Archive | September 6, 2014


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Depth: 15 km

Distances: 448 km NE of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 09:41:50.0 2014-09-07
169 km NE of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,320 / local time: 09:41:50.0 2014-09-07

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 530km (329mi) W of Hanga Roa, Chile
3708km (2304mi) ESE of Papao, French Polynesia
3712km (2307mi) ESE of Mahina, French Polynesia
3714km (2308mi) ESE of Paea, French Polynesia
1548km (962mi) E of Adamstown, Pitcairn  

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Depth: 20 km

Distances: 443 km SW of Guadalajara, Mexico / pop: 1,640,589 / local time: 14:23:00.2 2014-09-06
356 km W of Colima, Mexico / pop: 127,235 / local time: 14:23:00.2 2014-09-06
229 km SW of Tomatlán, Mexico / pop: 8,360 / local time: 14:23:00.2 2014-09-06

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 3745 km E of Papeete, French Polynesia / pop: 26,357 / local time: 02:51:46.4 2014-09-06
4062 km W of Lima, Peru / pop: 7,737,002 / local time: 07:51:46.4 2014-09-06
4485 km SW of Quito, Ecuador / pop: 1,399,814 / local time: 07:51:46.4 2014-09-06

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Depth: 6.6 km

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.616  -17.492 
(3.1 km SSE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   06 Sept 23:15 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   06 Sept 23:15 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

Unresponsive Plane Crashes Off the Coast of Jamaica

A turboprop plane flying from New York to Florida has crashed off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot, seen slumped over the controls, did not respond to radio calls for more than four hours.
Conflicting reports say two or three people were on board the plane, which left Rochester, New York, this morning bound for Naples, Florida.
The aircraft stopped responding to radio calls at 10 a.m. ET, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration and continued to fly until it crashed off the coast of Jamaica about this afternoon.
The U.S. Air Force dispatched two F-15 jets to shadow the plane until it entered Cuban airspace, according to a NORAD spokeswoman.
The fighter jets were initially supposed to fly around Cuba’s eastern end and wait in international airspace to pick up the trail, officials said. But the planes instead returned to base to refuel.
Fog was observed on the aircraft’s windows and the pilot was slumped over the controls, according to NORAD, which suggests those aboard were unconscious as the plane continued to fly.
The FAA reported the plane to be a Socata TBM-700, while FlightAware said it believes the aircraft is a TBM-900.
A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 will look for the plane’s wreckage, an official said.

Strange Humming Sound, Toxic Gases and Floods At Bardarbunga Volcano in Iceland

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Threat of flooding and toxic gases closes eruption site to all
Many of you probably wonder how it feels at the Bardarbunga eruption site! What about the smell? Is it warm? Do you hear any noises? Well the team of Iceland Review Online was on site and reports:
1. The smell was not so bad since most of the time the wind was off in the other direction. But once it turned we found a strong smell of sulfur. Of course they had the gas masks on!
2. We could get quite close to the lava. When we were about one meter from the lava it was like being next to an oven on a stove. When closer the heat was extremely high.
3. The noise in the craters was like a constant humming in a jet engine. The lava was flowing very slowly and there was a strange noise, some sort of crackle that is difficult to explain.
As there are still no videos of the Bardarbunga Volcano sound, I picked one up from a volcano erupting in Iceland Fimmvörðuháls, by Eyjafjallajökull on 03.30.2010. Listen to the rumbling gas explosions coming from the ground. It’s like a heart beating.


Volcano Rebel Dragon erupts and destroys over 100 acres farmland in Western Burma

Volcano Alert

A mud volcano in Arakan State’s Kyouk Phyu Township erupted and destroyed over 100 acres of farmland, said locals in the area.
The volcano, which is named Rebel Dragon and is situated nearby Shouk Chaung Village, erupted at 5pm on August 31st and became silent at 7:20pm the same evening. Rebel Dragon normally erupts once every 45 years.
Melted lava spewed up to one thousand feet in the air from the 100-foot high volcano and flowed to the farmlands in Say Maw and Kyatin Villages.
U Kyaw Win, a villager from Shouk Chaung, said that he heard the sound of an explosion that evening. Witnessing the event from his harm land, U Kyaw Win said that hot lava seemed like it was flying in the sky and bellowed out to surrounding localities.
One acre of his farm land was also destroyed by the volcano eruption, added U Kyaw Win.
A Narinjara reporter tried to contact U Kyaw Thu Soe, the chief administrator of Kyouk Phyu Township, but there was no response.
U Sann Kyi, a village leader from Shouk Chaung, confirmed that the volcano destroyed a huge area of farmland owned by 17 farmers, who are now struggling to survive.

