Friday, February 7, 2014

EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: Revelations Of The European's War On People And Nature - Subway Forced To Remove Shoe Rubber Chemical Azodiacarbonamide From Bread After Protest!

"Time evolves and comes to a place where it renews again... There is first a purification time, then there is renewal time... We are getting very close to this time... We were told we would see the white man's world come and go... In a sense America and Europe are dying,... from within... Because they have forgotten the instructions of how to live on Earth..." - Indigenous Native American Prophecy.

"... a artificial, parasitic and vampiric group with no connection to Earth, nature and the righteous way of love." - The COSMIC Spirit.

February 07, 2014 - FOOD - Subway, one of the world's biggest bread bakers, is about to remove a chemical from its breads that raised the ire of an influential health activist and food blogger.

 Health activist and food blogger Vani Hari (Photo: Vani Hari)

The world's biggest sandwich chain says it's in the process of removing the chemical known as Azodiacarbonamide from its sandwich breads -- a chemical that Vani Hari, who runs the site, says is commonly used to increase elasticity in everything from yoga mats to shoe rubber to synthetic leather. It's used for the same reason in bread, she says, as a dough conditioner.

"We are already in the process of removing Azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA approved ingredient," the company says in a statement. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon."

Fresh baked bread -- and the perception of better-for you offerings --is a major deal to Subway. It's one of the chain's central selling points. Just last week, Michelle Obama sat and ate lunch before hosting a press conference at a Subway in Washington D.C. to commend the chain for joining her healthy eating initiative -- pledging nutritious foods on its kids menu.


Food safety and health concerns have become a priority with American consumers who are pressuring the nation's biggest brands to respond. Early last month, General Mills bent to consumer pressure and received positive press after it announced that was removing GMOs from regular Cheerios.

Subway's announcement follows a petition that Hari, the activist, recently launched that asked Subway to stop using Azodiacarbonamide in its bread. The ingredient is banned in the UK, Europe and Australia, notes Hari, who says that she is thrilled with Subway's actions.

WATCH: #NoWaySubway.

"I commend Subway for finally responding to me and now over 58,000 concerned citizens. Their swift action is a testament to what power petitions and individuals can have," says Hari, in an email. " I'd like to note that current Subway sandwiches still have this ingredient, and I urge everyone not to eat their sandwich bread until they have finally removed the chemical." - USA Today.

ICE AGE NOW: Winter Storm Nika Update - Snow And Ice Leave 9 People Dead; Thousands Without Power!

February 07, 2014 - UNITED STATES -Winter Storm Nika's snow and ice was forecast to wrap late Wednesday night, but for some of the one million customers who lost power during the height of the storm, the pain could continue for the next several days.

Val Ford works to clear her driveway as snow falls Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Concord, N.H. Snow fell by as
much as 2 inches per hour in northern New England during the morning. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Pennsylvania was hardest hit by power outages, with more than 625,000 customers still in the dark as of Wednesday night. Utility companies were warning power may not be fully restored until the weekend.

The weather was also blamed for nine deaths, including a Chicago-area nurse who was hit and killed by a snowplow while she walked in the hospital's parking lot Wednesday morning.

Winter Storm Orion hitting Western United States. See more HERE.

Here are the latest impacts from Winter Storm Nika as told state by state.


State police attributed a traffic fatality to the icy conditions. Troopers say 36-year-old Jeffery Dee Buck of Des Arc died in a 7 a.m. single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in Lonoke County. Officials say Buck was westbound when he lost control on an icy bridge, left the highway and crashed into a stand of trees. The police report says freezing rain was falling when the crash occurred. About 28,000 customers are still without power due to icy conditions.


Connecticut is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered all first-shift non-essential state employees to stay home Wednesday while encouraging private businesses to do the same. He urged residents to stay off the roads as much as possible, also banning tandem trucks from the state’s highways. The University of Connecticut canceled all classes for Wednesday. Hartford Public Schools, Danbury Public Schools, Stamford Public Schools and dozens of other public and private schools across the state are closed as well. For a complete list of school closings, visit NBC Connecticut. Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, outside of Hartford, canceled dozens of flights. CT Transit in Hartford canceled early morning bus service, but resumed operations at 9:30 a.m. Travelers on the New Haven Metro North line should expected system-wide delays, CT Transit said Wednesday morning. The governor also pushed his annual State of the State Address from Wednesday to Thursday at noon, NBC Connecticut reported. “The bottom line is if you can stay home or work from home, please do,” Gov. Malloy said in a statement.


