25 killed, hundreds injured in powerful Pakistan windstorm

Pakistan TEP Alvin Conway
April 2015PESHAWAR, PakistanAt least 25 people were killed and hundreds more injured Sunday when devastating windstorm coupled with heavy rain and hail hit Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. And officials are worried there may be many more casualties. “We received 25 dead and more than 160 injured so far. But injured are still being shifted to the hospital and I am afraid death toll may rise,” said Jamil Shah, spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital, the largest public hospital in the area. About 60 injured people had been brought to two other hospitals in Peshawar. Some of the injured were said to be in critical condition. Many other injured people have yet to be taken to hospitals because of road conditions, officials said.
The windstorm badly affected Peshawar city and its adjoining areas, uprooting several trees and badly damaging crops, particularly wheat crops, vegetables and orchards. Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Riaz Mehsud said several houses and buildings had been collapsed due to winds and rain. The storm also pulled out electricity poles that caused power suspension to Peshawar and its adjoining areas, and disrupted the telecommunication system in most parts of the city. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province declared an emergency and called in all the doctors and supporting staff to help. –NBC News
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Land mysteriously rising from the sea along northeast coast of Japan said to be caused by massive landslide

Japan Land Rising from Sea The Extinction Protocol
April 2015 RAUSU, Hokkaido The appearance of newly formed land along Shiretoko Peninsula’s southeastern coast is causing a stir. The unexplained mass measures roughly 300 meters to 500 meters long, 30 meters wide and rises 10 to 15 meters above sea level, a town official said April 25, a day after it was discovered. A local woman who was harvesting seaweed along the shoreline on the morning of April 24 noticed the area seemed to be slightly more elevated than the last time she was there. When she finished her task, the area had risen even further, exceeding her height.
“The local residents said they didn’t hear any sounds and there were no tremors (when the land appeared),” said Katsuhiro Tanaka, the president of the Rausu Fisheries Cooperative Association, who viewed the expanded coastline the day it was discovered. Marine organisms such as seaweed and sea urchins are attached to rocks on the land mass, suggesting it rose out of the ocean. Officials from Rausu have sealed off the area so it can be studied. –Asahi
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Crumbling coastline: A man looks into a landslide area near the coast in Rausu, Hokkaido, on April 25. Along the coast, the seabed was found to have appeared above the surface of the water on the previous day. (Kotaro Ebara)
A massive landslide? The sudden mysterious rise of a land mass from the sea along the coast here was apparently caused by a local landslide, according to an on-site study conducted by the Kitami Institute of Technology on April 25. Researchers discovered that part of a hill facing the sea had collapsed. A road along the hill that is located about 150 meters from the coastline has tumbled in a section stretching 20 to 30 meters. According to the town government of Rausu on the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido, the resulting land mass measures about 300 meters long and 40 meters wide.
Its height above the sea surface is estimated to be six to 10 meters. In the on-site study, Shintaro Yamasaki, assistant professor of engineering technology at the Kitami Institute of Technology in Hokkaido, concluded that a landslide occurred on the hill toward the sea. The landslide pushed up the seabed and, as a result, the sea bottom appeared above the surface, he said. As for why the collapse occurred, Yamasaki said, “I think that melted snow penetrated into the ground and made it easy for the ground to subside.” Hiroshi Fukuoka, professor of landslides at Niigata University, added, “The ground has become fragile on some of the coasts that have become cliffs. That is because of exposure to waves.” –Asahi
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7.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Nepal 50 miles from capital, Kathmandu – strongest quake in nearly a century

