Wednesday, September 4, 2013

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: TONS of Dead Fish Appear In The Waters Off The Coast Of Macau, China!

September 04, 2013 - CHINA - Macau Fai Chi Kei North Bay waters from September 1 onwards for several days dead fish floating to the phenomenon, the Macau Maritime and Water timely start joint response mechanism, sent to the scene to clean up the dead fish, in order to keep the environment clean water, three days nearly three tons of dead fish have been salvaged.


File photo.


Macao Environmental Protection Bureau also continued to be sent to the scene investigation and collecting water samples, according to field observations and preliminary water quality analysis, found that dissolved oxygen is low, yet found a large number of sewage pollution and abnormal situations.


Preliminary analysis of the relevant departments, resulting in Fai Chi Kei North Bay water causes massive death of fish, mainly because the area is rich in organic matter sediment and water is relatively closed; coupled with earlier hot weather and low air pressure has resulted in decreased dissolved oxygen, Recently, continuous cloudy algae can make supplemental oxygen photosynthesis, increased water hypoxia.


In general, the most appropriate amount of dissolved oxygen fish at 4 mg / l or more, but according to recent water samples, as well as located in Fai Chi Kei North Bay water quality monitoring stations data reflect lower than normal values ​​of dissolved oxygen, time is less than 0.5 mg / l, fish are not required oxygen, which resulted in a partial death.

Since there are still sporadic dead fish floating to the sea, marine and Water Authority advised people not to eat dead fish, so as not to affect health.
Maritime and Water Authority will continue to monitor the latest situation near the sea, and according to the situation sent follow-up. Environmental Protection Agency in addition to continuing inspections, we will also closely monitor the water quality monitoring stations through changes in water quality. - China News. [Translated]


EXTREME WEATHER: First Frost Or Freeze Possible In Parts Of United States Northeast - Cold Front Will Send Temperatures Plummeting Friday!

September 04, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The Labor Day holiday is behind us. Kids are back in school. Football is back.


Friday Morning's Lows.

It seems only appropriate that a plunge of cool air also accompanies this shift in mindset toward fall, even if summer is still officially with us for a little more than two weeks.

A cold front will drop out of eastern Canada into the Northeast on Thursday. With high pressure centered over Pennsylvania, clear skies and light winds will send temperatures plummeting Friday morning.

Lows in the 30s are possible away from the coast in Maine and New Hampshire, including Bangor, Caribou, and Concord.

Temperatures in the 30s are also a possible over much of Vermont, parts of western Massachusetts, far northwest Connecticut, and higher valley locations in the Adirondacks, Finger Lakes region, and far northern Pennsylvania.

Don't be surprised to see the first frost of the season in some of these locations.

Some of the notorious cold spots, including Clayton Lake, Maine, Saranac Lake, N.Y. and Bradford, Pa., may even see a freeze Friday morning.

Get those warm jackets out for the bus stop! You may need also a light jacket in the afternoon in parts of the Northeast.

Highs will hold in the 60s Thursday in Buffalo, Albany, Boston and points north.

Friday, highs may only manage the low 70s in New York and Philadelphia, with 60s the rule over much of eastern New England.

This weekend, as the center of the high shifts offshore and a new cold front approaches, temperatures will warm a bit, particularly from New York City to Pittsburgh southward, where highs will top out in the upper 70s or 80s each day. - TWC.





MONUMENTAL SOLAR SYSTEM CHANGES: NASA's Cassini Sees Saturn Storms's Explosive Power - It Covers 300,000 KILOMETERS; With Vertical Winds Of 500 KILOMETERS PER HOUR; And Intensity And Long-Lived Turbulence Lasting TWO AND A HALF YEARS So Far!

