Archive | August 2016

MAGNITUDE 5.0 KYUSHU, JAPAN

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Depth: 12 km

Distances: 102 km S of Fukuoka-shi, Japan / pop: 1,393,000 / local time: 06:33:49.6 2016-09-01
25 km SW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan / pop: 681,000 / local time: 06:33:49.6 2016-09-01
16 km W of Uto, Japan / pop: 39,300 / local time: 06:33:49.6 2016-09-01

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State Of Emergency Declared As Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Florida, USA

State Of Emergency
Officials issued the first hurricane watch in four years for the west coast of Florida on Wednesday, as Tropical Storm Hermine strengthened and continued its slow churn toward the state.
 
In preparation for the storm in Florida, coastal residents have been evacuated, schools and colleges are closed Thursday and Friday, and officials have opened shelters for evacuees.
 
The storm is forecast to hit somewhere along the Big Bend area of Florida on Thursday afternoon either as a strong tropical storm or a weak hurricane. If it attains hurricane strength before landfall, it would be the first hurricane to hit Florida in 11 years.
 
Heavy rain, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes are all a concern with the storm. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are possible over portions of central and northern Florida through Friday, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible, the National Hurricane Center said. That high volume could trigger flash flooding.
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Hurricane Madeline, Lester threaten to hit Hawaii with one-two punch

Hurricane Alert
Merchants boarded up shop windows Wednesday along Hilo Bay, and shoppers snatched supplies of food and water from grocery store shelves as what could be the first hurricane to hit Hawaii in a quarter-century neared the island.
 
The National Weather Service said Hurricane Madeline had weakened but remained on track to hit Hawaii’s Big Island early Thursday.
 
CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV reports that Madeline could be worse than Tropical Storm Iselle in 2014, which toppled hundreds of albizia trees on the Big Island and caused an estimated $79 million in damage.
 
Officials urged residents to expect hurricane conditions and to take steps to protect themselves and their property.
 
“Hopefully our roofs stay on, and our houses don’t float way or get blown away,” said Big Island resident Mitzi Bettencourt, who boarded up walls of glass windows at her brother’s oceanfront home. “It’s like, ‘Oh my God, are we going to get flattened or what?’”
 
Elsewhere, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Hermine had formed in the Gulf of Mexico and was centered about 400 miles from Tampa, Florida. It was expected to pick up speed and approach the northwest Florida coast Thursday afternoon. A warning was dropped about a tropical depression that had been moving toward North Carolina.
 
In Hawaii, Peggy Beckett, a retiree and beekeeper, stopped at a Hilo supermarket to pick up onion bagels, cheese, cold cuts and salad to add to her canned food at home. She also has a cooler with ice plus a portable burner and batteries to get her through the storm.
 
Noting the lines of people at the market, Beckett said people were getting prepared but weren’t panicking.
 
“There’s always a lot of disbelief on the island that the storms will really be as big and bad as forecast,” she said, noting that she and her partner had taken precautions to protect their beehives.
 
Hurricane Madeline has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. It was about 140 miles southeast of Hilo early Wednesday – with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph – and on track to skirt or hit the southern edge of the Big Island, an area that features ranches, small towns and Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park.
Bettencourt manages several vacation rental properties and her own home sits a few blocks from the ocean. She and her neighbors were stocking their pantries, stowing lawn furniture and preparing for power outages.
 
“If they’re not prepared now, they should get prepared fast,” said Chevy Chevalier, a meteorologist with the weather service.
 
The previous hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki in 1992, which hit Kauai, Chevalier said.
 
A second Pacific hurricane, called Lester, was far from Hawaii, and expected to weaken to a tropical storm as it passes the state.
Hurricane Madeline and Hurricane Lester bear down on Hawaii in this infrared satellite image captured at 10 a.m. ET on Aug. 31, 2016.
Hurricane Madeline and Hurricane Lester bear down on Hawaii in this infrared satellite image captured at 10 a.m. ET on Aug. 31, 2016. NOAA
 
Gov. David Ige has issued an emergency proclamation for both storms, allowing the state to quickly spend money. Schools were closed and about a dozen facilities were outfitted as emergency shelters.
 
President Obama is scheduled to visit Oahu this week. The White House was tracking the weather but didn’t anticipate changing Mr. Obama’s schedule.
 
The Hawaiian islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai were under a tropical storm watch, but there were no alerts for Oahu or Kauai.
 
On the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was closing some areas, including a coastal lava viewing site.
 
The U.S. Coast Guard asked crews of barges and ships to prepare to leave Hilo Harbor and told ocean-going vessels to seek sheltered waters until storm conditions subside.
Courtesy of cbsnews.com

Continuing Intense Activity, 3 Active Lava Flows At Klyuchevskoy Volcano In Kamchatka

Volcano Alert
The activity of the volcano, mainly effusive, remains intense. There are currently 3 active lava flows descending the steep stratovolcano: two parallel ones on the eastern-southeastern flank and a new one on the upper southwestern slope which has appeared about a week ago. 
 
An intense thermal anomaly corresponding to the large output of lava is visible on satellite data. 
 
Small ash plumes from strombolian activity in the summit crater have been producing plumes today that reached 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude and drifted eastwards today.
Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

Ash Emissions, Increased Thermal Anomaly At Bagana Volcano In Papua New Guinea

Bagana and its plume of gas/ash seen from Terra satellite today (NASA)
Low-level ash emissions occur at the volcano, producing a plume at estimated 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude drifting west from the volcano. 
 
The latest Terra satellite image shows a narrow plume of mostly gas and possible light ash content extending about 70 km to the west of Bougainville Island. 
 
A moderate thermal hot spot is visible on MODIS data and has increased recently. This suggests that the volcano’s activity (effusive or mildly explosive or both) has picked up recently.
MODIS thermal signal from Bagana volcano (MIROVA)
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MAGNITUDE 3.5 STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR

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Depth: 6 km

Distances: 13 km NW of Gibraltar, Gibraltar / pop: 26,600 / local time: 21:02:15.7 2016-08-31
280 km NE of Rabat, Morocco / pop: 1,656,000 / local time: 20:02:15.7 2016-08-31
428 km SE of Lisbon, Portugal / pop: 518,000 / local time: 20:02:15.7 2016-08-31

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION

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Depth: 103 km

Distances: 3222 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,271,000 / local time: 12:39:07.2 2016-08-31
3357 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,077,000 / local time: 12:39:07.2 2016-08-31
4147 km SE of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,838,000 / local time: 12:39:07.2 2016-08-31

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MAGNITUDE 3.9 CENTRAL ITALY

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Depth: 12 km

Distances: 115 km NE of Roma, Italy / pop: 2,564,000 / local time: 15:23:04.1 2016-08-31
47 km N of L’Aquila, Italy / pop: 68,600 / local time: 15:23:04.1 2016-08-31
29 km W of Ascoli Piceno, Italy / pop: 51,400 / local time: 15:23:04.1 2016-08-31
17 km NE of Maltignano, Italy / pop: 2,600 / local time: 15:23:04.1 2016-08-31

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