Posts Tagged ‘new zealand’
Posted by feww on June 6, 2016
M 6.3 – 133km SW of Leksula, Indonesia
Location: 4.584°S, 125.622°E
Depth: 429.0 km
Time: 2016-06-05 16:25:33 UTC
M 6.0 – 143km SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
Location: 30.396°S, 177.184°W
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-06-06 02:35:23 UTC
M 5.5 – 27km WSW of Coquimbo, Chile
Location: 30.066°S 71.594°W
Depth: 21.0 km
Time: 2016-06-06 13:21:58 UTC
M 5.4 – 15km SW of Coquimbo, Chile
Location: 30.052°S 71.463°W
Depth: 28.9 km
Time: 2016-06-06 13:16:02 UTC
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: chile, Coquimbo, earthquake, Global Seismicity, Indonesia, new zealand, Raoul Island | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on June 4, 2016
Significant ground deformation detected in Bay of Plenty due to estimated 200 million m³ of magma buildup
The discovery is said to be related to thousand of earthquakes that struck the town of Matata, Bay of Plenty between 2004 and 2011, and caused a 40-cm uplift in a 20km² area around the town.
The Bay of Plenty (BOP) region [area: 12,230 km2] located in North island, New Zealand has a population of about 287,500. Tauranga [pop: 100,000+] the most populous city in BOP, lies about 50 km west of the uplift.
Champagne Pool is a lake in Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s most active volcanic regions.
Credit: Colin Monteath/Minden/NGC [Non-commercial, educational use.]
More information posted at the following links:
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Bay of Plenty, magma chamber, Matata, new zealand, Tauranga, volcanic hazard, Zombie volcano | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on May 26, 2016
Earthquake strikes Cocibolca, Nicaragua
Centered at 11.514°N, 85.693°W, about 2.0 km south of Moyogalpa, the event occurred at a depth of 194.6km, reported USGS/EHP.
Moyogalpa is the largest village on the Ometepe Island, which is formed by Concepción and Maderas volcanoes in Lake Nicaragua (aka, Cocibolca or Granada), a massive crater left behind by an ancient supervolcano in Nicaragua. [FIRE-EARTH proprietary research material.]
Location: 11.514°N 85.693°W depth=194.6 km (120.9 mi)
Time: 2016-05-26 01:02:36 (UTC)
- 2.0 km (1.2 mi) S of Moyogalpa
- 16.0 km (9.9 mi) ENE of Rivas
- 47.0 km (29.2 mi) SE of Nandaime
- 54.0 km (33.6 mi) SSE of Granada
- 91.0 km (56.5 mi) SE of Managua, Nicaragua
‘Strong’ Earthquake Rattles Central NZ
Magnitude: 4.3 [geonet]
Location: 41.52°S, 174.41°E, Cook Strait (35 km northeast of Seddon, NZ)
Date/Time: May 26, 2016 at 07:21:13UTC
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Concepción, Cook Strait, earthquake, Maderas, new zealand, Nicaragua, Ometepe Island, Seddon, supervolcano | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on December 3, 2015
Momotombo Volcano Erupts – First Time Since 1905
The 1,299-meter high Momotobo volcano, a famous Nicaraguan symbol, has erupted for the first time since 1905, spewing lava and ejecting plumes of smoke and ash into the air.
“The Momotombo Volcano took a permanent place in Nicaraguan history in 1609 when a violent eruption made the inhabitants of the old colonial city of León (León Viejo) decide to move their city away from the foot of the volcano. The city of León has been rebuilt some 30 kilometers westward, but Momotombo still continues to threaten smaller settlements located around its immediate perimeter.”
A large geothermal field is located on the southern flank of the volcano, featuring a Geothermic Plant.
“Massive application” to prospect for oil in the SW Pacific Ocean
ION Geophysical, a Texas-based company, has applied to prospect 1.6 million square kilometers offshore of New Zealand in what is said to be the biggest petroleum application made to the government.
[The target area, about six times the size of New Zealand landmass, includes regions that are tectonically hyperactive and seismologically super unstable. Editor]
“I’ve never seen anything of this scale before,” said Green Party’s energy and resources spokesperson. This is “massive application.”
German Intel warns of Saudi Arabia destabilizing role
The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has warned of Saudi Arabia’s increasingly “destabilizing role” in the Arab world in an official memo, reported Spiegel Online.
“The previous conservative diplomatic stance held by the older members of the royal family has now been replaced by an impulsive interventionist policy,” according to BND
“The new defense minister Mohammed bin Salman, who is the son of King Salman, is playing a critical role.”
King Salman and his son are desperate to become “ruler of the Arab world.” They are trying to expand Saudi Arabia’s regional influence via a new foreign policy agenda with “a strong military component and new regional alliances,” write the BND analysts.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: 100 days left, 3 December 2015, BND, ION Geophysical, Momotombo Volcano, new zealand, Nicaragua, saudi arabia, Spiegel | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on November 23, 2015
‘7 killed in the latest episode of NZ air disasters’
“More than 3,400 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers and recent emigrants have lost their lives and about 18,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.”
