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Powerful Quake Strikes Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on June 26, 2010

Powerful Earthquake Measuring Up To 7.2Mw Strikes Solomon Islands

The offshore quake struck about 55 km (35 miles) WSW of Kira Kira, on Makira Island, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl., and 210 km southeast of the capital Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, the US Geological Survey EHP said.

The quake epicentered at  10.636°S, 161.443°E and struck at a depth of about 35 kilometres, at 05:30 UTC, and was said to be one of the strongest earthquakes to strike Honiara in more than a decade.

Panicked residents in the capital, fearing a tsunami, were seen fleeing to higher grounds, reports said.

Tsunami Status:

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude:  6.7 [USGS/EHP Estimate]
  • Date-Tim:
    • Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 05:30:19 UTC
    • Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 04:30:19 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 10.636°S, 161.443°E
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles)
  • Distances
    • 55 km (35 miles) WSW of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl.
    • 210 km (130 miles) SE of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
    • 220 km (140 miles) SSE of Auki, Malaita, Solomon Islands
    • 2,070 km (1280 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.8 km (3.0 miles);
  • Sourc: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010xzal

Earthquake Location Map. Source:  USGS/EHP

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster: Headline News

Posted by feww on June 26, 2010

1. As BP stock plunges to a 14-year Low, UK PM fears the firm’s “destruction”

“It is also in all our long-term interests that there is some clarity, some finality, to all of this, so that we don’t at the same time see the destruction of a company that is important for all our interests,” UK PM David  Cameron told Canadian broadcaster CBC.

2. Gulf braces for storm, halt to oil containment

“Federal officials Friday say a tropical storm or hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico could shut down spill-containment operations at BP’s leaking oil well for two weeks, a report said.

3. Govt asks appeals court to keep deepwater drilling ban

Enemy of Earth Judge Feldman had ordered the moratorium be lifted because he decided it was “too broad” and did not justify the impact on the economy. “On Thursday, he denied a stay request by the Obama administration.

4. BP oil spill: Suicide of fisherman ‘distraught at spill’

“Captain William Allen-Kruse was found dead with a gun on board his boat by fellow workers. Coroner Stan Vinson told US media that witnesses believe Mr Kruse, who had been a charter boat fisherman for 20 years, had been distraught at the spill.”

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Tropical Depression One: Forecast

Posted by feww on June 26, 2010

Tropical Depression One: Initial Motion Highly Uncertain

Tropical Depression One Moving West-Northwestward Toward Belize and the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico.

GOES EAST – IR Satellite Image (AVNCOLOR Enhancement). Click image to update.

Summary of Details @ 11:00 pm EDT 03:00 UTC (source: NHC)

  • Location: 16.7N 84.4W
  • Distances:
    • About 415 km (255 miles) ESE of Belize City
    • About 460 km (285 miles) ESE of Chetumal, Mexico
  • Maximum sustained winds 55 km/hr (35 mph)
  • Present movement: WNW or 295 degrees at 15 km/hr (9 mph)
  • Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb, 753.1mm (29.65 inches)

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center (NOAA)

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Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Atlantic and East Pacific Oceans

Satellite Imagery (GOES 12 Floater/NOAA/SSD)

Loops/ Satellite Animations (GOES 12; NOAA/SSD)

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