Archive | August 22, 2017

MAGNITUDE 2.9 WESTERN AUSTRALIA

https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=613328

Subject to change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 292 km N of Perth, Australia / pop: 1,447,000 / local time: 13:32:54.0 2017-08-22
134 km S of Melville, Australia / pop: 4,900 / local time: 13:32:54.0 2017-08-22

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MAGNITUDE 4.6 NEPAL

https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=613315

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 292 km N of Lucknow, India / pop: 2,473,000 / local time: 06:20:35.7 2017-08-22
106 km NW of Birendranagar, Nepal / pop: 31,400 / local time: 06:35:35.7 2017-08-22
61 km E of Dadeldhurā, Nepal / pop: 19,100 / local time: 06:35:35.7 2017-08-22

 
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Rain floods out several streets in Sioux Falls, USA

As if missing the solar eclipse wasn’t enough, heavy rain continued to batter Sioux Falls for most of the afternoon.
 
According to the National Weather Service, the storm moving through the area will stay with us until around 10 p.m. tonight.
 
There are reports of streets already flooding, so drive carefully if you go out.
 
Sgt. Ryan Flogstad with the Sioux Falls Police Department said they’d received multiple reports of trapped cars and flooded intersections.
 
Flooded intersections during the storm included 85th and Grange, the westbound lane of 57th Street at Bahnson Avenue, the bike trails at Pasley Park and Diamond Creek, Farm Field Park (located at the northwest corner of 57th St. and Western Ave.) and Spencer Park.
 
Flogstad said they’d also received reports of stalled cars at 57th and Bahnson, I-29 and Maple, and Maple and North Fourth.
 
Several area parks and bike trails were also flooded as well, according to a tweet from police.
Courtesy of argusleader.com
 

Anthrax kills cattle in western South Dakota, USA

Anthrax is responsible for dead cattle in southeastern Pennington County, South Dakota, State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven confirmed Monday, Aug. 21.
 
At least nine adult cattle in the heard that had not been vaccinated against anthrax died suddenly last week.
 
Anthrax spores survive indefinitely in contaminated alkaline soils. All areas of South Dakota are susceptible to an outbreak, especially when there are significant climate changes such as drought, floods and wind, which can expose anthrax spores to grazing livestock.
 
The state advises producers to consider anthrax if their cattle die suddenly. Affected animals are often found dead with no prior illness detected. Suspicious cases should be reported immediately to a local veterinarian or to the state veterinarian at the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.
 
Anthrax can be passed to people and other animals, so producers should take precaution when handling, moving or disturbing carcasses. The state has strict quarantines and requires proper disposal of carcasses from livestock suspected to have died from anthrax.
 
Livestock can be vaccinated for anthrax. Producers are encouraged to visit with their veterinarians.
Courtesy of tristateneighbor.com
 

Two killed, one missing after boat, barge sinks off Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

Two men died and another remains missing after a pusher tug and a barge sank early Tuesday off Hirado, Nagasaki Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard said.
 
The 100-ton boat and the 1,300-ton barge with six crew members sank at about 3:40 a.m. after sending a distress signal, the coast guard said. The coast guard pulled the bodies of Sakumi Oura, 59, and Katsuhiro Maruyama, 46, from the water and is still looking for skipper Kazuhiro Takeya, 48. The three other rescued crew members are fully conscious, according to the coast guard, which is searching for the missing man.
 
The pusher tug and the barge were anchored off Hirado. The weather was fair at the time of the sinking.
Courtesy of japantimes.co.jp
 

GEOMAGNETIC STORM A FEW HOURS AGO Kp Index is at level 6

***ALERT***

GEOMAGNETIC STORM A FEW HOURS AGO
Kp Index is at level 6
Scale of G2
Moderate
Power systems: high-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms, long-duration storms may cause transformer damage.
Spacecraft operations: corrective actions to orientation may be required by ground control; possible changes in drag affect orbit predictions.
Other systems: HF radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes