom and less than an hour later, another one. Both booms accompanied by a flash of light. More than a dozen callers described the sounds of an explosion, blasting dynamite or a gunshot.

A police officer on duty was parked along 8th Street at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday when he heard the boom and saw the flashing light. He immediately thought a transformer blew.

“When those things go off they make a really loud pop and usually there’s a flash of light as they’re surging off the electricity,” says Chief Mark Schauf.

But it wasn’t. Alliant Energy told authorities they had no outages or transformer problems.

27 Storm Track meteorologists say it is highly unlikely that what Baraboo experienced was weather related, because no storms traveled through the area–leading Schauf to the only explanation he can think of…fireworks.

“There’s no evidence to suggest that there’s anything other than a man made cause at hand,” he says.

But many of those who’ve heard it say it sounded much more intense. We talked to a few people in Baraboo who say they heard the booms but had no idea what it was.

Many people have commented on our Facebook page, some saying the fireworks explanation is plausible, others say there has to be something else authorities are missing.

Police say there’s little they can do now, unless the city hears more booms.”
http://www.wkow.com/story/17337541/booms-light-flashes-in-baraboo

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Wildlife

Catastrophy for Dolphins in Peru

Over 600 Dead Dolphins Found in Peru Coasts –

Uploaded by BlueVoiceOrg on Apr 3, 2012

After receiving reports of a massive die-off of dolphins along Peru’s north coast, BlueVoice Executive director Hardy Jones traveled to the scene. Working with Dr. Carlos Yaipen Llanos, Hardy covered 135 kilometers of beach and found 615 dead dolphins. At the moment he cause is unknown. Research into the die-off will continue.

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Articles of Interest

CALAMITY UPON THE EARTH THREE MONTHS IN 2012

Uploaded by fidockave213 on Apr 2, 2012

NOTE THIS VIDEO DOES NOT IMPLY THE WORLD IS GOING TO END IN 2012

JANUARY FEBUARY and MARCH 2012 BIBLE PROPHECY UNFOLDING CLINTONVILLE BOOMS, RUMBLING, EARTHQUAKES, STRANGE WEATHER AND EARTH CHANGES. CALAMITY UPON THE EARTH.

Tepco Reports Another Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima Plant

By Tsuyoshi Inajima

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant.

Part of the water may have poured into the sea through a drainage ditch, Osamu Yokokura, a spokesman for the utility, said by phone. The company known as Tepco stopped the leak from a pipe connecting a desalination unit and a tank today, he said.

“There will be similar leaks until Tepco improves equipment,” said Kazuhiko Kudo, a research professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University, who visited the plant twice last year as a member of a panel under the Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency. “The site had plastic pipes to transfer radioactive water, which Tepco officials said are durable and for industrial use, but it’s not something normally used at nuclear plants,” he said. “Tepco must replace it with metal equipment, such as steel.”

Tepco has about 100,000 tons of highly radioactive water accumulated in basements at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station nearly 13 months after the March 11 quake and tsunami caused meltdowns and the worst radiation leaks since Chernobyl. The tsunami knocked out all power at the station, causing cooling systems for reactors to fail. The utility was forced to set up makeshift pumps to get cooling water to the reactors, with most of it then draining into basements.

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China Builds Scores of Dams in Earthquake Hazard Zones

TORONTO, Canada, April 4, 2012 (ENS) – More than 130 large dams built, under construction, or proposed in western China’s seismic hazard zones could trigger disasterous environmental consequences such as earthquakes and giant waves, finds a new report from the Canadian watchdog group Probe International.

The report shows that 98.6 percent of the dams being constructed in western China are located in high to moderate seismic hazard zones.

The location of large dams near clusters of recorded earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 4.9, and especially when the earthquake focal points are also close to the surface, “is cause for grave concern,” said the report’s author geologist “John Jackson.”

John Jackson is a pseudonym for a geologist with detailed knowledge of western China who wishes to remain anonymous to protect his sources.
Water rushes through the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in central China (Photo by Marshall Segal)

In a worst-case scenario, Jackson reports, dams could collapse, creating a giant wave that would inundate everything in its path, including downstream dams, causing great loss of life and property.

Should a dam suffer catastrophic collapse, says Probe International Executive Director Patricia Adams, Chinese citizens could direct their anger to the hydropower industry for threatening their lives with dangerous dams.