A nurse was hit and killed by a snowplow in a hospital parking lot in Barrington, Ill., just north of Chicago. The accident happened when she was reporting for her shift Wednesday morning. A Chicago runner was credited with helping save a man who fell into icy Lake Michigan with his dog. Adam Dominik says he found twine and anchored it around himself while throwing the other end in the water, pulling the man onto nearby rocks. Meanwhile, a skier called 911. Rescuers pulled the man the rest of the way to safety before loading him on a makeshift gurney. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for severe hypothermia. He and his dog are expected to recover.


Most counties across Indiana are asking people to restrict their travel as crews clean up from heavy snowfall or freezing rain in much of the state. Most school districts from Evansville through central Indiana to Fort Wayne canceled classes Wednesday. The Indiana-Purdue campus in Fort Wayne also closed. Duke Energy reported about 2,500 outages across Floyd, Clark, Harrison and Crawford counties.

"City services really have not stopped," said Reynolds Wolf, meteorologist for The Weather Channel, reporting live from Indianapolis Wednesday morning. "We've seen the buses coming by ... government offices remain open for the time being."


Authorities say road conditions may have contributed to a vehicle collision in Des Moines that killed one person Tuesday.


Gov. Sam Brownback ordered state offices in the Topeka area closed for a second consecutive day because of a winter storm. The Legislature also canceled all of its meetings Wednesday. Authorities blamed slick conditions for a two-car crash in southeast Kansas that killed two people, and said a third traffic fatality also appeared to be weather-related. The Kansas National Guard established nine teams that were prepared to assist motorists who were stranded or to transport medical and emergency personnel.


Freezing rain and ice that moved through Kentucky overnight have left thousands of people without power. According to the Public Service Commission, most of the outages were reported in Jefferson County, which had about 8,500 people without power Wednesday night. The National Weather Service reported the winter storm that hit Tuesday evening left about a quarter-inch of ice over much of the central and northern regions of the state. The weather led several schools systems to cancel classes Wednesday.


The Maryland State Highway Administration says crews have been salting roads. The federal government is open, but workers can telework or take unscheduled leave. Many schools closed or had delayed start times. Maryland emergency management officials report more than 100,000 customers in the dark, mostly in counties north and west of Baltimore. The Maryland Transit Administration reduced the number of afternoon trains out of Washington on the MARC Brunswick line. Two morning trains hit fallen trees on the tracks; no one was hurt.


The storm dropped nearly a foot in parts of Massachusetts. In Boston, Worcester, Springfield and elsewhere, schools and colleges canceled classes. The state's trial courts also closed for the day. Gov. Deval Patrick told all non-essential state employees working in the executive branch to stay home.


AAA Michigan got at least 1,100 calls for service as of Wednesday morning, with the heaviest volume during the rush-hour commute. Authorities reported several multi-vehicle crashes after several inches of snow along Interstate 94 in the Jackson area, including some with injuries, and crashes closed portions of I-69 in the Flint area. The storm also snarled traffic in southern Michigan, including the Detroit area, with accidents reported in Grand Rapids and Saginaw. Two planes were stuck on taxiways at snowy Detroit Metropolitan Airport, requiring trucks to push or pull the regional Delta jets out of the snow.


Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for the wintry conditions across the extreme northern part of the state.


Some schools and businesses closed Wednesday. In Springfield, a Good Samaritan was being hailed as a hero for jumping into an icy pond Tuesday morning to pull two young women from a submerged car. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Donovan Hensley had just dropped off his wife at work when he saw skid marks leading into a pond and two women standing on a sinking vehicle. He persuaded the women to jump to him, helped both to shore, warmed them in his car and drove them home. No one was hurt.


Authorities have released the names of two people killed in a collision between a semitrailer and a sport utility vehicle near Redington in the Nebraska Panhandle. The crash occurred about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. The Nebraska State Patrol identified the two as 64-year-old Bruce Evertson, of Kimball, and his passenger in the SUV, 56-year-old Robin Lapaseotes, of Bridgeport. The truck driver was identified as 56-year-old Dennis Dobrinski, of Bridgeport. The patrol says Dobrinski was taken to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The patrol says weather likely was a factor in the collision, which closed Nebraska Highway 88 from Bridgeport to the junction of Nebraska Highway 71 for about four hours.

New Hampshire

At the Mount Sunapee Resort ski area, the lot was filling up with skiers undeterred by a trek through the snow, which could accumulate anywhere from 7 to 14 inches. In Newport, the snow helped pick up the pace of ticket sales for an outdoor "Yankee Luau" on the town common Wednesday as part of the town's 98th Winter Carnival.

"The South gets an inch and shuts down and we get a foot and we're gonna throw a party," Newport Recreation Director P.J Lovely said. "We're hardy."

Lovely said the snow bodes well for skijoring events this weekend - a popular attraction that had to be canceled the past two years amid lack of snow. The sport features horseback riders towing a person on skis over jumps and through other obstacles.

New Jersey

An emergency declaration remains posted for the entire state. About 18,000 people were without power as of Wednesday evening. Residents have mostly listened to warnings to avoid the roads, and only 50 accidents have been reported across the state compared with hundreds during previous winter storms, reported the Star-Ledger. Speed limits on parts of the Turnpike and Parkway have been reduced to 35 mph. New Jersey Transit is operating all trains on a storm schedule, except for the Atlantic City Rail Line, which is operating on a regular weekday schedule. Service for the Northeast Corridor and the North Jersey Coast Line has been suspended in both directions due to icy overhead wires. Bus service in northern New Jersey and Mercer County is experiencing delays of up to 60 minutes. Although area airports remain open, around 42 percent of this morning's flights at Newark Liberty airport have been canceled, reported the New Jersey Herald. Dozens of schools closed due to the severe weather in Bergen County, Essex County and Hudson County.

New York

Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the entire state of New York. The state deployed 3,500 tons of stockpiled road salt to New York City, where supplies were running low, while plows and other heavy equipment aimed to keep roads clear. The Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad are running normally. The New York City Subway lines are running normally or with delays. As of Wednesday evening, there were a little more than 6,000 power outages across the state.


Most of Ohio was hit with another bout or heavy snow and freezing rain, closing hundreds schools and creating extremely hazardous driving conditions. Much of the state was slammed with 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight. Many counties declared snow emergencies.

"I wish that groundhog would have stayed in its hole," said Geoff Dunn, who took the bus to his downtown Columbus office, avoiding the messy roads but still having to navigate snowy sidewalks. "Finding us six more weeks of winter was not the smart move."

The National Weather Service said most Ohio cities already have seen anywhere from 15 to 30 inches more snow than is normal at this stage of the winter in about 10 significant storms.


About 586,000 customers are without power in the state Wednesday night. PECO says this will be a multi-day outage event, and some areas may not have power restored until the weekend. Freezing rain accumulated an estimated one-quarter to one-third of an inch in the Philadelphia metro area, causing some of the power outages.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed around Harrisburg, the state capital, for more than 13 hours after a fatal crash Tuesday night. Police say the accident hapened around 11 p.m. and involved three tractor-trailers. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Administration reported delays and some cancellations on suburban Philadelphia routes, while Amtrak suspended its Philadelphia-to-Harrisburg service indefinitely because of downed trees on wires and along tracks. Schools and government buildings closed across the state, including schools in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Rhode Island

Nearly all schools in Rhode Island were closed, and state police responded to several traffic accidents. The General Assembly canceled its sessions. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority warned of delays. Snow turned to sleet and rain in some parts of the state. Power outages remain minimal, with sporadic reports of outages occurring across the state.


Severe winter conditions have caused officials to ask thousands of homeowners in far northern Wisconsin to leave their faucets running 24 hours a day to prevent water pipes and sewer lines from freezing. The 9,000 Rhinelander residents won't be charged for using the extra water. Temperatures in the area are expected to be below zero for much of the week. - TWC.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: The Mystery Of The North Star - Astronomers Baffled To Find Polaris Is Getting BRIGHTER; Expanding At More Than 100 TIMES The Rate Expected?!

February 07, 2014 - SPACE - Astronomers have discovered that Polaris, the north star, is getting brighter.

Is Polaris getting brighter? Stars appear to rotate around Polaris, the north star, in this long exposure picture taken
near the 4-meter telescope dome at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. The image is composed
of 114 30-second exposures of the night sky combined to make the equivalent of a nearly one hour exposure
in which the earth's rotation causes the stars to appear to move across the night sky.

They say the star has suddenly reversed two decades of dimming.

It is expanding at more than 100 times the rate they expected - and nobody is sure why.

A team led by Scott Engle of Villanova University in Pennsylvania recalibrated historic measurements of Polaris by Ptolemy in 137 C.E., the Persian astronomer Al-Sufi in 964 C.E., and others.

They investigated the fluctuations of the star over the course of several years, combing through historical records and utilising the Hubble Space Telescope.

The team found that Polaris is 2.5 times brighter today than in Ptolemy's time, which they say is a remarkable rate of change.

Polaris, also known as the North Star, Northern Star or Pole Star, is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor.

Historically it has been used to guide travellers, and is very close to the north celestial pole, making it the current northern pole star.

