Archive | May 25, 2015


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Depth: 29 km

Distances: 1997 km S of Canberra, Australia / pop: 327,700 / local time: 03:48:46.5 2015-05-26
2931 km SW of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 381,900 / local time: 05:48:46.5 2015-05-26
4026 km SW of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,060 / local time: 04:48:46.5 2015-05-26

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 86 km E of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 22:16:00.0 2015-05-25
33 km SE of Kodāri, Nepal / pop: 1,600 / local time: 22:16:00.0 2015-05-25

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Powerful eruption at Wolf volcano on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Image of Wolf volcano’s eruption on 25 May 2015 (Ecuador TV / twitter)
As day breaks on the archipelago, the first images start to emerge and media pick up on the spectacular eruption.
From images it seems that a large effusive-explosive eruption is occurring.
 Tall lava fountains produce an immense ash plume that rises to up to 45,000 ft (14 km) altitude, if the estimations by VAAC Washington are correct. At the same time, several lava flows descend from the vent(s), likely a fissure on the volcano. 
The last eruption of Wolf volcano, a 1710 m tall shield volcano, was in 1982. That eruption, too, started with an explosive onset accompanied and followed by effusion of large lava flows from a 1 km long fissure.
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Devastating flooding kills at least 3 with many missing in Texas and Oklahoma, USA

State Of Emergency

‘Worst I’ve seen’
At least three people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed in flash flooding in the southern US.
Two people were killed in weather-related accidents in Oklahoma and a man lost his life in San Marcos, Texas.
Some areas saw up to 10 inches (25cm) of rain over a 24-hour period, with more predicted across the region.
Twelve people, including two children, were reported missing along the Blanco river in Texas, local media report.
Jonathan McComb was staying at a house in Wimberley with his wife and their young son and daughter when they were swept away.
Mr McComb was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but his family has not yet been found. Five others were also reportedly dragged away by the floodwaters.
His father, former county commissioner Joe McComb told Kiii TV: “It is in the Lord’s hands… we’re praying for the best.”
Map of Texas and nearby states
‘Worst I’ve seen’
There were numerous other rescues on Sunday after banks burst, and hundreds of homes were destroyed across the region.
Warnings and alerts stretch from Colorado through to Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and eastern Kansas.
The Blanco is one of the worst hit rivers in Texas.
At one point it crested at 43ft (13m) – some 30ft above the designated flood stage and 7ft higher than the 1929 record.
Blanco river basin in Texas, 24 May
The Blanco river basin in Texas is one of the worst hit areas
Highway patrolmen use air boats for rescues in Purcell, Oklahoma, 24 May
Highway patrolmen used air boats for rescues in Purcell, Oklahoma
This aerial photo shows a home along the Blanco River that was taken off its foundation after rain caused flash flooding in Wimberley, Texas, Sunday, 24 May 2015.
Several hundred houses have been destroyed in Wimberley
A flash flood emergency – reserved for the most life-threatening situations – is in effect in the river basin area.
Some 1,000 people nearby were evacuated from their homes and parts of the Interstate 35 highway were flooded and closed.
Rudy Olivo, a resident of San Marcos, told Associated Press: “This is the worst I’ve seen it because the water rose so fast.”
San Marcos emergency management coordinator, Kenneth Bell, said the body of one man had been recovered but had no more details.
Tornado warnings
Kristi Wyatt, communications director for the town, said: “We have people on car tops and rooftops awaiting rescue. People in homes are going to higher levels.”
She said hundreds of people were now in evacuation centres and that floodwaters had washed away five police cars.
A tornado hit Houston briefly on Sunday, damaging buildings and injuring at least two people.
Warnings of more tornadoes have been issued for parts of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.
Flood victims are rescue in Kyle, Texas, 24 May
Flood victims are rescued in Kyle, Texas
Rescue in Oklahoma, 24 May
A couple in Oklahoma had to make three trips to rescue their pets
In parts of San Antonio water exploded from sewer covers.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered at Lake Lewis, 50 miles (80km) north of Houston, which itself saw high winds bringing down trees and blowing out windows.
Residents in Wichita Falls, also in Texas, were warned the Wichita river could burst its banks.
A fire-fighter died in Oklahoma when he was swept away while taking part in a rescue effort in the town of Claremore, in the north-east of the state. He was named as Capt Jason Farley.
A woman was also killed in a weather-related traffic accident in Tulsa.
Residents were rescued from roofs in the state’s Cleveland and Comanche counties.
The National Weather Service says Oklahoma City already has a new monthly rainfall record for May – at 18.19 inches.
In Colorado, El Paso and Pueblo counties and the city of Sterling were badly affected.
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Mega Heatwave Kills More Than 500 People In India

Heatwave Alert

The death toll from a heatwave in India rises to more than 500 people as weather forecasters warn of a “severe heatwave” ahead. 
In the capital city of New Delhi, a high of 44 C (111.2F) was recorded with zero precipitation, low humidity and little wind, while in Allahabad, another city in the north, the mercury touched 47.7 C (117.8F) on Sunday with zero precipitation, low humidity and slight wind, according to local sources.
Most of the recorded deaths from the present heatwave are attributed to severe dehydration and heatstroke.
India’s Meteorological Department has sounded the alarm for several states for the rest of the month, advising the citizens to drink plenty of water to be well hydrated.
“It is hot. It will stay hot. People must stay inside and drink lots of water,” Devendra Sharma, an official at the Indian meteorological office said.
Meteorological office director, BK Yadav, attributed the heat in north India to a continuing heatwave from neighboring Pakistan, saying, “The temperature there is 50 degrees and the heat wave is coming from there.”
The department has warned that the heatwave condition will continue for days in large swathes of northern and southern India.
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Disease threatens livestock on Lebanon’s Syrian border

Virus Detected

The most common disease is foot-and-mouth but a new virus that causes lumpy skin has also raised concern
The war in Syria has forced many people to look for safety in Lebanon but there are now concerns about the farm animals the refugees brought with them.
Since the conflict has disrupted the delivery of animal vaccinations in Syria, the risk of trans-boundary animal diseases across the border into Lebanon has increased dramatically.
Lebanon’s agriculture ministry says large numbers of animals arrived from Syria without proper health checks and some Lebanese farmers have reported new diseases over the past two years. 
The most common disease is foot-and-mouth, which causes ulcers, but a new viral disease causing lumpy skin has also raised concern. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation says it has already killed several cattle.
It has been estimated that there has been a 60 percent increase in the quantity of livestock in Lebanon near the border with Syria.
There are more than 1.2 million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
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Tornado Kills 10 in Mexican Border City of Ciudad Acuna

Tornado Hampton 02.06.12

A tornado raged through the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna early Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying homes and upending cars and other vehicles.
Rosario Cano, spokeswoman for the interior department of the northern state of Coahuila said 10 people had been confirmed killed so far in the twister, which struck around 6:40 a.m. Central time.
Photos from the scene showed cars with their hoods ripped off, resting upended against the facades of one-story houses.
One car’s frame was literally bent around the gate of a house.
A bus was seen flipped and crumpled on a roadway.
Ciudad Acuna is a city of about 100,000 across the border from Del Rio, Texas.
Cano said top state officials had set out to review the damage and coordinate response to the disaster.
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Subject To Change

Depth: 33 km

Distances: 3016 km N of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 22:08:28.9 2015-05-25
3565 km N of Tarawa, Kiribati / pop: 40,311 / local time: 22:08:28.9 2015-05-25
3962 km E of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 19:08:28.9 2015-05-25

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