Mount Fuji ‘at risk of eruption’ from pressure build-up after 2011 earthquake

July 2014 JAPAN - The earthquake that sparked a devastating tsunami that killed thousands in Japan in 2011 has caused pressure to build under active volcano Mount Fuji. While Japan’s highest mountain has not erupted since 1707, scientists say the build-up of pressure caused by the magnitude-9 Tohoku-Oki earthquake has left Mount Fuji in a “critical state.” The research was carried out by scientists at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Grenoble, France, with their Japanese counterparts. It used records from 800 seismic sensors that recorded data after the earthquake to map geological disturbances in fluid in the earth’s crust, caused by seismic waves. “Our work does not say that the volcano will start erupting, but it does show that it’s in a critical state,” Dr Florent Brenguier, lead author of the publication, told The Guardian. Dr Brenguier said seismic waves travelled a long way around the world several times. “Their movement makes the earth’s crust vibrate and, rather like a shock wave, this produces breaks or cracks in the rock.”
A magnitude-6.4 earthquake four days after the tsunami was followed by many smaller aftershocks, indicating Mount Fuji was under high pressure. So should Japan prepare for an imminent eruption? “We cannot establish a direct relation of cause and effect between quakes and volcanic eruptions, even if statistically the former lead to an increase in the latter,” Dr Brenguier said. “All we can say is that Mount Fuji is now in a state of pressure, which means it displays a high potential for eruption. The risk is clearly higher.” Professor of geology at the University of NSW, Martin Van Kranendonk, said the Tohoku-Oki earthquake might have started to release fluid trapped in the earth’s crust around Mount Fuji. However there was no immediate cause for concern. “There’s a lot of very intense data-gathering around major volcanoes like Mount Fuji and if it’s really going to erupt, they’ll be able to monitor that because the volcano will change shape … [and] there will be earthquake tremors as the magma starts to rise to the surface. But at the moment there’s none of those indications.” –SMH
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Yellowstone: supervolcano eruption would last for ‘many months,’ possibly even ‘years’

July 2014YELLOWSTONE - An eruption of the Yellowstone National Park supervolcano could last for over a year. The park sits on top of the world’s largest active volcano, which erupted around 640,000 years ago and sent ash across most of North America. The two other recorded eruptions are 1.3 million and 2.1 million years ago. While discussing the effects of an eruption, supervolcano scientist Bob Smith told NBC that an eruption could last for a long time. “These giant eruptions in Yellowstone – the supervolcano, if you wish — probably last many, many months, maybe even years,” Smith said. The story also discussed news that is actually six months old–that Smith and other scientists discovered that the magma pool underneath the volcano is about 2.5 times larger than previously thought.
They found that the cavern stretches for more than 55 miles. “We’ve been working there for a long time, and we’ve always thought it would be bigger… but this finding is astounding,” Smith, who is a professor at the University of Utah, told BBC at the time. The team used a network of seismometers to map the gigantic chamber. “We record earthquakes in and around Yellowstone, and we measure the seismic waves as they travel through the ground,” said Dr. Jamie Farrell, also of the University of Utah. “The waves travel slower through hot and partially molten material… with this, we can measure what’s beneath.” One theory is that eruptions happen every 700,000 years ago, but Smith said more data is needed to back that theory up. “If we were to have another big eruption, it would affect a large area, on the order of several states,” Smith said. “But, as I said, that probability is very, very, very, very small. In my calculations, it’s .0001 percent.” –Epoch Times
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Strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake jolts Alaska near Canada border

 

Alaska Canada July 17 6.0
July 2014ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Seismologists say a strong earthquake rattled a section of Alaska and Canada’s Yukon Territory. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the 6.0 magnitude quake struck at 3:49 a.m. about 62 miles northwest of Yakutat. There are no immediate reports of damage. The quake was felt in Yakutat, as well as Whitehorse in the Yukon. Yakutat is a Gulf of Alaska community about 45 miles southwest of the Canada border. –Sacramento Bee
15,00o kept from homes by erupting Indonesian volcano: Molten lava flows increased in volume at Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano, along with discharges of ash clouds that fell over nearby farmland and villages. Ongoing volcanic activity over the past year has kept thousands of residents away from their homes.  Officials say that as many as 10,447 people, or 3,143 families, are housed in 23 evacuation shelters, while another 3,683 evacuees live in houses provided by the government’s disaster agency. A blast from Sinabung in February killed at least 16 people. Mount Sinabung surprised scientists in September 2010 by erupting suddenly for the first time in 400 years. Two weeks of eruptions at that time forced more than 30,000 people from their homes. –Earth Week
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Giant hole forms in Siberia, and nobody can explain why