Recent papers calculate the distance to Polaris at about 434 light-years, although some suggest it may be 30% closer which.

'If they are real, these changes are 100 times larger than predicted by current theories of stellar evolution,' says Villanova astronomer Edward Guinan.

The team's data also hint that the star's cyclic 4-day variation in brightness, although still weak, is once again growing more robust--but no one knows what's driving these flutterings or how long they will last.

Engle and his team began to research the star around the beginning of 2000, when they found that the dropping brightness was on the rise again.

'It was unexpected to find,' Engle  told'It started increasing rather rapidly.'

Pinpointing Polaris: Researchers say it is getting brighter far more quickly than they expected after reversing its dimming

Star Trails above Beccles, with Polaris in the centre

'Polaris is arguably the best-known star in the Northern Hemisphere, since it lies within a degree of the North Celestial Pole,' the researchers wrote.

'For much of human history, Polaris was highly regarded for its unchanging nature.

'However, we now know that Polaris is a Cepheid variable, undergoing ultra-low-amplitude pulsations.

'Thirty years ago, a paper in the Astrophysical Journal by A. Arellano Ferro announced that the amplitude of these pulsations was diminishing.

'This behavior was confirmed, and it was believed that soon enough Polaris would no longer be a Cepheid variable.

'We started photometrically monitoring Polaris in 1999 and discovered that the amplitude of pulsations had reached a minimum and was now, in fact, growing again.

'It was while gathering historic photometry for the amplitude study that we noticed the published magnitudes of Polaris were systematically fainter, the further back in time the data went.

'This is an entirely unexpected behavior for a Cepheid variable, and one that we wanted to investigate further.

Engle presented the results of his research in a poster session at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington. - Daily Mail.

RATTLE & HUM: Loud Tremors And Booms Reported In Ocean City, Maryland - Earthquakes Ruled Out?!

February 07, 2014 - MARYLAND, UNITED STATES - Tremors that Ocean City residents reported feeling around midday Thursday did not come from an earthquake, seismologists said, but may have come from supersonic flights from Patuxent Naval Air Station.

"The data is very inconsistent with any kind of earthquake activity," Maryland Geological Survey Director Richard Ortt said. That was because the timing of the tremor's detection by various sensors did not match the time it would be expected to take for a seismic event to ripple through the Earth's crust, he said.

The source of the tremors remains unknown, Ortt said. Sometimes sonic booms, explosions or other blasts can be confused with earthquakes, he said.

Air station spokeswoman Connie Hempel said the Navy conducted two supersonic flights off the coast Thursday, though she did not know what time they were scheduled for.

Snapshot from Maryland Geological Survey
(Maryland Geological Survey / February 6, 2014
Residents of the beach resort town reported hearing a loud boom and feeling earthquake-like tremors shortly before noon.

"We have had reports that people felt tremors," said an Ocean City police spokeswoman, who estimated that the department had fielded more than a dozen calls as of noon.

She said the calls came in "from the whole length of Ocean City, just within the last hour or so" and there were no reports of damage so far.

The state geology agency worked with seismologists in Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia and Pennsylvania to study the tremors.

A U.S. Geological Survey earthquake monitoring website shows no earthquakes of at least magnitude 2.5 in the region recently.

Police were checking with the U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities to identify the source of the tremors and unusual sounds. A spokesperson for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware said it had no demolition or flights in the area.

"We are hearing reports of a possible earthquake in Ocean City, MD. That is unconfirmed at this time," the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said in a post on Twitter.

The disturbance was not felt by everyone. "Our police station is like Fort Knox, so I didn't feel anything really," the spokeswoman said.

The only earthquake on record in Ocean City occurred Oct. 15, 1928, according to the Maryland Geological Survey. The Delmarva peninsula was also among those areas up and down the East Coast to feel the 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia on August 23, 2011, according to the USGS. - The Baltimore Sun.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Over 10,000 Fish Found Dead In Vasse Estuary, Australia!

February 07, 2014 - AUSTRALIA - The number of fish killed in the Vasse-Wonnerup Estuary this week has been revised to more than 10,000.

Thousands of fish have been found dead in the Vasse Estuary near Busselton. (ABC News: Roxanne Taylor)

City of Busselton workers spent yesterday cleaning up the dead fish, mostly mullet, around the Vasse floodgate area.

The Department of Water says high levels of toxic algae are present in the waterway, which is likely to have caused the fish deaths.

The department says the oxygen levels, which were blamed for the fish kill of the same size last year, all appeared normal this time.

Findings of an independent review into the waterway's management are set to be handed down this month. - ABC Australia.