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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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Earthquakes

EMSC Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.7 33.0 MAP

GEOFON Aru Islands Region, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.7 10.1 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 23:41 PM
3.4 185.2 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 03 23:19 PM
2.9 79.7 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 22:18 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 22:12 PM
2.9 53.2 MAP

USGS Philippine Islands Region
Apr 03 20:41 PM
4.7 109.3 MAP

EMSC Philippine Islands Region
Apr 03 20:41 PM
4.7 100.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Apr 03 20:23 PM
2.5 1.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 03 20:08 PM
2.8 2.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 03 19:59 PM
3.0 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 19:28 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Dominican Republic
Apr 03 19:24 PM
3.1 79.9 MAP

USGS Virginia
Apr 03 19:00 PM
2.5 6.3 MAP

USGS Virginia
Apr 03 19:00 PM
2.5 9.6 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 03 18:41 PM
2.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 18:24 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 03 18:09 PM
2.7 11.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 03 18:07 PM
4.5 14.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 03 18:07 PM
4.5 14.3 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 03 17:05 PM
3.8 15.0 MAP

USGS South Of Alaska
Apr 03 16:56 PM
2.5 21.1 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 03 16:49 PM
2.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 16:24 PM
3.7 8.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 16:24 PM
4.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 15:29 PM
2.6 139.8 MAP

GEOFON South Of Fiji Islands
Apr 03 15:21 PM
4.7 389.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 15:20 PM
3.6 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 15:15 PM
3.5 1.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 13:39 PM
3.2 8.0 MAP

EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.5 47.0 MAP

USGS Near The Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.5 47.2 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.2 56.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 12:35 PM
2.5 13.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 28.1 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 28.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 26.0 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 03 11:27 AM
5.0 508.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 03 11:27 AM
5.0 480.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 03 11:26 AM
5.0 477.4 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 11:02 AM
2.6 19.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 10:52 AM
2.8 6.0 MAP

EMSC France
Apr 03 10:47 AM
2.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 10:45 AM
2.7 11.7 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.2 117.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.1 109.5 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.2 96.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 09:41 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 09:29 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.7 29.3 MAP

EMSC Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.7 24.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 03 09:05 AM
2.5 42.9 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 03 08:52 AM
2.8 101.1 MAP

EMSC Poland
Apr 03 08:13 AM
2.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 07:50 AM
2.4 15.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 07:46 AM
2.7 3.3 MAP

EMSC Albania
Apr 03 07:46 AM
2.5 15.0 MAP

EMSC Oklahoma
Apr 03 07:33 AM
4.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Oklahoma
Apr 03 07:33 AM
4.0 4.9 MAP

EMSC Tarapaca, Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.3 117.0 MAP

USGS Tarapaca, Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.2 117.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.2 105.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 03 07:07 AM
4.8 112.9 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 07:07 AM
4.8 113.0 MAP

EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region
Apr 03 06:55 AM
2.5 12.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 03 06:07 AM
2.5 27.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 03 05:48 AM
2.4 20.0 MAP

USGS Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.7 42.8 MAP

EMSC Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.8 40.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 04:39 AM
2.9 8.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 04:34 AM
3.0 5.0 MAP

EMSC Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.1 80.0 MAP

USGS Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.0 79.2 MAP

GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.1 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Iran
Apr 03 04:19 AM
3.5 26.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 03:59 AM
2.7 8.0 MAP

EMSC France
Apr 03 03:39 AM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 03:20 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.7 96.0 MAP

EMSC Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.9 91.0 MAP

USGS Near The South Coast Of Honshu,
Japan Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.9 88.9 MAP

USGS Near The Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.4 74.5 MAP

EMSC Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.3 60.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.1 34.0 MAP

EMSC Switzerland
Apr 03 02:45 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Apr 03 02:39 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 03 02:38 AM
2.8 21.1 MAP I

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 02:18 AM
3.0 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 52.0 MAP

EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 20.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 8.3 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico
Apr 03 02:03 AM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 01:35 AM
3.0 17.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 03 01:14 AM
2.9 132.1 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 01:13 AM
3.1 86.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 03 00:35 AM
2.7 5.7 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 00:06 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

 

Earthquake rattles southeast Oklahoma

 

PITTSBURG, Okla. – A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook southeastern Oklahoma at 2:33 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered near the town of Pittsburg, about 16 miles south-southwest of McAlester and 109 miles east-southeast of Oklahoma City.

McAlester police say no damage or injuries have been reported.

2NEWS viewers in Tulsa reported feeling the temblor.

The USGS says residents in Muskogee, Norman, Broken Arrow, Atoka and Shawnee also reported feeling tremors.

On Nov. 5, 2011, a record 5.6 magnitude tremor shook the Sooner state, the strongest quake on record in Oklahoma.

The USGS reported that tremors from the quake, centered in Lincoln County, were felt in most of Oklahoma as well as eastern and central Kansas, most of Missouri and Arkansas, north Texas and southeast Nebraska.

