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Update: May 31, 2014:Strong Magnitude 6.2 quake hits 259km WSW of Tomatlan, Mexico

Update: May 29, 2014:Second 'sink hole' opens up in a Swansea street, near Newcastle

Update: May 28, 2014:A powerful magnitude 5.8 tremor spurs aftershocks and strikes 38km SE of Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic

Update: May 26, 2014:A sudden strong Magnitude 5.8 quake struck 38km SE of Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic

Update: May 26, 2014:Magnitude 5.2 quake strikes Azores Islands region

Update: May 24, 2014: Dukono volcano (Halmahera, Indonesia) emits an ash plume extending 60 km west and at estimated 11,000 ft (3.3 km) altitude

Update: May 24, 2014: Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes 19km S of Kamariotissa, Greece

Update: May 21, 2014:P>Three tornadoes touch down in Denver suburb of Aurora

Update: May 21, 2014:Arizona wildfire near Flagstaff increase in size

Update: May 21, 2014: Strong but harmless magnitude 6.0 quake strikes 275km SE of Paradip Garh, India

Update: May 20, 2014:Changes occurring on Kilauea volcano with lava tilt

Update: May 18, 2014:Death toll rises to 44 in worst ever Balkan flooding (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Update: May 18, 2014:Batu Tara volcano (Flores Sea, Indonesia) entered a phase of more vigorous explosions

Update: May 18, 2014: Damaging earthquake near Darmstadt, Germany

Update: May 17, 2014:More than 20 dead, thousands evacuated in Bosnia, Serbia floods

Update: May 17, 2014:US scientists explore Grenada’s huge underwater volcano which poses dangerous tsunami risk to U.S. coast

Update: May 16, 2014:Shishaldin volcano (Alaska): increase of activity, likely lava fountains

Update: May 16, 2014:Fire tornado spotted in California but crews makes gains on worst of San Diego-area wildfire

Update: May 15, 2014: Very strong earthquake with magnitude of 6.2 off the coast of Negros, Philippines (felt in a wide area)

Update: May 15, 2014:Floods sweep Serbia and Bosnia

Update: May 14, 2014: 9 wildfires burn across San Diego County

Update: May 14, 2014:Shallow, sharp Magnitude 6.6 quake struck 99km SSE of Ifalik, Micronesia

Update: May 13, 2014:A Magnitude 6.5 quake hits 108km SSE of Punta de Burica, Panama

Update: May 12, 2014:A Magnitude 6.5 Quake strikes near the Southern East Pacific Rise

Update: May 9, 2014:Zavodovski island (South Sandwich islands): ongoing volcanic activity

Update: May 8, 2014:6.4 Magnitude Quake Rattles Mexico but No Casualties Reported

Update: May 7, 2014: Shallow, strong quake with magnitude 6.1 strikes 96km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Update: May 6, 2014:Preliminary quake map shows fault lines under schools, hotels, homes in Southern California

Update: May 5, 2014:Rare Earthquake Warning Issued for Oklahoma by the USGS

Update: May 5, 2014:Strong, sharp Magnitude 6.0 quake strikes - 9km S of Mae Lao, Thailand

Update: May 5, 2014:Here comes El Niño: Recent spike in sea temperatures raise fears that a 'significant' weather event is on its way

Update: May 4, 2014:Strong, Deep (527.6km (327.8mi),Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes South of the Fiji Islands

Update: May 2, 2014:Over 2,100 Reportedly Dead in Afghanistan Landslide

Update: May 1, 2014:Rainfall records are broken in Florida and Alabama with as much as 18.9 inches of rain fell over 24 hours

Update: April 30, 2014:Severe System brings Tornadoes, Historic Flooding

Update: April 29, 2014:Deadly tornadoes are sweeping thru the Southern USA into Wednesday and threatening 75 milllion people

Update: April 29, 2014: Typoon Tapah is set to bring torrential storms to the West Pacific.

Update: April 27, 2014:Epic Global Changes & Axis Shifts

Update: April 27, 2014:Mayflower, Arkansas, Tornado: Heavy Damage, At Least 8 Deaths Reported

Update: April 25, 2014:Fairly harmless Magnitude 6. 2 quake hits 67km NE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga

Update: April 24, 2014:Forecasters Are Already Predicting a Massive Tornado Outbreak This Weekend

Update: April 23, 2014:6.7 Quake Shakes North Vancouver Island

Update: April 19, 2014:Landslide in Jackson, Wyo., begins to move more quickly

Update: April 19, 2014:Magnitude 7.5 quake hits 75km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Update: April 19, 2014: Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes 59km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Update: April 18, 2014:7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Mexico

Update: April 17, 2014:6 killed, 9 missing in Mt. Everest avalanche

Update: April 17, 2014:A deep Magnitud 6.2 quake strikes the Balleny Islands region

Update: April 16, 2014:Scientists puzzled by recent flurry of quakes in central Idaho

Update: April 14, 2014:A Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes in the Bouvet Island region

Update: April 13, 2014:Magnitude 7.4 quake strikes 111km S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Update: April 12, 2014:Strong Magnitude 7.6 tremor hits 100km SSE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

March 2014 An Intense Month for Sudden, Record Breaking Earth and Weather Events
The Pisces New Moon on March 1st @ 2:59 AM EDT really shifted things as Mars stationed to move retro. in Libra and Saturn did the same thing the next day and move retrograde the next day in Scorpio. Both of these planets respectively, Mars (ruler of Aries) and Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) teed up the ongong Uranus-Aries waxing square to Pluto-Capricorn.
On March 10th a large earthquake off the Northern California coast near Ferndale registered 6.8 magnitude.
On March 16th we had a Full Moon in Virgo @ 10:08 AM PDT or 1:08 EDT when the Virgo Moon opposed a stellium of planets in Pisces
which added to more oceanic and weather events. The big news was came on March 20th with the Equinox and the Sun entering Aries and the N. Node shifting into a more active, cardinal axis with Libra/Aries to trigger a series of earthquakes: View
the USGS significant earthquake archive to see quakes from a 6.7 off shore from Iquique, Chile to a surprising quake in Westwood, CA to a 6.5 in Moehean, India.
Then as we headed toward the historic Marchd 30th. New Moon in Aries @ 11:46 AM PDT or 2:46 PM EDT, everthing began to ramp up with a 5.1 in La Habra, California to a 4.8 in Yellowstone and then on April Fools Day the Mega-Thrust 8.2 Quake off shore Iquique, Chile where it hasn't stopped rocking.
We also had more alarming reports of Why Are Giant Sinkholes Appearing All Over America
Also an uptick of volcanic activity like Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano spews rock and ash

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MARCH UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for March 2014.

Update: March 31, 2014:Update: March 30, 2014:Yellowstone Earthquake: Volcanic Eruption Not Expected After Strongest Tremor in 29 Years

Update: March 30, 2014:Winter Storm Xenia Forecast: Blizzard Possible in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota

Update: March 30, 2014:4.8 quake shakes Yellowstone National Park

Update: March 29, 2014:A 4.1 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon, rattles residents of Oranage County and is the largest of more than 100 aftershocks

Update: March 29, 2014:Aftershocks Rattle California Following 5.1 Earthquake

Update: March 29, 2014:5.1 quake and a slew of aftershocks

Update: March 28, 2014:

Update: March 27, 2014:A new ash plume reported at Batu Tara volcano(Indonesia)

Update: March 27, 2014:Grímsvötn volcano (Iceland): small glacial flood and earthquake swarm

Update: March 26, 2014:Unusual tornadoes touch down in Northern California and damage houses

Update: March 26, 2014:Severe Weather Outbreak To Hit Eastern Great Plains States On Thursday

Update: March 25, 2014: A strong, deep 6.5 magnitude quake struck South of the Fiji Islands

Update: March 24, 2014:Authorities warn Hekla Volcano might erupt soon

Update: March 23, 2014:Another strong earthquake, magnitude 6.0 strikes the area West of of Iquique, Chile.

Update: March 22, 2014:14 earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma since Friday

Update: March 21, 2014:Strong 6.5 quake and repeated aftershocks strikes E of Mohean, India, in the greater Nicobar Islands region

Update: March 21, 2014:Copahue volcano (Chile) exhibits increased seismic activity and the alert level is raised to orange

Update: March 19, 2014:Oil industry group - irresponsible to link earthquake with fracking

Update: March 17, 2014:Earthquake preparedness for bookish types

Update: March 17, 2014:Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

Update: March 17, 2014:Magnitude 6.2 quake srikes 80km WNW of Iquique, Chile

Update: March 16, 2014:Very strong earthquake with Magnitude 6.7 strikes near the coast of Iquique, Northern Chile

Update: March 15, 2014:A Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes 6km W of Sechura, Peru

Update: March 15, 2014:A Sharp Magnitude 6.1quake strikes 27km SSW of Paracas, Peru

Update: March 14, 2014:The haboob is coming! Cold front kicks up huge 10,500ft wall of dust in Texas and New Mexico

Update: March 14, 2014:Yellowstone volcano 2.5 times larger than previously thoughtUpdate: March 14, 2014:5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Update: March 14, 2014:Multiple Small Earthquakes recorded at Cerro Negro volcano (Colombia)

Update: March 13, 2014:A Dangerous Magnitude 6.3 quake srikes - 13km N of Kunisaki-shi, Japan

Update: March 13, 2014:A potent threat of major earthquake off California's northern coast

Update: March 12, 2014:Karymsky volcano (Kamchatka) releases ash cloud

Update: March 11, 2014: Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Off the coast of Oregon

Update: March 11, 2014:Slamet volcano (West Java): new eruptions, alert level raised

Update: March 10, 2014:Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes East of the South Sandwich Islands

Update: March 9, 2014:Series of quakes - including 6.9 temblor - hits off coast of Eureka

Update: March 6, 2014:Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano spews rock and ash

Update: March 6, 2014:Why Are Giant Sinkholes Appearing All Over America? Is Something Happening To The Earth’s Crust?

Update: March 5, 2014: A strong magnitude 6.3 quake struck 262km ESE of Sola, Vanuatu far away from populated areas

Update: March 3, 2014:Temperatures tank in Dallas while snow falls on East Coast

Update: March 2, 2014:A significant magnitude 6.5 quake strikes 110km (68mi) NW of Nago, Japan (Ryukyu Islands)

Update: March 2, 2014:Very strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake felt in Nicaragua / El Salvador

Update: March 1, 2014:Poás Volcano spews material 300 meters high after explosion inside crater

February 2014 An Intense Month for Sudden, Record Breaking Earth and Weather Events
The volatile Cardinal Cross featuring the Uranus-Pluto Waxing Square has a new player Jupiter via an expansive T-Square with help from Mars which continues direct till March 1st.
Volcanoes will be non-stop, wild weather from more freezing storms to monster floods in some parts of the USA and the Southern Hemisphere.
After the New Moon in Aquarius on January 30th. @ 1:38 PM Pacific/9:38 PM Universal Time, the extreme changes were ongoing.
On February 6th. a dangerous First Qtr. Moon in fixed sign Taurus hosted a Mercury retrograde and opposition to Saturn for more volcanoes in a new location.
Then on Valentine's Day - February 14th. @ 3:53 PM Pacific a wild Full Moon in Leo meant more quakes.
On to February 25th. when Jupiter in Cancer made an exact square to Uranus in Aries coincides with major flood conditions.

Quake, Volcano and Weather Reports/Flash Updates
February 3rd to 5th An Aries Moon sets off major earth shifts with conjunction to Uranus,
then squares to Jupiter, Pluto, Venus and Mars.
This Aries Moon and the subsequent ingress of Lunar Taurus on Feb. 5th. @ 1:46 AM kicks the seismic and vulcanic activity into high gear especially in areas like East Java.

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FEBRUARY UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for February 2014.

Update: February 28, 2014:Two small eruptions reported at Alaska’s Cleveland’s Volcano

Update: February 28, 2014:Storm knocks out power, clogs roads, spawns flooding

Update: February 28, 2014:Heavy rain brings floods to Bolivia

Update: February 27, 2014:Vibrating Gwinnett Co. homes mystify neighbors

Update: February 26, 2014:Europe Storms 2014: More Storms Coming for United Kingdom as Severe Flood Warnings Reissued

Update: February 26, 2014:Strong, Magnitude 6.1 Quake strikes 138km NNW of Amukta Island, Alaska

Update: February 26, 2014:ECMWF Weather Model Is Showing Incredible Rainfall totals for Southern California!

Update: February 25, 2014:Booms, Magnetic field disturbances, Big Quakes, Fireballs a predictable period? The Proof & patterns

Update: February 24, 2014:Landslides Kill 11 in Indonesia's Papua Province

Update: February 23, 2014:Sinabung volcano activity 23 Feb 2014

Update: February 21, 2014:Nishino-Shima volcano (Izu Islands, Japan): island has doubled in elevation

Update: February 20, 2014:Mount Hood study suggests dormant volcanoes quickly become active

Update: February 19, 2014:Oklahoma on pace for 700+ 2.5+ earthquakes, which is 11x more than in 2012

Update: February 18, 2014:Magnitude 6.5 Quake strikes EAST OF MARTINIQUE, WINDWARD IS.

Update: February 18, 2014:Powerful Quake with Magnitude 6.5 strikes 170km NNE of Bathsheba, Barbados

Update: February 17, 2014:Terrifying holes that are opening up all over Britain: They're appearing at FIVE TIMES their normal rate and further bad weather could mean we haven't seen the last of them

Update: February 17, 2014:Booms prediction coming true, Oklahoma ongoing Mysterious booms

Update: February 17, 2014:USGS: 5th earthquake rattles Oklahoma-centered near Guthrie

Update: February 16, 2014:USGS reports 4.2-magnitude earthquake near Guthrie

Update: February 16, 2014:Residents Baffled by Terrifying Loud Booms in Oklahoma 20 earthquakes were reported to USGS


Update: February 15, 2014:The sharp magnitude 4. 1 quake in SC felt hundreds of miles away

Update: February 14, 2014:Updates on the quake that struck South Carolina relating to New Madrid

Update: February 14, 2014:A Rare and Sudden 4. 1 magnitude quake struck - 12km WNW of Edgefield, South Carolina

Update: February 14, 2014:Winter storm buries parts of northeast; death toll at 25

Update: February 13, 2014:Indonesia volcano erupts killing 16 (PHOTOS) at Gunung Kelud

Update: February 13, 2014:Mount Kelud: Volcano in Indonesia Erupts

Update: February 13, 2014:Ongoing eruption at Gunung Kelud

Update: February 12, 2014:Brutal winter may see Lake Superior freeze over for first time in decades

Update: February 12, 2014:Pictures of Heavy snow hits Tokyo

Update: February 12, 2014:Huge explosion-like sounds cause panic in Dharmapuri

Update: February 12, 2014:Long Valley caldera (California, USA): small earthquake swarm east of Mammoth Mountain

Update: February 12, 2014:Large Dangerous Quake Measuring 6.9 Magnitude strikes in Xinjiang, China

Update: February 11, 2014: NEW Polar Vortex coming, Southern Snow, Overall Global Cooling

Update: February 11, 2014:After run on groceries, Georgians prepare for 'historic' ice storm

Update: February 11, 2014:Volcano in Ecuador causing crop shortage, rising prices

Update: February 11, 2014:'Biblical flooding’ spreads across UK in worst rainfall in over 200 years

Update: February 10, 2014:5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Azerbaijan

Update: February 10, 2014:UK floods: Homes evacuated as swollen Thames keeps rising

Update: February 10, 2014:Most Reliable Model Projecting A March 1993 like Super Storm Nor’easter For The Eastern United States

Update: February 10, 2014:1.2 million to evacuate in Japan’s Mt. Fuji Volcano erupts

Update: February 9, 2014:UK floods: Severe flood warnings issued for Thames

Update: February 8, 2014:Magnitude 6.0 quake hits in the Scotia Sea - 862km (536mi) SW of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Update: February 8, 2014:Unusual Magnitude 3.0 quake strikes near Hollywood, CA.

Update: February 7, 2014:Magnitude 6.5 quake takes place 27km E of Port-Olry, Vanuatu

Update: February 7, 2014:UK storms: rail chaos and more homes evacuated

Update: February 6, 2014:Freak snow storm paralizes northern Iran

Update: February 6, 2014:

More UK Storms prompt New Flooding Fears

Update: February 6, 2014:Drought: Rainy days ahead, but little relief

Update: February 5, 2014:Ubinas Volcano in Peru emits ash, smoke: shaken by violent spasm of tremors

Update: February 5, 2014:Ecuador’s volcano erupts, spews rocks and ash - Pictures Here

Update: February 5, 2014:A third of Ecuador’s provinces covered with ash from Tungurahua

Update: February 4, 2014:19 more volcanoes in Indonesia raised to alert level status

Update: February 3, 2014:Magnitude 6.1 quake adds to current earthquake swarm at Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia

Update: February 3, 2014:Magnitude 6.1 quake adds to current earthquake swarm at Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia

Update: February 3, 2014:Alert level raised on Indonesia’s Kelut volcano in East Java, following seismic swarm
February 3, 2014 – INDONESIA – The alert level of the volcano was raised today on Kelut or Kelud volcano from 1 (‘normal’) to 2 (“Waspada,” or ‘watch’) on a scale of 1-4. During the second half of 2014, a strong increase in seismic activity and a 5.5 deg temperature increase of the crater lake water had been detected. The number of shallow volcanic earthquakes rose from averages of 1-2 per day to approx 10 per day during 20-31 Jan and climbed to more than 100 events since the start of February alone. This might indicate a shallow intrusion is taking place and could lead to a new eruption. VSI had recommended a 2 km radius exclusion zone from the crater. The last eruption of Kelut was in Oct-Nov 2007, when a new lava dome grew within the crater lake.

Update: February 3, 2014:Increased activity continues at Tungurahua Volcano (Ecuador)

Tungurahua volcano (Ecuador): powerful vulcanian eruption sends plume to above 40,000 ft altitude

Update: February 2, 2014: A sharp, shallow Magnitude 6.1 quake strikes 12km NW of Lixourion, Greece

Update: February 2, 2014:Magnitude 6.5 Quake strikes 192km SSE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Update: February 1, 2014:Many Rogers County Residents Report Hearing, Feeling Loud 'Boom'

Update: February 1, 2014:GET READY! The Storms Start this Weekend… Two Weeks of Snow!

Update: February 1, 2014:Indonesia's volcano Sinabung continues deadly eruptions on western island of Sumatra, killing 14 people

Update: January 31, 2014: Magnitude 6.1 Quake strikes 13km SSW of Visokoi Island

January 2014 A Poweful Month for Major Earth and Weather Events
The volatile Cardinal Cross involving Mars in air sign Libra continues to Oppose Uranus in fire Sign Aries
Crossed by the Sun-Pluto-Mercury and Venus all in active earth sign Capricorn
Opposing Jupiter now in active water sign Cancer,
Expect some Severe Cold Weather in the Northern Hemisphere
In fact Winter Storm Ion Forecast: Heavy Midwest Snow, Freezing Rain for South and East, Then Widespread Brutal Cold
Records are being broken with this Major Arctic Outbreak, Tracking Winter Storm Ion

Mutliple Volcanic Eruptions and reevastationg earthquakes.
The month and year begain with a Super Moon in Capricorn on January 1, 2014 @ 3:14 AM Pacific Time
The next full moon occurs on January 15, 2014 @ 8:52 PM Pacific or 11:52 PM Eastern
Watch for increased quakes/seismic events, volcanic actvity, severe and turbulent weather and possible tsunamis.
Native Americans call the Full Moon in January, the Wolf Moon when packs of wolves roam around in the frozen weather looking for food.
The entire period of time leading up to and directly right after this lunation will be activated.
Then heading toward another Super Moon - A New Moon in Aquarius on January 30th. @ 1:38 PM Pacific
With the moon closest to the earth like on Janu

Quake, Volcano and Weather Reports/Flash Updates
February 1st to 2nd. After the Aquarian New Moon on January 30th. Today's Pisces moon seems tame with a Grand Water Trine

ALERT Jan. 28th: Reykjanes Ridge

Global Incident Map USGS MAP WORLDVIEW
5.1 Reykjanes Ridge 2014-01-28 14:22:17 UTC-08:0014.6 km
4.9 Reykjanes Ridge 2014-01-28 14:10:48 UTC-08:0014.6 km
4.7 Reykjanes Ridge 2014-01-28 13:33:32 UTC-08:0010.0 km
4.8 Reykjanes Ridge 2014-01-28 13:11:33 UTC-08:0015.4 km
4.8 Reykjanes Ridge 2014-01-28 12:48:00 UTC-08:0015.2 km
5.0 Reykjanes Ridge 2014-01-28 12:34:05 UTC-08:0015.6 km

Talking about Earthquake Lights in Ohio in the same breath about warnings from the New Madrid Fault.
First of all with Mercury and Mars as triggers for sudden faults slipping or more....
First right on time with the next New Moon in Uranian ruled Aquarius

Study: New Madrid fault zone alive and active

This shouldn't be any big surprise considering the incidence of quakes from Northern Texas to Ohio and Illinoise
Including this recent 3.2 Quake located SSE of Wetumka, Oklahoma

Lights indicate Monstrous Quake to Strike Ohio?
A historic earthquake with monstrous destruction may be in the works near Mansfield, Ohio as residents and local TV report strange lights emanating from the ground.
While the local TV Weatherman claims all is well - saying it's only ice crystals in the air - this phenomenon has been seen before in many places just days or hours before a massive earthquake. (This story is NOT intended to frighten or panic anyone, but it can't hurt to make some emergency preparations with food, water, flashlights, batteries, radios, blankets and such just in case.)
Rare flashes of light that are sometimes seen around earthquakes are not caused by birds, or planes, or UFOs—all of which had been previously used to explain the phenomena known as earthquake lights.
Instead, the lights are caused by electrical properties of certain rocks in specific settings, report scientists in a new paper.

When the moon was in Aries square the Capricorn alignment on January 7th.
Subzero 'Polar Vortex' Pushes Frigid Air Across US

While the moon was in Pisces we watched what has been caused a Black Swell
Black Swell" prepares to storm UK, Ireland and Portugal
Swell waves often have a long wavelength but this varies with the size of the water body, e.g. rarely more than 150 m in the Mediterranean, and from event to event, with swells occasionally longer than 700 m away from the most severe storms.

Freezing weather for the Northern Hemisphere continues from the alignment on January 1st i Capricorn New Moon
Mars continues in in air sign Libra squares Mercury in freezing Capricorn
This has touched off artic air.
Expect Record Breaking Cold Weather

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January UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for January 2014.

Update: February 1, 2014:Indonesia Sinabung volcano erupts again killing 14
An Indonesian volcano erupted on the island of Sumatra, leaving at least 14 people dead. Torrents of lava and pyroclastic flows gave neighboring villages an almost apocalyptic look. 2,460-meter-high Mount Sinabung erupted three times on Saturday, producing columns of ash about 2 kilometers tall and spreading hot rocks and ash over a 4.5 kilometer radius, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for National Agency For Disaster Management (BNPB). Four schoolchildren, a journalist and a school teacher are among those killed in the Saturday eruption, reports Indonesia’s Jakarta Globe newspaper. This is the first time the volcanic activity in the area is known to have resulted in deaths, Andi Arief, a presidential staff member, told Reuters. Three people who suffered burns have been hospitalized locally, Karo district official, Johnson Tarigan, told AFP. Though the volcanology agency recorded the “sagged” seismic activity of the volcano, a dangerous zone of 5 kilometers remained in place, officials said. “A handful of villages, about 16, must be emptied,” Nugroho added. “No evacuations could be made at this stage because of the potential for more eruptions," Arief said.

Update: January 31, 2014: Magnitude 6.1 Quake strikes 13km SSW of Visokoi Island in South Seass Region

Update: January 30, 2014:inter Storm Maximus to Bring Snow, Ice to Over a Dozen States, Including Drought-Plagued California

Update: January 28, 2014:Winter Storm Causes Wrecks, Gridlock in the South including State of Emergency in Atlanta

Update: January 28, 2014:Rare Storm Leo brings Major Snow, Ice From Gulf Coast to Georgia, Carolinas, Virginia

Update: January 26, 2014:a series of quakes that struck Western Greece (Cephalonia) over night.

Update: January 25, 2014:Earthquake lights could mean that a huge earthquake is due in Ohio

Update: January 25, 2014:Study finds dangerous New Madrid fault ‘alive and active’/a>

Update: January 24, 2014:6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Java region of Indonesia

Update: January 24, 2014:Two moderate earthquake strike near Guam; no tsunami alerts

Update: January 22, 2014:Massive floods in the French Riviera

Update: January 21, 2014:Shiveluch volcano, Kamchatka: explosive eruption produces ash plume to 28,000 ft altitude

Update: January 20, 2014:30,000 displaced by deadly floods in Indonesian capital

Update: January 20, 2014:Strong and Moderately Dangerous Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes below the North Island, New Zealand (Palmerston area) – minor damage

Update: January 18, 2014:Eruption of Shyhzerli volcano causes earthquake in Azerbaijan

Update: January 18, 2014:

Update: January 17, 2014:Thousands flee storm, persistent floods in Philippines

Update: January 16, 2014:The Polar Vortex Is Probably Coming Back

Update: January 16, 2014: Colby Fire Roars Out of Nowhere

Update: January 14, 2014:El Salvadoran officials on alert for Chaparrastique Volcano activity

Update: January 14, 2014:The sea froze so fast that it killed thousands of fish instantly

Update: January 14, 2014:Floods hit South Philippines; 20 Dead, 13 missing, thousands displaced

Update: January 12, 2014:M agnitude 6.5 quake strikes off Puerto Rico- reports
A strong quake of magnitude 6.5 struck north off Puerto Rico on Monday and could trigger a local tsunami, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.4, was very shallow, at a depth of 17.7 miles (27 km) below the seabed. It struck at 12:01 a.m. (0401 GMT), 35 miles (56 km) north of the town of Hatillo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake could trigger a local tsunami. "There is the small possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than a hundred kilometers (63 miles) from the earthquake epicenter," the tsunami center said in its advisory. There were no immediate reports of damage. Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in nearby Haiti that killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless. © Thomson Reuters 2014

Update: January 12, 2014:Significant Magnitude 6.5 quake struck 56km N of Hatillo, Puerto Rico
Location: 18.997°N 66.829°W depth=28.5km (17.7mi)
Event Time: 2014-01-13 00:01:04 UTC-04:00 at epicenter

Update: January 12, 2014:A 4.5 QUAKE SHOCKS SONOMA COUNTY
The 12:24 p.m. quake's epicenter was located around the Geysers, a complex of geothermal plants north of Healdsburg
Taurus was rising with the N. Node and ruler Venus just separating from yesterday's inferior conjunction and applying
toward that square to Mars now posited in the sixth house in Libra
January 12th: with over 20 quakes this afternoon - view even smaller quakes here
Below from USGS the larger tremors including the 4.5 Magnitude Quake which set off this swarm!.
2.5 magnitude 7km W of Cobb, California
2014-01-12 19:05:46 UTC-08:001.6 km
2.7 magnitude 7km W of Cobb, California
2014-01-12 19:05:44 UTC-08:002.6 km
2.7 magnitude 6km NW of The Geysers, California
2014-01-12 14:05:48 UTC-08:002.0 km
2.5 magnitude 7km W of Cobb, California
2014-01-12 12:36:03 UTC-08:00
2.6 magnitude 4km WNW of Cobb, California 2014-01-12 12:26:38 UTC-08:002.8 km
4.5 magnitude 6km NW of The Geysers, California
12:24:46 UTC-08:00 at epicenter

Update: January 10, 2014:Zoos use ice treats to keep animals cool, as Brazil suffers through heatwave <

Update: January 11, 2014:Sudden Magnitude 3.4 quake strikes 46km NNE of Old Faithful Geyser, Wyoming

Update: January 11, 2014: Redux:Florida Keys and Cuba rattled by a rare quake

Update: January 11, 2014:Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupts 24 times in one day
January 11, 2013 – INDONESIA – Mount Sinabung, a volcano in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, erupted 24 times on Friday, shooting a column of ash about 4,000 meters to the sky and forcing further evacuation, an official said. Powerful burst of ash spread from the crater of rumbling volcano, located in Karo district, reported Xinhua citing Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson of national disaster management agency. The 2,457-metre Mount Sinabung has rumbled to life since September after being dormant for 400 years. It has erupted on and off since then, but went into overdrive frequently in November and December. The hot ash slid off to the southeast, scaling up the number of people fleeing the eruption to 24,949 on Friday from 22,708 a few days ago, the official added. “It is expected that the volcano is going to persist eruption in days to come.” Evacuation zone has been declared at 7 kilometer from the crater of the volcano, the official said, adding the authorities will proceed to send emergency relief aids to affected-areas. The Mount Sinabung is among the 129 active volcanoes in the vast archipelago country, which is prone to seismic upheaval as it lays on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” encircling the Pacific Ocean. -NDTV

Update: January 10, 2014:Kangaroos, Emus, Parrots Drop Dead as Australia Sizzles in Record-Breaking Heat Wave

Update: January 10, 2014: A significant magnitude 5.1 quake strikes 24km NNW of Corralillo, Cuba

Update: January 9, 2014: Earthquakes in past day hit right by where Mysterious booms have been heard

Update: January 8, 2014:Mt Marapi in Western Sumatra spews thin grey smoke ready for larger eruption

Update: January 8, 2014:Indonesia extends danger zone, amid Sinabung eruptions

Update: January 7, 2014:Watch as giant sinkhole swallows up Brazilian neighbourhood house by house as terrified inhabitants look on in disbelief

Update: January 7, 2014:Meteotsunami In Portugal or meteo-tsunami The earth is reeling like a drunkard - weird weather intensifies !

Update: January 6, 2014:
The Indonesian institute of volcanology has increasead the alert level of the 3,342 met high Raung volcano to “waspada” (2 on 4), this after an increase in activity since last week. Black clouds were also seen at the volcano. The civil defense will prepare an evacuation plan for those living near the volcano if the situation would deteriorate. There are at least four districts and dozens of villages in the regency that would be affected in case Raung’s activity would increase. At least 5 villages are located within the (normally used) 5 km radius of the crater in case of another status climb.

Update: January 6, 2014: What is a 'polar vortex'?
Temperatures across the United States were expected to plunge to their lowest levels for 20 years, as almost half of the population were trapped under what is known as a "polar vortex". The wind chill from the rare climatic phenomena could make it feel as cold as -60 Fahrenheit (-51 Celsius) in places – prompting authorities in several towns and cities to issue warnings that people should stay indoors and stock up on food. Exposed skin could suffer frostbite in as little as five minutes in such conditions, experts warn. The National Weather Service described the weather as "life-threatening," while the Weather Prediction Center warned of a "dangerously cold air mass." A "polar vortex" is a persistent, large-scale cyclone. They are usually found around either the north or south poles – it is rare for them to swing as far as to affect densely-inhabited areas. Winds sweep around the area at 100mph, typically trapping the cold air in the Arctic.

Update: January 6, 2014: Subzero 'Polar Vortex' Pushes Frigid Air Across US

Update: January 6, 2014: Monster waves slam into UK after US storm

LONDON (AP) — Waves up to 27 feet (8.2 meters) high slammed into Britain's southwestern coast on Monday, as lashing winds and heavy rain battered parts of the U.K. and coastal residents braced for another round of flooding. The monster waves were recorded at Land's End, the southwestern tip of the U.K. In Aberystwyth in Wales, seafront homes, businesses and student residence halls were evacuated as high tides hit the Welsh coast. The Met Office, Britain's weather forecasting body, warned of wind gusts up to 70 mph (113 kph) and exceptionally large waves along the coasts of Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland. At least seven people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since December, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England. The Environment Agency issued three severe flood warnings Monday — meaning there is a threat to life and property — for the county of Dorset in southwestern England, as well as more than 300 less serious flood alerts.

