Monday, July 27, 2015

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake - PAPUA, INDONESIA

M7.0 - PAPUA, INDONESIA

Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 7.0

Date-Time 27 Jul 2015 21:41:2228 Jul 2015 06:41:23 near epicenter27 Jul 2015 16:41:22 standard time in your timezone

Location 2.690S 138.479E Depth 52 km Distances 234 km (145 mi) W of Abepura, Indonesia247 km (153 mi) W of Jayapura, Indonesia314 km (194 mi) W of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea341 km (211 mi) ENE of Nabire, Indonesia1195 km (740 mi) SSE of Koror Town, Palau Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.4 km; Vertical 6.0 km Parameters Nph = 103; Dmin = 692.7 km; Rmss = 1.30 seconds; Gp = 16°
Version = Event ID us 200030kn

Satanists unveil sculpture in Detroit after rejection at Oklahoma capitol

Satanic Temple reveals statue shortly before midnight following a failed effort to place it near controversial Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma


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The Satanic Temple has had some trouble finding a spot for its Baphomet sculpture. Photograph: The Satanic Temple/AP
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Sunday 26 July 2015 10.35 EDT Last modified on Monday 27 July 2015 12.17 EDT

A Satanic organisation unveiled a controversial bronze Baphomet sculpture in Detroit just before midnight on Saturday, after trying in vain to have it installed near a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma.

Due to planned demonstrations, the group, which is opposed to Bible-themed displays on government land, kept the location of the unveiling of its nine-foot-tall monument secret until the last moment, when it emailed the information to ticket holders.

The Satanic Temple unveiled the one-ton statue at an industrial building near the Detroit River just before 11.30pm local time as supporters cheered: “Hail Satan.” Some of the hundreds in attendance rushed to pose for photos.

The statue of a winged Baphomet with a human body and a goat’s head resembled a design the group previously released. Statues of a boy and a girl stood in poses of adoration on either side.

Jex Blackmore, director of the Satanic Temple Detroit chapter, said temple members planned to transport the sculpture to Arkansas, where earlier this year the governor signed a bill authorizing a Ten Commandments monument on the State Capitol’s grounds.

The Temple had unsuccessfully applied to have the statue placed near a Ten Commandments monument installed in 2012 on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds. The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently ruled the Ten Commandments monument violates a section of the state constitution that bans the use of state property for the benefit of a religion.

Lawmakers in the socially conservative state responded with threats to seek the impeachment of the court’s justices and pledged to push for changes to the constitution.

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, said she will keep the monument in place as the state appeals the decision.

On Saturday, the presentation of Baphomet in Detroit drew protest from local Christians. About 50 people prayed for the city and denounced the monument outside a business where the Satanic Temple previously tried to display the statue before fears of a backlash scuttled the plan.

“The last thing we need in Detroit is having a welcome home party for evil,” said the Rev Dave Bullock, a pastor at Greater St Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Michigan.


Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake - FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA

M6.7 - FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA

Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.7

Date-Time 27 Jul 2015 04:55:4526 Jul 2015 17:55:46 near epicenter26 Jul 2015 23:55:45 standard time in your timezone

Location 52.165N 169.538W Depth 25 km Distances 94 km (58 mi) ESE of Yunaska Island, Alaska1586 km (983 mi) SE of Anadyr', Russia2295 km (1422 mi) W of Whitehorse, Canada Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 8.4 km; Vertical 5.6 km Parameters Nph = 161; Dmin = 101.4 km; Rmss = 1.42 seconds; Gp = 142°
Version = Event ID us 200030ar

Magnitide 6.9 Earthquake - FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN

M6.9 - FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA

Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.9

Date-Time 27 Jul 2015 04:49:4426 Jul 2015 17:49:44 near epicenter26 Jul 2015 23:49:44 standard time in your timezone

Location 52.376N 169.658W Depth 11 km Distances 76 km (47 mi) ESE of Yunaska Island, Alaska1561 km (967 mi) SE of Anadyr', Russia2287 km (1417 mi) W of Whitehorse, Canada Location Uncertainty

Horizontal: 6.2 km; Vertical 4.2 km Parameters Nph = 144; Dmin = 86.1 km; Rmss = 1.30 seconds; Gp = 57°
Version = Event ID us 200030aq

Editor's note:

USGS reports fifteen aftershocks so far.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ARABS ATTACK JEWS ON TEMPLE MOUNT

WND EXCLUSIVE
ARABS ATTACK JEWS ON TEMPLE MOUNT

On Jewish day of mourning commemorating destruction of 1st, 2nd temples

AARON KLEIN

TEL AVIV – As Jews here commemorated the destruction of the First and Second Jewish Temples, masked Arabs on the Temple Mount used a mosque to amass stones, Molotov cocktails and other explosives with the intent of attacking Israeli police and Jewish worshipers ascending the holy site.

