Showing posts with label Earthquakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Earthquakes. Show all posts

Friday, October 14, 2011

What a mega tsunami in the Atlantic from La Palma would look like (BBC)

Mega-Tsunami. In this scenario, a volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma triggers a massive landslide wherein a sizable portion of the island collapses into the sea, causing a massive mega-tsunami to race across the Atlantic ocean and strike the east coast of the United States, inundating most of New York City, but leaving many buildings intact.

Tsunami documentary for the East Coast US from Canary Islands

9,300 tremors have rattled the island of El Hierro since July 2011
October 7, 2011 -- CANARY ISLANDS -- Intense swarms of tremors beneath one of the volcanic Canary Islands has placed residents of El Hierro on alert for a possible eruption. Spain's Instituto Geografico Nacional (IGN) reported the 9,300 seismic movements on the island since July 17 have caused measurable changes in the terrain. El Hierro's only eruption during recorded history was in 1793, when the Volcano de Lomo Negro vent rumbled for a month and produced lava flows. Seismologists say they don't know if the rising ball of lava causing the latest rumblings will break through the surface, but they have issued a "yellow" alert as a precaution. IGN Director Maria Jose Blanco told reporters that any eruption would most likely have a "low explosive value." Tremors about 50,000 years ago produced an enormous landslide that cascaded into the ocean, creating a large tsunami that probably reached the North American coast. -- Earth Week

More undersea eruptions off Canary Islands

Two more undersea volcanic eruptions have been identified off the coast of one of the Canary Islands making three in all.

Authorities have kept the island of El Hierro on high alert.

It began at the end of last month with a tremor of 3.4 magnitude prompting the evacuation of around 50 people.

Canary Island Report : October 13, 2011

Update : El Hierro Volcano Canary Islands : Earthquakes and Magma On The Move 10/5/2011

BBC Report on mega tsunami threat to the US East Coast

The Canary Islands pose a *rare* but real mega tsunami threat to the East Coast of North America.

Spanish TV report on Cumbre Vieja

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Earthquakes greater than 5.0 since January 2008 sorted by latitude

What is happening around 37.75 N degrees lattitude?

Bearing in mind the previous posts today, about the eruption of Mt. Etna and the earthquake in Spain. We ask ourselves what is happening along the 37.7N latitude, and are these events connected.

Mt. Etna
37.74° N

Spain Earthquakes
37.699 N
37.693 N

Is there magma moving from Spain east towards Etna. The Italian earthquake watch continues.

What other locations are around this latitude?

Fukishima (location of the critical Nuclear reactor)

Fort Knox
37.8 N

San Francisco

New Madrid, MO (epicenter of the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes isn't too far either)

Just a reminder, this year is the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid earthquake with events planned, including a major FEMA exercise next week.

Edited to add: I noticed this post was copied to GLP without credit or a linkback. Thanks for that. :(

Also added: I just got a message that the booms last night in Virginia that I mentioned in an earlier post today were around the same latitude. As well, the distance of one degree latitude is approximately 69 miles.

Mysterious boom rattled Virginia last night

According to the Washington Post today, there was a mysterious boom that rattled Virginia last night.

A loud boom rattled Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore but the source is a mystery.

Media outlets report that the mystery boom occurred Tuesday night. It was reported in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Some residents reported that the disturbance shook their homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s reports show no seismic activity at the time.

The full article can be found at the Washington Post website.

Church Tower falls during Earthquake in Lorca, Spain

One of two small earthquakes in Lorca, Spain that happened moments ago.

UPDATE 17:12 UTC : We are trying to get some more news close to the epicenter, but we can predict that this last shock will probably be very damaging. Too soon to predict any injuries.

UPDATE 17:08 UTC : This last earthquake was measured by GFZ at a magnitude of 5.0 also at a depth of 5 km. These values are better than USGS, but have still a damaging potential.

UPDATE 17:06 UTC : A much STRONGER 5.3 magnitude also shallow earthquake just happened in the same area

UPDATE 17:03 UTC : The damage will probably be limited but we are passing it to our readers as we gather it from local sources.

UPDATE 16:59 UTC : Lorca has called the state of emergency in the city following some Spanish sources.

UPDATE 16:56 UTC : Private houses and city buildings have been damaged during the earthquake.