September 04, 2013 - SATURN - A monster storm that erupted on Saturn in late 2010 – as large as any storm ever observed on the ringed planet -- has already impressed researchers with its intensity and long-lived turbulence. A new paper in the journal Icarus reveals another facet of the storm's explosive power: its ability to churn up water ice from great depths. This finding, derived from near-infrared measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, is the first detection at Saturn of water ice. The water originates from deep in Saturn's atmosphere.


This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the turbulent power of a monster Saturn storm. The
visible-light image in the back, obtained on Feb. 25, 2011, by Cassini's imaging camera, shows the turbulent
clouds churning across the face of Saturn. The inset infrared image, obtained a day earlier, by Cassini's visual
and infrared mapping spectrometer, shows the dredging up of water and ammonia ices from deep in Saturn's
atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Univ. of Arizona/Univ. of Wisconsin


"The new finding from Cassini shows that Saturn can dredge up material from more than 100 miles [160 kilometers]," said Kevin Baines, a co-author of the paper who works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "It demonstrates in a very real sense that typically demure-looking Saturn can be just as explosive or even more so than typically stormy Jupiter." Water ice, which originates from deep in the atmosphere of gas giants, doesn't appear to be lofted as high at Jupiter.

Monster storms rip across the northern hemisphere of Saturn once every 30 years or so, or roughly once per Saturn year. The first hint of the most recent storm first appeared in data from Cassini's radio and plasma wave subsystem on Dec. 5, 2010.

Soon after that, it could be seen in images from amateur astronomers and from Cassini's imaging science subsystem. The storm quickly grew to superstorm proportions, encircling the planet at about 30 degrees north latitude for an expanse of nearly 190,000 miles (300,000 kilometers).

The new paper focuses on data gathered by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer on Feb. 24, 2011. The team, led by Lawrence Sromovsky, also of the University of Wisconsin, found that cloud particles at the top of the great storm are composed of a mix of three substances: water ice, ammonia ice, and an uncertain third constituent that is possibly ammonium hydrosulfide.

The observations are consistent with clouds of different chemical compositions existing side-by-side, though it is more likely that the individual cloud particles are composed of two or all three of the materials.

The classic model of Saturn’s atmosphere portrays it as a layered sandwich of sorts, with a deck of water clouds at the bottom, ammonia hydrosulfide clouds in the middle, and ammonia clouds near the top. Those layers are just below an upper tropospheric haze of unknown composition that obscures almost everything.

But this storm appears to have disrupted those neat layers, lofting up water vapor from a lower layer that condensed and froze as it rose. The water ice crystals then appeared to become coated with more volatile materials like ammonium hydrosulfide and ammonia as the temperature decreased with their ascent, the authors said.

“We think this huge thunderstorm is driving these cloud particles upward, sort of like a volcano bringing up material from the depths and making it visible from outside the atmosphere,” said Sromovsky. “The upper haze is so optically thick that it is only in the stormy regions where the haze is penetrated by powerful updrafts that you can see evidence for the ammonia ice and the water ice. Those storm particles have an infrared color signature that is very different from the haze particles in the surrounding atmosphere.”

In understanding the dynamics of this Saturn storm, researchers realized that it worked like the much smaller convective storms on Earth, where air and water vapor are pushed high into the atmosphere, resulting in the towering, billowing clouds of a thunderstorm.

The towering clouds in Saturn storms of this type, however, were 10 to 20 times taller and covered a much bigger area. They are also far more violent than an Earth storm, with models predicting vertical winds of more than about 300 mph (500 kilometers per hour) for these rare giant storms.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA. The VIMS team is based at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

For more information about the Cassini mission, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov .

- NASA.





RATTLE & HUM: Eerie "Apocalyptic Noises" Spooks Terrace, British Columbia - Following Similar Reports Worldwide; Science Has Yet To Identify Cause Of The Hum Or The Sounds From The Sky?!

September 04, 2013 - CANADA - A Canada woman was roused from her bed Thursday morning by a deep, rumbling sound emanating from the skies all around her British Columbia home and managed to catch the spooky experience on video.




Kimberly Wookey of Terrace, British Columbia was deeply rattled by the groaning she says she’s heard before but the origins of which remain a mystery.

And not just to her. People all over the world have reported similar sounds, including a 2012 instance that was heard by people across continents, but no one can yet answer who or what is making the creepy sounds.


Captivating: Kimberly Wookey's video of a mysterious rumbling from the sky has captivated
her small Canada town and viewers across the web


Wookey says in her YouTube comments that she’s heard the sound before but was only this time able to record it.

‘First time was back in June,’ writes Wookey. ‘But it was not quite as intense.’

This time Wookey was ready.

‘I shot out of bed like a bat out of hell,’ she writes.


Like a horror flick: The surroundings are like a horror film when paired with the eery sound that other
witnesses said seemed to be coming from the ground as much as from the sky


Wookey’s 7-year-old son was also woken up by the droning sound, which echoed off the mountains that surround Terrace for several minutes.

And the Wookey’s weren’t the only people to hear it. People all over Terrace told have recounted the strange experience.

Mandi Campbell also heard the sounds.

‘It seemed to be coming from the sky or underground, something so loud though,’ she told CBC News.


WATCH: Strange sounds in Terrace.





Debbie Vantikrus heard it, too.

‘I heard this noise, and at first I thought I might have left a window open and the wind was howling,’ she said. ‘The more I listened to it I thought … no, that’s not wind howling through a window, it must be somebody tuning up some instrument in George Little Park. So, I just dismissed it from my head and thought that’s what it was.’


Many others like Wookey witnessed the sound. And similar phenomena have occurred worldwide,
most notably a 2012 instance where sounds were heard in the sky worldwide.

Then Vantikus arrived to work and heard others describe the spooky sound.

Despite all the talk, local authorities and even Canadian science officials still can’t say for sure what happened. Though, that hasn’t stopped them from trying.


IS IT 'THE HUM' - PHENOMENON THAT ONLY 2 PERCENT OF PEOPLE CAN HEAR
Something known as ‘the hum’ also has science and those who hear it perplexed.

It is a noise that only two per cent of people can hear, but this low droning sound would be enough to drive anyone mad.

Sufferers have been able to identify common factors: the humming is only heard indoors, it is a low, rumbling noise, it is louder at night, and is more common in more rural areas.

In the UK, the noise has been heard in Leeds, Bristol, and Largs, Scotland, but has been reported as far as Taos, New Mexico, and Bondi Beach in Sydney.

A 2003 study by acoustical consultant Geoff Leventhall, from Surrey, shows that one in 50 people who live in a Hum-prone place hear the noise, and that most of these people are aged between 55 and 70.

Katie Jacques, from Leeds, told the BBC: ‘It's a kind of torture; sometimes, you just want to scream.

‘It's hard to get off to sleep because I hear this throbbing sound in the background. You're tossing and turning, and you get more and more agitated about it.’

Those who hear it can experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, nosebleeds and sleep disturbances, and the BBC reported at least one suicide as a result of the noise.

However, like the sky groaning, the exact cause of the hum remains a mystery.


LISTEN: Can you hear the hum?




University of Northern British Columbia Physics Professor Erik Jensen heard the sounds and told CFNR they were unlike anything he’d seen before but had this to say:

‘First, sounds can travel very large distances when he conditions are right, and travel in surprising directions- sound can refract in the atmosphere and “bounce” along if the conditions are right. Sounds can also be focused so will vary a lot from place to place.’

There is precedent over the last few years for such a mystery.

In January 2012, similar sounds were reported all across Canada, in Chicago, New York, and even across the Atlantic in Norway and Spain.

A search of YouTube will find a trove of such instances caught on video, some of them more credible than others.


WATCH: Sounds from the sky in rural Alberta, Canada.





An Edmonton woman whose posted her video of the 2012 occurrence later admitted it was a fake.

