SUMMARY - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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**No updates the rest of this week due to my son's wedding! Happy days!**


LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
5.7 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.
5.3 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
5.3 SOUTHERN IRAN

Yesterday, 7/29/2014 -
5.1 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.9 BISMARCK SEA
6.3 VERACRUZ, MEXICO
5.0 EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
5.0 SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN
5.3 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.4 OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO

7/28/14 -
5.0 NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
5.6 NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
5.2 PALAU REGION

7/27/14 -
5.0 NEAR N COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.1 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.5 NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

7/26/14 -
5.0 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
5.4 EAST OF SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
5.1 KURIL ISLANDS
5.1 KURIL ISLANDS

TROPICAL STORMS -

* In the Eastern Pacific -
Tropical cyclone Genevieve is restrengthening in the central Pacific about 865 mi (1390 km) SE of Honolulu, Hawaii.

* In the Western Pacific -
Tropical storm Halong is located approximately 76 nm east of Andersen AFB, Guam. Halong is close to becoming a Category 1 typhoon, and is expected to pass within 50 miles of Guam near 12 UTC (8 am EDT) on Wednesday. Guam radar is showing that heavy rains from an outer spiral band of Halong have already arrived. Halong may be a long-range threat to Japan.

SEVERE RAIN STORMS, FLOODING, LANDSLIDES -

India - Dozens trapped by Indian landslide. At least 10 people are killed after a landslide buries more than 40 houses and leaves 160 people trapped under debris in a village in western India.

Arizona - An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico.
The storms began Friday in Sonora, Mexico, and resumed Saturday night until Sunday morning, when debris from the Mexican side of the border traveled through a wash and piled up against the border fence. The fence, just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry near Interstate 19, stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground.
Border agents were alerted not long after the wall fell. "Resources have been deployed to the area until the fence is repaired. Our technology assets such as cameras are also able to assist us. Contractors have assessed the damaged section of the fence and are developing a plan to initiate repairs."
The fence was built in 2011. It is constantly monitored by agents because smugglers and others who attempt to cross illegally routinely try to breach or knock down parts of it. "It had a lot of water behind it, and it just pushed the fence straight down. If you're fencing is tight enough to catch debris, it basically becomes a dam. It's not meant to withstand those loads of water."
said the fence appears to have floodgates, but they did not open. The debris and water that made its way through the fence also crept into a Nogales, Ariz., neighborhood, flooding houses and business with up to three feet of water. (photo)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

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**Just quakes today - a very sad, early death (from illness) in the extended family.**


LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
5.9 SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
5.1 SOUTH OF TONGA
5.1 HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION

Yesterday, 7/24/14 -
5.3 LEYTE, PHILIPPINES
5.3 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
5.1 SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA

7/23/14 -
5.6 POTOSI, BOLIVIA
5.4 CARLSBERG RIDGE
5.0 OFFSHORE GUERRERO, MEXICO
5.1 FIJI REGION

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 
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** Car trouble and basement water trouble, and other troubles, troubled me enough to keep me from updating yesterday and made the update short and late today. Very troublesome.**

NO UPDATE ON WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK.

LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
This morning -
5.1 SOUTHERN IRAN
5.0 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION

 Yesterday, 7/20/14  -
6.9 FIJI REGION
5.0 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE

7/19/14 -
6.2 KURIL ISLANDS
5.0 CHIAPAS, MEXICO
5.6 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

 TROPICAL STORMS -
Current tropical storms - maps and details.
*In the Atlantic -
 Tropical depression Two is located about 800 mi (1290 km) E of the Lesser Antilles. The Depression expected to weaken as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

* In the Western Pacific Ocean -
 Typhoon Matmo is located approximately 106 nm south-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan.