Nepal Quake
April 2015NEPAL A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal less than 50 miles from the capital, Kathmandu, the U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday. More than 3218 people have been reported killed. The death toll could rise higher as more people are rescued from collapsed buildings. Witnesses said people were killed and injured, and historic buildings in Kathmandu had been brought down. CNN’s Manesh Shrestha, who was himself injured, said he saw five bodies at a hospital. People with severe injuries were being treated outside, with doctors administering CPR on at least one person, Shrestha said. “It’s quite chaotic,” he said. Avalanches were reported on Mount Everest.
The quake occurred at a depth of less than two miles, which is considered shallow, and potentially more damaging than quakes emanating from deeper down. The USGS previously rated the temblor at 7.5 magnitude but later upgraded the strength. The USGS reported aftershocks at strengths of 6.6 and 5.1. The shaking was felt by people who contacted the USGS as “severe” to “violent,” nearly the highest rating on the intensity scale. Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, more than 200 miles away in neighboring India. An official said it was felt there at magnitude 5.0.
The shaking was rated as “strong” to “severe” on the USGS ShakeMap. CNN sister network CNN-IBN is reporting that buildings are down and roads are out. IBN reporter K. Dhiksit looked out his window in Kathmandu and saw the walls of many buildings down. As he watched, an aftershock rattled his street. He said he heard “big booming sounds,” as well. People ran out into the streets, he said. Photos of caved-in and toppled buildings appeared on social media. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet, “We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home & in Nepal.” Kanak Masni, a journalist in Kathmandu, told CNN by telephone that this appeared to be “the most massive earthquake to hit central Nepal since 1934.” –CNN
Avalanche Everest
Avalanche on Mt. Everest: An avalanche swept the face of Mt. Everest after the massive earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, a senior mountaineering guide, injuring at least 30 people. The avalanche apparently struck between the Khumbu Icefall, a rugged area of collapsed ice and snow, and the base camp where most climbing expeditions are, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Tshering said details were unclear because communication between the base camp and the rest of the Everest region was intermittent. Nepal’s Home Ministry said that the 30 people who were injured were at the base camp.  –ABC News
Nepal Quake Map
Dangerous seismic region: Seismologists have long feared a big earthquake in western Nepal, where there is pent-up pressure between tectonic plates grinding up against one another. Though there have been a series of earthquakes in the region over the last century, none resulted in a full release of seismic energy, said Ganesh K. Bhattari, a Nepali expert on earthquakes now living in Denmark. Photographs posted on social media showed people digging in the debris of collapsed structures. Kashish Das Shrestha, a photographer, said people were trapped in the rubble and could be heard crying out as rescuers tried to make their way into buildings. “Everywhere there are people on the streets, people crying, people stuck in rubble, people trying to help,” Mr. Shrestha said. He described severe damage to parts of the palace complex in Vasanthapura Square, the site of palaces and temples that date to the 11th century. The old section of the city is a warren of narrow lanes and historic structures. “Oh my God, the entire Vasanthapura is in rubble,” Mr. Shrestha said.
Hospitals in Katmandu were reporting the arrival of patients with broken limbs. For hours after the earthquake, many residents sat in the road, afraid to go back indoors. Many said they would spend the night outside, despite the cold. The earthquake set off avalanches on Mount Everest, where several hundred trekkers were attempting an ascent, according to climbers there. Via Twitter, Alex Gavan, a hiker at base camp, described “huge earthquake then huge avalanche,” and “running for life from my tent.” Nima Namgyal Sherpa, a tour guide at base camp, described one avalanche as “huge” and said it had caused many injuries. “Many camps have been destroyed by the shake and wind from the avalanche,” Mr. Sherpa, the base camp manager for Asian Treks, wrote in a post on Facebook. “All the doctors here are doing our best to treat and save lives.” Two people died on Mount Everest after the earthquake, and eight more were badly injured, said Tulasi Prasad Gautam, an official in the state tourism department. 

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Tremors from the quake were felt across northern India, rattling bookcases and light fixtures as far away as Delhi. Electricity was switched off for safety reasons in the state of Bihar, where three deaths were reported in one district, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, India’s minister of skill development, told reporters in New Delhi. Two other deaths were reported in a second nearby district. Historically, the region has been the site of the largest earthquakes in the Himalayas. A 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and a 1905 earthquake in Kangra resulted in a death toll of more than 100,000 people, according to the United States Geological Survey. –NY Times
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Dust storm, lightning kill five in UP – epidemic of suicides reported, as climate unravels

Dust Storm India
April 2015UTTAR PRADESH, IndiaFive people including a woman were killed late Friday after a dust storm and lightning hit many parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Saturday. While two people died in Jaunpur after being struck by lightning, two others died in Pratapgarh and a woman lost her life in Azamgarh. Police said Afroz and Preeti were struck by lightning in Jaunpur and died later on way to a local medical facility.
Heavy rainfall and lightning in Pratapgarh killed two people while a woman, identified as Ramawati was killed in Kamharia village of Azamgarh when her mud house caved in due to the dust storm. Extensive damage to vegetable yield and wheat crop has also been reported. Hailstorm has been reported from Rasra in Ballia, leading to damage of crop and many vehicles. Extensive damage to vegetable yield and wheat crop has also been reported. Unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm in the past 40 days led to crop damage in the state, leaving the farmers devastated. Hundreds of farmers have committed suicide, while many died due to shock over losing the harvest. –Zee News
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Skyfall: the ash cloud from Chile’s volcanic eruption blankets much of the continent