“In the latest disaster that occurred in Fox Glacier on Saturday seven people were killed including six tourists, four British and two Australians, and the [Dutch?] pilot named as Mitch [van] Gameren, 28.” More…
Re-blogged courtesy of Apartheid NZ
The following statistics were sent by a reader:
Tourists more likely to be killed by terrorists in France, or while visiting New Zealand?
The following statistics cover the period between January 2000 and November 13, 2015.
Terrorist Attacks in France
Some 17 acts of terrorism have occurred in Paris between the year 2000 and November 13, 2015 including shooting, bombing, stabbing, vehicle ramming and suicide bombing, claiming the lives of 163 people (terrorist casualties not included), and leaving 440 others injured.
- According to the best data available, 42 of the victims were foreign nationals, or French citizens with dual nationalities.
No. of Foreigners Visiting France v. New Zealand
Based on figures released by the World Bank, and other sources, about 1.25 billion [1,254 million] foreigners visited France during that period.
During the same period, about 40.8 million [40,795,000] foreigners visited New Zealand, according to the World Bank and Statistics NZ (see links below).
Killed in New Zealand
Figures published by newzeelend.wordpress.com (this blog) show that: “More than 3,400 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers and recent emigrants have lost their lives and about 18,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.”
[Alternately, other credible statistics may be submitted to the blog for consideration, or plugged into the following equations.]
- Probability of a foreigner being killed while visiting New Zealand: 3,400/40,795,000 (8.33e-5) or about 1 in 10,000
- Probability of a foreigner being killed in France from acts of terrorism: 42/1.25 billion or about 1 in 30 million (3.35e-8)
Killed in New Zealand from Tourism/Killed in France from Terrorism = (8.334e-5)/ (3.35e-8) = 2,488.4
Foreign visitors are about 2,500 times more likely to be killed violently while visiting New Zealand (air and road crashes, adventure tourism…), than being killed in France by the terrorists.
Links to data sources used for this post:
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Adventure Tourism, foreigners killed in France, ISIL, new zealand, Paris attacks, terrorism, tourists killed in New Zealand | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on November 6, 2015
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Stranded pilot whales die on Stewart Island
A pod of 29 pilot whales was discovered on Tuesday, more than half of them still alive, by two hikers, Asti Kyd and her partner Peter Mullins, said a report.
When DOC staff arrived on Thursday, eight of the whales were still alive, but they had to be euthanized, “to prevent them from prolonged suffering,” the Island ranger was quoted as saying.
DOC ranger Phred Dobbins counts the dead whales partially buried in sand at Doughboy Bay on Stewart Island. Photo: Department of Conservation/link via Stuff NZ
Many hundreds of pilot whales have died on or near Stewart Island since the late 1990s.
Stewart Island, New Zealand’s third-largest island, lies 30km south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait, and has a permanent population of about 400.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: dead pilot whale, mass death, new zealand, pilot whale, South Island, Stewart Island | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on November 1, 2015
M5.4 quake strikes near Waiouru, New Zealand
Centered at 39.40S, 175.95E (about 60km S. of Lake Taupo), the quake occurred at a depth of 38km, said NZ’s geonet.
The event occurred about 60km S. of Lake Taupo, and 30km SW of Ruapehu at 05:42:11UTC on November 1 2015.
Lake Taupo lies in the caldera of the Taupo Super Volcano. With a surface area of 620 km, it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand.
Taupo has produced two of the world’s most violent eruptions in recent geological times including the most recent major explosion, the Hatepe eruption, which occurred about 1,800 years ago. It was the most violent eruption in the world over the last 5 millennia, and NZ’s worst in 27 millennia.
The explosion, a VEI-7 eruption, ejected more than 120 km³ of tephra, a quarter of which was ejected almost instantaneously. The ash from the eruption is said to have turned the sky red over China and Rome.
Hikurangi Trench, located east of the region where the quake occurred, is subject to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates, making it as one of the most seismically active areas in the world.
Nearby Cities [USGS/EHP]
- 25km (16mi) ENE of Waiouru, New Zealand
- 79km (49mi) W of Napier [population: 65,000]
- 81km (50mi) WNW of Hastings [population: 92,000]
- 82km (51mi) S of Taupo [population: 24,000]
- 230km (143mi) NNE of Wellington [population: 400,000]
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: earthquake, Hatepe eruption, Hikurangi Trench, lake taupo, new zealand, Ruapehu, Super Volcano, Wellington | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on October 22, 2015
M4.4 strikes 30km east of NZ capital
Centered at 41.20S, 175.08E, the quake occurred at a depth of 6km, according to geonet.org.nz
Date/Time: October 22 2015, 9:43:59UTC
There were no immediate reports of damage, however the quake was described as “huge” in online chatter.
Search blog content for additional information concerning seismicity of New Zealand.
