Archive | August 24, 2015

MAGNITUDE 4.1 NORTHERN IRAN

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 312 km W of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan / pop: 727,700 / local time: 21:23:46.3 2015-08-24
63 km E of Gorgān, Iran / pop: 244,937 / local time: 20:53:46.3 2015-08-24
25 km S of Shāh Pasand, Iran / pop: 47,590 / local time: 20:53:46.3 2015-08-24


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Travel chaos as Typhoon Goni cancels 140 flights in Hong Kong and Shanghai

Typhoon Alert

More than 140 flights were cancelled in Shanghai and Hong Kong as Typhoon Goni continued to pummel the northern Philippines while churning across the Pacific Ocean towards Japan and Korea on Monday.
 
As it moved northwards at 22km/h, with winds of up to 175km/h and creating waves at least 13 metres high, Goni caused chaos in Shanghai, prompting the cancellation of at least 139 flights.
 
More than 71 flights at Shanghai Pudong International Airport were cancelled, and many delayed for two to four hours. Four flights were delayed seven hours. The airport’s capacity was cut 30 per cent; the capacity of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport was down by 60 per cent.
 
The Shanghai meteorological service downgraded its rainstorm warning from orange – the second highest in a four-tier warning system – to its lowest level yesterday afternoon.
 
More than 10,000 police officers were deployed to divert traffic in the city, CCTV reported.
 
Dragonair delayed two flights between Hong Kong and Okinawa, Japan, until today. It advised passengers to check flight statuses on its website.
 
Overall, there were two cancellations and five delays for flights to Okinawa due to Typhoon Goni, an Airport Authority spokeswoman said.
 
Hong Kong Observatory forecaster Ho Chun-kit said Goni was a severe typhoon and it had caused rain bands across the East China Sea.
 
“We expect it to start weakening as it approaches Japan – the worst weather will be affecting Japan and Korea [today] and Wednesday,” he said.
 
In the Philippines, the official death toll from landslides and floods rose to 26. Rescue teams clawed away at a mountainside near the remote mining town of Mankayan in the country’s north after recovering the bodies of 13 miners buried two days earlier.
 
“The landslide buried miners sheltering in huts used as a rest area. The slope collapsed after being saturated with rain,” a civil defence spokeswoman said.
 
Nearly a thousand homes in the northern Philippines were destroyed, forcing more than 12,000 people to flee.
 
The storm was on course to hit the island of Kyushu today, said Japan’s meteorological agency.
Courtesy of scmp.com

MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:00, 21:15 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:00, 21:15 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 24.08.15  21.10 hrs UTC

Tropical Storm Loke strengthening to become a hurricane in the Pacific

NASA’s Terra satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Loke in infrared light as it continued strengthening in the Central Pacific.
 
Loke formed on August 20 at 11 p.m. EDT as Tropical Depression 4C. By August 21 at 5 p.m. EDT the depression strengthened into a tropical storm and was renamed Tropical Storm Loke.
 
NASA’s Terra satellite gathered infrared data on Loke using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument. Terra passed over Loke on August 24 at 09:50 UTC (5:50 a.m. EDT). The data showed that the strongest storms, with the coldest cloud top temperatures were north of the center of circulation. Highest, strongest thunderstorms stretch high into the troposphere (lowest layer of the atmosphere) and the higher the cloud top, the colder it is. Cloud top temperatures were near -63F/-53C indicating these thunderstorms were capable of generating heavy rainfall.
 
Loke is expected to reach hurricane strength later today, and a hurricane warning is in effect for portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, from Pearl and Hermes Atoll to Lisianski Island. In addition, NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center posted a tropical storm warning is in effect for Midway Island, portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument from Lisianski Island to Maro Reef.
 
At 8 a.m. EDT (2 a.m. HST/1200 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Loke was located near latitude 24.4 north…longitude 178.0 west. Loke is moving toward the northeast near 15 mph…24 km/h. Loke is expected to turn to the north on August 25. CPHC noted “On the forecast track the outer winds of Loke should reach the warned areas within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument during the afternoon on August 24 with the core of Loke passing through the warned area at night. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (105 kph) and is expected to become a hurricane on August 25. The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 millibars.
Courtesy of eurekalert.org

MAGNITUDE 6.0 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

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Depth: 228 km

Distances: 1098 km S of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 22:41:26.8 2015-08-24
856 km NE of Whangarei, New Zealand / pop: 50,900 / local time: 21:41:26.8 2015-08-24


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