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Archive for January 26th, 2009

Warmer temperatures destroy forests faster

Posted by feww on January 26, 2009

Warmer temperatures are destroying trees in the western United States and Canada twice as fast as they did in the 1980s

1. Researchers from the U.S. and Canada say prolonged droughts and warmer temperatures, which  help pine beetles and other organisms to destroy trees, seem to be quickening the pace of the forests death.

2. “Average temperature in the West rose by more than 1 degree F [1.8ºF=1ºC] over the last few decades,” said Phillip van Mantgem of the U.S. Geological Survey, who participated in the study.

Gray, needleless limber pine, the likely victims of drought, interspersed with orange, dead limber and ponderosa pine killed by Rocky Mountain pine beetles in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park are seen in this undated  photo. REUTERS/Jeremy Smith/University of Colorado

3. “While this may not sound like much, it has been enough to reduce winter snowpack, cause earlier snowmelt, and lengthen the summer drought.”

4. The study, which was published in the journal Science reports that different species of trees of varying ages and sizes are dying quicker, regardless of forest elevation.

5. The reports findings are consistent with  other research and observation, including the destruction of about 1.5 million hectares of pine forest by mountain pine bark beetles in northwestern Colorado, Reuters reported.

6. “We need to consider developing land-use policies that reduce the vulnerability of people and resources to wildfires,” Thomas Veblen of the University of Colorado said.

7. “Activities include reducing residential development in or near wildland areas that are naturally fire-prone and where we expect fire risk to increase with continued warming.”

8. “We may only be talking about an annual tree mortality rate changing from 1 percent a year to 2 percent a year, an extra tree here and there,” Mark Harmon, a professor of forest ecology at Oregon State University said.

9. “Forest fires or major insect epidemics that kill a lot of trees all at once tend to get most of the headlines. What we’re studying here are changes that are much slower and difficult to identify, but in the long run extremely important.”

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Magnitude MW 5.7 Quake Hits Southern Alaska

Posted by feww on January 26, 2009

Magnitude MW 5.7 Earthquake Strikes West of Nanwalek, Alaska

This Earthquake

Magnitude MW 5.7

  • Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 18:09:50 UTC
  • Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 09:09:50 AM at epicenter

Location:  59.389°N, 152.811°W
Depth:  100 km (62.1 miles) set by location program

  • 51 km (32 miles) W (275°) from Nanwalek, AK
  • 56 km (34 miles) W (275°) from Port Graham, AK
  • 62 km (39 miles) W (265°) from Seldovia, AK
  • 262 km (162 miles) SW (221°) from Anchorage, AK

Location Uncertainty Error:  estimate not available

Source: Alaska Earthquake Information Center
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Event ID: ak00088513

Seismic Hazard Map

Source of all images on this page: USGS

FEWW Forecast: An area within approximately 300-km radius of Anchorage would be one of the seismic zones in Alaska to experience continued intense seismic activity this year possibly including a magnitude MW 7.9 or larger quake close to Anchorage  (south of the city, north of Rugged Island).

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Images of the day: Legacy of deadly storms

Posted by feww on January 26, 2009

Spain’s storm-related death toll rose to 12, including four children

People look at waves crashing against the seawall in the northern Spanish city of Llanes January 24, 2009. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso (SPAIN). Image may be subject to copyright.

Spain Fire
A column of smoke rise from a forest fire between La Nucia and Finestrat, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009. Three urbanizations in La Nucia had to be evacuated after winds blew down a high-tension power pylon and started a fire in a forested area. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz). Image may be subject to copyright.

In France, some 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) of rail were affected by the storm.

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