Archive | May 14, 2015



Earthquake Swarm


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 75 km E of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 04:06:00.0 2015-05-15
32 km SE of Kodāri, Nepal / pop: 1,600 / local time: 04:06:00.0 2015-05-15

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 92 km E of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 03:38:00.0 2015-05-15
46 km SE of Kodāri, Nepal / pop: 1,600 / local time: 03:38:00.0 2015-05-15

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Record breaking heatwave in Spain

Heatwave Alert

Temperatures have risen to record breaking levels in the north eastern region of Catalonia, while elsewhere the searing heat has claimed its first victim
It has been the hottest May on record in Catalonia, with the region basking under unseasonably sizzling temperatures.
Temperatures of 36.6C were registered in Sant Romà d’Abella in Lleida and 36.1C in Tarragona while Barcelona recorded temperatures as high as 36C.
The previous highest temperature recorded in Barcelona, since records began over 100 years ago, was 34.9C, recorded on May 9th 1912.
That record has been shattered this week as a heatwave has swept across the country which saw a construction worker die from heat stroke in Badajoz, near the Portuguese border. 
Juan Francisco Díaz, 32, collapsed while digging a ditch at a country house a few kilometres from Badajoz in temperatures of over 35C. He was taken to hospital but doctors could not save his life. 
According to Quim Cot, from Catalonia’s meteorological agency (SMC), recent temperatures are definitely “unusual” for May and an indication that summer is starting earlier and earlier, but he stopped short of blaming the heatwave on climate change.
He did tell news agency EFE, however, that average temperatures were predicted to continue to rise over the coming years.
Cot explained that the heatwave currently baking Spain is due to a mass of hot air from North Africa.
While Catalonia’s coastal areas have enjoyed a cool sea breeze, inland towns have felt the heat rise to record breaking temperatures.
But Catalan’s better make the most of the high temperatures; a cool front will see temperatures return to normal from Friday, cooling the region considerably.
The hottest spot in Spain so far this year was Lanzarote where a temperature of 42.4C was recorded at the airport on Wednesday.
Authorities have placed 33 provinces across Spain on alert, while Valencia is on “red alert” with temperatures expected to reach 42 degrees. Alicante is on “orange alert” with the thermometer predicted to top 39 C.
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Massive wildfire has burnt over 8,000 hectares so far in Little Bobtail Lake, Canada

Wild Fire Alert

The Little Bobtail Lake fire has grown significantly in the last day burning nearly 8,000 hectares by Wednesday afternoon.
The wildfire — roughly 70 kilometres southwest of Prince George, B.C. — has already forced the evacuation of 80 people earlier this week, and close to 700 homes are in danger of being consumed if the fire spreads.
There are 120 firefighters, five helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment responding to the incident today.
B.C. Wildfire Management Branch says the fire is showing unpredictable behaviour and is showing no signs of letting up.
Melissa Klassen, a spokeswoman for the Prince George Fire Centre, said the amount of wood in the region left dry and damaged by beetle kill is also fuelling the fire. 
She does not expect the conditions to improve over the next few days. 
“What’s challenging fire suppression efforts is this is the second year in a row that we’ve had higher than normal drought conditions in this region which is making this fire gain momentum as it burns through these very dense forest fuel,” she said.”We’re going to see aggressive fire behaviour most likely continue on this fire.”
Klassen said airtankers have been dropping retardant to keep the fire from spreading, but the fire is blowing right past those retardant lines.
“It’ll be something that we are monitoring and observing over the next couple days and sort of rearranging our tactics as far as how to best approach this fire.”
Klassen says high temperatures and low humidity are part of the problem, and Environment Canada predicts the hot, dry conditions will continue into next week.
Evacuation orders were issued for properties near Little Bobtail Lake and Naltesby Lake (Bobtail Lake) by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, and for Norman Lake by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.
An evacuation alert was also issued for other nearby areas on Monday morning, meaning residents should be prepared to leave at a moments notice if the fire spreads.
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Subject To Change

Depth: 60 km

Distances: 283 km SE of Lima, Peru / pop: 7,737,002 / local time: 13:33:32.9 2015-05-14
20 km SE of Ica, Peru / pop: 246,844 / local time: 13:33:32.9 2015-05-14
15 km SE of Los Aquijes, Peru / pop: 7,848 / local time: 13:33:32.9 2015-05-14

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