Archive | October 15, 2015

PROTON PARTICLES HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED

**URGENT PROTON ALERT**
PROTON PARTICLES HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Proton Alert 15.10.15 23.30 hrs UTC

Meteorite Smashes into House in Uruguay

Meteorite Alert

A meteorite traveling at roughly 250 kph (155 mph) crashed through the roof of a home in the southeastern Uruguayan city of Maldonado, the Universidad de la Republica’s School of Sciences said.
 
Nobody was hurt when the 712-gram (1.25-pound) space rock pierced the roof, made of wood and asbestos cement, but the impact did damage a television and the headstand of a bed.
 
A meteorite has struck a home fewer than 15 times in the past 100 years.
 
Gonzalo Tancredi, director of the Astronomy Department at the School of Sciences, told EFE that the meteorite came from “the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.”
 
“There are some objects that escape that zone and cross the Earth’s orbit,” the scientist said.
 
Following the Sept. 18 event, the family living in the house contacted Tancredi’s department about studying the rock.
 
Researchers, including experts from the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, and the Institute for Astronomy, Earth and Space Sciences in San Juan, Argentina, classified the meteorite as “rocky impact breccia.”
 
Tancredi said there are two major types of meteorites: metallic and rocky. The first have higher density and comprise mostly iron and nickel, while rocky meteorites have more silicates and a lesser proportion of nickel and iron.
 
The designation of “breccia” (breach) refers to the fact that their inner structure is “totally fragmented,” he said.
 
The Maldonado meteorite is now the subject of chemical and petrological analyses aimed at learning more about its origin and age, Tancredi said. 
 
Courtesy of laht.com
 

Severe Drought Threatens Growth as Cattle Die, Crops Fail In Ethiopia

Drought Emergency Alert_2

Saado Osman straps two bulging sacks of United Nations wheat to her donkey, one of the few animals the 70-year-old eastern Ethiopian herder has left since the rains stopped.
 
Like millions of others in the Horn of Africa nation she depended on that precipitation to provide fodder and water for her livestock. Now drought has killed 20 of her cattle and goats, leaving her family of 10 with just four animals.
 
“There is hunger here,” Saado said as she stood among a crowd receiving food relief in Afdem town in Ethiopia’s Somali region on Oct. 8. “For one year it has not rained.”
 
Rain failure from February to May this year in Ethiopia, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, was compounded by a short and erratic primary wet season from June to September. That’s left 8.2 million people in need of emergency support, with the crisis set to worsen through September next year, according to the UN.
 
The effect may spread to the economy: agriculture accounts for 40 percent of output, employs almost 77 percent of Ethiopia’s 97 million people and receives significant government support, according to the World Bank.
 
Exacerbating the drought is El Nino, the periodic warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean in the area around the Equator. Ethiopia’s economy, which has averaged about 10 percent growth over the past decade, contracted by more than 3 percent in 2003, the last time El Nino occurred.
 
Ethiopia’s economy has diversified into services since then, and agriculture is less rain-dependent, meaning growth of about 10 percent is still achievable in the 12 months to July 7, said Abraham Tekeste, a junior finance minister. “It’s going to be a very challenging fiscal year,” he told reporters Thursday in the capital, Addis Ababa. “The El Nino effect is very clear.”
 
Ethiopia will spend 4 billion birr ($191 million) combating the drought this year and needs donor support, said Mitiku Kassa, who heads the government’s disaster response committee. There are plans to import 627,000 metric tons of wheat and 20,000 tons of edible oil, he said in an interview in Addis Ababa. In total, 15 million people may need food aid in 2015, and an extra $340 million is required for relief efforts this year, the UN said.
 
The number of children needing emergency treatment for malnutrition reached 43,000 in August, more than during any month in the last major Ethiopian humanitarian crisis in 2011, according to the UN.
 
“I think we have properly managed the disaster,” Mitiku said. “It’s not out of the control of the government and development partners.”
 
The area where Ayube Uso’s family lives in the east of Oromia region, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Afdem, at first appears untroubled. Their village abuts fields of sorghum and corn and a tarmac road. In between juts a near-complete Chinese-built railway to a port in neighboring Djibouti, a sign of economic progress.
 