THE GREAT DELUGE: Torrential Rain And Floods Kill 38 In Bolivia - Many Left Homeless; 40,000 Households Affected; Around 100,000 Head Of Cattle Threatened; Some 6,000 Hectares Of Crop Destroyed; More Heavy Rainfall In The Forecast!

February 07, 2014 - BOLIVIA - Torrential rain and floods in Bolivia have killed 38 people and left many homeless, said the government on Thursday, as forecasters predicted more heavy rainfall with the north of the Andean country again likely to be the worst affected.

A woman speaks along a flooded street on the outskirts of Trinidad, some 400 km (249 miles) northeast
of La Paz February 5, 2014.  Reuters/David Mercado

Rescuers help a flood victim off a helicopter as they arrive in Trinidad, some 400 kilometers (249 miles)
northeast of La Paz, on February 5, 2014. Reuters/David Mercado

Women disembark from a helicopter after being rescued from their flooded homes, in Trinidad, some 400 km
(249 miles) northeast of La Paz February 5, 2014. REUTERS/David Mercado

The Ministry of Defense said it had flown in food aid and the army was evacuating families from the worst affected regions, such as the Amazonian and cattle-rearing department of Beni, northeast of the capital La Paz.

Around 100,000 head of cattle are threatened and some 6,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed, around 0.2 percent of Bolivia's total, the government said.

WATCH: Floods inundate Bolivia.

More than 40,000 households have been affected by the heavy seasonal rains since October, around five times more than last year, with the central and northern regions of the country hardest hit. - Reuters.

MASS BIRD DIE-OFF: "I've Never Seen Anything Like This Before" - 12 Dead Albatross Found On Ripiro Beach In New Zealand?!

February 07, 2014 - NEW ZEALAND - Why have a significant number of dead albatross washed up on Ripiro Beach?

BIG QUESTION: Danika, 5 and Alsya, 7 Hilliam and their puppy check out one of 12 dead albatross
which Noel Hilliam has seen washed up on Ripiro Beach, south of Glinks Gully.

Regular beach patroller Noel Hilliam says he saw 12 dead albatross washed up along about five kilometres of beach south of Glinks gully about two weeks ago.

"I've never seen anything like this before. You sometimes see the odd one but never this."

He says the birds appeared to have been dead for some time and were "looking pretty battered."

"I'd like to know what caused it. Was it starvation, something they ate or a big storm?"

 Mr Hilliam contacted the Department of Conservation but had not heard back from them at the time of print.

A live but exhausted southern royal albatross was found on the beach in mid January and taken to the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre where, despite initially improving, it died.

Co-owner of the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre, Robert Webb says he is concerned to learn there has been so many dead birds on the west coast beach.

"We usually hear about a few birds, but not as many as this. I am very concerned their deaths may not be due to stormy weather which is the normal cause.

Mr Webb said these ocean flying birds can fall victim to exhaustion from struggling with extreme off shore weather conditions.

He is also worried the birds have been left on the beach.

"An autopsy should be performed on one of these birds, to confirm the cause of death. The birds should also be removed and checked for identity bands and then buried," said Mr Webb.

From the photograph sent to him by the Dargaville and Districts News he believes the bird to be a wandering albatross, but says it is difficult to be absolutely sure because of the bird's condition.

"‘We have had four wandering albatross at the recovery centre on the last few years that had been banded.

"One in Florida, two during Antarctica expeditions and one from the Bismark Islands."

Information on their recovery is sent to the country of origin. - Stuff.

SOLAR WATCH: Weekend Storm Warning - Minor Polar Geomagnetic Storms Possible On February 8th As Big Sunspots Are Poised To Erupt!

February 07, 2014 - SUN - Polar geomagnetic storms are possible on Saturday, Feb. 8th, when a solar wind stream and a minor CME are expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. This will not be a major storm, but the double-impact could spark high-latitude auroras.

BIG SUNSPOTS, POISED TO ERUPT? All week long, big sunspot AR1967 has has been crackling with activity, seemingly on the edge of producing an X-class solar flare. That hasn't happened.

Sunspot 1967.

However, a new sunspot growing alongside AR1967 could push things over the edge. Emerging active region AR1968 has an unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for strong explosions. NOAA forecasters estimate an 60% chance of M-class solar flares and a 20% chance of X-class solar flares on Feb. 7th.

