Alert Level 1 issued for four restive volcanoes in the Philippines

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December 2015 PHILIPPINES Four volcanoes in the country —Taal, Kanlaon, Mayon, Bulusan —remain under Alert 1, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Monday. Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island, in a state of unrest and in an abnormal condition following a minor steam explosion last week, was recorded having 11 volcanic earthquakes since Sunday. Weak to moderate emission of white steam plumes that rose up to 50-meter high above the summit crater has been monitored.
PHIVOLCS has strictly enforced the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) in areas around and near the four volcanoes due to further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions. Civil aviation authorities were also asked to advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcanoes’ summit as airborne ash from a sudden eruption can be hazardous. Mayon Volcano in Albay Province, meanwhile, had one volcanic earthquake recorded since Sunday with moderate emission of white steam plumes was also observed.
Although alert level 1 in Mayon volcano means that no magmatic eruption is imminent, PHIVOLCS strongly advised the public to keep the 6-kilometer radius PDZ due to the perennial life-threatening dangers of rockfalls, landslides in the middle and upper slopes, sudden ash puffs and steam-driven or phreatic eruptions from the summit. Likewise Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon and Taal Volcano in Batangas were also observed in an abnormal condition.
The alert in Bulusan indicates that hydrothermal processes are underway beneath the volcano that may lead to steam-driven eruptions. People living within valleys and along river or stream channels, especially on the southwest and northwest sector of the volcano should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall. Meanwhile, the alert level in Taal Volcano means that hazardous eruption is not imminent. The public is reminded that the entire Taal Volcano Island is a permanent danger zone and settlement in the island is strongly not recommended. –Manila Times
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4.7 magnitude earthquake among seven recorded in Oklahoma

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December 2015 MEDFORD, OklahomaAt least seven earthquakes rattled north-central Oklahoma on Monday, including one felt 300 miles away in Iowa, prompting concern from local residents and policymakers that the state isn’t doing enough to curb the quakes that scientists have linked to oil and gas activity.  The strongest a 4.7 magnitude quake felt throughout much of the state and into Kansas. There were no immediate reports of damage from Monday’s quakes. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.7 magnitude earthquake hit at 3:49 a.m. 16 miles west-southwest of Medford, or about 80 miles south of Wichita, Kansas.
 A 3.0 magnitude quake struck just outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area at 5:50 a.m. A 3.1 quake was registered at 7 a.m. near Perry. A 3.2 magnitude quake was recorded at noon near Cherokee. Another 4.7 magnitude temblor hit northern Oklahoma on Nov. 19. That earthquake prompted state regulators to shut down some oil and gas wastewater disposal wells in the area and reduce the volume at others. –Herald News
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Scientists say Earth’s magnetic field is not about to flip, as previously thought

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November 2015EARTH Earth’s magnetic field is not about to flip. While the intensity of this field has weakened in the last couple hundred of years, researchers have found that this doesn’t mean it’s about to reverse. Humans have lived through dips in magnetic field intensity before. However, there are debates about whether reversals of the magnetic field in the distant past had any connection to species extinctions. Today, a magnetic field reversal would have a huge impact due to one very important thing: technology. The magnetic field deflects the solar wind and cosmic rays. This means that with a weaker field, more radiation gets through which can disrupt power grids and satellite communications.
“The field may be decreasing rapidly, but we’re not yet down to the long-term average,” said Dennis Kent, one of the researchers, in a news release. “In 100 years, the field may even go back the other direction [in intensity].” In this latest study, the researchers used a new technique to measure changes in the magnetic field’s strength in the past and found that its long-term average intensity over the past five million years was much weaker than the global database of paleointensity suggests-only about 60 percent of the field’s strength today. This suggests that today’s magnetic field may be unusual since it’s much stronger than the average.
Scientists have long thought the decline in the magnetic field-about 10 percent over the past two centuries-could mean that another reversal may be coming.  In this case, though, the researchers found that dips occur frequently, and this doesn’t mean that a reversal will be the result. The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. –Science World Report
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7 dead in Texas and Kansas as wintry storm sweeps south-central U.S.