Yet they’re struggling. Their crops are sparse, stunted and hold a few kernels, or nothing at all. Most years they grow enough to live on — this year, the harvest failed. Ayube, 65, can only recall two times it was this bad: during 2002’s El Nino and in the 1984 famine that prompted the Live Aid appeal. To help them get by, his wife gathers firewood to sell in a town three hours’ walk away.
 
The family also gets aid from a donor-funded government initiative that provides relief as payment for work on irrigation channels or hillside terracing. The 10-year-old project, which runs from January to June, will support 7.9 million Ethiopians next year.
 
‘Unprecedented’ Drought
 
Government measures to encourage agriculture include distributing seeds and fertilizer to smallholders and promoting commercial farms. One focus area is the Awash River basin, which supports three state-run sugar projects, cotton plantations and the country’s largest fruit farm.
 
In the Amibara district of Afar region, 200 farmers in Sa’adin Omar’s community have benefited from government help to irrigate 146 hectares of corn from the river, which is Ethiopia’s longest. Because of drought, only half the plot may produce crops, and the river level is so low that the hose from their water pump can’t reach it, the 45-year-old said in an interview.
 
On the village outskirts, among sandy soil and thorn-trees, the carcasses of dozens of cows lay scattered around. The price for the animals has crashed from 7,000 birr to as low as 1,500 birr as desperate herders saturate the market, Sa’adin said.
 
“There has never been a drought like this,” he said.
Courtesy of bloomberg.com

MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 19:00, 19:15, 19:30, 19:45 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 19:00, 19:15, 19:30, 19:45 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 15.10.15  19.58 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 3.4 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIF. USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=464707

Subject To Change

Depth: 9 km

Distances: 534 km NW of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 06:10:20.0 2015-10-15
97 km SW of Sacramento, United States / pop: 466,488 / local time: 06:10:20.0 2015-10-15
27 km E of Oakland, United States / pop: 390,724 / local time: 06:10:20.0 2015-10-15
1 km NE of San Ramon, United States / pop: 72,148 / local time: 06:10:20.0 2015-10-15

 
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Severe drought hits hydro plants cutting power production in Tanzania

Drought Emergency Alert_2

Tanzania has cut its power generation by up to 250 megawatts, resulting in electricity rationing, after water levels in its hydro dams dropped following a drought, the energy ministry said on Wednesday.
 
Businesses say frequent power outages are hurting productivity and are a barrier to growth in East Africa’s No. 2 economy.
  
“We initially had a deficit of around 450 megawatts, but have reduced it to between 200 and 250 megawatts after switching on new power generators,” the energy ministry said in a statement.
 
“We need to generate 1,332 megawatts of electricity to avoid power cuts, but the current total power output is just 719 MW.”
 
The ministry said power generation at five hydro power stations had been drastically cut, while a sixth hydro power plant was shut down due to prolonged drought.
 
The government said it expects power supply to stabilise from Oct. 20 when more gas-fired power turbines are switched on.
 
Last week Tanzania inaugurated a $1.33 billion project to pipe natural gas to its commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and help relieve chronic power shortages in the city, which consumes more than half of the country’s total electricity supply.
 
The 532 km Mtwara-Dar es Salaam pipeline and gas processing plants, largely financed by a Chinese loan, is part of a plan to add about 2,000 megawatts of new gas-fired electricity generating power by 2018 to increase Tanzania’s generating capacity to 10,000 MW by 2025.
 
Most new plants will be gas-fired but Tanzania also wants to use coal reserves and renewable resources such as wind and geothermal as part of a campaign to wean itself off hydropower.
Courtesy of citizentv.co.ke

MAGNITUDE 5.4 ECUADOR

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10003nud#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 104 km

Distances: 22km (14mi) ENE of Canar, Ecuador
28km (17mi) NNE of Azogues, Ecuador
34km (21mi) SSE of Alausi, Ecuador
44km (27mi) N of Gualaceo, Ecuador
251km (156mi) S of Quito, Ecuador