Update: January 6, 2014: Canadians experience jolting 'frost quakes' as temperatures plunge
As temperatures around Toronto and across Ontario drop to -20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit), residents are reporting frost quakes that are powerful enough to shake houses and rattle nerves. Usually found in extreme polar regions, the recent outbreak of frost quakes, known to meteorologists as cryoseisms, are now affecting many residents of Toronto, Canada’s most populous city. The weather-related phenomenon, which can feel like an earthquake, happens when water and moisture deep underground freeze as the temperature drops. Frost quakes typically occur between midnight and dawn, the coldest part of the night, thus many residents are being jolted awake by the booming sounds.

Update: January 5, 2014:Coldest Arctic Outbreak in Midwest, South Since the 1990s; East to Shiver Also
The words "January" and "cold" are forever linked in the U.S. No marketing campaigns needed. Everybody other than those in, say, the Florida Keys, Arizona, or Hawaii understands. Low temperature records in one of the nation's coldest month in the U.S., particularly in the Midwest, are harder to crack. It's a pretty, uh, low bar, so to speak. That said, one of coldest Arctic outbreaks in the past two decades is now plunging into the nation's Midwest, while also poised to sweep its shivering air into the East and South. Let's get to the bitter forecast details.
Monday/Tuesday: Coldest in Two Decades
The bitter cold spreads south and east and reaches its peak Monday and Tuesday from the Plains to the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. Morning lows Monday will be in the 20s and 30s below zero over much of eastern Montana, North Dakota, northeast South Dakota, Minnesota, northwest Illinois and Wisconsin. Relentless northwest winds of 15 to 35 mph (depending on location) will make this an exceptionally dangerous cold, sending wind chills into the minus 50s and even minus 60s across much of this region. At these levels, any exposed skin can suffer frostbite in as little as 5 minutes!
(MORE: Wind Chill Chart/Frostbite Danger)
Subzero cold will plunge as far south as the Ozarks and Ohio Valley, including Cincinnati, Ohio and Springfield, Mo. Daily record lows are possible in at least two dozen major cities from Texas to the Midwest including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, and Austin, Texas.

Update: January 5, 2014:Indonesia’s Sinabung Volcano erupts 50 times in one day
Authorities have extended a danger zone around a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia after it spewed blistering gas farther than expected. National Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says more than 50 eruptions on Saturday sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province down the southeastern slopes up to 5 kilometers (3 miles) away. He said the volcano's danger zone to the southeast was extended from five to seven kilometers (three to four miles) after the new eruption. It was still spitting clouds of gas and lava as high as 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) on Sunday, but no casualties were reported. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from villages around the crater into several temporary shelters. Sinabung has been erupting since September.

Update: January 5, 2014: Black Swell" prepares to storm UK, Ireland and Portugal
Europe will be hit by one of largest swells of the decade, as strong winds combined with high tides and large waves are coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. The United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland are in state of high alert. A severe storm is already hitting the British Islands, with severe flood warnings being issued across the territory. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) says people should protect themselves from the swell and keep a distance from piers and coastal defenses. "They don't understand how dangerous the sea can be. We would say please, please keep away from this water", warns Tom Mansell, a RNLI divisional operations manager and flood rescue team leader. Cornwall and Mullaghmore Head will get a truly "Black Swell", as the fetch travels without losing energy until Tuesday, 7th January, 2014. Waves in the 48-foot plus range are guaranteed. Portugal and the Galician region, in Spain, will also be affected by this extreme wave train, between 5th-7th January. Only professional surfers are expected to hit the big waves during this "Black Swell". If you're a regular surfer, stay away from the ocean otherwise you'll put your life in danger. Check the Wave Height Forecast for the British Islands and Iberian Peninsula. Mr Noble said: "It's quite a large hole and it's getting bigger all the time. It's probably increased by about 10% since it opened up. "It is quite interesting but there are two other similar large holes that appeared about half a mile away from this one in the 1970s, so it's not a new thing."

Update: January 5, 2014:Giant sinkhole reported in Peak District of Derbyshire, UK
A large sinkhole has appeared in part of the Peak District in Derbyshire. The hole, which eye witnesses said measures about 160ft (49m) wide, has opened up in the village of Foolow. Caver Mark Noble, 58, from Eyam, said he saw the hole during a walk on Christmas Day, but believes the land began to fall the day before. He said he has explored the caves at Foolow in the past as huge cavities were left in the area from an old lead mine.

Update: January 5, 2014:Unusual number of Arctic snowy owls spotted in U.S. Indicate Weather Changes

ALBANY, N.Y. — Snow-white owls with luminous yellow eyes are thrilling bird-watchers as the magnificent birds set up winter residence at airports, fields and beaches far south of their normal Arctic range. The Florida Times-Union reports that one of the Arctic birds has been spotted since last week in Little Talbot Island State Park. It’s only the third-ever sighting of a snowy owl confirmed in Florida. Park services specialist Peter Maholland says bird watchers have been flocking to northeast Florida to catch a glimpse of the white bird. Snowy Owls are familiar to children as Harry Potter’s pet. They are the largest North American owl, and they’re typically found in Canada and the Arctic. Experts say snowy owls fly farther south when their population spikes or their food source becomes scarce. An invasion of snowy owls has been reported this winter across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Snowy owls, familiar to children as Harry Potter’s pet, made a noticeable appearance in the northern half of the U.S. in 2011. Bird-watchers recently report on snowy owl sightings in dozens of locations across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states as far south as Cape Hatteras, N.C.
The owls live in the Arctic, but when their population spikes or lemmings are scarce, young ones fly south. “Snowy owl populations are synchronized with their food source, lemmings,” wildlife photographer Lillian Stokes, who co-authors the Stokes bird guides, said this week. “If the lemming population crashes, the owls have to go south in search of food.” A few snowy owls are seen in the U.S. every year, Stokes said. “But this year is phenomenal. People believe this could be historic numbers.” It’s too early to say how large this year’s snowy owl invasion will be, said Denver Holt, a researcher in Charlo, Mont., who has been studying the owls in Alaska for 22 years. “In 2011, it was enormous, nationwide, with sightings in 35 states,” Holt said. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website says that winter irruptions, or large numbers appearing outside their normal range, occur in snowy owls about every four years. During irruptive years, snowy owls may winter as far south as California, Texas and Florida

Update: January 4, 2014:Winter Storm Ion: Rockies, Midwest, Great Lakes, Mid-South Snow Followed by Brutal Cold

Update: January 4, 2014:Polar vortex' to blast frigid air over much of US

Update: January 3, 2014:Winter Storm Hercules: At Least 15 Deaths Blamed on Extreme Winter Weather in Northeast, Midwest

Update: January 3, 2014:A Dangerously Cold Arctic Air Mass Is Going To Hit Green Bay During The Packers-49ers Game

Update: January 3, 2014:Britain's coast battered by 30ft waves, high tides and giant hailstones as fiercest storms in 20 years leave trail of destruction... and there's more on the way

Update: January 2, 2014:Deadly winter storm, Hercules threatens 100MILLION people and drops temperatures colder than the surface of Mars - as 1,600 flights are canceled and Boston's Logan airport shuts down completely

Update: January 2, 2014:Twin quakes wreak havoc in Iran, killing at least one

Update: January 1, 2014: A deep Magnitude 6.6 quake struck 37km W of Sola, Vanuatu
Event Time: 2014-01-02 03:03:30 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
Location and Depth: 13.873°S 167.202°E depth=196.2km (121.9mi

December 2013 One of the most intense months of the year for earth changes!
Mars entered Libra on December 7th to trigger the Uranus-Pluto waxing square.
In fact as Uranus stations direct on Dec. 17th with the Full Moon and then on the Winter Solstice Dec. 21st Venus stations to move retrograde in Capricorn - A Massive Cardinal Cross develops into 2014
Ths will mean severe cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere, more Volcanic Eruptions and devastationg earthquakes.
The month begins with a wild new moon in Sagittarius on December 2, 2013 @ 4:22 PM Pacific Time or on December 3, 2013 @ 12:22 AM Universal Time
this was a major harbinger for intense cold weather - read my blog entry : Killer Freeze and Ice Storm Hits Hard with the New Moon - An Astrological View
The next Full Moon occured on December 17th. @ 1:28 AM Pacific and 4:28 AM Eastern Time then Uranus stations direct in Aries
Sudden storms, earthquakes and more volcanic activity follows heading toward the Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere @ 9:11 AM Pacific or 5:11 PM Universal Time
Then on December 21st. the Sun entered Capricorn @ 9:11 AM Pacific and 5:11 PM Universal Time
the Sun enters the rest of the players in this Grand Cardinal Cross
Expect some rapid, shifting tectonic plates for quakes and volcanic activity
along with the possibility of a Tsunami to strike.

Looking back
On December 21st, the Sun entered Capricorn to start the Winter Solstice/Longest Night of the Year for the Northern Hemisphere
and Summer Solstice/Longest Day of the Year for the Southern Hemisphere
The Sun's entrance into Capricorn adds to the ongoing Grand Cardinal Cross and means lots more earth changes and weather anamolies
The Moon is now in Leo and squares Saturn this afternoon @ 2 PM Pacific a potential trigger for huge quakes or volcanic activity..
There will be more shockers arriving quickly with Mars now Libra to oppose Uranus
Uranus stationed direct on the day of the Full Moon Dec. 17th.
and Weather Anamolies reflect Mercury trine Uranus (planet of record breaking)
Seismic Activity Intensifies!
Volcanic Activity High!
Severe weather also reflects first the Sun-Neptune square (exact Nov. 25th.)
Then the New Moon in Sagittarius and now into the First Qtr right after Mercury was trine Uranus and Mars opposes Uranus TSQ Pluto
We saw with the Full Moon on Nov.17th. , how the Taurus transits formed oppositions to the Scorpio Grouping adding extreme to the already Severe Weather Events
Plus with the active Grand Earth Trine including Mars in Virgo/Venus and Pluto Capricorn/Moon-S. Node in Taurus seismic activity will be off the charts in some areas. .
Mercury shifted into Sagittarius (Dec. 3rd.) and Mars entered Libra on Dec. 7th.
while Mars and Mercury continue in alignment even after they both changes signs
Looking back
December 1st. - Heavy torrential rain spurs landslide, killing 9 in Indonesia

Expect more violent earth shifts as we head into 2014 .
Many places now on
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December 27th. Alert! Increased actvity at El Hierro (Canary Islands)
Strong magnitude 5.4 earthquake about 30 km NW of El Golfo

December 23rd. ALERT! Quake Swarm near Lone Pine, CA.
4.7 quake strikes near Lone Pine
Magnitude lowered to 4.3
Location: 36.141°N 118.065°W depth=2.1km (1.3mi)
Time: 2013-12-23 05:39:26 UTC-08:00 at epicenter
Swarm below:
3.3 Magnitude 51km S of Lone Pine, California
2013-12-23 18:56:01 UTC0.0 km deep
3.1 51km S of Lone Pine, California
2013-12-23 18:36:32 UTC0.1 km deep
2.7 2km SSW of Coarsegold, California
2013-12-23 18:25:52 UTC3.7 km deep
3.1 51km S of Lone Pine, California
2013-12-23 18:24:48 UTC3.3 km deep
3.1 51km S of Lone Pine, California
2013-12-23 18:03:50 UTC1.1 km deep
2.5 51km S of Lone Pine, California
2013-12-23 14:18:35 UTC2.5 km deep
2.6 51km S of Lone Pine, California
2013-12-23 14:03:35 UTC0.4 km deep
3.4 51km S of Lone Pine, California
2013-12-23 14:01:30 UTC1.3 km deep

December 23rd. An unusual and moderate quake strikes ENE of Tokar, Sudan Magnitude 5.3 - 179km ENE of Tokar, Sudan

December 22nd. - Alert for the Canary Islands.
El Hierro Volcano activity report – A new seismic crisis has started +63 earthquakes so far today + 4 felt by the people

December 16th In Northern Chile.
Strong earthquake at intermediate depth near TalTal (Antofagasta), Northern Chile

December 15th. in Halmahera, Indonesia
Moderate damaging earthquake in the Ternate area, Halmahera, Indonesia
Update : Damaging quake (shallow and close to Ternate) although we did not expect it at a for Indonesia relatively weak earthquake (Magnitude 4.8). Damage count as reported by local media : 3 houses collapsed, 30 severely damaged, 201 with minor damage
Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.9 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-12-07 08:54:06 GMT/UTC Time : 2013-12-06 23:54:06 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

More volcanoes are either erupting or getting ready to blow.

December 29th. in El Salvador
A new eruption occured at the San Miguel volcano (El Salvador)

December 28th. at Kizimen (Kamchatka) and Karymsky (Kamchatka)
Kamchatka volcanoes rocked by ash plume eruptions

December 22nd. at El Hierro Volcano
El Hierro volcano (Canary Islands, Spain): new earthquake swarm

December 19th.
Dukono volcano (Halmahera Island, Indonesia): major ash plume reported, 45,000 ft altitude

December 17th. Major hotspots where vulcanism is active: Shiveluch, Sinabung, Nishino-shima, Fuego and Etna
Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Dec 2013: Shiveluch, Sinabung, Nishino-shima, Fuego, Etna

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December UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for December 2013.

Update: December 31, 2013: Truck falls into sinkhole on rain-soaked Hawaii island

Update: December 31, 2013: 130ft-deep SINK-HOLE opens up in sodden Derbyshire fields as forecasters warn wild, wild weather will continue for a MONTH

Update: December 30, 2013: Breaking Now: Possible East Coast Blizzard & Record Shattering Cold

Update: December 30, 2013: El Salvador begins evacuations near the Chaparrastique volcano

Update: December 29, 2013:A new eruption occured at the San Miguel volcano (El Salvador)
A new eruption began at the volcano this morning at 10:50 am local time. A strong vulcanian-type explosion produced an ash plume of unknown but considerable (several km) height. According to local press, ash fall was expected in the town of Chinameca and Civil Protection has begun evacuations of families residing in a radius of 3 km around the volcano.

Update: December 28, 2013:Strong earthquake with magnitude of 5.8 hits in the Mediterranean Sea in between Cyprus and Turkey
RUMORS are currently circulating that a massive earthquake might strike soon along the Turkish coast. We want to stress that NOBODY in the world can currently predict the time and the strength of an earthquake. Aftershocks are a normal process and may go on for days and even weeks. Most of them will not be felt as they are occurring below the sea floor. So, PLEASE NEVER BELIEVE RUMORS AND BE ALWAYS PREPARED FOR A STRONG EARTHQUAKE.
Update 18:14 UTC : Somebody reported that the power failures in some places were due to a thunderstorm and NOT the earthquake
Update 17:14 UTC : Some shore locations in Turkey (like Sorgun) have a power failure and are hotels are currently working on emergency diesel generators.
Update 16:55 UTC : Numerous aftershocks are occurring in the epicenter area in the sea. Only a few of them will have been felt by people.

Update: December 28, 2013:Scenic toll road that connects Tijuana, Ensenada collapses
The collapse on the coastal road occurred at kilometer 93 + 500 near Ensenada, according to a report on The collapse appears to have been caused by a landslide under the coastal road.
Massive Landslide Takes Out Toll Road South of San Diego California

Update: December 28, 2013:Kamchatka volcanoes rocked by ash plume eruptions
Kizimen (Kamchatka): Activity has picked up at the volcano again. An ash plume was reported this morning by VAAC Tokyo to 17,000 ft (5 km) altitude extending north. Webcam images show a significant steam plume which possibly contains ash. This suggests that the lava dome might be entering a new phase of growth. KVERT still maintains the volcano at status "Green" (normal).
Karymsky (Kamchatka): Strombolian to mild vulcanian explosions continue at the volcano. VAAC Tokyo reported an ash plume at 15,000 ft (4,5 km) altitude drifting NW this morning.

Update: December 27, 2013:A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Canary Islands: one of the largest tremors ever
December 27, 2013 – CANARY ISLANDS – Something is going on under El Hierro, and recent events suggest this time things could be dramatically different. Two years after a new underwater volcano appeared offshore of El Hierro in the Canary Islands, earthquake swarms and a sudden change in height suggest a new eruption is brewing near the island’s villages, officials announced today (Dec. 27). After the announcement, one of the largest temblors ever recorded at the volcanic island, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake, struck offshore of El Hierro at 12:46 p.m. ET (5:46 p.m. local time) today, the National Geographic Institute reported. Residents on the island reported strong shaking, and the quake was felt throughout the Canary Islands, according to news reports. The earthquake’s epicenter was 13 miles (22 kilometers) deep. Before the earthquake struck early this afternoon, the island’s volcano monitoring agency, Pelvolca, had raised the volcanic eruption risk for El Hierro to “yellow.” This warning means that activity is increasing at the volcano, but no eruption is imminent. A similar burst of activity prompted a yellow warning in June 2012, but the volcano soon quieted down.

Update: December 27, 2013:Levee Around Assumption Parish Sinkhole Cracking Again

Update: December 26, 2013: Hawaii sinkhole yields evidence of giant tsunami from Alaska

Update: December 24, 2013:3 Skiers Rescued After Avalanche in Utah

Update: December 24, 2013:Seismic shake-up: string of earthquakes rumble across U.S.

Update: December 24, 2013:California Drought Builds; No Winter Relief in Sight

Update: December 23, 2013:Earthquake swarm continues after a 4.3 magnitude quake strikes near Lone Pine, CA

Update: December 23, 2013:Thousands without power as heat wave hits Argentina's capital

Update: December 22, 2013:4.7 quake strikes near Lone Pine
A shallow magnitude 4.7 earthquake was reported Monday morning 31 miles from Lone Pine, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 5:39 a.m. PST near the surface. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 41 miles from Ridgecrest, 53 miles from Porterville and 57 miles from Lindsay.

Update: December 22, 2013:El Hierro Volcano activity report – A new seismic crisis has started +63 earthquakes so far today + 4 felt by the people
The activity continues, although with less tremor than in the early afternoon. - 63 listed earthquakes (we say listed, because there a a lot more of them). IGN does not list the very small ones anymore once a crisis is starting. They did this at the start in 2011, but in 2012 they changed the type of reporting. - The strength of the magma feed can be seen at the increasing number of earthquakes above 2 since the last hours. We expect more powerful ones during the nightly hours. - Epicenter in the greater El Pinar region

Update: December 22, 2013:Ice, snow storm hits Central and Atlantic Canada
380,000 without power in Ontario, including 264,000 in Toronto
Tens of thousands without power in Quebec, thousands in New Brunswick
Flights cancelled, delayed at airports from Toronto to St. John's
No streetcar service in Toronto
Freezing rain warning over in Toronto, but warnings stretch from Ontario to Atlantic Coast
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the province is prepared to offer "our full support and our assistance" to municipalities pounded by a winter storm, causing extensive delays on the road and in the air in Central and Atlantic Canada, and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands, possibly until Christmas Day. "I want to assure everyone living in these areas that all available resources are working to keep you and your families safe and to restore power as quickly as possible," Wynne said Sunday afternoon. A snowplow clears the way for cars on a downtown Montreal street. 1 of 21 Southern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes are all affected by the massive weather system, which is coating much of the landscape in ice. The storm, which stretches from southern Ontario to the Atlantic Coast, is suspected to have played some factor in four fatal highway accidents in Quebec Friday to Saturday, and another in Ontario. The freezing rain warnings have been lifted in some areas including Toronto, but warnings still stretch from Belleville, Ont., all the way to the Atlantic Coast. Wynne said she'd reached out to the mayors across the province to offer any support that is needed. "Emergency Management Ontario has bee

Update: December 22, 2013: Severe and strange weather sweeps nation, threatens holiday travelers
(CNN) -- The weekend before Christmas, Mother Nature is gifting -- or, rather, clobbering -- the United States with a little bit of everything. Ice storms, snow, flooding, thunderstorms, tornadoes and record-setting warmth are all in store, and with this maddening mix comes a massive headache for more than 94 million expected holiday travelers. Unless you're on the West Coast, odds are the weather outside is frightful and complex. To make sense of it all, let us take you on a national tour. Southeast: Thunderstorms, tornadoes and torrential downpours While ice storms and snow wreak havoc in parts of the country, the bigger story that's brewing is about rain and a severe storm event, says CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray. Why all the extreme winter weather? Harsh weather continued Saturday evening, with a risk of thunderstorms in Louisiana, Mississippi, parts of Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee. Isolated storms that form ahead of these bigger storms could become supercells, which means the possibility of tornadoes. One tornado hit Friday night in Mississippi. By midday Saturday, there were two tornado watches in effect. Saturday night, the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, said damage in that area -- four semi trucks overturned, five houses heavily damaged and 15 others with minor damage -- was likely due to a tornado. Saturday night, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported one death in Coahoma County, along the Mississippi River. There were no further details. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning late Saturday afternoon just west of Memphis, Tennessee, and there were reports of some semi trucks overturned on Interstate 40 in that area, according to CNN affiliate WREG. In Hughes, Arkansas, the St. Francis County sheriff told WREG a possible tornado touched down in that area. A spokesperson for the Arkansas Emergency Management Agency tells CNN the storm destroyed two homes and damaged three others. Three people were hurt in the storm, one of with serious injuries. Heavy rain, damaging winds and lightning were forecast to continue Saturday night into Sunday morning. These storms will spread, bringing downpours to Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and up the East Coast on Sunday. Some of the highest rain totals for Saturday occurred in Junction, Illinois, where six inches were reported, and Trumann, Arkansas, where residents had seven inches of rain by late Saturday evening. The main trigger for the severe weather is the above-average temperatures farther north.

Update: December 22, 2013:Government estimates 23,000 would be killed in 7 mag. earthquake beneath Tokyo
December 22, 2013 – JAPAN - A massive magnitude-7 earthquake, expected to strike beneath Tokyo with a high probability within 30 years, could claim up to 23,000 lives, destroy more than 600,000 buildings and cause an estimated 95 trillion yen ($910 billion) loss to the economy, a government panel said Dec. 19. Using the estimates, the government plans to work out a basic disaster management plan, including emergency response and measures to back up the operations of government ministries and agencies, before the current fiscal year ends in March. The latest report for the first time also included damage estimates for a hypothetical magnitude-8 class event along the Sagami Trough, a depression on the seabed that extends from the Japan Trench east of Honshu to areas around the Sagami Bay off Kanagawa Prefecture. The Dec. 19 report said the worst-case scenario would result in 70,000 deaths, including 11,000 from tsunami, and 1.33 million buildings destroyed. That is in addition to 160 trillion yen in economic damages, comprising 90 trillion yen in direct impact and 70 trillion yen in indirect impact. However, critics say the panel did not go far enough in studying the possibility of an even greater tremor. In August 2012 and March 2013, the government released damage estimates for a giant earthquake along the Nankai Trough, a depression on the seabed that extends from Suruga Bay off Shizuoka Prefecture to areas east of Kyushu. Those reports assumed a magnitude-9.1 event that could occur only once in 1,000 years. The latest report, by contrast, mostly assumed a magnitude-7 class earthquake, which has a 70-percent likelihood of striking beneath Tokyo within 30 years, and is much more common. Consequently, it predicted only limited impact on the operations of central government ministries and financial districts. “We focused on measures against events that are likely to occur in the near future,” disaster management minister Keiji Furuya told a news conference on Dec. 19. “I hope you understand why we did not do quite the same thing as when we estimated damage from (a giant quake) along the Nankai Trough.” Yoshiaki Kawata, head of a government panel that produced the Nankai Trough damage estimates, remained unconvinced.
“A lesson from the Great East Japan Earthquake was that there should be no ‘unforeseeable’ event,” said Kawata, a professor of disaster management at Kansai University. “That lesson has not been heeded. The report presupposes that most of the capital’s core functions would survive, which is part of the ‘foreseeable’ damage in the event of a major earthquake.” One member on the panel that worked out the latest damage estimates defended the report. “I doubt there is a need to evaluate an even greater ‘unforeseeable’ event hitting beneath Tokyo, which runs the risk of scaring off foreign firms,” the panel member said. “The Nankai Trough is a different story. The most important thing is for the people to envision the damage in their minds on the basis of our estimates and to understand how it can impact them.” The panel’s report marked the first time since fiscal 2004 that damage estimates have been produced for potential seismic events striking directly beneath Tokyo. The panel was headed by Hiroya Masuda, a former internal affairs minister, and reports to the Central Disaster Management Council. Panel members evaluated quantitative damage expected from a magnitude-7.3 earthquake that hits beneath the southern part of Tokyo, purportedly the most devastating among the 19 magnitude-7 class seismic scenarios that were recommended for consideration by a separate panel of experts chaired by Katsuyuki Abe, a seismologist and professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo. Update: December 21, 2013: Surprise: Louisiana Sinkhole Slid Sideways Before Collapsing Update: December 20, 2013: Translate to English In 168 hours , Espírito Santo, Brazil coast recorded the highest amount of rain the entire planet

In 168 hours , Espírito Santo, Brazil coast recorded the highest amount of rain the entire planet
The interpolated data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite (TRMM) of the American Space Agency (NASA) with ground meteorological stations showed that over the last 168 hours (since last Friday, 13), the coast of the Holy Spirit was region of the planet Earth that recorded more precipitation. In the community of Boa Vista, in Linhares, 18 hours (Brasília-summer) Friday (13) up to 18 hours on Friday (20), the rainfall had reached a staggering 498.6 mm. Still in the Espirito Santo coast, the estimate made ??by the satellite rainfall was between 500 and 700 millimeters.
Update: December 19, 2013:Dukono volcano (Halmahera Island, Indonesia): major ash plume reported, 45,000 ft altitude Update: December 18, 2013: UK Weather: Heavy rain and 90mph winds leave thousands of homes without power and give one pilot a thrilling landing (... and hail even stops play on the football pitch) Update: December 17, 2013: Increasing seismic activity, red alert issued for Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano again

Update: December 17, 2013: : The Cassava Express: 1st Antarctica Atmospheric River Found
SAN FRANCISCO — A wild weather phenomenon that causes massive winter flooding in California also dumps snow in East Antarctica, wetting one of the driest places on Earth, researchers said here Thursday (Dec. 12) at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union This is the first time scientists have spotted an atmospheric river snaking from the Indian Ocean south to Antarctica. Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow water vapor plumes stretching hundreds of miles across the sky. California weather forecasters call them the "Pineapple Express," known for transporting tropical moisture from Hawaii to the West Coast during winter. But the weather pattern can appear any time of the year, and atmospheric rivers have been spotted dropping rain and snow in Europe and even in the Arctic. Researcher Maria Tsukernik and her colleagues discovered Antarctica's atmospheric rivers because of incredibly high snowfall recorded May 19, 2009, at a weather station in East Antarctica's Dronning Maud Land. On May 19, 2009, Belgium's brand-new Princess Elisabeth weather station recorded about 1.6 inches (40 millimeters) of snow from two big storms. Two more atmospheric rivers followed, in June and July, bringing the most snow to Dronning Maud Land since satellite tracking of yearly snow levels started in 1979. [In Photos: The Coldest Places on Earth] Nearly 10 inches (250 millimeters) of snow fell in 2009, a record dumping not seen in the past 60 years, according to snow cores, which were detailed in a separate study published May 10 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. After July 2009, the weather station saw almost no snowfall until October 2010. "This sector has the least amount of moisture transported into the continental interior, and all of a sudden it had a very big anomaly in 2009," said Tsukernik, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Tsukernik, who studies Antarctica's cyclones, wanted to see if the spectacular storms somehow caused the sudden uptick in snowfall. With an international team of colleagues, she scanned weather satellite data and discovered a huge water vapor plume heading straight for East Antarctica on May 19, from offshore of Madagascar. "This image looked a hell of a lot like this atmospheric river phenomenon," she said. The anomaly was several thousand kilometers long but only a few hundred kilometers wide (like a river) and carried lots of water vapor. "This feature in the Southern Ocean very much qualified for all of the parameters of an atmospheric river," Tsukernik said.

Update: December 16, 2013:Unusual 4. 2 quake strikes 18km WNW of Caldwell, Kansas

Update: December 15, 2013: Mt. Etna's eruption forced the closure of nearby Catania airport

Rome: The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily has forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said. Twenty-one scheduled departures from the airport had to be scrapped and 26 arrivals re-routed to alternative destinations. The smaller airport of Comiso in the area was also closed down. The company that manages Catania airport, Sac, said in a statement on Sunday that "the wind direction and intensity" meant the ash was a risk to flights and it had to close off its air space. The company will review the situation on Monday. Etna is an active volcano and eruptions are frequent but the latest activity, which began on Saturday, is the most intense in months. The lava flow down one side of the mountain is visible from Catania and Taormina, a popular seaside resort. Three small earthquakes were also registered around the volcano on Sunday.

Update: December 15, 2013:Tornado confirmed as storm rips through Palm Coast, Florida
Officials on Sunday confirmed it was a tornado that caused “major damage” to several homes and brought down power lines in Palm Coast, Florida, late Saturday, officials said. One resident reportedly witnessed the roof being ripped from his home, according to Cindy Lane, spokeswoman for the City of Palm Coast. A tornado warning was issued, but there were no reports of injuries. More than two thousand homes were without power on Saturday night. The National Weather Service on Sunday afternoon confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Indian Trails neighborhood Saturday night. The 25-75 yard wide tornado was given a preliminary rating of strong EF1, with evidence of winds as high as 110 mph, officials said. Six or seven homes sustained "major damage" in the severe storm, which struck at about 7 p.m. ET Saturday, Lane said. Twenty-two houses had moderate damage and 142 were partially damaged, officials said. A holiday parade in the city was canceled just before the tornado struck. There are reports of debris in most areas as well as trees and power lines down in much of the local area, according to NBC affiliate in Orlando, WESH. Local resident Meredith Hollister told WESH that residents got a tornado warning on her cellphone, and they took cover in the bathroom until the storm passed.

Update: December 15, 2013: One thousand mile long snowstorm to pummel U.S. Northeast
CLIMATE – Heavy snow and travel disruptions will spread from the Midwest and into the Northeast as the day progresses on Saturday. The snowstorm will span more than 1,000 miles. Snow will fall on and impact every major city and rural area from St. Louis to Boston, including Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City. The area encompasses about 110 million people. Thanks to recent Arctic air making roads and sidewalks much colder compared to previous storms, enough snow to shovel and plow is in store from parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey to much of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Not only will the storm make roads and sidewalks slippery, raising the risk for slip-and-fall incidents and auto accidents, but it is likely to cause many flight delays and cancellations. The visibility will be poor, runways will become snow covered and aircraft will need to be de-iced. The storm could cause shipping delays and force Christmas shoppers to change their plans for the weekend. The recent cold weather, this storm, and others will translate to plenty of snow on the ski slopes. –Accuweather

Update: December 13, 2013: Scientists find East Antarctica is sliding sideways
ANTARCTICA - It’s official: East Antarctica is pushing West Antarctica around. Now that West Antarctica is losing weight–that is, billions of tons of ice per year–its softer mantle rock is being nudged westward by the harder mantle beneath East Antarctica. The discovery comes from researchers led by The Ohio State University, who have recorded GPS measurements that show West Antarctic bedrock is being pushed sideways at rates up to about twelve millimeters–about half an inch–per year. This movement is important for understanding current ice loss on the continent, and predicting future ice loss. They reported the results on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Half an inch doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s actually quite dramatic compared to other areas of the planet, explained Terry Wilson, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State. Wilson leads POLENET, an international collaboration that has planted GPS and seismic sensors all over the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. She and her team weren’t surprised to detect the horizontal motion. After all, they’ve been using GPS to observe vertical motion on the continent since the 1990's. They were surprised, she said, to find the bedrock moving towards regions of greatest ice loss. ‘From computer models, we knew that the bedrock should rebound as the weight of ice on top of it goes away,” Wilson said.
“But the rock should spread out from the site where the ice used to be. Instead, we see movement toward places where there was the most ice loss.” The seismic sensors explained why. By timing how fast seismic waves pass through the earth under Antarctica, the researchers were able to determine that the mantle regions beneath east and west are very different. West Antarctica contains warmer, softer rock, and East Antarctica has colder, harder rock. Stephanie Konfal, a research associate with POLENET, pointed out that where the transition is most pronounced, the sideways movement runs perpendicular to the boundary between the two types of mantle. She likened the mantle interface to a pot of honey. “If you imagine that you have warm spots and cold spots in the honey, so that some of it is soft and some is hard”” Konfal said, “and if you press down on the surface of the honey with a spoon, the honey will move away from the spoon, but the movement won’t be uniform.
The hard spots will push into the soft spots. And when you take the spoon away, the soft honey won’t uniformly flow back up to fill the void, because the hard honey is still pushing on it.” Or, put another way, ice compressed West Antarctica’s soft mantle. Some ice has melted away, but the soft mantle isn’t filling back in uniformly, because East Antarctica’s harder mantle is pushing it sideways. The crust is just along for the ride. This finding is significant, Konfal said, because we use these crustal motions to understand ice loss. “We’re witnessing expected movements being reversed, so we know we really need computer models that can take lateral changes in mantle properties into account.” Wilson said that such extreme differences in mantle properties are not seen elsewhere on the planet where glacial rebound is occurring. “We figured Antarctica would be different,” she said. “We just didn’t know how different.” –Space Daily

Update: December 13, 2013: Snow in Cairo, first time in 112 years!

