Archive | September 30, 2014

MAGNITUDE 5.5 FIJI REGION

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000shif#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 573 km

Distances: 264km (164mi) SE of Lambasa, Fiji
315km (196mi) E of Suva, Fiji
422km (262mi) E of Nadi, Fiji
511km (318mi) NW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
854km (531mi) WSW of Apia, Samoa

Global view

Severe storm brings hail and snow to Colorado, USA

“Never seen anything like it”,  Eric Risch told CBS Denver
Some people in Colorado are cleaning up after hail piled up like snow in some areas.
 
In western Colorado, the National Weather Service says several people reported golf-ball size hail near Pagosa Springs on Monday.
 
The system that brought the unusual early fall weather to Colorado is headed for the Midwest, where officials have issued warnings about severe thunderstorms across the Great Plains.
 
Quarter-sized hail piled up like snow in Greenwood Village while the unsettled weather led to a tornado watch for 14 counties.
 
Monday’s raging storm damaged more than 500 cars and shattered windows at the Hyundai dealership in Arapahoe.
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“Never seen anything like it. Only thing close would be a tornado,” employee Eric Risch told CBS Denver. “Quarter-sized hail just ripping through the air.”
 
“Wind started coming in and all of a sudden it looked like it was snowing in September,” sales manager Ray Saccomano said. “What kind of pressure do you need to do something like this? A lot of pressure.”
 
Though Denver did not get much more than heavy rain, areas all around the city like Northglenn, Thornton, Aurora also saw intense hail from the storm system.
 
Actual snow fell in the mountains, shutting down Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.
 
More snow is in the forecast for parts of the mountains Tuesday.

Volcano Ontake eruption intensifies; Search suspended in Japan

Graphic showing the profile of Mount Ontake, Japan

Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers have been suspended again after the eruption on Japan’s Mount Ontake intensified.

A BBC correspondent near the mountain on Tuesday said the volcano was shooting out even more ash, smoke and rocks than before.

At least 36 people are thought to have died in Saturday’s unexpected eruption.

Dozens of other people were injured in the incident on the mountain, which is about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo.

Hundreds of firefighters, police and troops have been involved in search operations.

Twelve bodies have been recovered so far. Another 24 are reported to be on the mountain, including five more located on Monday.

Japanese authorities only declare fatalities once the body has been examined by a doctor.

Searchers on Mount Ontake (29 Sept)
Conditions were considered too risky for rescue workers to continue work on Tuesday

Some of the bodies were found in a lodge near the summit and others were buried in ash up to 50cm (20in) deep, Japanese media reported.

Tremors

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was observing the volcano from a distance of around 6km (4 miles).

He said there was a great increase in the amount of material and gas being ejected on Tuesday.

Security guards stand at the entrance of a road leading to the mountain trail of Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture on 30 September 2014
Increased activity was observed at the volcano on Tuesday

Bodies of victims brought down mountain. 28 Sept 2014
The bodies of some of the victims were brought down from the volcano on Sunday

Aerial picture of volcano (27 Sept)
The volcano erupted unexpectedly on Saturday, leaving many hikers trapped

An official from Japan’s meteorological agency said volcanic tremors in the area could mean that another explosion was on the way.

“The strength of the tremors increased late last night, diminished and then rose again early this morning. There’s the chance things could get even worse, so caution is needed,” Yasuhide Hasegawa told Reuters news agency.

“This points to possibly increasing pressure due to steam inside the volcano, and if it exploded rocks could be thrown around, endangering rescuers,” he said.

Japan’s meteorological agency has warned that volcanic debris may settle within 4km (2.5 miles) of the peak.

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MAGNITUDE 4.2 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 6 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.669 -17.477
(4.0 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   30 Sept 22:10 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   30 Sept 22:10 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 19:00, 20:45, 21:30, 21:45 hrs UTC

**VERY URGENT**
   MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 19:00, 20:45, 21:30, 21:45 hrs UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 30.09.14  21.38 hrs UTC

Deadly Ebola Virus Has Been Diagnosed In A Patient Who Is In The ‘Strict Isolation’ Section In Dallas, USA

Breaking News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first patient to accidentally carry Ebola to the United States has been diagnosed at a hospital in Dallas.

Four other people with Ebola — all medical volunteers working in West Africa — have been evacuated to the U.S. for treatment, but this is the first case in a traveler. The patient is at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The CDC said it would release more details later Tuesday.

Texas Health Presbyterian said in a statement late Monday that it had admitted a patient into strict isolation “based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.” It did not release further details, citing patient confidentiality.

MAGNITUDE 5.2 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000shg6#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 11 km

Distances: 37km (23mi) N of Taron, Papua New Guinea
93km (58mi) ENE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
306km (190mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
356km (221mi) NW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
877km (545mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea  

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MAGNITUDE 4.8 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 8.4 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.614 -17.446
(4.9 km SE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   30 Sept 20:25 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   30 Sept 20:25 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 3.0 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 2.9 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.671 -17.468
(4.4 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   30 Sept 20:25 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   30 Sept 20:25 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 4.7 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 6.6 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.679 -17.469
(5.1 km NNE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   30 Sept 20:25 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   30 Sept 20:25 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude