Archive | May 12, 2015

Heat wave warning for Spain

Heatwave Warning

Meteorologists have said that temperatures look set to break records in the next few days, with weather at levels expected in July.
Many parts of Spain were registering temperatures of between 30ºC and 36ºC, with thermometers expected to peak at 40ºC in Seville.
The Canary Islands will be worst hit, with an orange alert for a heat wave expected for the rest of the week.
Authorities are advising people to keep hydrated, and at risk groups to stay out of direct exposure to the sun.
Meanwhile authorities have warned to be on the look out for forest fires, as the heat looks to dry out the area.
Firefighting teams have been mobilised to monitor forests across the region, and a ban is now in place preventing people lighting Barbecues and burning crop stubble.
The Cabildo in Tenerife has also advised people to delay hiking until the heatwave passes to reduce the number of injuries from heat exhaustion.
The first heat wave of the year has brought warnings to the public about taking extra care in the sun.
With thermometers expected to hit the mid 30’s, authorities are reminding people to take care when out in the sun, and to drink plenty of water. They have also said to take extra care even if it is cloudy, as the heat will still dehydrate.
The Met Office has warned that warm and dusty air will be felt across all of the archipelago, with many at risk groups, including the elderly and infirm being advised to stay out of the sun.
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Asteroid a MILE wide to hurtle past Earth in 48 HOURS – as experts warn of MASS EXTINCTION

Asteroid 1999 FN53 will skim past Earth on May 14
Asteroid 1999 FN53 will skim past Earth on May 14
A COLOSSAL asteroid hurtling through space is feared to be one of the biggest EVER to threaten a collision with Earth
The gigantic missile thought to measure almost a mile across will brush closer than previous monsters which have sparked a global panic.
Worried astronomers warned 1999 FN53, which is an eighth of the size of Mount Everest, will skim the Earth in TWO DAYS.
A collision would be nothing short of catastrophic triggering mass destruction, earthquakes and global extinction.
The monster is more than TEN TIMES bigger than other meteorites currently visible on NASA’s Near Earth Object radar.
It is also double the size of the gargantuan 2014-YB35 which had astronomers around the world watching the skies in March.
Experts warn a collision would trigger an explosion similar to millions of megatons of TNT and would be capable of killing 1.5 billion people.
It would be far more destructive than the 1908 Tunguska Event which saw a 50-metre lump of extraterrestrial rock crash into Siberia.
It flattened around 80 million trees and sent a shock wave across Russia measuring five on the Richter scale.
The event is held by scientists as a benchmark for the catastrophic consequence of an asteroid impact with earth.
The gigantic lump of rock is travelling faster than 30,000 mph and will brush terrifyingly close to Earth on Thursday.
Asteroid hit earth
1.5 billion people would be killed if the asteroid hit
Bill Napier, professor of astronomy at the University of Buckinghamshire, said an impact would leave unimaginable destruction.
He said: “People are concerned about an impact from a very large asteroid, and the impact of something of this scale would be nothing short of global.
“It is certainly one of the biggest on the radar, and much bigger than the Tunguska asteroid which was one of the most significant in history.
“This is in a completely different ball park, we are talking about millions of megatons of energy, vastly more than was released in Hiroshima.
“It would undoubtedly lead to the deaths of around 1.5 billion people, we are looking at a mass extinction of humanity.
“To understand the impact of something on this scale, you would have to look to the science fiction writers, it is incomprehensible.”
The asteroid is currently hurtling around the Earth fifty times faster than a jumbo jet and double the speed of a space rocket.
Though several million miles away astronomers fear a slight deviation from its orbit will put it on a headlong collision course with the planet.
Professor Napier said: “It is a bit like shooting through a key hole. 
“All being well this one is far enough away not to do us any harm, but people are concerned because you just don’t know.”
If it were to strike the sea it would send a plume of halogen gasses into the stratosphere  destroying the ozone layer, he said.
He added: “This would allow unrestricted sunlight hit the Earth, the sky would heat up becoming strong enough to burn vegetation.
“It would also put a lot of water into the stratosphere with these effects ultimately leading to a mass extinction.”
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NASA are keeping a close eye on the colossal asteroid
NASA’s Near Earth Object Programme puts the enormous lump of rock on course to pass within six million miles of Earth on May 14.
In astronomical terms this is a tiny distance and close enough to prompt astronomers to keep an eye on it until is passes safely.
Its exact size is still unclear though it is estimated to be between 580 metres and 1.3km wide – most likely around 680 metres.
In a statement NASA said: “1999 FN53 was discovered on 1999 Mar 31 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS).
“It has an absolute magnitude of 18.3 suggesting a diameter within a factor of two of 680 metres but otherwise its physical properties are poorly known. 
“The asteroid will approach Earth…on 2015 May 14.”
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Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 18km (11mi) NE of Bharatpur, Nepal
58km (36mi) NW of Hitura, Nepal
68km (42mi) W of Kirtipur, Nepal
72km (45mi) W of Patan, Nepal
72km (45mi) W of Kathmandu, Nepal


Subject To Change

Depth: 38 km

Distances: 33km (21mi) SE of Ofunato, Japan
42km (26mi) SSE of Kamaishi, Japan
52km (32mi) SSE of Otsuchi, Japan
63km (39mi) SE of Tono, Japan
412km (256mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

Population Exposure Map


Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 30 km SW of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 02:07:15.7 2015-05-13
16 km N of Hitura, Nepal / pop: 84,775 / local time: 02:07:15.7 2015-05-13

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Subject To Change

Depth: 65 km

Distances: 121km (75mi) S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
241km (150mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
359km (223mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
366km (227mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
718km (446mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (147.3157, -10.4468, 157.3157, -0.44679999999999964)


Tectonic Plates

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Europe set for heatwave summer as weather chiefs confirm El Niño arrival

El Nino Alert

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology today confirmed El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.
Meteorologists say the strength of the emerging El Niño is “significant” and is likely to influence extreme weather events around the world.
The weather phenomenon is triggered by a warming of the Pacific Ocean which researchers say is part of a complex cycle linking atmosphere and ocean.
The last El Nino five years ago was linked with destructive monsoons across Southeast Asia, droughts across the Pacific rim as well as heatwaves in Europe. Global warming is thought to increase the frequency and intensity of El Nino events.
Assistant Director for Climate Information Services at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, Neil Plummer, said: “The onset of El Niño in Australia in 2015 is a little earlier than usual. Typically El Niño events commence between June and November.
“Prolonged El Niño-like conditions have meant that some areas are more vulnerable to the impact of warmer temperatures and drier conditions.”
While El Niño increases the risk of drought, it does not guarantee it – of the 26 El Niño events since 1900, 17 have resulted in widespread drought.
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