Thursday, May 5, 2011
PLANETARY TREMORS: The Pacific Ring of Fire - Magnitude 6.2 in Japan, Magnitude 6.0 in Alaska, Seismic Tremors and Volcanism?!
There seems to be increasing volatility along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," as seismic activity seems to be escalating rapidly in what seems to be precursory tremors to an imminent and monumental disturbance.
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck of the east coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 24.2 kilometres or 15 miles. The quake hit at 14:58:21 p.m. UTC Thursday and was located at 38.173°N, 144.040°E. The epicentre was 471 kilometres or 292 miles from Tokyo. No tsunami watch, warning or advisory was issued and there are no reports of damage.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rattled the Alaska Peninsula region at a depth of 46.9 kilometres or 29.1 miles. The quake hit at 14:13:01.0 UTC on Thursday and was located at 55.136°N, 160.616°W. The epicentre was 1624 kilometres or 1009 miles west of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory in Canada.
Currently, Alaska seems to be experiencing a successive swarm of earthquakes. Take a look at this map.
The extent of the seismic tremors along the Pacific "Ring of Fire" can be seen on the current earthquake list and maps.
In addition to this, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and the Smithsonian, the following volcanoes are showing New Activity for Unrest and Ongoing Activity from April 27th to May 3rd, 2011:
New Activity/Unrest: | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Gamkonora, Halmahera | Kizimen, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Planchón-Peteroa, Central Chile-Argentina border | Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Central Chile | Ruapehu, North Island (New Zealand) | Tungurahua, Ecuador
Ongoing Activity: | Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Dukono, Halmahera | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Suwanose-jima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia)
Get the full details HERE.
FRINGE: Symbolism of Convergence - Weak Points and Gravitational Singularities. Huge Arctic Pool could flush to Atlantic, alter Weather?
Several weeks ago, following the devastating mega-earthquake and resultant tsunami that hit off the coast of Japan, I highlighted the news about a giant whirlpool that was seen near Qarai City in Ibaraki Prefecture in northeastern Japan. I wrote:
"A swirling vortex, that lasted for hours, sucking up everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings. According to Michio Kaku, the theoretical physicist, the whirlpool was caused by the sudden uplift of the Earth's crust, a rupture ranging for hundreds of miles that created colliding waves. He also believes that the crack in the Earth's crust, also caused the water to swirl into a vortex, descending and funneling like a drain."A couple weeks later, it was reported online, that American scientists had discovered two giant whirlpools in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Guyana and Suriname. According to the report, no one understood where the whirlpools came from and what surprises they may bring.
Fringe, given that the show dealt with the unexplained and shocking occurrences associated with a breach or incursion of a parallel universe, whether the mythological arc of the storyline was a pointer towards the convergence of worlds and most importantly, if our planet will continue to undergo geological upheavals as the weak points expand resulting in increased weather anomalies or gravitational singularities. I wondered whether our region of space is experiencing a deformation and absorption at the weak points of this conjunction.
A valid question when you considering the magnitude and gravity of the disintegration or dismantling of the climate, taking place on our planet. Just today, MSNBC revealed that there is a huge swirling pool of icy Arctic meltwater, that has the potential to flush quickly into the Atlantic Ocean, monumentally altering our weather and climate.
