Archive | December 14, 2013

MAGNITUDE 2.2 – CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION

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Depth: 12 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude 27.7224 -18.0127 

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MAGNITUDE 2.6 – CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION

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Depth: 13 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude 27.7255 -18.0179 

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Fast-Moving Snowstorm Begins Trek Into America’s Northeast As Airlines Scrub Flights, Roads Slicken

Weather Alert

A fast-moving storm expected to drop a foot of snow or more in the Northeast over the weekend moved into the region Saturday as road crews went on high alert and airlines began canceling flights.

Utilities braced for power outages, airports prepared for delays and local officials readies for slick roads while shoppers headed out to stores to tackle gift lists during a shorter-than-normal holiday shopping season.

The National Weather Service has said 6 to 12 inches of snow was expected in New England, with as much as 14 inches possible along the Maine coast. Areas north and west of New York City and interior Pennsylvania could get 8 inches or more. About half a foot was forecast in parts of Ohio, where snow began falling overnight.

Hours before kickoff Saturday at the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, accountant Kathy Porter hovered under layers of clothing in the stands, trying to keep warm amid low temperatures she doesn’t get much of back home in Charlotte, N.C.

“We’re just hoping for snow and not rain — I think we can handle the snow,” Porter said. “I think we’ll be OK. A little frozen but OK.”

Airlines have canceled about 940 flights because of the storm, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest. Almost 350 flights into and out of Newark, N.J., have been canceled, and 172 at Chicago’s O’Hare airport have been called off. ExpressJet and United have canceled the most flights so far.

“It’s a pretty bad day for Newark,” said Mark Duell, a spokesman for FlightAware, a website that tracks commercial airlines. About 40 percent of Newark’s 900 flights have been cut, he said.

If the weather gets much worse, American Airlines and Delta may be forced to cancel more flights in New York and Chicago, Duell said. Chicago was forecast to get 3 to 6 inches of snow by late Saturday afternoon, while several towns in central Illinois had already received 8 inches.

But some areas, including resorts and ski towns in Northern New England, welcomed the snow and were eager to see the winter season get started.

“We have been watching (the forecast) since people first started talking about it on Monday or Tuesday,” said Ethan Austin, spokesman for the Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. “Right now it’s setting up pretty well for us, so we’re pretty psyched.”

Meteorologist Paul Head with the National Weather Service in State College, Pa., said winds will pick up into Sunday, presenting hazardous blowing snow for motorists.

Temperatures in Connecticut dropped into the teens as snow began to fall there Saturday, and officials worried about road conditions since a saltwater solution normally applied before storms would freeze. But they were grateful the bad weather wouldn’t affect work day commutes.

“The timing is pretty good coming on a weekend,” said Kevin Nursick, spokesman at the state Department of Transportation.

Not so for retailers, facing the prospected of a snow-dampened shopping weekend less than two weeks before Christmas.

Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation, said consumers likely will shop online. And the weekend before Christmas gives retailers and shoppers another opportunity after this weekend.

“If a big storm hits around the 21st, 22nd, it will be a completely different story,” Grannis said.

Caroline Pretyman, a spokeswoman for Northeast Utilities, which serves electric and gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, said extra crews would be available beginning overnight Saturday to respond to outages.

New York City’s Office of Emergency Management asked drivers to stay off the roads and, if they do drive, they should go slowly and stick to major streets or highways.

More Than 40,000 People Forced From Homes In Flood-Stricken Gaza, Rescue Service Says
Flood Alert
14.12.13 Gaza Floods
Flooding from heavy rains has forced 40,000 Gaza Strip residents from their homes, including more than 5,000 who were evacuated by rescue workers using boats and heavy construction equipment, officials said Saturday.
 
The downpour began late Wednesday and was part of a storm that covered Jerusalem and some of the West Bank with a thick blanket of snow. Even parts of Gaza, a coastal territory with a milder climate, saw some snow, the first in years.
 
In Israel, 28,000 homes remained without power Saturday, including thousands in Jerusalem.
 
In the low-lying areas of Gaza, water has been rising since heavy rains began late Wednesday, flooding streets and homes.
 