Updated look at the visible solar disk on Friday. Growing sunspot AR1968 has developed a 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. Sunspot 1967 produced an M1.5 flare at 23:05 UTC, followed by an M2.0 event at 04:56 UTC. Neither event produced a coronal mass ejection (CME). The other sunspot of interest, region 1968, produced an impulsive M1.9 flare at 10:29 UTC this morning. Both active regions continue to rotate closer towards the west limb and out of a geoeffective position. Elsewhere, regions 1973 and 1974 showed some new spot formation, but have each remained stable. All other visible regions are quiet. No Earth directed coronal mass ejections were observed during the past 24 hours. Credit: SDO/HMI

Last night in Key West, Florida, Scott Wilson looked out over the Gulf of Mexico and saw the two big sunspots melting into the sea:

The strange shape of the sun in Wilson's picture is a mirage caused by refraction in warm air just above the sea surface. There are many types of sunset mirages. This one is called the "Omega Sun" because the sun resembles the Greek letter omega.

Browse the gallery for more sunspot sunsets: Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery.

SOURCES: Space Weather | Solar Ham.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Powerful 6.5 Magnitude Pacific Earthquake Off Vanuatu - Too Deep To Cause A Destructive Tsunami!

February 07, 2014 - VANUATU - A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu in the South Pacific on Friday, but US geologists said it was too deep to cause a tsunami.

USGS earthquake location.

USGS earthquake shakemap seismicity.

The quake hit 27 kilometres east of the beach town of Port-Olry, according to the US Geological Survey.

At a depth of 111 kilometres, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that the quake was too deep to cause a "destructive tsunami".

The islands are on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. - Straits Times.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate.
The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates. In the region of New Zealand, the 3000 km long Australia-Pacific plate boundary extends from south of Macquarie Island to the southern Kermadec Island chain. It includes an oceanic transform (the Macquarie Ridge), two oppositely verging subduction zones (Puysegur and Hikurangi), and a transpressive continental transform, the Alpine Fault through South Island, New Zealand.

Since 1900 there have been 15 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded near New Zealand. Nine of these, and the four largest, occurred along or near the Macquarie Ridge, including the 1989 M8.2 event on the ridge itself, and the 2004 M8.1 event 200 km to the west of the plate boundary, reflecting intraplate deformation. The largest recorded earthquake in New Zealand itself was the 1931 M7.8 Hawke's Bay earthquake, which killed 256 people. The last M7.5+ earthquake along the Alpine Fault was 170 years ago; studies of the faults' strain accumulation suggest that similar events are likely to occur again.

USGS tectonic plates boundary.

North of New Zealand, the Australia-Pacific boundary stretches east of Tonga and Fiji to 250 km south of Samoa. For 2,200 km the trench is approximately linear, and includes two segments where old (greater than 120 Myr) Pacific oceanic lithosphere rapidly subducts westward (Kermadec and Tonga). At the northern end of the Tonga trench, the boundary curves sharply westward and changes along a 700 km-long segment from trench-normal subduction, to oblique subduction, to a left lateral transform-like structure.

Australia-Pacific convergence rates increase northward from 60 mm/yr at the southern Kermadec trench to 90 mm/yr at the northern Tonga trench; however, significant back arc extension (or equivalently, slab rollback) causes the consumption rate of subducting Pacific lithosphere to be much faster. The spreading rate in the Havre trough, west of the Kermadec trench, increases northward from 8 to 20 mm/yr. The southern tip of this spreading center is propagating into the North Island of New Zealand, rifting it apart. In the southern Lau Basin, west of the Tonga trench, the spreading rate increases northward from 60 to 90 mm/yr, and in the northern Lau Basin, multiple spreading centers result in an extension rate as high as 160 mm/yr. The overall subduction velocity of the Pacific plate is the vector sum of Australia-Pacific velocity and back arc spreading velocity: thus it increases northward along the Kermadec trench from 70 to 100 mm/yr, and along the Tonga trench from 150 to 240 mm/yr.

The Kermadec-Tonga subduction zone generates many large earthquakes on the interface between the descending Pacific and overriding Australia plates, within the two plates themselves and, less frequently, near the outer rise of the Pacific plate east of the trench. Since 1900, 40 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded, mostly north of 30°S. However, it is unclear whether any of the few historic M8+ events that have occurred close to the plate boundary were underthrusting events on the plate interface, or were intraplate earthquakes. On September 29, 2009, one of the largest normal fault (outer rise) earthquakes ever recorded (M8.1) occurred south of Samoa, 40 km east of the Tonga trench, generating a tsunami that killed at least 180 people.

Across the North Fiji Basin and to the west of the Vanuatu Islands, the Australia plate again subducts eastwards beneath the Pacific, at the North New Hebrides trench. At the southern end of this trench, east of the Loyalty Islands, the plate boundary curves east into an oceanic transform-like structure analogous to the one north of Tonga.