Severe hailstorms and damaging winds cause mayhem in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA

Severe Weather Alert

Severe storms rumbled through northern Minnesota and into Wisconsin early Thursday, leaving reports of damage in their wake.
A cluster of strong storms that developed in North Dakota late Wednesday night/early Thursday pushed through a swath of counties in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin early Thursday. Most of the reports were of large hail, including some that measured up to 3″ in New York Mills. Other areas reported hail in the 1″-2″ range.
The same storms produce high winds in northern Todd County in central Minnesota. Numerous trees and power lines are down in and around Staples, MN. Wind gusts were measured of 62-79 mph in Staples. Todd County Sheriff Don Asmus says lots of power lines and trees are down, but authorities are not hearing of any major structure damage. Asmus said the northern third of the county took the biggest hit, especially Staples, Hewitt and Motley.
Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples Closed today due to a power outage.
Crow Wing Power’s Jolene Jensen says they have 7-thousand customers without power from this morning’s storms. Jensen says the storm hit the Brainerd area around 5:30 a.m. with strong winds and heavy rain. Crow Wing Power has two substations that are off line. All available crews are out working and they have called in contract crews to help. Jensen did not have an estimate as far as when power might be restored.
In western Wisconsin residents are also reporting major power outages and trees down. In Polk County, Sheriff Pete Johnson says those trees number in the 100s in and around the town of Luck. In Burnett County hail larger than a golf ball was reported.
Those powerful storms fired along a warm front that stretched across North Dakota into northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. South of that front dew points are near 70 degrees, quite humid for September. The same frontal boundary spawned storms Wednesday that produced large hail around Chisago City and west of the Twin Cities.

Jamaica Urged To Brace For Full Impact Of Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya Virus Alert

A strong warning is coming from the head of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), based in Trinidad and Tobago, to the rest of the region, including Jamaica, to brace for the “full impact” of the Chikungunya virus even as concerns mount locally about the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.
As the number of cases in Jamaica climbs steadily, medical practitioner and former president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association Dr Shane Alexis said Jamaica should take the warning from CARPHA seriously.
In a Gleaner interview, Dr Alexis suggested that efforts to prevent the rapid spread of Chikungunya should include widespread community involvement. “I certainly would encourage schools, churches and other community groups to do Labour Day-type activities, such as bushing and clearing areas, especially where a lot of people meet at any one time.”
He stressed that efforts to contain the spread of the virus should not only be confined to doctors, nurses and the Ministry of Health, but should be expanded to teachers, journalists, public-sector workers, labourers and every Jamaican that can play his/her part in this critical drive.
Executive Director of CARPHA Dr James Hospedales told the Caribbean Media Corporation that with a population of 17 million people, the region is still in the early stages of the virus. He said the “full bloom of Chikungunya virus is yet to come”.
According to the CARPHA head, in six months, the virus has spread to all the islands “and we can expect further increases in levels of cases based on what has happened elsewhere in the world where, in some countries, you find a 30 per cent attack rate of the entire population within a year or so.”
Dr Alexis said that while each country in the Caribbean has had a different experience in relation to the spread of the virus, Jamaica has been fortunate to have recorded a low number, to date. He is urging the country to be vigilant, especially from a grass-root standpoint.
Chikungunya is a viral disease carried mainly by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and causes a dengue-like sickness.
Symptoms include a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea, and rash. Joint pain and stiffness are more common with chikungunya than with dengue.
Visit health centres first
Dr Alexis is advising persons with symptoms of the virus to contact the primary health-care facilities before visiting hospitals. “We don’t want to overwhelm our health sector any further. We want to direct them to the right place – the health centres – and then they will determine at that level whether they should be referred further or they can be managed there.”
Last week, the Ministry of Health urged the administrators of schools across the country to take urgent steps to remove mosquito breeding sites at their institutions.
Yesterday, The Gleaner visited two institutions, one in St Andrew and the other in Portmore, St Catherine, and found areas of concern that could be conducive to mosquito breeding.
However, Principal of the Pembroke Hall High School Daniel Morgan said steps have been made by the school to maintain a clean environment to prevent mosquito breeding.
He said the Ministry of Health has visited the school on a number of occasions to carry out fogging. Despite this, students at the institution told The Gleaner yesterday that they have had to battle pesky mosquitoes daily while in class.
Morgan suggested that the breeding of mosquitoes could be taking place in proximity to the institution.