Archive | March 18, 2015

MAGNITUDE 5.1 NEAR COAST OF SOUTHERN PERU

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=432549

Subject To Change

Depth: 69 km

Distances: 516 km W of La Paz, Bolivia / pop: 812,799 / local time: 15:56:15.3 2015-03-18
168 km SW of Arequipa, Peru / pop: 841,130 / local time: 14:56:15.3 2015-03-18
53 km SW of Camaná, Peru / pop: 16,434 / local time: 14:56:15.3 2015-03-18


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Severe lightning kills 6 and injures 12 at Odisha village, India

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Six persons were killed and 12 others injured when lightning struck them at Jaripada village under Tangi police station limits in Odisha’s Khordha district this afternoon.
 
According to reports, some youths of Jaripada village were playing cricket on the outskirts of the village this afternoon. However, they took shelter under a roadside house as rain suddenly lashed.
 
All of a sudden lightning struck the house killing four youths on the spot. Following information, police rushed to the spot and admitted the injured youths at Tangi hospital where two more youths succumbed to their injuries.
 
The remaining injured were shifted to Khordha district headquarters hospital and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar in the 108 ambulance after first aid treatment.
 
Of the three six deceased, three of have been identified as Rahul Nayak, Okila Khan and Bibhu Parida while the identity of the three others were not immediately known.
 
Sources in the hospital said that the age of the deceased and the injured would be around 10-21 years.
 
Meanwhile, senior district officials, including the collector and tehsildar, have rushed to the Tangi hospital where the bodies of the six youths have been kept.
 
It is most likely that the postmortem of the bodies will not take place today as the evening has already set in.
 
As per rules, no postmortem would be conducted after the sunset.
 
The Odisha government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh to each family of the deceased.
 
Announcing this in the State Assembly here, Parliamentary Affairs minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said that the state government would bear all expenses towards the treatment of the injured struck by lightning.
Courtesy of Odisha Sun Times

Mystery Lightning Bolt Strikes Mutare, Zimbabwe, Africa

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An international journal has published a photograph of a rare lightning strike over Zimbabwe taken by a Mutare resident last month. Dr Peter Lowenstein took the photo of the bolt, which is absolutely straight – unlike most lightning strikes which have a zigzag shape.
 
The strike is known as a positive cloud-ground (CG) strike. Apart from being much less common than normal negative lightning, positive lightning is very energetic with discharge currents exceeding 100,000 amperes (compared to less than 30,000 for negative strikes).
Courtesy of Zimeye

Severe lightning kills at least 7 in Bloemfontein and Emalahleni, South Africa

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Six people have died and five were injured after they were struck by lightning on the N8 outside Botshabelo in the Free State.
 
Paramedics on Wednesday said the men, who were working on a construction site, took shelter from the rain at a nearby structure when the incident occurred.
 
The injured were rushed to hospital.
 
ER 24’s Chitra Bodasing said, “ER 24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the patients lying in and around the structure. Patients who sustained injuries were treated and transported to a local hospital.”
 
At the same time, a hockey player was struck by lightning while walking out onto a hockey field with the rest of his team in Emalahleni on Tuesday.
 
According to Times Live, Francois Clarence was rushed to hospital but he was declared dead later that evening.
Courtesy of Eyewitness News

Severe hailstorm affects over a thousand hectares of blackberry and avocado in Mexico

Hail Formation Alert

The strong hailstorm that lasted more than ten minutes last Saturday night in Ziracuateiro affected more than a thousand families, a thousand hectares of blackberry, and a thousand hectares of avocado in this municipality.
 
The mayor, Carlos Sandoval Portugal, told Quadratín that the storm had caused serious damage to the homes of more than a thousand families, as the hail, which was uncommonly large, was shaped like a star. Carlos Sandoval said that the damage was substantial but that they currently did not have an estimate of it. Fortunately, he said, nobody had been hurt. 
 
He stated that the greatest number of affected homes had been recorded in the community of Zirimicuaro, where more than 300 homes with wooden and laminated cardboard roofs were damaged. The rest of the affected homes belonged to other communities. He also said that a thousand hectares of blackberry had been completely lost because of the weather phenomenon as the fruit was almost ready to be harvested.
 
Additionally, he said, the storm affected nearly a thousand hectares of avocado. Thus, he said, in face of this contingency and the heavy losses we’ve had, the municipality is practically wrecked and they will have to postpone the annual Earth, Culture and Tradition Fair, which was scheduled for next week, until further notice. He also said that they had already delivered support, which consists of 150 bales of sheets, blankets and pantries, to several victims and that they would be delivering more support in the coming hours which could amount to 1,500 bales of sheets, 500 blankets and 1,000 pantries. 
 
He stressed that the head of the Ministry of Social Policy, Oracio Days Mora, had already visited the municipality to provide support. Sandoval Portugal said the municipality was going to ensure that all affected families received support. Regarding the farmers, he said they would comply with the necessary procedures before the Sedru and Sagarpa so that they could receive support through the funds intended for disasters.
Courtesy of Fresh Plaza

Record-Breaking Heatwave To Strike Parts Of Australia

Heatwave Warning

NORTHWEST Queensland’s record-breaking heatwave will come to the southeast tomorrow, when temperatures rise to 35C in Brisbane.
Ipswich and the western suburbs will get to 39C, with the chance of records being broken.
 
Temperatures would ease by about 1C on Friday.
 
Weather bureau forecaster Jess Carey said temperatures would spike when a hot air mass from the inland was dragged across to the southeast.
 
“They’ve had terrible conditions in the NT already,’’ Mr Carey said.
 
“And Burketown has broken records three times in the past week.’’
 
The Gulf of Carpentaria township reached 42.7C a week ago, its hottest March day on record.
 
Mr Carey said near-Brisbane areas like Ipswich and Toowoomba would be hotter than the city.
 
The March record for Ipswich was 38.9C so it was a chance of being broken today.
 
Conditions in the west would be tough, with temperatures generally 5C to 10C above average.
 
Mr Carey said the heat would soil moisture levels in southern central border regions which were already in drought.
 
“A woman from Bollon in the St George district was telling me last week that they’ve had three failed wet seasons in a row,’’ he said.
 
“It’s a tough time for that community, and this heatwave doesn’t help at all.’’
Courtesy of Courier Mail

MAGNITUDE 5.3 OFFSHORE BIO BIO, CHILE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10001njq#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 78km (48mi) NW of Tome, Chile
80km (50mi) NNW of Talcahuano, Chile
87km (54mi) NNW of Penco, Chile
93km (58mi) NNW of Concepcion, Chile
388km (241mi) SW of Santiago, Chile

Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (-78.4889, -41.0586, -68.4889, -31.0586)

TECTONIC PLATES SHIFT IN ACTION WORLDWIDE

***ALERT***
PLATE SHIFT IN ACTION WHICH WILL COMBINE AND EFFECT ALL TECTONIC PLATES WORLDWIDE

***BE ALERT***

Tectonic Plates

MASSIVE DIP SPIKING ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE

**VERY URGENT**
   MASSIVE DIP SPIKING ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 14:45, 15:15, 19:15, 19:30 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 18.03.15  19.18 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 6.2 OFFSHORE BIO BIO, CHILE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10001nj1#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 82km (51mi) NNW of Talcahuano, Chile
83km (52mi) NW of Tome, Chile
91km (57mi) NW of Penco, Chile
96km (60mi) NNW of Concepcion, Chile
400km (249mi) SW of Santiago, Chile

Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (-78.6259, -41.0967, -68.6259, -31.0967)