Archive | July 1, 2015

Danger warning issued as Fuego Volcano activity intensifies in Guatemala

Volcano Alert

Guatemalan authorities issued a danger warning Wednesday in response to intensifying activity in the country’s Fuego Volcano.
 
The volcano, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Guatemala City, was belching “fiery clouds” over the course of the day, said David de Leon, a spokesman for the government’s disaster response office.
 
The danger warning issued by the government was one step short of a declaration of emergency requiring evacuation of the communities around the volcano.
 
He said the mountain has been shaken by explosions that have rattled windows and rooftops and spewed columns of ash to some (5,000) 15,000 feet above sea level.
 
Guatemala’s civil aviation authority was advised to take precautionary measures.
 
In February, a strong eruption forced authorities to close the international airport because of the falling ash.
Courtesy of news.yahoo.com

State Of Emergency Declared After Severe Flooding hits Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

State Of Emergency

The city of Kamloops, B.C. has declared a state of emergency after a sudden thunderstorm flooded one neighbourhood, forcing around 100 people to leave their homes.
 
Heavy rains pounded down around 4 p.m. Tuesday, quickly dumping a metre of water on Oak Hills trailer park in the Westsyde area.
 
“I have heard from some people that they’ve got water right in their living rooms, rivers running through their trailers is what they’ve told me,” said resident Michael McDonald.
 
Initial reports suggested police evacuated 17 residents, but Fire Chief Dale McLean said the number grew by more than five times over the course of the afternoon and evening.
 
Assistant fire chief Curtis Bossert said that reports suggest a debris dam let loose above a nearby road, which may have led to the flash flood.
 
The city said Tuesday that there haven’t been any injuries, and that an emergency reception centre has opened at Interior Savings Centre Parkside Lounge.
 
One man shared a timelapse of the downpour as it passed over the city on YouTube, showing the skies growing dark as the storm rolls in. (Watch above.)
 
Others took to Twitter and Instagram to share photos and videos of black clouds, gumball-sized hail, sharp bursts of lightning, and flooded streets.
Courtesy of huffingtonpost.ca

Plane crash kills two in Fiery East Texas, USA

Plane Crash Alert

Two people were killed Wednesday when a plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from an East Texas airstrip, sources tell NBC 5.
 
First responders were seen placing two tarps over what remained of the burned out aircraft, indicating there were two victims in the crash. Officials have not said if anyone else was on board the aircraft.
 
According to Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine Piper PA-24, which can seat four occupants, had departed the private Rockin’ M Airport northeast of Quinlan early Wednesday afternoon.
 
Only a few moments later, the plane crashed into a field about 1,000 feet east of the north-south grass runway. The plane came to rest a few yards from a residence in rural Hunt County.
 
Investigators with the FAA are headed to the scene, Lunsford said. At this time, the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Courtesy of nbcdfw.com

Tropical storm Chan-hom is expected to pass through the Marianas as a typhoon over the weekend

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Photo: National Weather Service
Tropical Storm Chan-hom is expected to pass through the Marianas as a typhoon over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
 
The weather service’s latest forecast graphic issued at 7 p.m. shows the storm passing just south of Guam Saturday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
 
The weather services’s tracking forecast was modified several times today, with the predicted course moving from a direct hit on Rota this morning to a path that takes it south of Guam. The forecast could still change.
 
“Conditions could change during the night,” said meteorologist Chip Guard. “National Weather Service anticipates the storm slowing down during the night and we should know more about the exact track tomorrow morning.”
 
According to the weather service’s 8 p.m. online advisory, the tropical storm was positioned about 750 miles east-southeast of Guam. Maximum sustained winds was 45 mph.
 
The storm was moving west at 12 mph, with winds extending outward up to 60 miles from the center. The system is expected to turn to the west tonight and Thursday with a slight decrease in forward speed.
 
The storm is expected to bring rain showers and thunderstorms to Guam starting Friday, and winds are expected to strengthen over the weekend, said weather service meteorologist Brandon Aydlett. Inclement weather could extend into Monday, he said.
 
The island can expect up to 12 inches of rain over the weekend, Aydlett said Wednesday morning.
 
Several weekend events are postponed.
 
The Liberation Carnival will be closed Saturday, and the Fourth of July fireworks are tentatively postponed to Sunday. The carnival will remain open tomorrow and vendors will begin breaking down their booths Friday, said Sinajana Mayor Robert Hofmann, event planner for the carnival.
 
The Guam BBQ Block Party scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. The Guam Visitors Bureau will announce a new date when determined.
Courtesy of guampdn.com

MAGNITUDE 5.8 SOLOMON ISLANDS

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10002mw0#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 8 km

Distances: 92km (57mi) SE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
334km (208mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
707km (439mi) NW of Luganville, Vanuatu
936km (582mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
970km (603mi) NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu


MAGNITUDE 3.7 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 8.4 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude  63.750 -23.271
(
6.7 km NNW of Geirfuglasker)

Earthquake location   01 Jul 20:45 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 3.2 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 9 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude  63.705 -23.351
(4.3 km NW of Geirfugladrangur)

Earthquake location   01 Jul 20:45 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 3.3 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 12.6 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude  63.720 -23.318
(4.8 km NNW of Geirfugladrangur)

Earthquake location   01 Jul 20:45 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 3.3 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 8.9 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude  63.575 -23.390
(12.6 km SSW of Geirfugladrangur)

Earthquake location   01 Jul 20:45 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 3.5 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 0.3 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude  63.610 -23.310
(7.7 km S of Geirfugladrangur)

Earthquake location   01 Jul 20:45 GMT

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Time and magnitude of earthquake   01 Jul 20:45 GMT

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