The Arabs, described as mostly youth, engaged in violent clashes with Jerusalem Police, who used non-lethal means to push the rioters into the al-Aqsa Mosque to prevent what would have been a major attack on Jewish worshipers Sunday.

The Arabs holed up overnight inside the al-Aqsa Mosque, where they set up barricades using shoe racks, iron rods, and ropes to prevent the police from entering.

The plan was reportedly to attack Jewish worshipers Sunday as Jews worldwide celebrate the Jewish fast day of Tisha Báv, or the ninth day of the lunar Jewish month of Av. The day marks the anniversary of several major disasters in Jewish history, most notably the destruction of both the First and Second Jewish Temples in Jerusalem.

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Citing intelligence on the pending Arab riot, Jerusalem Police headed toward the outside platform of the al-Aqsa Mosque, where numerous masked rioters were preparing an attack, in a bid to thwart the violence. The police did not enter the mosque itself.

“The police were attacked immediately upon entering the Temple Mount compound by Palestinians armed with rocks, firebombs, fireworks and metal pipes,” Jerusalem Police Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told reporters, adding that four police officers were lightly wounded during the raid.

The police pushed the attackers inside the al-Aqsa mosque and locked the door to secure the area and to allow Jewish worshipers to ascend the site.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin commented on the attack.

“I express my support for the security forces, and for their determination to prevent any harm or interference to the prayers at the Western Wall, the remnant of our Temple,” Rivlin said. “Such acts of hatred cannot be tolerated and we will not allow any disturbances to prevent Jews from praying at this holy site.”

Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev was not happy with the police action, which only resulted in the rioters being closed off inside the mosque while no arrests were made. She blasted what she called “police incompetence in dealing with the rioters.”

“The Temple Mount is a holy place for Jews and Muslims,” Regev told reporters here. “The government must make sure that Jews can go on the Temple Mount throughout the entire year, certainly on Tisha B’Av.”

The communications minister and government spokesman for the Kingdom of Jordan, Mohammad al-Momani, astonishingly called the Jerusalem police action an “Israeli provocation against Arabs and Muslims by breaking into the al-Aqsa complex.” He did not mention the police raid was in direct response to the Arab attempt to attack Jewish worshipers, that the Arabs had first used the mosque as a place to store munitions intended in the attack, and that the police did not actually enter the mosque.

Holiest Jewish site

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism. Muslims now claim it is their third holiest site, although their stake changed several times throughout history.

The First Temple was built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. It was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The Second Temple was rebuilt in 515 B.C. after Jerusalem was freed from Babylonian captivity. That temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire in A.D. 70. Each temple stood for a period of about four centuries.

According to the Talmud, the world was created from the foundation stone of the Temple Mount. It’s believed to be the biblical Mount Moriah, where Abraham fulfilled God’s test of his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac.

The Temple Mount has remained a focal point for Jewish services for thousands of years. Prayers for a return to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple have been uttered by Jews since the Second Temple was destroyed, according to Jewish tradition.

The al-Aqsa Mosque was constructed in about A.D. 709 to serve as a shrine near another shrine, the Dome of the Rock, which was built by an Islamic caliph. Al-Aqsa was meant to mark what Muslims came to believe was the place at which Muhammad, the founder of Islam, ascended to heaven to receive revelations from Allah.

Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible 656 times.

Islamic tradition states Muhammad took a journey in a single night on a horse from “a sacred mosque” – believed to be in Mecca in southern Saudi Arabia – to “the farthest mosque.” From a rock there, according to the tradition, he ascended to heaven. The farthest mosque became associated with Jerusalem about 120 years ago.