Australia-Pacific convergence rates increase northward from 80 to 90 mm/yr along the North New Hebrides trench, but the Australia plate consumption rate is increased by extension in the back arc and in the North Fiji Basin. Back arc spreading occurs at a rate of 50 mm/yr along most of the subduction zone, except near ~15°S, where the D'Entrecasteaux ridge intersects the trench and causes localized compression of 50 mm/yr in the back arc. Therefore, the Australia plate subduction velocity ranges from 120 mm/yr at the southern end of the North New Hebrides trench, to 40 mm/yr at the D'Entrecasteaux ridge-trench intersection, to 170 mm/yr at the northern end of the trench.

Large earthquakes are common along the North New Hebrides trench and have mechanisms associated with subduction tectonics, though occasional strike slip earthquakes occur near the subduction of the D'Entrecasteaux ridge. Within the subduction zone 34 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900. On October 7, 2009, a large interplate thrust fault earthquake (M7.6) in the northern North New Hebrides subduction zone was followed 15 minutes later by an even larger interplate event (M7.8) 60 km to the north. It is likely that the first event triggered the second of the so-called earthquake "doublet". - USGS.

ICE AGE NOW: Winter Storm Orion Forecast - Snow In The U.S. Northwest, Including Portland; Drought Relief Expected In California; And Light Snow In Midwest, Northeast!

February 07, 2014 - UNITED STATES - Winter Storm Orion will deliver some much needed snowpack to the western mountains. Snow will continue to fall at low elevations, creating travel problems along the I-5 corridor.

Snowfall Forecast

Orion will also bring some light snow to parts of the Midwest and Northeast this weekend.

The first in a series of disturbances moved into the Northwest on Thursday.

With cold air in place, snow fell in the lower elevations of northwest Oregon and far southwestern Washington, from Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash. to Eugene, Ore.

Up to 10 inches of snow was reported in Corvallis. A total of 3.8 inches of snow was measured in Portland, making it the fifth greatest single-day snowfall total in the city dating back to 1940.

Another disturbance will move across western Oregon Friday into early Saturday, allowing more wintry weather to affect the Willamette Valley

Friday's Forecast

Portland could see more than 3 inches of additional snow. Areas farther south, including Eugene, will also see more snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Travel along the I-5 corridor will be impacted once again.

Wintry precipitation will continue to affect the lower elevations of northwest Oregon into Sunday as more moisture pushes into the region.

Welcome Rain and Snow in Northern California, Intermountain West

A persistent feed of moisture and energy aloft will also focus significant amounts of precipitation on northern California in the coming days. This rain and snow is much needed to help ease the severe to extreme drought conditions.

Snow levels in the northern Sierra Nevada of California will start around 4,000 feet on Friday, and then rise to near or above pass level late Saturday. By the end of the weekend, snowfall totals of up to 4 feet are possible in the higher elevations of the Sierra above 7,000 feet.

Farther inland, significant amounts of snow will also impact the Intermountain West, including parts of Idaho, western Wyoming, Utah, northern Nevada and Colorado. Snowfall totals of more than a foot are possible in the mountains into the weekend. This snow will fall in some locations that are either experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor.

The warm side of Orion will also produce heavy rainfall.

In the lower elevations of California, rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are possible through the weekend in the Sacramento Valley and northern San Joaquin Valley.

Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are also expected in the Bay Area, including San Francisco and Oakland. The higher elevations around the Bay Area and in northwest California could see up to 8 inches of rain.

This will easily be the heaviest period of precipitation so far this winter in northern California.

Saturday's Forecast

Sunday's Forecast

Midwest into the Northeast

Upper-level energy associated with Orion will also spread light snow through the Midwest and Northeast this weekend.

Saturday's snow may affect Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago and Milwaukee. The light snow or flurries will then push into the Northeast Saturday night into Sunday.

At this time, it appears most locations will see no more than a dusting to a few inches. - TWC.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Britain Deploys The Royal Marines To Help With Floods - The Worst Winter Rainfall In 250 Years; Five Months Of Rainfall In Less Than A Month; £148 MILLION Allocated Just For Emergency Repairs! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

February 07, 2014 - BRITAIN - Britain deployed Royal Marines on Thursday to help with devastating floods after what officials said was likely the worst winter rainfall in 250 years.

The sea pours down a flooded street in Newlyn, Cornwall as high seas battered the South-West.

Around 40 marines were helping reinforce flood defences near Taunton in Somerset in southwest England, parts of which have been under water for a month.

