Category: Natural Disasters

Wildfires Rage Across the South, Scorching More Than 100,000 Acres

Uncontrolled wildfires are raging through the drought-stricken South, blanketing multiple states in haze as firefighters race to temper the flames. If you’re not on the front lines, it may be hard to visualize just how bad these wildfires have gotten. To give you an idea of their size and scope, here’s a handy guide: Wildfires are burning in six states: North Carolina, which is the hardest hit, plus Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. All told, there are more than 30 large fires that are still uncontained. Overall, 128,000 acres have gone up in flames — a land...

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San Jose Residents Report Large Shaking, USGS Reports No Eathquake

South Bay residents felt some shaking Tuesday afternoon, however the exact cause is unknown. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that what South Bay residents felt was not an earthquake. “Our duty seismologist did an extensive search and we did not see any seismic activity in the South Bay,” Susan Garcia, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Geological Survey, said to SFGATE. “So it’s not an earthquake, whatever they’re feeling — as far as we can tell.” Despite that, many local residents did report on Twitter that a rumbling of some sort was felt at about 2:45 p.m....

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Volcanic Activity Increases Around The World Following NZ Mega-Quake

Is it linked or not? Is the Megaquake in New Zealand playing a role in the current enhanced volcanic activity recorded around the world? Probably not, but it’s part of the whole geological change, the Earth changes, that are currently underway. Signs of unrest at Frosty volcano, Alaska? On Saturday November 12, 2016, a small portion of the summit bedrock spire of Frosty collapsed and formed a prominent linear avalanche track of rock, ice, and snow. The precise timing of the avalanche is not currently known. Avalanche at Frosty Volcano, Alaska, Sign of volcanic unrest? According to AVO, the collapse...

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New Zealand earthquake: 100,000 landslides amid aftershocks

Strong aftershocks have rocked New Zealand following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed two people. The South Island has seen hundreds of tremors, including a 6.3-magnitude quake, after the initial one struck after midnight on Monday. The epicentre is northeast of Christchurch, near the town of Kaikoura which has been cut off by landslides. There are believed to be up to 1,000 tourists stranded in the town. Military helicopters and a navy ship are being sent to evacuate them and others from Kaikoura. The aftershocks have left some communities without power and water, although authorities are slowly restoring supplies. Prime...

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New Zealand: 7.8-magnitude quake rocks south, triggers tsunami

A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has jolted New Zealand’s South Island and triggered a tsunami, sending people running into the streets in a panic. The quake struck some 93 kilometers (55 miles)northeast of the city of Christchurch just after midnight local time on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported. It triggered waves of 2.49 meters above usual tide levels, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said. “This is the highest tsunami wave (that) New Zealand has seen in at least 38 years,” said Philip Duncan of Weather Watch New Zealand. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the tsunami...

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