Category: Natural Disasters

Swarm of 300 earthquakes rattle Aupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand

A swarm of hundreds of small earthquakes hit northwest of Turangi, New Zealand. The mega quake sequence is likely related to the quentching of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Now is it related to volcanic activity? Between 6pm on February 13 and 9.30am on Wednesday, more than 290 events were recorded. The largest was a 3.8 magnitude quake at 9.35pm on February 21, 2017. The swarm had three phases. By 9.30am Wednesday about 200 events had been located in the third phase, which started Tuesday evening around 5pm and included the four largest of the swarm (M3.0, 3.4, 3.6 and...

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Disappearing honey bee population could spell trouble for some crops

The honey bee contributes to a third of the country’s food supply but the population is declining. Last year eight percent of the bees disappeared according to the American Beekeepers Federation. The situation was more severe between 2015 and 2016 when there was a 44 percent decrease in colonies. Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the President of the Bee Informed Partnership, says if this trend continues it could limit the food American’s eat. “If we didn’t have honey bees, we certainly would lose a lot of our diet,” vanEngelsdorp said. He told Fox that would include blueberries, strawberries and vegetables. The honey...

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Weather service warns of imminent dam failure in Nevada…

An “atmospheric river” continued to batter parts of Northern California on Tuesday, causing widespread flooding. The heavy rains prompted the National Weather Service to warn of a dam failure outside Carson City, Nev., saying that it was “not a drill” and that residents should “move to higher ground now.” But less than 90 minutes after issuing the alert, the agency changed its report to say the retention basin in Dayton, Nev., had not failed. Instead, it was full and overflowing  into drainage areas, the weather service said. However, Lyon County, Nev., emergency officials warned that the situation could change...

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Powerful Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes Bolivia

A strong earthquake (terremoto) with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has struck a mountainous region in central Bolivia, with shaking felt in Sucre, Potosi, Padilla and other cities across the region,.seismologists and residents say. The earthquake, which struck at 10:09 a.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered about 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the town of Padilla in the Chuquisaca Department, or 143 kilometers (89 miles) east of the city of Sucre. It struck at a depth of 596 kilometers (370 miles), making it a deep earthquake. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of...

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India’s Barren Island volcano active again

India’s only live volcano is active again, say Indian scientists who witnessed the mountain spewing lava and billowing clouds of black smoke. The Barren Island volcano, on a remote uninhabited island off the country’s eastern coast, had been lying dormant for more than 150 years until it saw a major eruption in 1991. Since then it has shown intermittent activity, including eruptions in 1995 and 2005. Over four hours of observation January 26, the scientists saw ash clouds during the daytime and fountains of red lava spewing from the volcano’s mouth and streaming down its slopes after sundown, said...

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