Archive | May 2014


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Depth: 1 km

Distances: Gardiner, MT – 27 km (17 miles) S (190 degrees)
West Yellowstone, MT – 30 km (19 miles) ENE (60 degrees)
Island Park, ID – 56 km (35 miles) NE (53 degrees)
Big Sky, MT – 67 km (42 miles) SE (141 degrees)
Salt Lake City, UT – 459 km (285 miles) N (11 degrees)

01.06.14 M3.3 1 km



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Depth: 1 km

Distances: West Yellowstone, MT – 29 km (18 miles) ENE (63 degrees)
Gardiner, MT – 29 km (18 miles) S (190 degrees)
Island Park, ID – 55 km (34 miles) NE (54 degrees)
Big Sky, MT – 68 km (42 miles) SE (143 degrees)
Salt Lake City, UT – 457 km (284 miles) N (11 degrees)

31.05.14 M2.4 1 km


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Depth: 24 km

Distances: Lechee, AZ – 15 km (9 miles) WSW (244 degrees)
Page, AZ – 16 km (10 miles) SW (227 degrees)
Bitter Springs, AZ – 22 km (14 miles) NNE (15 degrees)
Big Water, UT – 30 km (19 miles) SSE (168 degrees)
Mesquite, NV – 222 km (138 miles) E (89 degrees)

30.05.14 M2.4 24 km

Torrential floods and a landslide kills 3 & 600 rescued in Iran

Floods have killed three women in northeastern Iran and emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide, media and the Red Crescent reported Saturday.

Heavy rains hit Iran hard in the past week, with the fatalities being recorded in Khorasan province.

“Following the floods in the province, three women lost their lives on Friday,” Hojat Ali Shayanfar, head of a crisis management unit, told the official IRNA news agency.

Meanwhile, relief workers rescued 600 locals trapped after torrential floods and a landslide in Golestan province, Iran’s Red Crescent said Saturday. Food was distributed to those affected.

Hassan Sadeqloo, Golestan’s governor, was quoted by IRNA as saying the initial estimate of the damage in the province was $49 million (36 million euros).

Severe heatwave kills 2 newborn babies in Sindh, Pakistan

Heatwave Warning

Two children died and more than 50 people, among them 40 children, suffered heatstroke in Dadu and Nawabshah as central and upper parts of Sindh sizzled on Friday with the mercury touching the mark of 48 degrees Celsius in Nawabshah, making it the hottest place in the country, said a meteorological official.

He said that similar weather conditions would prevail in the areas on Saturday.

Responding to Dawn queries, the official said that Moenjodaro and Padidan were among the second hottest places in the country where the highest temperature recorded was 47 degrees Celsius.

The highest temperature recorded in Dadu and Larkana was 46 degrees Celsius, whereas at Sukkur the highest temperature was 45 degrees Celsius and in Jacobabad it was 44.

The highest temperature in Hyderabad was 43 degrees Celsius and in Badin, located in lower Sindh, the highest temperature was 40 degrees.

The weather, according to the weatherman, in most parts of Sindh on Saturday was expected to remain very hot and dry whereas in Sukkur it was expected to remain partly cloudy with chances of dust storm and rain.

The weather in Karachi, owing to its location along the coast of the Arabian Sea, was comparatively pleasant on Friday and the highest temperature recorded here was 36 degrees Celsius and the lowest 28.

In Dadu, two newborn babies, Nazeer Ahmed and Haji Juman, died at Dadu Civil Hospital and more than 40 other children reported at the hospital’s paediatrics ward after they fell unconscious due to extreme heat. The condition of 12 children was stated to be serious.

Devastating Hailstorm destroys apple-bloom in Handwara, India

Hail Formation Alert

A devastating hailstorm today hit eight villages of north Kashmir Kupwara district damaging the apple bloom in the area.
Reports from Kupwara said that fruit industry has incurred losses of crores of rupees due to today’s hailstorm.
The worst hit areas according to the reports are Kachiewara, Machipora, Bhedhera, Nagranada, Wadipora and Bakhiaker.
“We were expecting a huge turnover this year,” said Ab Rasheed of Bakhiaker village.
“The effect of the devastation will be deeply felt
by the formers,” he added.
“It is a blow for us and we hope there would be timely help from the authorities,” said a  locals.
Chief Horticulture Officer Maqbool Rather told Rising Kashmir that his department has assessed the situation and the reports will be filed in the coming days indicating the scale of the losses incurred due to the hailstorm.