A swirling pool of icy Arctic meltwater has the potential to flush quickly into the Atlantic Ocean and alter weather in Northern Europe, climate scientists reported Tuesday. Located just north of Alaska and Canada, the vast pool's percentage of freshwater from rivers has grown by about 20 percent since the 1990s and that change in salinity level could impact ocean circulation and cause temperatures in Northern Europe to cool, the experts said. That level of increase in Arctic freshwater has never before been observed by scientists, Laura de Steur, an oceanographer with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, told msnbc.com. That level of increase in Arctic freshwater has never before been observed by scientists, Laura de Steur, an oceanographer with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, told msnbc.com. The volume of water discharged into the Arctic Ocean, largely from Canadian and Siberian rivers, is higher than usual due to warmer temperatures in the north causing ice to melt," she added in a statement released by European science institutes working together on climate projects. "Sea ice is also melting quickly," she said, "another new record low for ocean area covered was documented this past January by the National Snow and Ice Data Center adding even more freshwater to the relatively calm Arctic Ocean." About the volume of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron combined, the pool — known by scientists as the Beaufort Gyre — has been kept bottled up in the Arctic by a clockwise wind pattern that has not shifted in 12 years. Normally, the winds change at intervals of five to 10 years. "When the general atmospheric circulation pattern does shift, the fresh, cold water is expected to enter the North Atlantic, with unpredictable impact on an ocean current system important to both European weather and marine food chain," according to the European institutes. "Signs of such an atmospheric shift appeared in 2009 but the episode was too short to cause a major flush," they added. De Steur noted that an additional factor is that more of the Arctic's sea ice is younger and thinner, not the older and thicker ice as in the past. That makes the ice "more mobile and could exit the Arctic faster," she said. "In the worst case, these Arctic outflow surges can significantly change the densities of marine surface waters in the extreme North Atlantic. What happens then is hard to predict." "Large regional changes could be in store if the ocean circulation changes," she added. "Atmospheric circulation in the Arctic has been changing and seems very variable over the last years and the natural seasonal circulation patterns appear to have been different too, so clearly research is needed to understand the present state, and possibly predict near-future changes," De Steur told msnbc.com. A greater concentration of freshwater in the north Atlantic could slow down a giant ocean current "conveyor" known as the Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation. That, in turn, could alter weather patterns in Northern Europe, creating cooler temperatures. Rising air temperatures could temporarily mask the cooling. "However, the western edge of Europe, particularly the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, could cool substantially nonetheless," the European institutes stated. Scientists do think that the water would not flush out if a wind pattern shift is shortlived. "For a large release of freshwater to occur we expect that a change in circulation should be maintained for a longer time period than just one season, so for example a year or even longer," De Steur said.
These anomalies can't just be seen as something peculiar or unusual, just because it quantitatively contradicts the existing standard theory or are subsumed under the variable nature of climatic changes, they should ultimately be recognized as something that is yet to be fully understood. However, I am of the view that these anomalies are pointing to a convergence. A convergence that will shortly become a moment of realization, a point of recognition, validating with internal consistency and theoretical integrity that the current Earth changes and weather anomalies are occurring, as they are elsewhere in the solar system, as a direct result of the weak points between both worlds.
As a result of the heavy rains and widespread flooding, depressions and/or erosions will develop in the surface of the Earth, by the collapsing of the soil due to the dissolving of the underlying limestone. In the following report, I will highlight cases across the globe of this collapse in the form of sinkholes, landslides, cracks and land subsidence.
I start first in China, where the sudden and mysterious appearance of sinkholes continue unabated. A sinkhole big enough to swallow a truck recently opened up in a Beijing road, possibly due to subway construction, news reports say.
GIANT SINKHOLE IN CHINA!
In Vietnam, unusual ground cracks have recently occurred at Di Linh plateau in the Central Highlands, causing anxiety among local people in Di Linh district, Lam Dong province during the past week.
LAND SUBSIDENCE IN VIETNAM!
Indonesia, mysterious ground movement caused the displacement of 72 residents.
THE SINKING OF INDONESIA!
America, a series of sinkholes across different states.
MASSIVE SINKHOLE IN FLORIDA!
Cincinnati, huge sinkholes are getting worse in Anderson Township.
HUGE SINKHOLES IN CINCINNATI!
The sink holes were first discovered on Saturday night, almost two weeks ago. They're located behind a couple of businesses on Beechmont Avenue... and since they developed, they've continued to grow. The rain isn't helping. Local 12 News Reporter Rich Jaffe tries to "get to the bottom of things". The problem began with a hole that first developed behind Adams Heating and Cooling, but before long, another sinkhole appeared down the line behind Plants by Wolfangel. It quickly swallowed up equipment and asphalt threatening to cut the plant shop off from it's nursery, located on the rear of the property. It's believed that beneath the holes is a plugged up 8 foot wide drain pipe. The owner of Adams Heating and Cooling has brought in huge pumps to try and keep up with the rain that keeps filling up the holes. Dave Henry, Plant Shop Owner: "As it's trying to drain itself, it chips away at the line and we've lost another 20 or 30 feet going westbound here and as it continues to rain, fill up and drain, we're going to continue losing ground all the way down to New England Club Drive, as I said, we've lost another 20 feet in the rain we had." After yesterday's rain filled up the first sink hole, the water dug a trench through the ground, ripping it's way into the one on Dave Henry's property. Henry shot video of the torrent as it ripped it's way in and out of his property. "It's just really sort of like a bathtub, as it drains, it just swirls away and eats away at the fill, you lose the fill and you lose the blacktop." Late this morning, a contractor showed up, who's going to try and dig out the damaged pipe and try to clean it out so the water will start going where it's supposed to... but he has to do it before it rains again. Gilbert Spaulding, Contractor: "The job itself being as deep as it is is where the problem is...if it was only four foot deep wouldn't be that bad...but an 8 foot pipe and 25 foot deep is a big problem." - WKRC.
