Archive | May 13, 2015

Nicaraguan volcano explodes with tourists next to crater

Nicaragua Volcano explosion
(Photo: La Prensa Nicaragua)
Dramatic footage has emerged from Nicaragua this week after visitors to Telica Volcano found themselves just feet away from its massive crater as it spewed dark clouds of ash and gas high into the sky.
 
According to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, which monitors seismic and volcanic activity, the country’s most-active volcano let out a first, loud explosion on Sunday.
 
Nearly 50 small gas and ash explosions together with seven micro-earthquakes have since been reported.
 
The three-thousand-475-foot volcano is located in rural area of Leon province in western Nicaragua.
 
According to media, nearby farming communities and homes were covered with ash and soot from Telica.
 
Authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
 
Although no evacuation order has been issued, authorities are bracing for possible escalation in volcanic activity.
 
Some 2,500people live near the massive volcano, located 69 miles northwest of the capital of Managua.
Courtesy of wbir.com

Powerful Typhoon Pounds Southern Japanese Islands

Typhoon Alert

A powerful typhoon slammed into southern Japanese islands early Tuesday, bringing heavy rains, strong winds and high waves in the region, news reports said.
 
Typhoon Noul caused power outages on the island of Miyako and authorities advised thousands of residents to evacuate their homes on the island of Yoron, broadcaster NHK reported.
 
As of 8 am (2300 Monday GMT), Noul was about 160 kilometres west-southwest of Amami Oshima island and expected to bring downpours in eastern and western Japan later in the day, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
 
The sixth typhoon of the season, travelling north-east at a faster pace of 60 kilometres per hour, packed maximum sustained winds of 126 kph and gusts of up to 180 kph, the agency said.
Courtesy of lse.co.uk

MAGNITUDE 5.0 NEPAL

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=441867

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 79 km E of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 03:23:06.9 2015-05-14
26 km SE of Kodāri, Nepal / pop: 1,600 / local time: 03:23:06.9 2015-05-14


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MAGNITUDE 4.1 NEPAL

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=441875

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 74 km E of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 03:13:00.0 2015-05-14
35 km S of Kodāri, Nepal / pop: 1,600 / local time: 03:13:00.0 2015-05-14


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MAGNITUDE 4.4 BABUYAN ISL REGION, PHILIPPINES

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=441864

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 387 km S of Kaohsiung, Taiwan / pop: 1,519,711 / local time: 04:41:51.0 2015-05-14
218 km NW of Tuguegarao City, Philippines / pop: 115,105 / local time: 04:41:51.0 2015-05-14
177 km NW of Buguey, Philippines / pop: 3,111 / local time: 04:41:51.0 2015-05-14
74 km N of Davila, Philippines / pop: 3,465 / local time: 04:41:51.0 2015-05-14


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MAGNITUDE 4.4 SOUTHERN IRAN

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=441861

Subject To Change

Depth: 15 km

Distances: 384 km NE of Dubai, United Arab Emirates / pop: 1,137,347 / local time: 00:27:18.7 2015-05-14
173 km NE of Bandar ‘Abbās, Iran / pop: 352,173 / local time: 00:57:18.7 2015-05-14
110 km NE of Mīnāb, Iran / pop: 70,790 / local time: 00:57:18.7 2015-05-14


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Massive fire kills at least 63 at a factory in the Philippines

A firefighter attemtps to control a raging fire at a factory that manufactures slippers in Valenzuela City
Three people are known to have died in a fire at a footwear factory in the Philippines and there are fears for dozens more.
 
It took firefighters four hours to get the blaze in Valenzuela City, about 10 miles north of capital Manila, under control.
 
No survivors were found after they entered the building, mayor Rex Gatchalian told crying relatives who had gathered outside the factory for news.
 
Up to 63 people are believed to be missing, according to reports.
 
“I’m not saying all (the missing) are dead. We’re still hoping they were able to jump out,” he explained.
 
The fire reportedly started as a result of a spark from welding work which hit flammable chemicals stored inside the building.
 
Factory worker Nedy Neverio, 35, was among the distraught relatives waiting for news of their loved ones.
 
Her sister and two nephews are missing.
 
“Someone told us no one escaped from the area where she was assigned packing slippers into bags,” Ms Neverio said.
 
“My sister’s workplace was near the chemicals. She was not able to get out because the flames had spread.” 
 
An injured survivor said many of her fellow workers were trapped on the second floor of the two
storey-building.
 
“My boss and I were running out when we were blocked by fire and smoke,” Emma Santa Agata said.
 
“There was a sudden explosion and he was hit on the arm.”
Courtesy of Sky News

MAGNITUDE 5.2 EAST OF NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100028t2#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 436km (271mi) S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
471km (293mi) NE of Gisborne, New Zealand
484km (301mi) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand
530km (329mi) ENE of Tauranga, New Zealand
872km (542mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

MAGNITUDE 4.1 NEPAL

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=441839

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 82 km E of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 21:36:00.0 2015-05-13
34 km SE of Kodāri, Nepal / pop: 1,600 / local time: 21:36:00.0 2015-05-13


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