And even Wookey’s video has been dismissed as just a rip-off of a scene from 2011 horror flick Red State. - Daily Mail.



MASS FISH DIE-OFF: The Pollution Capital Of The World - OVER 100,000 KILOGRAMS Of Dead Fish Found In China's Fu River!

September 04, 2013 - CHINA - Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country's battered environment.

A resident clears dead fish from the Fu river in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013.
Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials
said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country's battered environment.  (AFP Photo)


About 100,000 kilograms of fish were cleared from 40 kilometres of the Fu river in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing "local government investigations".

Xinhua said the probe found ammonia levels "far in excess of the national standard" at a drain outlet from Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology, a chemical manufacturer.

A local environmental official surnamed Xiao confirmed the Monday incident to AFP and said operations to clear the fish had been concluded in most of the affected areas.

The fish were mainly carp, chub and snakehead, he added.

Around 2,000 villagers nearby earn their living from fishing, according to Xinhua.

The incident was one of the most discussed topics on China's hugely popular version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, on Wednesday.

"We have to protect our environment," said one poster.


A resident clears dead fish from the Fu river in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on September 3, 2013.
Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials
said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country's battered environment.  (AFP Photo)

"Why hasn't the person responsible for this resigned yet?" asked another.

The contamination came after more than 16,000 dead pigs were recovered from a river which runs through the commercial hub of Shanghai earlier this year.

The scandal highlighted China's troubles with food safety, adding the country's most popular meat to a growing list of items rocked by controversy. - Yahoo.


NOTE: Thanks to Pat and Pam for contributing to this article.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Massive Vulcanian Explosion At Japan's Mount Sakurajima Volcano - Ash Plume Reaches 12,000 Feet High; Significant Fallout Of Lapilli And Small BOMBS, Damaging Cars 4km Away!

September 04, 2013 - JAPAN - A moderately large vulcanian explosion occurred this morning, producing significant fallout of lapilli and small bombs in several kilometers distance.


Vulcanian explosion from Sakurajima this morning (JMA).


Cars parked at the Arimura Lava observatory observation point to the south of the volcano were damages and windshields broken, at a distance of about 4 km. There are no reports of injuries to people.



Damage to cars from this morning's eruption (JMA).


The ash plume from the eruption rose to approx. 12,000 ft (3.6 km) elevation, i.e. about 2.5 km km height. In itself, today's explosion is not even among the largest that have occurred in the past months, but the volcano clearly continues to be in a state of elevated activity when seen on a long-term average.


WATCH:The following webcam time-lapse video shows frequent ash emission and explosions from the volcano today.





In a recent interview with Radio New Zealand, volcanologist Masato Iguchi mentions that the volcano might be heading for a larger eruption comparable to that of 1914:

“The magma level deep within the volcano is back to about 90% of what it was before the 1914 eruption. So we do have to worry about a big eruption in the long term”. - Volcano Discovery.






FIRE IN THE SKY: Newly Discovered Asteroid 2013 RG Whizzed By Earth On Tuesday - Only A Day After It Was Discovered!

September 04, 2013 - SPACE - An asteroid about seven meters (23 feet) in diameter whizzed by Earth on Tuesday, only a day after it was discovered, a US-based astronomy group said.


Newly Discovered Asteroid Flies By Earth.
© Minor Planet Center

But even if the asteroid, named 2013 RG, had encountered our planet, it would likely have burned up in the atmosphere, as falling celestial bodies less than 10 meters in diameter tend to do.

The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, in Russia's southern Ural Mountains, in February was estimated to be more than twice as large: 17 to 20 meters in diameter.

Both space rocks are believed to be part of the Apollo group of asteroids, which regularly cross into Earth's orbit. Eleven more "close approaches" are expected this month, said the US-based Minor Planet Center, which announced the newfound asteroid's flyby.




