Archive | January 15, 2015

Eruptive activity is becoming intense at Mount Aso. Volcanic tremor continues 24h/day, Japan

  • Meteorological Agency “Eruptive activity is becoming intense at Mount Aso. Volcanic tremor continues 24h/day”
Mount Aso, an active volcano of Kumamoto prefecture, is starting to be active, according to Japan meteorological agency.
 
From their monthly report published on 1/13/2015, the eruptive activity has become intense since 11/25/2014. Intermittent eruption is observed and warned of volcanic cinders in 1km radius area from one of the central cone craters.
 
According to Fukuoka district meteorological observatory, volcanic fumes were observed to reach 1,300m above the crater, volcanic glow was also captured by camera during the night of 1/10/2015.
 
Volcanic tremor has been also measured for 24 hours a day since 1/9/2015. Clinometer is showing it’s been rising around the crater since 1/5/2015.
Courtesy of Fukushima Diary

Huge Sinkhole Opens On Scottish Golf Course

View image on Twitter
Photo courtesy of iSpyGolf
That 16-foot putt for birdie just got a whole lot easier. Scotland’s Traigh Golf Club woke up one morning to find a large sinkhole had developed on the course.
 
The 14-foot hole was created by erosion from a broken drainpipe underground. Fortunately, no one was hurt. But the golf course’s troubles are far from over: The hole will cost about 20,000 British pounds, or more than $13,000 USD. 
 
That’s a huge cost that the golf course, which has been used for more than 100 years, cannot afford. And since insurance isn’t likely to cover the cost of the hole, it could spell the end of the beautiful course.
 
“Without repairing this pipe about half of the golf course will revert to bog and this would effectively be the end of our golf course,” said Traigh Golf Club spokesman Alec Stewart
 
Even if the sinkhole is repaired, the erosion could be a harbinger for similar problems elsewhere on the course. The club is urgently seeking out any sources of funding to stay afloat.
Courtesy of ThePostGame

MAGNITUDE 5.1 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000tg7r#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1212km (753mi) N of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Saint Helena
2658km (1652mi) WSW of Walvis Bay, Namibia
2660km (1653mi) W of Luderitz, Namibia
2668km (1658mi) WSW of Swakopmund, Namibia
2926km (1818mi) WSW of Windhoek, Namibia  


Global view

Bus ploughs into a train killing 10 in Texas, USA

View image on Twitter
Photo courtesy of CBS News
Ten people were killed and five badly injured when a Texas prison bus carrying 15 people skidded off an icy highway overpass and hit a moving freight train on Wednesday, officials said.
 
Two correctional officers and eight inmates died from injuries suffered in the accident near the west Texas city of Odessa, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.
 
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of those killed and injured this morning in a tragic accident. Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers,” said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
 
Four of the crash victims were in critical condition and the other was in serious condition, according to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
 
The bus was traveling from Abilene to El Paso with 12 inmates and three corrections officers aboard. It was transporting offenders from the Middleton Unit in Abilene, which houses male offenders and is not a high-security facility.
 
The officers killed were Christopher Davis, 53 and Eligio Garcia, 45. The inmates killed were Kaleb Wise, 22, Jeremiah Rodriguez, 35, and six others ranging in age 25 to 44, the Department of Criminal Justice said.
 
The accident appeared to be weather-related, a spokeswoman with the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
 
“It seems that there was an ice patch there on the overpass,” said Sergeant Elizabeth Barney, who added the bus crashed into the moving train.
 
She said only the bus driver had a seat belt and the rest of the passengers were seated on benches without safety restraints. Some were ejected from the bus, which she described as a minimum security transport vehicle.
 
“It is a very horrific and tragic crash,” Barney said.
 
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to investigate.
 
The Union Pacific railroad said the bus plunged from the elevated roadway and into one of its freight trains, causing damage to two cars. The two crew members aboard the train did not suffer serious injuries.
 
“Our sympathies go out to all the victims involved,” spokesman Jeff DeGraff said.
Courtesy of Reuters

MASSIVE DOUBLE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 14:15, 15:15 hrs UTC

**VERY URGENT**
   MASSIVE DOUBLE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 14:15, 15:15 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 15.01.15  21.08 hrs UTC

Plane crashes at Pikeville Airport, Kentucky, USA

Plane Crash Alert

Just before five in the evening a single engine, small aircraft was trying to land at the Pikeville/Pike County Regional Airport when it crashed.
 
Officials say the 50-year old pilot was coming from Vermont on his way to Arizona, when he planned to stop at the airport to refuel.
 
That is when the plane flipped over.
 
The plane was moved from the runway to a secure location, so investigators can find out the cause of the crash.
 
The pilot was the only person inside the plane.
 
“Upon landing, undetermined what happened , somehow he got off to the grass and that’s actually when he flipped upside down” says Public Safety Director in Pikeville, Paul Maynard.
 
Officials say no one was injured during the crash and the airport should be open tomorrow.
Courtesy of wymt.tv

***BIG FREEZE FOR UK/IRELAND***

Winter Weather Alert

Colder air flow will push in on Thursday 15th Jan
 
Even colder conditions will push in from Friday 16th
 
Snow and Freezing conditions will behold many parts of the UK/Ireland for at least 1-2 weeks
***BE SAFE & ALERT***

Apocalyptic floods kill scores of people and displaces 1000’s in Mozambique and Malawi, Africa

State Of Emergency

A major highway in Mozambique has split after two bridges collapsed as a result of heavy flooding that has killed 25 people and displaces tens of thousands in the country, officials say.
 
Parts of the country are also without electricity after torrential rains knocked down 10 pylons, reports say.
 
Heavy rains have also devastated neighbouring Malawi, where 48 have been killed about 70,000 have been homeless.
 
The southern African states have been hit by late summer storms.
 
The bad weather is expected to continue for several days.
‘Stranded in buses’
On Monday, Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika declared a third of the country a disaster zone and urgently appealed for foreign aid.
 
In Mozambique, overland travel from the north to the centre and south has become impossible after two bridges collapsed on the EN1 highway, reports the BBC’s Jose Tembe from the capital, Maputo.
There is growing concern for bus passengers stranded on either side of the bridges, he says.
 
They have been forced to sleep for two nights on the buses and are running out of food, our reporter adds.
 
The Licungo River is flowing so rapidly that it is impossible to reach them, even by boat, he says.
 
These are the worst floods on the Licungo since 1971, our correspondent says.
 
The Zambezi River has also risen beyond flood alert level on its middle and lower stretches, making some roads in the Zambezi basin impassable.
 
Mozambique’s electricity utility EDM said it would take a week to restore power supply in the north.
 
Most of the north has been without electricity since Monday when 10 pylons were knocked down, according to Mozambique’s independent television station STV.
 
The pylons are on the transmission lines carrying power from the Cahora Bassa dam to various parts of Mozambique.
Courtesy of The BBC

**UK STORM ALERT**96mph WIND GUSTS JUST RECORDED

Storm Alert

96mph WIND GUSTS JUST RECORDED AT CAPEL CURIG, WALES, UK
***BE ALERT***

**UK STORM ALERT**93mph WIND GUSTS JUST RECORDED

Storm Alert

93mph WIND GUSTS JUST RECORDED AT CAPEL CURIG, WALES, UK
***BE ALERT***