Archive | September 30, 2016

MAGNITUDE 4.6 COOK STRAIT, NEW ZEALAND

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Subject To Change

Depth: 54 km

Distances: 29 km NW of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 382,000 / local time: 11:59:44.0 2016-10-01
2219 km S of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,100 / local time: 09:59:44.0 2016-10-01
2314 km SE of Canberra, Australia / pop: 328,000 / local time: 08:59:44.0 2016-10-01

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MAGNITUDE 4.5 WESTERN IRAN

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 233 km NE of Al Başrah, Iraq / pop: 2,600,000 / local time: 15:32:40.6 2016-09-30
123 km N of Ahvāz, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 842,000 / local time: 16:02:40.6 2016-09-30
42 km N of Shūshtar, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 77,600 / local time: 16:02:40.6 2016-09-30

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MAGNITUDE 3.3 SPAIN

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 181 km NE of Gibraltar, Gibraltar / pop: 26,600 / local time: 10:22:04.5 2016-09-30
19 km S of Granada, Spain / pop: 235,000 / local time: 10:22:04.5 2016-09-30

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Major Flood Warnings For South Australia

Flooding in the Barossa town of Tanunda today. Photo: AAP/David Mariuz
 
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a major flood warning for the Gawler River Catchment, and a moderate warning for the Torrens River.
 
There are also concerns – albeit lesser – for the Onkaparinga, the Angas and Bremer rivers and the Light and Wakefield rivers.
 
The State Emergency Service warns the the Gawler flooding could threaten residents’ safety.
 
“Suburbs which may be impacted include Hillier, Gawler River, Angle Vale, Penfield Gardens, Two Wells, Lewiston, Virginia, Port Gawler and Buckland Park,” it said in a statement.
 
“Water levels are continually rising in the Gawler River and flooding is already occurring. The river is expected to break its banks later today.”
 
“If you live or work in these areas you should check and action your Emergency Flood Plan now. Prepare your family and home for flooding in your area. Move items of value to a safe place. If your plan is to leave, if you require time to leave or if you are not prepared, you should consider leaving now.”
 
Rivers in some areas are still rising, with some properties already inundated and several roads cut.
 
Concerns to the north are centred on properties along the Gawler River and others around Tanunda where the caravan park has been evacuated.
 
The SES has issued a warning for people not to enter floodwaters by car or on foot after crews performed six swift-water rescues involving motorists stranded in their vehicles.
 
But the flood concerns for other centres, including Port Pirie and Clare have reduced after a wild night of destructive winds and heavy rain.
 
Improving weather across the state has allowed SA Power Networks to reconnect more properties after Wednesday’s statewide blackout and ongoing issues with storm damage.
 
SA Power Networks said this morning about 10,000 properties were still without power due to transmission loss, mostly on the Eyre Peninsula and in the far north. A further 18,000 properties have lost distribution in the past 24 hours due to the wild weather.
 
Transmission company ElectraNet says ground crews are continuing to work on the line between Cleve and Port Lincoln to repair a fault that only became evident during an earlier attempt to restore services.
Courtesy of indaily.com.au
 

GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS Kp Index is at level 5

***ALERT***

GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS
Kp Index is at level 5
Scale of G1

Minor

Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels

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MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 17:45, 18:15, 18:30 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 17:45, 18:15, 18:30 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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Flight alert raised in Iceland after ‘seismic swarm’ hits Katla volcano

Aviation Yellow Alert
Iceland has raised its warning level to aircraft after two earthquakes hit one of the country’s biggest volcanoes.
 
The Icelandic Met Office said the quakes, one of which had a magnitude of 3.7, shook the Katla volcano in the south of the country.
 
They are the strongest tremors since quakes raised concerns over a possible eruption of Katla last month.
 
Meteorologists said an “intense seismic swarm” had been recorded since Thursday morning.
 
Earthquake swarms occur when sequences of quakes strike in a relatively short period of time.
 
The Myrdalsjokull glacier, which is part of the ice cap sealing the Katla volcano
The Myrdalsjokull glacier, which is part of the ice cap sealing Katla


The Icelandic Met Office said: “Due to the unusually high level of unrest at the Katla volcano, we raise the aviation colour code from green to yellow.”
 
Yellow is the second lowest of the four-colour warning scale.
 
The Katla volcano has not had a major eruption since the beginning of the last century, but scientists think a large eruption is overdue.
 
However, they admit it still might be decades before it happens.
 
Last month, the volcano was rocked by two quakes measuring 4.5 and 4.6 in magnitude, a level not recorded since 2011.
 
In April 2010, the nearby Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted, causing a major part of Europe’s airspace to be closed for several days.
 
The ash cloud produced created the highest level of air travel disruption since the Second World War.
Courtesy of Sky News
 

Hurricane Matthew To Reach 130-156mph Cat 4 Over Jamaica On 3rd October

Hurricane Matthew To Reach 130-156mph Cat 4 Over Jamaica On 3rd October

The latest NHC track on Hurricane Matthew would suggest westward movement through the weekend, before turning northward by early next week. (Source: WECT)

Photo By: WECT