The asteroid was first noticed by Arizona's Mt. Lemmon Observatory and then confirmed by astronomers in New Zealand and Bulgaria. It flew by Earth at a distance of about 220,000 kilometers (140,000 miles) around 10:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time. - Ria Novosti.





PLANETARY TREMORS: Powerful 6.2 Earthquake Rocks Alaska's Aleutian Islands - No Tsunami; Fourth 6.0 Magnitude Tremor Or Over Along The Pacific Ring Of Fire In Past 24 Hours!

September 04, 2013 - ALASKA - The Pacific Ring of Fire is coming alive and the remote Aleutian Island region is feeling the full effect of this in a series of major earthquakes and aftershocks, bombarding off the coast of Alaska.

Earlier this morning, the United States Geological Survey reported that a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit  about 77km east side of Atka Island, with a depth of 39.9km (24.8miles).

Several hours later, a strong 6.2 magnitude tremor struck at 88km southwest of Atka at a depth of 32.8km (20.4miles)


USGS earthquake location.

USGS latest list on Alaska earthquakes.


No tsunami warning was issued by either the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center or Alaska's Earthquake Information Center.

Alaska sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire,  an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. It is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements.


USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.


The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. It is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt or the circum-Pacific seismic belt.

About 90% of the world's earthquakes and 81% of the world's largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.





Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of Alaska.
The Aleutian arc extends approximately 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the west. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Aleutian Islands and the deep offshore Aleutian Trench.

The curvature of the arc results in a westward transition of relative plate motion from trench-normal (i.e., compressional) in the east to trench-parallel (i.e., translational) in the west, accompanied by westward variations in seismic activity, volcanism, and overriding plate composition. The Aleutian arc is generally divided into three regions: the western, central, and eastern Aleutians. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving northwest at a rate that increases from roughly 60 mm/yr at the arc's eastern edge to 76 mm/yr near its western terminus. The eastern Aleutian arc extends from the Alaskan Peninsula in the east to the Fox Islands in the west. Motion along this section of the arc is characterized by arc-perpendicular convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thick continental lithosphere. This region exhibits intense volcanic activity and has a history of megathrust earthquakes.


USGS plate tectonics for the region.

The central Aleutian arc extends from the Andreanof Islands in the east to the Rat Islands in the west. Here, motion is characterized by westward-increasing oblique convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thin oceanic lithosphere. Along this portion of the arc, the Wadati-Benioff zone is well defined to depths of approximately 200 km. Despite the obliquity of convergence, active volcanism and megathrust earthquakes are also present along this margin.

The western Aleutians, stretching from the western end of the Rat Islands in the east to the Commander Islands, Russia, in the west, is tectonically different from the central and eastern portions of the arc. The increasing component of transform motion between the Pacific and North America plates is evidenced by diminishing active volcanism; the last active volcano is located on Buldir Island, in the far western portion of the Rat Island chain. Additionally, this portion of the subduction zone has not hosted large earthquakes or megathrust events in recorded history. Instead, the largest earthquakes in this region are generally shallow, predominantly strike-slip events with magnitudes between M5-6. Deeper earthquakes do occur, albeit rather scarcely and with small magnitudes (Magnitude less than 4), down to approximately 50 km.

Most of the seismicity along the Aleutian arc results from thrust faulting that occurs along the interface between the Pacific and North America plates, extending from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. Slip along this interface is responsible for generating devastating earthquakes. Deformation also occurs within the subducting slab in the form of intermediate-depth earthquakes that can reach depths of 250 km. Normal faulting events occur in the outer rise region of the Aleutian arc resulting from the bending of the oceanic Pacific plate as it enters the Aleutian trench. Additionally, deformation of the overriding North America plate generates shallow crustal earthquakes.