Recent Earthquakes – NZ Region
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: earthquake, new zealand, North Island, Seismic Hazard, Wellington | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on October 12, 2015
Magnitude 5.8 quake rattles lower North Island, New Zealand
Centered at 40.58ºS, 176.3ºE, about 15km east of Pongaroa, the quake struck at a depth of 24km, according to NZ’s earthquake monitoring center, geonet.
EQ Details [USGS/EHP]
- Magnitude: 5.4Mw
- Location: 40.651°S, 176.426°E; depth=21.4 km (13.3 mi)
- Date/Time: 2015-10-12 at 08:05:00(UTC)
- Nearby Cities:
- 32km (20mi) NNE of Castlepoint, New Zealand
- 73km (45mi) ENE of Masterton
- 76km (47mi) ESE of Palmerston North
- 97km (60mi) E of Levin, New Zealand
- 155km (96mi) ENE of Wellington
The quake was felt within a radius of at least 250km from the epicenter, with thousands of felt report sent to earthquake monitoring center within 30 minutes of the quake occurring, according to various reports.
Search blog content for additional information concerning seismicity of New Zealand.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Australia-Pacific plate boundary, earthquake, Hikurangi Terrace, new zealand, North Island, Pongaroa, Wellington | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on September 8, 2015
List of Earthquakes measuring ≥ 4.5Mw since September 7
A swarm of at least 11 earthquakes measuring 4.7Mw or greater have occurred in Kermadec Trench, SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand since September 7, 2015. The largest quake measured 6.4Mw.
M4.9, 156km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 11:37:25 UTC 10.0 km
M4.6, 134km NE of Chignik Lake, Alaska 2015-09-08 11:34:40 UTC 10.0 km
M4.8, 174km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 10:17:42 UTC 22.1 km
M4.6, 121km SW of Pijijiapan, Mexico 2015-09-08 08:30:39 UTC 43.3 km
M5.5, 199km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 08:19:53 UTC 11.0 km
M5.7, 134km SSW of Pijijiapan, Mexico 2015-09-08 08:03:54 UTC 4.0 km
M5.6, 181km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 06:48:33 UTC 10.0 km
M5.2, 155km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 02:50:57 UTC 10.0 km
M4.7, 230km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 23:56:50 UTC 10.0 km
M5.2, 170km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 20:24:57 UTC 10.0 km
M6.2, 196km SE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 14:06:24 UTC 10.0 km
M4.8, 31km NE of San Isidro, Philippines 2015-09-07 12:22:41 UTC 57.6 km
M4.9, 184km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 10:30:23 UTC 12.4 km
M4.8, 188km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:52:32 UTC 39.4 km
M6.4, 191km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:13:58 UTC 35.4 km
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Alaska, earthquake, Kermadec trench, L'Esperance Rock, Mexico, new zealand, Philippines | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on September 7, 2015
M6.4 quake strikes SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
Centered at 32.932°S, 177.891°W the quake occurred at a depth of 35.4km, reported USGS/EHP.
This quake did not generate a destructive tsunami.
Aftershocks [as of posting]
- M4.9, 184km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 10:30:23 UTC depth= 12.4 km
- M4.8, 188km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:52:32 UTC depth= 39.4 km
Location: 32.932°S, 177.891°W
Depth: 35.4 km
Time: 2015-09-07 09:13:58 UTC
- 191km (119mi) SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
- 725km (450mi) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand
- 735km (457mi) NNE of Gisborne, New Zealand
- 754km (469mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand
- 1,132km (703mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: earthquake, Kermadec trench, L'Esperance Rock, new zealand, Wellington | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on May 4, 2015
M6.0 quake strikes NW of Wanaka, NZ
Centered at 44.54°S, 168.83°E the quake struck at a depth of 5km, reported NZ geonet, describing the shock as ‘Severe.’
EQ Details [NZ geonet]
- Magnitude: 6.0Mw
- Epicenter: 44.54°S, 168.83°E
- Depth: 5 km
- 30 km north-west of Wanaka
- 57km NNE of Queenstown, New Zealand
FIRE EARTH EARTHQUAKE FORECASTS FOR NZ
NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts April 16, 2011
Other Significant Seismicity
- Cluster of 8 aftershocks with the largest measuring 5.6 144km SSW of Kokopo, on 2015-05-03 at 22:32:42 UTC depth=35.0 km
- 3.6Mw, 1km S of Concord, California 2015-05-03 at 22:13:19 UTC depth=14.6 km
Planet of the Abes
- 4.9Mw, 19km SW of Tomioka, Japan 2015-05-03 at 14:30:16 UTC depth=146.3 km
- 4.6Mw, 3km SSE of Iwai, Japan 2015-05-03 at 06:53:59 UTC depth=51.6 km
- 5.0Mw, 45km E of Namie, Japan 2015-05-03 at 04:02:52 UTC depth=42.4 km
Global Seismic Hot Spots (June 2015 – August 2015)
Tune into FIRE-EARTH for the blog’s special report FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 at the following times :
18:32, 19:32, 20:32 and 22:32UTC.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: earthquake, earthquake report, Los Angeles, new zealand, New Zealand Earthquake Forecast, Planet of the Abes, PNG | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on April 24, 2015
M5.5 quake strikes 253km W of Ferndale, California
Centered at 40.403°N, 127.245°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.
Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 01:34:55 (UTC)
At least one aftershock, measuring 3.0Mw, had occurred as of posting.
M 4.1 strikes 22km SE of Sandpoint, Idaho
Location: 48.110°N 116.386°W
Depth: 5.0 km
Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 at 02:32:19 UTC
M 5.9 strikes 66km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: 42.075°S 173.016°E
Depth: 55.2 km
Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 03:36:43 UTC
The earthquake was registered locally (geonet) as follows :
Universal Time: April 24 2015, 3:36:42
Depth: 52 km
Location: 35 km south-east of St Arnaud
Coordinates: -42.09, 173.07
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: california, earthquake, Idaho, new zealand | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on January 13, 2015
Sent by a reader in New Zealand
Novel Viruses: 25% of gastroenteritis outbreaks remain unsolved in NZ
A rare and nasty virus that can trigger potentially fatal diseases in babies and young children has been found in New Zealand, said a report.
Members of Environmental Science Research (ESR), who were investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis, stumbled across the virus, known as human parechovirus (HPeV3).
The virus was found in a sample of feces from a two-year-old child who became ill during a gastro outbreak in 2012, said ESR.
The virus can cause blood infections and inflammation of the brain, ESR added.
“It can affect different tissue types in the body, such as the membranes surrounding the brain, but there’s still a lot that we don’t know about it.”
HPeV3 was identified in Japan in 2004, but until recently only one other case in Bolivia had been reported; however, it was responsible for an outbreak of blood infection among children in Australia, last year, said the report.
ESR has recommended testing for the virus, “especially for rare cases of severe disease that can’t be explained.”
The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology this week.
Metagenomic Analysis of Viruses in Feces from Unsolved Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis in Humans. doi:10.1128/JCM.02029-14.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: Deadly virus, gastroenteritis, HPeV3, new zealand, parechovirus (HPeV3) | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on December 12, 2014
HEIGHTENED NZ SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS: 987, 704, 703, 701, 700, [500,] 047, 024, 09, 08, 07, 02
Earthquake occurs WSW of Riverton, New Zealand
Centered at 47.08°S, 165.99°E the quake occurred at a depth of 6km, according to NZ geonet.
EQ Details [NZ geonet]
Magnitude: 5.0Mw [5.2Mw USGS/EHP]
Depth: 6 km
Location 115 km NW of Snares Islands
Epicenter: 47.08°S, 165.99°E
FIRE EARTH EARTHQUAKE FORECASTS FOR NZ
NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts April 16, 2011
Global Seismic Hot Spots (December 2014 – March 2015)
Tune into FIRE-EARTH for the blog’s special report FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014 at the following times :
17:32, 18:32, 20:32 and 22:32UTC.
Posted in News Alert | Tagged: earthquake, FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Report, new zealand, New Zealand Earthquake Forecast | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on October 13, 2014
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07, 02
M6.2 quake shakes Southland, New Zealand
Centered at 46.29°S 165.87°E, about 140 km west of Tuatapere (190km W of Invercargill), the quake occurred offshore, northeast of Puysegur Trench, at a depth of 10km, said Geonet.
The quake struck at 5:13:41 on Monday, October 13, 2014, and was followed by at least two significant aftershocks, measuring magnitudes 4.4 and 4.7 respectively, as of posting.
See blog content for interesting information on New Zealand seismicity.
Posted in earthquake 2014, Earthquake Hazard, Earthquake news, earthquake report | Tagged: earthquake, Invercargill, new zealand, Puysegur Trench, Southland, Tuatapere | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on March 5, 2014
EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
“One-in-100-year” storm inundates Christchurch, New Zealand
Hundreds of homes have been flooded in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a storm “quickly escalated” battering the city with hurricane-force blasts and extreme rains.
Residents have been warned of health risks from contaminated floodwaters that have inundated homes, businesses and streets, while the storm was graded as a one-in-100-year event, said the city mayor.
“This was a significant, escalating event that moved very quickly from a one-in-five-year event to a one-in-100-year event,” she said.
“The weather forecasts did not predict an event of this gravity.” [The weather forecasters were caught by surprise. Editor]
Christchurch Flooding. Credit: Kirk-Anderson/The Press/Fairfax NZ. More images…
Severe Storm Hits NZ Capital, Wellington
Wellington’s south coast was pounded by near-hurricane force winds and massive waves Tuesday evening.
A resident of Island Bay described the assault of high tide mixed with strong wind last night as being like ”a bomb” going off.
“By about 10pm, debris, logs, and a large chunk of concrete were strewn across the road, which was also badly hit in the June storm.”