Cairo hit by first snowfall in more than 100 years: Jerusalem covered in one meter of snow
CAIRO — Snow coated domes and minarets Friday as a record Middle East storm compounded the suffering of Syrian refugees, sent the Israeli army scrambling to dig out stranded motorists and gave Egyptians a rare glimpse of snow in their capital. Nearly three feet of snow closed roads in and out of Jerusalem, which is set in high hills, and thousands in and around the city were left without power. Israeli soldiers and police rescued hundreds trapped in their cars by snow and ice. In the West Bank, the branches of olive trees groaned under the weight of snow. In Cairo, where local news reports said the last recorded snowfall was more than 100 years ago, children in outlying districts capered in white-covered streets, and adults marveled at the sight, tweeting pictures of snow-dusted parks and squares. In other parts of the city, rain and hail rocketed down. On social media, some joked that the snowfall was the mystical work of Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, the military strongman who is the focus of something of a cult of personality among his followers. Sisi led the coup five months ago against the highly unpopular but democratically elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi. Storm-driven waves lashed Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, and fishermen in the ancient port city of Alexandria were warned by authorities against putting out to sea. In the Sinai Peninsula, snow fell on Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine’s monastery at its foot. Sleet washed the dusty fronds of desert palm trees.
The inclement weather worsened the situation for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, where many live in makeshift camps, abandoned buildings and other temporary sites lacking heat and protection from the elements. In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, many refugees were digging out snow from their provisional shelters amid subfreezing conditions. The situation is likely worse for multitudes of displaced people inside rebel-held and contested areas of Syria, where clashes and blockades by both sides in the country’s civil war have severely hampered delivery of aid. In Israel, where the storm was described as the heaviest December snowfall since 1953, thick clouds temporarily closed Ben-Gurion International Airport, causing the diversion of two international flights to Cyprus. Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, likened the storm to a snow tsunami.

'Historic' Israeli Snowstorm; Power Outage In Jerusalem

Rare, historic snowstorm paralyzes Jerusalem: Snow continues to fall across Israel Friday morning, reaching new regions of the country and causing major power outages and road closures. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat released a statement saying “we are battling a storm of rare ferocity.” The capital has over 37 centimeters (15 inches) of snow, with deeper snowfall in other areas. A weather forecaster on public radio described the storm as “historic,” as Jerusalem temperatures already dropped to 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit), and are expected to drop below freezing. Snow is anticipated to continue falling through Saturday. The views in Jerusalem are spectacular, as the hills of the city turn white and the rooftops in older neighborhoods wear a white contrast to the Jerusalem stone. A power outage has affected more than half of Jerusalem, although some areas are reporting a return of electricity. In Kiryat Moshe, Merkaz Harav Yeshiva opened its dormitory and dining room to stranded families who reached the entrance of the city, where the yeshiva is located, but could not get to their destination. Many more drivers were stuck on the roads in the city overnight, without food and water, after attempting to reach the city to see the snow. The Jerusalem municipality is continuing with the rescue operations that began Thursday night and have so far saved over 2,000 people. The IDF and the Border Police are assisting in the operation. Drivers who have been rescued have been taken to the Binyanei HaUma (International Convention Center), a community center in Mevaseret Zion and the Ofer Camp on Highway 443. The Israeli police have released a particularly strong warning to drivers in affected areas against going out in blizzard conditions. Police have warned residents across the country to avoid leaving their homes for any reason during the snowfall. Judea and Central Samaria villages are also receiving more snow – some for the first time in over ten years – including in Ariel, Nofim, Yakir, and Barkan. –Israel National News

Update: December 12, 2013: San Andreas quake impact: ‘damage could be greater and last longer than most of us ever imagined’
LOS ANGELES — A leading earthquake expert has issued a dire warning to Californians about the expected impact of a major disruption to the San Andreas fault line. The title of Dr. Lucy Jones’ lecture this week to the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco was “Imagine America without Los Angeles.” As KCAL9's Dave Bryan reports, Jones, a Science Advisor for Risk Reduction at the U.S. Geological Survey, says when the “Big One” hits Southern California, the damage could be much greater, and could last much longer, than most of us ever imagined. “Loss of shelter, loss of schools, loss of jobs and emotional hardship. We are risking the ends of our cities,” she said during the presentation. According to a USGS study called the “Shakeout Report”, when a high-magnitude earthquake rocks the San Andreas fault, the damage will go far beyond the collapsed buildings and freeways seen in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. For example, L.A.-area supermarkets now depend on internet systems for warehousing and shipping food to stores, and the food is stored on the other side of the San Andreas fault. “With the development of the internet and the new just-in-time economy, none of them store food on the Los Angeles side of the San Andreas anymore,” Jones said. “So this is one more place where the development of the complexity of our modern society is creating new vulnerabilities as we face the big earthquakes.” Fiber-optics is another vulnerability that is expected to be cut off when a disastrous earthquake hits the San Andreas fault. “Two-thirds of the connectivity from Los Angeles to the rest of the world go through fiber-optic cables crossing the San Andreas fault,” Jones explained.
“So we expect at the time of the earthquake when the fault moves, we will break these fiber-optic cables and two-thirds of the data capacity between L.A. and everyone else will disappear,” she said. Natural gas pipelines also cross the San Andreas fault, so gas for cooking and heating is expected to be in short supply. And the aging water pipes in L.A., which seem to break with great regularity even without an earthquake, are not expected to stand-up well when the big earthquake hits. “The water pipes – remember the first thing you put in in a city is the water pipes. That means our water pipes are some of the oldest parts of our infrastructure,” Jones said. “Seventy percent of the water pipes in Southern California are AC pipes and many of them will be breaking when this earthquake happens.” Much of the high-tech damage could hinder the recovery effort in the weeks and months after the earthquake, according to Dr. Jones, so getting Southern California back on its feet could be a wrenching process. “The world wide web wasn’t in existence at the time of the Northridge earthquake,” she said. “Right now think of how much both your personal life, but also our economic system, depends on having cell phone communications and internet connectivity (sic).” The “Shakeout Report” from the USGS estimates it could take six months for the broken water pipes to be replaced across Southern California after the earthquake. And they say while the Northridge quake directly affected about a half a million people, a maximum credible earthquake on the San Andreas fault could affect 10 million Californians. –CBS

Update: December 12, 2013: Scientists find giant mantle plume (similar to Yellowstone) under Antarctica
ANTARTICA – A big, hot blob hiding beneath the bottom of the world could be evidence of a long-sought mantle plume under West Antarctica, researchers said Monday (Dec. 9) here at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The possible hotspot — a plume of superheated rock rising from Earth’s mantle — sits under Marie Byrd Land, a broad dome at West Antarctica’s edge where many active volcanoes above and below the ice spit lava and ash. The hot zone was discovered with seismic imaging techniques that rely on earthquake waves to build pictures of Earth’s inner layers, similar to how a CT scan works. Beneath Marie Byrd Land, earthquake waves slow down, suggesting the mantle here is warmer than surrounding rocks. The strongest low-velocity zone sits below Marie Byrd Land’s Executive Committee Range, directly under the Mount Sidley volcano, said Andrew Lloyd, a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. “The slow velocities suggest that it’s a mantle hotspot,” Lloyd said. The hot zone also matches up with Marie Byrd Land’s high topography and active volcanoes, Lloyd said. Many researchers have long suspected that Marie Byrd Land sits atop a hotspot, because the region swells above the surrounding topography like the top of a warm soufflé (and it has lots of volcanoes). But with few seismometers sitting on the ice, scientists were left speculating about what lies beneath Antarctica’s ice.
The evidence for the new hot zone, called a thermal anomaly, comes from a massive, temporary earthquake-monitoring network called Polenet that was installed between 2010 and 2012, giving scientists an unprecedented look at Antarctica’s crust and mantle. (A gravity survey conducted at the same time also suggests there is a big warm spot beneath this part of West Antarctica.) But confirming that Marie Byrd Land is truly above a hotspot may require a return trip to Antarctica for another seismic experiment, said Doug Wiens, principal investigator on Polenet. “What’s absolutely sure is there’s a big thermal anomaly, a big blob,” said Wiens, a seismologist at Washington University. “What’s less sure is whether that anomaly goes deeper.” The thermal anomaly extends 125 miles (200 kilometers) below Marie Byrd Land, Lloyd said. Below about 255 miles (410 km), where a mantle plume’s trailing tail would also leave a hotter-than-average mark in mantle rocks, there’s little evidence for a rising hotspot, said Erica Emry, a postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University. “There’s no smoking gun,” Emry said. However, more work remains to be done on the Polenet data, which could reveal new clues and further refine what the mantle looks like under West Antarctica, Emry told LiveScience’s OurAmazingPlanet.
The discovery is one of many new insights reported Monday into the geologic mysteries concealed by Antarctica’s thick ice. Other findings include extremely thin crust, just 10 miles (17 km) thick, in West Antarctica’s Ross embayment near the Transantarctic Mountain Range, said Xinlei Sun, a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University. The Ross embayment is one of Antarctica’s two big coastal divots; the gap is filled by the Ross Ice Shelf. Here, the crust is as thin as in the Gulf of California, where continental rifting (also called extension) is tearing Baja California from mainland Mexico and building a new ocean basin. “This is the thinnest crust [in Antarctica] and is probably related to an extensional environment,” Sun said. On the other side of the Transantarctic Mountains lies the thick, old crust of East Antarctica, similar to the relatively stable interiors of continents such as North America and Africa. Antarctica’s thickest crust is found here, beneath the Gamburtsev Mountain Range. The Gamburtsevs are spectacular Alpine peaks completely buried in ice; the crust here is about 31 miles (50 km) thick. The crust beneath Marie Byrd Land is about 15 miles (25 km) thick, Sun said. -TWC

Update: December 12, 2013: Heaviest snowstorm since 1953 hits Israel
Jerusalem --- The heaviest winter snowstorm in December since 1953 hit Israel, including Jerusalem, Wednesday night and Thursday, prompting school closures and blocking access routes to the Israeli capital. The stormy weather was expected to persist into the weekend, with snow reaching elevated areas as far south as the Negev Desert on Friday. Snow began falling on Mount Hermon in the north. Snow is expected later in the week in areas of northern Israel and the Galilee, as well as in high elevations in central Israel. The Jerusalem municipality sent out an alert that school studies in the capital were canceled. Courses at the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus were also called off for the day. "Snow in Jerusalem is a cause for celebration for Jerusalemites and the many visitors who come to see the world's most beautiful city painted white," said Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat."We hope the snow won't disappoint, especially for Jerusalem's excited children, who are looking forward to it." Several major traffic arteries were closed throughout the country on Thursday morning, including parts of the tunnel road between Jerusalem and Hebron, and stretches of the Dead Sea road. The Jerusalem-bound lanes on Route 1 were intermittently closed between Latrun and Jerusalem. Temperatures are expected to be several degrees colder than usual for the rest of the week and dropping each day. High winds have prevented flights from leaving the Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv and slowed air traffic at Ben Gurion International Airport. In Tel Aviv, parts of the city's boardwalk were under water due to heavy amounts of rain. Authorities threatened to close the major Ayalon Highway as the Ayalon River continues to rise. As a result of the snowstorm, US Secretary of State John Kerry's scheduled meeting with Israel President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Brenjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday was postponed.

Update: December 11, 2013:Moderate and shallow earthquake near Brest, France with 3.5 Magnitude
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 3.5
Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-12-11 23:49:10
GMT/UTC Time : 2013-12-11 22:49:10
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Update: December 11, 2013: Yellowstone: the super-volcano that could blow up America
WYOMING - A super-volcano under Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is an even bigger threat to the U.S. than previously thought, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Utah said the volcano’s magma chamber – a lake of molten rock beneath the National Park – is approximately 2.5 times bigger than earlier estimates suggested. If the volcano were to erupt today, scientists predict that the resulting ash cloud would affect areas 1,000 miles away, leaving two thirds of the entire U.S. uninhabitable. The team discovered that the underground cavern is more than 90km long, containing up to 600 cubic km of molten rock. Prof Bob Smith, of the University of Utah, said: “We’ve been working there for a long time, and we’ve always thought it would be bigger but this finding is astounding.” To gauge the size of the underground magma chamber, the research team used a series of seismometers placed around the park. Dr Jamie Farrell, part of the research team, said: “We record earthquakes in and around Yellowstone, and we measure the seismic waves as they travel through the ground. The waves travel slower through hot and partially molten material. With this, we can measure what’s beneath.” Yellowstone is the largest supervolcano on the continent and has erupted several times in the last two million years. The National Park is famous for its underground lava lake, which fuels its iconic hot springs. Most of the molten rock lies a few kilometers below Earth’s surface. Smith added that researchers could not tell when the supervolcano would blow again but some are of the belief that an eruption is on its way, despite the volcano erupting every 700,000 years. –IB Times

Update: December 11, 2013: Geologists express concern about volcanoes in Australia
AUSTRALIA – If the Mount Gambier volcano in Australia were to erupt with the same magnitude that it did 5,000 years ago, it’s impact would reach as far as 60 miles away from the eruption site. Scientists used 3D geometrical computer modeling and thermodynamics—the study of the relationship between different forms of energy—to determine the size and magnitude of the Mount Gambier eruption. It is believed to be the first time the magnitude and size of a volcano on Australian mainland has been calculated, based on volume estimates of the volcanic deposits, and modeling of the volcanic plume, ash-dispersal, and thermodynamics. Australia’s most recently active volcano registered as a size four eruption on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI)—a similar size to the Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland eruption in 2010, which caused global chaos. Australia could face the same scale of tragedy if a volcano west of Melbourne was to erupt. “Little is known about the magnitude of eruptions from this volcanic province (the Newer Volcanics) that stretches around 400 kilometers between Melbourne and Mount Gambier,” says Jozua van Otterloo of the School of Geosciences at Monash University. “It has over 400 eruption centers and has been active for at least 4 to 5 million years. Normally the size and magnitude of eruptions of active volcanoes are determined based on observations during these eruptions.
Using 3D geometrical modeling, we’ve shown it is also possible to obtain volume estimates for different deposits of a prehistoric, monogenetic volcanic center.” For the study, published in the Bulletin of Volcanology, the team produced a diagram showing the impact of ash plume as it dispersed from the 2010 Iceland eruption over Europe, but juxtaposed over Australia with the eruption in Mount Gambier. It was shown that the amount of material dispersed during the Mount Gambier eruption was equivalent to the volume of 130,000 Olympic pools. “Magma rose to the surface from a depth of 80 kilometers (50 miles) and a large part of that magma interacted with the shallow groundwater which made the eruption so violent. With an ash plume of at least 5 to 10 kilometers (3 to 6 miles) high, the eruption can be classified as a size four eruption on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI),” van Otterloo says. “When and where the next eruption will occur is unknown. That is why our team continues undertaking extensive research in the area. Although statistics tell us it could be a long time before the next eruption, the main hazard is that when it does, we will only have a few days warning.” A similar eruption in the region would cause closure of the major airspace of eastern Australia, health risks from fine ash composed of glass fragments, destruction of crops, and impacts on livestock up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the erupting site and disruption to local infrastructure, van Otterloo says. “Understanding explosive volcanism aids the community to manage risk and provides insight into potential regional or global disruptions including to infrastructure, and impact on climate.” -Furturity

Update: December 11, 2013: Klyuchevskoy Volcano in Russia's Kamchatka spews ash 6 km high again
KAMCHATKA - The Klyuchevskoy Volcano erupting in Kamchatka has spewed ash six kilometers high, the Kamchatkan territorial emergency situations department reported on Wednesday. “The volcanic event occurred on Wednesday afternoon. The ash cloud stretched 250 kilometers east-northeast. The towns of Ust-Kamchatsky and Krutoberegovo are situated in the path of the ash cloud,” it said. No ash fall has been reported from towns on the peninsula, according to the department. An orange alert has been issued for the volcano. The Klyuchevskaya Sopka (Klyuchevskoy) volcano, which is 4,850 meters tall, is an active stratovolcano situated in the east of Kamchatka. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Eurasia. The villages of Klyuchi and Kozyryok are located a mere 45 kilometers from it. –VOR

Update: December 10, 2013: BYU geologists discover ‘supervolcano’ in Utah: past eruption superseded Yellowstone
UTAH – Geologists at Brigham Young University have discovered what may be the world’s largest “supervolcano” that erupted in Utah’s own backyard. While there are a variety of volcanoes that blast away in different ways, super volcanic eruptions are the biggest that collapse into large calderas. Yellowstone Park is the remains of one of those calderas, and it’s still very much alive and active. But, geologists think they may have found an equally as big, if not bigger super volcano, one that shook up western Utah and eastern Nevada 30 million years ago. The eruption is hardly visible to the naked eye now, but underneath and in surrounding formations, the evidence was waiting to be uncovered. “As far as we know, the Wah Wah Springs eruption is the largest known explosive volcanic eruption,” said BYU professor of geology Eric Christiansen. The eruption and collapse of the super volcano released almost 6,000 square kilometers of magma.
“It moved over a flat landscape covering 12,000 square miles in western Utah and eastern Nevada. It would have been unimaginable devastation,” said Emeritus BYU geology professor Myron Best. The magma flow extended beyond current-day Panguitch and north almost to Delta and south almost to St. George. As the ash was caught up in the jet stream, it carried as far as Nebraska. “The magma is erupting explosively as the flow spreads across the landscape,” Best said. Compared to Mt. St Helens — which is a different kind of volcano — Utah’s super volcano was 5,000 times larger. Deposits left behind in southern Utah from the single eruption are 13,000 feet thick. Thousands of rock samples collected over 30 years currently reside inside a repository at BYU with drawers extending from floor to ceiling. 600 students, 30 summers of field work and a lot of geologic mapping and analysis were utilized to confirm the existence of Utah’s super volcano. However, unlike Yellowstone which is still an active caldera, Utah and Nevada’s shared super volcano will unlikely ever erupt again, according to geologists.

Update: December 10, 2013:Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano shaken by large eruption, ejects ash plume to 38,000 ft (12 km) altitude
After a relatively calm period, a large vulcanian explosion occurred at the volcano this morning (04:30 GMT). VAAC Darwin reports an ash plume to 38,000 ft (12 km) altitude drifting 50 nautical miles to the NW. The eruption was preceded by a smaller one at midnight (GMT) with an ash plume altitude of estimated 18,000 ft (5.5 km). The volcano has been on red alert for 2 weeks and more than 17,000 people remain evacuated (for good reason!).

Update: December 10, 2013:COLDEST TEMP EVER RECORDED -135.8°F or -94.7C
ANTARCTICA – NASA announced the discovery of the coldest place on Earth after examining global surface temperature data collected over a period of 32 years by remote sensing satellites including the new Landsat 8. The coldest spot identified is a high ridge located on the East Antarctic Plateau where the temperatures drop below -133.6 degree Fahrenheit during winters. This new record temperature on the icy plateau was set on Aug.10, 2010. The research team was led by Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., who discovered that the temperatures dropped to a record of low, several times, in clusters of pockets near an ice ridge located between Dome Argus and Dome Fuji, two ice summits on the East Antarctica Plateau. “We had a suspicion this Antarctic ridge was likely to be extremely cold, and colder than Vostok because it’s higher up the hill,” Scambos said in a statement. “With the launch of Landsat 8, we finally had a sensor capable of really investigating this area in more detail.” The new record is in fact several degrees colder than the previous low of -128.6 Fahrenheit that was set at the Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica in 1983.
Scientists discovered this coldest spot on Earth while studying the large snow dunes formed by winds blowing across the East Antarctic Plateau. On a closer look they spotted cracks present in the snow surface between the dunes that most likely form when the temperatures during the winter fall so low that the snow layer present on the top shrinks. This ignited a curiosity in the scientists to estimate the range of temperatures and pushed them to look for coldest places on Earth using two kinds of satellite sensors. “The record-breaking conditions seem to happen when a wind pattern or an atmospheric pressure gradient tries to move the air back uphill, pushing against the air that was sliding down,” Scambos said. “This allows the air in the low hollows to remain there longer and cool even further under the clear, extremely dry sky conditions,” Scambos said. “When the cold air lingers in these pockets it reaches ultra-low temperatures.” The two sensitive instruments namely, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites and the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on the NOAA satellite have the capacity to identify the thermal radiation that is emitted from the surface of the Earth, even in those regions that lack heat. -SWR

Update: December 8, 2013:Indonesia’s Mount Marapi erupts, ejects 350 m ash cloud
The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) Bukittinggi reported that Mount Marapi, which lies between Tanah Datar and Agam regencies, West Sumatra, erupted at 10:10 a.m., on Sunday. “The volcano's eruption spewed a column of thick, gray ash 350 meters high,” PVMBG official Warseno said on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency. Mt. Marapi’s alert level has been maintained at waspada or caution (level 2). The PVMBG have said it is not safe to be within 3 kilometers of the activity. Increased volcanic activity was noted on Aug. 3, 2011 with an eruption and a volcanic ash cloud that covered several areas, including Agam, Padang Panjang, Padang Pariaman and Tanah Datar. Mt. Marapi, which is located near to the twin volcanos of Mount Singgalang and Mount Tandikek, is a popular climbing destination, particularity during December as scores of climbers flock to its accessible peak to see in the New Year. Marapi Wildlife Reserve is an administrative area around the volcano that is managed by the West Sumatra administration for the purposes of conservation in the province.(ebf)

Update: December 8, 2013:Kamachatka’s Klyuchevskoi volcano spews out 6 km high ash cloud
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, December 7 (RIA Novosti) – The highest active volcano in Russia has thrown out an enormous ash cloud up to six kilometers high, the Emergency Services Ministry said Saturday. The Klyuchevskoi volcano in the tectonically active Kamchatka region in Russia’s Far East has been erupting sporadically since August. “We have observed the latest ash eruption from the Klyuchevskoi volcano,” the local branch of the Emergency Services Ministry said in a statement. “The ash cloud is moving in a north-east direction.” The highest mountain in the Kamchataka region, Klyuchevskoi has erupted in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012, spewing out lava and ash over the surrounding area. The Emergency Services Ministry said in the statement that a red aviation warning was in place around Klyuchevskoi and cautioned tour companies not to take tourists near the volcano.

Update: December 7, 2013:Biggest Freeze Since 70's for Parts of Oregon; Coast, Portland Close

Update: December 7, 2013:Killer Freeze and Ice Storm Hits Hard with the New Moon - An Astrological View

Update: December 7, 2013:4.5 magnitude earthquake rattles central Oklahoma

Update: December 7, 2013:'Worst ice storm' in years wallops Texas, much of the Midwest

Update: December 6, 2013: Strombolian eruptions and lava flow reported at Mexico’s Colima volcano
December 5, 2013 – MEXICO – Activity remains elevated. Strombolian-type explosions and lava flows / glowing lava avalanches on the upper slope continue. Colima is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico and in North America. It has erupted more than 40 times since 1576. One of the largest eruptions was on January 20–24, 1913. Nevado de Colima, also known as Tzapotépetl, lies 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) north its more active neighbor and is the taller of the two at 4,271+ meters (14,015+ ft). It is the 26th most prominent peak in North America. Prior to 2013, Colima had been relatively quiet since its last major eruption in 2008.

Update: December 6, 2013: Volcanic ash reveals rapid Ice Age climate change
CLIMATE – Regional climate changes can be very rapid. A German-British team of geoscientists now reports that such a rapid climate change occurred in different regions with a time difference of 120 years. Investigation in the West German Eifel region and in southern Norway demonstrated that at the end of the last glaciations about 12,240 years before present climate became warmer, first recognized in the Eifel region and 120 years later in southern Norway. Nonetheless, the warming was equally rapid in both regions. The team around Christine Lane (Oxford University) and Achim Brauer from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences reports in the latest volume of “Geology” (vol 41, no 12, p. 1251–1254) that within the younger Dryas, the last about 1100-year long cold phase at the end of the last ice age, a rapid warming first was measured in the Eifel region. Sediment cores from the Meerfelder Maar lake depict a typical deposition pattern, which was also found in the sediments of Lake Krakenes in southern Norway, but with a time lag of 120 years.
But how did the researcher reveal such a accurate time marking? “12 140 years ago a major eruption of the Katla volcano occurred on Iceland” explains Achim Brauer. “The volcanic ash was distributed by strong winds over large parts of northern and central Europe and we can find them with new technologies as tiny ash particles in the sediment deposits of lakes. Through counting of annual bands in these sediments we could precisely determine the age of this volcanic ash.” Therefore, this ash material reflects a distinct time marker in the sediments of the lakes in the Eifel and in Norway. –Climate Science

Update: December 5, 2013: Epic Ice Storm Possible; Millions Could Lose Power>/A>

Update: December 5, 2013: Record-low temperatures hit SF Bay Area

Update: December 4, 2013: Ancient Roman tunnels could cause dangerous sinkholes
Unbeknownst to many of the tourists who pace the ancient streets of Rome, below their feet lies a tangle of quarry tunnels, cut by the first Romans who built the city. But now those tunnels, carefully hewn by the original engineers, have become safety hazards that threaten to undermine modern roads and buildings. According to a report from LiveScience, the threat isn't just academic. In recent years, dozens of collapses have been documented, and the number is rising. In 2011, 44 streets or portions of buildings fell into the quarries. In 2012, the number rose to 77. And so far in 2013, there have been 83 incidents. Now, scientists are trying to find the areas of weakness and prevent future disasters. "What the municipality wants to do is to basically have a map of the risk so at that point they can on their side decide what kind of intervention needs to be done," geologist Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti, of George Mason University, told LiveScience. Together with scientists from the Roman preservationist organization Sotterranei di Roma, Kysar Mattietti is using 3D scanning to map the labyrinth of tunnels.The quarries exist because of Rome's geology, Kysar Mattietti told LiveScience. The Italian landscape was shaped by volcanos, and still is. Its most active volcano, Mt. Etna in Sicily, has erupted numerous times in recent months. When early masons discovered volcanic rocks underneath the capital of the Roman empire, they found them to be lightweight and sturdy. The rocks were dug up in long narrow lines outside of the city. As Rome stretched into the suburbs, designers were careful to cut narrow enough that the tunnels wouldn't compromise above-ground structures. But erosion set in, and future builders weren't as careful with the quarries, cutting them wider and less stable than their predecessors, Kysar Mattietti said. "A crack never stops on its own," she told LiveScience. "It always gets bigger." Other research from the Sapienza University of Rome finds that the Roman sinkholes have been caused by other underground cavities built not just as quarries, but for drainage and catacombs over the last 2,000 years. "The presence of these cavities may easily trigger the collapse of the shallow or deeper layers from ground level," Giancarlo Ciatoli writes in the abstract. Ciatoli says additional factors, including runoff caused by rainfall and loose soil, have also led to the sinkholes. He reports there have been at least 1,800 collapses between 1875 and 2011.

Update: December 4, 2013: The river of blood: Villagers' shock as Slovakian waterway turns red overnight 'like something from a horror film'

River flowing through Slovakian village turns blood red
Superstitious locals say the colour of the river is a sign of 'evil'
Possibly caused by faulty filter at nearby slaughterhouse
Rumours were rife in a Slovakian town this week when a river running through turned bright red. The river in Myjava, a small municipality on the border to the Czech Republic, had changed colour over night and turned into 'blood'. Police have been called in to investigate the matter, but it is believed to be a faulty filtering system from a slaughterhouse upstream. Roman Podbrezova, 65, had gone for a morning walk when he saw the drastic change to the river which runs through the centre of the town. ‘I just could not believe my eyes,’ he said. ‘The river was dark red. It was like something from a horror film. Blood cascading through the centre of town.’

Earth’s Gravity Altered By 2011 Japanese Earthquake
December 4, 2013 – TOKYO - Japan’s devastating earthquake in 2011 left its mark on more than the town of Fukushima. The European Space Agency (ESA) says that it had an impact on Earth’s gravity as well. Scientists used data from ESA’s GOCE satellite to show the effects of the 9.0 earthquake that struck east of Japan’s Honshu Island on March 11, 2011. The strength of gravity varies from place to place on Earth, and earthquakes can deform our planet’s crust and cause tiny changes in local gravity. GOCE spent four years mapping out Earth’s gravity with unrivaled precision. One reason values of gravity differ on Earth is because the materials within Earth are inhomogenous and are unevenly distributed. Since earthquakes shift around rock and other material tens of miles below the surface, they cause small changes in the local gravity. Earthquakes under oceans can also change the shape of the sea bed, displacing water and changing the sea level. GOCE data is helping scientists understand how oceans transport huge quantities of heat around the planet and develop a global height reference system. Earlier this year, the satellite’s accelerometer and ion thrusters revealed GOCE had “felt” sound waves in space from the Japanese quake. Scientists from the German Geodetic Research Institute (DGFI) and from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands analyzed the high-resolution vertical gravity gradients measured over Japan by GOCE. The team found the quake had clearly ruptured the gravity field in the area. The latest research marks the first example that GOCE was able to find changes over time. The gravity change measured by GOCE differs in size and location, compared to those predicted by standard models.
The results, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, are consistent with coarser observations using NASA’s Grace satellite, which measures changes over time. This suggests GOCE data will be important in improving models and it will help contribute to understanding earthquakes. “Thus, we see that GOCE gravity gradients complement other types of data such as seismic, GPS and GRACE satellite gravimetry,” Martin Fuchs, from DGFI and lead author of the study, said in a statement. “We are now working in an interdisciplinary team to combine GOCE data with other information to obtain a better picture of the actual rupture in the gravity field than is currently available.” GOCE ran out of fuel earlier this year and reentered Earth’s atmosphere, largely disintegrating in the process. The satellite more than doubled its planned life in orbit, and its data will continue to be used by scientists for years to come to help understand our planet a little better. –Red Orbit

Update: December 3, 2013: Nishino-Shima volcano (Izu Islands, Japan): new island continues to grow and builds lava plateau
The new island continues to erupt and grow, increasing its chances of long-time survival by the day. The active vent on the islet continues to be in strombolian eruption and has by now built a new cone that is higher than the main island itself (which is 38 m). Lava flows have significantly enlarged the island to the SE where a plateau is being built. During the 10 days, it has more than doubled its surface.