HEALTH THREATS -
 RECALLS & ALERTS:
 
 RECALL ALERT: A voluntary nationwide fruit recall has been issued by a grocery store supplier over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Costco and Trader Joe's are among the retailers that received the recalled fruit — fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

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**If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.**
William Hazlitt


LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
5.1 CHIAPAS, MEXICO
5.6 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND

Yesterday, 7/19/14 -
6.0 OWEN FRACTURE ZONE REGION
6.2 TONGA
5.2 HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
5.1 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

7/18/14 -
5.1 LOYALTY ISLANDS
5.6 SOUTH OF KERMADEC ISLANDS
5.2 VANUATU

Higher earthquake risk for eastern US - A new US geological survey indicates that some parts of the US are at an increased risk of earthquakes, especially along the east coast. "The eastern US has the potential for larger and more damaging earthquakes than considered in previous maps and assessments."
The East Coast experienced one of its largest quakes for 100 years in 2011. The 5.8 magnitude quake was centred on rural Virginia but was felt by hundreds of thousands of people, including in Washington DC. Parts of states including Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and California remain at the highest risk of seismic activity. Major fault lines exist along the entire US West Coast, as well as in the Midwest near Illinois and Missouri.
"While all states have some potential for earthquakes, 42 of the 50 states have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake in 50 years. The hazard is especially high along the West Coast, intermountain west, and in several active regions of the central and eastern US." The 16 states at highest risk are: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Meanwhile, several states saw their risk of seismic activity lower, including Texas, Oregon, Utah and New York. Earthquakes caused by fracking - utilising a mixture of water, sand and chemicals pumped underground at high pressure to crack open sedimentary rocks and release the fuels within - were not included in the analysis. Several hundred earthquakes have hit Oklahoma so far this year, with fracking named a primary culprit, although the impact of fracking on earthquake risks is disputed.

TROPICAL STORMS -
Current tropical storms - maps and details.

* In the Western Pacific -
- Typhoon Matmo is located approximately 418 nm east of Manila, Philippines.
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Typhoon Rammasun made it’s final landfall in northern-most Vietnam as a Category 2 and is quickly weakening and losing its identity as it continues moving inland.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm MATMO (10W) continues to become better organized, and is currently approaching Typhoon intensity. The cyclone has an estimated pressure of 975 mb, and was last located about 600 NM East-Southeast of Manila, Philippines, moving WNW at about 5Kts. As the storm moves northwestward, the cyclone will find a region of lowering wind shear.
This general fall-off of wind shear along with the overall improvement in the outflow pattern, should support a more rapid intensification phase beginning in about 24-36 hours. All of the specialized hurricane forecast models are in generally good agreement that MATMO will intensify to CAT 2 by the time it approaches Taiwan by the middle of next week.
A couple models are calling for a much stronger storm – though these appear to be outliers at this point (as are some of the Japanese models that originally showed a more northerly track towards Japan). It is worth noting that after 6 model runs forecasting only minor development, the GFS has come back into excellent agreement with the Hurricane models in forecasting a vigorous cyclone, tracking it towards Taiwan.

Last night, ‘WALI’ essentially fell apart. (This assumes it actually ‘existed’ as a Tropical Storm to begin with.)

The Atlantic remains uneventful but is becoming more 'interesting'.

Typhoon Rammasun - Monster storm buffets south China. The biggest typhoon to hit southern China in 40 years has killed 17 people, after wreaking death and destruction on the Philippines. Most of the people killed in the Philippines were hit by falling debris and trees, disaster officials said, while some of six people reported missing had been at sea on boats. Typhoon Rammasun killed at least eight people on the island of Hainan, with others missing, and nine in the Guangxi region.
It made landfall on Friday with winds exceeding 200km/h (124mph). At least 94 people were killed when Rammasun ravaged the northern Philippines earlier this week. The storm is also affecting Vietnam, where heavy rain is expected before it starts to weaken on Monday. Air, rail and road traffic was suspended in parts of China while TV channels showed roads littered with debris including uprooted trees and rooftops.
On Hainan, another source gave the death toll as 18 while the number of people missing is said to be between two and five. It is the strongest typhoon experienced by southern China since the 1973 typhoon season. The typhoon prompted mass evacuations, flooding and power cuts.
A new typhoon, Matmo, with maximum winds of 150km/h, is now threatening the area ravaged by Rammasun, About 20 major storms hit the Philippines a years. The south-east Asian country often bears the brunt of the storms, which mass above the warm Pacific Ocean waters. (photos)
Typhoon Rammasun was THE STRONGEST TYPHOON TO HIT SOUTHERN CHINA IN FOUR DECADES. It has destroyed tens of thousands of homes.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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**In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.**
Warren Buffett

LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
This morning -
5.2 VANUATU

Yesterday, 7/17/14 -
5.0 KURIL ISLANDS
5.2 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.
5.2 PAPUA, INDONESIA
6.0 SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA
5.1 TAIWAN REGION

TROPICAL STORMS -
Current tropical storms - maps and details.
*In the Western Pacific -
- Typhoon Rammasun islocated approximately 250 nm east of Hanoi, Vietnam. The system will track into southern China.

