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Archive for November 3rd, 2013

Twitter Hacked Venezuelan President Account

Posted by feww on November 3, 2013

Venezuela’s president Maduro claims Twitter hacked his account, removing 6,000 followers – We believe him!

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that Twitter had attacked his account, as well as the accounts of other government officials, removing their followers.

“We must achieve independence, and we have to think about deep and radical ways we can free ourselves from these multinational corporations that have monopolized social networks,” Maduro told the ministers on Saturday, referencing Twitter, Inc.

Maduro says his Twitter account was attacked to spark unrest and suspend the upcoming December 8 elections.

Meantime,  Venezuelan government officials confirmed more than 6,000 of the president’s twitter followers were suspiciously removed.

Communications Minister Rodriguez told reporters that about 6,600 of the President’s Twitter followers had disappeared from his account within 10 minutes.

There has been no response from Twitter’s press office in San Francisco, as of posting.

Twitter Account of FIRE-EARTH

In July 2011, we privately asked some of our colleagues and organization members to participate in test cases concerning the tweet counts on a number of specific entries posted on the blog.

Our suspicions were confirmed when the twitter counts stayed at zero in all of the cases, despite numerous tweets that had been entered by different account holders.

FIRE-EARTH abandoned its twitter account thereafter.

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FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 47

Posted by feww on November 3, 2013


FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 47 has been released.

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Sinabung Volcano Explodes

Posted by feww on November 3, 2013

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupts explosively

North Sumatra’s Sinabung volcano erupted explosively early Sunday, ejecting a column of smoke and ash up to 7,000 meters above the summit on November 3, according to Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG).

Authorities have established a 3-km exclusion zone and are evacuating 4 villages, according to local reports.

The explosive activity follows a series of most recent eruptions exhibited by the 2,460-meter high volcano that began in September, 2013, leading to a significant eruption on October 24, which saw the volcano spewing smoke and ash to a height of about 3km above the crater summit.

Mt Sinabung is one of 130 or so active volcanoes in the Indonesian archipelago, whose 18,307 islands (922 of the islands are permanently inhabited) straddle the Pacific Ring of Fire (PRF).

PRF, aka the circum-Pacific seismic belt, is home to 452 volcanoes, or more than 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes.

About 90% of the global seismicity and 82% of the largest quakes occur along PRF [FIRE-EARTH data.]

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Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic ashes as seen from Simpang Empat Village in Karo, North Sumatera (September 15, 2013). Credit:  ANTARA/Septianda Perdana.

Mt Sinabung erupted in August 2010 after 410 years of dormancy. The eruption claimed a dozen lives and displaced thousands of others. The eruption which occurred on August 29, 2010 was followed by a more powerful explosion the next day, and much stronger blast on September 7, 2010.

Sinabung spewed ash to a height of about 2km in its second eruption in two days on August 30, 2010.

Mount Sinabung volcano spews smoke in Suka Nalu village in the district of Tanah Karo, in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province August 30, 2010. The Indonesian volcano that erupted for the first time in centuries on Sunday spewed fresh plumes of smoke early on Monday morning, causing panic in nearby villages and delaying local flights, officials said on Monday.  Credit: Reuters/Tarmizy Harva. Image may be subject to copyright.  More photos …

Approximate location of Sinabung is marked  on the map by FEWW.
Mount Sinabung is one of Indonesia’s 130  active volcanoes

Sinabung Volcano: Summary of Details

Country: Indonesia
Region: Sumatra
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano
Volcano Status: Holocene
Last Known Eruption: Unknown [1600?]
Summit Elevation: 2,460
Latitude: 3.17°N
Longitude: 98.392°E
Source: GVP

Sinabung is located in Group K Volcanoes

Map of Volcanoes.
Background Map: University of Michigan. Designed and enhanced by Fire Earth Blog. Click image to enlarge.

The PVMBG categorizes Sinabung as a type A volcano, or those that have erupted since 1600. Type B volcanoes have not erupted since 1600 but show signs of activity, and type C are those that have not erupted in recorded history.

Mount Sinabung ejected tephra into the air as seen from Tanah Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Dedy Zulkifli). Image may be subject to copyright.

Indonesian Volcanoes

Indonesian Volcanoes have been responsible for a number of cataclysmic explosions in modern history.

Krakatoa [Krakatau] Cataclysmic Eruption 1883

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William Ashcroft painting “On the Banks of the River Thames” in London, November 26, 1883 [Exactly three months after Krakatoa’s cataclysmic 1883 eruption.]

The Krakatoa eruption affected the climate driving the weather patterns wild for the next 5 years. Average global temperatures fell by about 1.2 °C in the following years, returning to normal only in 1888.

The eruption ejected about 21 cubic kilometers of volcanic matter and destroyed two-thirds of the Krakatoa island. The explosion also spawned giant tsunamis killing an estimated 40,000 people.

An 1888 lithograph of the 1883 violent explosion of Krakatau.

Based on their models, our colleagues at EDRO forecast that the collapse of Singapore may occur as a result of volcanic activity on the island of Sumatra. However, they have not disclosed any further detail.

Indonesia Volcano Alerts

PVMBG has placed five volcanoes on the second highest level of activity “Level III, Orange Alert,” and 6 others at the third highest alert level “Level II, Yellow Alert.” Following table shows the alert level designations together with the last date of eruption, as of November 3, 2013.

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Indonesia Volcano Alerts as of November 3, 2013. Source: PVMBG. Image enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

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