According to research by Israeli author Shmuel Berkovits, Islam historically disregarded Jerusalem as being holy. Berkovits points out in his book “How Dreadful Is This Place!” that Muhammad was said to loathe Jerusalem and what it stood for. He wrote Muhammad made a point of eliminating pagan sites of worship and sanctifying only one place – the Kaaba in Mecca – to signify there is only one deity.

As late as the 14th century, Islamic scholar Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya, whose writings influenced the Wahhabi movement in Arabia, ruled that sacred Islamic sites are to be found only in the Arabian Peninsula and that “in Jerusalem, there is not a place one calls sacred, and the same holds true for the tombs of Hebron.”

A guide to the Temple Mount by the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem published in 1925 listed it as Jewish and as the site of Solomon’s temple. The Temple Institute acquired a copy of the official 1925 “Guide Book to Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” which states on page 4: “Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which David ‘built there an altar unto the Lord.’”

No-pray zone

The Temple Mount was opened to the public until September 2000, when the Palestinians started their Intifada, or “uprising,” by throwing stones at Jewish worshipers after then-candidate for prime minister Ariel Sharon visited the area.

Following the onset of violence, the new Sharon government closed the Temple Mount to non-Muslims, using checkpoints to control all pedestrian traffic for fear of further clashes with the Palestinians.

The Temple Mount was reopened to non-Muslims in August 2003. It’s been open to non-Muslims only during certain hours, and not on any Christian, Jewish or Muslim holidays or other days considered “sensitive” by the Waqf.

During “open” days, Jews and Christians are allowed to ascend the Mount, usually through organized tours and only if they conform first to a strict set of guidelines, which include demands that they not pray or bring any “holy objects” to the site. Visitors are banned from entering any of the mosques without direct Waqf permission. Rules are enforced by Waqf agents, who watch tours closely and alert nearby Israeli police to any breaking of their guidelines.

STRONGEST EL NINO EVER COULD BRING SIX MONTHS OF STORMS TO BRITAIN

July 24, 2015 - The strongest El Nino EVER recorded is forming in the Pacific Ocean

Strongest El Nino EVER could bring SIX MONTHS of STORMS to Britain
Climate scientists warned temperatures in the Pacific have increased by THREE degrees Fahrenheit in recent weeks as ocean winds have weakened.

The so-called El Nino phenomenon, which has a huge impact on the world's weather, has only been stronger twice before in recorded history - the last time in 1997, when a series of violent 100MPH Atlantic storms slammed into the UK.

And experts claimed this year's El Nino is STILL strengthening and could soon break all historical records with the extreme weather patterns lastng until next Spring - meaning Britain could face one of the worst winter storm seasons in living memory.

Meteorologist Leon Brown, of The Weather Channel UK, said the super-strength El Nino could even dislodge the jetstream, leading to more unstable weather in the UK this autumn

Earth 2.0: Bad News for God?

Earth 2.0: Bad News for God
2 days ago | Updated 2 days ago
Jeff Schweitzer Scientist and former White House Senior Policy Analyst; Ph.D. in marine biology/neurophysiology
The discovery of Kepler-452b is not likely to see the public swoon with a collective rendition of Kumbaya.  But this Earth 2.0 is a huge if under-appreciated discovery, not because Kepler-452b is unique but for just the opposite reason; there are likely thousands or millions or even billions of such earth-like planets in the universe.  The discovery of just one such world is good evidence for many more: after all, we know of 100 billion galaxies each with as many as 300 billion stars (big variation per galaxy).  Astronomers estimate that there are about 70 billion trillion stars.  Math wizardry is not necessary to conclude we did not by chance find the only other possibly habitable planet among that huge population of stars.

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Brace for the coming deception.

