Monday, November 25, 2013

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Hundreds Of Stingrays Wash Ashore Dead In Campeche, Mexico?!

November 25, 2013 - MEXICO - As it happened last July on the beaches of Chachalacas, Veracruz, yesterday Champoton hundreds of dead stingrays arrived at Malecon, sparking surprise and even annoyance of the inhabitants, who gave extensive coverage of the phenomenon in social networks.


Disaster: Hundreds of specimens of this species arrived dead or dying. Champotonero the Malecon.


Although sporadically has made such situation in the state, have been specimens of turtles, dolphins and other species, but rarely together hundreds of specimens were found dead on a lonely beach of Campeche.

Environmental organizations and hundreds of citizens accused from their Twitter accounts or Facebook the serious pollution of the Bay of Campeche as the cause of this natural disaster.

Meanwhile, federal and state authorities SEMARNET, Profepa, Sagarpa and SMAAS, among others dedicated to the environment and natural resources, the phenomenon silent until last night.

Stingrays which arrived dead at Champoton are of the species known as Bala, and serves as a substitute for hearty dogfish in these times when the ban was imposed on the different varieties of sharks. - Expreso Campeche. [Translated]



GLOBAL VOLCANISM: It's Raining Black "Hail" Rocks - Mount Etna Erupts Again, Sending Showers Of Volcanic Ash Onto Sicily!

November 25, 2013 - ITALY - Mount Etna erupted for the second time in a week, sending showers of volcanic ash and rocks down onto towns in the southern Italian island of Sicily.




Video footage above shows black "hail" covering cars, front porches and roads.

Etna also erupted last weekend, spouting fiery plumes of ash and lava that lit up the sky in a breathtaking show of color. But it also disrupted flights in and out of Catalina airport.






Luckily, Sunday's eruption did not prompt evacuations or major air traffic disruptions. One motorway was closed for half an hour. - UPI.


WATCH: Mount Etna rains black rocks onto Sicily.





GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Japan's Mount Sakurajima Volcano Shaken By Very Violent Eruptions - Ash Plumes Reached As High As 15,000 Feet!

November 25, 2013 - JAPAN - After a short phase of weaker activity, the Sakurajima volcano began to erupt more violently yesterday.




It started with a series of powerful explosions that sent ash plumes up to 15,000 ft (4.5 km). Near-constant ash emissions have been taking place from the Showa crater. - Volcano Discovery.


WATCH: Sakurajima volcanic activity on November 24, 2013.





PLANETARY TREMORS: Powerful 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes The South Atlantic - Strongest To Ever Hit The Region!

November 25, 2013 - SOUTH ATLANTIC - A magnitude-7.0 earthquake has struck in the South Atlantic, southeast of the disputed Falkland Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).


USGS earthquake location.

It says the quake struck at 2-27 a.m. on Monday (0627 GMT), about 195 miles southeast of the Falklands’ capital, Stanley, and 545 miles east of Ushuaia, Argentina. The depth was a shallow 6.2 miles. The Falklands are a British territory that is claimed by Argentina.

The USGS says the quake followed four others that all measured more than 5.0, over a two-hour period leading up to the big quake. It says such quakes are uncommon in the region. Only 15 quakes of more than magnitude 5.0 had been measured in the region in the previous 40 years. - The Hindu.


USGS earthquake intensity shakemap.

 The November 25, 2013 M7.0 earthquake (06:27:33 UTC) southwest of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean occurred as the result of strike slip faulting, on either a left-lateral fault striking ENE-WSW, or a right-lateral structure striking NNW-SSE.  The location of the earthquake, near the ENE-WSW trending plate boundary between the South America and Scotia tectonic plates, suggests it is likely associated with left-lateral faulting along this margin. At the location of this earthquake, the Scotia plate moves ENE with respect to South America at a rate of approximately 9.5 mm/yr.

The November 25, 06:27:33 earthquake was the largest of 5 M5+ events that occurred in a similar area over an approximate 2-hour period, including a M5.6 earthquake 24 seconds prior to the M7.0 mainshock. Though this region experiences moderate-sized earthquakes relatively frequently – 15 M5+ events have occurred within 250 km of the November 25 earthquake over the past 40 years – large events are fairly uncommon. The largest nearby earthquake over the same time period was a M6.6 event in September 1993, 210 km to the east of the November 25 earthquake. - USGS.




GLOBAL VOLCANISM: More Gases Erupt From Indonesia's Rumbling Mount Sinabung Volcano - Alert Status Raised To The Highest Level!

November 25, 2013 - INDONESIA - Indonesian authorities raised the alert status for one of the country’s most active volcanoes to the highest level Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions in recent days.


In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Ujung, North
Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status for one of the country's most active volcanoes to the
highest level Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a
series of eruptions in recent days. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)


Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province unleashed fresh volcanic ash and gravel as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) and searing gas down its slope up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), said a government volcanologist, Surono, who like many Indonesians uses one name.

The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high mountain has sporadically erupted since September after being dormant for three years. “We are in a situation of high alert due to the danger of searing gas,” Surono said, adding that authorities had urged people to stay at least 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from the crater.


In this photo taken using a long exposure, star trails are seen over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into
the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Authorities raised the
alert status for one of the country's most active volcanoes to the highest level Sunday after the mountain
repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions in recent days.
(AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

In this late Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur,
North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status for one of the country's most active volcanoes to the
highest level Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following
a series of eruptions in recent days. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

About 12,300 evacuees from eight villages around the mountain were packed Sunday in crowded government camps away from the fiery crater, while more than 6,000 others fled earlier to temporary shelters in 16 safe locations, said National Disaster Mitigation spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said airlines had been notified to avoid routes near the mountain.

The volcano’s last eruption, in August 2010, killed two people and forced 30,000 others to flee. It caught many scientists off guard because it had been quiet for four centuries. Mount Sinabung is among around 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. - AP.



MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: European Satellites Launched To Eye Earth's Weakening Magnetic Field!

November 25, 2013 - SPACE - The European Space Agency on Friday launched three satellites it hopes will help understand why the magnetic field that makes human life possible on Earth appears to be weakening.


Aurora Australis or ''Southern lights'' are seen in this picture captured by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) with a digital camera while they passed over the Indian Ocean, in this September 17, 2011 photograph.
Credit: Reuters/NASA/Handout


The satellites, comprising ESA's Swarm project, were launched from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome on a Rockot vehicle at 7.02 a.m. EST and were placed in near-polar orbit at an altitude of 490 kilometers (304 miles) about 91 minutes later.

Data that Swarm is due to collect for the next four years will help improve scientists' relatively blurry understanding of the magnetic field that shields life on Earth from deadly solar radiation and helps some animals migrate.

Scientists say the magnetosphere is weakening and could all but disappear in as little as 500 years as a precursor to flipping upside down.

It has happened before - the geological record suggests the magnetic field has reversed every 250,000 years, meaning that, with the last event 800,000 years ago, another would seem to be overdue.




While the effects are hard to predict, the consequences may be enormous. Satellites, essential among others for communications, could be more exposed to solar wind, and the oil industry uses readings from the magnetic field to guide drills.

"Swarm is an essential mission, not only for Europe but also for the world," ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain told Reuters following the launch. "We cannot live on planet Earth without this (magnetic) shield."

The Swarm mission was developed and built by European aerospace group EADS's Astrium unit. - Reuters.