- Tropical Storm Matmo is located approximately 225 nm north of Koror, Palau.

* In the Central Pacific Ocean -
- Tropical storm Wali is located about 925 mi (1490 km) ESE of Hilo, Hawaii. With the cyclone already feeling the ill effects of increasing vertical wind shear, the window for Wali to intensify has closed.

SEVERE RAIN STORMS, FLOODING, LANDSLIDES -
12 hours of lightning strikes in the United Kingdom from 21:00 Thursday to 9:00 Friday. Parts of south-east England have recorded the hottest day of the year after dramatic electrical storms.
Temperatures in Gravesend, Kent, nudged 32C (90F), beating the previous high of 29.5C, recorded on Thursday, as much of the country enjoyed the sun. The sweltering heat came after lightning struck the UK more than 3,000 times in the early hours of Friday.
But the Met Office is warning of more storms and, in England and east Wales, flash flooding is on the way. Storms developing in France on Friday night will move north across the UK but that where exactly would be affected was difficult to predict. The Met Office has issued a heat health alert for southern England and the Midlands, warning that "heavy thunderstorms in eastern areas on Saturday will lead to slightly lower maximum temperatures, but it will still be very humid". (photos at link)
Lightning video

EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT / WILDFIRES -
Washington Wildfires Burn Homes, Force Evacuations - A cluster of four Washington wildfires swelled Friday morning has burned up to 100 homes and swelled to more than 260 square miles.
The Carlton Complex fires were ignited by lightning on Monday, and the four wildfires — fueled by dry timber and grass — ballooned overnight. The worst of the four fires forced closure of highways 20 and 153 and cut power to the Methow Valley, a premier resort area.
The entire town of Pateros — along the Columbia River — was evacuated late Thursday, and the 700 residents were ordered not to return to their homes Friday. Evacuation warnings were also issued for parts of Brewster, northeast along the river.
Seventy miles to the south, another stretch of wildfires has chased people from nearly 900 homes near the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth. More than 45 square miles have burned in the Mills Canyon Complex — three separate blazes including the Chiwaukum Creek Fire that prompted the evacuations. More than 800 firefighters backed by large aerial water tankers were battling the flames. Smoke from that fire has been visible from Seattle.

HEALTH THREATS -
RECALLS & ALERTS:

Eye test may be able to detect Alzheimer's decades before onset. Bright dots in the eyes reveal proteins called beta amyloids and are visible in the retina of a patient diagnosed with Alzheimer's diseases. Beta amyloids are typically found in the brain and have been known to be linked to Alzheimer's.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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**Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.**
Colin Powell


LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
5.2 PAPUA, INDONESIA
6.0 SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA
5.1 TAIWAN REGION

Yesterday, 7/16/14 -
5.2 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.2 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.5 TONGA
5.1 LOYALTY ISLANDS

TROPICAL STORMS -
Current tropical storms - maps and details.

* In the Western Pacific -
- Typhoon Rammasun is located approximately 288 nm south of Hong Kong.

- Tropical depression 10 is located approximately 175 nm west-northwest of Yap.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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First day of the noon updating and I'm already late. I'll get this worked out!

**Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.**
Abraham Lincoln


LARGEST QUAKES so far today -
5.3 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.3 TONGA
5.1 LOYALTY ISLANDS

Yesterday, 7/15/14 -
5.0 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
5.6 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.7 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.7 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.2 OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA

Quake-warning system for West Coast gets a boost in Congress - A proposal for an earthquake-warning system for the West Coast gained ground Tuesday as a congressional committee recommended the first federal funds - $5 million - specifically for the project.

TROPICAL STORMS -
Current tropical storms - maps and details.

