Saturday, January 3, 2015

PLANETARY TREMORS: Geological Upheaval - Strong 4.9 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes And Rattles Idaho, Triggering Rock Slides! [MAPS + TECTONIC HISTORY]

USGS earthquake location map.

January 3, 2015 - IDAHO, UNITED STATES
- The earthquake, confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey, comes roughly two weeks after a 3.7-magnitude quake in the same area.

Saturday's quake was recorded at 10:44 a.m. about four miles east of Challis. It was felt at least as far away as the Treasure Valley, about 120 miles directly southwest, and in western Montana according to reports on social media and in emails to the Statesman.

Penny Shinderling, an employee at Lamb's Foodtown in Challis, told the Statesman that a couple of things fell off shelves in the store but otherwise the quake "just gave us a good shake."

USGS shakemap intensity.

The location of Saturday's earthquake near Challis, as displayed on earthquake.

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"There is no damage or injury here in Challis. My pharmacy had a few things knocked onto the floor," Troy Westerberg wrote in an email to the Statesman. "The shaking was severe. It is definitely the talk of the town."

Linda Lumpkin, a dispatcher for the Custer County Sheriff's Office, told the Associated Press that the sheriff's office has not received reports of injuries or damage. She said the quake did cause rock slides that blocked some lanes on several roads, so sheriff's deputies went out to direct traffic as transportation crews started clean-up.

Scientists have been studying the most recent earthquake swarm near Challis, hoping to better understand faults near Yellowstone National Park.

"There's obviously a fault down there at depth to produce these, and the town of Challis happens to be built on top of it," scientist Mike Stickney of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology based in Butte, Montana, told the Associated Press in December. "We have no indication that it's leading to a larger event."

Boise State seismometer shows Boise earthquake.

The earthquakes have been a topic of conversation in Challis lately, Shinderling said, as they remind folks of Idaho's largest recorded quake - a magnitude 6.9 in 1983 that left scarring along the mountains near Borah Peak.

As for whether she's worried about a repeat?

"We've had little ones this spring and it didn't amount to anything," Shinderling said. "We will or we won't."

What readers have to say this morning, over email and on our Facebook page:

John Freemuth:
"In Sun Valley and was sitting the time...I felt nothing and I have been in a few earthquakes."

Gilda Roberts:
"I felt it at Maple Grove & Emerald - my cat and my dog from a sound sleep jumped up and ran to me! At the time I thought that it was an earthquake - I was living in Portland, ME in 1978-1979 when there was one near Boston that knocked dishes out of our kitchen cabinets!"

Terry Rogers:
"I did feel it! A sharp jolt of short duration felt in McCall!"

Kim Fabricius Stout:
"Felt it in Genesee!"

Juneanne Longmire Gergen:
"I felt my entire house shake and watched things moving (near Maple Grove & Ustick)!"

Nicole McHarguement Strain:
"Felt in Nampa."

Susan Durst:
"Yes, sitting at dining room table outside of McCall and whole house sort of 'shifted.' Amazing!"

Dottie Neher:
"Yes, the earthquake was felt in Lowman, and there was a low roar."

Idaho - Earthquake History

Seismicity Map - 1973 to March 2012

The first earthquake causing damage in Idaho's earthquake history occurred on November 9, 1884, apparently centering in northern Utah. Six shocks were reported felt at Paris, Idaho, causing considerable damage to houses. People suffered from nausea.

A shock on November 11, 1905, was felt in the southern half of Idaho and parts of Utah and Oregon. At Shoshone, Idaho, walls cracked and plaster fell.

On May 12, 1916, Boise was hit by a shock which wrecked chimneys and caused people to rush into the streets. Reclamation ditches were damaged and the flow of natural gas altered. It was felt at Loon Creek, 120 miles northeast, and in eastern Oregon - an area of 50,000 square miles.

An intensity VII earthquake occurred within the State on July 12, 1944. The Seafoam Ranger Station building shook so hard the occupants thought it was coming apart. Several people reported that the shaking was so violent they were unable to walk. Another observer reported that rocks rose at least a foot in the air and looked like a series of explosions up the hill. Part of the canyon wall collapsed near Lime Creek. Cracks opened 100 yards long in Duffield Canyon and cracks one to three inches across and several hundred yards long opened on the road below Seafoam. Two chimneys fell at Cascade. This shock was felt over 70,000 square miles, including all of central Idaho, and parts of Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake at Hebgen Lake, Montana, on August 17, 1959, which killed 28 people, formed "Quake Lake," and did $11 million damage to roads and timber, also caused some damage in Idaho. Intensity VII was experienced in the Henry's Lake, Big Springs, and Island Park areas. Big Springs increased its flow 15 percent and became rusty red colored. A man was knocked down at Edward's Lodge. There was considerable damage to building in the Henry's Lake area. Trees swayed violently, breaking some roots, and cars jumped up and down. Chimneys fell and a 7-foot-thick rock-and-concrete dock cracked.