 

 

http://www.kjrh.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=18327

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

Mantle Plume: El Hierro island struck by two small tremors

 

April 3, 2012 – CANARY ISLANDS – IRIN volcano 24 hour monitoring network of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded two earthquakes of 1.7 and 2.7 magnitudes on the Richter scale this Sunday on the island of El Hierro. The largest of the earthquakes, recorded at 22.03 hours, occurred southwest of the town of El Pinar. This event was located at sea 15 kilometers deep. The second quake also occurred southwest of El Pinar at 20.36 hours, to 13 km depth and epicenter in the sea. Since last March 24, the island of El Hierro has been nine earthquakes, including this Sunday, between 1.5 and 2.7 °. Of these, were substantial enough to be felt by the population. Sunday’s tremors were located west of Frontier and southwest of El Pinar, and were 10 and 29 kilometers deep. –La Opinion.es (translated)

 

The Extinction Protocol

 

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Radiation

 

L.A. Rain Radiation Over Five Times Normal

 

A whopping 506% above normal,

 

Uploaded by EnviroReporter on Mar 31, 2012

An imperfect storm swept into Southern California on, perhaps appropriately enough, April Fools weekend creating the conditions that tested EnviroReporter.com’s scientific hypothesis that radioactive “buckyballs” and other fission radionuclides from the triple Fukushima Japan meltdowns are already impacting the region. Sure enough, a rain composed primarily of sea mist formed over a choppy ocean with high winds tested higher than any other Los Angeles Basin rain since Radiation Station Santa Monica began fallout radiation tests March 15, 2011, four days after the unabated meltdowns began. The rain, not impacted by so-called “natural” radon progeny, came in at a whopping 506% above normal, more than high enough to qualify as a hazardous material situation for the California Highway Patrol. This is the hottest L.A. rain detected with our Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor in the over 1,500 radiation tests we’ve taken since last year’s Ides of March.

 

 

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Storms, Flooding, Windstorms

 

Catastrophic damage in flood-stricken Fiji

 

By Campbell Cooney and staff

 

A massive clean-up operation is underway in Fiji after historic floods caused catastrophic damage in many towns.

While floodwater levels are dropping and some Fijians are returning home to investigate the damage, many remain in evacuation centres across the main island of Viti Levu.

Tropical Cyclone Daphne is moving away from Fiji, with the interim government announcing schools will reopen today.

There are concerns the floods, which killed five people over the weekend, will lead to outbreaks of disease.

The Australian Government says it is committed to supporting the country in its long-term recovery and reconstruction.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Australia is about to start sending practical relief, including 350,000 water purification tablets, water containers and thousands of tarpaulins, to help the people of Fiji.

Senator Carr says such supplies are badly needed.

“The most basic assistance is to see that people can drink the water – notwithstanding the terrible pollution from the floods – and that they can deliver the water,” he said.

“That means the water containers are going to be essential. And that they can haul those tarpaulins over damaged roofs – that’s the most basic assistance, drinking water and shelter.”

 

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Tropical Cyclone Daphne update

 

Ben Domensino,

 

Tropical Cyclone Daphne is moving rapidly southwards away from Fiji, although the risk of heavy rainfall and further flooding remains a threat.

At 10pm EST on Monday night, Daphne was located approximately 580 km south-southwest of Nadi. The category 1 tropical cyclone is travelling towards the southeast, away from Fiji at around 50 km/h.

The cyclone warning that was in place for Fiji has now been cancelled, however there is still at risk of flooding.

Heavy rainfall is likely to continue today due to a region of converging winds remaining near stationary over the main island of Vitu Levu, where Nadi is situated.

 

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Tornadoes rip through Dallas area, northeast Texas

 

Several tornadoes roared through the Dallas-Fort Worth region and across parts of northeastern Texas today, causing major damage and several injuries.

At least two “large and extremely dangerous” tornadoes ripped across the Dallas-Forth Worth area this afternoon, collapsing roofs, tearing down power lines and tossing trailers around like toys, the National Weather Service says.

Several other twisters were reported as violent storms moved northeast. Five people were reportedly hurt when a twister tore through a subdivision in Forney, northeast of Dallas.

The weather service says “considerable damage” has been reported near Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, and Lancaster, south of Dallas. Local television footage shows overturned and smashed semi-trailers on the ground in the southern portion of Dallas County. Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey says twisters also have caused damage in the city limits.

A tornado watch — meaning that conditions are ripe for tornadoes to continue to form — was in place for 33 counties in north-central and northeastern Texas until 8 p.m. CT, the National Weather Service reported.

Photo of Twister

Photo of Damage

Tornado – Arlington, TX

 

 

 

Mother Nature’s Latest Attack on Japan: Strong Winds

 

By Eleanor Warnock

 

After a winter of record snow and avalanches — not to mention last year’s record strong quake, mega-tsunami, and series of powerful typhoons — Japan is once again being battered by the elements. This time, it’s wind.

A low-pressure system that landed on Japan’s main island of Honshu Tuesday has brought typhoon-force winds and rain, even snow. In anticipation of the worst of the storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency called an unusual emergency press conference Monday and issued a strong wind warning for Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures.