Update: December 3, 2013: Kamchatka’s Shiveluch volcano spews ash cloud 9 km high
December 3, 2013 – KAMCHATKA – The Shiveluch Volcano erupting in Kamchatka has spewed ash nine kilometers high, the Kamchatkan territorial emergency situations department reported on Tuesday. No ashfall has been reported from towns nearby. “The volcanic event occurred on Tuesday afternoon. The ash cloud stretched northwest, bypassing populated areas,” the report said. There was no drifting ashfall over nearby towns. Nevertheless, rescuers advised tour operators to avoid paths around the volcano, for which a red alert has been issued. Shiveluch is the northernmost active volcano of Kamchatka situated 45 kilometers away from the town of Klyuchi in the Ust-Kamchatsky district with a population of approximately 5,000. It is also one of the largest Kamchatkan volcanoes. Shiveluch became active in May 2009 after producing a fissure that is almost 30 meters deep in its dome

Update: December 3, 2013: Rare weather event fills Grand Canyon with fog
Usually the Grand Canyon offers stunning views stretching for miles, deep into valleys etched by the Colorado River. But that vista has changed over the past few days, as a rare weather event has filled the canyon with fog, offering an even more stunning view than is typical. The weather event is known as a temperature inversion, and it only happens every few years, according to the National Park Service, who wrote about the event and posted photos of it on its Facebook page. Temperature inversions typically happen in the winter when there are long nights, and as the name implies, an inversion takes place when a layer of cool air gets trapped underneath warmer air, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). This is the reverse of the usual pattern, with temperature generally decreasing with increasing altitude. "Once the sun goes down, the ground loses heat very quickly, and this cools the air that is in contact with the ground," the NWS explained. "However, since air is a very poor conductor of heat, the air just above the surface remains warm. Conditions that favor the development of a strong surface inversion are calm winds, clear skies, and long nights," which is exactly what's taking place in the Grand Canyon now, according to weather reports.

Update: December 3, 2013: Severe weather to hit the Mediterranean
December 3: Some maps of the severe winter storm which could hit northern Germany two days ahead see comment section. Don't have much time at present, unfortunately .... Well, as the weather in the Mediterranean keeps on to be very exciting, I'd like to save my posts from today in the main blog (December, 1) here (and as I've spent hiking vacations as well in Southern Italy/Puglia as in Sicily/near Taormina I'm personally very fond of these regions affected): Lots of snow (record?) of more than 1 meter (3 feet) in the mountainous region of the Abbruzzo (mid Italy, Adriatic coast).

Update: December 3, 2013: Water, water everywhere as heavy rain hits Cuba

Update: December 2, 2013:Shallow moderate earthquakes near Gilroy, California
Update 10:28 UTC : ER expects this earthquake to be just below the minor damage level, but if anyone of our readers should notice even small damage like cracks in walls or find out from other people, please let us know. USGS expects only weak to very weak shaking. A double earthquake struck the Gilroy, California area. The first one being a M2.5 will have been hardly felt by the people, but the second (30 minutes later) M3.7 more as many people were waken up because of it.
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 3.7 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-12-02 02:05:22 GMT/UTC Time : 2013-12-02 10:05:22 Depth (Hypocenter) : 6.8 km

Update: December 2, 2013:Connecticut rattled by two small earthquake tremors
– CONNECTICUT - Two organizations that track seismic activity have confirmed that the region experienced an earthquake on Friday, answering questions raised about the mysterious booms heard by residents from Montville to Mystic. The U.S. Geographical Survey recorded a 2.1 magnitude earthquake at 9:05 a.m. Friday that was centered about 2 miles east of Conning Towers-Nautilus Park, or 41.383°N 72.028°W in Groton. The Weston Observatory, an earthquake research arm of Boston College, reported two earthquakes, one at 9:05 a.m. and another at 9:42 a.m., said Justin Starr, a research assistant. The quakes, Starr said, were recorded somewhere in the area of the Thames River, close to Ledyard. He said seismometers recorded both quakes as magnitude 1.8. He said there are several ways to measure the earth’s movement and the discrepancy in the magnitude recorded by the U.S.G.S. is not uncommon. The noises produced by the earthquakes led to numerous calls to local police and fire departments, which searched the area looking for signs of an explosion. After she said her home in Old Mystic shook, Nancy Peta had guessed it was either an earthquake or a plane crash.

Update: December 1, 2013:Merapi volcano (Central Java, Indonesia): phreatic explosion yesterday
Another phreatic explosion was reported yesterday 11:00 (local time). According to a news article, the eruption produced an ash plume of about 500 m height.

Update: December 1, 2013: Magnitude 6.0 quake strikes 69km SE of Sinabang, Indonesia
Location and Depth: 2.063°N 96.851°E depth=11.2km (7.0mi)
Event time: 2013-12-01 12:29:57 UTC+06:00 at epicenter

Update: December 1, 2013: Heavy torrential rain spurs landslide, killing 9 in Indonesia
KARO, Indonesia (AP) A disaster agency official says a landslide triggered by torrential rain near a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia has killed at least nine people. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency says several houses were buried when mud gushed down surrounding hills late Saturday in Gundaling village. It’s about 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) east of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province. He said the bodies of a mother and her 2-year-old son were retrieved from a mound of mud late Saturday. Six victims were found early Sunday, followed by the body of a 10-year-old boy drifting in a river. Seasonal downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or fertile flood plains.

November 2013 In alignment with the 4th. passage of the Uranus-Pluto waxing squares expect major seismic and volcanic events to occur along with severe weather
On Nov. 1st Uranus-Pluto are in an exact 90 degree angle @ 4:13 AM PDT or 7:13 AM EDT reflecting tumultous conditions in both the socio-political realm and the natural world involving geological disasters.
Then on November 3rd. @ 4:50 AM PT or 7:50 AM ET an unusual Hybrid Solar Eclipse occurs. This is a New Moon in Scorpio where Mercury-N. Node-Saturn along with the Sun-Moon are aligned in transformative and sometimes devastating Scorpio. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare since they include points on the surface of Earth where the Sun appears as a total eclipse, whereas at other points it appears as a "Partial Eclipse"

Totality of this eclipse will be visible from the northern Atlantic Ocean (east of Florida) to Africa (Gabon (landfall), R. Congo, DR Congo, Uganda), with a sharot maximum of 1 minute and 39 seconds visible from the Atlantic Ocean south of Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Watch the Canary Islands and those locations on African continent for signals of tectonic activity.
Then on November 17th. @ 7:16 AM PT/10:16 AM ET a powerful Full Moon in Taurus occurs @ 25 degrees 26 minutes near the demon star Algol. Recap:

Besides wild weather, seismic gyrations continued with the Uranus-Pluto square in Aries-Capricorn
Of course still feel the effects from
the Powerful Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on October 18th.
as Major Seismic and Volcanic Events increase.
The ongoing Pluto waxing square with Uranus sets the stage and is exact again on Nov. 1, 2013. .
A Major Solar Eclipse occurred on Nov. 3rd. @ 4:50 AM PT/7:50 AM ET
Then on November 17th a Full Frosty Moon occurs @ 7:16 AM Pacific.

Current Quake, Volcano and Weather News-Detailed

November UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for November 2013.

Update: November 30, 2013: Very Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake in the Banda Sea, Indonesia
Epicenter at a relatively safe distance from Palau Damar (or Damar Island) and further away a lot more islands. The Magnitude will normally not be enough to generate a tsunami but strong currents and small waves are always possible. The depth of the hypocenter is reported by local BMKG at 40 km which is another reason not to worry about this earthquake. BMKG reports a Magnitude of 6.7 (very strong). As about the tsunami risk. People living near the shore of Indonesian islands are mostly auto-evacuate if strong shaking goes on for some time.

Update: November 30, 2013: Strong dangerous earthquake near Bikule and Mukingiti (Lubutu area), Democratic Republic of the Congo
This is a very dangerous earthquake basically because of the combination Magnitude and shallow Depth. The epicenter is located in the eastern volcanic area of the DR Congo. M5.4 for a shallow quake is damaging level in this area of the world. As the distance to major towns is rather big (also to Rwanda and Burundi), the earthquake may not have been felt so far (no mentions from this otherwise very communicative area). Smaller villages and settlements (Like Bikule and Mukingiti, only a few km from the epicenter are however at risk. The epicenter is also Gorilla nature area (Maiko National Park) and has a number of dormant volcanoes in the area. More to the east are some active volcanoes. This is also a location where rebels are fighting the army, this already for many years and with very cruel atrocities going on (HRW reports). Even if some damage has been inflicted, we will probably never know it, as the area is highly unsafe with almost no press present. We will however scan reports from the area to get some more information, eventually from environmentalists and conservationists (gorillas).

Update: November 29, 2013: At least 8 dead, dozens hurt, in quake in southern Iran
Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- An earthquake shook southern Iran Thursday evening near a nuclear power plant, killing at least eight people and injuring 59 more, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported. Twelve of the injured were in critical condition, Fars said, citing Hassan Qadami, the head of Iran's Crisis-Management Headquarters. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 5.6-magnitude quake was centered about 39 miles (63 km) northeast of the Persian Gulf city of Bushehr, where the nuclear plant is located, and 7 miles (14 km) northeast of Borazjan. The quake struck at a relatively shallow -- and therefore more likely to be damaging -- depth of 10.2 miles (16.4 km) at 5:21 p.m. local time. A reporter for the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency in Borazjan said residential buildings were damaged and electricity was disrupted to several areas, including sections of Borazjan. The city is in Bushehr province, which is the site of a nuclear power plant that went online in 2011. There was no immediate report of how the plant fared in Thursday's temblor. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was "deeply saddened" to hear of the casualties and expressed condolences to the victims' families. A 6.3-magnitude earthquake in May killed 39 people and injured 850 in Bushehr province, but the reactor was not affected, it said.

Update: November 28, 2013:Two moderate earthquakes strike along dangerous fault under Sea of Marmara
November 28, 2013 – TURKEY - The Sea of Marmara was shaken by two moderate earthquakes on Wednesday morning. According to a statement made by the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD), an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 struck Marmara Ereglisi, near the city of Tekirdag at 6:21 a.m. and the same region was soon after hit by another quake with a magnitude of 4.1. The statement added that earthquakes are observed 24/7 in the region and that the epicenter of Wednesday morning’s quake was 20 kilometers off of Marmara’s Ereglisi coast. There have not been any casualties reported in the quakes. “In 1999, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake along the North Anatolian fault killed some 30,000 people in western Turkey. There is some evidence that another segment closer to the densely populated city of Istanbul could be next to rupture, which could create worse devastation. In 2010, a team of Turkish, American and French scientists were on a Turkish research ship in the Sea of Marmara to image the faults and its overlying sediments to better assess the risk. The historic pattern suggests that the next quake should strike just south of Istanbul, beneath the Sea of Marmara. Here, the North Anatolian fault splinters into multiple fault strands, which created the depression that houses the present-day sea.” -World Bulletin, Columbia University Blog

Update: November 27, 2013:New explosive eruptions reported at Japan’s Suwanose-jima volcano
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 Suwanose-jima volcano (Japan): new eruptions reported Explosive activity has resumed at the remote volcano in the Tokara Island chain. VAAC Tokyo reported explosions yesterday and this morning, with ash plumes rising to 4,000-6,000 ft (1.2-1.8 km) altitude.

Update: November 27, 2013: As earthquakes keep rocking North Texas, residents are rattled
November 27, 2013 – TEXAS - On Tuesday morning, yet another earthquake rocked the small Tarrant County town of Azle. It was the sixth within a week in Tarrant and Parker counties. More than a dozen quakes have rattled North Texas in November. Azle residents are getting nervous and seismologists are trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Some point to natural gas drilling that’s happening in the Barnett Shale, a massive geological formation that covers about 20 North Texas counties. But a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center says more testing is needed to make such a connection. Donna Luce is worried. “I was sitting there watching TV, and my house just shook, and I’ve never felt that before, ever,” she said. “Now, actually, I’m afraid of sinkholes.” Debbie Raub and her husband, Fred, described the big quake with a 3.6 magnitude as “real spooky. Real loud boom, and then it just started shaking the ground under our mobile home,” she said. “Just rocking it. And our dogs, they go totally insane. They know it before it happens.” Each time there’s a quake, their two-bedroom trailer has to be re-leveled. “You just have to get under there, and jack it up in spots, put a level on underneath the trailer, and level it,” Debbie Raub said. “It’s just pulling the ground out beneath our stands.”
Fred Raub, who was born in Azle, says he doesn’t think the quakes are natural. He blames local natural gas drilling. “They say it ain’t what happens, but till then, we didn’t have it,” he said. “You gotta drill about every mile. You just start looking around at all the drills they’re putting down.” Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center, says the quakes could be the result of oil and gas production. But he says more testing is needed to know that for sure. ”Obviously, if it is oil and gas production related, they might continue until that activity stops,” he said. “The other possibility is that it’s just a natural swarm, because we do see that sort of thing occurring sometimes in areas where we haven’t had quakes before.” A natural swarm is a series of small quakes. And Blakeman says they aren’t as dangerous as quakes with bigger magnitudes – quakes at 5.0 magnitudes can produce structural damage. In the meantime, in case the ground starts to shake again, Blakeman advises individuals and families to be prepared if a bigger quake strikes North Texas. Scientists and other experts are reportedly teaming up with the U.S. Geological Survey to collect more data to learn more about why these quakes keep occurring in North Texas.

Update: November 27, 2013:Small explosive eruption reported at Alaska’s Mt. Cleveland volcano

Update: November 27, 2013:The Volcano In Indonesia Is One Of 35 Currently Erupting Volcanoes: Here’s Where They Are
The volcano at Mount Sinabung at Jakarta, Indonesia, erupted six times early Monday, shooting volcanic ash 2,000 meters into the sky. Thousands have been evacuated from the region since the Sinabung volcano began erupting sporadically in September. 5,000 people were evacuated from the area the day before the eruption on Monday, bringing the total number of evacuees to 11,000. There have been no casualties so far. The Sinabung is just one of 35 active, erupting volcanoes in the world, according to a categorized list on Volcano Discovery. Of the 35 currently erupting volcanoes in the world, seven are in Indonesia. Most of Indonesia is situated along the “Ring of Fire” -- a horseshoe shaped ring around the Pacific where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place. Here’s a map of the Ring of Fire and the 35 volcanoes that are experiencing sporadic eruptions and other active volcanic activity. Click on any volcano to see what sort of volcanic activity that volcano is experiencing:

Update: November 27, 2013:India's east coast braces as severe Cyclone Lehar advances
BHUBANESWAR, India, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indian authorities evacuated thousands of villagers living in low-lying areas, suspended fishing operations and put disaster response teams on standby on Wednesday as a severe cyclone hurtled towards its eastern coast. Cyclone Lehar - the third powerful storm to hit Andhra Pradesh in seven weeks - is moving in from the Bay of Bengal and forecast to make landfall near the city of Machilipatnam on Thursday afternoon with wind speeds of up to 170 kmph (105 mph). India's weather office predicts Lehar will also bring storm surges and heavy rains and will damage mud-and-thatch homes, disrupt power and communication networks and inundate farmland along the state's northern coast. An alert has been issued in the districts of East and West Godavari, Guntur and Krishna, said local officials, warning people to remain indoors. "Some 15,000 people have been evacuated from East Godavari," said C. Parthasarathy, commissioner of state disaster management department. He said weather conditions had been normal in the area during the day and many coastal inhabitants were reluctant to move to cyclone shelters on higher ground, but he expected more people to be evacuated by the evening. Farmers have been told to harvest any standing rice crops, fisherman warned to suspend operations, and the army, navy and disaster response teams are on standby. Helicopters have been positioned in key locations for rescue and relief operations. Neighboring Odisha state said it was also preparing and had deployed disaster rapid action forces, predicting flooding as a result of heavy rains. India's cyclone season generally lasts from April to December with severe storms often causing dozens of deaths, mass evacuations and widespread crop and property damage. Officials were widely praised for a mass evacuation that saved thousands of lives last month when Cyclone Phailin struck, even though at least 60 people were killed and 12 million people lost their homes or livelihoods. A similar monster storm had killed 10,000 in 1999. Last week, a less severe cyclone called Helen also hit Machilipatnam, killing three people.

Update: November 26, 2013: Seismic rock ruptures reported in Kuwait as seismic waves are detected, but no earthquake

Update: November 26, 2013: Lima rattled by 5.5 magnitude quake

Update: November 26, 2013: New Madrid Fault Ready to Blow?

Update: November 25, 2013: 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes South Atlantic: strongest to ever hit region
SOUTH ATLANTIC – A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck in the South Atlantic, southeast of the disputed Falkland Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 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.

Update: November 25, 2013: Japan’s Mount Sakurjima volcano shaken by violent eruptions
After a short phase of weaker activity, the volcano began to erupt more violently yesterday 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.

Update: November 24, 2013: Powerful storm system blasts US West; 8 killed
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful storm system that has caused hundreds of accidents across the Western U.S. has marched eastward with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds. The fierce weather has caused at least eight deaths and prompted advisories Saturday afternoon in New Mexico and Texas. As thick, gray clouds covered the Southwest, forecasters said the storm would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast next week, causing problems for holiday travelers. Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the "Nordic outbreak" will "produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation." In New Mexico, authorities and residents braced for the second hit of a one-two punch that had already blanketed parts of the state with snow and freezing rain and caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state. Three other storm-related deaths were reported Saturday in a crash in the Texas Panhandle involving nearly a dozen vehicles. In California, where the storm system hit first, prompting flooding and water rescues in recent days, three deaths have been linked to the storms since Thursday, as authorities found one body near downed power lines, one man crashed his vehicle into a tree and a woman was killed when a tree fell on a parked car. In Arizona, firefighters recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high waters Friday in the Santa Cruz River in the southern part of the state. The storm already has affected much of the Western U.S., causing hundreds of rollover accidents and prompting officials to cancel events and close roads. In Nevada, snow in high elevations in the rural, eastern part of the state stranded dozens of cars. No fatalities were reported and authorities got the road open again by Saturday. In Arizona, rain came down Saturday as more than 8,000 cyclists competed in the annual El Tour de Tucson. Also, high school football games, soccer tournaments and parades were cancelled across the state. Forecasters said parts of both California and Arizona could expect severe weather with winter storm warnings through Saturday. Weather officials said the mountains and the Antelope Valley foothills northeast of Los Angeles were under the most risk. However, they said there was only a small chance of rainstorms like those that prompted flooding in California on Thursday.

Update: November 24, 2013:Moderate but damaging quake on the Iran-iraq Border Region on November 24, 2013
Update 23:37 UTC : 1 person has been reported as injured and many houses have additional cracks and broken windows. Update 18:44 UTC : first media reports from the area are mentioning a lot of panic The earthquake was also felt in Baghdad (visitor evidence). Again we have a double earthquake (preliminary data – 2 minutes between both quakes) and again the Magnitude was approx. 5.5 – 5.8 as it was with the strongest quake so far. A lot of people are camping in their garden as they do no feel secure in their houses anymore. Update 18:21 UTC : The epicenter of the current earthquake is at the Iran site of the border. Update 18:24 UTC : As the other earthquakes made already some damages and slight injuries, we expect this aftershock to generate even more, probably this time at the Iranian side of the border. Same difficulties as with the other quake : Dark and probably NO electricity in the epicenter area = difficult rescue and assessment work
Also an in depth article: Strong dangerous earthquake in the Iran / Iraq border area
Update Sunday 24/11 09:52 UTC : The sequence of 5+ earthquakes (4 5+ earthquakes in the same area) has generated a lot of damage (even collapsed houses) in the border area. The epicenter of the last one was located in the towns of Qasr-e Shirin-e Zahab and Gilangharb. Schools have been closed and a lot of people have been setting p tents in the garden of their houses out of fear of more earthquakes. Luckily NO fatalities or seriously injured people so far.

Update: November 24, 2013:Indonesia Raises Volcano Alert Level to Highest
November 24, 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. 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. 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.

Update: November 23, 2013: Powerful storm touches Rhodes in south-eastern Greece, leaving two dead and one missing
Two women have died and a man is missing after heavy rain struck the island of Rhodes in south-eastern Greece. The storm hit the island on Friday evening and caused flooding, with hundreds of people trapped in cars, the island's fire brigade said. A woman was found dead late on Friday while the body of a 27-year-old teacher was discovered on Saturday morning. Both apparently attempted to leave their stranded cars and were overcome by raging waters. A helicopter and 10 members of the fire service's rescue squad have been sent to Rhodes to help find the missing 53-year-old man, authorities said. According to Greece's meteorological service, there has been 173mm (about 6.8in) of rainfall, with the wet conditions continuing on Saturday.
a day that made history in Rhodos when a terrible superstorm caused huge problems in my island - video below:

Update: November 23, 2013: Cyclone Helen Strikes India, At Least 6 Dead
HYDERABAD, India — A cyclone killed at least six people and knocked out power to hundreds of villages in southern India on Friday. The India Meteorological Department said the storm hit Andhra Pradesh state with winds of 50 to 55 mph and heavy rains. State Revenue Minister Raghuvira Reddy said six people were killed by falling trees and electric poles and gushing waters. About 30,000 people had evacuated to safer areas Thursday. A stronger cyclone that hit Orissa state last month killed 25 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. The evacuation of about 1 million residents kept the toll from rising higher.

Update: November 23, 2013:From USGS A strong deep magnitude 6.5 quake strikes the Fiji Region
Event Time: 2013-11-22 19:48:32 UTC-12:00 at epicenter
Event Location and Depth: 17.097°S 176.562°W depth=377.1km (234.3mi)
Video found here

Update: November 22, 2013:In winds wake downed trees scattered throughout Bay Area

Update: November 22, 2013:Seven Volcanoes in Six Countries All Start Erupting within Hours of Each Other [video]
A new island has appeared in the Pacific. A submarine eruption just off Nishino-Shima Island Japan has erupted for the first time in 40 years. The Japanese Navy noticed the explosions as boiling lava met sea water giving rise to plumes of steam and ash. Almost 7,000 miles away in Mexico, the Colima volcano blew its top after a period of relative calm. A steam and ash cloud rose two miles into the sky and the grumbling of the mountain could be heard in towns a few miles away. In Guatemala the ‘Fire Mountain’ belched out lava and sent up a moderate ash cloud causing an ash fall over nearby towns. The explosions and shock waves occurring in the volcano can be felt by residents over 6 miles away. Doors and windows are reported to be rattling, but there has been no damage so far. In Vanuatu the Yasur volcano is giving some cause for concern. Although the explosions are quite weak the continuous ash that is coming from the mountain is starting to build up on farming land. Over to Italy, Mount Etna is putting on quite a display. The current eruption started a few days ago and has been getting stronger as time moves on. A massive eruption lit up the sky and disturbed residents yesterday. The ash cloud was high enough to see flights canceled. The lava flow was the biggest in years, and the town of Zafferana which lay in its path saw some damage. Lava diverters were put into place, and most of the town escaped unscathed.

Update: November 21, 2013:Japan’s Nishino-shima volcano creates new island: first eruption in 40 years

A new island was born today in the Pacific Ocean in Japan's Izu (or Volcano) island chain. It is produced by a new submarine eruption which is currently taking place about 500 m southeast of Nishino-Shima island. The eruption was first spotted by Japanese navy this morning at 10:20 (local time) who documented surtseyan activity at the eruption site (explosive interaction of sea-water and lava, generating violent jets of steam and ash). It appears that the eruption has already built an island of about 200 m diameter in size, which suggests that the vent was already located in very shallow waters. A small steam and ash plume rising to about 2000 ft (600 m) was reported by VAAC Tokyo. The last known eruption of the volcano occurred in 1973 .

Update: November 21, 2013:Radius expands around Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano after increase in emissions
November 21, 2013 – MEXICO – The Popocatepetl volcano showcased with a layer of snow was observed throughout the morning and mid-day from the city of Puebla and columns generated by medium-intensity exhalations. According to the monitoring system of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) in the last 24 hours, the colossus presented 57 exhalations of low intensity, probably accompanied by emissions of steam and gas. The scientific body apparatuses volcano tectónicos detected six earthquakes of magnitude less than 2.5. “This morning there was medium-intensity exhalations at 05:47, 5:57, 7:28, 7:36 and 8:46 hours. At the time of this report, there was low-cloud visibility. Nevertheless, this morning the volcano was witnessed with a light emission of water vapor and gases, the agency of the federal Interior Ministry said. The Volcanic Alert Semaphore Yellow is in Phase 2. The scenarios that could occur in coming hours may include: explosive activity of low to intermediate scale, ash rains mild to moderate in nearby towns, and pyroclastic flows and mudflows short range. Given the activity of the Colossus, the Cenapred recommended further safety radius of 12 km, so that staying in that area is not permitted, and maintain controlled traffic between Santiago and San Pedro Nexapa Xalitzintla via Paso de Cortes. –El Diario MX (translated)

Update: November 20, 2013:Mexico’s Colima volcano goes ballistic after weeks of relative calm
MEXICO – On Monday night and Tuesday morning, the Colima volcano showed two strong exhalations; ejecting lava down its slopes and ash skyward, that has reached several villages. Since last Sunday, the Volcan de Fuego de Colima was reactivated after several weeks of apparent calm and until Tuesday registered between 30 and 35 puffs per day, spewing lava down its slopes and ash that reached the people of Cheese, municipality of Cuauhtémoc, Colima, and some towns in the state of Jalisco. Yesterday at 21:45 hours this morning between 8:00 and 8:30 am, the volcano emitted two strong exhalations heard that reached in the communities closest to the “granite colossus,” mainly in the municipalities of Comala and Cuauhtémoc. From the city of Colima there was a big cloud of steam that rose to just over 2 miles. The chief operating officer of the State System of Civil Protection, Melchor Ursua Quiroz, said: “The volcano has been recharged” and in the last two days has been sharp exhalations, which triggered an alert status from monitoring equipment installed before this new volcanic activity.
Ursua said that the exhalations Quiroz registered so far, between 30 and 35, are water vapor, once in the mountainous area of the state, bordering Jalisco north, there has been heavy rainfall. He said those exhalations were accompanied by light columns of lava that caused lahars (ash, volcanic stone, mud and water) on the slopes of the volcano, which have been deposited in the canyons and streams of the Cordobán and the Hearth, “the latter was saturated volcanic material and will need to get heavy machinery for cleaning and desludging.” He also said that there is “a warning to the population,” which does not mean that there is intention evacuations, as this alert is intended only for people to be on the lookout for information on the conditions under which the colossus. The Colima Volcano is currently one of the busiest in the country and is the most monitored, however much of its equipment is damaged or it has been stolen and require replacement.

Update: November 20, 2013:Increased activity reported at volcanoes in Guatemala and Vanuatu
Two lava flows are active on the upper slopes of the volcano at the moment, to the Taniluya (south) and Ceniza canyon (SE). The effusive activity started on 11 Nov and increased on 18 November, reaching a length of 600 m. Constant avalanches detach from the flow fronts. At the same time, explosive activity at the summit crater remained at low to moderate levels, with strombolian explosions that produce ash plumes of up to 800 m height and incandescent jets visible from distance. Some of the explosions generate shock waves that can be felt and heard in up to 15 km distance, causing roofs, doors and windows of houses to rattle. Fine ash fall occurred in Panimaché, Morelia abd Sangre de Cristo

Update: November 19, 2013: At least 17 dead after Sardinia swept by cyclone
State of emergency declared on Mediterranean island hit by flash floods
At least 17 people have been killed in flooding and hundreds made homeless after a cyclone swept over the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italian authorities said today. The government declared a state of emergency after Cyclone Cleopatra dropped 450mm of rain in an hour and a half overnight, causing rivers to burst their banks, sweeping away cars and flooding homes across the island.

Update: November 19, 2013:Strong Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes 110km NNE of Tobelo, Indonesia

Update: November 18, 2013:Scientists find new volcano rumbling under Antarctica ice: 1,370 tremors: “It may blow or it may not. We don’t know.”
A volcano may be stirring more than a half-mile beneath a major ice sheet in Antarctica, raising the possibility of faster base melting that could ultimately affect climate. Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western Antarctica detected a swarm of low-magnitude earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 similar to those that can precede volcanic eruptions, according to a study published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The area of activity lies close to the youngest in a chain of volcanoes that formed over several million years, and the characteristics and depth of the seismic events are consistent with those found in volcanic areas of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the Pacific Northest, Hawaii and Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, the study concludes. The tight focus of the 1,370 tremors and their deep, long-period waves helped researchers rule out ice quakes, glacial motion or tectonic activity as causes. So, too, did their apparent depth: At 15-25 miles beneath the sub-glacial surface, they are close to the local boundary between Earth’s crust and mantle. “At first I had no idea it was something volcanic, and then, as I started putting together all the pieces, it started looking more and more like I’d found a volcano,” said study coauthor Amanda Lough, a seismology graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. Chances of a massive fire-and-ice catastrophe are slim, however. Clusters with these wave characteristics have sometimes preceded eruptions, but not always, Lough said. And it would take a staggering release of energy to punch through more a half-mile of ice, she noted. “Does this mean that something is going to be happening in the next 20 years or so? I have no idea,” she said. “It’s not something that’s going to cause major issues. You’d have to have a huge, huge eruption.” Still, even a small eruption could increase base melting and lubricate the ice sheet. “If you have a future eruption it’s going to increase the heat flow, so you’re going to have more melting in the surrounding area, which will then lead to more water at the base of the ice sheet and cause the overlying ice flow to increase in velocity because it’s been lubricated.” How such melting could affect the vast ice sheet remains unknown. The data came from seismic equipment used to study the interaction of ice with the crust in Antarctica, part of a broader program studying polar ice caps. That data were collected in 2010-2011, but most of the events analyzed occurred in two swarms during the first two months of 2010 and in March 2011. Radar imaging also revealed a buried ash layer believed to be from an eruption of Mt. Waesche about 8,000 years ago. There also is evidence of small flows of magma on the sub-ice topography, and the surface closest to the swarm appears to be a mound of volcanic material, according to the study. Lough, who expects to complete her PhD work next year, has been bowled over by reaction to the discovery. “This is my first paper and people keep calling me wanting to know about it,” she said. “This is going to be one of the chapters in my thesis -- probably the most exciting one.” The study was led by geophysicist and seismologist Douglas Wiens of Washington University, who is supervising Lough's thesis. Other research team members hailed from UC Santa Cruz, Penn State University, New Mexico Tech, Colorado State University, the University of Texas at Austin, Central Washington University and Ohio State.

Update: November 18, 2013:Day of Death: 50 tornadoes tear through U.S. Midwest, leaving 6 dead

Update: November 17, 2013: A powerful magnitude 7.8 quake strikes far south Atlantic: USGS
A powerful 7.8 magnitude undersea earthquake struck in the Scotia Sea, a remote region in the far south Atlantic near Antarctica, US earthquake monitors reported on Sunday.The quake struck at 0904 GMT in the ocean around 893 km southwest of Grytviken, South Georgia, and 1,140 km southeast of Ushuaia, Argentina, said the US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes worldwide.
There are ongoing after shocks in this region where the continental shelf is located.

Update: November 16, 2013: Schools closed; thousands in Fairbanks region still without power due to winter storm
Update 2:40 p.m.: As of about 2:30 p.m. today, the "main backbone" of the Golden Valley Electric Association distribution system is working, according to GVEA spokeswoman Cassandra Cerny. Crews are working on providing power to branch lines, she said. As of the most recent update to its outage blog ( crews were working in the following locations: "Two (crews) in North Pole (Badger Road), one on Chena Hot Springs Road, one off the Steese Highway north of Fox, one on Ballaine Road, two in University West and three crews on Chena Ridge. (GVEA has) crews lined up to head to McGrath Road." The utility also reported this afternoon that four line crews from Anchorage are headed to Fairbanks this evening to assist.

Update: November 15, 2013:Strong 6.8 magnitude quake hits far south Atlantic: USGS
WASHINGTON: A strong 6.8 magnitude undersea earthquake struck in a remote area known as Scotia Sea, between the furthest tip of South America and Antarctica, US monitors said late Friday. There is a low likelihood that the quake, which struck at 0334 GMT Saturday, will cause casualties or damage because of its remote location, said the US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes worldwide.

After a powerful but shallow Magnitude 6.8 quake struck in the Scotia Sea, the were strong afershocks all of shallow depth:
5.3 Magnitude Scotia Sea 2013-11-16 04:45:33 UTC10.0 km deep
4.8 Magnitude Scotia Sea 2013-11-16 04:16:04 UTC10.2 km deep
4.9 Magnitude Scotia Sea 2013-11-16 04:01:18 UTC10.3 km deep
More about the Scotia Sea where half stands above the continental shelf.
Normally stormy and cold, the Scotia Sea is the area of water between Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, the South Orkney Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, and bordered on the west by the Drake Passage. These island groups all sit on top of the Scotia Ridge, which frames the Scotia Sea on the north, east, and south. The Scotia Sea covers an area of about 900,000 km2 (347,500 sq mi). About half of the sea stands above the continental shelf.