In the Island Park area chimneys were toppled and wells remained muddy for weeks. At Mack's Inn, a small girl was thrown from bed and hysteria occurred among some guests. Dishes were broken.

An intensity VII earthquake occurred on August 30, 1962, in the Cache Valley area of Utah. Two large areas of land totaling four acres, five feet thick, slid 300 yards downhill at Fairview, Idaho, opening new springs. Plaster walls, and chimneys were cracked and a chimney fell at Franklin. Falling brick at the Franklin School cracked through the roof and plaster was cracked in every room. Additional damage occurred at Preston. This magnitude 5.7 earthquake was felt over an area of 65,000 square miles in five states and cause approximately $1 million in damage.

An intensity VI shock, on November 1, 1942, centered near Sandpoint and affected 25,000 square miles of Washington, Montana, and Idaho. The Northern Pacific Railroad partially suspended operations to inspect the right of way for boulders and slides. Church services were interrupted, but only minor damage was reported by homes.

A February 13, 1945, shock near Clayton, felt over a 60,000 square mile area, broke some dishes at Idaho City and cracked plaster at Weisner.

A locally sharp shock was felt at Wallace on December 18, 1957, damaging the Galena Silver Mine and frightening miners working 3,400 feet underground.

Soda Springs was shaken by a shock on August 7, 1960, which cracked plaster and a concrete foundation. It was only felt over a 900 square mile area.

Two intensity VI shocks were reported in 1963. The first on January 27, was felt over 6,000 square miles and centered near Clayton, where plaster and windows were cracked. Large boulders rolled down the hill near Camp Livingston and aftershocks were felt for a week. The second occurred on September 10 and was a magnitude 4.1 shock. It caused minor damage at Redfish Lake. Thunderous earth noises were heard.A magnitude 4.9 shock on April 26, 1969, cracked a foundation at Ketchum, plaster at Livingston Mills, and a cement floor at Warm Springs. It was felt over 9,000 square miles. - USGS.

ICE AGE NOW: Mini-Ice Age 2015-2035 - Volcanoes Causing Freak Snow And Extreme Weather Planet-Wide!

January 3, 2015 - EARTH
- Volcanoes are sending a massive amount of dust and ash into the upper atmosphere, and it may explain why many parts of the planet are experiencing strangely cold weather at the moment.

There were 84 total eruption events for 2013.

The previous number was set in 2010, at 82 volcanic eruptions for the year. The number of volcanoes erupting across the planet has been steadily rising from a meager number of just 55 recorded in 1990. The average number of volcanic eruptions per year should be about 50 to 60.

WATCH: Volcanoes and Freak Snowfall.

WATCH: Documentary of what Happened during the Little Ice Age 1600-1850s.

- Adapt 2030.

ICE AGE NOW: Lake Michigan Waves Birth Giant Ice Balls - Weighing Up To 50 POUNDS! [VIDEO]


- Giant ice boulders weighing up to 50 pounds are washing ashore from Lake Michigan.

They form when a small piece of ice forms and is moved back and forth in the chilly water.

WATCH: Giant balls of ice on Lake Michigan.

- Ken Scott Photography.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: More Plane Incidents And Extreme Weather - Another AirAsia Flight Overshoots Runway at Philippine Airport And Saab 340 Plane Blown Off Runway In Scotland?!

January 3, 2015 - TRANSPORTATION - An AirAsia flight landing in the Philippines during bad weather on Tuesday overshot the runway, forcing passengers to be evacuated through the emergency slide.

AirAsia plane overshoots runway at Philippine airport


It is the second incident in recent days involving an AirAsia flight, at a time when passengers on the airline are rattled by the disappearance of flight QZ 8501, which vanished en route to Singapore. This latest incident occurred just as airline officials confirmed that debris found in the Java Sea on Tuesday was the missing airplane. All passengers on board that flight are believed to be lost.

Flight Z2 272 ‘s departure from Manila was delayed by about two hours due to bad weather, according to a passenger who tweeted details of the ordeal.

