Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PLANETARY TREMORS: Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hits Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - Ripple Effect On The "Pacific Ring of Fire"!

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A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska at a depth of just 1 km (0 miles). The quake hit at 18:10:10 UTC, Wednesday 14th September 2011 and was located at 53.138°N, 173.022°E. The epicentre was 26 km (16 miles) southwest of Attu Station, Aleutian Islands, Alaska; 87 km (54 miles) northwest of Shemya Island, Alaska; 3180 km (1975 miles) west of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada;  and 3236 km (2010 miles) northeast of Tokyo, Japan.

No tsunami warning was issued and there are no reports of any damage at this time. 

I have been speculating lately that the latest episodes of tremors, was possibly the start of a ripple effect along the "Pacific Ring of Fire," where a major shift in pressure along the Pacific Rim associated with volcanoes and fault lines could produce a potentially devastating mega-earthquake over the next couple of days. Over the last 24 hours, we have seen the following moderate earthquakes across the Rim: 5.3  SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA; 4.1 GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA; 5.6  EAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND; 4.5 HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN; 4.6 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA; 4.6  KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA; 4.9  VANUATU, 5.9  OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE; 4.5 SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS; 4.8 RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN; 4.7  BIO-BIO, CHILE; 4.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO; 4.4 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA; 4.1  NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA; 4.7 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN; 5.0  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN; 4.8  NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA; 5.2  NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA; 4.0 NEW MEXICO; 5.7 NEAR THE WEST COAST OF COLOMBIA; 5.0  NEAR THE WEST COAST OF COLOMBIA; 4.2  NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA; 5.0  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN; and 6.2  NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G.

Here is a look at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) list:

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The Global map of the latest earthquakes:

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RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Humming Noise Phenomena - Windsor City Rumble Intensifies, "It Was The Loudest It's Ever Been"?! What Is It?!

It seems that the series of phenomena, involving a persistent and invasive vibration or noise, continues pervasively. Just what is it? Planetary tremors? Geological upheavals? Precursor to an imminent disaster? Motions and waves suggesting an imminent pole shift? Supernatural occurrences?  The latest case comes out of Windsor, where the sounds that was heard earlier this year,  has intensified significantly as it propagates across the towns and neighborhoods of the Canadian city.

Councillor Al Maghnieh listens for the mysterious rumblings.
It seemed as if the mysterious rumblings had subsided, according to Grete MaKenzie, but Sunday night through early Monday the low pitch humming came back with a vengeance. “It was the loudest it’s ever been,” she said about the inexplicable rumblings she and thousands of Windsorites have reported hearing in the past eight months. The 61-year-old said the noise woke her at home about 5:30 a.m. Monday in the 3000 block of Sandwich Street. “Last night it was really bad,” said MaKenzie. “We went outside and it was almost like it was vibrating your eardrums.” She said the noise comes and goes, but has been going on far too long. “We need to identify it," she said. The Ministry of the Environment has ruled out industrial sources as the culprit, but Coun. Al Maghnieh wants to know why. “They’re not giving us answers,” he said. Maghnieh believes the study is not complete. He said he’s received thousands of calls — mostly concentrated in the Windsor West area by Brighton Beach. The ministry ruled out the Windsor Salt mine because the company only blasts once a day in the mid-afternoon. Most residents find the rumblings more prominent between 1-3 a.m. Zug Island, lake freighters and plane traffic from Detroit Metro Airport are also not suspected. The ministry could not be reached Monday for comment.

Multiple Facebook groups have started to log times and locations of the mysterious humming, including The Windsor/Essex County Hum which has 523 members. The page was flooded with posts describing Monday’s occurence as the loudest yet. “It’s just frustrating,” said Jeff Temple, who lives in a basement unit on Curry and Adanac avenues. “I want to know what’s causing my walls to vibrate.” He said he’s been hearing the rumblings since February. “We’re talking about the middle of an industrial area with significant problems with thousands of complaints and yet the MoE seems to think that everything is fine,” Maghnieh said.“We have some serious issues here that need serious answers because people are frustrated.” Maghnieh said he will be speaking with the MoE’s regional director Wednesday. He is also holding a meeting open to residents and officials Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The location has not yet been announced.
- Windsor Star.