Update: November 13, 2013:Another quake this time 3.4 magnitude strkes in San, Ramon, California
(11-13) 10:07 PST SAN RAMON -- A 3.4-magnitude earthquake struck near San Ramon on Wednesday morning, the latest in a series of small quakes to shake the area. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded Wednesday's temblor at 9:30 a.m. about 1.2 miles east of San Ramon. Residents reported feeling the quake, but no damage was immediately reported. "It was more of a gentle roll," said Kim French of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. A 2.9-magnitude earthquake was reported in the same area Tuesday afternoon and a 3.0-magnitude quake was reported Friday evening.

Update: November 12, 2013:Small earthquakes strike in SF Bay Area - Broadmoor and San Ramon
Several small earthquakes occurred within minutes of each other near San Ramon and Daly City on Tuesday afternoon, according to U.S. Geological Survey. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.9 struck near San Ramon at 3:35 p.m., according to the USGS. The quake was centered about 2 miles east of San Ramon and had a depth of 4.8 miles, according to the USGS. Some staff members in Danville's Town Hall felt the quake, although it lasted for "all of a second," town spokesman Geoff Gillette said. Five minutes later, a 2.1-magnitude quake was recorded near Broadmoor, and was quickly followed by a 2.8-magnitude earthquake in the same area. Broadmoor is located near Daly City. At 3:53 p.m., a 1.4-magnitude quake occurred in that spot, according to the USGS. Those quakes were centered about 3 miles south-southwest of Broadmoor.

Update: November 12, 2013: Strong, Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes 172km S of Ust'-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia
Event Time: 2013-11-12 19:03:51 UTC+12:00 at epicenter
Location and Depth: 54.681°N 162.286°E depth=47.2km (29.3mi)

Update: November 12, 2013: Strong earthquake near Dushanbe, Tajikistan – 100+ houses collapsed, many more damaged
Update November 12: - 104 houses destroyed, and 259 damaged in Karim Ismoil, Rajab-Ismoil, Bozorboy Buron and Chorsu Vahdat. - This was from a MSK-64 intensity V earthquake.
Update November 11: The effects of this quake were worse than initial reported. More than 100 houses in villages south of Dushanbe were destroyed. 200 additional houses were severely damaged. No dead or injured people are reported yet. This quake, which had its epicenter only 20 km from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, damaged many buildings in villages near the epicenter. At least 2 houses partially collapsed, many more were damaged. Some houses developed large cracks. People ran out into the streets. There are no reports of injuries so far. In Dushanbe, many people felt the quake strongly, but no damage was reported from there yet.

Update: November 11, 2013:Etna volcano (Sicily): powerful paroxoysmal eruption
The awaited new paroxysm of Etna's NEW SE crater started last night and is still in full progress. Unfortunately, a snow storm above the summit area prevents detailed observations, but judging from the seismic signal, this eruption is unusually long and intense (and still growing at the time of updating). Ash fall has been reported from villages to the E/NE (Zafferana, Milo etc), where the plume is carried to by strong Libeccio winds.

Update: November 11, 2013: Philippine typhoon kills at least 10,000: survivors ‘walking around like zombies’
TACLOBAN, Philippines: One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city. Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said police chief superintendent Elmer Soria. Most of the deaths appear to have been caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many said resembled a tsunami, levelling houses and drowning hundreds of people in one of the worst natural disasters to hit the typhoon-prone Southeast Asian nation. The national government and disaster agency have not confirmed the latest estimate of deaths, a sharp increase from initial estimates on Saturday of at least 1,000 killed by a storm whose sustained winds reached 195 miles per hour (313 km per hour) with gusts of up to 235 mph (378 kph). "We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said, based on their estimate, 10,000 died," Soria said. "The devastation is so big." More than 330,900 people were displaced and 4.3 million "affected" by the typhoon in 36 provinces, the UN's humanitarian agency said, as relief agencies called for food, water and tarpaulins for the homeless. Witnesses and officials described chaotic scenes in Leyte's capital, Tacloban, a coastal city of 220,000 about 580 km (360 miles) southeast of Manila, with hundreds of bodies piled on the sides of roads and pinned under wrecked houses. The city lies in a cove where the seawater narrows, making it susceptible to storm surges. The city and nearby villages as far as one kilometre (just over half a mile) from shore were flooded, leaving floating bodies and roads choked with debris from fallen trees, tangled power lines and flattened homes. TV footage showed children clinging to rooftops for their lives. Many internet users urged prayers and called for aid for survivors in the largely Roman Catholic nation on social media sites such as Twitter. "From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometre inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami," said interior secretary Manuel Roxas, who had been in Tacloban since before the typhoon struck the city. "I don't know how to describe what I saw. It's horrific." Looters take what they can Mila Ward, an Australian citizen and Filipino by birth who was in Leyte on vacation visiting her family, said she saw hundreds of bodies on the streets. "They were covered with blankets, plastic. There were children and women," she said. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said aerial surveys showed "significant damage to coastal areas with heavy ships thrown to the shore, many houses destroyed and vast tracts of agricultural land decimated". The destruction extended well beyond Tacloban. Officials had yet to make contact with Guiuan, a town of 40,000 that was first hit by the typhoon. Baco, a city of 35,000 people in Oriental Mindoro province, was 80 percent under water, the UN said. There were reports of damage across much of the Visayas, a region of eight major islands, including Leyte, Cebu and Samar. Many tourists were stranded. "Seawater reached the second floor of the hotel," said Nancy Chang, who was on a business trip from China in Tacloblan City and walked three hours through mud and debris for a military-led evacuation at the airport. "It's like the end of the world." Six people were killed and dozens wounded during heavy winds and storms in central Vietnam as Haiyan approached the coast, state media reported, even though it had weakened substantially since hitting the Philippines. Vietnam authorities have moved 883,000 people in 11 central provinces to safe zones, according to the government's website. Despite weakening, the storm is likely to cause heavy rains, flooding, strong winds and mudslides as it makes its way north in the South China Sea. Looters rampaged through several stores in Tacloban, witnesses said, taking whatever they could find as rescuers' efforts to deliver food and water were hampered by severed roads and communications. Mobs attacked trucks loaded with food, tents and water on Tanauan bridge in Leyte, said Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon. "These are mobsters operating out of there." Tecson John Lim, the Tacloban city administrator, said city officials had so far only collected 300-400 bodies, but believed the death toll in the city alone could be 10,000.

Update: November 9, 2013:10,000 feared killed in Philippines by super typhoon Haiyan

An estimated 10,000 people might have been killed in the central Philippine province of Leyte alone, which was almost completely destroyed by the powerful typhoon Haiyan, local authorities said. The typhoon has devastated up to 80 percent of the Leyte province area as it ripped through the Philippines, Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria told Reuters. “We had a meeting last night with the governor and other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria said. The Red Cross said earlier that 1,200 people we confirmed dead in the Philippines. Philippine Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Saturday that it was too early to announce any final figures. "The rescue operation is ongoing. We expect a very high number of fatalities as well as injured," Roxas told AP. "All systems, all vestiges of modern living — communications, power, water — all are down. Media is down, so there is no way to communicate with the people in a mass sort of way."

"Typhoon 'Yolanda' has made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar," according to the Philippines' PAGASA weather agency's most recent advisory, issued at 5 a.m. local time.
CNN calls Haiyan based on the wind, if the system did not weaken at landfall - Typhoon Haiyan is the Strongest Tropical System
Ever Making Landfall Anywhere in the World

Astrological Chart set for 5 a.m. local time in Guiuan, Eastern Samar - Below Mercury and N. Node are rising in extreme Scorpio opposing S. Node/Hygeia in Taurus (potential health problems from storm)

Mercury rising governs the wind and corresponds to high pressure of fair weather. Gentle breezes to hurricane-force winds can be found under Mercury's domain.
Rulers of the chart (Scorpio rising) are Mars and Pluto.
Pluto is in the 3rd. house relating to Mercury and is near the Moon and Venus.
Pluto and Mars both relate to violent, extremes, severe and intense conditions depending on other chart indications
Since 50% of the overall prevailing conditions are described by the planets in the 4th house, their sign and the aspects - Aquarius is on the 4th. House cusp
with Juno the weather asteroid now TSQ the nodes and Mercury in Scorpio is posited at Ground Zero (4th.)
along with Neptune at ground zero relating to freakish weather events, torrential downpours and flooding conditions -
Aquarius and ruler Uranus connect to the IC and are known for shocking and unexpect results and first time events
Uranus is also connected to high barometer and mega-high wind velocities (from 315 kph gusting to 380 kph) can be found under its influence
Ruler of the IC is Uranus now in a square to Venus and Pluto in Capricorn adding to more record breaking, unexpected and destructive conditions.

Update: November 7, 2013: Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupts for third time, covering villages in ash

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted for the third time in as many months, spewing ash over 4 miles into the air and covering nearby villages in gray powder. The volcanic activity began on Sunday and more than 1200 people have been evacuated so far. The volcano surprised scientists in 2010 when it rumbled back to life after being dormant for centuries. Sinabung is one of 120 active volcanoes in the country which is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.

Update: November 7, 2013: Extreme Danger Headed for Philippines
Yolanda is likely be making landfall in Samar and Leyte Friday morning. JMA is now expecting Haiyan to max out with winds up to 314kph and pressure at 900hpa at landfall. Strongest storm of 2013

Update: November 6, 2013: New ash explosions from New SE crater at Etna
Update Wed 06 Nov 14:02 Since about an hour ago, some relatively strong explosions re-appeared to occur at the New SE crater. This could be a signal that it is heading towards a new paroxysm in the near future. Tremor continues to rise slowly. The next days (if not hours) will probably give the answer.

Update: November 6, 2013: Another super typhoon threatens the Philippines
Experts warned that another super-typhoon could hit the Philippines on Thursday even as Tropical Depression “Wilma,” which dissipated into a low-pressure area in the Central Visayas, threatened to re-intensify into a storm. Weather forecaster Gladys Saludes of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the United States military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii spotted Tropical Storm “Haiyan” over the Caroline Islands on Tuesday. Saludes said the storm was moving toward the country with maximum winds of 115 kph and gusts of up to 146 kph and will be named “Yolanda” when it enters Philippine jurisdiction. It is expected to make landfall in the Eastern Visayas region on Thursday morning . Also on Tuesday, the LPA that was formerly called “Wilma” was already 250 km west northwest of Puerto Princesa City near the boundary of PAR at 4 p.m. and is expected re-intensify into a storm as it moves toward Vietnam. Even after the departure of Wilma, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council will remain on red alert because of Yolanda and various local governments have issued their own alert notices. In the Eastern Visayas, regional disaster council chairman Rey Gozon directed all local government officials to take necessary measures to prevent or minimize the destruction of life and property. In Tacloban City, disaster official Isabelo Lagutan said they have already identified several evacuation centers in the city with the primary one located at the Tacloban Astrodome. In nearby Albay, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda also ordered cities, towns and villages to prepare and undertake “preemptive evacuations.” “Now is the time to prepare. We ask the various disaster risk reduction and management offices from cities, towns and barangays to start reviewing their response strategies to the impact of floods, flashfloods, landslides, storm surges

Update: November 5, 2013: Etna volcano (Italy) active again with two small earthquakes
Seismic unrest continues and gives the general impression that "something" could be in the making at the volcano. A swarm of earthquakes at depths around 15-20 km has been going on under the SW flank, suggesting magma could be rising from deeper reservoirs into the volcano's shallower storage areas. Tremor has been showing a rising tendency, but so far, no particular eruptive activity has been observed.

Update: November 3, 2013: Strong, Deep, Magnitude 6.0 quake strikes 199km SSW of Palimbang, Philippines
Location and Depth : 4.614°N 123.358°E depth=546.3km (339.5mi)
Time of Event: 2013-11-03 19:03:39 UTC+08:00 at epicenter

Update: November 3, 2013: Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Volcano Erupts Again Forces Evacuations
A volcano in western Indonesia erupted again Sunday, unleashing volcanic ash high into the sky and forcing the evacuation of villagers living around its slope. Officials raised Mount Sinabung's alert status to the second-highest level after the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high mountain erupted early Sunday, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Authorities were working to evacuate residents from four North Sumatra province villages located within the mountain's three-kilometer (two-mile) danger zone, Nugroho said. About 1,300 villagers have been relocated to safer areas so far. It was the volcano's second big eruption since late last month, with its Oct. 24 explosion prompting the evacuation of more than 3,300 people.In September, more than 15,000 people were forced to flee when Mount Sinabung rumbled to life after being dormant for three years.

Update: November 2, 2013: Strong Magnitude 6.2 Quake hits 151km ESE of Neiafu, Tonga
Magnitude 6.2 quake shakes Tonga along with aftershocks
TONGA - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has been reported off the coast of Neiafu, Tonga. The quake struck around 8 am this morning. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no risk of a ‘destructive’ tsunami being generated and impacting New Zealand, the Pacific Islands or Hawaii, but says local tsunamis may occur within 100 kilometers of the epicenter. The United States Geological Survey says earthquakes below 6.5 on the Richter scale are ‘unlikely’ to generate a tsunami. A magnitude 7.5 temblor shook the Tongan islands in May this year. No injuries were reported following that quake and no tsunami was generated.

Update: November 2, 2013:Lava pool beneath Yellowstone supervolcano twice as big as previously thought
WYOMING – Yellowstone National park is the largest super-volcano on the continent and possibly the world. It’s an underground boiling cauldron of lava, but just how likely is it to erupt or do scientists have other concerns? “It’s been 640,000 since the last eruption,” says Jake Lowenstern, a scientist with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. The lava pool beneath Yellowstone National Park is more than twice as big as scientists previously believed, that’s according to new research from the Geological Society of America. Scientists from the University of Utah say the lake of molten lava is nearly 50 miles long and 12 miles wide. Jake Lowenstern, a scientist with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, says even a small eruption could cause a minor disaster. “It could cause damage to the rivers, some flooding, it’s going to put some ash into the air and the ash could certainly get out to the communities out here.” The park is known for the lava lake that fuels all the hot springs. Scientists don’t think the super-volcano will erupt, but the real risk to the region comes from earthquakes.
“There’s going to be more earthquakes, the ground is going to move more and molten rock can’t move up into this geyser system without causing explosions.” Researchers analyzed, get this, 4,500 earthquakes in and around Yellowstone from 1985 to 2013. Scientists say the likelihood of a major quake greater than magnitude 7 is just over a tenth of a percent which is a thousand times more likely to happen then a super eruption. “We do have the Geyser system at Yellowstone can be unstable at time and it can hurl rocks and throw them out … We get earthquake swarms. We have the ground moving up and down at Yellowstone.” The last major earthquake in the area measured 7.3 and was in 1959. It was the most destructive earthquake ever recorded in the Rocky Mountains. “If you look at the time scale of Yellowstone, it has been active a couple million years, it has these things semi-regularly. There will be events again, but you might have to wait another 10,000 years before it happens.” Just in the last week, there have been 25 earthquakes in the park area according to geologists. The good news, the biggest one registered only 2.9

Update: November 2, 2013:Doomsday volcanoes on the planet are awakening in record numbers: Is a new supervolcano forming in Chile?
GEOLOGY – One of these days, a field of volcanoes you have never heard of will wake up, and if it fulfills its geologic potential, the consequences will be heard around the world. Curiously, Laguna del Maule, situated along the spine of the Andes, doesn’t even look like a volcano. No towering peak, no plume of smoke or steam, no stench of sulfur. But 36 times in the past 20,000 years, volcanic vents surrounding the lake basin have created monster fields of lava — with huge deposits of volcanic glass, pumice and ash. Once, almost a million years ago, this volcano field had an eruption that, if repeated, could change history by affecting air travel, agriculture and climate. Tantalizing scraps of lava indicate enormous eruptions 1.5 million and 336,000 years ago. It’s a maxim of geology: What happened before can happen again. The volcanic field is 20 kilometers in diameter, and the recent surge in attention is largely due to a widespread, 1.5 meter rise since 2007. “That’s phenomenal,” says Brad Singer, a professor of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who began studying this part of the Andes 20 years ago. “There is no other volcano in the world that is going up at this rate.”

Update: November 1, 2013: 6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes North-Central Chile
November 1, 2013 – CHILE – A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked north-central Chile on Thursday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and nervous people to run out into the streets. But Chile’s emergency services office said no damages to infrastructure were reported and Chile’s Navy discarded the possibility of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was located about 54 kilometers (33 miles) southwest of the city of Coquimbo or about 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Santiago. Its depth was 10 kilometers (6 miles). Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts. That quake was so strong it shortened the Earth’s day slightly by changing the planet’s rotation. The strongest earthquake ever recorded also happened in Chile, a magnitude-9.5 in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people.

October 2013 This month will continue to add major seismic events and strange extreme weather.
Most frequently we will be experiencing earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and severe weather.
October will also have it's share of weather anomalies including some extremes like the kind of freezing cold that is happenin in Peru
to new tropical storms and hurricanes entering the Atlantic Basin
And with the Grand Water Trine be especially prepared for flooding like in August that
struck Russia
The continuing and more frequent seismic,volcanic activity along with severe weather will start building with the New Moon in Libra on October 4th @ 5:34 PM PDT
By the time we finally reach the Full Moon on October 18th in Aries exact @ 4:38 PM expect some major emergencies. Expect records being broken with Super Storms to continue as Mars enters more changeable Virgo on October 15th. to oppose Neptune.
After the eclipse, Mars, the red warrior and ruler of Aries is transiting in earth sign Virgo and opposes Mars on Oct. 19th.
this will be setting off more quakes and volcanic eruptions since there is resonance with the Uranus-Pluto square which is exact again on Nov. 1st.

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October UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for October 2013.

Update: October 31, 2013: A Powerful Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes 45km SSW of Hualian, Taiwan
Update 15:19 UTC : – A man in Hualien County was crushed by furniture and has been taken to a hospital
- 8 people were trapped in an elevator when the earthquake struck
- The overall damage / injuries are looking fairly good at this time although it is still too soon to be conclusive as we need daylight to have a good overview.
Update 14:56 UTC : Taiwan Railways reports that 46 trains affecting 9500 people have been delayed due to the earthquake
Update 14:51 UTC : The nuclear power plants in Taiwan are not affected.

Update: October 30, 2013: A sharp and shallow magnitude 6.2 quake strikes 9km SSE of Constitucion, Chile

Update: October 29, 2013: Massive Halloween Storm: Texas to Midwest, Northeast

Update: October 29, 2013:Shallow Magnitude 6.0 quake near Balleny Islands region

Update: October 29, 2013: Storm lashes northern Europe leaving at least 13 dead

Update: October 28, 2013: Hurricane-force gusts batter UK, France, the Dutch

Update: October 27 , 2013:Brace yourself: 90mph winds will hit the British coast at midnight tonight wreaking havoc across the country
Furious storm will also bring heavy rain with it with potential for floods
Forecasters warn houses face damage, trees falling and power cuts
Insurers tell householders they must protect their homes
Wales and South West England will be hit first early on Monday morning
In some coastal areas in the south winds could reach gusts of up to 90mph
When storm hits drivers are warned against all but essential travel
Firefighters have issued a safety warning to Londoners
Police have warned people to only dial 999 in a genuine emergency
Britain was braced for the worst storm for a decade today, which is set to bring driving rain and winds of up to 90mph to some areas. A vast area of low pressure is forming over the Atlantic Ocean and ‘Storm St Jude’ – named after the patron saint of lost causes – is expected to hit the South-West coast at around midnight before causing havoc across the South. The Met Office said it was increasingly confident that the ferocious weather would cut a swathe from Wales to the Humber, bringing down trees and causing structural damage, though officials were still not sure of the exact course of the storm.

Update: October 26 , 2013:7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off east coast of Japan-an aftershock from the March 11, 2011, 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami
JAPAN - An earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude 7.1 struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture early Saturday morning and the Japan Meteorological Agency issued an alert for tsunami of 1 meter high for Japan’s northeastern Pacific coast but lifted it about two hours later. The agency urged people to stay away from waterfront areas after the 2:10 a.m. quake. The tsunami alert covered Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures. It was lifted at 4:05 a.m. No injuries have been reported in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures after the 2:10 a.m. quake, according to police. No abnormality was reported at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was crippled by the magnitude 9.0 quake in March 2011, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. Workers, however, were ordered to evacuate from waterfront areas. Tohoku Electric Power Co. said no abnormality has been confirmed at its Onagawa nuclear power plant. Evacuation advisory was issued for coastal residents in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Ofunato, Kamaishi, Rikuzentakata and Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture. The agency said 40 cm high waves were observed in Kuji Port, Iwate Prefecture and Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. It also reported 30 cm waves in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, and 20 cm waves in Ofunato in Iwate. The focus was roughly 10 km underground in the Pacific Ocean around 290 kilometers east-southeast of Oshika Peninsula, the agency said. The quake registered a moderate intensity of 4 on the Japanese seismic scale of 7 in Fukushima, Miyagi, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures. Tokyo marked intensity 3. The agency revised the magnitude to 7.1 from 6.8. It said the latest quake is an aftershock of the 2011 quake

Update: October 25 , 2013: Huge Earthquake in Japan preliminary magnitude 7.3 – Tsunami advisory for FUKUSHIMA
SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake Oct 25 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
PTWC Off The East Coast Of Honshu Japan Oct 25 17:20 7.5 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Oct 25 17:10 7.0 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Oct 25 17:10 7.3 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Oct 25 17:10 7.3 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
Cebu City - Light bouncing up on 17th floor.
Misawa - I could see all the furniture in my house shaking, even the walls and the ceiling were shaking.
Kawasaki Japan - No damage
Ota-ku, Tokyo - Really long but mellow earthquake. Felt like I was on a boat. It kept going for what seemed to be at least a minute.

Update: October 25, 2013:UK weather: Forecasters widen warnings for most powerful storm to hit Britain in 26 years
They said it was expected to cover a wider area than first though
The biggest storm to hit Britain in 26 years will affect a bigger area of the country than first thought, forecasters said today. The storm - with wind speeds of 90mph or more - will cross the southern half of Britain, rather than passing south of the country. The Met Office issued an amber warning, meaning "be prepared", for the southern half of England and the southern half of Wales. It gave a lesser yellow warning, meaning "be aware", for the rest of Wales and England up to the border with Scotland.

Update: October 24 , 2013:Kamchatka’s Zhupanovsky volcano erupts with large ash cloud: volcano awakes after 54 years
KAMCHATKA – A new explosive eruption started yesterday night (23 Oct). An ash plume was detected drifting at an estimated 16,000 ft (5 km) altitude and drifting ESE. At least 1 mm of ash has been deposited in the Nalychevo valley, a natural park between Zhupanovsky and Avachinsky volcanoes. Zhupanovsky volcano lies about 70 km northeast of the capital of Kamchatka, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and had its last eruption in 1959. It is a complex volcano composed of several overlapping cones aligned on a roughly east-west oriented axis. The new eruption comes from the same vent that has been also the site of all known historical eruptions, located west of the highest point of the volcanic massif. Zhupanovsky is the 8th volcano in Kamchatka to erupt this year.

Update: October 24 , 2013: Indonesian volcano expels powerful burst of ash; 3,300 evacuate, second large eruption in 40 days
INDONESIA - A volcano in western Indonesia erupted Thursday, unleashing a column of dark volcanic material high into the air weeks after villagers were returning home from an earlier eruption, officials said. The explosion at Mount Sinabung, located in North Sumatra province, shot black ash 3 km into the air, but there were no reports of injuries or damage, said National Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said villages, farms and trees around the 2,600-meter-high rumbling volcano were covered in thick gray ash, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 3,300 people. Most were from two villages within 3 km of the mountain in Karo district. No lava or debris spewed from the volcano, and nearby towns and villages were not in danger, but authorities warned tourists to stay away from the danger zone located 1.5 km from the crater, Nugroho said. Last month, more than 15,000 people were forced to flee when the volcano rumbled to life after being dormant for three years, belching ash and smoke and igniting fires on its slopes. The volcano’s last major 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 more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin

Update: October 23 , 2013:Ibu volcano (Halmahera Island, Indonesia): increasing activity
Hot spots at the summit have become larger and more frequently observed on recent MODIS satellite data. This indicates that activity has become more intense at the volcano with its active lava dome.

Update: October 23 , 2013:Bushfires: New South Wales braces for its most dangerous day

New South Wales is bracing for a potentially devastating day of bushfires, with the state’s fire commissioner urging people not to travel to the Blue Mountains due to conditions that are set to be “as bad as it gets”. The fire danger warning for the greater Sydney area, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter valley has been set to “extreme” – the second highest level. Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, said the forecast for Wednesday was worse than previously thought, making it the most dangerous day yet in the bushfire emergency that began last Thursday. “The temperature will be in the mid to high 30s, humidity down to 10% and wind strengths of 80 to 100km/h,” he said. “The forecast and scenario for tomorrow is about as bad as it gets.” All schools and childcare centres in the Blue Mountains will be closed, with Fitzsimmons urging residents to seriously consider fleeing their homes. “If you are going to leave, leave early,” he said. “Leaving early is always the safest option. Know your fire safety plan and be decisive. Procrastination won’t be helpful,” he said. We will do everything we can, but it would be wrong of me to provide a guarantee that we will deliver on providing a truck to every home, a message to every person. It is simply something we cannot guarantee, but we will do our absolute darndest to make sure we can. “Anyone who does not have an important reason to be in the Blue Mountains – don't be there. Stay away from the Blue Mountains and Kurrajong Heights areas. To do so, otherwise, is simply putting yourself in harm’s way and indeed putting others in harm’s way.” An additional 1400 firefighters will be deployed across NSW in areas considered to be particularly at risk as conditions deteriorate. The perimeter of the various fire areas stretches for 1600km. About 60 fires are burning in NSW, 17 of them uncontained. Since the start of the bushfires, more than 200 homes have been destroyed, with one man losing his life. Wildlife carers have warned that thousands of koalas, possums, reptiles and other animals have been killed or seriously injured in the fires. Meanwhile, an 11-year-old boy accused of lighting two fires, one of which destroyed 5,000 hectares of land near Newcastle, has been granted bail. Insurance claims worth more than $100m already have been lodged, according to the Insurance Council of Australia. Further financial assistance is on its way to residents of fire ravaged areas, with the Salvation Army raising $1.2m in aid. The federal government has also offered financial support for lost income to eligible people, as well as a “disaster recovery payment” of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child. However, unlike during the Tasmanian bushfires in January, money will not be available to people cut off from their homes or who are without electricity or water for 48 hours. “These devastating bushfires have affected many individuals and have prevented people’s ability to earn a living,” said Michael Keenan, the federal justice minister. “This assistance is designed to help employees, primary producers and sole traders recover from these bushfires and get back on their feet and back to work.” The bushfires have caught the attention of the UN’s climate change chief, Christiana Figueres, who has warned that they signal a future of “doom and gloom” unless carbon emissions are radically cut. Figueres also took the opportunity, while speaking to CNN, to attack the Australian government’s Direct Action climate change policy.

Update: October 22 , 2013:Tornado Strikes England, More Stormy Weather This Week
The first in a series of storm systems to impact the United Kingdom came in with a bang on Sunday as a tornado was reported on Hayling Island. Thunderstorms were seen across much of England, including the London commuter belt. The tornado, which struck Hayling Island Sunday morning, resulted in damage to at least 100 homes according to BBC News. The violent weather also caused many downed trees and power lines across the area. Nearby Saint Catherine's Point reported wind gusts to near 65 mph during this evening according to data obtained by meteorologists. A series of storms will continue to batter the United Kingdom with rounds of rain and strong winds through Saturday. A storm off the Ireland coastline brought periods of rain and heavy showers to Ireland and the United Kingdom through late Tuesday. Along with the local downpours, gusty southwest winds battered the coastline with gusts over 65 kph (40 mph). There will be a brief break from the unsettled weather on late Wednesday through Thursday across much of the United Kingdom, although spells of rain will continue across Scotland on Wednesday night. The next system will move in Thursday night and Friday with additional rainfall spreading from southwest to northeast across Ireland and all of the United Kingdom. Along with this rainfall, another round of potentially gale-force winds will impact southern England and Wales on Friday. Yet another storm system will continue the threat for gusty winds and downpours on Saturday for much of the United Kingdom.

Update: October 22 , 2013:Seemingly moderate but very damaging earthquake in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia (1 man killed by a heart attack)
Last update: October 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm by By Armand Vervaec
What apparently looked as a harmless earthquake became another damaging earthquake in Sumatra. With a theoretically shaking of MMI V at max. it was not expected to inflict damage but assessment did report that 83 buildings were severely damaged by the earthquake in Tangse. An 90 year old man (Abubakar Rasyid, a resident of Mane subdistrict) died because of an heart attack and was not killed by debris from the earthquake . 2 women (from Tangse subdistrict) sustained serious injuries. They were hit by falling pieces of rubble while escaping their homes. Both have been taken to the Sigli Hospital in Pidie district.

Update: October 21 , 2013:Strong hurricane Raymond meanders off Mexico's south coast
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Raymond remained nearly stationary as it spun off Mexico's southern Pacific coast late Monday, threatening to spread heavy rains onto a sodden region already devastated by last month's Tropical Storm Manuel. Guerrero state authorities said it was raining in places but so far no torrential rains had hit the area. Some streets flood in Acapulco, and a few hundred people were evacuated as a precaution from some low-lying coastal areas and isolated mountain towns, authorities said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the Category 3 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of about 120 mph (195 kph) and was edging eastward at 2 mph (4 kph). Raymond was centered about 90 miles (150 kilometers) south-southwest of the beach resort of Zihuatanejo late Monday, and it was expected to follow an erratic path and possibly get closer to the coast over the next day, before veering back out to sea Wednesday. In the beach resort of Zihuatanejo, officials went door-to-door in hillside communities warning residents about the risk of flash floods and mudslides, but nobody had voluntarily evacuated to the three shelters set up in schools and athletic facilities, municipal firefighter Jesus Guatemala said. Amid light, intermittent rains, tourists continued to stroll through town. Mexican authorities rushed to deploy emergency crews and said they were considering evacuations of low-lying areas. About 10,000 people already are living away from their homes a month after Manuel inundated whole neighborhoods and caused landslides that buried much of one village. It left behind drenched hillsides that pose serious landslide risks. David Korenfeld, head of Mexico's National Water Commission, said Sunday that officials were pinning their hopes on a cold front moving from the north that could help steer Raymond away from the coast. "The cold front coming down is what makes it (Raymond) turn to the left, but that is a model," Korenfeld said. "If that cold front comes down more slowly, this tropical storm ... can get closer to the coast." Forecasters said that even if Raymond stayed offshore, the storm could dump heavy rain and cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides along the south-central Mexican coast. "There will be rain for the next 72 hours along the Pacific coast — very heavy rain, torrential rain," Korenfeld said. A hurricane warning was in effect from Tecpan de Galeana, up the coast from Acapulco, north to the port of Lazaro Cardenas. A tropical storm warning was posted from Acapulco to Tecpan. Authorities in Guerrero, where Manuel caused about 120 deaths from flooding and landslides in September, closed seaports, set up 700 emergency shelters and urged residents in risk areas to take precautions. The state cancelled classes in most coastal communities west of Acapulco, including Zihuatanejo. Schools are often used as emergency shelters in Mexico. The potential for damage from such rains was high. About 50 dams in the area were over capacity, and officials were releasing water to make room for expected rainfall. Some villages high in the mountains of Guerrero were still without electricity and phone service following Manuel.