When it landed at Kalibo International Airport in Aklan, Philippines, the plane overshot the runway and photos show the jet sitting on a grassy piece of land. The engine was immediately turned off and passengers were told to leave their luggage and evacuate the aircraft.

According to, a flight attendant said the rocky landing was due to strong winds.


No one was injured and all passengers and crew were able to disembark safely, according to a statement from the airline.

But according to, several passengers were seen by medical personnel.
Passengers were taken to the Kalibo terminal where the elderly were given medical assistance. …
As of this posting, one passenger was set to be brought to the ER for monitoring because of elevated blood pressure, while another expressed concern as his insulin was on the plane.
- Washington Post.

Plane blown off runway in Scotland

High winds caused a plane to veer off the runway as it attempted to take off at Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis this morning

Four passengers were injured today after a plane was blown off the runway amid 80mph winds, as Britain braces itself for days of grey skies and heavy downpours.

The twin-propeller Saab 340 was attempting to take off from Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis just before 8.30am when strong gusts caused it to veer off the tarmac and nose-dive into the grass, sparking a major investigation.

It came as a deep Atlantic depression whipped Machrihanish, Argyll, with 77mph winds, while gales of 71mph were detected in Edinburgh.

The Loganair flight, which was carrying 28 people, had been due to fly to Glasgow at 8.35am but remained grounded as two people were taken to Western Isles Hospital with minor injuries.

Police said two men were taken to hospital, while two women sustained minor injuries, but declined medical assistance.

An investigation has now been launched into the incident and a spokesman said normal operations should resume once the plane has been removed from the runway. - Daily Mail.

EXTREME WEATHER: Magnetic Polar Migration - Lightning Strike Kills Four People On A Brazilian Beach!

January 3, 2015 - BRAZIL
- Four people in Brazil have been killed by a lightning strike on a beach crowded with holidaymakers, according to media reports.

Four others were taken to hospital - two of them are said to be in a serious condition.

One of the dead or injured is removed from the beach in this image taken by a local resident.

The incident occurred during a sudden storm at Praia Grande on the coast of south-eastern Sao Paulo state.

The victims were sheltering from heavy rain in a beachside kiosk when they were struck.

WATCH: Tragedy as four people die after lightning hits beach in southern Brazil.

They were all from the same family and included a pregnant woman, according to news site G1 (in Portuguese).

The storm tore down trees and power lines across Sao Paulo state.  - Independent.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crashes In Southwestern Kentucky, The Federal Aviation Administration Said - Four People Killed; 7-Year-Old "Miracle Girl" Walks Away Unhurt!

Piper PA-34-200T (Image from

- As a plane crashed in Kentucky, killing 4 people, a 7-year-old girl managed not only to survive the accident - she walked away from the wreckage and reported the accident to a local resident.

The accident happened when a small Piper PA-34-200T aircraft reported engine trouble and lost contact with air traffic controllers while flying over southwestern Kentucky, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Police officers were alerted after they received a call from a resident in Lyon County, Kentucky, who said a 7-year-old girl walked to his home and reported the crash, Sergeant Dean Patterson of Kentucky State Police said in the official statement.

"This girl came out of the wreckage herself and found the closest residence and reported the plane crash,"
Patterson said. "It's a miracle in a sense that she survived it, but it's tragic that four others didn't."

The girl, who suffered emotional distress, was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while emergency crews headed to the area of the crash and found a small plane.

Police added that investigators on scene “confirm four fatalities at the crash site.” The fatalities account for the pilot and three passengers.

Police released the identities of the deceased, but didn’t comment on their relationship to the girl. - RT.

TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines - Robots Learn By Watching YouTube, Can Now Cook Just Like You; Russia Tests Machine-Gun Wielding Battle Robots!

Image Credit: Erik Charlton/Flickr

January 3, 2015 - TECHNOLOGY
- Researchers have come up with a new way to teach robots how to use tools simply by watching videos on YouTube.

The researchers, from the University of Maryland and the Australian research center NICTA, have just published a paper on their achievements, which they will present this month at the 29th annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

The demonstration is the latest impressive use of a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning. A hot area for acquisitions as of late, deep learning entails training systems called artificial neural networks on lots of information derived from audio, images, and other inputs, and then presenting the systems with new information and receiving inferences about it in response.

The researchers employed convolutional neural networks, which are now in use at Facebook, among other companies, to identify the way a hand is grasping an item, and to recognize specific objects. The system also predicts the action involving the object and the hand.

To train their model, researchers selected data from 88 YouTube videos of people cooking. From there, the researchers generated commands that a robot could then execute.