As of mid-day Tuesday, 203 flights were already grounded nationwide and the final game in the nationwide high school spring baseball tournament in Osaka had also been postponed. An 82-year-old woman supposedly died in Ishikawa prefecture after the wind toppled her on the street, according to local media reports.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

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Solar Activity

 

2MIN News Apr3: World Updates, Solar Data back online!

 

 

 

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Solar System

 

Tarek Niazi on Surrounded by Idiots

 

Uploaded by sunskymysteries on Feb 7, 2012

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Tarek is the author of More Than 60 Minutes: When Earth Stands Still and like many other science based researchers around the world, has reached the conclusion that in fact we are seeing the approach of an extra-solar body towards the Earth.

 

 

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Exploding Kitchen Tiles, Ground SWELLING in Watertown, WI

 

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Mar 31, 2012

MAP: http://zeemaps.com/338668 Just south of, you guessed it, Clintonville. I almost completely missed this story o.o Glad i came across it. I’m working on a little map of WI Geological phenomena over the past two weeks, includes 4 towns so far. **UPDATE: hope you checked out mah mapz0r 😀

“WATERTOWN, Wis. — A Watertown school will reopen Wednesday after some exploding tiles forced classes to be canceled Tuesday.

Tiles in the cafeteria started to buckle and explode Monday at St. Henry’s Catholic School.

“And I looked at the tiles on the floor. (They) were raising up and flying across the kitchen floor. So, we got out of the cafeteria and told the kids to go up to their classrooms. Eventually, they were evacuated,” St. Henry’s Cooking Manager Diane Dannenberg said. “It looked like the movie ‘Tremors’ where something was tunneling underneath the floor.”

Some described exploding, but the floor definitely buckled.

The city’s building inspector said the part of the building affected was built in 1952. Investigators are looking at all sorts of possibilities to explain why these tiles lifted off the ground.

After 20 years as the city’s building inspector, Joe Heimsch said he was baffled after first looking at this basement.

“My hope is it’s some kind of sanitary line that was improperly abandoned, and it could have came up, and that would have caused the same type of effect,” Heimsch said. “The worst-case scenario is actual foundation movement. I’m hoping that’s not the case.”

Heimsch told 12 News Tuesday afternoon that there was nothing life-threatening or dangerous at the school, but lunches will definitely be affected, regardless of the buckling’s cause.

“If they return back, they’re going to be bringing bagged lunches. I’m afraid this kitchen will probably be down the rest of the year,” Heimsch said.

Hot lunches for St. Bernard Catholic School in Watertown are also affected.

Students will not have to make up the missed time because they didn’t have any snow days this year.”

 

source: http://www.wisn.com/r/30770975/detail.html

 

 

 

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Articles of Interest

FEMA chief says agency bracing for ‘maximum’ disaster

 

By Eric Berger

 

Recent hurricanes Ike and Katrina may rank among the three costliest storms in U.S. history, but in preparing for disasters the federal government must think bigger still, says America’s top emergency planner.

“As devastating as those two hurricanes were, they’re not as bad as it gets,” said Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fugate told reporters Tuesday at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla., that his agency has been preparing for realistic worst-case scenarios – not just natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, but terrorist attacks, as well.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

Update: New Tornado Warning System Now Being Tested – KS, MO, IL – April 2012

 

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Apr 3, 2012

 

So are they going to adjust the warning system so not so many false alarms are called? Otherwise this is no way to fix it, it will only futher exaserbate the problem of residents not recognizing the tornado sirens as a warning to seek shelter. I hope this problem can be solved cause it’s a tough one. I mean, they are only human so they are numb to the sirens if 4 times out of 5 nothing comes of it. The brain learns to ignore it even without you realizing it.

 

 

Earthquakes

 

 

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 03 05:48 AM
2.4 20.0 MAP

USGS Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.7 42.8 MAP

EMSC Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.8 40.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 04:39 AM
2.9 8.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 04:34 AM
3.0 2.0 MAP

EMSC Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.1 80.0 MAP

USGS Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.0 79.2 MAP

GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.1 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Iran
Apr 03 04:19 AM
3.5 26.0 MAP

EMSC France
Apr 03 03:39 AM
2.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 03:20 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

EMSC Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.9 92.0 MAP

USGS Near The South Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.9 88.9 MAP

USGS Near The Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.4 74.5 MAP

EMSC Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.3 60.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.1 10.0 MAP

EMSC Switzerland
Apr 03 02:45 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Apr 03 02:39 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 03 02:38 AM
2.8 21.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 02:18 AM
3.0 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 52.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 8.3 MAP

EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 15.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico
Apr 03 02:03 AM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 01:35 AM
3.1 17.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 03 01:14 AM
2.9 132.1 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 01:13 AM
2.6 87.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 03 00:35 AM
2.7 5.7 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 00:06 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

 

 

Mexico City (CNN)

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck southern Mexico on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

 

The quake’s epicenter was about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Ometepec, Guerrero. It was about 7.6 miles (12 kilometers) deep, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Officials described the quake as an aftershock of the 7.4-magnitude temblor which struck in the same area on March 20, damaging hundreds of homes.