July 2014 SIBERIA - A giant hole has opened up in Siberia, and nobody quite knows why. The massive hole, which spans about 262 feet in diameter, was spotted recently on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia, commonly known as the “end of the world,” The Siberian Times reported. The depth of the hole is not yet known. New video footage shows the mysterious hole surrounded by vegetation in a seemingly remote area. The ground on the outskirts of the hole appears to have been displaced, perhaps by whatever caused the hole to form. Given the crater’s proximity to a natural gas field, one theory is that the hole formed following an explosion, caused by a mixture of gas, salt and water igniting underground. So far, local officials have ruled out a space rock as the culprit behind the hole. “We can definitely say that it is not a meteorite,” a spokesman for the Yamal branch of the country’s Emergencies Ministry told The Siberian Times, adding that there are no further details yet.
Dr. Chris Fogwill, a polar scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said the hole may be what’s left of a pingo, a heap of Earth-covered ice that is found in the Arctic and subarctic. If the pingo was large enough, and melted, it potentially could have created a giant hole. “Certainly from the images I’ve seen it looks like a periglacial feature, perhaps a collapsed pingo,” Fogwill told The Sydney Morning Herald. “This is obviously a very extreme version of that, and if there’s been any interaction with the gas in the area, that is a question that could only be answered by going there.” In fact, a team of scientists has been dispatched to study the Siberian hole and take samples from the surrounding region. They are reportedly due to arrive Wednesday. Until then, the mystery continues. –Huffington Post
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Climate chaos: Brisbane hits coldest temperature in 103 years, Antarctica hit by record low

July 2014AUSTRALIA - If you are lucky enough to be reading this from the comfort of your blankets, it might be best to stay there, as Brisbane has hit its coldest temperatures in 103 years.  Not since July 28 1911 has Brisbane felt this cold, getting down to a brisk 2.6C at 6.41am. At 7am, it inched up to 3.3C. Matt Bass, meteorologist from BOM, said the region was well below our average temperatures. “If it felt cold, that’s because it was, breaking that record is pretty phenomenal for Brisbane,” Bass said. “The average for this time of year is 12C, so Brisbane was about 9C below average, it is pretty impressive really, to have the coldest morning in 103 years is a big record.” The coldest place across the state was Oakey which got down to -6.1C, which was the coldest temperature for the town since 2011. Brisbane wasn’t the only town hitting landmark temperatures with Clermont breaking its coldest record two days in a row. “Clermont in the coal fields got down to -4.5 which is a new record for them, their previous record was -3.7, which was set yesterday, so they’ve re-broken their record two days in a row.” All these cold temperatures are being brought on as cold air moves up from the south, combined with clear nights. “We are seeing a series of cold fronts push really cold air across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, which has brought low level snow. “Which is good for the ski fields down there, but once all that air moves up towards Queensland it is still very cold and it loses all that moisture that drops all over Victoria and those other areas. –The Australian
Coldest June in Antarctica ever recorded: Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station. According to the press release, during June this year, the average temperature was -22.4c (-8.3F), 6.6c (11.9F) lower than normal. This is the coldest June ever recorded at the station, and almost the coldest monthly average ever – only September 1953 was colder, with a recorded average temperature of -23.5c (-10.3F). June this year also broke the June daily minimum temperature record, with a new record low of -34.9c (-30.8F). Other unusual features of the June temperature record are an unusual excess of sunlight hours (11.8 hours rather than the normal 7.4 hours), and unusually light wind conditions. Dumont d’Urville Station has experienced ongoing activity since 1956. According to the Meteo France record, there is no other weather station for 1000km in any direction. -WUWT
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Ebola spreads to Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown: WHO gravely concerned deadly virus could go global