The Aleutian arc is a seismically active region, evidenced by the many moderate to large earthquakes occurring each year. Since 1900, this region has hosted twelve large earthquakes (Magnitude greater than 7.5) including the May 7, 1986 M8.0 Andreanof Islands, the June 10, 1996 M7.9 Andreanof Islands, and the November 17, 2003 M7.8 Rat Islands earthquakes. Six of these great earthquakes (M8.3 or larger) have occurred along the Aleutian arc that together have ruptured almost the entire shallow megathrust contact. The first of these major earthquakes occurred on August 17, 1906 near the island of Amchitka (M8.3) in the western Aleutian arc. However, unlike the other megathrust earthquakes along the arc, this event is thought to have been an intraplate event occurring in the shallow slab beneath the subduction zone interface.

The first megathrust event along the arc during the 20th century was the November 10, 1938 M8.6 Shumagin Island earthquake. This event ruptured an approximately 300 km long stretch of the arc from the southern end of Kodiak Island to the northern end of the Shumagin Islands and generated a small tsunami that was recorded as far south as Hawaii.

The April 1, 1946 M8.6 Unimak Island earthquake, located in the central Aleutian arc, was characterized by slow rupture followed by a devastating Pacific-wide tsunami that was observed as far south as the shores of Antarctica. Although damage from earthquake shaking was not severe locally, tsunami run-up heights were recorded as high as 42 m on Unimak Island and tsunami waves in Hilo, Hawaii also resulted in casualties. The slow rupture of this event has made it difficult to constrain the focal mechanism and depth of the earthquake, though it is thought to have been an interplate thrust earthquake.

The next megathrust earthquake occurred along the central portion of the Aleutian arc near the Andreanof Islands on March 9, 1957, with a magnitude of M8.6. The rupture length of this event was approximately 1200 km, making it the longest observed aftershock zone of all the historic Aleutian arc events. Although only limited seismic data from this event are still available, significant damage and tsunamis were observed on the islands of Adak and Unimak with tsunami heights of approximately 13 m.

The easternmost megathrust earthquake was the March 28, 1964 M9.2 Prince William Sound earthquake, currently the second largest recorded earthquake in the world. The event had a rupture length of roughly 700 km extending from Prince William Sound in the northeast to the southern end of Kodiak Island in the southwest. Extensive damage was recorded in Kenai, Moose Pass, and Kodiak but significant shaking was felt over a large region of Alaska, parts of western Yukon Territory, and British Columbia, Canada. Property damage was the largest in Anchorage, as a result of both the main shock shaking and the ensuing landslides. This megathrust earthquake also triggered a devastating tsunami that caused damage along the Gulf of Alaska, the West Coast of the United States, and in Hawaii.

The westernmost Aleutians megathrust earthquake followed a year later on February 4, 1965. This M8.7 Rat Islands earthquake was characterized by roughly 600 km of rupture. Although this event is quite large, damage was low owing to the region's remote and sparsely inhabited location. A relatively small tsunami was recorded throughout the Pacific Ocean with run-up heights up to 10.7 m on Shemya Island and flooding on Amchitka Island.

Although the Aleutian arc is highly active, seismicity is rather discontinuous, with two regions that have not experienced a large (Magnitude greater than 8.0) earthquake in the past century: the Commander Islands in the western Aleutians and the Shumagin Islands in the east. Due to the dominantly transform motion along the western arc, there is potential that the Commander Islands will rupture in a moderate to large strike-slip earthquake in the future. The Shumagin Islands region may also have high potential for hosting a large rupture in the future, though it has been suggested that little strain is being accumulated along this section of the subduction zone, and thus associated hazards may be reduced.

East of the Aleutian arc along the Gulf of Alaska, crustal earthquakes occur as a result transmitted deformation and stress associated with the northwestward convergence of the Pacific plate that collides a block of oceanic and continental material into the North America plate. In 2002, the Denali Fault ruptured in a sequence of earthquakes that commenced with the October 23 M6.7 Nenana Mountain right-lateral strike-slip earthquake and culminated with the November 3, M7.9 Denali earthquake which started as a thrust earthquake along a then unrecognized fault and continued with a larger right-lateral strike-slip event along the Denali and Totschunda Faults. - USGS.






