2016: String of earthquakes around the world rings in the New Year

January 2016 GEOLOGYA magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in the South Pacific Ocean about 650 miles (1,045 kilometers) south of the Australian island state of Tasmania, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor, which struck at about 1 p.m. Sydney time at a depth of 8 kilometers, was detected by more than 50 stations on the Australian mainland, Geoscience Australia said. No tsunami warning was issued. –Bloomberg
Canada: Authorities say a magnitude- 4.8 earthquake in Canada was widely felt across northwest Washington State, but no major damage or injuries have been reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday 11 miles northeast of Victoria, Canada. Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says it was felt for a radius of 150 miles. He says he hasn’t heard of any major damage or recorded any aftershocks.
Tom Eades, a 911 dispatcher with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in Washington, says the agency received lots of calls but no reports of damage or injuries. The agency is in the San Juan Islands, between Vancouver Island in British Columbia and mainland Washington. The USGS website has recorded more than 10,000 reports of the quake being felt. –KXLY
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A 4.2 magnitude earthquake centered north of Oklahoma City hit Friday morning, the latest in a series of quakes that’s prompted state regulators to call for more restrictions on oil and gas operators. According the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, the quake happened at 5:39 a.m. in an area 3 miles northeast of Edmond and 16 miles north-northeast of Oklahoma City. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.
Oklahoma has become one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the world, with the number of quakes magnitude 3.0 or greater skyrocketing from a few dozen in 2012 to more than 800 in 2015. Many of the earthquakes are occurring in swarms in areas where injection wells pump salty wastewater — a by-product of oil and gas production — into the earth. –Times Union
New Zealand: An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted 122 km south of Raoul Island, New Zealand at 21:29 GMT on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 17.96 km, was initially determined to be at 30.3739 degrees south latitude and 177.9706 degrees west longitude. –Manila Times
PESHAWAR: A mild intensity earthquake jolted the provincial capital and adjacent areas on Friday, Samaa reported. According to Seismic Monitoring Center, intensity of the quake was recorded 4.6 on the Richter scale at a depth of 178 kilometer, with its epicenter lying in Hindu Kush region.
Our correspondents say tremors were also felt in Swat valley. A strong earthquake hit most parts of Pakistan in October last year, killing over 200 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and injuring many others. –Samaa
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Geomagnetic storm lights up northern sky, as year ends

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January 2016 SPACE – 2016 began with an explosion–not only of fireworks, but also auroras. On Jan. 1st, a G2-class geomagnetic storm sparked bright lights around the poles as revelers around the world were ringing in the New Year. In Glenfarg, Scotland, fireworks crackled against a backdrop of green: “Our neighbours let off some fireworks for the New Year,” says photographer Stuart Walker. “They were modest compared to the organized display in Edinburgh, but looked great alongside the ongoing aurora.”
The storm was the result of a CME strike on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31 @ 00:30 UT). At first the CME’s impact had little effect. Indeed, we initially ruled it a “dud.” But as Earth moved deeper into the CME’s wake, solar wind conditions shifted to favor geomagnetic activity. The very first sighting of auroras in 2016 may have come from Taichi Nakamura, across the International Date Line in Dunedin, New Zealand:
“It was a beautiful treat to see the auroras kick off the New Year,” says Nakamura. “The display began after midnight and kept glowing with waves and beams until morning twilight painted light over the aurora. It is summer now in New Zealand and my four year old son was delighted to come with me as it is warm even at night.” Those were the first auroras of 2016. Ready for seconds? NOAA forecasters estimate a 75% chance of more polar geomagnetic storms on Jan. 1st, subsiding to 45% on Jan. 2nd as Earth moves through the wake of the CME. –Space Weather
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Increase in activity, strombolian explosions, pyroclastic flows reported at Guatemala’s Fuego volcano

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December 2015GUATEMALA The activity at Fuego might be picking up towards a new paroxysm (eruptive phase with strongly increased effusion rate, resulting in lava fountaining and lava flows). We camped on the SW side of the volcano last night, and observed mild to strong strombolian explosions that occurred at intervals between 1 and 10 minutes. The strongest explosions sent incandescent material to heights of up to approx. 500 m and similar distances. One particularly intense explosion was accompanied by a very strong shock wave.
Although not seen directly from our location, a pyroclastic flow occurred around 10:15 (local time): we observed the co-ignimbrite ash plume rising from what was likely a collapse of a new lava flow on the southern slope. According to staff at the Panimache volcano observatory, who confirmed our observation, the pyroclastic flow could have reached a length of 7 km and seems to herald the start of the 14th paroxysm of Fuego in 2015… Following the initial sighting of the brownish ash plume, it gradually spread around the whole southern slopes and caused fine ash fall in the area lasting about 2 hours, graying all vegetation. –Volcano Discovery
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Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point

