Archive | December 16, 2013

Sicily Airport Stays Shut Due To Volcano Eruption

Catania airport in Sicily stayed shut on Monday due to an ongoing eruption of nearby Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, airport officials said

Catania, along with the smaller airport of Comiso, was closed on Sunday due to the clouds of ash in the sky.

The company that manages Catania, Società Aeroporto Catania (SAC),said the “direction and intensity of the wind” meant that ash from the eruption was a danger to flights.

Dozens of flights were cancelled on Monday and were re-routed to Palermo also in Sicily or to Reggio Calabria in the neighbouring Calabria region.

Eruptions on Etna are relatively frequent but the latest activity, which began on Saturday, is the most intense in several months.

The lava flow can be seen from Catania and Taormina.

110 mph EF1 Tornado Touches Down In Palm Coast, Florida, America

Cleanup efforts are underway in Palm Coast, Fla., after a tornado barreled through the area Saturday night.
 
The tornado, which the National Weather Service on Sunday assigned a preliminary rating of EF1, is believed to be the first to hit the city, Palm Coast spokeswoman Cindi Lane told ABC News Radio. There is evidence winds may have reached 110 miles per hour.
In total, 171 Palm Coast houses were affected by the storms: 142 houses were partially damaged, 22 houses sustained moderate damage, and seven homes were destroyed. No injuries were reported.
 
Utility crews were working Sunday to restore power to the area.

MAGNITUDE 3.1 – ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 10 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude   67.867  -18.406 
(80.7 km N of Kolbeinsey)

Earthquake location   16 Dec 23:15 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   16 Dec 23:15 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

***Upgraded By Geonet***

MAGNITUDE 6.2 – 125 km WEST OF TUATAPERE, NEW ZEALAND

http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/2013p944608

Subject to change

Depth: 25 km

Distances:  Latitude, Longitude   -46.28, 166.04

16.12.13 West Of TUATAPERE NZ

MAGNITUDE 5.2 SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND REGION

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348364

Subject To Change

Depth: 2 km

Distances:
2941 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 20:04:05.0 2013-12-16
3068 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 20:04:05.0 2013-12-16
3832 km SE of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 19:04:05.0 2013-12-16

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MAGNITUDE 5.3 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348325

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances:
3792 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 10:28:32.0 2013-12-16
3861 km SW of Windhoek, Namibia / pop: 268,132 / local time: 14:28:32.0 2013-12-16
3972 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 10:28:32.0 2013-12-16

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MAGNITUDE 4.9 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348324

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances:
3796 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 10:08:14.0 2013-12-16
3851 km SW of Windhoek, Namibia / pop: 268,132 / local time: 14:08:14.0 2013-12-16
3977 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 10:08:14.0 2013-12-16

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MAGNITUDE 5.1 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348282

Subject To Change

Depth: 20 km

Distances:
449 km W of Tangerang, Indonesia / pop: 1,372,124 / local time: 16:03:09.0 2013-12-16
327 km SW of Bandarlampung, Indonesia / pop: 800,348 / local time: 16:03:09.0 2013-12-16
310 km S of Pagaralam, Indonesia / pop: 70,386 / local time: 16:03:09.0 2013-12-16

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MAGNITUDE 4.2 KANSAS, USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348346

Subject To Change

Depth: 5 km

Distances:
489 km N of Dallas, United States / pop: 1,197,816 / local time: 09:09:53.0 2013-12-16
185 km N of Oklahoma City, United States / pop: 579,999 / local time: 09:09:53.0 2013-12-16
23 km E of Anthony, United States / pop: 2,269 / local time: 09:09:53.0 2013-12-16
18 km NW of Caldwell, United States / pop: 1,068 / local time: 09:09:53.0 2013-12-16

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MAGNITUDE 5.7 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=348314

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances:
888 km SW of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 381,900 / local time: 01:07:24.0 2013-12-17
182 km W of Invercargill, New Zealand / pop: 47,287 / local time: 01:07:24.0 2013-12-17
155 km SW of Te Anau, New Zealand / pop: 2,074 / local time: 01:07:24.0 2013-12-17

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