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake - SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA

M6.0 - SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.0

Date-Time 26 Jul 2015 07:05:0826 Jul 2015 15:05:09 near epicenter26 Jul 2015 02:05:08 standard time in your timezone

Location 9.247S 112.694E Depth 59 km Distances 93 km (57 mi) S of Krajan Tambakrejo, Indonesia114 km (70 mi) S of Dampit, Indonesia118 km (73 mi) S of Gongdanglegi Kulon, Indonesia122 km (75 mi) S of Sumberpucung, Indonesia727 km (450 mi) ESE of Jakarta, Indonesia Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.2 km; Vertical 5.7 km Parameters Nph = 200; Dmin = 182.1 km; Rmss = 1.17 seconds; Gp = 39°
Version = Event ID us 2000306u

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tornado - Sweden

Tornado - Sweden

EDIS Code: TO-20150725-49346-SWE Date&Time: 2015-07-25 16:45:49 [UTC] Continent: Europe Country: Sweden State/Prov.: County of Norrbotten, Location: , City: Lulea and Pitea

Description:

On Saturday, residents of Lulea and Pitea in Norrbotten experienced an unusual natural phenomenon generally more associated with the midwest of America - tornadoes. "I was a bit worried about a boat that was a little too close to the tornado," Hansi Gelter told Swedish newspaper, Expressen. Gelter saw a tornado form over the sea at Pitea. "I had just got inside the door trying to escape the rain, when the wife screamed 'Look, a tornado!' I ran straight upstairs and fetched the camera." The tornado lasted about 5-10 minutes before disappearing. "I was never afraid. I saw that the tornado was moving away from us." Just outside Lulea, Malin Steding was awoken at 0600 by a thunderstorm. "My husband shouted that he saw a tornado and I hurried to try to photograph it," she told Expressen. "I made sure my cats stayed indoors. You do not want them to be sucked up!" Though scientists don't entirely understand how tornadoes form, they do have a good idea about the conditions that cause them to develop. Twisters have touched down on all continents except Antarctica, but certain locations on the planet are more likely to experience tornadoes than others. Most tornadoes occur in the so-called Tornado Alley, the tornado-prone region of the United States, from Texas north into Kansas and the surrounding states of the Great Plains region. If a tornado is to form an area must have the three ingredients necessary: a lot of warm, moist air close to the ground; atmospheric instability, a condition that promotes the vertical movement of air; and clashing air fronts that act to propel moist air upward. Scientists believe that if the two opposing winds move at different speeds, the air in between them will rotate around a horizontal axis. If one end of the horizontal air column gets caught in the supercell's updraft, it will tilt vertically, forming a funnel cloud. The continuous upward energy of the supercell elongates the funnel cloud, and causes its spin to tighten and speed up, similar to the way ice skaters spin faster when their arms are pulled close to their bodies. It is now high season for tornadoes in Sweden, but it is difficult to say how many occur each year. Tornadoes are often short-lived, and therefore difficult to observe. "There are usually about a dozen tornadoes in Sweden each year", says Camilla Albertsen, a meteorologist at the Norwegian Weather Service. "Powerful tornadoes in Scandinavia can lift rooftops or cars, but usually only topple a few trees."


Posted:2015-07-25 16:45:49 [UTC]


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Losing Our Sons to Jihad




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How radicals won battle for soul of Boston mosques

Moderate imam reveals how radicals won battle for soul of Boston mosques


A moderate imam who raised alarms more than a decade ago about a radical shift at two controversial Boston mosques he led for decades says he was ousted for his efforts by a local doctor whose son joined ISIS and replaced by a man now with the infamous Pakistani terrorist group behind the 2008 Mumbai bombings.

Imam Talal Eid told FoxNews.com that creeping radicalism put him increasingly at odds in the late 1990s with the board of directors of the Islamic Center of New England, where he served from 1982 until 2005. But when Eid, nominally in charge of the religious teaching at the center’s mosques in Sharon and Quincy, resisted, he was left in fear for his safety and eventually driven out by Dr. Abdul-badi Abousamra, at the time a prominent endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and president of the 1,500-member Center.

“At times, I was fearful for my safety,” said Eid, a former member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom who now runs a mosque in Toledo, Ohio. “When I would stand up for what I believed in, and there was a clash, you see how I could be scared.”


Abousamra, who has since moved to Doha and could not be reached for comment, was one of the Boston Muslim community's most powerful and prominent figures in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In addition to being the center's president, he was vice president of the Muslim American Society of Boston, which ran the Islamic Society of Boston, a Cambridge mosque that shared many members with those run by the Islamic Center of New England.