North Pole Storm
December 2015CLIMATEA powerful winter cyclone — the same storm that led to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding — has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year. From Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, a mind-boggling pressure drop was recorded in Iceland: 54 millibars in just 18 hours. This triples the criteria for “bomb” cyclogenesis, which meteorologists use to describe a rapidly intensifying mid-latitude storm. A “bomb” cyclone is defined as dropping one millibar per hour for 24 hours. NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center said the storm’s minimum pressure dropped to 928 millibars around 1 a.m. Eastern time, which likely places it in the top five strongest storms on record in this region.
“According to the center’s records, the all-time strongest storm in this area occurred on Dec. 15, 1986, and that had a minimum central pressure of 900 millibars,” Mashable’s Andrew Freedman reported on Tuesday. “The second-strongest storm occurred in January 1993, with a pressure of 916 millibars.” As this storm churns north, it’s forcing warm air into the Arctic Circle. Over the North Sea, sustained winds from the south are blasting at 70 mph, and gusting to well above 100 mph, drawing heat from south to north. Although there are no permanent weather stations at the North Pole (or really anywhere in the Arctic Ocean), we can use weather forecast models, which ingest data from satellites and surrounding surface observations, to estimate conditions at Earth’s most northern location.
Wednesday morning, temperatures over a vast area around North Pole were somewhere between 30 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit, and for at least a brief moment, surpassed the 32-degree threshold at exactly 90 degrees North, according to data from the GFS forecast model. Data from the International Arctic Buoy Program confirms that temperatures very close to the North Pole surpassed the melting point on Wednesday. Buoy 64760 at a latitude of 87.45 degrees North hit a high temperature of 0.7 degrees Celsius — or 33 degrees Fahrenheit — around 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
“Consider the average winter temperature there is around 20 degrees below zero,” wrote the Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow on Monday. A temperature around the freezing mark signifies a departure from normal of over 50 degrees, and close to typical mid-summer temperatures in this region. In other words, the area around the North Pole was about as warm as Chicago on Wednesday, and quite a few degrees warmer than much of the Midwest. –Washington Post
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Winter hits Chihuahua with 25cm of snow – climate change blamed for series of winter storms

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December 2015MEXICO Winter struck the state of Chihuahua with a vengeance Saturday, leaving snow up to 25 centimeters deep and temperatures as low as -17 C in the mountain region of Tarahumara. It was either cold or very cold throughout the state, said Civil Protection operations director Virgilio Cepeda, with average snow accumulation measuring 15 centimeters in 52 of the state’s 67 municipalities. The snow began falling Saturday night and continued for some 16 hours.
Seven flights were canceled at the Ciudad Juárez airport and parts of many highways were temporarily closed. Three-hundred emergency shelters were opened. One fatality has been reported as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the Chihuahua-Parral highway. Civil Protection coordinator Luis de Jesús Luján Peña said the fifth winter storm of the season was a result of the conjunction of cold front No. 24, maritime air and a jet stream, and a consequence of climate change. The winter storm also struck Sonora, where four municipalities reported low temperatures. Lowest was recorded in Yécora, where the mercury dropped to -9.5 C. –Mexico News Daily
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Missouri governor warns of ‘historic and dangerous’ floods

Missouri Flooding
December 2015MISSOURIMissouri’s governor warned Tuesday of flooding and swollen river levels that could exceed levels seen in a devastating flood in 1993, and he pleaded with drivers to stay off inundated roadways. Thirteen people in Missouri have died in floods caused by severe storms over the weekend, and although the rain has moved on, swollen rivers are still rising and won’t crest for days, Gov. Jay Nixon said. “It’s very clear that Missouri is in the midst of a very historic and dangerous flooding event,” Nixon told reporters Tuesday. “The amount of rain we’ve received, in some places in excess of a foot, has caused river levels to not only rise rapidly, but to go to places they’ve never been before.”
Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday, and on Tuesday he activated the National Guard to assist first responders and to secure areas evacuated because of the winter storms. Several roads were blocked into the tourist mecca of Branson, where nearly 200 families were asked to evacuate voluntarily and the Red Cross opened a shelter on the Branson Strip. At Rockaway Beach near Branson, residents said the flooding, which peaked Monday night, was the worst they’d ever seen. “I’m usually pretty good about coming up with a game plan, and yesterday, literally my mind shut down, because I didn’t know what to do,” Rick Pickren, owner of White River Trading Co., an antique store, told NBC station KYTV of Springfield on Tuesday.

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Mayor Don Smith, who went door to door with other volunteers to evacuate residents, said the tourist town of 800 “has just been demolished. It’s devastating, and we are all so exhausted,” Smith told the station. Meanwhile, in Chester, Illinois, just over the state line from Perry County, Missouri, Menard Correctional Center began transferring prisoners to other facilities because of flooding behind the walls in lower-level cell houses and basements. Authorities didn’t say how many of the prison’s 3,700 inmates were forced to move. Five people have been confirmed to have been killed statewide in Illinois. The Mississippi River spilled over a levee in the Missouri town of West Alton, prompting the mayor to urge everyone in the town of 520 people to evacuate. Interstate 44 was closed near the central Missouri town of Rolla, and a section of Interstate 70 was shut down in southern Illinois.
In some parts of the Missouri, rivers are expected to crest as high as they did during devastating flooding in 1993, which is known as the “great flood,” Nixon said. The National Weather Service predicted that the Mississippi River at Chester, Illinois, would crest at 49.7 feet Friday, matching the 1993 record, the governor’s office said. The Mississippi at Thebes was expected to crest Saturday at a record-breaking 47.5 feet. The Mississippi River is expected to reach nearly 15 feet above flood stage on Thursday at St. Louis, which would be the second-worst flood on record, behind only the devastating 1993 flood. In the 1993 flood, about 50,000 homes were destroyed across nine states, and losses were estimated at $15 million to $20 million, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Forty-seven people died. “All of us remember the devastating impact of the Great Flood of 1993. And that’s why we have been working proactively with our local and federal partners to prepare and respond,” Nixon said. –NBC News

