Archive | August 15, 2015

State of emergency declared due to large seismic activity at Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador

State Of Emergency

Ecuador has declared a state of emergency following increased activity from the its Cotopaxi volcano.
President Rafael Correa made the announcement in a weekly address on Saturday, a day after two small explosions on Cotopaxi.
The move will allow Mr Correa to mobilise security forces throughout the country and give him greater leeway to use financial resources in the event an eruption.
“We declare a state of emergency due to the unusual activity of Mount Cotopaxi,” Mr Correa said.
“God willing, everything will go well and the volcano will not erupt”
The president said that about 400 people had been voluntarily relocated to shelters as a precautionary measure.
The two explosions on Friday, as well as an expulsion of ash, surprised nearby residents, but authorities stressed the activity did not mean the volcano was about to erupt.
Nonetheless, the environment ministry has closed the Cotopaxi National Park as a precaution.
Cotopaxi is one of the world’s highest active volcanoes and is popular with tourists. It last erupted in 1940.
The two explosions on Friday, as well as an expulsion of ash, surprised nearby resident Credit: PA
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Magnetogram 15.08.15  23.08 hrs UTC

Severe drought conditions strikes parts of Canada

Current drought conditions in the province (Photo Credit: BC River Forecast Centre)
The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has issued a response to the current drought conditions in the Okanagan and the current plan of action
“Water is one of our most valuable resources and we all need to work together to conserve it,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), who delivered opening remarks at the Okanagan Drought Response Workshop this week in Kelowna. “With drought at its worst level in the southern interior since the Province created the Drought Response Plan in 2010, it is more important than ever for people to curtail their water use now, so more will be available later in summer and fall.”
The current drought conditions are having a negative effect on fish in the region and an angling ban has been issued for several areas. The Okanagan Nation Alliance was expecting to welcome more than 100,000 sockeye back to their spawning grounds, plus an additional 50,000 to 100,000 for food, commercial, and recreational fishing.
“This was going to be the best it had ever been since 1938, since we’ve been recording,” said Richard Bussanich, ONA fisheries biologist. “We live in a fragile environment,” noted Bussanich. “My hope is that it plants a seed and we begin to see a change in the way we live in our valley, and we can say 30 years from now, on August 13th a change began to happen.”
Now that fishing has been banned along the main stem of the Okanagan River between Okanagan Lake and Osoyoos Lake the ONA is expected a return between 18,000 and 45,000 salmon. While the OBWB continues to work with various user groups to address the current drought, it is also encouraging residents to do what they can to conserve.
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Depth: 25 km

Distances: 41 km NE of Bern, Switzerland / pop: 121,631 / local time: 22:35:11.0 2015-08-15
30 km W of Luzern, Switzerland / pop: 57,066 / local time: 22:35:11.0 2015-08-15
5 km W of Willisau, Switzerland / pop: 3,125 / local time: 22:35:11.0 2015-08-15
2 km S of Zell, Switzerland / pop: 1,943 / local time: 22:35:11.0 2015-08-15

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Depth: 48 km

Distances: 3967 km NE of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 05:16:23.1 2015-08-16
4689 km NE of Pyongyang, North Korea / pop: 3,222,000 / local time: 05:16:23.1 2015-08-16
4706 km NE of Seoul, South Korea / pop: 10,349,312 / local time: 05:16:23.1 2015-08-16

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Record high temperatures as an unexpected heatwave strikes parts of Australia

Record High Temperatures

IT’S still winter, but it was perfect beach weather on Saturday as the temperature soared to a record 27.0 degrees in Perth’s metropolitan — the hottest August day in 17 years
Duty forecaster Bob Tarr from the Bureau of Meteorology said the last recorded temperature this high was 27.2 degrees recorded on August 26 in 1998.
Mr Tarr said the unseasonably high temperature also smashed past records for Rottnest and Swanbourne.
“We have records on Rottnest that go back to 1879 and this is the warmest temperature ever recorded on Rottnest Island,” he said.
“It’s also the warmest day on record at Swanbourne since 1985 and the equal warmest at Jandakot”.
Opportunistic sun seekers flooded Perth beaches in a bid to soak up the heat while it lasted.
Jayde Branton, 28, spent the day at Cottesloe Beach with her two sisters and some friends.
It was their first attempt on the ocean at stand-up paddling, a popular new sport that combines surfing and paddling.
Ms Branton said she couldn’t believe it was winter.
“It was awesome, just such a beautiful day for it. There were heaps of people down there, definitely a couple of hundred at least,” she said.
“The water was still pretty cold but it was nice enough to swim for a bit”.
The winter temperature was even warmer than Barcelona, which was 21 degrees, London, 22, Paris, 23 and Amsterdam, 21.
The weather is tipped to be partly cloudy with a maximum of 23 degrees on Sunday.
“The rain should hold off until the early evening,” Mr Tarr said.
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Tropical Storm Goni Remains on Track to Pass Between Rota & Tinian Early Sunday Morning

Tropical Storm Goni Remains on Track to Pass Between Rota & Tinian Early Sunday Morning
Tropical storm Goni has maintained it’s intensity and has remained on a track that should take it somewhere between Rota and Tinian early Sunday Morning. It is not expected to become a typhoon until after it leaves the Marianas
Tropical storm Goni remains on a track that will take it North of Rota and South of Tinian in the early morning hours of Sunday.
According to the National Weather Service’s Sat. 11pm public advisory the storm has maintained it’s strength at 50mph and it’s not expected to become a typhoon until after it leaves the Marianas. It is moving Northwest at 6mph and is expected to continue this direction through Sunday night. At 10pm it was located at 14.4 degrees North latitude and 145.8 degrees East longitude. Guam remains in COR2 and a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam Rota Tinian and Saipan. A typhoon watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan.
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Severe thunderstorm with heavy rain and damaging winds causes mayhem to parts of western Nebraska, USA

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert

A severe thunderstorm packing heavy rain and damaging winds raced through parts of western Nebraska Thursday night.
Residents and city officials in North Platte and other communities reported downed trees, power outages and rain runoff that accumulated more than axle deep in some spots on Thursday night.
The National Weather Service says nearly 1.4 inches of rain fell on North Platte in about 70 minutes.
Hail 2 inches in diameter was reported about 15 miles north of the city, and 1.5-inch hail was reported seven miles west of Thedford in Thomas County.
No injuries have been reported.
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Depth: 8 km

Distances: 35 km S of Bern, Switzerland / pop: 121,631 / local time: 20:34:16.4 2015-08-15
22 km W of Interlaken, Switzerland / pop: 5,067 / local time: 20:34:16.4 2015-08-15
1 km E of Diemtigen, Switzerland / pop: 2,027 / local time: 20:34:16.4 2015-08-15

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