All three mosques have ties to a host of known and suspected terrorists, including Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brothers behind the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing; Aafia Siddiqui, aka “Lady Al Qaeda," the Pakistani woman and Usama bin Laden associate now serving an 86-year federal sentence; and, more recently, Usaama Rahim, the 26-year-old man killed by police last month after brandishing a knife and allegedly plotting to behead Boston cops.

Even as Abousamra was exerting a radical influence on the leadership of mosques he helped run, law enforcement authorities say his son, a Northeastern University graduate raised in the Boston suburb of Stoughton, was training in Middle Eastern terror camps, aiding Al Qaeda and plotting attacks on U.S. soil. Ahamad Abousamra left Boston for Syria in 2006 while under investigation for terror-related charges that would later lead to an indictment, and is now believed to be running ISIS’ social media operation.

While mosques around the nation have disavowed terrorism, with many leaders working with law enforcement authorities to report suspicious activity, the infighting at the Boston mosque described by Eid shows that behind the scenes, mosque leaders are not always on the same page.

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The Mosques Behind Jihad

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by PAMELA GELLER19 Jul 20151,616
The New York Times reported Thursday that “in the last two or three months,” the Chattanooga gunman Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez “had begun showing up rather regularly at Friday Prayer at the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, a large mosque and cultural center, said Dr. Azhar S. Sheikh, a founding member of the center’s board.”
“Dr. Sheikh said that he showed no signs of extremism. He said the family regularly worshiped at the mosque,” the NYT reported.
What is being taught at that mosque? Are investigators simply going to assume that the mosque is “moderate” and that Abdulazeez was “radicalized” elsewhere? If that is true, why couldn’t the peaceful teachings he heard at the mosque withstand the appeal of the “radicals”?
This mosque should be investigated. And it is not the only one. All the mosques linked to jihad attacks and plots should be investigated.
The Islamic Society of Boston, which the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, attended has numerous connections to jihad terrorists. The Islamic Society of Boston was founded by Abdulrahman Alamoudi, the leading “moderate Muslim” in Washington throughout the 1990s. Alamoudi turned out to be an al-Qaeda financier and is now in prison. Alamoudi was also a close associate and financier of Republican power broker Grover Norquist. Convicted jihad terrorists Aafia Siddiqui and Tarek Mehanna had also been members of the Islamic Society of Boston.
The former imam of the Islamic Society of Boston, Suhaib Webb, is revered in the mainstream media as a “moderate,” but he has actually denounced secularism as a “radical lunatic ideology.” Webb also once headed up a fund-raiser for a cop killer with arch-terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. That didn’t stop the Boston Globe from running a piece several days ago titled “Inclusive spirit reassures Muslims after bombings,” as if Muslims had been the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, not its perpetrators.
This was the same mosque about which Fox News reported after the bombing “has a controversial history, with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, terror funding and frequent fiery sermons.” USA Today added, “Its sister mosque in Boston, known as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, has invited guests who have defended terrorism suspects. A former trustee appears in a series of videos in which he advocates treating gays as criminals, says husbands should sometimes beat their wives and calls on Allah (God) to kill Zionists and Jews.”

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Magnitude 7.5 - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

M7.5 - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 7.5 Date-Time 18 Jul 2015 02:27:3318 Jul 2015 13:27:33 near epicenter17 Jul 2015 21:27:33 standard time in your timezone Location 10.415S 165.212E Depth 10 km Distances 75 km (46 mi) WNW of Lata, Solomon Islands587 km (363 mi) E of Honiara, Solomon Islands876 km (543 mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu1162 km (720 mi) ESE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 5.7 km; Vertical 1.8 km Parameters Nph = 76; Dmin = 587.0 km; Rmss = 1.49 seconds; Gp = 37°
Version = Event ID us 20002yaw

Monday, July 13, 2015

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Space Weather Message Code: WARK06 Serial Number: 279 Issue Time: 2015 Jul 13 1955 UTC

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected Valid From: 2015 Jul 13 1955 UTC Valid To: 2015 Jul 13 2300 UTC Warning Condition: Onset NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms.

Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible.

Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes. Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Iranian’s burn U.S. flag, chant “Death to America”

Video: Iranian’s burn U.S. flag, chant “Death to America” (since 1979)

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Even as nuclear talks get extension, crowds denounce America at Tehran rally – LA Times.