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

Central Colombia

authorities closed the national “Los Nevados” park Sunday after an increase in seismic activity of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.

 

Meteorological authorities raised the alert level to orange in 17 municipalities in Tolima and Caldas departments while visitors are prohibited to enter the park in an area in four departments.

The measures came at the beginning of teh holy week in which usually some 20,000 tourists visit the nature reserve.

An orange alert does not mean that an eruption is imminent.

 

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Evacuation of smallest Canary Island begins after earthquake ‘swarm’ sparks fears of volcanic eruption

 

A holiday island popular with Britons is preparing for a mass evacuation because of a possible volcanic eruption.

Experts have recorded 150 tremors on El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, since yesterday – raising fears of an imminent eruption.

Last night 53 people were ordered out of their homes over fears of landslides and the army has been called in to prepare for a possible evacuation.

Schools on the tiny island, home to 10,000 people, have been closed and a tunnel linking the two main towns – Frontera and Valverde – has been shut.

Volcano expert Juan Carlos Carrecedo said: ‘There is a ball of magma rising to the surface producing a series of ruptures which generate seismic activity.

‘We don’t know if that ball of magma will break through the crust and cause an eruption.’

But he warned an eruption was possible ‘in days, weeks or months’.

The last volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands took place on the island of La Palma in 1971.

 

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Storms, Flooding

 

FIJI

 

People in flood-ravaged Fiji have begun returning home after spending several days in evacuation centers. At least four people have died in some of the worst flooding the country has seen in decades. Officials in Fiji say locals are likely to be spared a further heavy downpour, with Cyclone Daphne, which formed on Monday afternoon, expected to pass the island. Tafazul Gani, a correspondent for a Fijian magazine, says many of the island’s residents are struggling to cope. “A lot of people are thinking ‘what do we do next? How do we cope?’ And having two floods in a matter of a couple of days, a lot of people they don’t have basically anything,” he said. Mr Gani is in one of the worst affected areas of Nadi. He says flood damage there is extensive. “Basically, if you look at the town, the town is totally decimated. It actually looks like a warzone,” he said. “There is not a single shop in the town which has not been affected. Some shops actually have nothing left, everything that was in the shop, the counter, the merchandise, everything got washed away.” But floodwaters have now begun to drop and the clean-up has started. Tourist flights into Nadi have resumed but power is still cut off in many areas. Fiji government spokeswoman Sharon Johns says the extent of damage is still being assessed. “It’s quite extensive. In Nadi town, shops in Nadi town, the floodwaters went right through that,’ she said. Over the past few days about 8,000 people sought refuge in evacuation centers. “They’re being well looked after that, rations are getting to them. We’re …organizing water sterilizers for the children especially. So evacuation centres we would expect that to decrease slowly over the coming days.” Tourist flights into Fiji were stopped last night but most airlines have resumed all services. Australia has offered $1 million in aid to Fiji for water sanitation, blankets and other supplies.


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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr2: Disaster Report, Solar/GeoPhysical Update

 

 

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Solar System

 

Tarek Niazi on Surrounded by Idiots

 

Uploaded by sunskymysteries on Feb 7, 2012

http://www.sunskymysteries.com

Tarek is the author of More Than 60 Minutes: When Earth Stands Still and like many other science based researchers around the world, has reached the conclusion that in fact we are seeing the approach of an extra-solar body towards the Earth.

 

‘Unbelievable’ meteor seen in the skies over NZ

 

A spectacular, bright meteor that left a long trail in the sky has stunned witnesses in Wellington and Christchurch tonight.

The WeatherWatch website has been inundated with reports of the fireball, which witnesses say rushed across the sky at about 6.30pm.

A Nelson resident described it as an “unbelievable” green, orange and white ball flying past at “super speed”, leaving behind a massive trail that lasted for nearly 10 minutes before dissipating.