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November 2015KANSAS Flooding and wintry precipitation have led to at least seven deaths in Texas and Kansas as a storm system moves across the central Plains, authorities said Saturday. Four people died in single-vehicle accidents in Kansas, according to Lt. Adam Winters with the state’s Highway Patrol. He said all of the accidents could be attributed to black ice or hazardous road conditions. Flooding claimed at least three lives in the Dallas. The victims include a man in Garland, northeast of Dallas. Benjamin Floyd, 29, was on his way to work when raging floodwaters swept his car off the road, according to CNN affiliate WFAA. He was unable to get out of his vehicle before it was submerged Friday, Garland city officials said.
The two other flooding deaths came in Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, county emergency management officials said. A significant section of the United States — from western Texas through Oklahoma and Kansas and into western Arkansas — has been coping with a weather system that brought rain and freezing temperatures. Some 83,000 customers were without power in Oklahoma, according to utility company OG&E. There are numerous reports of trees down across the state. At least 400 utility crews have been deployed and they have restored power to 50,000, the company says.
An ice-storm warning and a winter weather advisory were in effect for parts of Oklahoma until noon on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to remain at or below freezing and accumulations of ice of up to one inch are possible in some areas. Freezing fog could make driving conditions even more difficult.  The National Weather Service warns that part of southeast Oklahoma and northeast Texas could still experience some flooding through Sunday evening, but some flood advisories have been allowed to expire.
In Texas, flood warnings remain in place along parts of the Trinity River in east Texas and also for sections of the Rio Grande. Water levels are expected to continue to rise along the west fork of the river through Wednesday or Thursday. Difficult weather conditions could persist in Kansas through Sunday or even Monday. Snow accumulation of up to five inches possible in some areas. In northwest Kansas, there could be gusty winds, with the most intense snowfall coming in the early morning hours. –CNN

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Experts warn only a matter of time before Oklahoma rocked by “big earthquake”

Oklahoma Big Quake
November 2015 OKLAHOMA CITYOklahoma is no longer known as the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plains.  Now, the Sooner State also leads the world in seismic activity. This year, more than 5, 000 earthquakes have been recorded and studied in our state. Residents have become accustomed to the little shaking, rattling and rolling. However, experts say earthquakes in Oklahoma will likely increase in magnitude over time. Now, research said it’s only a matter of time before we get a big one that will change life for those of us living here. Over the years, damage has been caught on camera. “Well, Oklahoma State pulled out a squeaker there,” the Cowboys fan said on video in 2011 when the room began to quake. “We’re having an earthquake. Do you hear that?” In 2011, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the state, becoming the largest quake in recent Oklahoma history.
Now, research shows a bigger, stronger one could hit soon. “Isn’t this lovely?” Jackie Dill, a Coyle resident says shaking a column on her front porch. For 10 years, Dill has called this 1930’s Coyle house her home. “Up here on the roof, I want you to see, this really worries me,” Dill says pointing out a spot on her roof. “Hit so hard we can see the rafters creaking right? We walked out and do you see the bump in the roof where the rafter is peaking up?” Now, her house buckles each time the seismometers catch any ground quaking action. “When I moved in 2005, none of this was here. None of these cracks, not one,” Dill said. Fast forward 10 years later, you wonder how it’s still standing.
“I now invest on lots of mortar for the rocks, I buy it by the bagfuls,” Dill says. But a little mortar to help the visible cracks won’t help the underlying problems. “We really just planned to live out the rest of our life here and be comfortable, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, we thought we had it all, we really did,” Dill said. Now Jackie, like many Oklahomans, is waiting for the one that’s sure to crumble her home. “There’s a lot of us out here, what are we going to have to do to get their attention?” Dill says. “It’s unclear exactly how high we might go, and the predictions are upper 5-6 range for most things that I’ve seen,” Todd Halihan, a researcher from OSU, says. Halihan studies these quakes; his expertise is hydro-geophysics.
“Underneath any of these urban areas, whether it’s Stillwater, Cushing, Oklahoma City, Guthrie, these cities are not built to seismic standards. They’re not in L.A.,” Halihan said. What would happen to the Devon tower, Chesapeake Arena, our bridges and our roads if a big one hit in the center of Oklahoma City? “We have a lot of buildings that were built with earthquakes not even on the radar screen, so we would expect probably a fair bit of damage,” Halihan said. “There’s just so much. It’s, you know, I’ve done all my crying and now I’m just angry, I’m so angry,” Dill says. “Anything that has to do with the state we might as well forget.” –KFOR 4
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Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes off Chile’s coast, no damage reported

