Archive | April 11, 2014

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Nyamulagira volcano shows increased activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The active Nyamulagira volcano. The volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen some "strong activity" and could erupt in the next few days. Photo/FILE

A volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen some “strong activity” and could erupt in the next few days, the Volcanic Observatory in Goma said on Friday.

Experts said seismic activity at Mount Nyamulagira, in the east of the country, does not currently pose any risk to the local population, although Goma, a city of over a million people devastated by an eruption in 2002, sits just 20 kilometres (12 miles) away.

Scientists said the volcanic activity should not affect the neighbouring Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted 12 years ago.

“The Nyamulagira volcano has entered a period of high activity, which could lead to an eruption in the next few days,” Kaso Karume, a volcanologist at the institute told AFP.

He said the scientists believe it “will not have any effect on the Nyiragongo volcano, where activity is normal”.

“Since lava from Nyamulagira normally feeds into (the nature reserve) Virunga, there is no danger for inhabitants of Goma and those nearby,” he said.

Goma, which sits on the border between the DRC and Rwanda, is perilously positioned beneath the two volcanoes. The 2002 eruption saw rivers of molten rock destroy buildings and leave thousands of people homeless.

The red glow of the lava lake — which can be seen from Goma by night — reminds residents that they live at the foot of one of the most active volcanoes in Africa.

Lava and debris from the most recent eruptions in the area — in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2011 — did not reach populated areas, although volcanic ash can pollute the atmosphere over a wide area.

Fierce hailstorm strikes again in Marathwada, India

Even as the state government is trying to alleviate the losses of farmers from Marathwada by announcing a `4,000 crore relief package for those affected by rains and hailstorm in March, three districts faced nature’s fury yet again as heavy rainfall coupled with hailstorm was witnessed in the region on Thursday. Two persons even lost their lives in the Osmanabad district following the rains.
 
Osmanabad, Nanded and Latur districts suffered unseasonal rain.
In Nanded, it started raining on the eve of Wednesday and continued for a couple of hours. The rainfall destroyed the remaining crops like jowar and cotton, while thousands of apricots were seen fallen on the ground. The rain threw normal life out of gear as nobody had expected another such even.
Apart from Latur town, the tehsils in the district, namely Latur and Renapur, witnessed rainfall and hailstorm. The roads in Renapur tehsil were covered with ice owing to the hailstorm. The crops in the fields were also seen flattened.
 
Bhoom, Paranda, Kalamb and Osmanabad tehsil and town witnessed showers coupled with gusty winds and hailstorm. One farmer each in Kalamb and Osmanabad died due to lightning. They have been identified as Bhagwat Gholwe (Kalamb) and Mangal Arun Pawar (Osmanabad tehsil). The unexpected rain has caused extensive damages to jowar, cotton and mangoes in Bhoom, Paranda, Kalamb and Washi tehsils of the district too.
Unseasonal rainfall coupled with hailstorm had destroyed crops worth `900-crore in Marathwada in February and March. The hailstorm-hit farmers are yet to receive the compensation for their losses when they suffered the latest blow on Wednesday.
 
However, this time around, four districts, namely Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Hingoli and Beed have been spared from the rains.

MAGNITUDE 6.6 – NICARAGUA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000pgsi#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 138 km

Distances: 11km (7mi) ESE of Nandaime, Nicaragua
20km (12mi) SSE of Diriomo, Nicaragua

24km (15mi) S of Granada, Nicaragua
30km (19mi) ESE of Jinotepe, Nicaragua

56km (35mi) SSE of Managua, Nicaragua

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=371433

Subject To Change

Depth: 49 km

Distances: 589 km NW of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 03:35:28.0 2014-04-12
436 km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 02:35:28.0 2014-04-12
80 km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea / pop: 2,916 / local time: 02:35:28.0 2014-04-12

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MAGNITUDE 5.7 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=371410

Subject To Change

Depth: 47 km

Distances: 632 km NW of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 01:33:47.0 2014-04-12
393 km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 00:33:47.0 2014-04-12
79 km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea / pop: 2,916 / local time: 00:33:47.0 2014-04-12

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MAGNITUDE 5.5 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000pg0h#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 44 km

Distances: 87km (54mi) SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
100km (62mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
409km (254mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
552km (343mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
618km (384mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

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MAGNITUDE 5.5 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000pfzi#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 22 km

Distances: 470 km SW of La Paz, Bolivia / pop: 812,799 / local time: 08:00:51.0 2014-04-11
46 km W of Iquique, Chile / pop: 227,499 / local time: 09:00:51.0 2014-04-11

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MAGNITUDE 5.1 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=371371

Subject To Change

Depth: 35 km

Distances: 588 km NW of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 21:30:31.0 2014-04-11
437 km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 20:30:31.0 2014-04-11
74 km S of Panguna, Papua New Guinea / pop: 2,916 / local time: 20:30:31.0 2014-04-11

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MAGNITUDE 5.2 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000pfva#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 52 km

Distances: 83km (52mi) SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
95km (59mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea

411km (255mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
555km (345mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

615km (382mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

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