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Very shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Ogasawara region, Japan
A very shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.6 hit Japanese Ogasawara Archipelago at 18:22 UTC (03:22 JST) on August 16, 2018. The USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 11.5 km (7.1 miles) at 18:21 and M6.0 at 18:22 UTC. EMSC is reporting M6.4 and M5.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 251 km (156 miles) SE of Iwo Jima, 420.9 km (261.5 miles) SSW of Ogasawara, Japan and 945.4 km (587.5 miles) NNW of Saipan, Northen Mariana Islands. There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles). Although there may be slight sea-level changes in coastal regions, this earthquake has caused no damage to Japan, JMA said. The closest volcanoes are Minami-Hiyoshi and Nikko, both submarine. They have located roughly 100 km (62 miles) W of the epicenter. Periodic water discoloration and water-spouting have been reported over Minami-Hiyoshi since 1975 when detonations and an explosion were als…
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Kerala death toll jumps to 106, 150 000 people homeless in worst floods in nearly 100 years, India
The death toll from Kerala's worst floods in nearly 100 years has jumped to 106 on August 16, 2018. There are now 1 331 camps opened across the state, providing temporary shelter for 147 000 people. Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said August 15 the state is enduring "unprecedented flood havoc" as the worst floods in nearly a century continue taking lives. A red alert is in effect in the entire state. The worst affected are the state's northern and central regions but all of its 14 districts have been put on alert. All public transport has been stopped with many buses left abandoned on the road, local media report. More than 10 000 km (6 200 miles) of roads and thousands of cars and homes have been destroyed or damaged. The government has ordered the opening of gates at 34 dams and reservoirs where water levels had reached dangerous levels. Drinking water c…

"The Domestics" Hollywood Predictive Programming at it's Best

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"The Domestics" Hollywood Predictive Programming at it's Best
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A Massive Coronal Hole has opened up on our Sun and is shooting solar wind directly towards Earth
SOLAR WIND SPARKS ARCTIC AURORAS:  A stream of solar wind hit Earth's magnetic field during the late hours of Aug. 15th, sparking beautifulgreenauroras around the barely-dark Arctic Circle. The gaseous material is flowing from a 700,000 km-long fissure in the sun's atmosphere. More auroras are possible on Aug. 16th as Earth moves deeper into the stream.
A massive long coronal hole has opened up on our Sun and is shooting solar wind directly towards Earth at incredible speeds expected to reach 700 km/second.
According to Spaceweather.com NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the fissure on Aug. 13th pointing directly at Earth: This is a "coronal hole"--a region where the sun's magnetic field opens up and allows a gaseous material to escape.
Solar wind emerging from the hole is expected to reach Earth on Aug. 16th and 17th.
The incoming stream of solar wind may …
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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Andreanof Islands, Alaska
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit the Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska at 21:57 UTC on August 15, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 31.6 km (19.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 41 km (25 miles) S of Tanaga volcano, 108 km (67 miles) WSW of Adak (population 332), Alaska and 1 477 km (918 miles) ESE of Klyuchi (population 10 000), Russia. There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles). Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake, PTWC said. The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are…
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Pennsylvania experiencing one of the most dramatic outbreaks of rain in a non-tropical storm setting
Although parts of the northeastern United States have already received record-breaking rainfall this summer, persistent rainfall and flooding are likely to continue. "The weather pattern this summer is one of the most dramatic outbreaks of rain ever to hit Pennsylvania and other states in the region in a non-tropical storm setting," AccuWeather's Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said. The recent deluge has been on par with the type of rainfall that can be unleashed by a tropical storm or hurricane, Abrams writes. For example, at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Pennsylvania, 110.2 mm (4.34 inches) of rain fell on August 13, which shattered the old record for the date set in 1955 when Hurricane "Connie" moved northwestward across Pennsylvania. The location received more rain on August 13 than what typically falls in the entire month of August. State …
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B.C. declares state of emergency as nearly 600 wildfires burn across the province, Canada
British Columbia has declared a province-wide state of emergency on August 15, 2018, due to raging wildfires. Although 2018 is already the 4th worst season on record, it's still far behind record-breaking 2017. Previous declarations were in 1996, 2003 and 2017, which lasted 10 weeks. As of early August 15, there were 566 wildfires burning in the province. There are 29 active evacuation orders impacting around 2 050 people and 48 evacuation centers affecting 18 720 people. Over 3 300 firefighters and contractors are involved in fighting the fires, including 1 427 B.C. contract personnel and 436 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.  So far this year, more than 380 000 ha (939 000 acres) have been burned by wildfires, making it the fourth worst season on record.
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Threat of powerful eruption at Kuchinoerabu volcano prompts evacuations, Japan
The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the alert level for the Kuchinoerabu volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture from 2 to second highest level of 4 at 01:30 UTC (10:30 JST) on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. This volcano is located on the Kuchinoerabu Island in southwestern Japan, some 1 000 km (620 miles) SW of Tokyo. Its last eruption took place in 2015. The decision to raise the alert was made due to 26 volcanic earthquakes detected within just a few hours. The largest was M1.9 at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles) in almost the same location as a similar pre-eruption quake that struck 3 years ago. JMA warned that eruption could be powerful enough to cause serious damage to the island's residential area. Level 4 alert means that elderly and disabled people should be evacuated and everyone else should prepare to evacuate. This is the first such warning for this volcano since May 2015 when a powerful eruption forced …

PLANET X NEWS - Sun Simulator on full blast over Germany August 12th 2018

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PLANET X NEWS - Sun Simulator on full blast over Germany August 12th 2018
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Flash flood emergency declared in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey Flash flood sweeps away nearly a dozen cars in New Jersey Heavy rain that swept through New Jersey on August 11, flooded roads and homes and sent cars from a Passaic County dealership floating into a bridge. The highest rainfall totals were reported in Bergen, Essex, and Passaic counties, according to preliminary numbers. Caldwell topped the list with 124.9 mm (4.92 inches).
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Closest asteroid flyby of the year: 2018 PD20 flew past Earth at 0.09 LD
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 PD20 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.09 LD / 0.00022 AU (33 210 km / 20 636 miles) at 14:31 UTC on August 10, 2018. This near-Earth object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and its estimated diameter is between 8.9 and 20 m (29 and 65 feet). It was first observed at 13:05 UTC on August 11 at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, one day after its closest approach. [ Ephemeris | Orbit Diagram | Orbital Elements | Mission Design | Physical Parameters | Close-Approach Data ] This is the 39th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 40th discovered (within 1 LD), including 2018 LA which was discovered some 8 hours before it hit Botswana on June 2. This was also the closest flyby of any known asteroid since the start of the year, right after 2018 BD of January 18 at 0.00026 AU.