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November 2015CHILE A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the northern coast of Chile on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, although there were no initial reports of damage. The USGS said the quake’s epicenter was located 18 miles (29 kilometers) below the seabed, 82 miles (132 km) southwest of Antofagasta. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.0, struck at 6 p.m. (2100 GMT).
 Local emergency services said the tremor was felt strongly in the northern Atacama desert, and they were assessing whether it had caused any damage. The navy said it was not issuing a tsunami alert. A spokesman for Chilean state copper producer Codelco [COBRE.UL] said there were no reports of any damage at its mines in the area. Chile, located on the so-called Pacific ring of fire, is prone to earthquakes and has strict building codes that limit damage when they occur. –Reuters
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7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes remote region of Peruvian jungle

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November 2015 PERU A deep 7.5-magnitude earthquake has shaken a sparsely populated jungle region near the triple border of Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 5:45 p.m. EST and had a depth of 602 kilometers (374 miles). Its epicenter was 173 kms (107 miles) from the town of Iberia in Peru’s Madre de Dios region. The USGS said the ground shook strongly in an area inhabited by fewer than 1,000 people. –ABC 7 News
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Nearly 100 killed in deadly landslide in Myanmar

Myanmar Landslide
November 2015 MYANMARNearly 100 bodies have been pulled from a landslide near a jade mine in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State and an estimated 100 people are still missing, a rescue official said on Sunday. The landslide happened in the early hours of Saturday in Hpakant, an area that produces some of the world’s highest-quality jade, but the mines and dump sites for debris are rife with hazards and landslides are not uncommon, though rarely this deadly. Workers, many of them migrants from other parts of the country, toil long hours for little pay. The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said that many of the miners were sleeping in huts when the landslide occurred.
 An official with the Hpakant Township Fire Brigade told Reuters by telephone that 99 bodies had been recovered by late Sunday afternoon and that this number was likely to rise. “We are sure the death toll will go up since many are still missing,” he said. The official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said that the accident occurred near a mining site controlled by Triple One Jade Mining at around 3 a.m. on Saturday. It was unclear as to what triggered the landslide in the remote and mountainous region that is almost entirely off limits to foreigners. A lawmaker also confirmed the figure. Zaw Htay, a senior official from the President’s Office, said that rescue efforts were being carried out by local authorities.
“Responsible officials from Kachin State government are taking care of rescue and relief works,” he said. Myanmar’s jade industry is extremely opaque and much of the jade that is mined in Hpakant is believed to be smuggled to neighboring China where the stone is highly valued. According to researchers from environmental advocacy group Global Witness, which published a comprehensive report on the sector earlier this year, the value of jade production in Myanmar is estimated to have been as much as US$31 billion in 2014. Many of the jade mines are connected to government officials, members of armed ethnic groups and cronies with close ties to the former military government, the group found. Safety measures at the mines and surrounding dumping sites are minimal. “These crony-owned mining companies piled this giant mine dump near the village without any consideration for the safety of the village that has existed all along,” the fire official said. –Reuters
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