Severe storm disrupts life in Pavagad taluk, India

Heavy rainfall accompanied by hailstorm and gusty winds brought normal life to a standstill in Pavagad taluk on Friday night. DH photo
Heavy rainfall accompanied by hailstorm and gusty winds brought normal life to a standstill in Pavagad taluk on Friday night.
Agricultural and horticultural crops have been destroyed and power supply was interrupted in several areas. 
The rainfall began in the evening and continued to pound the taluk till night. As many as 80 sheep were stranded in a stream when water gushed into the villages of K Rampura and Doddahalli.

At least 30 houses have been inundated in K Rampura.

Residents had a tough time in clearing the water that destroyed food grains, clothes and consumer goods. 
Papaya trees cultivated in 25 acres and flowering plants on five acres of land have been destroyed. 
Cotton plants cultivated on seven acres and musk melon on six acres have also destroyed.
Agricultural crops including ragi, groundnuts, onions, maize, have been damaged and several trees have been uprooted. 
Due to the impact of hailstorm, there are very little chances of them sprouting back to life. 
Power supply was interrupted following damages to several power lines and a transformer was burnt.


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Depth: 4 km

Distances: 47km (29mi) ENE of Cortes, Philippines
56km (35mi) NE of Tandag, Philippines

99km (62mi) NE of Lianga, Philippines
112km (70mi) NNE of Tagbina, Philippines

843km (524mi) SE of Manila, Philippines

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 35km (22mi) E of Cortes, Philippines
44km (27mi) NE of Tandag, Philippines

89km (55mi) NNE of Lianga, Philippines
103km (64mi) NE of Bayugan, Philippines

837km (520mi) SE of Manila, Philippines

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Volcano eruption in Indonesia hits Darwin flights

The volcano has been erupting continuously since Friday. Photo / EPA
Darwin remains cut off from all air services and flights from Australia to Bali are being affected as three separate ash plumes billow from an Indonesian volcano.

Mt Sangeang Api off the island of Sumbawa is erupting continuously after an initial blast on Friday afternoon, said meteorologist Tim Birch, from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin.

Last night, he predicted: “We will see the plume here start to move east. It will start to move out of the Northern Territory and move steadily east in the location of Mt Isa [in Queensland] and it will start to dissipate.”

But it would continue to affect Darwin flights today.

A second cloud, hovering north of Darwin between 9.5km and 16km in the air, might cause problems for flights between Australia and Malaysia and Singapore, he said.

A third, lower-level plume is drifting west from the volcano and is within 100km of Bali.

“The volcano is still erupting, as it has done for most of the day; not as violently as it initially erupted, but there is a steady plume,” Birch said.

Fine particles of pulverised rock consisting mainly of silica contained in volcanic ash clouds can be highly abrasive and damage aircraft engines, structures and windows.

Virgin Australia cancelled all its flights yesterday to Darwin, spokeswoman Jacqui Abbott said.

“Our meteorologists are monitoring the situation and are consulting with the [volcanic ash] advisory centre in Darwin and we will renew normal operations as the situation allows.”

Qantas spokeswoman Kira Reed said cancellations also affected all its Darwin flights yesterday and subsidiary Jetstar’s services between the city and Cairns, Adelaide, Bali and Singapore.

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre manager, Emile Jansons, said last night that the ash cloud had also reached the Kimberley coast in Western Australia.

“It is spreading east and it may dissipate, so it is not clear how far east it will get. It is not yet clear if it will affect the eastern seaboard.”

Jansons said the cloud was also spreading south, but the situation could change at any time.

“It is continuing to disperse but it is moving very rapidly – at 70 to 80 knots [130 to 150km/h] towards Alice Springs. There is a very strong jet stream so the boundary [of the cloud] may come further south.”

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the ash cloud sat between 6km and 13km in the atmosphere and was sweeping southwest over northern Australia.

“Depending on wind and other weather conditions, the ash has the potential to affect flights to and from other airports, including Brisbane, during coming days. This is currently being fully assessed.”

Volcanic activity on the mountain has been increasing over the past two weeks and locals have been warned to stay outside a 5km radius from the crater.

The mountain has been closed to climbers.

The volcano, which is 1981m above sea level, is on the 152sq km Sangiang Island. It last erupted in 1997 and 1999, and major activity in 1985 forced local farmers to flee.