Update: October 21 , 2013:Fukushima Update, Twin Typhoons Inbound.
From Duchsince

Update: October 19 , 2013:Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Oct 2013: Klyuchevskoy and Tungurahua
Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): Strong explosive and effusive activity continues. KVERT monitors the situation closely and issues alerts every few hours. Last evening, ash emissions again reached almost 30,000 ft (8-9 km) altitude. "The ash plume this morning has decreased in height to 21,300-24,600 ft (6.5-7 km) a.s.l. but by now, an ash plume dangerous for aviation is extending about 736 mi (1188 km) to the south-east and east of the volcano (satellite data at 0135 UTC on October 19, 2013)." Video of last night's impressive activity with lava fountains and lava flows all over the flanks of the volcano:

Tungurahua (Ecuador): The eruptive phase that had started on 6 Oct, after a quiet interval of 3 months, continues to increase. The volcano observatory reports ash columns rising up to 3 km above the crater and the first occurrence (so far) small pyroclastic flows. In the early days of this phase, seismic activity was characterized by an increase in the number and energy of the events related to the mobilization of fluids into the volcano such as long-period events, tremor and explosions and emission signals of variable magnitude. Superficially, low intensity strombolian activity and ash emissions could be observed, resulting in ash fall in the areas of El Manzano, Bilbao, Chacauco , Choglontús , Mocha, Pillate and on the upper slopes of the volcano itself.

Update: October 19 , 2013:6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off Mexico coast
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of Mexico in the Gulf of California between the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California Sur, the US Geological Survey reported. The epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers deep in the Sea of Cortez. Emergency services in Mexican Sonora and Sinaloa states said there were no immediate reports of casualties and it was not yet clear how the quake had affected Baja California Sur. The quake was initially reported to have reached a magnitude of 6.8, but was later downgraded to 6.5 by USGS. A tsunami warning has not been issued. Over 138,300 people live within 100 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS). "We felt the quake pretty strongly, but we don't have any reports of damage," said Ana Carranza, a hotel worker in Loreto on the Baja California Peninsula. Mexico is located atop three large tectonic plates and is one of the world's most seismically active regions.
The area west of the Gulf of California, including Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, is moving northwestward with the Pacific plate at about 50 mm per year. Here, the Pacific and North American plates grind past each other creating strike-slip faulting, the southern extension of California's San Andreas fault. In the past, this relative plate motion pulled Baja California away from the coast forming the Gulf of California and is the cause of earthquakes in the Gulf of California region today.

Update: October 19 , 2013:Very Strong and shallow earthquake with magnitude 6.5 strikes SW. of Etchoropo, Mexico on October 19, 2013

Update 18.37 UTC: The low populated coastal areas and the distance between epicenter and shore will reduce the impact of this quake. The quake happened shortly before 12.00 local time, when most of the people were at work. Local radio reports that some people left their workplaces after the earthquake, but the situation was relatively calm as the quake lasted only for a few seconds. A very strong earthquake with M 6.5 occurred in Gulf of California, approx. 70 km off the coast of Sonora, Mexico. NO Tsunami warning was issued. The ShakeMap of USGS shows a shaking with moderate intensity in Etchoropo and other areas of Sonora and Sinaloa. This could cause minor damage like cracked walls. 172.000 people should have felt the moderate shaking, according to USGS PAGER.

Update: October 19 , 2013:Small eruption reported at Indonesia’s Semeru Volcano
A pilot observed a small ash eruption this morning at the Semeru Volcano. The volcano had recently been very calm, but this could be a sign it is getting more active again. Semeru, or Mount Semeru, is a volcano located in East Java, Indonesia. It is the highest mountain on the island of Java. The stratovolcano is also known as Mahameru, meaning ‘The Great Mountain.’ –

Update: October 16 , 2013:Massive earthquake registering magnitude 6.8 in the Bougainville Island area, Papua New Guinea
Update 13:30 UTC : Prediction from the fatality model was around 0-1 fatalities (0.45 median expected) due to shaking. It is expected that there will not be significant damage. It is currently night, so very little information will come through until morning. Update 11:21 UTC : As a tsunami risk is potentially the most dangerous for this earthquake, find below the theoretical expectations from GDACS. We might call the impact strong waves and currents at max. Always best to keep away from the beach in these conditions.

Update: October 15 , 2013:India cyclone Phailin leaves trail of devastation, 23 dead
Cyclone Phailin, India’s strongest in 14 years, has left towns and villages flooded and tens of thousands of homes destroyed. The country managed to avoid a high loss of life, however, by moving about a million people into shelters.An estimated twenty three people died as a result of the cyclone, which hit India’s eastern coast on Saturday. “Damage to property is extensive,” said Amitabh Thakur, the top police officer in the eastern coastal district of Odisha, which was the worst hit by the cyclone. “But few lives have been lost.” Relief and rescue operations are now underway in the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, Marri Shashidhar Reddy, vice chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, told reporters. He said 23 people in total had been killed by the storm. Most died from falling trees and one woman was crushed when the walls of her mud hut fell in. "We have been able to ... (keep) the death toll to a bare minimum," he said. Mass evacuations ahead of the cyclone prevented the widespread deaths that many in India had feared. Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, Reddy said that 685 kilometers of road had been cleared of trees and other debris. A cyclone of the same strength, which hit the same area in 1999, led to the death of about 10,000 people. This time a million people were moved into shelters, as part of one of India's largest evacuations. As the storm was approaching, the Indian military prepared for relief operations. "We saved lives by putting them in shelters in time," Reuters reported Odisha's special relief commissioner, J.K. Mohapatra, as saying. The authorities cancelled holidays of some civil servants during the Hindu Dussehra festival, deployed disaster response teams as well as helicopters and boats for rescue operations and relief efforts. A Panama-registered cargo ship, the MV Bingo, carrying 8,000 tons of iron ore, sank Saturday as a result of the storm. It was not immediately clear if its crew, 17 Chinese citizens and one Indonesian, managed to reach the shore in the lifeboat in which they left the sinking vessel. Radio contact with the crew was last established early Sunday morning. In the Odisha district, which relies heavily on agriculture for its economy, more than 500,000 hectares of crops, worth an estimated $400 million, were destroyed by the cyclone. Defense and para-military personnel were deployed to carry out relief work including restructuring infrastructure that has been badly affected by the storm. "Property to the tune of several crores has been damaged...rehabilitation will now be done," Naveen Patniak, Odisha's chief minister told the Times of India. Although casualties were much lower than they might have been had it not been for the successful evacuation the cyclone left a trail of destruction along the coast. Along the main highway through Ganjam district in the Odisha province electricity poles were dislodged an electricity tower lay in a mangled heap and power was cut off in most of the state. The Indian Red Cross estimates that over 250,000 mud and thatch homes owned by poor farming and fishing communities had been destroyed just in the Ganjam district. “They cannot stay in the shelters for long as they are overcrowded and sanitation issues will crop up with the spread of diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery, especially amongst young children," Mangla Mohanty, head of the Indian Red Cross in Odisha, said by phone to Reuters from Ganjam district.

Update: October 14 , 2013:Massive and extremely dangerous shallow earthquake with preliminary magnitude 7.2, strikes in Mindanao, Philippines with – At least 6 fatalities

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–Update 00:46 UTC : Another very bad sign for potential damage is that the shaking lasted very long. The longer the shaking lasts the more damage can be inflicted. This is one of the most dangerous and strongest earthquakes of the last couple of years. We receive values of MMI V in Negros.
Update 00:42 UTC : Based on theoretical calculations, nearly 3.6 million people should have felt a very strong shaking and 7.6 million people a strong shaking. Based on the incoming reader reports from places at less then 100 km from the epicenter we are receiving strong shaking values, a little less than the theoretical outcome.
Per USGS: Magnitude 7.2 hits 5km E of Balilihan, Philippines
Event Time: 2013-10-15 08:12:37 UTC+08:00 at epicenter
Location: 9.765°N 124.022°E depth=56.8km (35.3mi)

Update: October 12 , 2013:Fierce cyclone Phailin rips into India; 550,000 flee to shelters
(Reuters) - A fierce cyclone tore into India's coast, killing at least five people, forcing half a million into shelters and threatening to devastate farmland and fishing hamlets. Cyclone Phailin was expected to remain a "very severe cyclonic storm", packing winds of up to 210 kph (130 mph), into Sunday before steadily weakening as it moves inland in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The storm snapped trees and electricity poles and smashed windows in Brahmapur, a town in the area where it hit land on Saturday evening. Rescue workers and soldiers spread out across the region in helicopters and trucks and the full extent of destruction was only expected to become clear after daybreak on Sunday. Some 12 million people were in the path of Phailin, weather and disaster management officials said. It was India's strongest cyclone since a typhoon killed 10,000 people in the same region 14 years ago. Aid agencies hope better preparation and early warnings will mean far fewer casualties this time. Satellite images showed a vast spiral-shaped storm covering most of the Bay of Bengal's warm seas, before it churned inland. Jagdesh Dasari, a leader in the fishing village of Mogadhalupadu, said police ordered villagers to leave their mud and thatch huts for a school building as night fell. Many on the impoverished coast were reluctant to go, afraid of losing belongings. "Many people refused to move, had to be convinced, and at times the police had to forcefully move them to safe places," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.In the first reported deaths, four people were killed by falling trees, while another died when the walls of her mud house collapsed. Electricity went out in several towns, including Odisha's capital Bhubaneswar. "We are fortunate that we are here ... we saved our lives," said Narayan Haldar, huddled with 1,300 people in an Odisha fishing village storm shelter, built after the 1999 typhoon. But he complained the government had not provided food. Some shelters were dilapidated and TV images showed crowds standing in the rain outside one overcrowded building. Large waves pounded beaches and villagers told a television station that surging sea levels has pushed water hundreds of feet (meters) inland in low-lying areas. Higher sea levels driven by storm surges can cause the worst destruction. Phailin was forecast to drive sea levels up 11 feet at its peak. "The biggest threat right now is the storm surge along the coast," said Eric Holthaus, meteorologist for Quartz magazine.

Update: October 12 , 2013:Alaska’s Veniaminof Volcano erupts- sends traces of ash over 2 Alaskan communities
October 12, 2013 – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has again become active during a months-long eruption, with a trace of ash falling on communities up to 35 miles away. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says in a release that Veniaminof Volcano resumed its 2013 eruption on Saturday after being quiet for about a month. It’s been marked by lava flows, fountaining and intermittent but small ash, steam and gas plumes. The plumes usually only travel a few miles from the volcano, but the communities of Chignik Lake and Chignik Lagoon, about 35 miles away, reported trace ash on Friday. The observatory says ash fall from the volcano 480 miles southwest of Anchorage is not considered to be significant. The eruption started in June.

Update: October 12 , 2013:New Zealand’s White Island Volcano erupts: alert level raised
October 12, 2013 - NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand’s geological agency GNS Science said on Saturday that it’s raised the alert level for White Island after the volcano erupted. The agency said a moderate explosion eruption, lasting about a minute, happened just after 8 p.m. Friday night. GNS Science said the volcanic alert level has been raised from one to two which indicates minor activity. The aviation color code has been upgraded to orange, the second- highest alert level. GNS volcanologist Arthur Jolly said the eruption was about the same size as the previous one in August 2012, Radio New Zealand reported. Jolly said the eruption threw mostly mud, rather than ash, into the air. He said bad weather on Saturday prevented GNS volcanologists from flying over the island to observe the volcano

Update: October 12 , 2013:6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes seafloor south of Greece
GREECE - An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude was detected in the Mediterranean Sea west of the island of Crete on Saturday, but there were no reports of casualties or damage, the Greek police and fire brigade said. The center of the quake, which struck at 1311 GMT, was 22.5 miles below the seabed 43 miles west of Chania on Crete, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Greece is often rocked by earthquakes. Most cause no serious damage but a 5.9 magnitude quake in 1999 killed 143 peopl

Update: October 11 , 2013:Cyclone Phailin Makes Landfall : Mass evacuations in eastern India
More than 200,000 people in India are being evacuated as a massive cyclone is sweeping through the Bay of Bengal towards the east coast. Cyclone Phailin, categorised as "very severe" by weather forecasters, is expected to hit Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states on Saturday evening. The Meteorological Department has predicted the storm will bring winds up to 220 km/h (136mph). A deadly super-cyclone in 1999 killed more than 10,000 people in Orissa. But officials say this time they are better prepared, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi reports. However, the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii is forecasting even stronger winds, predicting sustained speeds of up to 269 km/h (167 mph). 'Fighting nature' Officials said Cyclone Phailin is expected to make landfall close to the city of Gopalpur (Orissa state), bringing a storm surge of at least 3m (10ft) that was likely to cause "extensive damage" to mud houses on the coast. "No-one will be allowed to stay in mud and thatched houses in the coastal areas,'' said Orissa's Disaster Management Minister Surya Narayan Patra. The army is on standby in the two states for emergency and relief operations. Officials said helicopters and food packages were ready to be dropped in the storm-affected areas. Meanwhile, the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Centre predicted that winds could reach 315 km/h, while the London-based Tropical Storm Risk classified Phailin as a Category Five storm - the most powerful. The Times of India newspaper warned that local meteorologists may be underestimating the severity of the storm. Meteorologists also say that the storm is not only intense but covers a wide area.

Update: October 11 , 2013:Magnitude 6.1 quake - 33km N of Gueiria, Venezuela
Location: 10.877°N 62.278°W depth=79.4km (49.3mi)
Time and Date: 2013-10-11 21:40:29 UTC-04:30 at epicenter
Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity
Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Update: October 11 , 2013: Tropical Cyclone Phailin on Course to Devastate India This Weekend

India is expected to suffer catastrophic impacts from Severe Tropical Cyclone Phailin in less than 12 hours. Destructive winds well over 160 kph (100 mph) and flooding rain of at least 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) is expected across a wide area. There will be a crippling storm surge of 4-6 meters (14-20 feet), as well as wind gusts to 250 kph, near the landfall point of Phailin which is expected across northeastern India Saturday morning EDT. Anyone residing in the states of Orissa or eastern Andhra Pradesh is encouraged to take proper precautions and prepare for life-threatening conditions. While the western Pacific Ocean has produced 26 named tropical cyclones so far this year, the northern Indian Ocean has only seen one named tropical cyclone until Phailin. As of Friday afternoon, Phalin is packing winds sustained at 260 kph (160 mph) with gusts to 320 kph (200 mph). This makes Phalin the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane and super typhoon. All atmospheric and oceanic conditions point toward Phalin at least maintaining intensity. But, inner structural changes like eyewall replacement could lead to unexpected weakening. A track toward the northwest is expected until landfall Saturday. Phailin has the potential maintain Category 5 intensify until the point of landfall. If that is the case, the impacts will be catastrophic.

Update: October 11 , 2013:A strong but non-damaging Magnitude 6.3 tremor strikes NNE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand
Location: 30.752°S 178.439°W depth=146.5km (91.0mi)
Time: 2013-10-11 09:24:58 UTC-12:00 at epicenter
Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate
The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates. In the region of New Zealand, the 3000 km long Australia-Pacific plate boundary extends from south of Macquarie Island to the southern Kermadec Island chain. It includes an oceanic transform (the Macquarie Ridge), two oppositely verging subduction zones (Puysegur and Hikurangi), and a transpressive continental transform, the Alpine Fault through South Island, New Zealand.

Update: October 11 , 2013:800,000 could die from magnitude 8 earthquake in Himalayas
ctober 10, 2013 – INDIA - Over 800,000 people may die if an earthquake measuring eight on the Richter scale occurs in the seismically active Himalayan states from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, National Disaster Management Authority’s Vice Chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy has warned. The entire Himalayan belt is seismically very active and during a short span of 53 years between 1897 and 1950, four major earthquakes, (Shillong in 1897, Kangra in 1905, Bihar-Nepal in 1934 and Assam in 1950) exceeding magnitude eight on the Richter scale occurred in the region causing vast devastation. “No such earthquake has occurred since 1950. Studies indicate that enough strains have accumulated to generate magnitude 8 or larger earthquakes in the Himalayan region. If an earthquake of magnitude eight occurs in the Himalayan states, eight to nine lakh people may lose their lives,” the NDMA vice chief told PTI. When and where such an earthquake would occur is not known and therefore, the best approach to face such an eventuality was to work for developing an earthquake-resilient society, Reddy said.

Update: October 10 , 2013:Eurasia’s highest volcano Klyuchevskoi spews ash up to 3.7 miles
October 10, 2013 – KAMCHATKA – Eurasia’s highest volcano, Klyuchevskoi, on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, churned out ash to a height of six kilometers (3.7 miles) on Thursday morning, local Emergencies Ministry’s department reported. “The cloud of ash moved in the eastern direction from the volcano,” the department said in a statement adding that the cloud of ash posed no danger to residential areas. The statement warned all tourism companies operating in the region against holding tours in the areas located near the volcano, which can also pose threat to aircraft. Klyuchevskoi’s most powerful eruption was registered between January and May of 2005. Following that eruption, the volcano “sank” by 50 meters (about 165 feet), from 4,800 meters (about 16,000 feet) to the current 4,750 meters (15,845 feet). Kamchatka lies within the Pacific’s volatile ‘Ring of Fire.’

Update: October 9 , 2013:White Island volcano (New Zealand): small steam and mud eruption
A small steam and mud eruption occurred yesterday, following the small energetic steam venting on 4 Oct and another increase in seismic activity during 7 Oct. Since then, seismic activity has decreased again. GeoNet reports: "This afternoon (8 Oct) from about 3.05 pm until 3.20 pm there was a period of strong seismicity, which was accompanied by acoustic signals and a minor steam and mud eruption. This generated a steam plume which might have been seen from the mainland. Because these small eruptions have become more frequent the Aviation Colour Code has been raised from Green to Yellow but the Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1." "Volcanic tremor levels have been elevated since about 24 September, but are at lower levels than those during eruptive activity during the January to April period this year."

Update: October 9, 2013:Shutdown worsens historic blizzard that killed tens of thousands of South Dakota cattle
October 10, 2013 – SOUTH DAKOTA – Like in a scene from an apocalyptic parable, dark carcasses of cows and steers lie motionless in silent clusters across swaths of South Dakota. An early blizzard caught ranchers off guard this week in the state, killing as many as 20,000 head of cattle, a state official says. But ranchers say they are the real victims. The storm left many of them in ruins, and now Washington is leaving them out in the cold. “With the government shutdown and no farm bill in place, we need South Dakotans to help their neighbors,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. This year’s federal farm legislation got hung up in Congress before the shutdown. There’s no money to help the ranchers, and Daugaard is asking for donations. South Dakota’s civil air patrol did flyovers to take pictures of whole herds that keeled over together, dotting the gaping, snow-covered flatlands with big, black blotches. Ranchers who thought they were doing the right thing were blindsided, said state veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven. Now they are dazed by their losses. “The smart thing to do this time of year is to have cows and calf off to pasture,” he said. “Then the storm blew in. We’ve never seen anything quite like this.” Oedekoven says he may never know the total number of livestock killed. South Dakota has asked ranchers to make lists of the animals they lost to help with the tally. “It will be two weeks to a month before we have a better idea of the impact,” Oedekoven said. Only 2,000 have been confirmed dead so far, but crews are out removing more dead cattle blocking roads, where they fell over in their tracks. The state has told drivers to watch out. “Motorists must be aware that livestock carcasses or stray livestock may be present on or along the roadways at any time,” the emergency management agency said in a statement. Herds of livestock still alive are wandering aimlessly far from home. “We have misplaced cattle everywhere,” Oedekoven said. “The storm blew them 10 miles or more from where they are normally pastured.” The blizzard didn’t necessarily dole out fate justly, rewarding the prudent and punishing the lax, he said. “Some people were very well prepared and lost 50% of their herd. Some were not prepared and took no losses. There was no rhyme or reason to it. Some ranchers lost everything.” -

Update: October 8 , 2013: Indonesia’s Mount Tangkuban Perahu volcano shaken by three eruptions: alert level raised
INDONESIA – Indonesia’s volcanology center issued an alert for Mount Tangkuban Perahu as the volcano rumbled to life on Saturday, erupting three times and triggering minor earthquakes in Lembang subdistrict over the weekend. The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) raised the status of the volcano from normal — the lowest level — to waspada (alert) on Saturday morning. The agency’s four warning levels run from normal to awas (danger) with waspada as the first warning above normal. Volcanologists said they would keep an eye on the volcano as the tremors continued. “We’ll kept watching out for quake signals from under the crater before we decide if we should raise the alert level further,” PVMBG official Gede Suandika told Indonesian news portal on Monday. People were banned from a 1.5-radius around the volcano’s crater — a regular tourist draw in Lembang subdistrict. The PVMBG has not recommended an evacuation. “Residents around Mount Tangkuban Perahu are urged to stay calm and keep doing their activities as usual and not be provoked by issues related to Mount Tangkuban Perahu’s eruptions,” the PVMBG said on its website, adding ” but they are also expected to keep paying attention to developments on [the volcano's] activities listed by the local BPBD [Disaster Mitigation Agency] and follow its instructions.” The volcano, which lies on the outskirts of Bandung, West Java, last erupted in March, but the activity was minor. Tourists were banned from the crater and vendors were told to move.

Update: October 7 , 2013:A series of 6 moderatly strong earthquakes ripple through Mexico
MEXICO CITY: A series of at least six earthquakes — two reaching at least 5.0- magnitude — struck Sunday in the Mexican state of Guerrero, which is still reeling from deadly tropical storms last month. The epicenter of the strongest quake — 5.21-magnitude, at 9.27 local time (1527 GMT), according to the National Seismological Service — was located in the mountainous area where a September 16 mudslide buried a whole town. “We are monitoring the areas affected by the recent rains because the soil is moist and that can generate problems” from the trembling, said Jose Luis Serna, civil protection director of the town nearest the epicenter, Coyuca de Benitez. “But so far, we have no news,” he said. The quakes were also felt with moderate intensity in the resort town of Acapulco, which is recovering from the massive flooding brought on when storms Ingrid and Manuel swept across the country in mid-September. Authorities recommended moving “away from risk areas, such as slopes and where there are cracks in the ground,” Guerrero governor Angel Aguirre said in his Twitter account. Tourists in Acapulco were evacuated from hotels to the Costera Miguel Aleman, the port town’s main tourist road. All six quakes were recorded between 9am local time (1500 GMT) and 10.36am (1636 GMT), and so far no damage has been reported in Guerrero state. — AFP

Update: October 7 , 2013:New Eruption at MT. Klyuchevskoy volcano (Kamchatka)
The eruption continues with spectacular lava flows on the flanks of the steep cone, strombolian activity and ash emissions from the summit vent. Some great photos have been submitted into our image pool. Here's a time-lapse video of today's activity:
Time-lapse video of Klyuchevskoy volcano with strombolian explosions at the summit, ash emissions, and lava flows on its flank in Oct 2013

Update: October 6 , 2013: U.S. seismologist calls for national early warning system for earthquakes
CALIFORNIA – An eminent U.S. seismologist is urging the installation of a national early warning system to alert people to an impending earthquake. Richard Allen, director of the University of California, Berkeley’s Seismology Laboratory and professor of Earth and planetary sciences, writing a Comment piece in the journal Nature, has taken politicians and public officials to task for not putting an early warning system in place before the next major quake occurs. Recent decades have seen dramatic improvement in the technology to detect quakes, he said, largely led by Japan, as proven by the advance warning people there received about the deadly earthquake that struck in 2011. With the advance notice trains were stopped, chemical plants shut down and people were able to take cover, Allen said. While California, Oregon and Washington have initiated programs to create early warning systems for parts of their areas, that’s not enough, Allen wrote; there should be an expansion of such systems to cover the entire United States, particularly areas most at risk. It’s not a matter of whether a major quake will strike, it’s when, Allen said, and if people have prior warning — the amount of which would depend on how far they are from the epicenter — then lives could be saved and property damage minimized.

Update: October 5 , 2013:Mysterious earthquake swarm damages many villages in Galati, Eastern Romania
For a couple of weeks, an unusual earthquake swarm is going on in Eastern Romania, close to Moldovia border. Galati is the province where the earthquakes are happening. The Galati area experienced dozens of earthquakes up to a Magnitude of 3.8 (last one just before writing this article). The quakes have an extremely shallow depth, have a relatively high shaking intensity and are causing a lot of damage in the villages near the epicenter areas (the epicenters have to be situated in an area of many kms and not in one location). Some people are not waiting for more earthquakes and left their houses due do the damage, fearing a collapse if further quakes would strike. Galati is a region with relatively low seismic activity and earthquake swarms like the current events are only known from the newspapers in other regions / countries (ER could trace some unconfirmed reports that a number of earthquakes occurred in March 1894!).
Update : Due to the totally different hypocenter depth of the Vrancea and the Galati earthquakes, a direct relation in between bot events can almost certainly be excluded. Science will have to do a lot of research to look into the details of what happened (faults, wave distribution, focal mechanism, etc etc) Update : The reason that this earthquake (still moderate in Magnitude terms) was felt in a so wide area (many countries) is that the earthquake waves are radiating from deep in the earth (hot solid part of the mantle). The wave bundle is far bigger when it arrives at the surface than with shallow earthquakes Update : based on earlier similar earthquakes (they happen every few months / years) we think that the deep Romania earthquakes have a (unproved) relation with massive earthquakes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A strong quake occurred in Vrancea region in intermediate depth. According to Romanian authorities, the quake had Magnitude 5.5. It was felt in Bucharest and other parts of eastern Romania, furthermore in Moldowia (Chisinau), Northern Bulgaria and southwestern Ukraine (Odessa).

Update: October 4 , 2013:Tornado reported in Nebraska; 'very strong storm' set to hit Iowa

Update: October 4 , 2013Magnitude 6.4 quake occurs at 114km SE of Amsterdam Island in the Mauritius Island region south of Africa
Event Time: 2013-10-04 22:26:14 UTC+05:00 at epicenter
Location: 38.555°S 78.448°E
depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Update: October 3 , 2013:Tropical Storm Karen forms between Cuba, Mexico
(CNN) -- A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the southeastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday. Track the storm here
The watch covers the area from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to west of Destin, Florida. The center of the storm is forecast to be near the coast within that area Saturday. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River. "Karen is expected to be at or near hurricane strength late Friday and early Saturday," read a hurricane center advisory. Shutdown won't impact storm response The storm, which as of Thursday afternoon was about 400 miles south of the Mississippi River's mouth, prompted the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recall some of its workers, furloughed during the government shutdown, and to reactivate its Hurricane Liaison Team at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. FEMA officials in the Atlanta and Denton, Texas, offices are monitoring Karen. "At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States, including in the Gulf Coast region, that are available to state and local partners if needed and requested," the agency said in a statement. The hurricane center said it, too, would be unaffected by the government shutdown as Karen approaches.

Update: October 2 , 2013:Pakistan’s death toll rises to 824 from the aftermath of the double earthquakes last week
The death toll from two powerful earthquakes that devastated an impoverished region of Balochistan has climbed to 825, National Disaster Management Authority said on Tuesday. More than 30 villages, containing some 20,000 homes, were flattened across 15,400 square miles of the remote Balochistan region. Dozens of bodies are being recovered every day from mud homes whose walls and beams have been reduced to dust and rubble. Conditions are desperate among the survivors and many are going without food, water and shelter, having lost everything in the quake. So far, no relief camp has been established Mashkay, Gashgor and Malar areas where quack victims waiting for government help under open skies. Baloch rebel militant group’s attacks on security forces disturbed rescue operation in quake-hit areas of restive province. According to PDMA, rescue teams will be sent to the affected areas only after security clearance. The quake is Pakistan s deadliest since the Kashmir tremor of 2005 which killed 73,000. The toll is expected to rise further as rescue teams dig through the rubble of countless flattened mud-brick homes.

Update: October 1 , 2013:A strong and deep Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes in the Sea of Okhotsk
Event time: 2013-10-01 13:38:21 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
Location and depth: 53.173°N 152.766°E depth=578.2km (359.3mi)
The Kuril-Kamchatka arc extends approximately 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan, along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula to its intersection with the Aleutian arc near the Commander Islands, Russia. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the Okhotsk microplate, part of the larger North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Kuril Islands chain, active volcanoes located along the entire arc, and the deep offshore Kuril-Kamchatka trench. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving towards the northwest at a rate that increases from 75 mm/year near the northern end of the arc to 83 mm/year in the south.

September 2013 This month will be bigger than August for Mega Geo Events and some strange extreme weather.
Most frequently we will be experiencing earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and severe weather.
September will also have it's share of weather anomalies including some extremes like the kind of freezing cold that is happenin in Peru
to new tropical storms and hurricanes entering the Atlantic Basin
And with the Grand Water Trine be especially prepared for flooding like in August that
struck Russia
The continuing seismic,volcanic activity along with severe weather will start building with the New Moon in Virgo on September 5th. @ 7:36 AM EDT
By the time we finally reach the Full Harvest Moon on September 19th. in Pisces exact @ 7:13 AM expect some major emergencies.

Current Quake, Volcano and Weather News:

September UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for September 2013.

Update: September 30, 2013:Tropical storm Wutip lashes Vietnam's coast
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Tropical storm Wutip lashed central Vietnam on Monday after sinking at least two Chinese fishing boats near the Paracel Islands, leaving 75 fishermen missing, officials said. The storm uprooted trees, cut power lines and damaged more than 1,000 houses. There was no immediate word of injuries, flooding or major structural damage. Vietnam's national weather center said Wutip had weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm by the time it made landfall. It was packing sustained winds of 117 kilometers (73 miles) per hour, it said. Officials evacuated tens of thousands of people from the storm's path over the previous day. Schools in five central provinces closed and the coast guard told 61,000 fishing boats with 303,000 crew members to take shelter. By nightfall, Wutip had blown the roofs off of more than 1,000 houses in one district alone, local government official Pham Huu Thao said. TV footage showed uprooted trees and deserted city streets in central towns close to the storm's center. Wutip sank at least two Chinese fishing ships as it neared the coast near the Paracel Islands, leaving 75 fishermen missing, according to the website of the Hainan government in south China. Two vessels sank Sunday and contact with a third has been lost, it said. Wutip was the strongest typhoon to gather off Vietnam this season. The most powerful Asian storm this year was Typhoon Usagi, which caused at least 33 deaths in the Philippines and China earlier in September.

Update: September 30, 2013:Strong harmless earthquake with magnitude 6.5 in the Kermadec Islands region – NO Tsunami advisory for the Pacific
Very strong earthquake in one of the most tectonically active places of the earth, the Kermadec Islands. Even massive earthquakes along the Kermadec Islands subduction zone are not an imortant treath to populated islands which are so distant from the islands that only a mega-thrust earthquake can generate enough energy to reach them. Strong currents are at the other hand always a possibility in countries like ie New Zealand and Tonga THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA. HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION. ER remark : The New Zealand volunteers working on the Kermadec Islands are fully aware and protected against tsunami risks and these are the only people who might live within a radius of 100 km.

Update: September 28, 2013: Typhoon of moisture headed to Ore., Wash. bringing unusually heavy rains.
The calendar still says September. However, a November-like barrage of powerful storms is taking aim on the Pacific Northwest this weekend. Numerous cities already got socked on Saturday as an initial round of heavy rainfall and high winds pummeled Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho and northwest Montana.
At least three cities broke all-time September calendar-day rainfall records on Saturday:

Seattle-Tacoma Airport: 1.71 inches (previous record 1.65 inches set Sept. 22, 1978 and Sept. 30, 1953)
Olympia, Wash. Airport: 2.93 inches (previous record 1.67 inches set Sept. 17, 2010)
Astoria, Ore.: 3.16 inches (previous record 2.67 inches set Sept. 16, 1997)
Gusty winds produced numerous broken tree branches, downed power lines, and traffic control lights throughout the downtown Portland area on Saturday night. Over 25,000 customers were without power Saturday evening, according to PGE. Sustained winds of 50 to 60 mph have been reported throughout the region, and 70 to 75 mph gusts have been observed in Garibaldi, Ore.