THE GREAT DELUGE: Rain and Floods Paralyse Karachi, Pakistan!

Pakistan's commercial capital, Karachi, has been paralysed by floods as torrential rain continues to lash southern Sindh province.

Schools have shut down, many markets were forced to close and commuters had to abandon their vehicles as rain water flooded the streets. Villages across the province have been inundated as canals have been breached and water has not adequately drained. Many in the region are still recovering from last year's devastating floods. Millions were displaced across the country and about 2,000 people died as torrential monsoon rains in 2010 caused rivers to burst their banks, washing away homes and property. Sindh was one of the worst affected regions. Some aid officials have said this year's flood situation is as bad as the devastation last year. Then, a vast body of water flowed down the country, bursting the banks of the River Indus and hitting surrounding areas. This year's floods are caused by rainfall - two weeks of it so far - so the impact is far more widespread. Pakistan's disaster management chief warned on Monday that the situation is worsening each day as water levels are rising because of poor drainage. Almost one million houses in Sindh have been destroyed or damaged and floods have affected nearly 4.2m acres of land, the UN says. Many people are living in temporary shelters or out in the open. Stranded families need food and drinking water but can be reached only by boat or helicopter. Officials say more than five million people have been affected by the flooding, which has so far killed 260 people. "We're seeing right now that 22 out of 23 districts are affected," Andro Shilakadze, who works for the United Nations children's fund (Unicef) in Sindh, told the BBC. "So far there is a displacement. We don't have exact information but not all of them are in camps. Some of these people resist leaving their dwellings and are standing on the road in temporary shelters to look after their cattle." - BBC.
WATCH: Shocking eye-witness capture of flooding in Karachi.

WATCH:  Flood misery in Pakistan, again.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Alert Level Three for 5 Indonesia Volcanoes!

, situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire, has about 130 active volcanoes. Now few of them even have seismic activities. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has the data that there are 21 volcanoes whose status is above normal-active.

“The five volcanoes of alert status (level III) are Mt Tambora, Mt Anak Ranakah, Mt Papandayan, Mt Karangetang and Mt Lokon,” said BNPB Head of Data Center Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Tuesday. He explained that the status of Mt Tambora and Mt Anak Ranakah was elevated almost in the same time, on September 8, 2011. In addition to those of alert status, 16 volcanoes in Indonesia whose status is level II namely Soputan, Ibu, Lewotobi Perempuan, Marapi, Bromo, Dieng, Gamkonora, Merapi, Sinabung, Talang, Kerinci, Krakatau, Semeru, Sangeangapi, Gamalama and Dukuno. The Center of Geologic Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), which continued monitoring volcanoes in Indonesia, recommended the people to remain alert as the activities of the five alert-flagged volcanoes increased. “The residents and visitors are not allowed to do any activity there,” Sutopo went on. As regards Mt Tambora, the disaster-prone zone was set two kilometers from Papandayan crater area. For Mt Lokon, the sterile zone was set three kilometers from Tompaluan crater. Meanwhile, for Mt Karangetang, hiking the peak more than 500 meters above sea level is prohibited. “The residents of west Mini village (Kali Beha Barat) and south Kopi village (Kali Kahetang) should be more alert of the danger of hot clouds and lava flow,” said Sutopo. He added that his party continued coordinating with the regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) to elevate alertness and socialize it. “The anticipation of the worst possibilities out of the volcano eruption is being prepared. The evacuation routes are ready.” - Viva News.

EARTH CHANGES: Minnesota Wildfires Spread "Creepy Haze" Over 100,000 Acres - Evacuations, Troops And Black Hawk Helicopters?!

