Friday, 30 September 2016

Earthquake swarm in Katla region Iceland .... but

A seismic swarm marks the center of the caldera of Katla in Iceland : about 200 earthquakes were detected in 24 hours and the activity continues. The largest earthquakes were of magnitude 3.1 and 3.7 at 4:40 to 4:41 this september 30, and 3.0 at 16:28 on 29.09 and 3.2 to 2:43 tonight. All these earthquakes are shallow. The IMO also indicates a conductivity of water higher than normal glacial rivers at this time of year.

First comment by Geologist Erik Klemetti:Nice little EQ swarm at Katla today. Reminder: they are relatively common and don’t mean eruption:

Thursday, 29 September 2016

A cluster of earthquakes in Southern California

A cluster of earthquakes in Southern California the past two days jolted an area near the San Andreas Fault and was closely being watched by seismologists. 

In all, more than 140 earthquakes have shaken Imperial County's Salton Sea area, including at least two 4.3-magnitude temblors that struck Monday south of Bombay Beach, according to a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist.

Several online resources:
Up to date USGS Earthquake list and map >>>
USGS info page about this seismic region >>>
Read more CNBC news >>> 
Read more (LA times) >>>> 
Anticipating the big one >>>> 
Risk of a big Earthquake >>>

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The new Suez Canal

The iconic Suez Canal now has a twin channel, likely leading to a vast increase in shipping between Port Said and Suez. However, there are dire warnings about the impact this project has had on marine wildlife in the Mediterranean

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Lassen Peak Is Sinking, and Volcanologists Don't Know Why

The Lassen Peak last erupted in 1915, when Lassen Peak had its small but historically significant blast. After 100+ years, you might not expect that much is currently changing in the area. But data presented in a new paper by Amy Parker and others in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research shows that since the mid-1990s, the whole area has sunk!

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Weatherforecast India

I am not sure but do we see here the ITCZ >>>> ???

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Holland is relocating homes

The Dutch have been the world's experts at building dikes and keeping back water for centuries. Building dikes to hold back high water is pretty much how the country was formed hundreds of years ago. 

 “In 1993 and 1995 the dike almost failed and 200,000 people were evacuated,” Schouten says. “That was really a wake-up call.” Another wake-up call came in 2000, when new climate change projections showed likely flooding and sea-level rise overwhelming many of the country’s dikes. So the Dutch made a big change. Instead of building higher dikes to defend against water, they came up with a new approach, which they called “Room for the River.” Basically, the government conceded that it can't avoid flooding from either the rivers or the sea entirely. Better instead, they decided, to try to manage floods by clearing out space for high water. Here in Nijmegen, that meant moving the dikes back and recreating some of the river’s original floodplain. read

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Fire in Sao Paolo Favela

Aerial footage shot from a helicopter shows a fire devastating homes in a favela in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday night. The fire ripped through the Estrada de Alpina community, which is thought to contain around 500 homes. Around 30 firefighters tackled the blaze, though there have been no reported casualties

Source The Guardian >>>>

Monday, 12 September 2016

Piton de la Fournaise

Beautiful photos of the eruption that's just begun at Piton de la Fournaise in Reunion (south Indian Ocean)

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Red River In Russia

A river in Russia’s far north has turned blood red, startling locals and triggering an investigation into possible chemical pollution in the nickel-producing Norilsk region.

Source CBC news >>>

More on the BBc website >>>>

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Katla Crying Wolf ?

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Tremors under the Katla Volcano

Iceland raised the alarm after its largest volcano was hit by the biggest tremors since 1977. 

Two quakes larger than four in magnitude in the first week of september rocked the crater of Katla, the country’s Met Office said in a statement. That was followed by at least 10 more tremors at the volcano, which rises 1,450 metres (4,757 feet) into the air on the North Atlantic island’s southern coast. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages to property.

 Source: Independent >>>