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Mount Io (Iwo-yama volcano) erupts for the first time since 1768, Japan
Iwo-yama volcano also known as Mount Io and Mount Ioyama, located on the Ebino Highland and a part of Kirishimayama volcano group in Japan's Kyushu, erupted at 06:39 UTC (15:39 JST) on April 19, 2018 for the first time since 1768. The volcano ejected ash high into the air, forcing the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to raise the alert level from 2 to 3 (of 5), restricting access to the volcano. Today marks the first time JMA has raised the alert level to 3 for this volcano. The agency said that it confirmed the scattering of volcanic rocks around the crater and added that it is possible that the volcanic activity will further increase. Residents and tourists are cautioned against falling rocks within 3 km (1.8 km) and pyroclastic flows within 2 km (1.2 miles) from the crater. In addition, the agency called for people to be on guard over the possibility of mudslides after any rainfall, depending on how much a…
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INTER-PLANETARY SHOCKWAVE HITS EARTH An interplanetary shock wave hit Earth's magnetic field on April 19th around 23:50 UT. When the shock arrived, the density of the solar wind flowing around our planet abruptly quadrupled. Moreover, magnetic fields in the solar wind near Earth have since intensified 10-fold. These developments set the stage for possible geomagnetic storms in the hours ahead.
Auroras are now being reported in northern Michigan. S. Evans sends this picture from Big Bay, MI:
"The auroras are brightening after midnight on April 20th with some rays and beams, and good color," says Evans. What is an interplanetary shock wave? It is a supersonic disturbance in the gaseous material of the solar wind. These waves are frequently delivered by coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Indeed, this one might have been a minor CME that left the sun unrecognized earlier this week. Or it might be an unusually sharp co-rotating interaction region (CIR). CIRs are transition zones b…
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The ESA Just Discovered a Second Magnetic Field Surrounding Our Planet
A trio of satellites studying our planet's magnetic field has shown details of the steady swell of a magnetic field produced by the ocean's tides. Four years of data collected by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm missions have contributed to the mapping of this 'other' magnetic field, one that could help us build better models around global warming.   Physicist Nils Olsen from the Technical University of Denmark presented the surprising results at this year's European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, explaining how his team of researchers managed to detail such a faint signature. "It's a really tiny magnetic field," Olsen told BBC correspondent Jonathan Amos. "It's about 2 – 2.5 nanotesla at satellite altitude, which is about 20,000 times weaker than Earth's global magnetic field." On a fundamental level, both fields are the result of a dynamo effec…
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Lake Michigan rises over a foot in less than an hour
These pisctures of the Ludington North Breakwater were taken just 10 minutes apart by Ludington photographer Todd Reed, after a quick rise in water level known as a seiche caused the lake to rise 13.9 inches in just 42 minutes around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13.
A quick rise in water levels occurred on Michigan’s Lake Michigan shoreline at 12:30 p.m. on April 13, 2018. This quick rise is called a seiche or a “Great Lakes meteotsunami.” The water rose 13.9 inches in just 42 minutes near Ludington. The water was as high as I had seen since Nov. 10, 1975, the day the freighter Edmond Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior. Water was also flooding the beach and the end of Ludington Avenue. But it didn’t last long. Returning to nearly the same spot less than 10 minutes later, Reed observed that not only was the entire breakwater above water, but the rocks lining the outside of it were highly visible. The seiche was also reported at Maniste…
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14 earthquakes hit McAdam village in New Brunswick, Canada
A village in New Brunswick has been shaken by at least 14 earthquakes over the past 17 days — and nobody knows what’s causing them. This is not the first time the community has trembled like this. Towards the beginning of 2016, McAdam experienced more than 100 small earthquakes, which shook homes and broke windows. Like the most recent swarm of tremors, no scientific explanation was ever found.
Sometimes, I just think it’s a truck going by. It doesn’t bother me too much, but the wife gets kind of upset, paranoid. She’d crawl under the bed if she could!” According to data from Natural Resources Canada, there have been 23 earthquakes in the province over the past 30 days. That includes 14 in the vicinity of McAdam between March 27 and April 3 that have ranged in magnitude from 0.2 to 2.6. More than half of the earthquakes, he added, have occurred in the middle of the night at the relatively shallow depth of 600 meters.We’ve h…
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Iran earthquake Magnitude-5.5 quake strikes near a nuclear power plant
An earthquake has hit southern Iran just 60 miles from the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. It hit on Thursday morning and was also felt in Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck at 6.34am GMT, some 60 miles east of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the only operating nuclear power station in the Islamic Republic. The USGS put the earthquake’s magnitude at 5.5, while Iranian state television, citing officials, described the quake as a magnitude 5.9. Varying magnitudes are common immediately after a temblor. Government-run TV did not report any damage at the Bushehr plant, which has seen other earthquakes in the past and was built to resist damage from the tremors. It said the earthquake’s epicenter was near the town of Kaki, which the Iran Red Cross described as being in a sparsely populated area
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Worst flooding in years in Kauai, Hawaii
Dozens of people have been forced to seek emergency shelter after storms triggered mudslides and flooding on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation for the island where heavy rainfall damaged or flooded dozens of homes in the communities of Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena and Anahola. Worst flooding ever seen in the area over years! Dozens of people were stranded at several Red Cross shelters after the storm dropped over two feet of rain, causing massive flooding and grounding rescue helicopters. As rain subsides on Kauai, long road to recovery begins 02:42 As rain subsides on Kauai, long road to recovery begins
The National Weather Service recorded almost 27 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period in Hanalei. At least two homes were torn from their foundations. Resident Shauna Tuohy told HawaiiNewsNow that she was watching television with her mother when brown water suddenly began to pour through a wall …
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6 rare earthquakes hit Nebraska in less than a week
More earthquakes have hit in central Nebraska. The U.S. Geological Survey say that an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 hit around 4:48 p.m. Monday. With this most recent earthquake, there have now been a total of six earthquakes that hit that area in less than a week! Although earthquakes are not a new thing here in Nebraska, there have only been 46 since 1975.
Six earthquakes have shaken Nebraska already this week. That is really a lot knowing that just 46 hit the state since 1975. The quakes are most likely due to fault lines that run a few miles underneath the ground. But it’s certainly not a fault that officials can map at the surface because if you know anything about this area of Nebraska, you know that there aren’t any rock-out crops and mostly when seismologists map faults they map them in bedrock. Perhaps what the only thing that’s disconcerting about this is how little we know about the geologic structure underneath Nebras…
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There is a stream of viruses circling the planet from which each day 800 million cascade onto Earth
Trillions upon trillions of viruses fall from the sky each day. Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline travel. Very little is known about this realm, and that’s why the number of deposited viruses stunned the team in Spain. Each day, they calculated some 800 million viruses cascade onto every square meter of the planet.
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky. Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline travel. Very little is known about this realm, and that’s why the number of deposited viruses stunned the team in Spain. Each day, they calculated, some 800 million viruses cascad…
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A crazy cool video of a blood red sky over Santos, Brazil
A crazy cool video has surfaced from March 3, 2016 out of Santos, Brazil by Meire Ruiz of Facebook. And it is mindblowing! Enjoy! for those without Facebook here a youtube video of the eerie sky phenomenon: Finally, these pictures show you when the sky is full of these bloody clouds! WOW!
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