Archive | April 2016

Volatile Volcano Sakurajima Erupts In Japan

Volcano Alert

Impressive footage of the Sakurajima Volcano in Kagoshima, Japan, erupting on Saturday morning, spewing a cloud of ash and dust into the sky.
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Earthquake Swarm At Ruapehu Volcano In New Zealand

Seismic recording at Ruapehu volcano today (Far West station / Geonet)
An earthquake swarm has been occurring at the volcano since 26 April. 
According to Geonet, such seismic swarms indicating small rock-fracturing events have been rare at the volcano in recent years. Ruapehu’s typical seismic activity is rather dominated by events reflecting internal circulation of fluids such as tremor. 
Another sign of unrest has been noted as well: the temperature of the crater lake has risen since Mid April from 25 to 40°C, although no other parameter (e.g. chemistry) has changed significantly. 
Geonet stated that “we are uncertain of the implications of the recent observations. However at this time these changes at Ruapehu are not considered sufficient to change the Volcanic Alert Level” (which remains at 1). 
There is no connection with the recent activity at White Island.
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Severe heat wave condition in West Bengal, India

Heatwave Alert

Districts of Gangetic West Bengal on Friday sizzled under severe heatwave conditions with Bankura recording the highest temperature at 45.1 degrees Celsius.
The Bankura’s temperature was six degrees above normal, the Met department said and forecast above 45 degree temperature for the next three days.
The maximum day temperatures at Asansol, Burdwan and Sriniketan were recorded at 44.1 degrees Celsius, 42.2 degrees Celsius, and 43 degrees Celsius respectively.
After recording below 40 degrees Celsius for a couple of days, the metropolis, part of which will vote in the fifth phase of polling tomorrow, is once again back to 40 plus mercury mark at 40.4 degrees, five degrees above normal.
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Super Cyclone Devastates Arunachal’s Changlang district, India

Cyclone Alert

At least 2 people were killed when a massive cyclone lashed at Chakma inhabited area of Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. The deceased people included an infant who was barely one-year old and a 17-year old girl named Kalasogi Chakma from Avoipur village under Diyun circle.
More than 200 bamboo constructed Chakma houses were seriously damaged in the fierce wind and hailstorms and several beetle-nut gardens were completely destroyed. The most affected villages were Bijopur in Bordumsa circle, Dharmapur under circle and Avoipur, Jyotipur and Shantipur in Diyun circle. – See more at:
The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri kalikho Pul expressed great shock and sorrow on the deaths of two persons due to hailstorm and tornado like situation at Chakma inhabited areas of Changlang district.
He has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs. 4 lakh to the next of kin of the families of the deceased as per relief norms of the government and has also instructed the Deputy Commissioner, Changlang to initiate the process immediately.
The Local MLA, Nikh Kamin meet the Chief Minister and apprised him of the situation of flood and cyclone at Diyun, Miao and Bordumsa circles of Changlang district.
While condoling the deaths, Kamim instructed the ADC Bordumsa and EAC Diyun to leave no stone unturned in helping and being with the people in this hour of crisis. The EAC, Tagam Mibang is putting all possible efforts on his part to fight the wrath of both the cyclone and the flood.
The area is already affected by ongoing massive floods due to heavy rainfall in the region. By flooding of the Noa Dihing River, more than 100 families have become landless and homeless.
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Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 183 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 07:30:39.6 2016-05-01
90 km SE of Luganville, Vanuatu / pop: 13,397 / local time: 07:30:39.6 2016-05-01
27 km SE of Norsup, Vanuatu / pop: 2,998 / local time: 07:30:39.6 2016-05-01

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 51 km W of Urunchi, China / pop: 1,508,225 / local time: 19:40:36.1 2016-04-30
27 km W of Changji, China / pop: 198,776 / local time: 19:40:36.1 2016-04-30

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Earthquake Swarm


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Subject To Change

Depth: 4 km

Distances: 32.0 km (19.9 mi) SW of Lakatoro, Vanuatu
85.0 km (52.8 mi) S of Luganville, Vanuatu
198.0 km (123.0 mi) NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
510.0 km (316.9 mi) N of We, New Caledonia
650.0 km (403.9 mi) N of Paita, New Caledonia

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