July 2014DISEASE - The worst outbreak of Ebola moved to Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown where an Egyptian was found with the city’s first confirmed case of the disease. The unidentified Egyptian national had traveled from Kenema, the largest city in the nation’s Eastern Province, and checked into a clinic east of Freetown, Sidie Yahya Tunis, director of Information, Communication and Technology at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, said by phone today. The person was moved back to the Ebola center in Kenema, he said. “The Ebola disease usually spreads to other places when suspected or confirmed cases in one community move to another, they abandon treatment centers to stay with relatives or they seek treatment outside the Ebola centers,” Tunis said. There have been 99 Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone out of 315 laboratory-confirmed cases, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. The ministry said yesterday that 92 people had died out of 305 cases. Cases of the hemorrhagic fever have killed more than 540 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in an outbreak that according to the World Health Organization may last another three to four months. The toll is greater than the 280 people killed in 1976, when the virus was first identified near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rapid spread of the virus is largely due to people moving across borders as well as cultural practices that are contrary to public health guidelines, such as people touching the body of a deceased relative before the funeral. -Bloomberg
WHO concerned Ebola could go global: The spread of killer Ebola continues unabated in West Africa. The three countries that are battling the killer virus is Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea. Confirming the rise in cases of Ebola in these countries, the World Health Organization has expressed a cause of concern over combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6 and 8. Till now 888 people have suffered from the deadly viral disease and of them 539 have died since February. The WHO said: “The epidemic trend in Liberia and Sierra Leone remains precarious with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported.” How seriously the outbreak of the disease is being taken could be understood from the fact that recently a meeting was held in Ghana in which top states representatives, experts and doctors had participated to find out ways to control the disease from spilling to other parts of the world. The disease has been categorized as dangerous as it causes vomiting and diarrhea that later on damages kidney. Besides, the killer virus also has a debilitating impact on liver function casing internal and external bleeding. Chances of survival are just 10 per cent with the killer disease causing vomiting and diarrhea.  Also, the virus damages kidney and liver, causing internal and external bleeding. –NVO News 
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Deadliest, rarest form of plague contracted near Denver

July 2014DISEASE – A Colorado man is infected with the rarest and most fatal form of plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing. It is the first case of pneumonic plague seen in the state since 2004, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The man, who hasn’t been identified, may have been exposed in Adams County near Denver, health officials said in a statement. While House said the man has been hospitalized and treated, she wouldn’t release other details about his situation. “He’s on treatment long enough to not be transmissible,” House said in a telephone interview. He may have contracted the illness from his dog, she said, which died suddenly and has also been found to carry the disease. “We don’t think it’s out in our air,” House said. “We think it’s in our dead animal populations and dead rodent populations.” Plague in all of its forms infects only about seven people yearly in the U.S. The disease occurs when a bacterium named Yersinia pestis infects the body, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The difference between the pneumonic and bubonic varieties is that the bacteria take hold in the lungs in the first case, rather than underneath the skin through insect bites. Both types are treated with antibiotics. The state is working “to investigate the source of exposure and to identify those who may have been exposed through close contact with the individual,” the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in its statement. “Any individuals exposed will be recommended for antibiotic treatment.”
Colorado has had 60 cases of all types of plague since 1957, and nine people have died, the state said. “The reaction is leaning toward people who are tired of the protection of prairie dogs on some level,” said Jim Siedlecki, director of public information of Adams County. “Most people look at them as cute little dogs on the side of the road, but in rural Adams County they are looked at as a rodent who damages crops and is potentially plague-ridden.” Adams County, home to 470,000 residents, with 425,000 living in the Denver metro area, is one of Colorado’s fastest-growing counties and among the 20 fastest-growing counties in the nation. Untreated plague is fatal, and antibiotics have to be given within 24 hours of the first symptoms to reduce the chance of death. Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache and chest pain, along with a pneumonia that develops rapidly causing shortness of breath, chest pain and bloody mucus, according to the CDC. There is no vaccine available for plague in the U.S. The bubonic form is the most common, best known for its outbreaks in the Middle Ages. Colorado officials recommend that residents keep pets away from wildlife, especially dead rodents. The plague can spread from animals after a large die-off of prairie dogs, when fleas with the bacteria seek new hosts, according to the state. “The message we’re trying to get out is that the plague bacteria is present here in Colorado, and to take necessary precautions to avoid getting infected,” House said. -Bloomberg
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