Chile's Volcanic Ash Cloud
April 2015CHILE When Volcano Calbuco erupted in Chile on Wednesday for the first time in five decades, everyone within a 12 mile radius was evacuated immediately. The ash cloud from the explosion, however, reached 9 miles into the sky and has already covered much of the continent. Flights from Argentina have been canceled as experts say the ash is heading over the Andes mountains and could reach as far as the Buenos Aires province — 1500 km to the east — by next week. The volcano itself is still puffing out ash and smoke, Reuters reported. A 2011 volcanic eruption in Chile sent ash so high up into the atmosphere that flights flying out of Australia were canceled as a safety precaution. The small village of Ensenada, Chile and some towns in Argentina have been blanketed with a thick layer of ash and soot capable of causing respiratory infections and contaminating water, the Guardian reported.
The weight of the ash has caused roofs to cave in. While most of Ensenada has been evacuated, about 30 people have remained behind, not wanting to leave their homes or their animals. “We woke up today with a blanket of fog and it hasn’t cleared,” a resident of Puerto Varas, Chile told the Guardian. “We have a layer of smoke above us.”  Officials have warned residents of the affected towns that a third “and even more aggressive” explosion is likely, “We are praying that the volcanic activity will be as short as possible,” said Villa La Angostura, Argentina mayor Roberto Cacault. –Business Insider
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Mudflow dangers: Authorities urged 2,000 people living near the Calbuco volcano to evacuate Friday after potentially devastating mudflows of volcanic debris were detected in a nearby river, the result of two huge eruptions this week that sent ash across large swaths of southern South America. Chilean officials said the evacuations were precautionary but necessary because flows of volcanic mud, known as lahars, are capable of levelling anything in their path once in motion. The area had been evacuated after the volcano first erupted Wednesday afternoon, but by Friday many people had begun to return home even as Calbuco continued to billow lesser ejections of smoke and ash. Authorities said the evacuees from the towns of Chamiza, Lago Chapo and Correntoso would stay at shelters in the nearby city of Puerto Montt. “I’m worried about the lava because we’re right below it all,” said Jorge Vargas, a farmer from a nearby town who was forced to flee to a shelter with his wife and children, leaving behind their dogs, sheep and cows.
“My children are very scared. They just want to go back home, but we can’t because of the (volcanic) gases.” The volcano, which had been dormant four decades, sent a plume of ash about 18 kilometres high during Wednesday’s blast. A second, spectacular outburst came early Thursday, with lightning crackling through a dark sky turned reddish orange by the explosion. The head of the National Mining and Geology Service said Friday that the volcano’s eruptive process could last weeks and even months and warned that a third eruption was possible. “What I can say for certain is that this process is not going to end now,” the service’s director, Rodrigo Alvarez, said. “It’s highly likely that we will have other eruptions, maybe not with the same amount of energy, but with activity that can be worrisome.” The two mighty blasts left Ensenada a ghost town, abandoned by most of its 1,500 residents. Sitting at the foot of the volcano, the town was covered in thick soot and some roofs collapsed under the weight of the ash. –CTV News
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6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off British Columbia’s north coast

Queen Charlotte Quake 1
April 2015QUEEN CHARLOTTE CITY, British ColumbiaA 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck British Columbia’s north coast Friday. No damage or injuries have been reported. The quake struck at roughly 7 a.m. Friday about 130 miles (167 kilometers) southeast of the village of Queen Charlotte. The National Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami is not expected to result. The U.S. Geological Survey located the quake at about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) underground. It was felt in the archipelago of Haida Gwaii and along the north coast.
Three earthquakes up to magnitude 4.2 and nearly a half-dozen aftershocks also jolted northern Idaho on Friday, with residents from Washington State to Montana saying they felt the tremors. No injuries or damage were reported. –Bellingham Herald
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Monster: Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing- supervolcano contains enough magma to fill the Grand Canyon