Posted in Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: Christchurch, flooding, new zealand, storm, tidal waves, Wellington | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on February 3, 2014
Significant Quakes strike a dozen countries
M6.1 – 12km NW of Lixourion, Greece 2014-02-03 03:08:46 UTC
Location: 38.292°N, 20.337°E depth=13.7km (8.5mi)
Distances: 298km (185mi) W of Athens, Greece
M4.1 – 18km ESE of Comandau, Romania 2014-02-03 00:26:31 UTC
Location: 45.674°N, 26.471°E depth=135.0km (83.9mi)
140km (87mi) NNE of Bucharest, Romania
M3.9 – 18km NW of Caldwell, Kansas 2014-02-03 09:03:21 UTC
Location: 37.128°N, 97.772°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
185km (115mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Earthquake Location Map, logged at 14:24:34 UTC on 2014-02-03 . Source: USGS/EHP
M5.3 – 89km SE of Minab, Iran 2014-02-02 14:26:47 UTC
Location: 26.579°N, 57.717°E depth=25.0km (15.5mi)
340km (211mi) NNW of Muscat, Oman
M5.1 – 53km WNW of Mawlaik, Burma 2014-01-29 13:46:50 UTC
23.862°N 93.949°E depth=59.1km (36.7mi)
59km (37mi) SSE of Churachandpur, India
M5.2 – 260km ENE of Port Blair, India 2014-02-02 23:44:01 UTC
12.285°N 95.061°E depth=34.6km (21.5mi)
385km (239mi) W of Myeik, Burma
M5.1 – 119km ENE of Dofa, Indonesia 2014-02-02 02:59:24 UTC
1.311°S 126.317°E depth=45.7km (28.4mi)
259km (161mi) SSW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
M5.2 – 168km W of Sabtang, Philippines 2014-02-02 18:51:09 UTC
20.239°N 120.262°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
201km (125mi) SSW of Hengchun, Taiwan
M5.5 – 95km SE of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2014-02-03 04:25:59 UTC
4.947°S 153.752°E depth=93.8km (58.3mi)
177km (110mi) ESE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
M6.5 – 192km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2014-02-02 09:26:37
32.908°S, 177.822°W depth=40.4km (25.1mi)
1,138km (707mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand
Posted in earhquake hazard, Global Disaster watch, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: earthquake, earthquake 2014, Greece, India, Kansas quake, new zealand, Philippines, Romania | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on January 20, 2014
M6.2 strikes near Palmerston North, New Zealand
The quake was felt thoroughout New Zealand’s North Island, from Invercargill to Auckland, and as far south as Canterbury in the South Island, according to local reports.
The mainshock was followed by a swarm of aftershocks, with the largest measuring 3.7Mw, as of posting.
The quakes have caused damage to buildings and roads in the lower North Island between Wellington and Manawatu, said reports.
The quake was felt widely in the capital Wellington, leaving “people screaming and ducking for cover as items fell from shelves,” in a shopping mall, said a report.
The shock knocked power to thousands of customers in Tararua, Manawatu and Taranaki, according to the local power company.
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP
Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]
- Event Time: 2014-01-20 @ 02:52:45 UTC
- Location: 40.634°S 175.776°E depth=28.0km (17.4mi)
- Nearby Cities
- 34km (21mi) SSE of Palmerston North, New Zealand
- 37km (23mi) NNE of Masterton, New Zealand
- 42km (26mi) E of Levin, New Zealand
- 71km (44mi) ENE of Paraparaumu, New Zealand
- 111km (69mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand
The January 20, 2014 M6.2 earthquake northeast of Masterton in the North Island of New Zealand is located approximately 115 km northeast of Wellington. The earthquake resulted from northeast-southwest oriented normal faulting 175 km to the west of the Hikurangi Trench, where the Pacific plate subducts westward beneath the North Island. At the latitude of this event, the Pacific plate moves towards the west-southwest with respect to the Australia plate at a rate of approximately 42 mm/yr. The faulting character, location and depth of this earthquake indicate it is an intraplate event either within Australia plate crust above the subducting Pacific plate, or within the interior of subducted Pacific slab, rather than a plate boundary event on the subduction zone thrust interface.
New Zealand experiences fairly frequent moderate-sized earthquakes; the region within 200 km of the January 20, 2014 event has experienced 35 earthquakes of M 5.5 or larger over the past century. The 2014 event is just a few kilometers to the east of a M 7.3 earthquake in March of 1934, and approximately 40 km southwest of two M6.2 and 6.4 earthquakes near Dannevirke in March and May of 1990, respectively. The 1990 events did not cause significant damage or fatalities. —USGS/EHP
For more information on earthquakes, including forecasts and warnings, search blog content.
Posted in earhquake hazard, earthquake damage, Earthquake news, earthquake report, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: earthquake, earthquake 2014, new zealand, Palmerston North, Wellington | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on December 16, 2013
EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
Submitted by a reader, edited by FIRE-EARTH
Golf ball-sized hail destroy crops, smash windows in Canterbury, New Zealand
Massive hail stones tore across mid-Canterbury, New Zealand, destroying crops and smashing scores of windows, said a report.
