Archive | August 7, 2019


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 24.475°N 121.947°E

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Depth: 140 km

Distances: 130 km N of Bucharest, Romania / pop: 1,878,000 / local time: 17:46:37.8 2019-08-07

57 km NW of Buzău, Romania / pop: 131,000 / local time: 17:46:37.8 2019-08-07
11 km N of Gura Teghii, Romania / pop: 3,900 / local time: 17:46:37.8 2019-08-07

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Depth: 136 km

Distances: 256 km N of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 36,000 / local time: 16:32:41.2 2019-08-07

57 km E of Luganville, Vanuatu / pop: 13,400 / local time: 16:32:41.2 2019-08-07

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#Eruption at #AsamayamaVolcano, Alert Level Raised #Japan

A small eruption was observed Wednesday on Mt. Asama in eastern Japan, prompting the volcanic alert level to be raised from 1 to 3 on a scale that goes up to 5, while there were no immediate reports of injuries, the weather agency and local authorities said.

The eruption occurred at 10:08 p.m. near the crater of the 2,568-meter-high volcano, with smoke reaching about 1,800 meters above the mountain, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The elevated alert level means people should not approach the mountain.

The agency warned of possible flying rocks and pyroclastic flows within about a 4-km radius of the crater.

At a press conference early Thursday, the agency said no pyroclastic flows had occurred in the latest eruption, while urging people to stay out of harm’s way by following instructions from local authorities.

The agency said the volcano spewed ash deposits as far as 200 meters from the crater, which is situated on the border between Gunma and Nagano Prefectures. The eruption lasted about 20 minutes.

Gunma’s Naganohara town office advised 28 people at a campsite at the foot of the mountain to evacuate. The site is located within the 4-km radius.

The town of Karuizawa in Nagano closed the starting points of two trails up Mt. Asama, located about 140 kilometers northwest of Tokyo.

Volcanic ash could fall on the three prefectures of Gunma, Nagano and Niigata, according to the agency.

The government set up a liaison unit at the crisis management center of the prime minister’s office after the eruption.

In June 2015, Mt. Asama experienced a small-scale eruption and the agency lowered the alert level from 2 to 1 in August last year.

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Six underwater #volcanoes discovered near #Sicily, #Mediterranean Sea

Scientists have discovered a series of previously unknown volcanoes just off the coast of SW Sicily, Italy. The three northern volcanoes show a tuff cone-like morphology while the three most southern edifices have a truncated-conical shape. Ages of all newly discovered volcanoes are Late Quaternary. Only the northernmost volcano shows indications of a post-Last Glacial Maximum magmatic reactivation.

The Graham and Terrible banks, located about 35 km (21 miles) from the south-western coast of Sicily, host a large number of volcanic constructs, the most famous being the ephemeral Ferdinandea Island, authors said in the abstract of the new study, published recently in Elsevier’s Marine Geology.

These volcanoes occur along two N-S trending strike-slip lineaments that constitute the lithospheric-scale Capo Granitola-Sciacca, Fault Zone.

In the study, the researches presented recently acquired swath bathymetric data and magnetic measurements, in conjunction with high-resolution seismic profiles, which reveal the presence of another six volcanic edifices located very close to the Sicilian coasts, one of which is only 7 km (4.3 miles) away.

3 of these volcanic constructs have been previously identified only on the basis of available seismic profiles, but their morphology and their volcanic nature had so far not been documented. 2 edifices to the north show a possible tuff cone/ring-like morphology modified by crater breaching, while the three southernmost volcanoes have a truncated-conical shape.

The northwestern-most volcano (here called Actea) shows a more complex morphology, probably representing the remnants of a previous crater rim.

Seismic data analysis suggests that the six volcanic edifices were generated during a pre-Last Glacial Maximum (ca. 20 000 B.P.) magmatic phase associated with a tectonic event.

Only the Actea volcano shows indications of magmatic reactivation, possibly between the LGM and the initial post-LGM transgressive phase. This reactivation is evident by the emplacement of a prominent young lava flow.

The discovery of submerged volcanoes so close to the populated coast of Sicily demonstrates that there are large submerged areas near the littoral that are still little known and studied, and underlines how crucial it is to analyze the issue of volcanic risk for densely inhabited coastal areas like Sicily.

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Hundreds of #BritishAirways #flights cancelled or delayed after #IT glitch, #London, #UK

Passengers were advised to go home at Terminal 5 at Heathrow

British Airways travellers are facing cancellations and delays to their flights due to an IT glitch which has crashed online check-ins in the middle of the summer holidays.

The airline has cancelled 81 flights to or from Heathrow as well as 10 at Gatwick, affecting around 15,000 passengers.

More than 200 other flights have been delayed, with some more than five hours behind schedule.

The company apologised to customers for the disruption as images posted on social media by those waiting to fly out showed long queues at airports and error messages on the airline app.

BA ticketholders travelling to the UK from elsewhere – including from the United States, Japan and Vietnam – also vented their frustration online, suggesting a knock-on effect with planes and crews out of position.

A BA spokesman said: “We are very sorry to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans.

“We are working as quickly as possible to resolve a systems issue which has resulted in some short-haul cancellations and delays from London airports.”

The airline said it was offering customers booked on short-haul flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City on Wednesday the opportunity to rebook for another day.

“A number of flights continue to operate but we are advising customers to check for the latest flight information before coming to the airport,” the spokesman added.

“We are encouraging customers to check for the latest flight information, and to allow additional time at the airport.”

BA said it was not a global outage, and that it was relying on back-up and manual systems to cope with the computer problems.

The airline, which is owned by International Airlines Group, could face a compensation bill in excess of £5m if all those affected claim what they are entitled to under European Union rules.

Holidaymakers arriving at Terminal 5 at Heathrow have been greeted by digital message boards which told them “short-haul check-in is closed” and urging them to make their way back home.

Ysanne Bonner tweeted that she had “spent weeks preparing an anxious teen for our holiday to Naples”, only to learn two hours before leaving that their flight had been cancelled.

“No idea if we will get our long planned & saved for and much needed week away. Devastated but trying to remain hopeful,” she wrote.

Others like Joanna Lewis said they had spent hundreds of pounds on new flights with another airline. “Nice end to the holiday,” she tweeted.

Some already abroad and facing delays or cancellations to their flights home saw the positive in being forced to extend their summer escapades.

“At least if the flight’s cancelled, then we’ll be stuck in sunny Spain,” tweeted Becky Crane.

Many passengers complained of little or no information on the status of their flights, while others who had better experiences commended staff for “managing the chaos”.

Darren Rowe, from the Cotswolds, said his 10.20am flight to Hamburg from Heathrow for business meetings was cancelled before “all chaos let loose”.

He said: “There were massive queues, it was queue here, queue there, nobody was saying anything. The lack of information was just pathetic.

“You’ve got young families in that queue, people going to weddings, birthdays, on business. They could have had somebody come around with water updating people about what was going on.”

Courtesy of Sky News