* In the Western Pacific -
- Typhoon Rammasun is located approximately 114 nm west-northwest of Manila, Philippines.
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Typhoon Rammasun Kills 12 in the Philippines - Category 2 Typhoon Rammasun hit the Philippines’ capital city of Manila, where 12 million people live, near 6 pm EDT Tuesday night (22 UTC). The center of the typhoon passed within 40 miles of the city, and had top winds rated at 105 mph at the time. This makes Rammasun one of the most powerful typhoons ever to directly affect Manila.
Fortunately, Rammasun’s eyewall collapsed as it approached Manila, and top winds at the Manila airport reached only 20 mph. However, Rammasun is being blamed for twelve deaths elsewhere in the Philippines. The typhoon came ashore in the Philippines in the Bicol Region of Luzon Island near 5 am EDT on Tuesday, as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds near 125 mph.
Rammasun was the first typhoon to strike the Philippines since devastating Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, which left over 7,300 people dead or missing. Rammasun's eye passed just north of Samar Island where Haiyan initially made landfall, and brought sustained winds of 40 mph to Haiyan's ground zero, the city of Guiuan.
The high winds blew down many of the tents of the people whose homes were destroyed in Tacloban after Super Typhoon Haiyan, but Rammasun’s winds and flooding were not extreme there, and most of the people who evacuated to temporary shelters during the typhoon have now returned.
Rammasun will have the opportunity to re-strengthen over the South China Sea before making a second landfall in China near Hainan Island on Friday. Given the typhoon’s current state of disorganization, it will take at least a day for it to take advantage of moderate wind shear of 10 - 20 knots and very warm water temperatures and regain Category 2 strength. Our two top track models, the GFS and European, predict a landfall in China between 03 - 9 UTC on Friday.

ATLANTIC REMAINS QUIET - FOR NOW. The tropical Atlantic Basin remains rather quiet, as relatively dry air dominates the CARIB eastward to the west African Coast. There are only a couple easily discernible Tropical Waves – with only the one in the far eastern Atlantic of even minimal interest. The one reasonably discernible Tropical Wave shows some modest tendency for ‘spinning’ with isolated convection associated with this disturbance. However, the tropical wave appears to be inter-twined with the ITCZ which is likely enhancing what little convection there is.
All of the more reliable global models, along with some of the more experimental forecast tools that rely on the MJO (Madden-Julian Oscillation) and CCKW (Convectively Coupled Kelvin Waves) are not forecasting any tropical cyclone spin-ups during the next 10-14 days, and none is expected.

EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT / WILDFIRES -

Amid drought, California to impose fines up to $500 a day for wasting water.

'GLOBAL WEIRDNESS' / CLIMATE CHANGE -

Gigantic hole mysteriously appears in Siberia. A 260-foot-wide crater has been discovered in Siberia's Yamal Peninsula, baffling scientists. What caused the hole? No one knows yet, but a team of scientists are en route in hopes of figuring it out.
The hole measures about 80 meters wide and has an unknown depth. The hole resembles a sinkhole, but dirt appears to have been thrown outside of the crater. This suggests maybe an impact of some kind. Speculation is ranging from an underground gas explosion to a meteorite impact.
A team from the Centre of the Study of the Arctic and the Cryosphere Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences plan to take several samples including air, soil and water. A spokesman from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry ruled out a meteorite. “We can definitely say that it is not a meteorite."
A polar scientist said that it’s likely a collapsed pingo. A pingo is a block of ice that has grown into a small hill in the permafrost. The pingo then melts and collapses, leaving behind an exposed crater. “We’re seeing much more activity in permafrost areas than we’ve seen in the historical past. A lot of this relates to this high degree of warming around these high arctic areas which are experiencing some of the highest rates of warming on earth."
Scientists get to the site today. (aerial footage at link)

SPACE WEATHER -

All Sky Fireball Network - On Jul. 16, the network reported 37 fireballs.

HEALTH THREATS -
RECALLS & ALERTS

US lawmakers press CDC chief over 'dangerous pattern' of lapses - U.S. lawmakers today faulted a "dangerous pattern" of safety lapses at government laboratories handling deadly pathogens such as anthrax and avian flu, calling for an overhaul of controls at the Centers for Disease Control.

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