Geophysical

6.8 quake strikes off Fukushima coast, no abnormalities at nuclear plant

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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, with its epicenter located some 129 kilometers from the city of Namie in Fukishima prefecture, US Geological Survey reported.

The quake was centered at a depth of about 10km, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Tsunami advisories were issued for Fukushima prefecture, as well as for nearby Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, but were lifted two hours later.

The quake triggered a small tsunami of up to 20 cm at Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, and other locations in northeast Japan. No major damage was reported.

There were no reports of abnormalities at Fukushima-1 nuclear plant following the quake, TEPCO reported.

The city of Namie is located in the southern part of the Hamadori coastal region of Fukushima prefecture.

The epicenter was also located 131km away from the city of Iwaki.

A marine threat has also been issued, as strong currents are expected to continue. JMA ordered residents to “get out of the water and leave the coast immediately.”

“Do not get in the sea or approach coasts until the advisory is cleared,” the agency said in a statement.

Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected, JMA added.

 

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Melting Road Closed At Yellowstone National Park

One of the main roads through Yellowstone National Park has been closed temporarily because the ground under it got too hot, and melted the asphalt.

Yellowstone National Park has an extremely dynamic ecosystem. 

In case you needed proof, one of the main roads through the park has been closed temporarily because the ground under it got too hot, and melted the asphalt. 

Polar vortex to make shocking summer return in eastern U.S. next week

Call it the ghost of the polar vortex, the polar vortex sequel, or the polar vortex’s revenge. Meteorological purists may tell you it’s not a polar vortex at all. However you choose to refer to the looming weather pattern, unseasonably chilly air is headed for parts of the northern and northeastern U.S at the height of summer early next week.

Bearing a haunting resemblance to January’s brutally cold weather pattern, a deep pool of cool air from the Gulf of Alaska will plunge into the Great Lakes early next week and then ooze towards the East Coast.

6-10 day outlook from National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center

Of course, this is July, not January, so temperatures forecast to be roughly 10 to as much as 30 degrees below average won’t have quite the same effect.

Temperature anomalies (or difference from normal) Tuesday midday from European model (WeatherBell.com)

But make no mistake, in parts of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest getting dealt the chilliest air, hoodies and jeans will be required. Highs in this region could well get stuck in the 50s and 60s – especially where there is considerable cloud cover.

Wednesday morning’s lows may drop into the  40s over a large part of the central U.S. Remember, this is July!

The Washington Post has the full article

Earth's magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster

Earth’s magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster

Earth’s magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm. The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field – which extends 370,000 miles (600,000 kilometers) above the planet’s surface — have sprung up over the Western… Read more →

Strong earthquake turns deadly in Mexico, Guatemala

Strong earthquake turns deadly in Mexico, Guatemala

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico - A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people and damaging dozens of homes. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6:23 a.m. (7:23 a.m. EDT) on the Pacific Coast 1 mile north-northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border. It… Read more →

Dozens of Texas communities with less than 90 days of water

BANDERA COUNTY, Texas — Joe Mooneyham no longer grows any flowers or plants in his backyard. Instead, the Pebble Beach resident in Bandera County is nursing a quiet optimism that it will all come back.

“I haven’t watered since September of last year,” Mooneyham said. “Everything was just emerald green.”

He misses the greenery, the deer and the water.

Medina Lake, which used to send gentle waves lapping at his backyard dock, has receded more than a mile and a quarter away.

KHOU has the full article

NASA spots square-shaped ‘hole’ in the Sun

A NASA spacecraft has made a surprising find on the surface of the sun: a square-shaped “hole” in the star’s outer atmosphere.

The dark square on the sun, known as a “coronal hole,” is an area where the solar wind is streaming out of the sun at superfast speeds. NASA captured a video of the sun’s square-shaped coronal hole between May 5-7 using the powerful Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

The coronal hole appears dark in the NASA view because there is less material emitting light in the ultraviolet range of the spectrum used to make the video, according to a NASA video description. [Biggest Solar Storms of 2014 (Photos)]

“Inside the coronal hole you can see bright loops where the hot plasma outlines little pieces of the solar magnetic field sticking above the surface,” SDO officials wrote in the video description. “Because it is positioned so far south on the sun, there is less chance that the solar wind stream will impact us here on Earth.”

NASA’s sun-watching Solar Dynamics Observatory is just one of a fleet of spacecraft keeping a close watch on the weather on Earth’s parent star. In 2013, the sun experienced its peak activity of its 11-year solar weather cycle.

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Washington Monument to reopen after repairs from quake

Washington Monument to reopen after repairs from quake

(CNN) – Fresh off a $15 million, nearly three-year repair job, the Washington Monument is scheduled to reopen officially Monday. One of Washington’s most popular sites, the 555-foot obelisk has been closed since a magnitude-5.8 earthquake in August 2011 caused more than 150 cracks in the structure. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall are planning to host a… Read more →

Magnitude 6.0 quake jolts Tokyo

Magnitude 6.0 quake jolts Tokyo

TOKYO –  A strong earthquake jolted Tokyo early Monday, rattling windows and nerves though there were no initial reports of major damage. The national broadcaster NHK, citing local authorities, said 17 people were reported injured, some of them from falls as the quake struck. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake at 5:18 a.m. local time (4:18 p.m. ET Sunday)… Read more →

State of emergency declared after 20 inches of rain in 24 hours

State of emergency declared after 20 inches of rain in 24 hours

LOUISVILLE, Miss. –  Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday after his state was hit with more than 20 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, killing at least one and leaving others stranded in their houses and cars in the state’s Panhandle. Escambia County spokesman Bill Pearson told The Pensacola News Journal that at least… Read more →