“We believe this preliminary integrated system raises hope towards a fully intelligent robot for manipulation tasks that can automatically enrich its own knowledge resource by “watching” recordings from the World Wide Web,” the researchers concluded.

Read their full paper, “Robot Learning Manipulation Action Plans by ‘Watching’ Unconstrained Videos
from the World Wide Web,” here (PDF). - Venture Beat.

Russian Battle Robots Near Testing for Military Use

The Defense Ministry plans to use the robots to protect Russia's intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites by 2020.  Russian Defense Ministry

Machine-gun wielding battle robots are going to be tested in Russia's Astrakhan region for use by the country's Strategic Missile Forces, the Interfax news agency reported Friday.

Major Dmitry Andreyev, a representative for the Defense Ministry's Strategic Missile Forces, was cited as saying that preparation for the testing is currently in its final stage.

The trials will be focused on "exploring mobile and stationary robotic systems, including those that are responsible for the formulation of remote-controlled means of stealth technology and signaling," Andreyev said.

The testing is part of an initiative to deploy robots to protect the Defense Ministry's intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites by 2020, a plan announced by Andreyev last summer.

At that time, Andreyev described the robots as a "remote-controlled firing system" and said testing on the system would be completed by the end of 2014, Interfax reported.

The robots, which weigh 900 kilograms and wield a 12.7 mm machine gun, first underwent testing last April. They boast a speed of up to 45 kilometers per hour, can function for up to 10 hours at a time and remain operational in standby mode for up to one week, reported at the time. - The Moscow Times.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Ice Age Now - Britain Set For FIVE MONTH Arctic Freeze As 2015 Winter Chill Sets In!

2015 will kick off with five months of freezing temperatures

January 3, 2015 - BRITAIN
- Freezing gales, snow and harsh frosts will hold out until May thanks to plunging temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean.

The entire year is likely to be dogged by cold blasts with a washout summer on the way, experts said.

They say a bizarre set of circumstances have come together to drive erratic weather patterns through the year.

In the immediate future Britain could be facing the worst winter freeze for a century with a bout of violent winter storms just around the corner..

A colossal mass of cold water in the Atlantic Gulf Stream will lead to “horrific” blizzards, freezing gales weeks of sub-zero gales temperatures right through winter and spring.

Britain’s weather will be dominated by a negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) in 2015 which will drag swathes of freezing air in from the Arctic.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, blames unusually low solar activity for one of the warmest years on record potentially being followed by the coldest.

Frost lingers on narrowboats moored on the canal near Bathampton

He explained the Gulf Stream acts like a “heat machine” for the UK climate with any cooling down likely to drastically affect the weather.

He said: “Although 2014 has proved to be a warm year with every month except August featuring an above-average Central England Temperature, 2015 will be significantly cooler overall.

“Real time satellite images from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) over the past few months have clearly indicated a colossal area of much colder than average surface temperatures in the middle of the Gulf Stream/Atlantic.

“This is of quite some significance as the Gulf Stream effectively acts as a heat machine for our shores, in particular, during our winter months.

“Without the influence of this vital heat source, we can expect a horrific winter to develop with frequent blizzards, strong winds and extremely cold conditions across many parts of the country.”

The morning sun tries to break through freezing fog on the hilltops in the High Peak near Macclesfi

He warned a major big freeze is on the way which when bedded in could stay put well into the beginning of this year (2015).

Volcanic activity in Iceland which threw millions of tonnes of ash into the upper atmosphere blocking out sunlight will also play a part, he said.

“This will also become quite apparent throughout the remainder of winter and into the early part of 2015, and for what is also likely to be a much colder than average spring period.

“It could certainly have a bearing on a much colder than average and potentially quite snowy spring.

“There is also the potential for this to have an impact on a much cooler summer, especially if we combine this with the recent volcanic activity in Iceland which I think will impact our summer.

“There is every chance that we could be looking at a very similar scenario to the winter of 1962/63.”

Low solar activity defines a period when the sun is less magnetically active and throws out less heat towards Earth.

Solar radiation is essential for heating the oceans with the subsequent warmer currents affecting the climate.

The catastrophic big freeze of 1962/63 coincided with a period of low solar activity with experts warning this year could see a repeat.

Mr Madden added: “The amount of solar radiation that we receive have an important bearing on the heating of ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream, which is especially significant to the likes of the UK and Ireland.

“During the winter period of 1962/63 the famous big freeze took a hold of the country from around Christmas until the spring of the following year because of a similar situation.

