Archive | November 25, 2014

Fogo Volcanic Eruption Intensifies Forcing Cabo Verde Airport To Close And Evacuations

Volcano Alert

The airport on the island of Fogo, Cabo Verde, was closed Sunday and more than 1,500 citizens have been evacuated from Chã das Caldeiras as fast-moving lava continues flowing after Sunday’s volcanic eruption.
 
Some people have refused to leave their homes and possessions. The situation in Fogo, Cabo Verde, is changing rapidly.
 
“Many of the homes in Cha have been consumed by the lava,” said photojournalist, Marcos Rocha de Pina, in an AFKInsider interview. Rocha de Pina was in Chã to shoot photos of the eruption.
 
“Fire has already entered the national park (Fogo National Park is one of Cabo Verde’s main tourist attractions) and the lava is moving fast,” he said.
 
Three distinct lava flows have been reported and the lava is moving faster than expected — one meter every five minutes, OceanPress reports.
 
There is talk of another nearby community being evacuated. The Cabo Verde government is already discussing how to rebuild the area damaged by the volcano and has tapped into the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the African Development Bank, Arab Development Bank and funds related to disaster relief, Fogo News reports. It has also reached out for international aid.
 
Experts say earthquakes are possible. The volcanic eruption intensity was upgraded from a level 1 to a level 3 on a scale of 1 to 5. There have been reports of tremors. Experts are comparing Sunday’s eruption to a 1951 eruption — one of the largest registered in Cabo Verde — that was accompanied by earthquakes, according to reports by Cape Verdean volcanologist Bruno Faria, Cape Verde National Radio and DN News.
 
Some people are trying to travel to the area to view the lava flow.
 
It is now expected the lava will reach Cha’s vineyards. Cabo Verde’s growing wine industry is considered the only one in the world where wine is produced in the crater of a volcano. Production exceeds the 50,000 bottles a year, Cape Verde News reported last year.
 
Many Cape Verdeans were frustrated when the eruption occurred on Sunday, Nov. 23. There was initially little or no news on the TV. Here’s what Praia-based Suely Ramos Neves said Monday on her Facebook page:
“After yesterday´s experience with all 4 TV local channels in Cabo Verde not providing breaking news about the eruption of Fogo´s volcano, at all, I am most definitely purchasing a radio. Facebook became the go-to source of information, which is not always the best source because people started posting some pictures that I couldn´t tell if they were from Fogo, and if so, if they were from 2014 or 1995 (the last eruption). And pictures are not enough, as I would like to know what´s really going on with the displaced people and how one can actually provide assistance if not residing on the island of Fogo.”
 
Since then #erupcaofogo2014 has been created on Facebook to provide nearly up-to-the moment updates as well as a place where people can donate money to be directed to the Red Cross and other charities to aid Fogo’s victims.
 
Contacted later via email, Ramos said, “The national radio RCV is doing a great job though. That’s the best way to get info up to date.”
 
More Cabo Verdeans live in the U.S. than on all its nine inhabited islands. A majority (located mostly in Boston, Brockton, Mass., and Providence, Rhode Island) have roots in Fogo. Cabo Verde had a population of 498,897 in 2013.

Severe floods kill scores in desert as army scrambles to evacuate dozens from danger zones in Morocco

Clinging to life: Driver and passenger sit on a truck stranded in flood waters in the southern region of Ouarzazate in Morocco.
Floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people in southern Morocco, authorities say.
 
Flooding, which is quite common in the mostly arid desert region at this time of year, has in the past triggered violent protests by local people angered by what they see as a tardy or ineffective official response.
 
State television channel 2M showed local residents expressing anger after their homes were submerged near the town of Errachidia. The prolonged closure of many national roads could prompt further angry protests, media said.
Powerful surge: A car is carried away by flood waters in the southern region of  Ouarzazate in Morocco.
Morocco’s King Mohamed has given orders to the authorities to take “all necessary emergency measures to help and support victims of the floods”, a palace statement said.
 
“We have lost everything, everything. Now our families will sleep in the cold,” said a woman in the Errachidia region, where about 60 houses had been destroyed.
 
“[The authorities’] previous programmes to restore our mud houses did not save us, our houses were just swept away” she told the 2M channel.
A driver and his car are washed away by flood waters in Ouarzazate, Morocco.
Of the 32 confirmed deaths, 24 occurred in the region of Guelmim, a desert town, the interior ministry said, adding that six people were still missing.
 
The army deployed helicopters to evacuate dozens of people, including some foreigners, in some areas threatened by rising river levels, the official news agency MAP reported.
 
Local news websites showed floods sweeping away cars, tracks and roads in several regions, including Guelmim and Marrakesh.

MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 18:00, 22:00, 22:15, 22:30 hrs UTC

**VERY URGENT**
   MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 18:00, 22:00, 22:15, 22:30 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 25.11.14  22.28 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 5.3 NORTHERN COLOMBIA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000szzw#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 160 km

Distances: 8km (5mi) WNW of San Andres, Colombia
22km (14mi) SE of Piedecuesta, Colombia
26km (16mi) NW of Malaga, Colombia
31km (19mi) SE of Floridablanca, Colombia
276km (171mi) NNE of Bogota, Colombia  

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MAGNITUDE 4.8 TRISTAN DA CUNHA REGION

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=410431

Subject To Change

Depth: 33 km

Distances: 3582 km E of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 17:47:58.1 2014-11-25
3650 km SW of Windhoek, Namibia / pop: 268,132 / local time: 21:47:58.1 2014-11-25
3780 km E of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 16:47:58.1 2014-11-25


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MAGNITUDE 5.1 MOLUCCA SEA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000szwg#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 46 km

Distances: 132km (82mi) WNW of Tobelo, Indonesia
175km (109mi) NNW of Ternate, Indonesia
176km (109mi) NNW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
222km (138mi) ENE of Bitung, Indonesia
999km (621mi) WSW of Koror Town, Palau  

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MAGNITUDE 4.4 NEPAL

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=410429

Subject To Change

Depth: 18 km

Distances: 74 km NW of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 21:34:06.9 2014-11-25
58 km NE of Bharatpur, Nepal / pop: 107,157 / local time: 21:34:06.9 2014-11-25


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MAGNITUDE 5.6 WESTERN SICHUAN, CHINA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=410390

Subject To Change

Depth: 9 km

Distances: 209 km W of Chengdu, China / pop: 3,950,437 / local time: 23:19:09.5 2014-11-25
24 km N of Kangding, China / pop: 100,000 / local time: 23:19:09.5 2014-11-25


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ONGOING QUAKE SWARM ICELAND REGION

***URGENT ALERT***

Earthquake Swarm

  ONGOING QUAKE SWARM

ICELAND REGION

***BE ALERT***

ONGOING QUAKE SWARM LONG VALLEY CALDERA

**VERY URGENT**

Earthquake Swarm

ONGOING QUAKE SWARM

LONG VALLEY CALDERA

***BE ALERT***