In Ocean Springs, a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, hundreds of sinkholes are slowly disappearing in the city, however they seem to be consistently popping up like mushrooms.
HUNDREDS OF SINKHOLES IN OCEAN SPRINGS!
WLOX.In Mexico, hope is fading for miners trapped in a coal mine following a methane gas explosion.
METHANE GAS EXPLOSION IN MEXICO!
Rescuers searching a coal mine rocked by a gas explosion in northern Mexico have so far recovered five bodies. Efforts are continuing to locate nine more men trapped underground but hopes of finding survivors are fading. Officials said the blast was so strong that a teenage boy working at the mine's surface had lost an arm. The pit is located near the town of San Juan de Sabinas, the scene of one of Mexico's worst mining disasters where 65 men died in 2006. After Tuesday's blast, rescue efforts were initially hampered by high levels of methane gas in the mine shaft. As tearful family members gathered near the entrance of the mine, the authorities tried to extract the underground gas using machines. Giving updates via Twitter, Labour Secretary Javier Lozano confirmed that five bodies had so far been recovered. "The truth is that it does not allow us to hold out much hope," he said. Mr Lozano said the teenager who lost his arm had apparently been employed at the site illegally, the Associated Press reported. The small mine, in Coahuila state close to the border with the US, had been operating for less than a month. It was one of the many small mining operations which are vital to the local economy in poorer regions. Officials are investigating who actually operated the mine. In a statement, the Mexican mine workers' union criticised the "totally unsafe conditions" in the country's mines. Relatives of some of the miners killed in the 2006 disaster have urged the government to tighten regulations. The blast at the Pasta de Conchos mine more than four years ago collapsed thousands of tonnes of rock. - Moldova.org.LANDSLIDE IN PERU!
Ecuador, a landslide in Quito killed 5 people.
THE ECUADOR LANDSLIDE!
New landslide occurred in the prospectus, Simon Bolivar. At the moment, confirmed the death of five people. Four of the victims belong to the family of Machachi. Husbands Jorge Askel and Mary Magdalene Cañizares, along with his son Miguel Askel, drove past in a red wagon, when the mountain collapsed to 12:15. After a red Toyota van was found Caisa Francisco, aged 70, who was the last victim, discovered by 16:00. Another victim - Alba Parra, 37 years old. His sister survived. In addition, there are six wounded, and there were four cars found. Approximately 2,000 cubic meters of earth came down from the slope due to the accumulation of water which was not detected. The tragedy occurred on the street, Woodland, 4, 120 meters south of where it was another landslide last Friday. - Elcomercio.
Several days earlier, 50 families were affected by landslides in the hill El Faro in Esmeraldas, which resulted from the weekend. The homes are located in the upper area of Las Palmas in the north of the city. Today, relief agencies moved people into shelters, to prevent casualties. Proceeds from sliding opened a hole five feet deep on the mound. According to Enter At Ecuador, Guillermo Prado, director of the National Risk Management in Esmeraldas (SNGR) conducted an inspection of the affected area. He said it has formed a crack in the middle of the hill. This resulted in the ceding further ground and push against the houses at the foot of the hill.
In Venezeula, 175 kilometres of roads in Merida was damaged by heavy rains with landslides seen in several areas.
The rains over the territory Merida continue in the coming days according to forecasts from the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (Inameh), so that the state Merida is on high alert. The downpour caused severe damage to roads, hundreds of homes and other infrastructure. The director of Civil Protection (CP) in Merida, Noel Marquez, reported that rainfall has claimed the life of a woman named Nancy Guerrero, 34 years old, who on Sunday while trying to cross a makeshift footbridge, between the towns of Quebrada del Barro and El Vijagual, she slipped and fell into the river Mocotíes, being washed away by raging waters about 3 miles. The head of the station fire from the town of Tovar, Irvin Páez, said Nancy Guerrero fell to the tributary arms of his wife while trying to cross the pedestrian bridge, made of two poles and two tables, and at about 80 meters released, due to the strong current of water, while her husband was caught in a log. The tributary valley is grown Mocotíes product for days of incessant rains that kept warning people in total. Noel Marquez said that 5 vehicles were walled in by a landslide in Bolero Alto sector without casualties were reported, and although there is machinery (about 40 machines) deployed on all roads in the state, landslides still occur intermittently. - El Universal.In Colombia, flood waters have reached over 50 centimetres high and is affecting the lives of over one hundred thousand persons. As a result, there have been widespread landslides, cracks and sinkholes.
