Geophysical

Series of small earthquakes rock Oklahoma in record seismic activity

Series of small earthquakes rock Oklahoma in record seismic activity

(Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration. One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42… Read more →

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Yellowstone Volcano Eruption in 2014? Are Animals Fleeing Park As ‘An Alert’?

This map from the U.S. Geological Service shows the range of the volcanic ash that was deposited after the biggest of the Yellowstone National Park eruptions around 2.1 million years ago. "These eruptions left behind huge volcanic depressions called “calderas” and spread volcanic ash over large parts of North America," it said. "If another large caldera-forming eruption were to occur at Yellowstone, its effects would be worldwide. Thick ash deposits would bury vast areas of the United States, and injection of huge volumes of volcanic gases into the atmosphere could drastically affect global climate. Fortunately, the Yellowstone volcanic system shows no signs that it is headed toward such an eruption in the near future. In fact, the probability of any such event occurring at Yellowstone within the next few thousand years is exceedingly low."

This map from the U.S. Geological Service shows the range of the volcanic ash that was deposited after the biggest of the Yellowstone National Park eruptions around 2.1 million years ago. “These eruptions left behind huge volcanic depressions called “calderas” and spread volcanic ash over large parts of North America,” it said. “If another large caldera-forming eruption were to occur at Yellowstone, its effects would be worldwide. Thick ash deposits would bury vast areas of the United States, and injection of huge volumes of volcanic gases into the atmosphere could drastically affect global climate. Fortunately, the Yellowstone volcanic system shows no signs that it is headed toward such an eruption in the near future. In fact, the probability of any such event occurring at Yellowstone within the next few thousand years is exceedingly low.”

A number of bloggers are posting videos that show bison and other animals allegedly leaving Yellowstone National Park, prompting theories that as earthquakes ramp up the seismic activity will set off the Yellowstone supervolcano.

Two of the main bloggers behind the discussion stress that there’s no way to know when the supervolcano will go off but note that the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that hit on March 30 seemed to set off a reaction from the animals, who are moving for a reason.

“Whether I believe this, or whether I don’t believe the story or not, I don’t know. I can tell you this story I saw this morning about the buffaloes running the street … whether or not it’s because of any activity in Yellowstone or not, I don’t know,” said blogger Jay Lee, who posted a story on his site tatoott1009.com.

“But I’ll tell you this, whatever the case may be, that their running away from Yellowstone is an alert of some sort.”

 

Epoch Times has the full article

Powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake off Chile kills at least 5, forces evacuations

A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck in the Pacific off Chile’s northern region on Tuesday, killing at least five people, causing landslides and setting off a small tsunami, leading authorities to order an evacuation.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo attributed the five deaths to heart attacks or being crushed. In the city of Arica, the mayor reported some minor injuries and said some homes made of adobe were destroyed.

About 300 inmates escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique, and officials said Chile’s military was sending a planeload of special forces to guard against looting.

The quake shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz.

“We have asked citizens to evacuate the entire coast … there is no serious damage to houses … there have been no people hurt,” said home office minister Mahmud Aleuy, Reuters reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake at 8.0, but later upgraded the magnitude. It said the quake struck 61 miles northwest of the Chilean city of Iquique at 8:46 p.m., hitting a region that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

 

Fox News has the full article

Blood Moons: Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses Will All be Uniquely Visible for All or Parts of USA

Blood Moon image capture of NASA video

A total lunar eclipse on April 15th marks the beginning of a remarkable series of eclipses all visible from North America.

 

Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

(Reuters) – Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out… Read more →

Sun unleashes monster solar flare, biggest of 2014

Sun unleashes monster solar flare, biggest of 2014

The sun fired off a major solar flare late Tuesday, making it the most powerful sun eruption of the year so far and one of the strongest in recent years. The massive X4.9-class solar flare erupted from an active sunspot, called AR1990,  at 7:49 p.m. EST. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured high-definition video of the monster solar flare. The spaceecraft recording… Read more →

Winter storm brought snow and ice from Texas to North Carolina

Winter storm brought snow and ice from Texas to North Carolina

ATLANTA, Feb. 12 (UPI) – A deadly winter storm brought snow and ice from Texas to North Carolina Wednesday, canceling thousands of flights and making roads dangerous for travel. The National Weather Service said ice and sleet could be “potentially crippling” in Atlanta, Athens and Augusta in Georgia and in Raleigh and other parts of central North Carolina, which could… Read more →

Report: Some Bay Area Communities Could Run Out Of Water Within 4 Months

Report: Some Bay Area Communities Could Run Out Of Water Within 4 Months

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — As the drought in California continues, 17 communities throughout the state could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said. In some districts, the wells are running dry while other reservoirs are nearly empty. The state Health Department compiled a list after surveying the more than 3,000 water agencies in California last… Read more →

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