A fierce storm moving north along the South Island triggered a hailstorm dumping large hail on Mayfield, near Ashburton, for about 50 minutes.
The hailstorm broke scores of windows at homes and businesses across the township, residents said.
“Local crop farmer Rab McDowell predicted about 40 per cent of his carrot and maize crops were a ‘right off,’ but he would know more in the morning.”
“I haven’t seen hail through here that broke windows before,” he said.
Golf ball-sized hail falls on Southern Downs, QLD. Australia
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning covering the entire Darling Downs in southern QLD, and surrounding areas earlier today.
There were reports of golf ball-sized hail falling at Dalveen near Stanthorpe, said local reports.
On November 19, 2013, golf ball-sized hail bucketed down on Australia’s Gold Coast causing substantial damage to buildings, trees and crops.
Several hailstorms across parts of South Africa also produced golf ball-sized hail stones on 12, 14 and 28 of November 2013 causing major damage to property and crops.
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Posted by feww on December 11, 2013
Thousands of police move on large protest camps in central Kiev, Ukraine
Thousands of riot police and Interior Ministry personnel have moved on large protest camps in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev amid snow and sub-zero temperatures.
Clashes broke out after police began tearing down barricades close to the main protest site in the square, but soon turned into a tense standoff.
According to unconfirmed reports police began storming the Kiev city hall, which was occupied by protesters a week ago.
Mass street rallies began about three weeks ago shortly after the government’s decision to withdraw from a free-trade deal with the EU last.
Police surround a section of the protest stage in central Kiev, Ukraine. Image credit: Paulina Leonovich
Looters hit Argentina’s Stores amid ongoing police strike
Looting has spread across 19 out of 23 provinces in Argentina, as police continue their strike due to low pay.
The looting first broke out in Cordoba province earlier this month, leaving several people dead and more than 100 others injured before the local police struck a deal to double their monthly salaries to about $1,900.
Police are demanding above-inflation pay rises and refuse to answer call-outs. Inflation in Argentina is running at 25 – 30 percent a year.
Supermarkets, retail businesses, banks and public transport have all shut down in dozens of Argentina’s cities, just as a summer heatwave engulfs the country.
About a dozen people have been killed and hundreds more injured since the looting began.
One of hundreds of stores ransacked by looters in the northern Argentine province of Tucuman December 10, 2013. Credit: Paloma Cortes/Reuters Aysua)
Taxi drivers on hunger strike in New Zealand
Auckland taxi drivers are on hunger strike outside the airport’s headquarters protesting conditions at Auckland Airport, according to local reports.
About 100 drivers from the Auckland Taxi Association (ATA), representing drivers from five small taxi companies and dozens of supporters have been holding the hunger strike since Monday because they say changes in rules favors larger companies.
ATA, which represents 180 drivers from smaller companies, wants the minimum fare in line with what the larger companies charge.
Spokesperson for ATA told reporters that with waiting times included, drivers are earning little more than $1 per hour.
Image Credit: One News
Indian Nurses Hunger Strike 2012
Indian nurses working in New Zealand went on a hunger strike vigil at the Ghandi statue near Wellington’s railway station on July 24, 2012.
“The hunger strike began two months after several hundred Indian nurses marched on parliament over the frustrations they have had in attempting to gain registration in New Zealand, including nursing students and graduates of two bridging nursing degree programs,” said a report.
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Posted by feww on October 14, 2013
5000 Lightning strikes in 2 hours, as powerful winds batter NZ capital, “worse is yet to come”
Hurricane-strength winds have downed trees, closed roads and cut power to thousands of New Zealand homes, forcing dozens of flight cancellation in the capital Wellington on Monday.
A local forecaster has warned “worse is yet to come” with ”the meat of the core of the strong winds” to hit Wellington between 2-8pm today.
Parts of the country were also being “lit up like a Christmas tree” by lightning strikes, said the forecaster, with 5000 strikes recorded between 10am and noon Monday.
“Most of those were west of the South Island’s main divide, although some were spilling over to the east,” said a report.
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Posted by feww on October 9, 2013
A Note to Brazilian President Rousseff
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has demanded that Canada, US and allies must stop spying on Brazil “once and for all” thus ending a blatant violation of her country’s sovereignty.
HERE’s An open note to Ms. Rousseff to let her know what Canadian-trained spies do when they are not indulging in “serious and unacceptable violation” of Brazil’s sovereignty.
Dear President Rousseff…
How “Canadian-Trained” Spies Nearly Assassinated Human Right Campaigner and His Family in New Zealand
Another Open Letter to New Zealand PM
PM Helen Clark:
[updated and resent in January 2007]
Creating A Sustainable Future (CASF) proposed to establish a sustainable village, “Solar Clusters,” in New Zealand.