COLUMBIA CRACKS UNDER DELUGE OF FLOODS!
A couple days earlier, a collapse of major proportions (6,000 cubic meters) caused the total closure of the Bogota-Medellin, covering the roads of the road connecting the capital of Antioquia with Jose Maria Cordoba International Airport with the eastern municipalities of the department and with the rest of the country, at km 4 +300.
Stay tuned. More anon.
The polish have had their May Day holiday celebrations ruined by days of consistent cold weather and catastrophic snowfall that has taken numerous lives and left many injured. The cold spell often seen later in May, shifted to the end of April and the beginning of May.
Freezing weather and snow added to the hazards facing drivers returning from the May break yesterday, with 41 losing their lives and 547 injured in around 400 accidents since the long weekend began last Friday evening. Wintry weather returned to south west Poland with driving snow leaving 100,000 homes without electricity in Lower Silesia and Opole regions with traffic grinding to a halt on many roads. Temperatures plummeted to zero degrees Celsius in some areas. By evening, sleet and rain had fallen on central Poland. Temperatures of minus 3 hit northern Poland Sunday night, Monday morning, with frost in many places. “We appeal as usual for caution and prudence - the situation on the roads is very difficult,” said spokeswoman at Police HQ in Warsaw, Grazyna Puchalska. Slippery roads have been made even worse as many vehicles have already crossed over the summer tyres and are completely inappropriate for the return of winter, she said. Power lines were down in Walbrzych, Jelenia Góra and the Wroclaw area after trees heavy with snow toppled over and cut electricity cables. Arthur Rudkowski from the Opole emergency services said that they were working as hard as they could to restore power but bad road conditions are slowing down operations. - The News.
The eruption of the Shiveluch volcano has begun on the Kamchatka Peninsula, the local branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN) reported. According to the service experts, “A strong seismic event that continued for about half an hour” was registered on the volcano early on Tuesday. It was accompanied by spew of ash from the volcano crater and volcanic rock descent from the slopes.
Shiveluch is one of the most active Kamchatka volcanoes. It is 3,283 metres high. Its eruptions are of explosive nature and are difficult to forecast. The volcano's preceding eruption was registered in September 2005.
Speaking of the Kizimen volcano, during the period from the 22nd to the 29th of April, a large bright thermal anomaly was detected over Kizimen as daily and ash plumes drifted 135 kilometres in multiple directions. Ground-based observations indicated that gas-and-steam plumes with a small amount of ash rose to an altitude of 3.5 kilometres (11,500 ft) and drifted west during from the 20th to the 21st. On the 3rd of May, seismic data indicated a possible series of ash plumes and avalanches. An ash plume may have risen to an altitude of 10 kilometres (33,000 ft). On the 4th of May, seismicity decreased but remained high.
As residents, emergency and disaster personnel, and the Army Corps of Engineers continue to battle against extensive flooding across central and southern United States, the situation is exactly the same or worst elsewhere around the world.
Further up north, flooding in Quebec's Richelieu Valley in Canada, is affecting about a dozen municipalities along the river, and residents are bracing for more evacuations as heavy rain and strong wind are expected to continue all week.
FLOODING INTENSIFIES IN QUEBEC, CANADA!
Up to 60 millimetres of rain are expected to fall by Thursday night, while the Richelieu River has swelled to record levels. The river rose another five centimetres Wednesday morning. About 400 people have been told to leave their homes in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Anne-de-Sabrevois, St-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix and Lacolle, and at least 2,000 homes have flooded. Several people were travelling by canoe along the streets of St-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix Wednesday, according to CBC reporter Melissa Kent. Septic tanks have overflowed in some municipalities, and towns officials are setting up portable toilets and handing out water bottles. Four emergency shelters have been set up in the Montérégie region for evacuated residents who have nowhere to go. - CBC.Down south, in the Caribbean, major flooding continues in St. Lucia.
LA NINA CAUSES SEVERE FLOODING IN ST. LUCIA!
Columbia has suffered from the wettest rainy season on record and the floods have been building since December of last year. Billions of dollars of losses have already accrued with lost property, damaged crops and homes washed away.
