Sunday, September 18, 2011

PLANETARY TREMORS: "Massive" 6.9 Quake Hits Sikkim, India!

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A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has struck Sikkim, India at a depth of 19.7 km (12.2 miles). The quake hit at 12:40:47 UTC, Sunday 18th September 2011 and was located at 27.723°N, 88.064°E. The epicentre was 68 km (42 miles) northwest of Gangtok, Sikkim, India; 119 km (73 miles) northwest of Shiliguri, West Bengal, India; 272 km (169 miles) east of Kathmandu, Nepal; and 572 km (355 miles) north of Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India.

There have been unconfirmed reports of 6 casualties and buildings being damaged.
Strong tremors were felt in parts of North and East India after an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Sikkim this evening. The epicentre of the quake is said to be just 64 kilometres North-West of Gangtok. Tremors were felt in Lucknow, Patna, Kolkata, New Delhi and the National Capital Region. Many buildings in Sikkim have developed cracks, including the Sikkim Manipal University building. There is no electricity in Gangtok and Darjeeling. Telephone lines have also snapped in some parts of Sikkim; phone lines are congested in West Bengal. Small Army columns in Sikkim have also been mobilised post the earthquake. - NDTV.
At least a dozen houses collapsed in this Sikkim capital Sunday due to a 6.9 earthquake which jolted large parts of eastern and northern India, witnesses said. "At least a dozen houses houses have collapsed. There could be injuries to people as well but phone lines are down," journalist Prakash Adhikari said. The damage could be more severe on the outskirts of Sikkim as the quake's epicentre was on the Sikkim-Nepal border region. In Assam's major city Guwahati, people panicked and ran out on the streets after the quake shook their houses. According to the India Meteorological Department, the quake struck at 6.11 p.m. Seismologists consider the Indian northeast to be the sixth most earthquake-prone belt in the world. - Bhaskar.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit a remote area in northeastern India on Sunday evening, killing at least two people and damaging buildings and blocking roads, as well as killing four in neighboring Nepal, officials said. One child died in Sikkim state, the epicenter of the earthquake, and another person died in Bihar state as a result of a stampede sparked by the quake, CNN-IBN broadcaster said. The Himalayan region is prone to landslides and many high-rise buildings have come up in Sikkim's mountain towns over the last few years of economic boom. There were concerns that the toll could rise as information arrived from remote areas. In neighboring Nepal, four people died. "Four people were injured when a wall collapsed after the quake. All of them were rushed to hospital but 3 died during treatment," said Kedar Rijal, the chief of Kathmandu police. Several buildings collapsed in Sikkim's capital Gangtok, and widespread power cuts were reported across the northeastern state, television channels said. There were also reports of landslides in Sikkim and West Bengal state. Several Indian Air Force jets with personnel and equipment were immediately dispatched to Sikkim. The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website the quake was centered 64 km (40 miles) north west of Gangtok, capital of Sikkim. It was 10 km (6.2 miles) deep. "Cracks have developed in some buildings in Gangtok. Most phone lines are down and there is no electricity now. People have come out on the street," said Gangtok resident Bobby Dahal. "It is too early to ascertain any damage. We are trying to get in touch with the state government of Sikkim to know if they need any help from us," Sujata Saunail, joint secretary of he National Disaster Management Authority, told Reuters. Sikkim is India's least populous state, located in the Himalayas between Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. The quake was felt all the way to Bangladesh, shaking buildings in the capital and neighboring areas. At least 10 people were injured and some buildings suffered minor damages. Thousands of panic-stricken families in Dhaka ran out of high-rise buildings on to the streets as the ground under their feet shook. "I never experiences such a dreadful moment in my life. Suddenly lights went off and there was people running and crying around," said Shamsul Islam, a 70-year-old man in Chittagong port city in Bangladesh. Several earthquakes have hit north and east India this year, but none have caused major damage or injuries. - LA. Times.
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According to the USGS, there have been two aftershocks in the same area. A 4.6 and a 4.8 magnitude earthquakes, with depth averaging around 20.1 km (12.5 miles).

WATCH: IBN News coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake.

According to the USGS, the tectonic summary of that region are as follows: 

September 18, 2011 Sikkim, India earthquake occurred near the boundary between the India and Eurasia plates, in the mountainous region of northeast India near the Nepalese boarder. Initial analyses suggest the earthquake was complex, likely a result of two events occurring close together in time at depths of approximately 20 km beneath the Earth's surface. At the latitude of the September 18 earthquake, the India plate converges with Eurasia at a rate of approximately 46 mm/yr towards the north-northeast. The broad convergence between these two plates has resulted in the uplift of the Himalayas, the world's tallest mountain range. The preliminary focal mechanism of the earthquake suggests strike slip faulting, and thus an intraplate source within the upper Eurasian plate or the underlying India plate, rather than occurring on the thrust interface plate boundary between the two. This region has experienced relatively moderate seismicity in the past, with 18 earthquakes of M 5 or greater over the past 35 years within 100 km of the epicenter of the September 18 event. The largest of these was a M 6.1 earthquake in November of 1980, 75 km to the southeast.