One of the hardest hit areas was Nafak Street in Gaza City’s Sheik Radwan neighborhood, close to a rainwater reservoir.
 
Said Halawa, an area resident, said the reservoir overflowed Wednesday evening. By Thursday, water had poured into the ground floor of his two-story home where he and he and 41 other members of his extended family live, Halawa said.
 
The family called for help and was evacuated by boat from the upper floor. Halawa said he and his family were taken to a makeshift shelter in a neighborhood school. “We got some assistance, some blankets and some food, but I didn’t save any of my belongings,” said the 52-year-old taxi driver.
 
Elsewhere on Nafak Street, local TV showed a rescuer standing on the shoulders of another man in a boat as they tried to reach people in a third-floor apartment.
 
In all, about 5,250 people were rescued from flooded homes, said Mohammed al-Madaina of Gaza’s Civil Defense Department.
 
Another hard-hit area was the refugee camp of Jebaliya in northern Gaza.
 
“Large swathes of northern Gaza are a disaster area with water as far as the eye can see,” Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the main U.N. aid agency for Gaza refugees, wrote in an email to reporters.
 
The U.N. agency evacuated hundreds of families to U.N. facilities and distributed 5,000 liters of fuel to local pumping stations, he said.
 
He said the storm caused at least $64 million in damages.
 
The storm hit Gaza at a time when it is buckling under widespread fuel shortages and rolling power cuts as a result of a tightened border closure by neighboring Egypt.
 
Both Israel and Egypt have restricted access to Gaza since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized the territory in 2007. Over the summer, Egypt’s military intensified the blockade after ousting Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, a Hamas ally.
 
Gunness wrote that once the storm is over, “the world community needs to bring effective pressure to end the blockade of Gaza.”
 
Gaza residents “must be freed from these man-made constraints to deal with the impact of a natural calamity such as this,” he added.
 
Israel sent emergency aid to Gaza at the request of the United Nations, said Maj. Guy Inbar, a military official. This included four water pumps and diesel fuel for heating, he said, adding that Israel was ready to meet additional requests if made.
 
Jerusalem, meanwhile, was crippled by snow for a third day Saturday.
 
Highways leading in and out of the city were shut, and residents were advised to stay off the roads. “We are in an exceptional event that Jerusalem has never seen,” said Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
 
Sietvanit Tzirnishki was in a crowded train headed from Jerusalem to snow-free Tel Aviv, Israel’s coastal metropolis.
 
“I’ve been stuck here in Jerusalem for two days at my sister’s apartment that did not have electricity,” she said. “We have been going from one apartment to the other to get some heat and some food and I’m glad to get back to Tel Aviv now.”

URGENT PROTON ALERT

PROTON PARTICLES HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

Proton Alert 14.12.13 18.31 hrs UTC

*EXTREMELY URGENT*
MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 14.12.13  18.02 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 5.1 WEST CHILE RISE

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348058

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances:
1696 km SW of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 11:19:29.0 2013-12-14
2619 km SW of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 12:19:29.0 2013-12-14
2793 km SW of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 12:19:29.0 2013-12-14

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MAGNITUDE 5.4 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348009

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Depth: 44 km

Distances:
86 km E of Kawasaki, Japan / pop: 1,306,785 / local time: 13:06:15.0 2013-12-14
49 km E of Chiba-shi, Japan / pop: 919,729 / local time: 13:06:15.0 2013-12-14
16 km S of Asahi, Japan / pop: 41,720 / local time: 13:06:15.0 2013-12-14

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348000

Subject To Change

Depth: 40 km

Distances:
104 km SW of Guayaquil, Ecuador / pop: 1,952,029 / local time: 20:41:15.0 2013-12-13
85 km NW of Machala, Ecuador / pop: 198,123 / local time: 20:41:15.0 2013-12-13
29 km SW of Playas, Ecuador / pop: 30,564 / local time: 20:41:15.0 2013-12-13

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*EXTREMELY URGENT*
MULTIPLE MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 01:30 hrs UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 14.12.13  01.52 hrs UTC