Archive | March 10, 2014

NASA Satellites Eye Troublesome Tropical Cyclone Lusi

Tropical Cyclone Lusi has spawned warnings and watches in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Zealand as it moves through the South Pacific Ocean. NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites provided visible and infrared views of the storm that revealed it has become better organized.

NASA’s Terra satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Lusi over Vanuatu on March 9 at 23:30 UTC. The image showed towering thunderstorms surrounded the center and northwestern quadrants of the storm.

The next day at 02:17 UTC, NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Lusi and captured infrared data on the storm that showed the thunderstorms rose high into the troposphere. The strongest thunderstorms had cloud top temperatures as cold as -63F/-52C. Multispectral satellite imagery showed that Lusi continued to consolidate and strong thunderstorms continue to develop. Those thunderstorms are wrapping into the center of circulation.

NASA and JAXA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite provided a microwave look at Lusi at 05:31 UTC/1:31 a.m. EST and showed the system continues to consolidate. TRMM data showed bands of strong thunderstorms had wrapped tightly around the center, and that the bulk of the deep convection is within the storm’s northwestern quadrant.

Lusi has spawned several watches and warnings. In the Solomon Islands a tropical cyclone watch is in effect for Temotu, Makira, Rennell and Bellona, as well as the southern Guadalcanal and Malaita provinces.

In Vanuatu, gale force winds were expected to continue to affect Torba, Sanma, Penama and Malampa Provinces on March 10 and 11 as the storm pushes south. The Vanuatu Meteorological Service expects very rough seas and heavy swells throughout Vanuatu. They noted that heavy rainfall and flooding are also expected over low lying areas and areas close to river banks on March 10.

Farther south, New Zealand is already anticipating effects from Lusi. The Met Service of New Zealand noted in their discussion on March 10, that once Lusi moves closer “it could bring a spell of wet and windy weather especially to parts of northern New Zealand by the weekend.”

On March 10 at 0900 UTC/5 a.m. EST, Tropical Cyclone Lusi had maximum sustained winds near 45 knots/51.7 mph/84.4 kph. It was centered near 15.0 south latitude and 166.7 east longitude, about 433 nautical miles/498.3 miles/801.9 km north of Noumea, New Caledonia. Lusi was moving to the west-southwest at 4 knots/4.6 mph/7.4 kph.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects Lusi to run into cooler waters and increasing vertical wind shear that will help weaken the storm and transition it into an extra-tropical storm.

**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

***BE ALERT***

Proton Alert 10.03.14 23.14 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 5.9EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000n6px#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 267 km

Distances: 123km (76mi) N of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea
172km (107mi) NE of Lae, Papua New Guinea
236km (147mi) NE of Bulolo, Papua New Guinea
238km (148mi) E of Madang, Papua New Guinea
444km (276mi) N of Port Moresby, Papua New

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MAGNITUDE 5.2 KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000n6pi#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 120 km

Distances: 185km (115mi) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
351km (218mi) WSW of Tual, Indonesia
416km (258mi) SSE of Ambon, Indonesia
425km (264mi) SSE of Amahai, Indonesia
504km (313mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=364114

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1800 km NE of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,883,027 / local time: 23:32:57.2 2014-03-10
359 km N of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 02:32:57.2 2014-03-11
140 km W of Esso, Russia / pop: 1,965 / local time: 02:32:57.2 2014-03-11
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MAGNITUDE 5.3 VANUATU

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=364086

Subject To Change

Depth: 185 km

Distances: 372 km N of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 00:28:20.0 2014-03-11
125 km N of Luganville / pop: 13,397 / local time: 00:28:00.0 2014-03-11
64 km S of Sola, Vanuatu / pop: 1,171 / local time: 00:28:20.0 2014-03-11
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**EXTREMELY URGENT**

A VERY STRONG INFLUX OF ENERGY WILL STRIKE THE MAGNETOSPHERE FROM THE 10th TO 16th MARCH 2014. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY AND ADVERSE WEATHER WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

**BE ALERT**

***EXTREMELY URGENT***

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OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

MAGNITUDE 6.9OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc72182046#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 7 km

Distances: 77km (48mi) WNW of Ferndale, California
81km (50mi) W of Eureka, California
85km (53mi) WNW of Fortuna, California
87km (54mi) W of McKinleyville, California
398km (247mi) NW of Sacramento, California

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MAGNITUDE 5.8OFFSHORE OAXACA, MEXICO

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000n65q#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 68km (42mi) SSE of Ometepec, Mexico
131km (81mi) WNW of Puerto Escondido, Mexico
140km (87mi) SE of San Marcos, Mexico
381km (237mi) SSE of Mexico City, Mexico

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