Archive | September 8, 2016

MAGNITUDE 5.3 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

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Depth: 12 km

Distances: 658 km SW of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 382,000 / local time: 09:48:51.2 2016-09-09
82 km W of Dunedin, New Zealand / pop: 115,000 / local time: 09:48:51.2 2016-09-09
54 km NE of Gore, New Zealand / pop: 12,200 / local time: 09:48:51.2 2016-09-09

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MAGNITUDE 6.1 MACQUARIE ISLAND REGION

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1903 km SW of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 382,000 / local time: 09:46:19.6 2016-09-09
2279 km S of Canberra, Australia / pop: 328,000 / local time: 07:46:19.6 2016-09-09
3655 km S of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,100 / local time: 08:46:19.6 2016-09-09

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Lightning hits two flights in New Zealand air space

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A Jetstar flight from Auckland to Wellington was hit soon after taking off, while a Qantas flight from Sydney to Wellington was struck near the capital.
 
QF164’s return flight to Sydney has been cancelled.
 
The damage to the Jetstar flight was discovered when it landed. Its return flight has also been cancelled, and engineers are assessing its condition.
 
New Zealand has been hit by rain, snow and huge wind gusts since yesterday afternoon.
 
Hundreds of people were without electricity after the wintry blast knocked out power lines and closed roads around the country.
 
The wild weather should clear in the south but the North Island could still be hit by hail and snow.
Courtesy of radionz.co.nz

MAGNITUDE 3.0 OKLAHOMA, USA

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Depth: 7 km

Distances: 376 km N of Dallas, United States / pop: 1,198,000 / local time: 16:34:43.4 2016-09-08
88 km NE of Oklahoma City, United States / pop: 580,000 / local time: 16:34:43.4 2016-09-08
6 km N of Stillwater, United States / pop: 45,700 / local time: 16:34:43.4 2016-09-08

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MAGNITUDE 3.6 OKLAHOMA, USA

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 393 km N of Dallas, United States / pop: 1,198,000 / local time: 16:29:29.2 2016-09-08
90 km N of Oklahoma City, United States / pop: 580,000 / local time: 16:29:29.2 2016-09-08
21 km W of Perry, United States / pop: 5,200 / local time: 16:29:29.2 2016-09-08

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Alert Level Raised At Mayon Volcano In The Philippines

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There are signs that the volcano could be heading towards a new eruption in the medium term future (weeks to months). PHILVOLCS issued a warning and raised the alert level from Level 0 (normal) to Alert Level 1 (abnormal). 
 
Recently, several of the monitored parameters of the volcano’s internal state have changed significantly: since July, SO2 emissions have increased from 500 tonnes/day to over 1,000 tonnes/day on some days, suggesting magma has been rising from deeper reservoirs to shallow levels. 
 
Ground deformation measurements by GPS and tilt meters have also shown an inflation of the edifice, possibly due to magma movements at depth. 
 
Seismic activity has increased as well a bit. A total of 146 earthquakes were recorded between 3-6 August, mostly located on the southeast side 10 km away from the volcano. 
 
Other observations include that 4 of the 14 monitored water wells located on the southeastern side of Mayon showed a decrease in water discharge while one well has dried-up. Steaming activity from the crater has ranged from weak to moderate. No crater glow has been observed so far.
Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

60 Tourists Trapped For The Night In Mont Blanc Cable Cars

Each cable car has four passengers, and they were travelling at an altitude of 3,800m
Each cable car has four passengers and travels at an altitude of about 3,800m. File pic 
Sixty tourists are stuck on cable cars over Mont Blanc and will not be rescued until morning because of darkness and poor weather.
 
A total of 110 people had become trapped as they rode the Vallee Blanche Cable Car in the Alps at about 4pm on Thursday afternoon.
 
Rescuers only managed to evacuate 50 of them by helicopter before clouds began to hinder their efforts.
 
The attraction rises to an altitude of 3,778m (12,395ft) and offers close-up views of Western Europe’s tallest mountains, as well as the steep glaciers and valleys found below.
 
The regional Le Dauphine newspaper reports that the rescue operation has been suspended for safety reasons – however, those still trapped have been given water, food and survival blankets.
 
Rescuers are also going to stay inside the cabins to reassure affected holidaymakers throughout the night.
 
Each cabin carries four passengers, and the 5km ride is normally meant to take 30 to 35 minutes.
 
Mathieu Dechavanne, the chief executive of the company that operates the attraction, said the cabins became stuck after overhead cables crossed over for “unknown reasons”.
 
However, local television stations have reported that the cables had become tangled in high winds.
 
The Vallee Blanche Cable Car connects the renowned Aiguille du Midi mountain in the Mont Blanc with the Pointe Helbronner.
Courtesy of Sky News

MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 16:30, 18:45, 19:00 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 16:30, 18:45, 19:00 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***
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MAGNITUDE 4.1 GREECE

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 311 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 18:31:05.6 2016-09-08
138 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 18:31:05.6 2016-09-08
31 km SW of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 18:31:05.6 2016-09-08
28 km SW of Lixoúrion, Greece / pop: 3,800 / local time: 18:31:05.6 2016-09-08

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Oklahoma earthquake 5.8 was state’s largest on record

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The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the magnitude of the earthquake that rattled Oklahoma on Saturday to 5.8, making it the strongest ever recorded in the state’s history.
 
The previous record for an earthquake in Oklahoma was the Nov. 6, 2011, quake that hit Prague, which was also updated Wednesday from a magnitude 5.6 to 5.7.
 
Questions surrounding the size of both earthquakes prompted the events’ re-analysis, Gavin Hayes, a USGS research geophysicist, said in a statement. The data indicates while the two quakes are extremely similar in size, the most recent event is slightly larger, he added.
 
Shaking from the Saturday quake, centered in rural Pawnee County, could be felt over a seven-state area.
 
Gov. Mary Fallin said Saturday that three homes in Pawnee County were damaged by the quake and that at least three buildings in the city of Pawnee sustained some level of damage. An inspection of state highway and turnpike bridges also turned up “very minor issues,” she said.
 
The magnitude revision is based on further in-depth analysis of seismic recordings, the USGS said. Changes in estimated quake magnitude are common in the days after the event as more data are analyzed in greater detail than possible in the first minutes after the earthquake, the agency added.
 
An increase in magnitude-3.0 or stronger earthquakes in Oklahoma has been linked to underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.
Courtesy of usatoday.com