Update: September 29, 2013:New volcanic eruption reported off the coast of Lazio Italy
It would seem a new volcanic vent has formed and is ejecting gas and sand about 100 meters off the coast of Fiumicino, west of Rome: the phenomenon has started less than 24 hours ago and the mayor Outside Montino, along with his staff and experts from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology are headed to the scene to the foothills. At the moment in fact there is no news about the possible links that you have between this event and the past, showing the opening of many volcanoes in two Viale Coccia di Morto. On August 27, a volcanic vent opened up near Fiumicino, ejecting steam and gas- these two events could to be related and may suggest the geology under Italy is in the midst of massive changes. There are dozens of active, and very restless volcanoes sitting on the sea floor of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Update: September 28, 2013: Typhoon of moisture headed to Ore., Wash. bringing unusually heavy rains.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A storm system is expected to bring unusual heavy September rains to Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon this weekend. According to a special weather statement Friday from the National Weather Service, the region could see record rainfall beginning today and running through Monday. The South Washington Coast and Oregon Cascades will likely see five inches, while the Willamette Valley could see anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 inches. The National Weather Service said Saturday’s storm will contain tropical moisture from a former western Pacific typhoon, Typhoon Pabuk, which brushed by Japan’s east coast earlier this week. The second storm on Sunday may even be stronger, with heavy rain between Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon through Sunday night. Rainfall estimates along the coast range and Cascades through Monday is between 7 and 10 inches. This much rain will lead to debris flows and landslides in steeper terrain. That may include the Columbia River Gorge, the west hills of Portland and the foothills of the Cascades. “Portland will experience deteriorating weather conditions today as a potent autumn storm moves in,” KOIN Meteorologist Riley O’Connor said. “Rain will begin on Friday and will intensify Saturday and Sunday.” Wind gusts are expected hit 60 miles per hour along the coast Saturday, and 45 mph in higher elevations along the coast range. Inland area could get gusts up to 40 mph Saturday night. The NWS warns that the winds and rain could topple trees and bring down power lines. Clogged drains and culverts could cause localized flooding, while small creeks and streams could overflow. “Two to four inches of rain can be expected in the Portland metro area with winds gusting near 40 mph,” O’Connor said. “Localized flooding is possible.

Update: September 28, 2013:
6.8 tremor hits Pakistan's Balochistan days after first quake killed hundreds
At least 15 people have reportedly been killed as a second powerful earthquake has struck Balochistan in southwestern Pakistan, the region where another deadly quake claimed over 500 lives earlier this week. Over 50 people were reportedly injured on Saturday. The new, 6.8-magnitude tremor struck 96 kilometers (59 miles) northeast of the Awaran district at 0734 GMT on Saturday, at a depth of 14 kilometers, the US Geological Survey reported. The local meteorological office recorded the intensity of the earthquake at 7.2 on the Richter scale and said the epicenter of the quake was 150 kilometers southwest of the town of Khuzdar, which is home to over 500,000 people. "It was not an aftershock, it was an independent earthquake," Zahid Rafi, director of the National Seismic Center of Pakistan, told Geo TV. However, Pakistan’s chief meteorologist, Arif Mahmood, told a local TV station that the tremor was an aftershock from Tuesday’s earthquake and could be followed by further tremors for weeks to come. Tremors have been felt as far away as the Indian capital, New Delhi, NDTV reports. Over 300,000 people were affected by Tuesday’s 7.7 magnitude quake, as over 20,000 houses in the region were destroyed. Babar Yaqoob, chief secretary of Balochistan, said Friday that 515 people have been confirmed dead and dozens of bodies are being recovered every day. Balochistan is a remote region in the country's southwest which covers 15,400 square miles - an area almost double the size of New Jersey.

Update: September 26, 2013:Nicaragua’s Telica volcano shaken by violent explosion and eruption
September 26, 2013 – NICARAUGA - A volcano in Nicaragua has erupted with a mighty blast and a column of ash, then settled down again, the government said. No one was hurt but villagers near the Telica volcano in the northwest of the Central American nation were told to remain on alert. The mountain is about 1000 meters tall. The morning blast spewed ash 50 meters into the air, said Guillermo Gonzalez of the National System for Preventing and Mitigating Disasters. After the single blast, civil defense staff remained on site to gather information. Villagers were put on alert and told to protect their water and food sources. The volcano last erupted in 2011.

Update: September 25, 2013:Volcanism is culprit behind sudden appearance of island off Pakistan’s coast

Update: September 25, 2013:Very Strong earthquake with preliminary magnitude 7.0 in the coastal area near Acari, Peru
Update 17:33 UTC : Due to the increased Magnitude, the maximum MMI has also been increased to MMI VII = very strong shaking for the coastal part.Still no reason for us to expect major damage also because this part of the country has regular very strong subduction earthquakes.

Update 17:28 UTC : USGS has again changed the preliminary values and is reporting now a Magnitude of M7.0 at a depth of 45 km. GDACS has used these values to calculate possible Tsunami scenarios. Maximum wave height will be 1.2 meter (see list below). The tsunami risk has ended while writing this update.

Update: September 25, 2013:Volcanism is culprit behind sudden appearance of island off Pakistan’s coast

Mud houses in the mountains crumbled as a 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook western Pakistan early on Tuesday. Meanwhile, on the coast, residents of Gwadar saw a solitary island rise from the sea. Older residents of the coastal town said the land emergence was déjà vu — an earthquake in 1968 produced an island that stayed for one year and then vanished, Ali Mohammad, 60, and Azeem Baloch, 57, told NBC News. Seismologists suspect the island is a temporary formation resulting from a "mud volcano," a jet of mud, sand and water that gushed to the surface as the temblor churned and pressurized that slurry under the ocean floor. "Sandy layers underground are shaken, and sand grains jiggle and become more compact," John Armbruster, a seismologist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University told NBC News. The shifting sand layers are compacted and pressurize the water, which gushed upwards, carrying mud and sand along with it. This "liquefaction" of sand and mud layers take place after any earthquake, but these sudden islands are usually spotted after strong earthquakes, at least 7- or 8-magnitude events. The distance of the island from the epicenter of the quake is "a little bit surprising," Armbruster said, granted that "the sediments are quite soft and susceptible to this." Back in the 1940s, a sizable island rose from the sea in the area, but it didn't last long. After an earthquake near Karachi struck, the British Indian Geological survey recorded a new island "big enough that people could land a boat and walk on it," Armbruster said. "Within days, weeks" — he wasn't sure how long — "it washed away." Researchers at the United States Geological Survey are investigating the new formation, Paul Earle, a USGS geophysicist told NBC News, but have yet to get independent confirmation of it. It is clear that "the islands are not created because the ground was ... pushed up by the earthquake," he said, but more likely it was a secondary effect of shifting sediments. He also agrees the formation appears to have been caused by a mud volcano, but added that they don't need an earthquake to set them off. There are "mud volcanoes in Yellowstone that have not been triggered by earthquakes," he said.

Update: September 25, 2013:Torrential rains and floods claim 45 lives in Thailand and Vietnam
Floods triggered by heavy rains claimed at least nine lives in Thailand this month and affected up to 1.5mn people, officials said yesterday. Flooding was reported in 23 of the kingdom’s 77 provinces, the Disaster Prevention and Relief Department said. Nine people have drowned over the past week in the north-eastern provinces of Surin and Sisakhet, it said. The meteorological department has forecast heavy rains for the remainder of the month, especially in the northern provinces. “The overall picture in the north-east has improved,” said Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who is in charge of water management. He warned people living on the banks of the Chao Phraya River to expect some flooding as authorities were pumping water into the main waterway to reduce flooding in the central plains. Authorities said the country is not in danger of being inundated by another massive flood, similar to the 2011 disaster. Much of the central plains and parts of Bangkok were flooded two years ago, forcing six large industrial estates and hundreds of factories to close for several months. The 2011 floods left 813 dead and caused an estimated 1.4tn baht ($45.2bn) in damages, according to World Bank estimates. Heavy monsoon rains exacerbated by Typhoon Usagi have pounded parts of Vietnam and Cambodia killing at least 36 people, authorities said yesterday, with many swept to their deaths in floods. Despite not being directly hit by Usagi—the world’s most powerful storm this year—parts of Southeast Asia have seen a worsening of their annual rainy season as the typhoon barrelled through the Philippines and China in recent days. Central and southern Vietnam have been hit by bad weather since early last week, inundating fields and villages, with 24 dead and six missing, according to a 10-day update from the country’s flood and storm control department. In Cambodia, officials said low pressure from the typhoon caused heavy rains, swelling the Mekong river with floods sweeping across several provinces. At least 12 people, including six children under six years old, have died in the deluge, said Keo Vy of the National Disaster Management Committee. Typhoon Usagi killed at least two people in the Philippines and some 25 people in southern China as it swept across the region over the weekend. Strong winds and torrential rain lashed the Chinese coast after making landfall in Guangdong province northeast of Hong Kong on Sunday evening. As the typhoon bore down on Hong Kong, operators shut down one of the world’s busiest sea ports and nearly 450 flights were either cancelled or delayed on Sunday. At least 18 further deaths have been reported in the Philippines in monsoon rains worsened by the typhoon, which also unleashed landslides and power outages across southern Taiwan at the weekend as it ploughed through the Luzon Strait with ferocious winds and heavy downpours.

Update: September 24, 2013:Powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks strike southern Pakistan with multiple deaths and casualties
Thirty-two people were killed and dozens injured when a major 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, with most damage and casualties reported near the epicentre in Balochistan. Thirty-two people were killed and houses and shops damaged in Awaran area of Khuzdar district in Balochistan province, TV news channels reported. Two bodies were pulled from the debris of a collapsed building. Dozens of injured were taken to hospital, media reports said. Houses and shops have collapsed and the casualties could increase. An emergency has been declared in Awaran and some other parts of Balochistan,” local administration official Ghulam Baloch said from Khuzdar. Houses were also damaged in Pasni and Windar but details were awaited from these areas, Baloch said. The army despatched over 200 troops, rescue and medical teams and a helicopter to the worst-hit areas. Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik too said an emergency had been declared in Awaran, seven to eight hours’ drive from Quetta, the provincial capital. Both US Geological Survey (USGS) and Pakistan’s meteorological office gave the magnitude as 7.7 on the Richter Scale. USGS said three aftershocks measuring between 5 and 5.9 were recorded after the quake.

Update: September 24, 2013:Yellowstone rattled by three ‘unusual’ earthquake swarms
September 24, 2013 – JACKSON, Wyo. — Until recently, Bob Smith had never witnessed two simultaneous earthquake swarms in his 53 years of monitoring seismic activity in and around the Yellowstone Caldera. Now, Smith, a University of Utah geophysics professor, has seen three swarms at once. “It’s very remarkable,” Smith said. “How does one swarm relate to another? Can one swarm trigger another and vice versa?” Because concurrent swarms have never been detected in the past, the answers aren’t in yet, Smith said. The geophysicist said he “wouldn’t doubt” if at least two of the events were related. Temblors from the three quake swarms mostly hit in three areas: Lewis Lake, the Lower Geyser Basin and the northwest part of Norris Geyser Basin. The largest earthquake shook the ground near Old Faithful Geyser on Sept. 15. The epicenter of the magnitude 3.6 quake, the largest in Yellowstone in about a year, was just 6 miles to the north of Old Faithful. “Generally speaking it needs to be 3.0 or higher for individuals to feel it,” Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash said. Yellowstone’s recent earthquake swarms started on Sept. 10 and were shaking until about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16. “A total of 130 earthquakes of magnitude 0.6 to 3.6 have occurred in these three areas, however, most have occurred in the Lower Geyser Basin,” a University of Utah statement said.
“Notably much of seismicity in Yellowstone occurs as swarms.” Including smaller events that have not been verified, there were many more quakes, Smith said. The recent swarms produced roughly four quakes that were large enough to feel. The first, a magnitude 3.5, struck Sept. 13 about 17 miles northeast of West Yellowstone, Mont. Then, in the early hours Sept. 15, two quakes, a magnitude 3.2 and magnitude 3.4, were detected in quick succession at 5:10 and 5:11 a.m., about 15 miles southeast of West Yellowstone. The magnitude 3.6 that marked the peak of the swarm struck nearby about 4 1/2 hours later. “They weren’t big earthquakes,” Smith said, “but they were felt.” About half a dozen earthquakes are felt in Yellowstone in an average year, he said. “This is pretty unusual, to be honest,” Smith said. None of the recent quakes, Nash said, were strong enough to cause damage or throw off the cycle of the Old Faithful geyser’s eruptions. “We know that a significant enough earthquake in the region has potential to alter geyser activity,” the spokesman said. “A strong enough earthquake, like the one that occurred out at Hebgen Lake in 1959, did change the interval of Old Faithful eruptions.” That quake, a 7.3 to 7.5 on the Richter magnitude scale, caused nearly 300 features on the Yellowstone landscape to erupt, 160 of which had no previous record of geysers. Smith traced the three recent earthquake swarms to the Hebgen Lake quake. “We think that much of the seismicity is still aftershocks from that event in 1959. It can go on for hundreds of years.

Update: September 24, 2013:Worst watershed stresses may become the new normal
eptember 24, 2013 – ARIZONA - Nearly one in 10 U.S. watersheds is “stressed,” with demand for water exceeding natural supply, according to a new analysis of surface water in the United States. What’s more, the lowest water flow seasons of recent years-times of great stress on rivers, streams, and sectors that use their waters-are likely to become typical as climates continue to warm. “By midcentury, we expect to see less reliable surface water supplies in several regions of the United States,” said the study’s lead author, Kristen Averyt, associate director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. “This is likely to create growing challenges for agriculture, electrical suppliers and municipalities, as there may be more demand for water and less to go around.” Averyt and her colleagues evaluated supplies and demands on freshwater resources for each of the 2,103 watersheds in the continental United States, using a large suite of existing data sets. They identified times of extreme water stress between 1999 and 2007, and they estimated future surface water stress-using existing climate projections-for every watershed. In the paper, published online in Environmental Research Letters on Sept. 17, the authors also diagnosed the reasons contributing to stress.

Update: September 23, 2013:Oregonians warned to prepare for ‘big one’ – roads cut off for 5 years, no electricity for 3 months, no gas for 6 months
OREGON – Sitting on a major fault line, Oregon is “like an eight-and-a-half-month pregnancy, due any time now” for a major earthquake, a geologist with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management told an overflow crowd Friday in Medford. “We’re in the zone, and we’d darn well better get ourselves ready for it,” said Althea Rizzo, geology hazard coordinator for OEM. “A lot of you may have moved here from California to escape them, but the fact is, Oregon is earthquake country.” About half the hands went up when Rizzo asked how many had been through a California earthquake. Rizzo said there’s a 37 percent chance the Big One will happen in the next 50 years. A major earthquake would cripple transportation on Interstate 5 as bridges and overpasses collapse from two to four minutes of ground shaking, possible very severe, with stressful aftershocks for weeks. “It’s going to shake here,” she said. “Single-family homes will bounce off their foundations. Landslides will cause transportation between I-5 and (Highway) 101 on the coast to be cut off for three to five years.” A big quake will cause liquefaction, in which the ground, if saturated with water, will “turn to pudding,” causing hardware, such as sewer systems, septic lines and gas tanks, to rise up out of the earth. Lines from Washington state gasoline refineries cross 15 rivers, leaving them vulnerable to quake tremors, she says. Most of these were built in the mid-20th century, with no thought to making them quake-resistant, she says, adding that they would be offline for at least six months. Electrical power would be down from one to three months until transformers and the electrical grid get going again, she says.

Update: September 22, 2013:25 dead as Typhoon Usagi hits southern China
At least 25 people were killed as the year's most powerful typhoon crashed into Hong Kong and southern China on Sunday evening, canceling hundreds of flights, crippling power lines, and causing significant flooding. The harshest storm to reach the Western Pacific this year, Typhoon Usagi hit Hong Kong on Sunday, canceling more than 370 flights and shutting down one of the world's busiest sea ports. A No. 8 signal warning, the third highest on a five-point scale, remained on Monday morning, forcing financial markets to stay closed for the first part of the day. Authorities said they might lower the warning signal before 10:00 am local time (01:00 GMT).

Update: September 20, 2013:Deep, Strong, magnitude 6.1 quake strikes 119km NNW of Nggilat, Indonesia
7.264°S 119.961°E depth=536.8km (333.6mi)

Update: September 20, 2013:Super Typhoon Usagi Threatens Taiwan, Northern Philippines, Hong Kong
Super Typhoon Usagi, the equivalent of a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane, intensified rapidly Thursday in the western Pacific Ocean and will threaten parts of Taiwan, the far northern Philippines and southern China through the next several days. A tropical cyclone is dubbed a "super typhoon" when maximum sustained winds reach at least 150 mph. Usagi underwent a period of rapid intensification from early Wednesday through midday Thursday (U.S. Eastern time), going from a 55-knot tropical storm to a 140-knot super typhoon in just 33 hours, or just under a 100 mph intensification, based on satellite estimates of intensity.

Update: September 20, 2013:Airlines told to avoid flights near erupting Indonesian volcano- unrest reported at another Japanese volcano
More than 15,000 residents have fled a volcano that rumbled to life less than a week ago in Indonesia and local airlines have been warned to avoid flying near the mountain as thick ash continues to spew from its crater, an official said. The aviation warning was issued for small planes serving short-haul flights in the region as small eruptions continue at Mount Sinabung, said Susanto, general manager for air navigation at Kuala Namu airport in North Sumatra's capital Medan. Like many Indonesians, he uses only one name. Data from the local emergency task force showed the number of people evacuated has doubled to more than 15,000 after many residents outside the 3-kilometer danger area abandoned their houses. The 2,600-metre (8,530-foot) volcano first erupted Sunday (Sept. 15th.) after being dormant for three years.

Update: September 20, 2013: 9 Earthquakes Rattle LA

Update: September 20, 2013: 68 believed buried in Mexico mudslide: death toll rises, as country pummeled by back-to-back storms

Update: September 19, 2013:5.3 magnitude earthquake near Fukushima nuclear plant
An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale has been recorded near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. There are no reports of damage to destroyed facilities and no spike in radiation levels in the area. The earthquake took place at 17:25 GMT, according to United States Geological Service (USGS) which measured the quake at 5.3. The Japan Meteorological Agency, however, put the quake at magnitude 5.8. The tremors were felt in 17 prefectures around Japan causing buildings to shake in the capital Tokyo, 175 kilometers away, an Agence France Presse reporter in the Japanese capital said.

Update: September 17, 2013:Sinabung volcano (Sumatra) - strong explosion this morning, ash plume rises to 20,000 ft altitude
A powerful explosion occurred this morning. An ash plume rose to about 6 km height. The volcano continued with near-constant ash venting following the eruption. The following video shows this morning's activity:

Update: September 17, 2013:Heavy torrential rains kill 2 in southern Ukraine
UKRAINE – Two people were killed after heavy rains hit southern Ukraine’s Odessa region over the weekend, a local official said Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua. The ensuing floods drowned some 4,000 farm animals and poultry, and destroyed or severely damaged more than 450 houses, causing an estimated loss of 21 million U.S. dollars, an official of the press service of Odessa regional administration told Xinhua. Around 600 residents have been evacuated in central Odessa, the worst-hit region.

Update: September 17, 2013: Rain apocalypse slams Mexico: Rare twin storms leave 34 dead
MEXICO – Authorities scrambled to rescue people stranded in flooded homes in Mexico’s resort of Acapulco Monday after twin storms slammed opposite coasts in a rare one-two punch that has killed 34 people. Hurricane Ingrid weakened to tropical storm strength as it made landfall on the northeastern coast in the morning while the Pacific coast reeled from the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel, which dissipated after striking on Sunday. Thousands of people were evacuated as the two storms set off landslides and floods that damaged bridges, roads and homes. The last time the country was hit by two tropical storms in the span of 24 hours was in 1958, officials said. Never before has it been struck by a hurricane and another storm at the same time. “More than two-thirds of the national territory has been affected,” Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told a news conference. At least 12 people died when a landslide hit a bus and workers removing earth that had previously fallen on a road in the eastern state of Veracruz, a civil protection official said after federal officials reported 22 deaths elsewhere. At least 15 people have died in the southwestern state of Guerrero where Acapulco is situated, said national civil protection Chief Luis Felipe Puente. Six more people died in the central states of Hidalgo and Puebla and one in the southern state of Oaxaca. Guerrero state officials reported six deaths in a road accident, but Puente did not include them in his account. Around 50 towns were affected in Guerrero, with some 238,000 people seeing various levels of damage to their homes, Puente said, adding that dozens of shelters had opened for some 20,000 people. The highway linking Acapulco to Mexico City was closed due to landslides while the resort’s airport was shut down, with some 100 people stranded on the terminal’s second floor. Authorities hoped to reopen both later Monday.

Update: September 17, 2013:18 stranded in New Mexico town amid flooding
(CNN) -- Eighteen people are stranded in the town of Mogollon, New Mexico, after the only road in and out of town was washed away, according to a spokesman for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. New Mexico declared a statewide disaster Friday because of flooding. The torrential downpours and severe flooding that hit the state left one person dead. Mogollon is a former mining town in the southwestern part of the state. The National Guard will be providing food, water and sanitary supplies Tuesday and a bulldozer will scrape the road to provide access to the village, said the spokesman, Enrique Knell. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to assist. No air evacuations are expected at this time.

Update: September 16, 2013:Scotland experiences four seasons in a day: lashed by 100 mph wind gusts
September 16, 2013 – SCOTLAND - Scotland experienced all four seasons in one day yesterday, as the first storm of autumn swept across the country, bringing chaos to the country’s roads. Torrential rain, accompanied by gale-force winds, gave way to sunny periods, before the wet weather returned. The Cairngorms were hit by gusts of 100 mph, with snow anticipated last night, and the Forth Road Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles after wind speeds of 69 mph were recorded. However, not everyone was bemoaning the gales. The weather was perfect for Scottish Windfest, at Barassie Beach in Troon, where windsurfers and kitesurfers were competing. Last night, the Met Office issued a blanket “yellow” warning, forecasting blustery winds continuing into today. They said high-altitude jetstream winds from the Atlantic pushing 200 mph – almost twice the usual – triggered the storm. It brought torrential rain yesterday morning, which flooded Nitshill Road and Thornliebank Road, in the south of Glasgow, with motorists in Dumfries suffering the worst driving conditions in the country with heavy spray on main roads.

Update: September 16, 2013:Two dead after powerful typhoon hits Japan

Update: September 15, 2013:Sinabung volcano (Sumatra) - new eruption forces more than 3000 people to evacuate homes
A new and seemingly more or less unexpected eruption occurred over night at Sumatra's Sinabung volcano. The Volcanological Survey of Indonesia (VSI) raised the volcanic alert level to 3 (out of 4). Since its first historical eruption in September 2010, the volcano had been closely monitored, but the alert level had been reduced to 2 in October that year, after activity had subsided again

Update: September 14, 2013:Suspected death toll rises from Colorado floods as nearly 500 unaccounted for
Boulder, Colorado (CNN) -- [Update 12:07 p.m.] A sixth person is presumed dead in the flooding that consumed part of Colorado, authorities said Sunday. Previously, four deaths were blamed on the flooding and a fifth person was presumed dead.Boulder, Colorado (CNN) -- [Update 12:07 p.m.] A sixth person is presumed dead in the flooding that consumed part of Colorado, authorities said Sunday. Previously, four deaths were blamed on the flooding and a fifth person was presumed dead.

Update: September 13, 2013:Multiple ash explosions at Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan) and Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): Activity remains elevated. The volcano produces near-constant ash venting and relatively many (3+ per day) vulcanian-type explosions. Ash plumes have been rising up to 14,000 ft (4.2 km) during the past 2 days. The following video shows activity seen from the webcam this morning:

Update: September 13, 2013: Peru declares state of emergency near Ubinas volcano

Update: September 12, 2013: ‘Unprecedented rainfall’ pummels Colorado- heaviest in 63 years, thousands evacuated

Update: September 12, 2013: Colorado flood emergency: 3 killed, streets impassable, mass evacuations dam breached
Boulder, Colo., is getting absolutely drenched — since last night (Sept. 11), an incredible 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 centimeters) of rain have fallen in the city and its surrounding areas, and the deluge continues. The downpour has caused flash floods throughout the Boulderarea and killed two people, according to news reports. Many roads throughout the area are impassible, and most businesses and schools throughout the region have closed.

Update: September 10, 2013: Southern Australia is being rattled by hundreds of quakes- and scientists aren’t sure why
Scientists in Victoria are attempting to learn more about the increase in the number of earthquakes in the Gippsland region. Seismologists are describing the region as an earthquake hotspot. There were only 50 earthquakes recorded up until 2009, but since then there have been 700. The activity has been particularly high in the Strzelecki Ranges which lie between the Latrobe Valley and the Gippsland coastline. Locals have been intrigued by the tremors for years. Gary Gibson from the University of Melbourne says the motion in Gippsland is high. “There are other spots that are active for a period of time but they’re active for a geologically short period, maybe 100,000 years or something and they go quiet. And they’ve got no long term evidence of continued motion,” he said. “Whereas the motion in Gippsland here, the rate of earthquake activity we have at the moment is high. The geology suggests that the average over the last few million years is probably even higher.” There are eight seismographs planted in the ground along fault lines meters below the surface around Gippsland to monitor the tremors. They are so sensitive that they can record the vibrations of approaching footsteps. One of them is on Neville Cliff’s beef farm. “We’ve had some good earthquakes come through here. You can hear them coming. It’s like an express train coming and the house shakes,” he said. “How many farmers got a seismograph? People tell me how many cattle they’ve got and how many acres they’ve got and I say well have you got a seismograph?”

Update: September 9, 2013: Small Eruption at Lokon-Empung, Sulawesi, Indonesia
An explosion at 6:30 am (local time) today at Lokon-Empung volcano produced an ash plume that rose to a height of 1.5 km. The explosion was heard 10 km away. A newspaper stated that "The lava flow reached several northern area villages, namely Pineleng, Tanawangko and Tateli". This report is vague and there are no other reports of a 'lava flow'.

Update: September 8, 2013: Strong storm strikes Billings, Montana, leaves flooded, debris-filled streets
12:45 p.m.: A heavy storm that battered Billings with 1.31 inches of rain in just 45 minutes and wind gusts topping out at 73 mph on Saturday also cut power to thousands of people across town, some of whom remained in the dark on Sunday. Claudia Rapkoch, NorthWestern Energy spokeswoman, said the storm caused power outages for more than 5,000 customers in the area, from the West End to the Heights to Lockwood.

Update: September 7, 2013: Very Strong earthquake with Magnitude 6.6 strikes in Guatemala – 1 woman killed, many people injured

Update: September 6, 2013: A magnitude 6.0 quake hits 43km ESE of Uyugan, Philippines
Event Time: 2013-09-06 19:33:53 UTC+08:00 at epicenter
Location: 20.189°N 122.314°E depth=178.1km (110.6mi)

Update: September 5, 2013: Karangetang volcano (Siau Island, Indonesia): incandescent lava at summit, alert raised>/a>
A new eruption could be underway at the volcano. VSI raised the alert to 3 (Siaga, alert) on a scale of 1-4, following the observation of incandescent lava at the summit and glowing rockfalls on the eastern side into the Batuawang ravine. Strong degassing generates a plume rising up to 500 m. Satellite images show a hotspot at the summit as well. These observations suggest that new magma has been arriving at the summit where mild strombolian activity is taking place. If this activity increases, the occurrence of dangerous pyroclastic flows is a likely scenario, similar to what happened at Fuego volcano in Guatemala a few days ago.

Update: September 5, 2013: 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Costa Rica
September 5th, 2013 ( The United States Geological Service (USGS) recorded a magnitude 6.0 earthquake 44 km west of Sardinal, in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province at 6:29 a.m. this morning. The USGS reports that the quake struck at a depth of 41.7km. ICR has received reports of shaking in the popular tourist destination and beach community of Playas del Coco, described as three strong jolts over the course of about a minute.

Update: September 5, 2013: Sakurajima volcano (Japan): large explosion damages cars
A moderately large vulcanian explosion occurred this morning, producing significant fallout of lapilli and small bombs in several kilometers distance. Cars parked at the Arimura Lava observatory observation point to the south of the volcano were damages and windshields broken, at a distance of about 4 km. There are no reports of injuries to people.

Update: September 4, 2013: Peru’s Ubinas Volcano erupts five times in 48 hours: awakens with strong activity

On the evening of Sept. 1, the Ubinas Volcano in Moquegua registered two small eruptions. A third eruption occurred the following day (Sept.2), and now the volcano has errupted twice more, bringing the total to five eruptions in less than 48 hours. A number of news outlets have reported that the volcano’s sudden burst of activity has caused alarm in the area, which has been intensified by the appearance of a column of volcanic gases and ash that has reached a height of two kilometers. Now scientists have begun an investigation at the site to determine the exact cause of the eruptions.

Update: September 4, 2013: The second in a series of strong quakes in the Atka, Alaska region is a Magnitude 6.2 temblor that hits 88km SW of Atka, Alaska

Update: September 4, 2013: 6.5 magnitude quake off Alaska's Aleutian Islands

Update: September 3, 2013:Very Strong (Magnitude 6.5) but Very Deep(depth=407.0km (252.9mi)) earthquake in the Izu Islands region, Japan

Update: September 2, 2013: Two sharp earthquakes (a Magnitude 4.1 and 4.3) rattle East Texas
TIMPSON, Texas (AP) — Two sharp earth tremors rattled a rural East Texas area on Monday, causing little damage but startling residents. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.1 magnitude earthquake at 4:52 p.m. CDT Monday centered about 2 miles west-northwest of the town of Timpson. The town of about 1,200 residents about 150 miles east-southeast of Dallas and 60 miles southwest of Shreveport, La. One hour and 59 minutes later, a second, more powerful quake struck in the same vicinity. It was measured at 4.3 magnitude.

Update: September 2, 2013: Peru snow state of emergency extended to more regions
The Peruvian government has extended to nine more regions a state of emergency called to cope with unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall. At least two people have died and 33,000 others have been affected by the cold spell, local officials say. Tens of thousands of animals have frozen to death over the past week.

Update: September 2, 2013: Did a volcanic eruption induce the summer cooling spell?
Throughout history, large volcanic eruptions have been known to influence climate. This summer, the Midwest experienced a cold wave referred to as "Julytober" following the June eruption of Mount Sheveluch in Russia. Experts continue to compare this eruption to others from history and debate whether it could have induced the cooler Midwestern weather. "Large Russian volcano eruptions tend to cool the Midwest," Historical Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss said.

Update: September 1, 2013: 6.5-magnitude quake off eastern Indonesia: USGS
The quake was also felt about 500 kilometres (300 miles) away in Darwin, Australia, where it set bookshelves shaking and moved furniture, the national AAP news agency reported.

August UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for August 2013.