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.

Interesting footage of UFO activity over Beijing, in China. This was recorded on Wednesday, 14th September 2011.

WATCH: UFO activity over Beijing and other parts of China.

Stationary triangle UFO was seen and recorded in the night sky above Cagayan de Oro City in Philippines on Wednesday, 14th September 2011.

WATCH: Triangle-shaped craft hovering above Oro City, Philippines.

Bright lights or orbs forming a triangle formation were recorded in Chile on Monday, 12th September 2011. The author of this footage claims he only saw one light but the camera captured the following formation.

WATCH: Triangle formation in the sky over Chile.

Strange unidentified flying object was filmed in the sky above San Antonio, Texas. This was taken on Wednesday, 14th September 2011.
Eye-witness Report: Sep-14-2011 A huge UFO craft was filmed over San Antonio,Tx. As I was facing west I notice this huge glowing object traveling east. I could clearly see this object was no aircraft. No FAA navigational light's were visible. So I grabbed my camcorder for a closer observation. As I began filming this huge unknown object it appear to be a solid craft. On the video you can see this object to be emiting some kind of glowing energy. While I was filming, the unknown object began to glow extremely bright. As I was zooming in, multiply lights were visible. I did not hear any noise coming from this unknown object. Clearly an UNIDENTIFED FLYING OBJECT. This was an awesome sighting due to as it appear to be one solid object. And the size of this object seemed to be enormous. This huge glowing object was clearly no aircraft or satellite. - SAUFOTX.
WATCH: Strange craft filmed over San Antonio, Texas.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Precursors To An Imminent Disaster In America - Extremely Rare Sand Tiger Shark Caught in Peticodiac River, Canada!

"This is a pretty unusual, as a matter of fact this is a very rare circumstance."

It is believed that animals have a keen sense, developed in their avoidance of predators and ability to locate preys, that helps them to detect imminent or pending disasters. Scientists and experts theorizes that this is due to the sensing of the magnetosphere or vibrations of the planet or the changes in the air or gases released by the Earth. Whatever the reason is, animals have been known to swarm, collect or move to a different area from their usual gathering spot prior to a devastating disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami or floods. This fact was noted in the 2004 tsunami, where an earthquake in the Indian Ocean caused a massive tsunami to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Asia and East Africa, but didn't cause any mass die-off of animals.

Bearing that in mind, yesterday, a rare sand tiger shark was caught in the Peticodiac River in Canada.

Jay Edgett of Dorchester, N.B., has been fishing for many years but a lifetime of angling did not prepare him for what he saw on the end of his line last week. Edgett and his friends were fishing for bass off of a pier in the Petitcodiac River in southern New Brunswick when he hooked a fish. When the fish came to the surface, he quickly realized it was not a bass but instead a rare sand tiger shark. “I can honestly say it was the shock of a lifetime down here fishing bass. [The] rod went down and I realized quickly it wasn’t a bass,” Edgett said. “The words came out of my mouth were, ‘Wow.’ Just, 'My jumping, what is that?’” Edgett's group of friends pulled out the video camera and recorded the rare feat of landing a sand tiger shark in the Petitcodiac River. Scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans say it is extremely rare to see a sand tiger shark in Atlantic Canada. They are normally found in Australia, South Africa or the eastern seaboard of the United States. Steve Campana, head of the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, was thrilled with the discovery. "This is a pretty unusual, as a matter of fact this is a very rare circumstance — it's only actually the fourth sand tiger shark that I'm aware of that's ever strayed into Canadian waters," said Campana. - CBC.
Incidentally, for the third time in two weeks and the second time this week, a shark has washed up barely alive off the coast of North Oregon.
On Wednesday – the same day aquarium staff responded to a huge Elephant seal corpse – staff went to the aid of a Salmon shark found struggling in the surf at Sunset Beach, just north of Seaside. The aquarium’s Tiffany Boothe said they quickly placed the shark into a container and then raced it to the aquarium in hopes of reviving it. “Once at the aquarium, staff did what they could to revive the shark but it was obvious that the shark was not going to survive the night,” Boothe said. “Typically, sharks found struggling in the surf have something very wrong with them and the likelihood of survival is minuscule.” Earlier that day, aquarium staffed dealt with a larger-than-usual Elephant seal. The shark was four feet long and a juvenile – which are commonly seen along the Oregon coast. They closely resemble Great White sharks and are often mistaken as baby Great Whites. - Beach Connection.