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More earthquakes strike California and Oklahoma

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December 2015 CALIFORNIA – A moderate earthquake shook an inland area of Southern California near San Bernardino on Tuesday night, giving a start to thousands across a heavily populated area with more than one person comparing it to a rumbling big rig. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries, however. The U.S. Geological Survey says in a preliminary report that the magnitude-4.4 quake hit in foothills northwest of San Bernardino about 5:38 p.m. at a depth of about three miles, a report from the U.S. Geological Survey said. Aftershocks of magnitude 3.8 and 3.2 came minutes later, and dozens of tiny aftershocks followed in the next few hours. People reported feeling the earthquake throughout the suburbs east of Los Angeles, which is about 50 miles southwest of the epicenter.
Brenda Torres, 24, a waitress at Papa Tony’s Diner in San Bernardino said customers were a bit shook up but kept calm. Nothing in the restaurant rattled or broke and the quake was so short there wasn’t even time to take cover under a table. “At first I thought it was a semi-truck that had hit the building or something,” Torres said. Laura Melgoza, 23, a college student and cashier at WaBa Grill in San Bernardino, said she and her co-workers headed toward the front of the building as the restaurant shook. “I was just panicking,” she said. “It was the biggest one that I’ve felt.” Tim Franke, a dispatch supervisor with the San Bernardino County Fire Department communication center, said there were no reports of damage or injuries, but the shaking was felt “numerous times” at the department.
“It was like a big truck was coming in,” Franke said. Police in the area also said they had no reports of problems from the quake. The quake came near the intersection of the San Jacinto, San Andreas and Cucamonga faults, three of the largest in Southern California, but it was too small to determine which fault was responsible, the USGS said. There have been nine earthquakes above magnitude-4 In the general area in the last 10 years. “There’s nothing particularly different about it that we can see at this point,” Lucy Jones, a USGS seismologist, told KNBC-TV. Traditionally earthquakes of this size are a monthly occurrence in Southern California, but “it’s been quieter for the last few years,” Jones said. There is a 5 percent chance that the quake, or any quake, is a precursor of something bigger, Jones said. –ABC News
Oklahoma rattled by several quakes: The Edmond area has been rocked all day by several earthquakes, including one magnitude 4.3, according to the U.S. Geological. The first powerful earthquake rattled many Oklahomans out of bed early Tuesday morning. The USGS reports a 4.3 earthquake hit near Midwest Boulevard and Covell Road at 5:39 a.m. Surveillance video from a Subway store near the epicenter shows light fixtures swaying back and forth, dusty flying off the walls and the main display case shaking.
An Edmond spokesperson says right after the quake hit, 4,400 customers in east Edmond were without power. Power was restored an hour-and-a-half later. Damage was seen inside several homes and stores. “It’s the loudest one we’ve heard and felt, of all the earthquakes,” Drew Sterkel, owner of Drew’s Wine and Spirits, said. Sterkel feared the worst, owning a store consisting mostly of shelves and glass bottles, but it wasn’t as bad as he expected. –OKC Fox
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Mojave Desert 4.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Los Angeles

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December 2015LOS ANGELES On Sunday morning at around 10:31 a.m. (PST), a 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Mojave Desert area and according to KTLA, it was felt as far off as Los Angeles. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), preliminary data points toward an epicenter located 4 miles beneath the surface, 26 miles north-northwest of Barstow, California — a city with a population of, according to 2013 census data, more than 23,000. No damage was immediately reported as a result of the quake.
On Saturday, a 3.6 magnitude quake struck at around 12:04 a.m. (PST) in the morning. The Los Angeles Times reported the quake to have been a shallow one, which reportedly occurred at a depth of 0 miles. Saturday’s quake originated 26 miles from Barstow, according to the USGS. Prior to the quake on Saturday, the USGS Earthquake Notification Service hadn’t reported any quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater originating from the area. In relation to Barstow Heights, the quake on Saturday was 26 miles away and from Ridgecrest, 35 miles away. Sunday’s quake was 23 miles from Johannesburg, 62 miles from Lancaster and 36 miles from Ridgecrest. Last month, a 4.7 magnitude quake sent a shockwave across several Midwest states. The quake’s epicenter was located 9 miles southwest of Cherokee, Oklahoma. According to reports, it could be felt as far off as 1,200 miles from its epicenter. –IN
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