While U.S. and Iranian negotiators gave themselves more time Friday to reach a nuclear deal that could improve the countries’ ties, crowds of Iranians here chanted “Death to America,” just as they have for 36 years.

“Death to America and death to Israel,” the crowd shouted back.

U.S. and Israeli flags were set afire. Posters showing President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi King Salman were consumed by flames.

All this, yet John Kerry keeps giving the Iranian’s everything they want. Could this be why?

Sec of State John Kerry reveals daughter married Iranian-American with extensive ties to Iran

Typhoon Chan-hom slams eastern China

Typhoon Chan-hom slams eastern China's Zhoushan city
By Jason Hanna, CNN
Updated 12:09 PM ET, Sat July 11, 2015
02:45

Story highlights
Typhoon Chan-hom hit eastern China's island city of Zhoushan on Saturday
More than 1 million evacuated from coastal areas in Zhejiang province, state media say
(CNN)A powerful Typhoon Chan-hom slammed into the Chinese island city of Zhoushan on Saturday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and strong winds in an event that has prompted hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

Chan-hom hit Zhoushan -- part of eastern China's densley populated coastal Zhejiang province -- with winds of around 100 mph, the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane, state-run media outlet Xinhua reported.

No casualties were immediately reported from the storm, which has dropped 4 inches of rain in some areas since Friday, Xinhua said.

Officials in Zhejiang evacuated more than 1 million people from coastal areas, called nearly 30,000 ships in to port and canceled more than 600 flights because of the typhoon, according to Xinhua.

Friday, July 10, 2015

M6.5 - SOLOMON ISLANDS Earthquake Magnitude 6.5

M6.5 - SOLOMON ISLANDS Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.5 Date-Time 10 Jul 2015 04:12:4110 Jul 2015 15:12:42 near epicenter 9 Jul 2015 23:12:41 standard time in your timezone Location 9.325S 158.448E Depth 10 km Distances 155 km (96 mi) SSW of Dadali, Solomon Islands165 km (102 mi) W of Honiara, Solomon Islands470 km (291 mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea877 km (544 mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea887 km (550 mi) E of Alotau, Papua New Guinea Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.0 km; Vertical 1.8 km Parameters Nph = 92; Dmin = 165.3 km; Rmss = 1.30 seconds; Gp = 22°
Version = Event ID us 20002whh

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake - KURIL ISLANDS

M6.3 - KURIL ISLANDS Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.3 Date-Time 7 Jul 2015 05:10:27 7 Jul 2015 15:10:27 near epicenter

7 Jul 2015 00:10:27 standard time in your timezone Location 43.986N 147.936E Depth 38 km Distances 99 km (61 mi) ENE of Shikotan, Russia204 km (126 mi) ENE of Nemuro, Japan228 km (141 mi) E of Shibetsu, Japan294 km (182 mi) E of Abashiri, Japan1159 km (719 mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.6 km; Vertical 4.7 km Parameters Nph = 159; Dmin = 428.9 km; Rmss = 1.18 seconds; Gp = 33°
Version = Event ID us 20002vm7

Monday, July 6, 2015

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Tonga

Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.2 Date-Time 6 Jul 2015 12:24:00 6 Jul 2015 00:24:01 near epicenter 6 Jul 2015 07:24:00 standard time in your timezone

Location 20.785S 174.475W Depth 1 km Distances 78 km (48 mi) NE of `Ohonua, Tonga808 km (501 mi) SE of Lambasa, Fiji Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 8.2 km; Vertical 4.3 km Parameters Nph = 141; Dmin = 512.2 km; Rmss = 1.04 seconds; Gp = 52°
Version = Event ID us 10002nmx

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Chinese stock market crash far worse than Grexit


Australians should be far more worried about a Chinese stock market crash than Greece exiting the eurozone, but it is impossible to predict the fall out from both, or whether both will occur, economists warn.

A group of 25 top forecasters – leaders in academia, consultancy, market and industry economics – have told BusinessDay that a crash on China's share market would have a greater impact on Australia's economy.

They say Australia's trade linkages with China are far more advanced than with Greece, and if a Chinese share crash affected the country's growth it would hit China's demand for steel and hence for Australian iron ore and coal.