 

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

 

Unexplained triple mystery ‘booms’ rattle houses in northern region of France

 

April 2, 2012 – FRANCE – A “thud” and even “three booms” were heard in the sky near Bigouden Wednesday night, March 23rd. The phenomenon remains unexplained and apparently was repeated on the night of the 24th from north to south of Finistere. There were reports also in Côtes d’Armor and Morbihan. But where do these sounds come from? “It sounded like a thud of a child stamping his feet on the wall of the neighbor,” one witness said. Testimonials are legions Bigouden. But not only. Combrit Chateauneuf-du-Faou through Briec, Quimper, Plogastel-Saint-Germain, Pont l’Abbé, Tréméoc, Cockles, Plobannalec-Lesconil or Clohars-Fouesnant, many people on Wednesday to 21h, were intrigued by the phenomenon. Some alluded that “their houses were shaken three times.’ We’re talking about “three strong rumblings” that “have rattled houses” and even awakened some. Some people, meanwhile, heard what they described as “muffled explosions” while others are convinced that this was from “an earthquake.” But neither a reported earthquake, nor aerial maneuver by aircraft can explain the mystery. Contacted, the central office Seismological French (BCSF) states that nothing abnormal registered in this area. And for its size, Chateauneuf-du-Faou Clohars-Fouesnant, the blasts and aftershocks felt “like the equivalent of a magnitude 3 earthquake in force.” In 2005, Bigoudens remember, an earthquake on the fault of south Armorican which had a magnitude 3 on the Richter scale caused the same feelings. What then of these explosions heard and felt? An air-borne cause? Regional Centre of Western navigation, it is shown have no record this kind of phenomenon. Moreover, some also said they heard a helicopter. Proceeded by “three booms” recalling it sounded like “thunder.” One thinks of an aircraft. When questioned, the communications department of the Brest Maritime Prefecture said that there was no Navy operation in the region and even less involving helicopters. An official from the Joint Staff of the area of defense and security northwest (OGZDS), said there were no operations or “supersonic flights.” Bizarre; especially considering in March of 2003, three earthquakes also hit the Bigouden and that phenomenon also remains unexplained. –Le Télégramme

 

The Extinction Protocol

 

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Stories of Interest

 

FEMA chief says agency bracing for ‘maximum’ disaster

 

By Eric Berger

 

Recent hurricanes Ike and Katrina may rank among the three costliest storms in U.S. history, but in preparing for disasters the federal government must think bigger still, says America’s top emergency planner.

“As devastating as those two hurricanes were, they’re not as bad as it gets,” said Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fugate told reporters Tuesday at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla., that his agency has been preparing for realistic worst-case scenarios – not just natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, but terrorist attacks, as well.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

Earthquakes

GEOFON Mariana Islands
Apr 01 23:19 PM
4.9 245.0 MAP

USGS Alamagan Region, Northern Mariana Islands

Apr 01 23:19 PM
4.8 175.1 MAP

EMSC Alamagan Reg, N. Mariana Islands
Apr 01 23:19 PM
4.9 160.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 01 23:18 PM
3.0 6.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 01 23:03 PM
3.1 5.6 MAP

EMSC Southeastern Iran
Apr 01 22:30 PM
3.6 28.0 MAP

GEOFON Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 01 22:23 PM
5.0 74.0 MAP

EMSC Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 01 22:23 PM
5.2 49.0 MAP

USGS Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 01 22:23 PM
5.3 20.8 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 22:21 PM
3.0 17.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 01 22:13 PM
3.1 2.0 MAP

EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region
Apr 01 22:03 PM
2.7 15.0 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 01 21:44 PM
5.6 122.0 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 01 21:44 PM
5.8 121.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 01 21:44 PM
5.7 97.5 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 01 19:49 PM
3.3 79.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Italy
Apr 01 19:21 PM
4.1 253.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 01 19:21 PM
3.9 275.0 MAP

USGS Southern Italy
Apr 01 19:21 PM
4.5 274.8 MAP

EMSC Coquimbo, Chile
Apr 01 19:10 PM
4.9 73.0 MAP

USGS Coquimbo, Chile
Apr 01 19:10 PM
4.9 72.6 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 18:43 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 01 18:15 PM
2.5 34.8 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 01 18:00 PM
3.0 66.1 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 01 15:02 PM
2.5 6.9 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Djibouti
Apr 01 14:22 PM
3.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 01 14:12 PM
2.8 0.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 01 14:04 PM
5.8 60.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 01 14:04 PM
5.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 01 13:50 PM
2.7 8.0 MAP

EMSC Tristan Da Cunha Region
Apr 01 13:14 PM
5.4 33.0 MAP

GEOFON Tristan Da Cunha Region
Apr 01 13:14 PM
5.3 10.0 MAP

USGS Tristan Da Cunha Region
Apr 01 13:14 PM
5.4 6.8 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 13:02 PM
2.6 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 12:36 PM
2.9 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 12:26 PM
2.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Apr 01 12:08 PM
3.1 122.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 10:50 AM
2.4 13.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 01 10:40 AM
2.4 7.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 01 10:37 AM
2.5 14.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Italy
Apr 01 10:22 AM
2.5 36.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 01 09:47 AM
2.6 6.4 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 01 09:14 AM
2.6 28.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 01 08:48 AM
4.7 33.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 01 08:48 AM
4.5 34.3 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 01 08:26 AM
3.0 5.2 MAP