GREAT DELUGE: Prolonged Heavy Rains & Flooding in Vietnam!

Heavy rains and flooding have destroyed thousands of hectares of crops and damaged homes in Vietnam’s north and central regions.

Disaster officials say floods triggered by heavy rains have killed four people in central Vietnam. Disaster official Tran Quoc Toan said Tuesday that three people have been killed in Nghe An province, including a mother and daughter washed away by the floods. The Floods and Storms Control Department said on its website that a primary school student has been killed in floods in Binh Thuan province. It said the floods have damaged nearly 1,700 homes. It said the waters have inundated 173,000 acres (70,000 hectares) of rice paddies. Vietnam is prone to floods and storms that kill hundreds of people each year. - Taiwan News.
Floods caused by prolonged heavy rains in several provinces in Vietnam, killed at least four people, and damaged over hundreds hectares of rice and subsidiary crops, Vietnam news agency reported. The prolonged downpour also damaged some residential property, Chief Officer of the provincial storm and flood control department Nguyen Trong Hai said. The flood water from upstream An Phu district in the Mekong Delta damaged over 117 hectares of rice and subsidiary crops such as dragon fruit, rubber and cashew nuts while Bin Thuan province reported heavy rain that inundated 175 houses, and nearly 1,700 hectares of rice and crops on Sunday. Vietnam news agency reported that some riverside areas in Ham Thuan Nam and Ham Tan districts, are still submerged. "Rainfall, gauged at up to 500m in central Thanh Hoa province, caused the flooding of over 5,000ha of rice crops, with Tinh Gia district being the hardest hit," he said, adding that water levels at some reservoirs had risen alarmingly high, necessitating discharge. In northern Lao Cai province, due to heavy rains, four farmers from Duong Quy Commune, Van Ban district, were struck by lightening on last Friday while sleeping in a cardamom field. They had narrowly escaped. According to the National Centre for Hydro-Metorological Forecasting, rainfall in central provinces was measured at 100 to 250m on average, requiring precautions against flash and heavy flooding. - Bernama.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Odd Earth Changes in Namibia!

Something's up with the weather in Namibia, say geoscientists Kyle Nichols of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Paul Bierman of the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt.

Nichols and Bierman should know. They're just back from the western mountains and coastal plain of this sparsely populated African country. Usually, western Namibia is a dusty place where the stream beds are sand and the "lakes" are nothing more than flats of dried mud. Not now. This year, rivers with names like Swakop and Omaruru and Kuiseb flowed all the way to the sea - something they don't do often, "maybe once a decade," says Bierman. The rivers didn't just flow for a day or two, Nichols and Bierman say, they ran from the desert to the ocean for weeks on end. "There was so much water," says Bierman, "that people went swimming, they went tubing, and the desert turned green around rivers carrying so much sediment they were chocolate-brown." The rains were unprecedented in both their intensity and duration. "There's nothing like this widespread, heavy rain in the historic record," says Nichols. The two geoscientists have been working for more than a decade in Namibia, collecting samples of rock and river sediment and bringing them back for analysis at the University of Vermont (see Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group's website)... Grass covers what should be barren stony desert, and there is water in streams, something Nichols and Bierman haven't seen before. Namibia's rains stopped months ago, but the groundwater table is so high that there is still flow in some streams and rivers. Almost every river crossing shows the effects - logs, mud and bridges torn asunder. In some streams, the scientists saw minnows and frogs stranded in pools. "They must have been delivered during the flood," says Bierman. In a few places, water, road damage and stream beds laden with sediment kept the researchers from collecting samples from the exact same places as in previous years... "This could all be coincidence, but it's hard not to think that something's up with the weather," says Bierman. "A warming Earth equals a more intense hydrologic cycle, with repercussions for erosion rates, sediment redistribution and landscape evolution." The riverbeds of western Namibia, land of arid deserts, are awash in water. At least for now. - Red Orbit.

DELUGE: Tropical Storm Roke Bears Down on West Japan!

Heavy rain has already reached parts of Shikoku as the west of Japan braces for a tropical storm approaching from the south. The storm could trigger more damage to areas already battered by a storm that hit earlier this month.

The Meteorological Agency says tropical storm Roke was slowly moving west-northwest over the sea about 200 kilometers east of Naha, Okinawa, on Friday afternoon. The storm is packing winds of more than 80 kilometers per hour near its center. Roke, accompanied by a warm and humid air mass from the Pacific, is expected to bring up to 50 millimeters of rain per hour to western and central Japan. Localized downpours have been reported in the Kii Peninsula, which saw record rains from tropical storm Talas earlier this month. Talas left nearly 100 people dead or missing. - NHK.