April 2015YELLOWSTONEYellowstone National Park is the home of one of the world’s largest volcanoes, one that is quiescent for the moment but is capable of erupting with catastrophic violence at a scale never before witnessed by human beings. In a big eruption, Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. This would be a disaster felt on a global scale, which is why scientists are looking at this thing closely. On Thursday, a team from the University of Utah published a study, in the journal Science that for the first time offers a complete diagram of the plumbing of the Yellowstone volcanic system.
The new report fills in a missing link of the system. It describes a large reservoir of hot rock, mostly solid but with some melted rock in the mix, that lies beneath a shallow, already-documented magma chamber.  The newly discovered reservoir is 4.5 times larger than the chamber above it. There’s enough magma there to fill the Grand Canyon nearly 14 times. The reservoir is on top of a long plume of magma that emerges from deep within the Earth’s mantle. This system has been in place for roughly 17 million years, with the main change being the movement of the North American tectonic plate, creeping at the rate of roughly an inch a year toward the southwest. A trail of remnant calderas can be detected across Idaho, Oregon and Nevada, looking like a string of beads, marking the migration of the tectonic plate. A similar phenomenon is seen in the Hawaiian Islands as the Pacific plate moves over a hot spot, stringing out volcanoes, old to new, dormant to active.
“This is like a giant conduit. It starts down at 1,000 kilometers. It’s a pipe that starts down in the Earth,” said Robert Smith, emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Utah and a co-author of the new paper. The lead author is his colleague Hsin-Hua Huang. This new picture doesn’t change, fundamentally, the risk assessment of Yellowstone, but it will help scientists understand the mechanics of the volcano. Risk assessment is tricky for low-probability, high-consequence events like volcanic eruptions. The big Yellowstone eruptions occur on time scales of many hundreds of thousands of years. Smith said the repeat time for a caldera explosion at Yellowstone is roughly 700,000 years. But the smaller eruptions, with lava flowing over the surface, are more frequent. There have been at least 50 such smaller eruptions since the caldera exploded 640,000 years ago. The most recent was about 70,000 years ago.
This is a volcano that can erupt either in a big way or a truly colossal and catastrophic way. The big eruptions can send lava flowing over a big portion of the park; the really huge ones can form a giant crater, or caldera. The last time Yellowstone had a calderic eruption was 640,000 years ago, and the misshapen hole it created was about 25 miles by 37 miles across. Geological processes don’t follow clocks. These are chaotic systems, with strain building unpredictably as distant faults break and the geological stresses shift here and there. Bottom line: Yellowstone is unpredictable. There’s no sign at all that this old volcano is going to erupt anytime soon, either in a big way or a huge, show-stopper way. But neither is there any evidence that it’s running out of steam. –Washington Post CNN
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The unpredictable nature of volcanoes: 2014 Japan’s Mt. Ontake, and 2015 Chile’s Calbuco Volcano both erupted without warning. We have to understand this is the nature of a good percentage of volcanic systems on this planet. Supervolcanoes maybe even more unpredictable, and it’s anybody’s guess what a supervolcano will do because no one has ever witnessed one of these systems going off, or  has ever survived and eruption to live to talk or write about it. -TEP
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52: Calbuco Volcano erupts in Chile – volcano erupts with no warning after 42 years of silence

Colbuco Volcano
April 2015CHILE The Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the 1,500 inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. The National Mining and Geology Service issued a high alert, barring access to the area around the volcano, which lies near the cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt, a little more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Chile’s capital, Santiago. “For us it was a surprise,” said Alejandro Verges, regional emergency director of the Los Lagos region where the eruption took place. He said Calbuco wasn’t under any special form of observation. Authorities said a large amount of ash was observed but no hot rocks or lava had been seen by late in the day.
 The Education Ministry canceled school in communities near the volcano and at least three flights to Puerto Montt were canceled. The 6,500 foot (2,000-meter) Calbuco last erupted in 1972 and is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile’s 90 active volcanoes. Villarica, one of South America’s most active volcanoes, erupted in southern Chile last month, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes and forcing authorities to evacuate thousands of people. The 9,000 foot (2,847-meter) volcano sits above the small city of Pucon. Tourists flock there for outdoor activities, including hiking around the volcano. “This is clearly a much larger eruption than the one we saw with the Villarica some weeks ago and therefore we need to take bigger and faster measures,” Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. He said that the government was sending water in case resources get contaminated by ash and that police and military officers had been deployed to ensure safety and help with evacuations. –ABC
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