UPDATE 16:54 UTC : An elderly home has been evacuated in Lorca after the earthquake

UPDATE 16:50 UTC : Felt experiences are arriving at EMSC (European Seismological service).
Below the ones we found the best describing the sitiuation :

@ Aguilas : 33 km from the epicenter – Tengo una terraza grande y en ella se aprecian algunas pequeñas grietas (small cracks on the terraces) . Muchas de ellas ya estaban, pero creo que hay alguna nueva aunque no podría afirmarlo con rotundidad.
Por la zona de España en la que vivo, se que es zona de cierto riesgo sísmico (we live in a seismic risky area) . La verdad es que he notado varios, no sabría cuantos, movimientos sísmicos en mi vida, pero creo que es el mas “fuerte”, por así decirlo, que he experimentado en cuarenta años que vivo en Águilas. (living 40 years in Aguilas, this person has witnessed tens of small vibrations but he says that today’s quake was the strongest he ever felt)

@ Murcia : 57 km from the epicenter – A little vibration on windows and doors. Soft furniture movement.

UPDATE 16:43 UTC : GFZ, the German seismological service reports a Magnitude of 4.7 at a depth of 5 km, which is a little more dangerous for small damage than the values from EMSC and USGS

UPDATE 16:41 UTC : On March 29, 1954 a massive 7.9 earthquake caused a lot of damage at Malaga. This earthquake was felt in Madrid, Granada, Cadiz and even in Tangier. The earthquake was NOT devastating because it occurred at a depth of 640 km (normally harmless).

UPDATE 16:35 UTC : Based on historic earthquake maps, the area has regular earthquakes from in between 3.5 and 4.5

UPDATE 16:31 UTC : Epicenter is below San Julian approx. 10 km from Lorca. Lorca has a population of 90,924.

A moderate but very shallow earthquake occurred in the late afternoon near the city of Lorca and 55 km from Murcia in Spain. This earthquake will probably not lead to damage or injuries, but local people will certainly have been frightened by the shaking.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.5
UTC Time : Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 15:05:12 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 05:05:12 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
55 km (34 miles) SW of Murcia, Spain
120 km (74 miles) NE of Almeria, Spain

Two Earthquakes hit Spain, 4.5 and 5.2

Not Italy like the Bendandi story said, but these two could be foreshocks for something bigger.

Some Twitter comments from acarrionm include the fact that five people died, one of them a child. He was on the 11th floor when it happened but didn't think it was as bad as they see now.

Edgar Cayce and today's Mt. Etna eruption

There's some news that Mt. Etna in Italy is erupting today (May 11, 2011).

This prediction dated until 1998, but with the flooding of the Midwest, it seems timely.

Edgar Cayce predicted that dramatic physical changes would affect the Earth in the years 1958-1998 and would begin with the eruption of Mt. Etna.

The Great Lakes would empty into the Gulf of Mexico linked with a time when ancient repositories would be discovered as people reached the appropriate level of consciousness. The three repositories mentioned are Egypt, the Bimini area, and the Yucatan.

After activities by Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. Pelee, the southern coast of California, the areas between Great Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada, we may expect, within the three months following, inundation by earthquakes, more in the Southern than the Northern Hemisphere. Portions of the New York, or New York City itself, will disappear as well as the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia.

Land will appear in the Atlantic and Pacific. Rise of Atlantis. And what is the coast line now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many battle fields of the present will be oceans, seas,the bays, the lands over which 'The New World Order' will carry on their trade as one with another.

The waters of the lakes will empty into the Gulf. It would be well if the waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at present being considered. Then the area where I am now located (Virginia Beach) will be among the safety lands, as will be portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and much of the southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada, while the western land -- much of that is to be disturbed as, of course much in other lands.

The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea.

The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye.

When there is the first breaking up of some conditions in the South Sea and those as apparent in the sinking or rising of that that's almost opposite same, or in the Mediterranean, and the Etna area, then we many know it has begun.

There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and there will be the shifting then of the poles - where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow.

Strifes will arise through the period. Watch for them near the Davis Strait [between Greenland and Canada] in the attempts there for the keeping of the life line to land open. Watch for them in Libya and in Egypt, in Ankara and in Syria, through the straits about those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Japan quake of March 2011 shifted the country; Towns now flood at high tide

This is an interesting post from the Associated Press. The recent earthquake in Japan shifted the level of the country so during periods of high tide certains parts of the country flood.

When water begins to trickle down the streets of her coastal neighborhood, Yoshiko Takahashi knows it is time to hurry home.

Twice a day, the flow steadily increases until it is knee-deep, carrying fish and debris by her front door and trapping people in their homes. Those still on the streets slosh through the sea water in rubber boots or on bicycle.

"I look out the window, and it's like our houses are in the middle of the ocean," says Takahashi, who moved in three years ago.

The March 11 earthquake that hit eastern Japan was so powerful it pulled the entire country out and down into the sea. The mostly devastated coastal communities now face regular flooding, because of their lower elevation and damage to sea walls from the massive tsunamis triggered by the quake.

The entire article is here.