USGS Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 01 08:07 AM
4.5 42.5 MAP

EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 01 08:07 AM
4.6 30.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Apr 01 08:01 AM
3.3 105.0 MAP

USGS Tonga
Apr 01 07:41 AM
4.9 35.0 MAP

EMSC Tonga
Apr 01 07:41 AM
4.9 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Chile
Apr 01 07:31 AM
5.1 79.0 MAP

USGS Antofagasta, Chile
Apr 01 07:31 AM
4.9 87.4 MAP

EMSC Antofagasta, Chile
Apr 01 07:31 AM
5.0 88.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 07:29 AM
3.0 20.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 01 06:52 AM
2.9 109.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 06:45 AM
2.6 6.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 06:30 AM
3.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 06:26 AM
3.4 7.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 01 06:17 AM
3.2 3.8 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 01 06:07 AM
2.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 06:02 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 01 05:38 AM
3.2 258.0 MAP

USGS Batan Islands Region, Philippines
Apr 01 05:34 AM
4.8 22.1 MAP

EMSC Batan Isl Region, Philippines
Apr 01 05:34 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Philippine Islands Region
Apr 01 05:34 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 01 05:31 AM
2.9 15.5 MAP

USGS Greece
Apr 01 05:18 AM
3.3 5.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 01 05:18 AM
3.0 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 04:47 AM
2.4 133.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 04:42 AM
3.5 5.0 MAP

GEONET Raukumara Plain
Apr 01 04:30 AM
4.1 6.0 MAP

GEONET Raukumara Plain
Apr 01 04:24 AM
4.7 5.0 MAP

GEONET Raukumara Plain
Apr 01 04:06 AM
4.8 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 03:30 AM
2.5 7.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 01 03:18 AM
4.0 127.2 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 01 03:18 AM
4.1 122.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Greece
Apr 01 02:10 AM
2.4 54.0 MAP

EMSC Kyrgyzstan
Apr 01 01:43 AM
4.0 2.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 01 01:40 AM
2.9 26.7 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 01 01:28 AM
3.5 1.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 01:08 AM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 01 00:57 AM
2.9 6.0 MAP

Earthquakes north of White Island off New Zealand in Bay of Plenty.

Three earthquakes, the largest measuring magnitude-4.8, have been recorded near volcanic White Island within half-an-hour each other.

GNS Science reported a 4.8 quake at 4.08pm, 110km north of White Island, which sits off New Zealand in Bay of Plenty.

A second quake, measuring 4.7 struck at 4.24pm, followed by a 4.1 quake at 4.30pm.

All three quakes were shallow, with the focal depth of each quake being measured at between 3km to 6km.

The first two tremors were reportedly felt in Coromandel.

White Island, New Zealand’s largest volcano, last erupted in 2000.

GNS Science could not immediately be reached for comment on whether the earthquakes might affect volcanic activity on the island.

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Volcanic Activity

Video Etna, Italy eruption April 1

Italy / Sicily / Etna

In fact this eruption (paroxysm) started yesterday evening. See our early report below. People who have responded to that alert must have seen the action in the etna-guide webcam. The HD quality video from Etnawalk shows the explosions in the crater and the lava streams running down the hill. the actual eruption images are starting at 1:30. The video is accompanied by great music!

Satellites Find Dormant Volcanoes Now Waking Up

The importance of global and frequent data coverage of volcanoes was highlighted in a recent article published in Science. Satellites are finding that volcanoes previously thought to be dormant are showing signs of unrest.

As the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland demonstrated, volcanic eruptions can have consequences over large regions, so the global perspective offered by satellite systems is vital for monitoring volcanoes in remote and inaccessible terrain.

Most volcanoes around the world are not monitored effectively – or at all. The ‘Monitoring Volcanoes’ article made reference to a study of over 440 active volcanoes in 16 developing countries. The study revealed that 384 have rudimentary or no monitoring, including 65 volcanoes identified as posing a high risk to large populations.

Earth-observing satellites, such as ESA’s Envisat, can detect unrest on currently unmonitored volcanoes.

Read Full Article Here

Etna volcano – tremor signal started to rise sharply

The tremor signal has started to rise sharply on Saturday, March 31, which could mean that the 23rd paroxysm is about to occur. The next hours will show.

Strombolian activity continued since Friday, March 30, at the new Southeast Crater crater.

Explosions throw incandescent material tens of meters beyond the crater edge and, in some cases, bombs fall on the flanks of the cinder cone. During the late Friday afternoon and evening explosions followed one another with an average rate of 20-30 events per hour. The real-time seismic tremor signal shows no substantial changes in amplitude.

