Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PLANETARY TREMORS: Major Seismic Activity In Kashmir!

Special attention needs to be taken of the Kashmir region, as the Pakistan-administered area lies at the heart of where the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates meet. Worst, it is the area that gave birth to the Himalayan mountain range, a massive range of unstable seismology. We have been witnessing mounting seismic tremors and weather anomalies lately, that leaves one to wonder if a repeat of the 2005 major earthquake that registered a magnitude of 7.6 in Kashmir is in order. That earthquake kill over 75,000 persons and was felt as far as China.

Have a look at the following stories and consider if the region is heading for another severe upthrust.

At least 11 houses and another dozen structures were damaged due to landslides caused by incessant rains in Baramulla district of north Kashmir today, officials said. Eleven residential houses and 12 cowsheds were partially damaged due to the landslides triggered by rains on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road in the villages of Checki Kudpora, Lateefabad and Kawhar in Sheeri, 65 kms from here, they said. The landslides also partially damaged orchards in these villages but there was no report of any casualty. Senior revenue and police officials have visited the landslide-hit villages to assess the damage, the sources said, adding that the affected population has been evacuated and has taken shelter at safer places. While high altitude areas of the Kashmir Valley including the famous ski resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam experienced moderate snowfall over the past one week, incessant rains lashed the plains including Srinagar. However, there was no immediate threat of floods in the Valley. The MeT department has predicted more rains or snowfall during the next six days in the Valley, much to the concern of the farming community which has started agricultural activities with the adent of spring. An intense cold wave gripped the Valley following the inclement weather as the mercury plummeted seven to eight degrees below normal for this part of the season. - The Hindu
Several days ago, the Kashmir Valley was shaken by 6 earthquakes in just eleven days.
A moderate intensity earthquake, sixth within a span of 11 days, was felt in Kashmir Valley on Saturday morning. The Coordinator of Disaster Management Cell Kashmir, Aamir Ali said that an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 on Richter scale occurred at 0924 hours. The jolt was centered in Xinjiang border in Ladakh-China at 36.5 degree north latitude and 70.9 degree east longitude, Aamir said in a statement. The tremor follows one on previous night at 1900 hours when an earthquake of magnitude 4.9 was felt with epicentre at Hindukush Afghanistan at 36.54 N, 70.91E, the he said, adding that no damage was reported from any part of the Valley. Kashmir Valley, which falls under Seismic Zone V, was hit by four more tremors prior to the last two earthquakes. A moderate intensity earthquake occurred on March 29 and two tremors with same intensity were felt within a span of three hours on March 23. The highest of these moderate intensity tremors was felt on March 21 when the jolt recorded 5.8 on Richter scale and prompted people to rush out of buildings. - Greater Kashmir
It should be remembered that on March 21, Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar and other parts of the valley were jolted by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake of moderate intensity with its epicenter in the Hindukush region at latitude 36.5 degrees north and longitude 17.9 degrees east. During the month of February, the region was lashed by a deluge of rain, winds, snow and an avalanche that wreaked havoc in several parts of Kashmir and leaving one dead and three security forces personnel injured at a forward post in Gurez.

Could these seismic tremors and adverse weather be pointing to a major upheaval soon? Only time will tell.

Stay tuned.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Hundreds of dead fish in Minnesota lake!

More mass animal die-off, this time in Minnesota, where hundreds of dead fish was found floating on Schmidt lake.
Like a lot of Minnesotans, Bruce Wahlstrom was happy to see the ice disappearing from his lake he lives on. Then, he noticed what was underneath. "I actually saw it last night as the ice started to melt back," said Wahlstrom. "This morning, it's just tons of dead fish." Hundreds of dead fish are washed up on Wahlstrom's property on Schmidt Lake in Plymouth, or floating in the shallow water. He knows the recipe for a fish kill: Early, heavy snow piles up on the ice, making it impossible for sunlight to reach the bottom of a lake. The lack of natural light then keeps plant life from creating oxygen. If the winter is long enough, and the heavy snow lasts, fish eventually run out of oxygen to breathe and die. Schmidt Lake is similar to many other urban lakes in that it is relatively shallow and loaded with nutrients from runoff, which makes it even more susceptible to fish kills. Wahlstrom is now concerned about getting rid of the dead creatures, so his lake's problems don't get worse. "It'll be really important for any lakeshore owner to get rid of these as quickly as possible, because the amount of nutrients that go into the lake from dead fish will be huge for the rest of the summer." - KARE11 News