A Minnesota forest fire has made the Chicago area smoky on Tuesday. The fast-growing blaze that has prompted the activation of National Guard troops and Black Hawk helicopters, was ignited by lightning on August 18, the fire in the Boundary Waters straddling the border with Canada, growing from about 11,000 acres on Monday to more than 100,000 by Tuesday afternoon.
A rapidly expanding wildfire in Minnesota's north woods spread a plume of smoke across the Upper Midwest on Tuesday, with haze smudging the sky as far away as Chicago and Milwaukee, where the Brewers closed their stadium roof before a night game. The haze was heavy enough that some people reported burning eyes and difficulty breathing in the Chicago area, about 600 miles south of the forest fire, the National Weather Service said. The plume came from a fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a lake-dotted region along the Minnesota-Canada border, that grew swiftly this week to cover nearly 160 square miles. No structures have burned and no one has been hurt, officials said. The residents of Isabella, a small town of about 200, were standing ready to evacuate if needed. The fire started Aug. 18 with a lighting strike 20 miles from Ely, but only began spreading quickly this week in windy, dry conditions. The fire raced 16 miles east in a single day from Monday to Tuesday. "Nobody would have guessed it would be doubling and quadrupling in size," said Jean Bergerson, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center. Winds up to 25 mph forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday were likely to spread the fire, dubbed the Pagami Creek fire for its point of origin, further. She predicted it would be days or weeks before the fire was under control. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources agency's air quality monitor showed a spike in particle pollution throughout the day in the southeast part of the state including Milwaukee, and it issued an air quality alert for sensitive groups in the area. The haze forced Miller Park officials to close the stadium's roof before the Milwaukee Brewers took the field for a game against the Colorado Rockies, park officials said.

The smoke also reached Michigan, where forecasters said it rode northwesterly winds from a cool front. Jim Richardson, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Minnesota, said it wasn't unusual for the plume to spread so far, noting that smoke from Arizona's massive wildfire in May reached Minnesota. Richardson said changing winds Wednesday may shift the plume more directly south of the blaze. The Boundary Waters is a wild region popular with canoe campers for its beauty. Several lakes and entry points into the wilderness were closed, and about 120 campers were evacuated from the fire zone earlier this week, some by Forest Service float planes. About 36 residences on the eastern edge of the fire were evacuated Monday night. In Isabella, residents were told earlier this week to have their medicine, valuables and pets close by so they could leave on short notice, Bergerson said. Tom Person, co-owner of the Stony River Café in Isabella, said he had been there 29 years and this was the closest a forest fire had gotten to town. He said it looked like a huge white thunderhead rising out of the woods about 10 miles from town. "It's quite a sight," Person said. "You can see it and smell it when the winds are right." The café was open Tuesday, but Person said he was prepared to go if the winds changed and sent the fire roaring back toward town. "That's just common sense," Person said. About 200 firefighters were assigned to the fire on Tuesday and more were pouring into the area. Bergerson said the first of a group of about 50 elite firefighters were coming in from the Rocky Mountains and would probably take over on Thursday. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he was sending in four Minnesota National Guard helicopters equipped with huge buckets for water drops to assist the firefighters
. - WSBTV.
WATCH: FOX 11's report on the Pigami Creek fire.

MYSTERY: Symbols of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena - The Latest UFO Sightings And Aerial Anomalies Around The World?

Here are several of the latest unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen recently across the globe.

New footage of fast bright craft making 180° turn in the sky above Ueki in Japan. This was filmed on Sunday, 11th September 2011.

WATCH: Remarkable fast lightship over Ueki, Japan.

Two videos of unknown lights in the sky above Vipava Valley (Vipavska Dolina) in Slovenia. Both videos were recorded in August 2011.

WATCH: UFO activity over Vipava Valley, Slovenia.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Russia's Shiveluch Volcano Erupts!

A volcano has erupted on Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, with ash rising to an altitude of 10 km above sea level, RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.