That would be a "major negative" for Australia's iron ore mining company profits and "disastrous" for the smaller miners with higher costs "with a corresponding impact on mining revenues and the balance of payments," Richard Robinson, BIS Shrapnel, says.

The warning comes after Greece this week defaulted on its loans from the International Monetary Fund, missing a €1.5bn repayment on Tuesday after a previous eurozone bailout expired and deprived the country of access to billions of euros of funds.

Bill Mitchell from the University of Newcastle says Australia is far less dependent on trade with the eurozone than with China, and our financial markets are hardly about to fail following Greece's default.
"Neither will be particularly damaging for Australia, although an exit from the eurozone by Greece is more likely, given that the Chinese government, which is totally sovereign in its own currency has shown a propensity to use that capacity to ensure that growth is well managed and financial stability is retained," Mr Mitchell said.
"Most of the Greek debt is now held by European Union governments or other institutions (ECB) as a result of the 2012 default and restructure."


Saturday, July 4, 2015

EXTENDED WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6

Space Weather Message Code: WARK06 Serial Number: 276 Issue Time: 2015 Jul 05 0018 UTC

EXTENDED WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Extension to Serial Number: 275 Valid From: 2015 Jul 04 2050 UTC Now Valid Until: 2015 Jul 05 0700 UTC Warning Condition: Persistence NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms. Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes. Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Philippines

Time

  1. 2015-07-03 06:43:22 (UTC)
  2. 2015-07-03 02:43:22 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone
  3. Times in other timezones

Nearby Cities

  1. 22km (14mi) NW of Santa Monica, Philippines
  2. 62km (39mi) NE of Surigao, Philippines
  3. 65km (40mi) NNE of Placer, Philippines
  4. 97km (60mi) S of Guiuan, Philippines
  5. 725km (450mi) SE of Manila, Philippines

China Stuck by 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake and Aftershocks

  1. 4.8107km SE of Yilkiqi, China2015-07-03 03:11:12 UTC10.0 km
  2. 4.677km ESE of Yilkiqi, China2015-07-03 02:37:26 UTC10.0 km
  3. 4.783km SE of Yilkiqi, China2015-07-03 01:44:45 UTC10.0 km
  4. 4.474km SE of Yilkiqi, China2015-07-03 01:31:24 UTC10.0 km
  5. 6.495km SE of Yilkiqi, China

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pakistan heatwave: Over 1,330 dead

Pakistan heatwave: Over 1,330 dead in Sindh province, 100,000 affected in Karachi alone

Islamabad: A week-long spell of heatwave in Karachi has come to an end, with the provincial authorities putting the figure of those affected by heatstroke at 100,000 in the Pakistani port city only and the toll at over 1,330 in Sindh province.

At least 26 more died in the city and two other districts on Monday, taking the toll to 1,332 -- 1,234 in Karachi and 98 in other districts of Sindh -- since 20 June, when the punishing heatwave gripped the province, Dawn reported.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said more than 100,000 people were affected by the heatwave in Karachi alone, even as the total number of heatwave victims living in other parts of Sindh was being compiled.
A senior health department official said that hospitals in Karachi were still receiving heatstroke patients despite a change in the weather after last week's heatwave.
“The hospitals were still receiving heatstroke patients in the afternoon,” said the official.


Jupiter and Venus converge for the first time in 2000 years

Star of Bethlehem? Jupiter and Venus converge for the first time in 2000 years

Jupiter and Venus will merge into a dazzling “super-star” in the Western horizon by the end of June, NASA says. The conjunction of the two planets has been building during the month of June and will culminate in a spectacular display on June 30. “Every night in June, the separation between Venus and Jupiter will visibly shrink,” says NASA. A conjunction is when two or more objects appear very close together on the sky.
Star of Bethlehem? Jupiter and Venus converge for the first time in 2000 yearsOn the evening of June 30, Venus and Jupiter will appear in the sky just a third of a degree apart. “That’s less than the diameter of a full Moon. You’ll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your outstretched hand, but behind your little pinky finger,” NASA enthuses.Sky & Telescope suggests that a similar rare conjunction of Venus and Jupiter may have been what’s been called the “Star of Bethlehem” in 3-2 BC. There has not been a brighter, closer planetary conjunction in the 2,000 years since. FULL REPORT