An innovative project, Solar Clusters would have attracted tremendous talent and investment to help create an economically and ecologically sustainable future for New Zealand.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and Economic Development Agency (EDA) discriminated against [the author] on grounds of [his] political and ethical beliefs violating [his] human rights (Human Rights Act Section 21; subsection 1D and 1J).
By withdrawing their support for the project, NZTE and EDA also violated the rights of many others including New Zealand and US citizens who wished to participate in the project.
NZTE and EDA acted unethically, immorally and illegally.
EDA withdrew their support for Solar Clusters because [the author] refused to work closely with their nominee whose military family is glorifying an object of war by renovating a WWII bomber plane.
NZTE withdrew their support for the project because of [the author’s involvement in the] human rights campaign, The Canadian Holocaust, against Canada’s continued genocide of her indigenous people.
A NZ secret intelligence service (SIS) agent who introduced himself as a “psychologist” (details available on request) and who was instructed by a senior SIS agent doubling as the local NZTE manager in Nelson, admonished [the author] for the Canadian Holocaust campaign and asked whether [he] were out of [his] mind for “making trouble” and didn’t [he] “know that Canada trained New Zealand’s secret service agents […] who control everything here [in New Zealand]?”
He asserted that NZTE had withdrawn their support for the project as retribution for the Canadian Holocaust human rights campaign on instructions from Ottawa.
This begs the question, prime minister, why are internal affairs of New Zealand dictated by Ottawa?
You owe the world a full explanation.
Creating A Sustainable Future
The Management School of Restorative Business
[updated and resent in January 2007]
NZ Dollar, ANZ Bank, Spies, Assassins, Phone Tapping, Attempted Murder and the Military Regime with a Civilian Face
[May 10, 2008]
In reply to a message by a NZ Journalist, TERRES, my colleague and co-moderator, posted the following comment this afternoon:
Original Comment: http://rtsf.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/in-new-zealand/#comment-230
A colleague who lived in NZ […] believes a considerable number of “spies” [other than the obvious operatives from the US, UK, Canada and Australia] freely [with the full knowledge and consent of NZ govt.] operate in New Zealand. [He also informs me that he has inadvertently met a few of them in Nelson and in the Golden Bay area.] The operatives, he asserts, include Israeli, German, Italian, Danish … agents and former MI personnel from SA and Zimbabwe. [He has not disclosed the specific details.]
The worst culprits are by far New Zealand’s own “Canadian-trained” SS-like SIS agents [see links below,] my colleague contends, who occupy all the managerial and top positions within the government branches [e.g., NZ “Trade and Enterprise”] effectively transforming a civilian form of government into a “crypto-military fascist police state,” or an outright military regime with a civilian face like China or North Korea.
NZ $2 Coin (!) – A currency about to collapse? For rules concerning reproduction of this image see:
Restriction of Movement and “Forbidden” Currency Business
A day or so after my colleague had placed a currency order with ANZ Bank [complying with the immigration requirements,] to buy a large amount of NZ dollars at low rates, [because he was] anticipating a nosedive in the value of NZ dollar commensurate with New Zealand’s Enron-like economy, a spook, possibly a NZ SIS agent, followed him and his friends to the cafe in Riverside Community, a pacifist community situated in the Moutere valley near Nelson. The agent sat a few tables away from them reciting in the exact order names of all the places that my colleague had visited since he was eighteen, presumably to freak him out.
1. Although the currency deal was perfectly legitimate and my colleague was entitled to place the order with the ANZ, the bank officer, whose emotions were aroused because he thought any news of the order may result in negative sentiment against his home currency, refused to accept the order and a heated argument ensued over the phone. [A senior ANZ Bank employee intervened later.]
2. The agent could only have known where my colleague was heading that morning by tapping my colleague’s phone and listening to his last conversation immediately before he left home.
A Failed Assassination and Murder Attempt
In another most probably related incident, an intense beam of light, which my colleague now believes was a beam of laser light [probably emitted by a non-commercial device, judging by its unusual color,] was shined into his eyes as he drove his family home along their usual route on Nelson’s Atawhai Drive. The laser light temporarily blinded him and could have resulted in a fatal road accident on the busy thoroughfare had he not immediately pulled off the road and stopped on an embankment, while his eyes recovered. The incident was a failed assassination attempt on his life, which could have also resulted in the murder of his family—his spouse and their two young children.
Ironically, the assassination attempt, had it not failed, would have looked just like a “routine” road fatality on New Zealand’s death roads.
If additional information comes into our possession, it’ll posted on this forum, or at one of the following blogs:
[UPDATE: Moderators have been advised that the individual referred to above received a thinly veiled threat from a senior official in Nelson, NZ, several days before the laser incident, soon after which his family abandoned their immigration application, which had already been approved in principle, and left New Zealand.]
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Posted by feww on August 18, 2013
Extreme monsoon triggers severe flooding, swamps more than 200 villages in Pakistan
The latest episode has left hundreds of people dead, injured or unaccounted for, local media reported.