USGS excluding aftershocks from alerts

An interesting email received today from USGS on May 10, 2011. This message is posted here.

Date: Tue, May 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Subject: ENS change announcement

After the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake on March 11, 2011, a change was made in ENS to enable the 'aftershock exclusion' feature by default. This filters out notifications for all but the largest aftershocks, eliminating the large deluge of aftershock notifications after a large mainshock.

If you want to check your settings or turn 'aftershock exclusion' off, (thereby potentially receiving a large number of aftershock notifications) you can log in to your ENS account and do this from the 'Account Preferences' tab on the main ENS webpage.

Thank you,
Earthquake Notification Service Team

Friday, May 6, 2011

Is a violent earthquake expected in Rome next week?

Translated from Italian at this site
Raffaele Bendandi ... the man who predicts earthquakes.

In 2011 a violent earthquake is expected in Rome.

Can we predict earthquakes? Bendandi claimed to be able to predict earthquakes - Raffaele Bendandi, also known as the man of earthquakes, was born in Faenza, 17 October 1893.

Bendandi said he had discovered how to produce earthquakes and said to be able to predict an earthquake.

He was born to a humble family in the area traditionally known as Old Spinning Mill, which could not afford to continue with higher education (he finished elementary school, a course for technical drawing and became an apprentice to a watchmaker), nevertheless all 'age of 10 he was already fond of astronomy and geophysics, as to build himself a telescope and some gyroscopes (in fact he was a wood sculptor by profession).

Following the earthquake of Messina on 28 December 1908, became interested in earthquakes, and succeeded, according to him, even to predict them.
After his experience as an apprentice to a watchmaker, he enrolled in an Art School, to become a carver of religious statues and chandeliers, Emilia. During World War I served as a mechanic in an air squadron. Bendandi You can define the self as a researcher, who in 1920 formulated his theory of "seismogenic". His theory has its origins in a walk along the beach, while serving on guard during his naja: in 1919 he senses that the earth's crust, as well as the tides, is subject to the effects of gravitational pull of the moon.

His theory for the prediction of earthquakes (never recognized by the scientific community) was in fact based on the fact that the moon and other planets (along with the Sun) are the cause of the movements of the crust, which actually swollen, deformed and evokes the Earth's crust, with timing and rhythm-dependent position of celestial bodies.

He went on with his studies also using a mini laboratory moved into a deep cave of 'Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines. One of his first forecast the involuntarily made ​​for the earthquake of Marsica January 13, 1915, when he realized that 27 October of the previous year had left a note in this regard.

Until then very few people believe his theories, November 23, 1923 before the notary of Faenza decided to write his own prediction: January 2, 1924 an earthquake will occur in the Marche. The earthquake actually occurred, but two days later. However, the Corriere della Sera devoted the front page, calling him to predict earthquakes, and his fame grew so also internationally.

In his studies, was also in charge of astronomy, geophysics, magnetic, cosmic and atmospheric studies, and atmospheric radioactivity in relation to his personal atomici. Oltre purposes, its main activity was a carpenter, built with this task and managed to sell some of its models of seismographs, even in America. He succeeded in his small to acquire even a small scientific library.

During the Fascist period, namely in 1927 was appointed first by Mussolini Knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy, but was warned by publishing further predictions on earthquakes in Italy, on pain of exile, in reality, he continued to do so, but on other American newspapers.
After studying it thoroughly, in 1931 the Pontifical Academy Bendandi entrusts the method he discovered to play the eleven-year cycle of the Sun, and can result in self-financing to publish "A fundamental principle of the Universe," where he describes his previous discovery.
During his life, namely in 1959, Bendandi also discovered a new planet in the solar system between Mercury and the Sun, which he named after his hometown, Faenza.

Only later, in 1972 the American astronomer Wood and in 1976 the British astronomer Smith brought forward the method developed by Bendandi for the prediction of earthquakes, going to improve the analysis and results.
An earthquake in Friuli in 1976 was provided by his theory, he unsuccessfully tried to notify the competent authorities, which treated him as a charlatan.

He was found dead, perhaps for reasons mysterious, November 3, 1979, at his home observatory in Faenza Via Manara 17.
Bendandi, through his method, he also predicted a devastating earthquake in the city of Rome and surrounding areas for the day May 11, 2011, and another earthquake in size even more apocalyptic for between 5-6 April 2012, when several earthquakes hit patchy throughout the world.

In this last prediction, among others, many also see the catastrophic Maya prophecies for 2012.

According to one other article that I've read in the Italian press, there may be no foundation to the May 11, 2011 date and it is only a story propagated by the Internet.

Interesting to note that April 6th, 2012 is the Good Friday. This might be the perfect opportunity for a "Great Warning" for the entire world.