WORST FLOODING IN COLUMBIA'S HISTORY!
Dominican Republic, flash flood warnings have been issued in high-risk areas.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FLASH FLOODS!
Venezuela, heavy rains and floods have caused major havoc.
VENEZUELA SWAMPED BY FLOODS!
Guatemala, torrential rains left 2,390 persons affected.
TORRENTIAL RAIN AND FLOODS IN GUATEMALA!
Malaysia, some areas in Tanjong Malim were flooded due to heavy rain that came throughout the night. Among the flooded areas Menderang, Sungkai, city Trolak, village and several villages around Rasau and Slim dan Tg Malim. Here are several pictures of the floods:
THE MALAYSIAN DELUGE!
In the Philippines, over 3,000 families evacuate their residences as floods hit the Negros Occidental.
WAIST-HIGH LEVEL FLOODS IN THE PHILIPPINES!
Flashfloods caused by heavy rains have affected more than 3,000 families in Negros Occidental province, authorities said on Wednesday. At least 50 families, whose homes were inundated by floodwaters, are now staying in evacuation centers in the city of Victorias and EB Magalona town. Heavy rains started pouring down on the province on Tuesday night. In Victorias, floods affected at least 1,400 families in 7 barangays while the homes and farms of around 2,000 families in EB Magalona are now under water. The local and provincial governments have started giving relief goods to flood victims. The affected families are expected to return home on Thursday, if the weather improves. - ABS-CBN.In Singapore, flash floods occurred in at least six locations around Ang Mo Kio and Bishan in mid-afternoon on Thursday after heavy, intense rain.
FLASH FLOODS IN SINGAPORE!
According to the PUB, the national water agency, the floods were caused by heavy and intense rain over many parts of Singapore. About 90mm of rain fell in less than one hour between 3pm and 4pm. The amount of rainfall is approximately more than 50% of the average monthly rainfall for May. PUB says the flash floods subsided within 20 minutes. Some ground-floor shopkeepers in Ang Mo Kio said they had to scramble to keep the floodwaters out of their premises. Even regular customers like Shi Jun Wen, who was at a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic at that time, were roped in to help. But a small step in front of the clinic at Block 330, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 had kept the floods at bay. Mr Shi said the water would have entered the clinic if the downpour had continued beyond 4pm. He said: "In my experience, I have never seen such heavy rain. It was so heavy that I had to grab some towels to keep the shopfront dry, because we have furniture and beds to protect from the water. But I have never seen anything like this (before)." - Channel News Asia.In Indonesia, the deluge continues.
THE INDONESIAN DELUGE!
India, a strong storm caused major flooding in Kohima as a western disturbance, likely to cause thunderstorms and heavy rains, approaches Delhi.
STRONG STORM CAUSE FLOODING IN INDIA!
One person suffered head injury when a strong storm accompanied by wind and rain uprooted a giant tree at the DTO (exchange) BSNL office opposite head post office here at around 5:00 pm. The injured person was identified as one Golapi Singh, an employee of BSNL who was at home when the tree hit the house where he was present damaging many properties. He was rushed to nearest hospital Oking Hospital. Reports from Khonoma village said the storm destroyed around 50 houses but the property worth damaged is yet to be ascertained at the time of filling this report. Other reports from Kohima mentioned about how the heavy downpour led to flooding in many areas. Several houses in Lower Chandmari were affected as water levels rose due to flooding. - Morung Express.
A respite from the harsh heat is also on the cards with a drop in maximum temperatures being expected. Met department officials said that the WD was over northeastern Afghanistan and adjoining northern Pakistan on Wednesday and likely to move eastwards. "The western Himalayan region will see isolated rain and thundershowers from Thursday. Plains of northwestern India will get isolated dust storm and thundershowers over the next two days and rain and thundershowers on Friday. - TOI.In China, torrential rains led to flooding of many urban roads in Qingyuan, Guangdong and in in cities of Urumchi, Sintszjan-Uigur independent area, causing inconvenience to public transportation. According to meteorological department news, from 3 to 4 May, in Guangdong province in the northern and central area of unexpected heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms, hail and other severe weather events, are also expected to rain in the southern region. Here are several images:
CHINA TORRENTIAL RAINS AND FLOODS!
In Sri Lanka, nearly 21,000 people have been affected by floods in Ratnapura.
THE SRI LANKAN DELUGE!