Archive | August 17, 2016

MAGNITUDE 5.2 FIJI REGION

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 579 km E of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 09:26:23.3 2016-08-18
465 km NW of Nadi, Fiji / pop: 42,284 / local time: 10:26:23.3 2016-08-18

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 FIJI REGION

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 569 km NW of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 10:14:15.9 2016-08-18
455 km NW of Nadi, Fiji / pop: 42,284 / local time: 10:14:15.9 2016-08-18

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Tourist Ferry Catches Fire In The Caribbean Near Puerto Rico

Passengers evacuated from a cruise ship off the coast of Puerto Rico after a fire on board
More than 500 passengers have been evacuated from a ferry after it caught fire in the Caribbean.
 
Police say smoke was spotted aboard the Caribbean Fantasy as it travelled near Puerto Rico’s north coast.
 
Police officer Aurelis Colon told the Associated Press that the ship has now docked in Puerto Rico.
 
The fire burnt aboard as the US Coast Guard conducted a mass rescue to bring passengers safely to the San Juan harbor.
 
No injuries have been reported and no one is missing, Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said.
 
The fire erupted in the engine room  before spreading to the rest of the ship, another Coast Guard spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo said.
 
She said passengers had slid down from the vessel into rescue rafts.
 
The ships run several times weekly between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
 
It was arriving in San Juan when the fire broke out, Mr Castrodad said.
 
It is unclear what caused the fire.
Courtesy of Sky News

MEGA UPPER AND LOWER DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:15, 21:00, 21:15 HRS UTC

***VERY URGENT***

MEGA UPPER AND LOWER DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:15, 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 17.08.16  21.13 hrs UTC

Coldest Winter On Track For This Century In Perth, Australia

Record Cold Alert
PERTH is on track for the coldest winter this century.
 
June and July temperatures have been the coldest in years, including several hot-water bottle-bursting mornings that have dropped below zero.
 
Failing a warmer spell in the next fortnight, the weather bureau predicts Perth will post its coldest winter since 1998.
 
The mean maximum for June and July was 18.2C, the lowest since 1998 when a mean of 17.6C was recorded for the two months. The mean minimum for June and July was 8.2C, the coldest for three years.
 
“There have also been three confirmed reports of snow on the Stirling Ranges this winter so far, which is the highest number since 1998,” Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennet said.
 
“On average, snow falls once a year in WA.”
 
While Perth has shivered, northern WA has been experiencing record heat, with Kalumburu having the hottest July day recorded for Australia with 38.3C and Troughton Island, off the Kimberley coast, recording the hottest June night for Australia with 28.8C.
 
The June-July rain for Perth was 249mm, the wettest for those two months since 2011 when 332.4mm fell, but still below the long-term mean of 341.2mm.
 
Water Corporation spokeswoman Clare Lugar said: “With just three weeks left of winter to go and despite the public perception we’ve had a wet winter, we are only now starting to see stream flows into Perth’s drinking water dams.”
 
She said 10.3 billion litres of water had made its way into the dams – the equivalent of more than 4500 Olympic-sized swimming pools – but the Water Corporation had to supply more than 290 billion litres of drinking water a year.
 
Last year, dams received the lowest input since records began in 1911 with only 11.4 billion litres.
 
Perth is set to enjoy sunny skies today but the wet weather is expected to return tomorrow.
Courtesy of perthnow.com.au

Very Strong Explosion At Santiaguito Volcano In Guatemala

Eruption of Santiaguito volcano (image: CONRED)
A particularly strong vulcanian explosion occurred at the Caliente lava dome this morning (at 06_58 local time), sending a massive mushroom-shaped ash plume to several kilometers height that eventually reached approx. 20,000 ft or 7 km altitude). The cone and its immediate surroundings were showered by volcanic blocks and bombs and collapsing material from the eruption produced avalanches that engulfed the cone on several sides (pyroclastic flows). 
 
The ash plume drifted to the WNW and caused significant ash falls in areas as far as the border with Mexico (e.g. Cacahotàn, 75 km distance). Light ash fall was even recorded in greater distances, e.g. the Mexican town of Soconusco in 145 km distance. 
 
The eruption came bare 48 hours after the previous one on Sunday. It can well be that the volcano is currently entering a phase of particularly increased activity.
Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

MAGNITUDE 4.0 OKLAHOMA, USA

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Depth: 1 km

Distances: 324 km N of Dallas, United States / pop: 1,197,816 / local time: 08:34:29.4 2016-08-17
44 km NE of Oklahoma City, United States / pop: 579,999 / local time: 08:34:29.4 2016-08-17
21 km W of Chandler, United States / pop: 3,100 / local time: 08:34:29.4 2016-08-17
8 km E of Luther, United States / pop: 1,221 / local time: 08:34:29.4 2016-08-17

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MAGNITUDE 3.3 ALBANIA

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 101 km S of Tirana, Albania / pop: 374,801 / local time: 14:26:46.4 2016-08-17
15 km E of Vlorë, Albania / pop: 89,546 / local time: 14:26:46.4 2016-08-17

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