During the eruption, a crevice with a depth of about 30 meters was formed on top of the volcano. An earthquake that lasted seven minutes was also recorded, a representative from the Russian Academy of Sciences was quoted as saying. The volcano's 10-km ash column was the highest during the past month, breaking the record of 8200 meters. Currently there is no danger for local communities near the Shiveluch volcano, though the ashes may spread to nearby villages, the representative said. The activities of the Shiveluch volcano, which rises 3283 meters above sea level, have increased since 2009. Since the volcano first erupted in 1980, its activities have been continuously monitored by local authorities. There are more than 150 volcanos on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and 29 of them are active. - China Daily.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.9 Quake Hits Valparaiso, Chile!

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck offshore Valparaiso, Chile at a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles). The quake hit at 07:03:51 UTC, Wednesday 14th September 2011 and was located at 32.734°S, 71.613°W. The epicentre was 39 km (24 miles) north of Valparaiso, Chile; 95 km (59 miles) west of Los Andes, Valparaiso, Chile; 95 km (59 miles) north of San Antonio, Valparaiso, Chile; and 119 km (73 miles) northwest of Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile.

No tsunami warning was issued and there are no reports of any damage at this time. 

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Beset by Blankets of Haze From Hundreds of Fires, Indonesia Government Tries to Trigger Rain?!

Indonesia have begun cloud-seeding operations over the island of Sumatra in an attempt to trigger rain to put out fires creating thick blankets of haze over parts of Sumatra and neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said that three Spanish-built CASA 212-200 aircraft were deployed on Friday to Sumatra. The rain-inducing operations will continue in three specific areas for the next 90 days, Sutopo told CNN. According to the agency, the number of hot spots in South Sumatra in September has reached 1,241. Hundreds more have been detected on the island of Kalimantan, which is Indonesia's side of Borneo island. South Sumatra has the highest number of hot spots, or areas of high temperatures that could indicate peat or forest fires. Sutopo says ground operations to extinguish the fires are also ongoing. These include spraying, controlled burning, building trenches to limit the spread of the fire and sluices around the burning peat. - CNN.
Officials say smoke from fires set by slash-and-burn farmers has forced the closure of at least one airport in western Indonesia. Parts of neighboring Singapore and Malaysia have also been blanketed in a heavy white haze from the fires. Airport official Abiyoso said Tuesday that the smoke was so thick that authorities had no choice but to shut down Sultan Taha airport on Sumatra island. The dry-season haze is caused by fires set to clear land for agricultural and other development projects across Indonesia. They have plagued Southeast Asia almost every year since the 1990s. They have stoked regional tensions and put attention on the Indonesian government's inability to enforce its own laws. - MSNBC.

GREAT DELUGE: Hurricane Katia Batters Britain for a Second Day!

At first glance it looks like a scene from a winter postcard but this is in fact the surf whipped up by Hurricane Katia.

These cars were photographed driving along North Promenade at Cleveleys near Blackpool, Lancashire, where high winds have caused the surf from the sea to almost close the promenade because of the danger it poses to motorists. The tail end of the hurricane battered Britain yesterday, bringing winds of up to 80mph and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. A motorist died and an 11-year-old boy was taken to hospital after the remnants of the worst storm in 15 years hit the UK's shores. But although further blustery conditions were expected, today's winds were not as strong as they were yesterday, forecasters said. Thousands were left without power last night as gusty weather caused damage to buildings and resulted in travel disruption around the UK. In County Durham, a driver died when a tree hit a car on the A688 at Dunhouse Quarry, between Staindrop and Barnard Castle. Durham Police said a passenger in the car was taken to hospital in Darlington with injuries which are not thought to be life threatening following the incident at about 3pm. - Daily Mail.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Strikes Greece!

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A few days ago, I highlighted the seismic swarm that seems to be building up in the Mediterranean region and the wider European continent, as the Real Time Seismicity Report of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre showed heightened and escalating earthquakes in short time intervals. Today, an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale hit southern Greece on Wednesday morning at 03:35:31 UTC, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The quake hit at a depth of 22 km (13.7 miles), and was located at 37.203°N, 22.012°E. The epicentre was 22 km (13 miles) northwest of Kalamata, Greece; 118 km (73 miles) southeast of Patrai, Greece; 118 km (73 miles) southeast of Zakynthos, Greece; and 175 km (108 miles) southwest of Athens, Greece.