FIRE IN THE SKY: Massive Fireball Lights Up The Skies Over Georgia-Tennessee Border - Shone 20 TIMES BRIGHTER Than The Moon!

September 04, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The space rock was about 2 feet in diameter and weighed more than 100 pounds. When it hit the Earth's atmosphere last week, it shone, briefly, 20 times brighter than the moon.




NASA's cameras captured the meteor as it zipped over the Southeast United States on Wednesday. In the video above, you can watch as it comes soaring through the sky and explodes in a flash of light.

The steady orb of light in the left of the frame is the moon.

The meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Georgia-Tennessee border at 12:30 a.m. PST, and shone for about 3 seconds, said Bill Cooke of NASA's meteoroid environment office in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

It was moving at 56,000 mph before it broke apart at an altitude of 33 miles. Half a second later, it broke apart a second time at an altitude of 29 miles.

Fragments and dust from the meteor fell to the Earth, and Cooke said his team is trying to figure out where those pieces may have landed.


WATCH: Fireball over Georgia-Tennessee border.





Sound detectors on Earth did pick up a sonic boom when the meteor broke apart, but it was probably too quiet to have woken anyone up.

NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office has been scanning the skies for meteors through a network of six cameras spread across the Southern United States since 2008.

Cooke told the Los Angeles Times that this was one of the brightest meteors his cameras have ever caught. - L.A. Times.




GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Peru's Ubinas Volcano Erupts For The FIFTH Time In Two Days - Scientists Are Investigating The Cause Of The Eruptions!

September 04, 2013 - PERU - On the evening of Sept. 1, the Ubinas Volcano in Moquegua registered two small eruptions.


Scientists are investigating the cause of the eruptions. (Photo: Andina/INGEMMET)

A third eruption occurred the following day, and now the volcano has errupted twice more, bringing the total to five eruptions in less than 48 hours. A number of news outlets have reported that the volcano’s sudden burst of activity has caused alarm in the area, which has been intensified by the appearance of a column of volcanic gases and ash that has reached a height of two kilometers. Now scientists have begun an investigation at the site to determine the exact cause of the eruptions.

Andina news agency reports that a team from the Volcanological Observatory of the Institute (OVI) of Geology, Mining, and Metallurgy has arrived in the area and scaled the mountain to search the crater site for clues as to its cause. Jersey Mariño Salazar, head of the OVI team, told Andina: “We have two hypotheses right now, and in the coming days, through evaulations that we’re doing, we’ll find out what’s really going on with Ubinas.”

He said that the explosions are probably being caused by one of two things: either the eruptions are phreatic, caused by precipitation buildup causing pressure inside the volcano, or they are caused by an “eruptive process generated by rising magma.”

According to Andina, the column of ash has deposited residue up to 10 kilometers away from Ubinas. However, Mariño Salazar stated that the ash column does not pose a danger to people or livestock at this time, as the wind is blowing it towards a mostly uninhabited area. Still, Salazar may meet with local authorities on Sept. 4 in order to discuss any necessary actions. - Peru This Week.





FIRE IN THE SKY: Mysterious Ball Of Fire Lights Up The Skies Over Italy!

September 04, 2013 - ITALY - Italians in the north east are on the hunt for traces of a fireball which raced across the sky in the early hours of Tuesday morning and "unsettled pets".




The ball of fire, thought to be a meteorite, was spotted between 2.30am and 2.45am and accompanied by a loud bang and thunder-like roar, Il Gazzettino reported.

It was spotted by locals across the north east, including people in Venice and Padua. One local resident told Il Gazzettino the event had "unsettled his pets".


WATCH: Fireball over Italy.




Perplexed residents called the fire brigade and police duly went on a hunt for the extraterrestrial, but failed to find any traces of a meteorite. - The Local, Italy.