The Watchers

Mount Etna spews fiery lava for the fifth time this year

Europe’s tallest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted for the fifth time in 2012, spewing hot lava and ash in the early hours of Sunday. The lava, which could be seen moving down the mountain’s side just after 4am local time, continued to spew until around 5.30 am, according to local news reports. Ash from the eruption landed on the villages at the foot of the volcano; however no damage was reported and nearby airports remained open

See Video Here

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Storms

Tropical Storm Pakhar (02W) by Vietnam – April 1st, 2012

On March 17, an area of disturbed weather associated with a cold front formed about 300 km (190 mi), to the northwest of Palau Island. At that time, the low pressure area was located in an area of moderate vertical wind shear, with unfavorable water temperature.

Over the next couple of days, it slowly moved towards the Samar area, and crossed the Visayas region. On March 20, the low pressure area remained almost stationary, about 140 km (85 mi) to the northwest of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The cause of the low’s stalling was due to a high pressure system, that was building up to the northeast of the system, extending into Vietnam. At the same time, the JMA upgraded the storm to a disturbance.

The system remained stationary for more four days, before the JMA upgraded it to a tropical depression. However, on March 25, the JMA downgraded the tropical depression to a disturbance, as the storm’s outer rainbands began to collapse, and its low level circulation center began to be fully exposed.

Early on March 26, the JMA re-upgraded the disturbance to a tropical depression, as the storm began to reorganize. By this time, the depression became well organized, due to low vertical wind shear associated with favorable water temperatures.

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Solar Activity

N3KL Solar Activity Monitor

Solar X-rays:Geomagnetic Field: >

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Solar System

Tarek Niazi on Surrounded by Idiots

Uploaded by sunskymysteries on Feb 7, 2012

http://www.sunskymysteries.com

Tarek is the author of More Than 60 Minutes: When Earth Stands Still and like many other science based researchers around the world, has reached the conclusion that in fact we are seeing the approach of an extra-solar body towards the Earth.

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Ferndale, Michigan

Did You Hear That Boom? Residents Report Saturday Night Sounds that Shook Homes

Ferndale Police are investigating what might have caused three loud booms and light flashes that shook homes and concerned many local residents Saturday night. The booms were heard around 9:30-10 p.m. and may have originated near the area of Hilton and Marshall. More than 40 people posted on Ferndale Patch’s Facebook page about the incidents — describing flashes of light seen in the sky, their homes vibrating with the noise, and helicopters heard overheard following the sounds. A Ferndale Police dispatcher said last night at 12:30 a.m. that they investigated the noise but could not find its cause. He said fireworks were a possibility. Ferndale Police Lt. Casey O’Loughlin said Sunday morning that he was not aware of any reports made but said loud booms can be caused by fireworks. “That’s usually what loud booms turn out to be are fireworks,” he said. In Ferndale, any type of fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal, he said. O’Loughlin said he was not aware of any helicopters being sent out. Here’s what some Patch readers had to say about the noise:

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Articles of Interest

FEMA chief says agency bracing for ‘maximum’ disaster

By Eric Berger

Recent hurricanes Ike and Katrina may rank among the three costliest storms in U.S. history, but in preparing for disasters the federal government must think bigger still, says America’s top emergency planner.

“As devastating as those two hurricanes were, they’re not as bad as it gets,” said Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fugate told reporters Tuesday at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla., that his agency has been preparing for realistic worst-case scenarios – not just natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, but terrorist attacks, as well.

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Japan’s quake defenses not enough, official reports warn

By Antoni Slodkowski

(Reuters) – Japan’s defenses against a major tsunami and the safety of its nuclear plants were thrown into further doubt after two official studies predicted much higher waves could hit and that Tokyo quake damage could be bigger than it was prepared for.

The reports, carried in the media over the weekend, are likely to intensify the debate about whether to restart Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors, all but one of which are shut amid public fears about nuclear safety sparked by the Fukushima disaster in March 2011.

One report said a quake as big as the one that rocked Japan in 2011 could trigger waves topping 34 meters (112 feet), almost double its previous estimate made in 2003 when its worst scenario forecast tsunami of no more than 20 meters (66 feet).

The Cabinet Office panel which authored the report, revised its predictions after one of the biggest tremors on record struck Japan last year, setting off a tsunami that topped 20 meters in the worst-affected areas and triggering the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

“We won’t be able to contain a massive tsunami with the (current) embankments,” said Masaharu Nakagawa, disaster prevention minister on a news conference on Saturday evening.

“We will have to work the (changes regarding) the city planning, disaster prevention education and evacuation into the policies,” he said.

Waves at the now off-line Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka prefecture, operated by Chubu Electric Power, could reach 21 meters, breaching the 18-metre breakwater that the operators are currently building, the report said.

The government is keen to get some of the reactors running after surging fuels imports resulted in a rare trade deficit, raising worries about its declining ability to fund a huge public debt with domestic savings. But it must first persuade wary locals that the plants are safe.

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