No tsunami warning was issued, and there are no reports of casualties or any damage at this time. More to follow.

This tremor comes just several hours away from another 5.0 magnitude 5.0 earthquake that struck Crete in Greece at a depth of 24.2 km (15 miles). That quake hit at 16:19:29 UTC Tuesday 13th September 2011 and was located at 34.409°N, 23.704°E. The epicentre was 125 km (77 miles) southwest of Chania, Crete, Greece.

Monumental Earth Changes: Drought Impacts 44 Million in China!

A historic drought in southern China has caused billions of dollars in losses to agriculture and left millions of people and animals short of drinking water, government officials said Tuesday.

And with no significant rain forecast for the next 10 days, there's no relief in sight, according to the National Meteorological Center. The impact of the drought, which began in June, is being felt across four provinces, affecting more than 44 million people, Ministry of Civil Affairs said. The direct economic loss is estimated at RMB 28.6 billion, or US $4.5 billion. In Guizhou province, it's the worst drought in 60 years, affecting 21.5 million people, the ministry said. More than 7 million people and 3 million cattle are short of drinking water. The drought has damaged 1.8 million hectares (4.4 million acres) of farmland, according to the ministry. The Chinese government is ramping up aid for farmers impacted by the drought, the Ministry of Agriculture said. The Ministry of Finance will distribute relief funds. Agriculture experts will be sent to the rain-starved areas to help farmers combat the shortfall of precipitation and see to the allocation of relief materials like seeds and fertilizers.CNN.

EXTREME WEATHER: Flagstaff, Arizona Rocked by Hail Storm!

Flagstaff residents awoke to the sound of pounding hail Monday morning.
Hail damaged vehicles at a local car dealership, broke garden lights and tore off leaves and needles from trees. Residents reported quarter-sized and ping pong ball-sized hail falling to a depth of 1 to 2 inches in some parts of the city. "The hail broke my solar lights and shredded most of my flowers that were enjoying the final days of summer," said Jamilee Scheiwe of University Heights. "In my back yard, at the peak of the storm, hail was actually floating due to the amount of flooding my property was experiencing." Flagstaff resident Jessica Bartlett logged hail near her home off Lake Mary Road at the size of a quarter. She took a photograph to confirm the size, setting up the hail stone next to a quarter. "Well, the hail on the roof is what woke our family up, and I instantly picked up a piece to check it out," Bartlett stated. "My 5-year-old son couldn't believe that it was as big as a quarter." Damage to cars was mainly cosmetic.

"We have about a couple of hundred vehicles with hail damage," said Kirk Wade, new car sales manager at Tyrrell-Marxen Chevrolet off West Route 66. Wade said the insurance company was coming out Monday to make an assessment of the damage. Marble-sized hail covered the lot when he got to work, Wade said. Wade added that the brunt of the damage appeared cosmetic -- a person has to be looking at just the right angle to see the damage. No windows or windshields were broken. In his 19 years at the business, Wade said there has never been an issue with hail damage. "I was pretty shocked," Wade said. According to the National Weather Service station in Bellemont, reports of heavy hail began coming in at about 6 a.m. "While it hailed pretty hard, it was pretty brief," said Meteorologist Chris Outler. The storm was quick-moving and lasted in most areas about 5 to 10 minutes, Outler added. Reports from the west side were of quarter-sized hail covering the ground to a depth of 1 to 2 inches. The biggest hail size report was that of a ping pong ball, Outler said. Hail is produced when ice particles are held in clouds by strong updrafts, Outler said. The ice particles continue to grow in size until they are too heavy to be suspended in the clouds by the updraft and fall. Outler also said that more storms are expected today, and the storm system is hanging around, keeping the chance for precipitation in the forecast through Wednesday
. - AZ Daily Sun.