Archive | August 1, 2016

Human chain saves woman from floods in Maryland, USA

Severe Blizzard Traps Dozens Of People At Ski Resort In New Zealand

Severe Blizzard Warning

Blizzard conditions have trapped 30 people in lodges and huts and forced the evacuation of dozens of others from Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand.
 
The mountain, in the Tongariro National Park on the North Island, was closed on Sunday, according to stuff.co.nz.
 
Another 25 to 30 cm of new snow was due to be dumped overnight.
Thirty people are trapped in a blizzard on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand's North Island
Thirty people are trapped in a blizzard on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand’s North Island
Thirty people were reportedly stuck at lodges and in huts, including those at the Whakapapa Lodge and the Massey University Alpine Club.  
 
They have been conveyed down the mountain in chair lifts, said staff from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.
 
Spokesperson Anna Mclaren said the conditions had made the rescue process slow.
A spokeswoman for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts said the freezing conditions had slowed the rescue process
A spokeswoman for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts said the freezing conditions had slowed the rescue process
‘It’s been blizzard conditions up there and a number of the clubbies from the lodges were caught up there and we’ve just been convoying them down throughout the day on the hour,’ she said.
 
‘The ops crew arrived at work this morning and realised that there had been heavy snow fall overnight and it was still coming in.’
 
She said the Whakapapa had reached two metres of snow and Turoa was nearly at two metres. 
Mt Ruapehu was closed on Sunday after it was hit by two metres of snow during a fierce blizzard
Mt Ruapehu was closed on Sunday after it was hit by two metres of snow during a fierce blizzard
Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Explosive Eruption, Ash Plume At Rinjani Volcano Triggers Closure Of Lombok Airport In Lombok Island, Indonesia

Today’s ash plume from Rinjani volcano in Indonesia
The volcano had a sudden explosive eruption this noon, it seems. An ash plume was detected at 12:20 local time (04:20 UTC) that rose from the volcano to originally estimated 32,000 ft (10 km) altitude and drifted south. 
 
Lombok’s Praya Airport was closed today from 16:55 and is expected to reopen tomorrow morning at 10:00 am. 
 
It seems likely that the ash plume, which appears not particularly dense and smaller than originally reported by Darwin VAAC, was the result of a sudden explosive event (perhaps phreatic) of the volcano whose last eruption was last year between Oct-Dec. Other causes of the ash plume are possible, too, e.g. a major collapse event inside the caldera. More details will be added as they come in.
Forecasted ash plume by Darwin VAAC
Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

3 Explosions This Morning At Sinabung Volcano In Sumatra, Indonesia

Eruption at Sinabung this morning (image: PVMBG)
A series of 3 explosions occurred this morning at 06:09, 06:19 and 06:58 local time, generating ash plumes that rose 1200, 1500 and 2000 m above the volcano’s summit, respectively.
Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

Ash Plume Reported At Bezymianny Volcano In Kamchatka

Steam/ash Plume From Klyuchevskoy Volcano
Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume from the volcano at 20:40 UTC, based on satellite data. 
 
While it is entirely possible that activity at the lava dome of Bezymianny has picked up or that a collapse occurred which generated an ash plume, it could also be an ash plume from nearby Klyuchevskoy volcano (image). 
 
At the moment, the latter possibility seems more likely. Cloud cover prevented direct observation to confirm whether or not there is new activity at Bezymianny. KVERT has not issued an alert about the latter.
Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.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 01.08.16  21.58 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOLOMON ISLANDS

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=521492

Subject To Change

Depth: 23 km

Distances: 52 km W of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 08:24:20.4 2016-08-02
1326 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 08:24:20.4 2016-08-02
1351 km E of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 07:24:20.4 2016-08-02

Global viewRegional view

MAGNITUDE 4.2 SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=521431

Subject To Change

Depth: 1 km

Distances: 343 km S of Almaty, Kazakhstan / pop: 2,000,900 / local time: 19:26:36.0 2016-08-01
213 km SE of Naryn, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 52,300 / local time: 19:26:36.0 2016-08-01
196 km NE of Kashi, China / pop: 274,717 / local time: 19:26:36.0 2016-08-01

Global viewRegional view

MAGNITUDE 5.4 SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000696p#executive

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 2606 km E of Port Louis, Mauritius / pop: 155,226 / local time: 14:29:22.2 2016-08-01
2796 km E of Saint-Denis, Reunion / pop: 137,195 / local time: 14:29:22.2 2016-08-01
3260 km S of Male, Maldives / pop: 103,693 / local time: 15:29:22.2 2016-08-01

Intensity Map

MAGNITUDE 5.2 MYANMAR

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000696h#executive

Subject To Change

Depth: 128 km

Distances: 143 km SW of Mandalay, Myanmar / pop: 1,208,099 / local time: 16:31:08.3 2016-08-01
126 km N of Magway, Myanmar / pop: 96,954 / local time: 16:31:08.3 2016-08-01
20 km W of Pakokku, Myanmar / pop: 126,938 / local time: 16:31:08.3 2016-08-01

Intensity Map