“The rains affected 334,764 people, killed at least 108 people, and wounded 104,” said a senior National Disaster Management Authority official. The rains have hit 770 villages and completely destroyed 2,427 houses across Pakistan, he added.
An aerial view of the flood-hit area of Boddomali in Sialkot district, Punjab province, in Pakistan. PHOTO: APP (Image may be subject to copyright).
Flood warnings have been issued for more than 200 villages near the Chenab River, officials said.
Egypt Killing Fields
Egyptian army and the paramilitary police have evacuated supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from AL Fateh Mosque in downtown Cairo. The latest round of clashes starting Friday thru Saturday morning have left at least 173 civilian and 57 military/police personnel dead, according to government figures.
Floods, typhoon devastate China
“Dozens of people have been killed and millions more affected in China as floods ravaged the country’s northeast and typhoon lashed southern provinces over the past few days,” said a report.
The worst affected areas are in Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning Provinces.
“While the northeast regions are battling the flooding, southern Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are fighting with a devastating typhoon (TY UTOR, the 11th and the strongest so far this year, made landfall Wednesday near Yangjiang, Guangdong), which has left at least 10 people dead and four others missing.” The report said.
The SW monsoon hit Guangdong soon after the typhoon, leaving more people dead and others missing, according to local flood control authorities.
Floods have destroyed or severely damaged at least 60,000 homes in the affected areas.
Residents of Seddon, NZ Abandon Town After Quake Swarm
[Our thanks to Nana for the heads up. JMC]
Terrified residents were fleeing Seddon last night after a 5.5 earthquake rattled the quake-weary town.
The aftershock that struck just before 9 o’clock last night was more than some residents could take, with at least one family leaving town for good.
Red Cross team leader Ben McKinnon said the succession of strong aftershocks was proving too much for some locals.
“We’ve actually just had people turn up after this latest aftershock who were heading for Nelson tonight.
“They’ve decided they don’t want to live in Seddon any more. They’ve got very young kids and they’re going nuts so they just threw everything into the car and took off.
“There’s a lot of very anxious people and anxious kids as well,” said McKinnon, who was manning a welfare centre at Seddon School.
Despite widespread damage to homes at the epicentre of Friday’s quake there have been just five injuries, including one person with a broken back. [More… ]
34 Dead, 85 missing in the Philippines latest maritime disaster
Death toll in the ferry collision off the Philippine Coast has climbed to 34, officials said. St Thomas Aquinas passenger ferry collided with the cargo vessel MV Sulpicio Express 7 in the seas off Talisay, Cebu Province in central Philippines. As of Sunday morning, at least 85 passengers were unaccounted for.
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Posted by feww on August 16, 2013
Strong quake strikes near Blenheim, New Zealand
A strong earthquakes, measuring 6.5Mw, followed by at least 5 significant aftershocks, hit central New Zealand, sending Wellington commuters fleeing from the city, forcing thousands of office workers to evacuate and causing havoc in Marlborough.
Earthquake location map. Source: USGS/EHP
Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]
- Magnitude: 6.5Mw
- Location: 41.767°S 174.061°E
- Time: 2013-08-16 11:31:07 UTC+09:00
Buildings have been severely damaged in Seddon, which has been the center of seismic activity since an earlier M6.5 tremor struck the are on July 21, said a report.
The earthquake was felt strongly in NZ Parliament, said a political commentator.
“You could see the floor of the house wobbling and you could see all the fences around shaking and all the windows were shaking.” A Blenheim resident said.
“Its way bigger, hugely bigger, like with the other one because we had heaps of after shocks with the other one they were just not anything to kind of panic about.”
A Nelson resident told NewstalkZB she could hear the “violent” earthquake coming just before it struck.
“Last time it threw us around, the last earthquake, but you could hear this one coming. It was big, and really noisy.”
NZ Quake Links:
On July 24, 2013 in New Zealand Earthquake Damage Estimate, FIRE-EARTH said:
To New Zealand PM and his censorship psychos:
We haven’t started laughing yet, but it’s getting increasingly more difficult to hold back the giggles. [x2]
On June 13, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:
As if by a massive irony, your most populated cities are situated right above geological nightmares–a fact that your government scientists don’t know, or won’t tell you.
On March 4, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:
Our advice to YOU and all intelligent people in Wellington area
1. There’s a frighteningly large buildup of tectonic stress energy right under your feet.
2. RUN while you’re still alive, before the next exodus bottleneck makes it impossible to flee the danger zone.
For additional FIRE-EARTH comments on NZ seismic hazards, see also
A Warning to Visitors to New Zealand:
Climatological and Geological Warning! The New Zealand region is about to experience significant climatological events and large-scale geological and tectonic activity over an extensive period of time. Would be visitors are advised to stay out of the area for the foreseeable future.
Will a magnitude 9.8 (MW) earthquake centered at 42° 00′ 59″ South, 175° 05′ 07″ East herald the end of New Zealand Islands?
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