Local police said the marines would stack nearly 1,000 sandbags along a 1-2 kilometre stretch of wall near the River Tone, which has been swelled by heavy rain -- more of which was expected overnight.

WATCH: Homes evacuated as coastal town Dawlish gets lashed by storms.

Prime Minister David Cameron's government has faced criticism for its handling of a crisis that has left swathes of the country under water, with a key railway line washed away.

Several people had to be rescued from deluged homes on Thursday. More storms are expected this weekend.

Britain's Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the government would make an extra £30 million ($48 million, 36 million euros) available for emergency repairs, on top of £100 million announced by Cameron on Wednesday.

Spray: Waves crash into boarded up houses at Portmellon, Cornwall.

Obliterated: Workmen assess a huge hole exposing ground services and exposed railway track after the
sea wall collapsed in Dawlish, where high tides and strong winds have created havoc.

Slipping away: Furniture and possessions fall from a sea front home in Dawlish after
the ground beneath it was literally swept out to sea.

Where the damage is: Huge waves whipped up by high winds smashed a 100ft section ofthe sea wall in Dawlish,
12 miles south of Exeter, causing the collapse of the main coastal railway line linking London and Cornwall.

Collapse: A huge hole opens up in a road alongside the railway line at Dawlish, Devon, which is left
hanging in mid-air after the sea wall was washed away during storms.

Dawlish destruction: With high tides combined with gale force winds and further heavy rain,
some parts of the UK are bracing themselves for more flooding.

Pickles said the winter was the wettest since King George III was on the throne, from 1760-1820, and the flood victims had "literally been through hell and high water".

The Meterological Office confirmed in a statement that for southern England, "regional statistics suggest that this is one of, if not the most, exceptional periods of winter rainfall in at least 248 years".

Parts of the region received five months of rainfall between December 12 and January 31.

The rainy winter has set records tumbling, being the wettest combined period for December and January across the United Kingdom since 1910, the Met Office said.

It was also the windiest December since 1969, based on the occurrence of winds over 111 kilometres per hour (69 miles per hour).

For England alone it was the wettest December to January since 1876-1877 and the second wettest since rainfall records began in 1766.

Nothing happened for so long

Firefighters in Somerset and the neighbouring county of Devon rescued 14 people from homes and stranded vehicles late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Rescuers in inflatable boats reached four adults and three children from one house after a river burst its banks in Stoke St Gregory, a village that Prince Charles visited on Tuesday, a fire brigade spokesman said.

The heir to the throne said on his trip that the "tragedy is that nothing happened for so long".

Cameron personally took charge of the government's response on Wednesday after facing a growing tide of criticism for being too slow to aid stricken communities.

"The Environment Agency has ordered specialist pumping equipment to clear roads, in addition to the extra pumps we have already sent, and they will keep looking at all options for pumping and dredging," Cameron said after chairing a meeting of the government's emergency response committee Cobra.

Across the English Channel, France's western tip jutting out into the Atlantic was placed on highest alert for flooding as tides wreaked havoc.

Dawlish destruction: With high tides combined with gale force winds and further heavy rain,
some parts of the UK are bracing themselves for more flooding.

Dramatic: The church at Porthleven in south-west Cornwall is engulfed by waves during
the high winds again battering the country.

Amphibious: A driver battles his way through waves as he makes his way through Portmellon, Cornwall,
after the storm which hit the area overnight.

Out of action: A sportscar has slipped into a drainage channel in the fierce storms which
whipped across Portmellon the night before.

Force of nature: Waves undermine the main London to Cornwall rail line, used by thousands of travellers. The
route may be out of action for months while it is repaired.

Crazy: Despite being repeatedly warned to stay away from the coastline lines of wave watchers
got up close at Porthcawl in South Wales.

Teamwork: A rapid response team shovel sand into bags using spades and even their hats
as they rush to protect properties in Moorland.

Finestere, a department of coastal Brittany, was placed on red flooding alert and braced for two of its rivers, the Morlaix and the Laita, to burst their banks as a result of heavy rain forecast.

The warning was issued by Meteo-France shortly after the agency placed 29 departments from Brittany to the Paris region on a second-tier orange alert.

Recent days have seen huge waves, gale-force winds and torrential rains combine to batter sea defences from the Basque country on France's border with Spain.

The storms sent a Spanish cargo ship crashing into a sea wall at the French port of Bayonne on Wednesday, splitting it clean in two.

In Spain, roofs were torn off and planes overturned as 130km/h winds and eight-metre waves battered the northern coast, causing millions of euros worth of damage. - The Sun Daily.