Archive | January 20, 2015

Eurasia’s tallest volcano wakes up in Kamchatka, disgorges red-hot blast

Volcano Alert

Eurasia’s largest volcano, Klyuchevskoi (aka Klyuchevskaya Sopka) woke up in the early hours of January 20, a source at the Kamchatka volcanic observatory told TASS.
 
“Klyuchevskoi’s volcanic activity intensified overnight to Tuesday,” he said.
 
“It disgorged a red-hot blast to the elevation of 200 meters (above its crater), and the column of volcanic cinders reached 6,000 meters above sea level.”
 
A small stream of lava about 1,000 meters long was descending down the southeastern slope at the time of reporting and the eruptions continued.
 
The Klyuchevckoi, which is believed to be about 7,000 years old, has a variable height and it has been 4,385 meters tall since the previous eruption that occurred on August 15, 2013.
 
Apart from being the largest active volcano in Eurasia, it is also the tallest mountain in Russia outside the Caucasus.
 
All in all, the Kamchatka Peninsula has 29 active volcanoes.
Courtesy of RBTH

Heatwave continues with no end in sight in Northland, New Zealand

Heatwave Warning

Temperatures in Northland have been above average this summer and weather boffins are predicting the high humidity will stick around for at least the rest of this month.
 
A slow-moving weak front over Northland is bringing warm and moist air and isolated showers throughout the region.
 
MetService forecaster Emma Blades said the system was driving humidity levels up.
 
Kerikeri Airport recorded a sweltering 27.6C on Sunday, Whangarei Airport 27.3C and Kaitaia 26.4C as people took to their favourite water spots to cool down.
 
“Currently humidity is around 90 per cent, with temperatures in Northland hovering in the mid to late 20Cs, and that’s a lot of moisture in the air. With 100 per cent humidity, you will get a lot of rain,” Ms Blades said.
 
She said although the humidity seemed unbearable to some people, it had not been overly humid.
 
“There’s currently a northwesterly breeze and we have just had a series of ridges moving through, but the humidity would have been worse with northeast flows from the tropics, which we haven’t had this year.”
 
Ms Blades said the current humid weather condition would continue this week, with isolated showers except for Friday.
 
“A high pressure sitting over us means temperatures will be in the mid to late 20Cs over most of the North Island in January,” she said.
 
Overnight temperatures in Northland will be about 10C lower than daytime figures. Showers with light to little winds are predicted for most of the region early next week, except Dargaville. According to MetService, a large ridge of high pressure should build over the South Island tomorrow, with a south to southeast flow over the North Island.
 
The ridge should move slowly northwards from Thursday.
Courtesy of The Northern Advocate

ONGOING QUAKE SWARM ICELAND REGION

***URGENT ALERT***

Earthquake Swarm

  ONGOING QUAKE SWARM

ICELAND REGION

***BE ALERT***

MAGNITUDE 5.6 GUATEMALA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000the9#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 161 km

Distances: 1km (1mi) SW of Santa Maria Chiquimula, Guatemala
7km (4mi) ESE of Momostenango, Guatemala
12km (7mi) NNE of Totonicapan, Guatemala
14km (9mi) NE of San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala
98km (61mi) WNW of Guatemala City, Guatemala  

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MASSIVE CROSSOVER DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:15, 22:00, 22:15, 22:30, 00:00 hrs UTC

**VERY URGENT**
   MASSIVE CROSSOVER DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:15, 22:00, 22:15, 22:30, 00:00 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 20.01.15  00.00 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 5.0 SAIPAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000thby#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 40 km

Distances: 140km (87mi) ESE of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
143km (89mi) ESE of Northern Islands Municipality – Mayor’s Office, Northern Mariana Islands
150km (93mi) E of JP Tinian Town pre-WW2, Northern Mariana Islands
277km (172mi) NE of Yigo Village, Guam
140km (87mi) ESE of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands  


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MAGNITUDE 5.5 SULU ARCHIPELAGO, PHILIPPINES

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000th7m#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 11 km

Distances: 21km (13mi) SSW of Manuk Mangkaw, Philippines
41km (25mi) E of Sitangkai, Philippines
44km (27mi) S of Bongao, Philippines
128km (80mi) E of Semporna, Malaysia
535km (332mi) E of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei  

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MAGNITUDE 4.8 GREENLAND SEA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000th63#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 555km (345mi) NW of Andenes, Norway
595km (370mi) NW of Tromso, Norway
612km (380mi) NNW of Harstad, Norway
666km (414mi) NNW of Narvik, Norway
614km (382mi) SSW of Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen  


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MAGNITUDE 4.7 GREENLAND SEA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=423226

Subject To Change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 1367 km N of Tórshavn, Faroe Islands / pop: 13,200 / local time: 13:09:35.1 2015-01-19
602 km NW of Tromsø / pop: 52,436 / local time: 14:09:00.0 2015-01-19


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