Archive | May 2, 2015

MAGNITUDE 5.7 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=439811

Subject To Change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 430 km S of Yokohama-shi, Japan / pop: 3,574,443 / local time: 01:50:43.7 2015-05-03
361 km S of Shimoda / pop: 26,704 / local time: 01:50:00.0 2015-05-03


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Massive landslide kills four children in Kwale, Kenya

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Four children aged 8 to 12 years were Friday evening buried alive in a massive landslide at Maganyakulo area of Matuga in Kwale County.
 
An avalanche of sand buried them as they bathed in a water pan underneath. The cause of the landslide was not established but heavy rains have been pounding the area for weeks and consequently soaking up the soil.
 
A fifth child, 10, was rescued and admitted to a Kwale hospital. The incident affected three families and left the entire village mourning. Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya and County Commissioner Evans Achoki immediately closed the killer quarry that has existed for three years. Mohammed Ali Mwarimo who lost two children, Ismael Ali, 8 and Kassim Salim, 11 was in tears Saturday as he narrated to journalists the chilling events that led to the deaths.
 
Authorities have identified the other deceased as Shabaan Ali, 11 and Juma Mohamed Ali aged 12. “It was around 6p.m. when the children were preparing to go to the Mosque for evening prayers. There is usually some water at the scene where they went to wash themselves before the sand came down on them,” said Mwarimo. He added that other children raised the alarm after seeing their friends disappear in the sand and neighbours rushed to the scene where they rescued one who had already sank waist deep into the sand.
 
“The entire exercise of removing the bodies took like three hours because the sand was deep and the four were not buried at the same place with the fifth one,” he added. Mr Ali Salim, whose one son died while the other narrowly escaped, said they have complained for a long time about the quarry but all in vain. Salim blamed local village chairman Said Pembegwa for leaving the dangerous quarry open. “This has been a disaster in waiting but all pleas to close up this place has been met with resistance from the chair,” Salim remarked.
Courtesy of standardmedia.co.ke

8,000 underwater earthquakes in just one day rocks Oregon coast, USA

Earthquake Swarm

According to a May 1 Christian Science Monitor news report, scientists at the University of Washington  detected around 8,000 earthquakes off the Oregon coast on April 24, however the earthquakes took place well underground near the seafloor.
 
The suspected eruption at the Axial Seamount, an underwater volcano located about 300 miles offshore, was not much of a surprise to scientists. Bill Chadwick, a geologist at Oregon State University, predicted an eruption would occur this year. He appears to have been right.
 
“It isn’t clear yet whether the earthquakes and deflation at Axial are related to a full-blown eruption, or if it is only a large intrusion of magma that hasn’t quite reached the surface,” Chadwick said in a statement. “There are some hints that lava did erupt, but we may not know for sure until we can get out there with a ship.”
 
Oregon Live reported that in the past five months there were signs that an eruption was bound to take place. Hundreds of small earthquakes rumbled the seafloor almost daily. On April 24 they spiked, causing temperatures to rise and the sea floor to drop over two meters, the result of an underwater volcanic eruption.
 
Researchers say the earthquakes are not a threat because the eruptions take place deep underwater. and are at low level of magnitude – reaching a level of 1 or 2 with gradual seafloor movement.
 
The Christian Science Monitor reported that by becoming better at predicting underwater volcanic activity, researchers hope they can increase predictability for more dangerous volcanic eruptions.
Courtesy of natmonitor.com

MAGNITUDE 4.2 MICHIGAN, USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=439805

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Depth: 6 km

Distances: 188 km E of Chicago, United States / pop: 2,695,598 / local time: 11:23:07.0 2015-05-02
92 km SW of Lansing, United States / pop: 114,297 / local time: 12:23:07.0 2015-05-02
16 km SE of Kalamazoo, United States / pop: 74,262 / local time: 12:23:07.0 2015-05-02
9 km S of Galesburg, United States / pop: 2,009 / local time: 12:23:07.0 2015-05-02


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PRESSURE HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE

**URGENT MAGNETOSPHERE ALERT**
PRESSURE HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 02.05.15  16.39 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 5.0 CRETE, GREECE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20002au8#general_summary

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Depth: 13 km

Distances: 75km (47mi) S of Ierapetra, Greece
95km (59mi) S of Agios Nikolaos, Greece
122km (76mi) SSE of Irakleion, Greece
122km (76mi) SSE of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
443km (275mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (20.7165, 29.327399999999997, 30.7165, 39.3274)

MAGNITUDE 5.0 NEPAL

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20002atq#general_summary

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 25km (16mi) E of Khudi, Nepal
64km (40mi) E of Pokhara, Nepal
68km (42mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
89km (55mi) ENE of Waling, Nepal
93km (58mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal

Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (79.6212, 23.2745, 89.6212, 33.2745)

MAGNITUDE 3.2 PORTUGAL

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=439728

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Depth: 30 km

Distances: 319 km N of Lisbon, Portugal / pop: 517,802 / local time: 02:43:13.2 2015-05-02
4 km SE of Braga, Portugal / pop: 121,394 / local time: 02:43:13.2 2015-05-02
7 km S of Adaúfe, Portugal / pop: 3,850 / local time: 02:43:13.2 2015-05-02


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Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Kahului Airport, Hawaii

Officials with Hawaiian Airlines say Flight 24 left Maui at 11:18 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015 for Oakland, and returned to the Maui airport soon after departure due to an odor of fumes in the cabin. The flight crew declared an emergency and landed at Kahului Airport at 11:50 a.m.  All customers were evacuated via emergency slides, Hawaiian Airline’s Alison Croyle tells Maui Now.
 
There were 224 customers and 10 crew members onboard.
 
Hawaiian Airlines has since confirmed that two passengers have been taken to the local hospital with minor injuries.
 
Airline representatives say all customers are being provided options to be re-accommodated on a new aircraft from Maui to Oakland: HA1024 scheduled to depart at 10:15 p.m. and arrive at 5:20 a.m. PT.
Courtesy of mauinow.com

MAGNITUDE 3.6 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=439682

Subject To Change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 109 km W of Podgorica, Montenegro / pop: 136,473 / local time: 23:25:35.4 2015-05-01
16 km N of Dubrovnik, Croatia / pop: 28,428 / local time: 23:25:35.4 2015-05-01


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