“Several feet of snow fell in parts of southern England; temperatures dropped to below -20C (-4F) in places, and snow remained on the ground for months on end.

“We could also be looking at a very similar time-frame and scale of events this time around, in particular, as we progress throughout into January and February.”

Britain’s weather has been dogged by abnormal temperatures, rainfall and big freezes over the past few years.

In 2010 the entire country endured one of the severest winters on record with weeks of sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall.

Then 2011 turned out to be the second warmest ever overall despite summer failing to set any records.

Parts of the country were officially declared to be in drought after week upon week of no rainfall.

Local authorities issued a raft of hosepipe bans while reservoirs dropped to worryingly low levels and rivers dried out.

The weather then turned again on its head in 2012 when weeks of persistent rainfall left swathes of the country under feet of floodwater.

At the time, Vicky Pope, a climate scientist at the Met Office warned Britain’s weather was turning more erratic.

She said: "We have flipped from a dramatic drought to the reverse in one year, and it is very possible we will see this much more frequently.”

She was right as the following summer brought a historic heatwave which saw Britain roast in the hottest day for seven years.

The mercury shot to 33.5C (92.3F) at Heathrow and Northolt in west London in July.

Though weather models rarely agree on longer-term outlooks the overall forecast for the next month at least is cold.

According to the Met Office’s contingency planner Britain will experience below average temperatures at least until the end of January.

It is also looking wet with predictions swinging in favour of above-average rainfall for the next three months.

Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel UK, said although today will be milder than of late, another bout of stormy weather is just around the corner.

He said: “New Year's Day will be mild, wet and windy over the north and the rain moving south later in the day.

“The week ends colder again with dry and sunny weather in the south but a lot of showers over the north west. Snow for high ground in West and North Scotland.

“Next week looks changeable and often windy and wet.

“Gales likely in the middle of next week as a very deep Atlantic depressions pass to the north of the UK.” - Express.

EXTREME WEATHER: "Catastrophic" Monster Wildfires In Victoria And South Australia - Dozens Of Homes Destroyed; Worst Outbreak Since 1983; Severe Heat Conditions; Mass Evacuation Underway; Police Declares Major Emergency!

An out-of-control fire has been raging in Victoria's west, threatening the lives of Moyston, Rocky Point and Willaura North residents,
while emergency warnings have also been issued for fires in the Adelaide Hills and South East.

January 3, 2014 - AUSTRALIA
- Firefighters are battling out-of-control bushfires threatening homes in South Australia and Victoria.

Police have declared a major emergency and told residents that their lives are at risk.

South Australia's fire chief said the blazes in the Adelaide Hills, northeast of Adelaide city, were the worst since the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983.

WATCH: One resident described the sound of the bushfires like the "roar of a jet engine"

Those fires left 75 people dead and caused devastation across parts of Victoria and South Australia.

"At the moment, we have a fire which is extremely dangerous and it is burning under extremely adverse conditions," South Australia fire chief Greg Nettleton was quoted as saying.

Temperatures soar in south-east Australia
"Right at this moment, residents in the Adelaide Hills are being confronted by a fire which hasn't been seen in the hills since the 1983 bushfires of Ash Wednesday," Mr Nettleton said.

Crews have also been fighting bushfires in Victoria but all warnings have now been downgraded as a cold front moves into the area.

Temperatures soar in south-east Australia

"Hopefully tomorrow and the next few days the fire danger will ease as this cold front passes through Victoria," a spokesman from the area's fire authority told ABC news.

'Incredibly scary'

So far about five homes have been confirmed destroyed but authorities said that dozens more were feared lost.

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill urged residents in the areas at risk to leave immediately or prepare to stay and defend their homes.

"If you have decided to stay the fire could become incredibly scary and it could make you change your mind and leave.

Dozens of dogs and cats were killed after fire destroyed a kennel and cattery in the Adelaide Hills

Residents of Moyston in Victoria's west were told earlier that it was too late to leave as firefighters battled an out-of-control
blaze pushing towards their town, with nearby Maroona also threatened.

High temperatures and strong winds have hampered firefighters' attempts to battle the blazes

Residents were told to leave immediately

"It could be a catastrophic decision to leave late."

So far these are the biggest bushfires of the Australian summer, reports the BBC's Jon Donnison in Sydney.

Australia faces such fires every year but environmentalists say global warning is making their occurrence more frequent.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says the country experienced its hottest year on record in 2013.

The 1983 disaster killed more than 70 people in South Australia and Victoria and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings.

In 2009, the devastating "Black Saturday" wildfires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Victoria. - BBC.