August 2013 Just like July, August is a HUGE MONTH for Mega Geo Events.
August will have it's share of weather anomalies which is encourage raging fires
And with the Grand Water Trine be especially prepared for:
major flooding like in Russian and fires like this one in Idaho
Also continuing seismic and volcanic activity will start building with the New Moon in Leo on August 6th. In fact we can expect New Zealand to continue withsevere aftershocks continue to rock WellingtonHeading beyond Full Moon on August 20th. into August 27th. to September 1st. expect a larger series of tremors including a magnitude 7.0 + quake in the South Seas/Australian regions along with the Asia region up North.
It turns out on August 30th. Very Strong earthquake near Andreanof Islands, Alaska registering 7.0 Magnitude – No Tsunami warning so far

Update: August 31, 2013: No immediate reports of injury or damage after major earthquake and the Veniaminof volcano erupts again with 3mile high ash clouds

Update: August 30, 2013: Very Strong earthquake near Andreanof Islands, Alaska registering 7.0 Magnitude – No Tsunami warning so far

Update: August 29, 2013: Scientist warns magma chamber under Sakurajima is 90% full: a large lava eruption could be imminent

Update: August 27, 2013: Deep Magnitude 6.1 quake hits 288km NW of Raoul Island, New Zealand

Update: August 26, 2013: Rome (Italy): new fumarole near Fiumicino airport

Update: August 26, 2013: Volcanic 'geyser' erupts close to Rome airport

Update: August 24, 2013: Mini-earthquake swarm continues near Mount St. Helens

Update: August 23, 2013: Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): partial dome collapse generates strong explosion and pyroclastic flows

Update: August 22, 2013: Great Awakening? Indonesia warns of rising volcanic activity in East Province

Update: August 22, 2013: Indonesia’s submarine Mount Hobalt volcano rumbles to life in brief eruption

Update: August 21, 2013:Assumption Parish video shows sinkhole swallowing trees in seconds

Update: August 21, 2013: A sharp magnitude 6.2 quake struck 13km NNW of San Marcos, Mexico in the Acapulco region

Update: August 20, 2013: New Zealand’s White Island Volcano emits 2 km steam eruption

Update: August 19, 2013: Record rainfall: more than 60% of Philippine capital under water

Update: August 18, 2013: Russia’s Far East hit by biggest floods in 120 years

Update: August 17, 2013:100.000 Russians Evacuated From Their Homes After Floods

Update: August 17, 2013:Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Southeastern USA

Update: August 16, 2013:Earthquake swarm reported at another Alaskan volcano

Update: August 16, 2013: Kverkfjoell volcano (Iceland): glacial flood and small phreatic explosion (Icelandic Civil Protection)

Update: August 15, 2013:Severe aftershocks continue to rock Wellington

Update: August 15, 2013: Elevated activity reported at Alaska’s remote Mount Veniaminof volcano again

Update: August 15, 2013:Indonesian victims of the eruption of the Rokatenda volcano on Palue Island suffer respiratory illness

Update: August 15, 2013:Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic; next may brew in Gulf

Update: August 14, 2013:Marapi volcano (Sumatra, Indonesia): small eruptions

Update: August 12, 2013: Powerful and shallow quake on Columbia/Panama Border with preliminary magnitude 6.7
USGS settles on magnitude 6.6 with the quake happening 102km WSW of Mutis, Colombia

Update: August 12, 2013: Strong earthquake out of the Piura coast in Northern Peru with Magnitude 6.1 strikes

Update: August 12, 2013: Philippines hit by year’s strongest typhoon; 1 dead, 20 missing

Update: August 11, 2013: 4.8 earthquake strikes beneath Kilauea Volcano; several aftershocks follow

Update: August 10, 2013: Mount Rokatenda volcano erupts in Indonesia, killing five

Update: August 7, 2013: Heat Wave in China, particularly Shanghai hangs on

Update: August 5, 2013:Residents baffled over what caused a giant sinkhole in a Kansas pasture

Update: August 5, 2013: A volcano or a meteor impact: What created this large mysterious Siberian crater?

Update: August 4, 2013:Very strong earthquake at intermediate depth near Ishinomaki, Japan - magnitude 5.8

Update: August 2, 2013: Hundreds of submarine volcanoes found off the coast of Norway

Update: August 2, 2013: World’s largest geyser springs to life in Yellowstone after 8 year hiatus

Update: August 1, 2013: Volcanoes can “recharge” with new magma just days after an eruption

July 2013 Seismic and volcanic energies will quicken as they did in June when Over 10,000 feared dead in India floods">major flooding quickened.
while more volcanoes will blow off steam and erupt along with massive earthquakes,sand storms, tornadoes, multiple volcanoes, landslides and sinkholes.
Natural disasters involving water will expand this month as with Jupiter and Mars in Cancer
in a waxing TSQ to Pluto(Capricorn) and Uranus (Aries)
Expect some major storms from hurricanes to thunderstorms causing flash floods and landlsides
The First phase comes with the New Moon on July 8th. @ 12:14 AM PDT or 3:14 AM EDT
As we approach the Full Moon in Aquarius on July 22nd. @ 11:07 AM PDT or 2:07 PM EDT
some exceedinly aggressive seismic events will be felt from Asia to the Southern Hemisphere
then into the Northern Hemisphere particularly in Central America and Canada.

Current Quake, Volcano and Weather News:

July UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for July 2013.

Update: July 30, 2013:Milan Tornado: 12 Hurt After Twister Strikes

Update: July 29, 2013: Black Sunday: 7 killed, as powerful winds lash coastal beaches of France

Update: July 28, 2013:Volcano Watch: U.S. ranks high with number of active volcanoes

Update: July 27, 2013:North Pole melts, forms lake at top of the world

Update: July 26, 2013: Activity increases at Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano

Update: July 26, 2013: Scientists warn on Arctic ‘economic time bomb’

Update: July 25, 2013: Magnitude 6.1 quake strikes 48km ENE of Luganville, Vanuatu

Update: July 24, 2013:Time to prepare for Alpine Fault quake in New Zealand

Update: July 24, 2013: New study finds “nighttime heat waves” increasing in Pacific Northwest

Update: July 24, 2013: Deadly earthquake near Minxian, Gansu, China – at least 95 killed and +1000 injured – Update July 24

Update: July 23, 2013:NHC says 40 pct chance of cyclone near Cape Verde Islands

Update: July 22, 2013:Japan’s Sakurajima volcano shaken by large explosive eruption

Update: July 22, 2013: More news about quakes in China's Gansu province Deadly earthquake near Minxian, Gansu, China – at least 89 killed, 5 missing, 628 injured

Update: July 22, 2013:China’s Gansu province struck by two powerful earthquakes- at least 75 reported dead

Update: July 21, 2013: Residents flee as Indonesia’s Merapi Volcano spews ash

Update: July 20, 2013:6.5 earthquake strikes near Wellington, New Zealand

Update: July 20, 2013:US heat wave isn't just hot, it's backward, too

Update: July 19, 2013:Residents alarmed: New Zealand shaken by dozens of earthquakes in 24 hour period

Update: July 19, 2013: NASA satellite detects large plume from DR Congo’s Nyamuragira volcano

Update: July 18, 2013:Sabancaya volcano area earthquake with magnitude 6.0, Southern Peru – at least 3 injured and 20 collapsed houses

Update: July 17, 2013: Massive Portugal earthquake today, would devastate much of Britain

Update: July 17, 2013: Researchers say Mount Fuji may erupt if earthquake causes cracks within the volcano

Update: July 16, 2013:Significant earthquake swarm reported at Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano

Update: July 15, 2013: Flash flood warnings as power outages arefreported across southeast Phoneix Valley

Update: July 15, 2013:Massive earthquake possibly 7.3 strikes to the South East of the uninhabited South Sandwich Islands

Update: July 15, 2013:Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano violently explodes: tremors felt for hundreds of miles

Update: July 12, 2013:Severe heat-wave grips Japan: 12 dead

Update: July 12, 2013: Northern India hit by worst flooding in 50 years: 100 villages swamped in Bihar

Update: July 11, 2013:Explosive: Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano erupts 39 times in 24-hour period

Update: July 11, 2013: Taiwan evacuates 2,000 tourists as super-typhoon looms

Update: July 10, 2013: The worst floods in 50 years lay waste to China’s Beichuan county where mudslide in western China buried around 30 souls

Update: July 10, 2013: Largest algae bloom ever seen, washes up on beaches in China

Update: July 9, 2013: 2013: Unprecedented natural disasters – June retrospective

Update: July 8, 2013: Heavy downpours in Toronto cause flooding

Update: July 8, 2013: Alert Level raised with Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano

Update: July 8, 2013:Earthquake with magnitude 5.9 strikes El Salvador, no damage reported

Update: July 7, 2013: Magnitude 6.6 quake hits 29km NE of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

Update: July 7, 2013:Magnitude 7.3 quake strikes 115km ENE of Taron, Papua New Guinea

Update: July 7, 2013: 7.2 Earthquake 110km ENE of Taron, Papua New Guinea 7-7-2013

Update: July 7, 2013: Possible eruption on Japan’s Iwo-Tori-shima Volcano

Update: July 6, 2013:Mauna Loa: minor unrest and inflation reported at planet’s largest volcano

Update: July 6, 2013:a href ="">6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia

Update: July 6, 2013:Hurricane Erick forms in Pacific along Mexico's coast

Update: July 5, 2013:Quebec forest fire causes widespread blackouts for a 2nd day

Eruption from Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano grounds US flights

Update: July 4, 2013:Very strong earthquake (magnitude 6.1) below Shortland island, Solomon Islands / Papua New Guinea

Update: July 3, 2013:3.6 magnitude earthquake strikes under Lake Erie: residents report loud explosion, homes rattled

Update: July 2, 2013:Awakening? Earthquake swarm reported at Nicaragua’s Momotombo Volcano

Update: July 2, 2013:Largest sub-glacial flood ever recorded, leaves massive ice crater in Antarctica ice sheet

Update: July 2, 2013:Earthquake in Bener Meriah, Sumatra, Indonesia – 20 fatalities, +100 people injured due to collapsed buildings and landslides

Update: July 1, 2013: Planet’s megaquakes caused volcanoes in subduction zones to sink

Update: July 1, 2013: Increasing earthquake numbers reported at Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano

June UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for June 2013.

Update: June 30, 2013:Over 10,000 feared dead in India floods

Update: June 30, 2013:Tropical Storm Dalila Forms of Mexico

Update: June 30, 2013: Kilauea’s eruption continues apace with two ocean entry points

Update: June 28, 2013: How Earth Heals Itself After an Earthquake

Update: June 28, 2013: Dangerous Heat Engulfs the Western US.

Update: June 28, 2013: Energy shift? Popocatépetl volcano growing more violent, Philippine volcano shaken by 15 earthquakes

Update: June 28, 2013:Volcanic eruptions rage in Alaska: Geologist, “for some reason, we can’t explain, activity picked up”

Update: June 27, 2013: Washington earthquake registers 4.3 magnitude: Shaken but no serious damage

Update: June 26, 2013: Dangerous heatwave settles over U.S. Southwest- temps to hit 120 F in Arizona

Update: June 26, 2013: Stronger eruptions reported at two Alaska volcanoes

Update: June 26, 2013: Severe Storms and Flooding Threaten 42 Million in the Midwest

Update: June 25, 2013: NOAA: A Rare Tsunami Hit The East Coast Earlier This Month

Update: June 25, 2013: Hazy skies over Singapore unleash arsenal of hailstones

Update: June 24, 2013: A rare Atmospheric River in the Dry Season brings moisture to the US. West Coast particularly Northern California.

Update: June 24, 2013: Per USGS: A strong 6. 4 magnitude quake strikes the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Update: June 23, 2013:Scientists monitor Carson City earthquake swarm – potential to result in major quake

Update: June 21, 2013:Recent earthquake activity at Mount Shasta volcano, California + Reventador

Update: June 21, 2013:Steam plume eruption recorded at Vanuatu’s Mt. Gharat Volcano

Update: June 20, 2013: Death toll grows to 150 in India's Himalayan state of Uttarakhand with 13000 missing. 500 roads & 150 bridges destroyed

Update: June 19, 2013: UPDATE 2-Storm Barry heads for Mexico Gulf coast oil installations

Update: June 19, 2013: Manam volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea

Update: June 19, 2013: Scientists fear tension building on dangerous fault near Istanbul, Turkey

Update: June 19, 2013: Update on Alaskan Heatwave: Baked Alaska: All-Time Record Heat Grips State

Update: June 19, 2013: Amazing video and photos of tornado at Denver Airport on June 18

Update: June 19, 2013: Wordwide volcano activity – Long Valley Caldera Earthquake Swarm? update

Update: June 18, 2013: Massive section of ocean floor off the coast of Portugal beginning to fracture

Update: June 18, 2013: Huge Mexican volcano (Popocatepetl) eruption hurls burning ash into the sky

Update: June 18, 2013: 73 killed in North India rains, 73,000 stranded in HP and Uttarakhand

Update: June 17, 2013: Talkeetna(Unofficial) Record-breaking temperature across the Globe with 95ºF in Talkeetna, Alaska

Update: June 17, 2013: Second Alaska Peninsula volcano (Pavlof Volcano) spurts ash, lava and steam

Update: June 17, 2013:Fuego volcano (Guatemala) activity update: strombolian activity, new lava flow on upper southern flank

Update: June 16, 2013: Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano shaken by small ash eruption

Update: June 16, 2013: Strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Greece

Update: June 15, 2013: UPDATED: Two strong earthquakes shake Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Update: June 14, 2013:Japan’s Sakurajima volcano awakes with a series of powerful explosions

Update: June 14, 2013:Two killed, half-million left with no power by Mid-Atlantic storms

Update: June 13, 2013:Philippines’ Taal volcano growing more restless: shaken by 9 volcanic quakes

Update: June 13, 2013:Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano shaken by 7 volcanic quakes; deformation occurs at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa

Update: June 13, 2013:Very Strong earthquake 165 km from Christmas Island (Australia) with Magnitude 6.7

Update: June 13, 2013Massive storm system surges toward Mid-Atlantic

Update: June 12, 2013:Unusually massive line of storms called Derechos takes aim at Midwest

Update: June 11, 2013:Severe Storms, Derecho Risk Rapid City to Chicago

Update: June 11, 2013:Tornadic waterspout rips through the South of France

Update: June 11, 2013:
Mount Veniaminof volcano erupts in Alaska

Update: June 10, 2013:Kamchatka’s Shiveluch volcano emits 29,500 ft ash cloud

Update: June 10, 2013:Ibu volcano (Halmahera Island, Indonesia): lava dome overtops crater rim poses risk of pyroclastic flows

Update: June 10, 2013: 23 dead in worst flooding seen across some regions of Europe in 500 years

Update: June 10, 2013:Remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea Threatens N.C. Residents with Heavy Rain and Tornadoes

Update: June 10, 2013:Earthquake Creep Is Shallower Than Thought

Update: June 9, 2013:Very Strong earthquake registering magnitude 5.6 in a nearly unpopulated region of Australia

Update: June 8, 2013:Ash explosions observed at Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano

Update: June 7, 2013: New activity reported at Japan’s Satsuma-Iwo-jima

Update: June 6, 2013: Tropical Storm Andrea takes aim at Florida and U.S. East Coast

Update: June 6, 2013: Hawaii's gentle breezes disappearing, but scientists don't know why

Update: June 6, 2013: 1 million people living under the threat of Congo’s Mount Nyiragongo volcano

Update: June 6, 2013: Small eruption reported at Indonesia’s Mount Kerinci volcano

Update: June 5, 2013:Very Strong earthquake (aftershock) with magnitude 6.1 at the Santa Cruz Islands

Update: June 4 , 2013:Strong earthquake registering magnitude 5.3 just to the south of the Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Update: June 3 , 2013:Earthchanges intensifying: Is planet’s magnetic North Pole migration accelerating?

Update: June 3 , 2013:Philippines: earthquakes in Mindanao to last for months, volcanic anomalies reported underground

Update: June 2 , 2013:Flood disaster warnings in Central Europe

Update: June 2 , 2013:Rain, Rain, Go Away: Germany Drowns in Endless Downpour

Update: June 2 , 2013:Quakes kill 2 in Taiwan, cause injuries in Philippines

Update: June 2 , 2013: 12 new volcanoes discovered in Southeast Alaska

Update: June 1 , 2013: Worldwide Landslide Report – Huge dangerous landslides in Taiwan

Update: June 1 , 2013:Giant sinkhole follows Oklahoma storm, flooding

Update: June 1 , 2013:Rain, Rain, Go Away: Germany Drowns in Endless Downpour

Update: June 1 , 2013:Strong very dangerous earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines (near President Roxas)

Update: June 1 , 2013: Hurricane Season Is Here - So Let's Name Those Storms

May 2013 Seismic and volcanic energies are quicking and erupting this month with massive earthquakes,sand storms, landslides and sinkholes.
On the weather front expect extremes and super severe weather from hot spells to tornado swarms.
Volcanoes accompany the Annular Solar Eclipse in Taurus . on May 9th th which occurs @ 5:28 PM PDT or 8:28 PM EDT This eclipse ws dubbed the Ring of Fire Eclipse seen at maxium in the Pacific Ocean and Australia
The primary effect: Volcanoes are Erupting Around the World The long term effects of this months eclipses won't stop giving above and below the stratosphere for a while.
In fact the next eclipse is a Partial Lunar Elipse occurs on May 24th @ 9:25 PM for the West Coast and 12:25 AM on May 25th. for the East Coast. This is the second of three lunar eclipses in 2013 with the first one exploding on April 25th in Scorpio. This eclipse visually imperceptible due to the small entry into the penumbral shadow.Visibility for this short-lived eclipse with a total of 34 minutes is covered in the Map below includes all of North and South America, Western Africa and most of Europe.

Before the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 24th/May 25th. we are super charged with the 3rd. of 7 passages of the Uranus-Pluto waxing square which is exact on May 20th. Tumult will be felt within the earth, the oceans and the atmosphere.

May UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for May 2013.

Update: May 31, 2013:Pacaya volcano erupts in Guatemala

Update: May 31, 2013:Five killed, tens of thousands without power as Oklahoma hit with three tornadoes: LIVE UPDATES

Update: May 30, 2013:Sinkhole Threatens New Mexico Town of Carlsbad

Update: May 29, 2013:4.8 earthquake hits off Santa Barbara coast

Update: May 29, 2013:Magnitude 4.8 quake strikes 5km W of Isla Vista, California

Update: May 28, 2013:Earthquake in Irish Sea causes intense shaking in North Wales: largest quake in 29 years

Update: May 28, 2013:Unusual earthquake along the coast of Wales, United Kingdom

Update: May 28, 2013: Fears Grow of a Himalayan Tsunami as Glaciers Melt

Update: May 28, 2013: Chile, Argentina order evacuation around volcano

Update: May 28, 2013:Heavy rains turn roads into rivers in Norway

Update: May 27, 2013: IOWA TORNADO WARNING

Update: May 27, 2013: Another major earthquake on New Madrid is inevitable, geologists say it’s only a matter of time

Update: May 27, 2013: Confused weather drops over 30 inches of snow on Memorial Day weekend

Update: May 27, 2013:Strong moderately dangerous earthquake near the Panama / Costa Rica border area

Update: May 26, 2013:Volcanic Riddle: Burst in Mount Etna Eruptions Puzzles Experts

Update: May 26, 2013: A strong dangerous earthquake with magnitude 5.8 strikes in south-eastern Uzbekistan

Update: May 25, 2013: Flooding kills 1 in San Antonio, Texas

Update: May 25, 2013: Strong earthquake in Eastern Uzbekistan, registering 5.5 Magnitude, damages buildings

Update: May 24, 2013: Another strong and deep quake in the Sea of Okhotsk - this time 6.8 Magnitude

Update: May 24, 2013: a href ="">5.7-magnitude quake widely felt across N. Calif.centered near Greenville, about 25 miles southwest of Susanville

Update: May 23, 2013: Magnitude 7.4 quake strikes in sea off Tonga: USGS

Update: May 23, 2013: Massive sinkhole kills five in south China town of Shenzhen

Update: May 22, 2013: Sangeang Api volcano (Indonesia): elevated seismic activity triggers alarm

Update: May 22, 2013: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano emits massive ash and gas trail

Update: May 21, 2013: Oklahoma tornado: Authorities lower death toll to 24; number of injured hits 240, including 60 kids

Update: May 21, 2013: Continuous earthquake swarm in Kamchatka (Russia)

Update: May 20, 2013: More severe storms, tornadoes expected in central U.S.

Update: May 20, 2013: Anchorage sets new record for longest snow season

Update: May 20, 2013: Shallow 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Aisen, Chile

Update: May 19, 2013: Volcanoes are Erupting Around the World

Update: May 19, 2013: Volcano ash 15,000 feet high: Could Pavlof eruption affect air travel? Update: May 18, 2013:Hundreds of dead animals litter Chilean beach Update: May 17, 2013:Moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake ripples through Toronto, Canada

Update: May 15, 2013:Mass Casualty Incident In Texas After Tornado

Update: May 15, 2013:Planet reeling from a swarm of earthquakes over last 72 hours

Update: May 15, 2013:Minor Lava Flows Detected on 2 Alaska Volcanoes

Update: May 14, 2013:Sakurajima volcano (Japan): increasing activity

Update: May 13, 2013: Deep 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern Mariana Islands

Update: May 13, 2013: Volcano? California homes sinking one by one in now abandoned subdivision near volcanic field

Update: May 12, 2013: Growing unrest: Mexico raises alert level status for Popocatepetl volcano

Update: May 12, 2013: Ice Tsunamis Damage Lakefront Homes in Minn., Canada

Update: May 8, 2013: Explosive Eruption at Mexico’s Popocatépetl

Update: May 8, 2013: Moderate Earthquake strikes close to Meiners Oaks and Ojai in Southern California

Update: May 7, 2013: Philippine volcano spews rocks, killing 5 climbers

Update: May 7, 2013: Lokon volcano (North-Sulawesi, Indonesia): new explosion takes place

Update: May 6, 2013: Mayon Volcano spews ash, smoke; Phivolcs says no cause for panic

Update: May 6, 2013: 4.2 earthquake reported near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Update: May 5, 2013: The Cleveland volcano in Alaska volcano erupts, may affect air travel

Update: May 3, 2013: A sudden and shallow 3.2 quake strikes Malibu

Update: May 2, 2013:Strong earthquake in Kashmir kills 2 persons and injures 100 (many dangerous aftershocks)

Update: May 1, 2013:Earthquake on Himachal-Kashmir border rattles north India

Update: May 1, 2013:Hekla volcano (Iceland): strong inflation suggest volcano could be close to erupting

April 2013 Seismic and volcanic energies quickened erupted this month with massive earthquakes,sand storms, multiple volcanoes, landslides and sinkholes.
April like March hosts extreme weather with powerful blizzards,tornadoes, major, lightening strikes, flash floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis and more. After the Aries New Moon which was exact on April 10th. @ @ 2:35 AM PDT or 5:35 AM EDT
It was obvious that the Earth was reeling from tremors in the East: Massive earthquakes have hit Iran/Pakistan, the Kuril Islands, Papua, NG, the Japanese Islands, Uganda, and Sichuan China, where more than 156 people have been killed in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake" As we headed toward an historic Partial Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on April 25th. @ 12:57 PM PDT or 3:57 PM EDT a major release of energies is expected
as Mars-Sun-Venus-Pallas-S. Node are all opposing Moon-Saturn-N. Node in Scorpio.
Chances of larger quakes and furious volcanic eruptions are high including Hekla in Iceland

April UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for April 2013.

Update: April 30, 2013:Spring disappears from northern hemisphere: the winter that won’t end

Update: April 30, 2013:How Earthquakes in Chile Have Permanently Deformed Earth

Update: April 30, 2013:A Powerful and Shallow 5.9 magnitude quakes strikes the Azores Region

Update: April 29, 2013:Strong earthquake off the coast of Honshu, Japan, also well felt in Tokyo

Update: April 28, 2013: Volcano activity of April 28, 2013 – video April 27 Etna eruption

Update: April 26, 2013:A Magnitude 6.2 Tremor hits the Kermadec Islands

Update: April 25, 2013: Update with Afghanistan Quake Afghan quake and floods kill 38

Update: April 25, 2013: Landslide kills 14 in Ecuador

Update: April 24, 2013:Seven killed, scores injured as 5.6 quake strikes Afghanistan

Update: April 23, 2013:Scotland battered again by second round of freak sandstorms devastating crops

Update: April 23, 2013:Magnitude 6.4 quake hits 31km N of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Update: April 23, 2013:new ways to forecast the biggest earthquakes using probabilistic modeling

Update: April 22, 2013:Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Apr 2013: Stromboli, Santa María / Santiaguito, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl (Central Mexico) and more

Update: April 22, 2013:Moderate extremely shallow earthquake in Inner Mongolia, China – also well felt in Shenyang and Tongliao

Update: April 22, 2013: More rain, snow could lead to more flooding near the Missouri and Mississippi rivers

Update: April 22, 2013: Strong earthquake strikes off western Mexico- USGS lowers to 5.9 Magnitude

Update: April 21, 2013: Magnitude 6.1 Quake strikes in the Izu Islands, Japan Region

Update: April 20, 2013: Earthquake in China leaves 156 dead, 5,500 injured

Update: April 19, 2013: Extremely dangerous strong earthquake with magnitude 6.6 in Sichuan, China – Death toll now at 41 and rising fast – epicenter area blocked

Update: April 19, 2013: Earthquake swarm continuing under Miyake volcano at Japan’s Izu Islands

Update: April 18, 2013: Reports of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake off Japan in Kuril Islands

Update: April 18, 2013: Volcanoes Today, 18 Apr 2013: Stromboli, Popocatépetl, Nevado del Ruiz, Etna

Update: April 18, 2013: Chicago flooding: Expressways shut, flights grounded, schools closed

Update: April 17, 2013:Massive geyser erupts in Russian parking lot

Update: April 17, 2013:A a volcanic island south of Tokyo has been rocked with over a dozen quakes

Update: April 16, 2013: A magnitude 6.8 quake strikes 22km ESE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea

Massive 7.8 quake wipes out nearly entire Pakistani town

Update: April 16, 2013: 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits near Iran-Pakistan border

Update: April 16, 2013: UPDATE: Five earthquakes hit Oklahoma early Tuesday

Update: April 14, 2013: Strong 6.6 Magnitude earthquake off the coast of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea

Update: April 13, 2013: Winter Storm Xerxes: "X" Marks the Northern Plains

Update: April 13, 2013: No injuries in massive copper mine landslide in Utah; slide anticipated

Update: April 13, 2013: a href ="">Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico): strong continuous emissions

Update: April 12, 2013: Giant sinkhole splits ground in central region of Portugal

Update: April 11, 2013: In Kentucky - Mile-Wide Tornado Damage

Update: April 11, 2013: Tornado hits near St. Louis as storm wallops Midwest

Update: April 10, 2013: A shallow Magnitude 5.8 Quake strikes 29km E of Itbayat, Philippines

Update: April 10, 2013:
Updates on Southern Iran AftershocksVery strong deadly earthquake with magnitude 6.3 strikes in Southern Iran – At least 40 dead and over 1000 injured (also well felt in KSA and the UAE))

Update: April 9, 2013: 6.3 magnitude quake strikes near Iran's Bushehr nuke facility, 20 deaths reported

Update: April 9, 2013: Storm brings reported tornadoes, snow to Colorado

Update: April 8, 2013: Late-season freeze sets Baltic ice record

Update: April 8, 2013: 'Tonnes' of dead fish found on Swedish lake

Update: April 8, 2013: Record winds in SF close Great Highway

Update: April 8, 2013: Vanuatu volcano upgraded to alert level two, after explosive eruptions

Update: April 8, 2013:One of Azerbaijan’s largest mud volcanoes erupts: creates cracks 2 km long in earth

Update: April 8, 2013: Earthquakes rattle nerves in local area: Is New Madrid waking up?

Update: April 7, 2013: Severe Weather from Texas to Kansas to Oklahoma and Missouri

Update: April 6, 2013: U.S. seismic expert urges Jamaica to prepare for major earthquake

Update: April 5, 2013:Powerful magnitude 7.0 quake strikes 239km E of Enarotali, Indonesia

Update: April 5, 2013:A deep 6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Russia's Far East, close to China and North Korea

Update: April 5, 2013:Wicked Sask. roads 'the worst in 36 years'

Update: April 5, 2013:Death toll climbs to 59 in deadly Argentina flooding

Update: April 4, 2013:Massive seafloor craters found in waters off New Zealand

Update: April 3, 2013:Indonesian volcano being awakened by quakes, after 162 years of inactivity: alert level raised

Update: April 2, 2013:Storm/tornado devastates village in northeastern Serbia

Update: April 2, 2013:Buenos Aires storm death toll rises to 5

Update: April 2, 2013: Two dead, one missing and 125 trapped in Spain by overflowing rivers due to Easter storms

Update: April 2, 2013: Iceland earthquake swarm (Grimsey area) – 314 earthquakes in less than 48 hours

Update: April 2, 2013: Deadly flash floods ravage Mauritius, killing 11

Update: April 1, 2013:Chinese Rescuers Find More Bodies in Tibet Landslide

March 2013 energies quickened and rose up as thePlanet reeling from spasm of quakes: seismic stress could be building towards an event
March also continued the severe and extreme weather with blizzards, cyclones, tornadoes, major quakes, lightening strikes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, new hurricanes will form, sink holes espanding, strong deluge of water, avalanches, land ,mudslides along with volcanic eruptions from previously quiet craters
On March 11th. a New Moon in oceanic Pisces occurred @ 12:51 PM PT or 3:51 PM ET which coincided with weeks of huge dust storms, landslides, unusual quakes and volcanoes.
Then on March 27th. a Massive Full Moon in Libra known by Native Americans as the Full Crow Moon took place @ 2:27 AM PDT or 5:27 AM EDT
this lunation has resulted in more gigantic landslides from Whidbey Island to Malaysia
along with powerful tornadoes in both Bangladesh and Australia
along with volcanoes erupting and others ready to blow.

March UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for March 2013.

Update: March 31, 2013:Russian Military Warns Of Potential Catastrophic Quake On US West Coast

Update: March 31, 2013:Strong earthquake near Ofunato (East coast of Honshu, Japan)

Update: March 31, 2013:Seismic unrest at El Hierro continues

Update: March 30, 2013:Volcano activity for March 30, 2013 includes El Hierro (Canary Islands), Telica volcano (Nicaragua), Long Valley Caldera (CA) and much more.

Update: March 29, 2013:Incredible North Atlantic storm spans Atlantic Ocean, coast to coast

Update: March 29, 2013:Indonesia’s Dieng volcano raised to third highest alert status

Update: March 28, 2013: Landslide forces 300 to evacuate in Malyasia

Update: March 28, 2013: Landslide on Washington Island Forces Evacuation of 34 Homes

Update: March 27, 2013:Massive Whidbey Island landslide 3-27-2013

Update: March 27, 2013:Strong quake sways buildings in Taiwan, injures 20

Update: March 26, 2013:Possible Eruption in South Iceland’s Hekla Volcano

Update: March 26, 2013:Moderate earthquakes measuring 5.5 an d5.1 strike southern region of Mexico

Update: March 25, 2013:M6.2 Quake strikes 6km NNW of San Jose Pinula, Guatemala

Update: March 25, 2013:Tornado kills 23: injures over 500 in Bangladesh, as it sweeps through 25 villages

Update: March 24, 2013:Unexplained ground cracks, tear earth in Arizona


Update: March 24, 2013:Seismic unrest at El Hierro Island (Canary Islands) in 2011-13: updates

Update: March 24, 2013: 6.1 quake off Kamchatka, far east of Russia: USGS

Update: March 23, 2013: Storm on steroids,’ massive tornadoes wreak havoc in Australia: 20 injured

Update: March 21, 2013:24 dead as tornado, hailstorms lash south China

Update: March 21, 2013:Spreading? Mysterious tremors rattle homes in South Jersey

Update: March 20, 2013:Sinkhole swallows California pond overnight

Update: March 20, 2013:'Lost' Tectonic Plate Found Beneath California

Update: March 20, 2013: Earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes ridge including a 5.3 Magnitude shaker

Update: March 20, 2013: Nankai Trough quake predicted to cause more damage than 2011 disaster

Update: March 20, 2013: Indonesia’s Mount Lokon volcano unleashes 2,000 meter ash cloud

Update: March 19, 2013: 'Lost' Tectonic Plate Found Beneath California

Update: March 19, 2013: Magnitude 6.1 quake strikes 121km E of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Update: March 18, 2013: Quake rattles dormant NZ volcano

Update: March 17, 2013: Ash explosions reported at Indonesia, Kamchatka, Ecuador, and Papua New Guinea volcanoes

Update: March 14, 2013: Update: 4.6-magnitude quake hits Cobb in Northern California

Update: March 12, 2013: More quakes on the New Madrid fault including near Benton in southern Illinois

Update: March 11, 2013: USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 4.7 - near Anza, Southern California

Update: March 11, 2013: Update: Massive dust storm engulfs Tokyo

Update: March 10, 2013: Update: Magnitude 6.5 - 32km E of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

Update: March 10, 2013: Death toll rises to 14 in landslide in the Philippines

Update: March 10, 2013: Global temperatures hit 4000-year high, rate of increase fastest in 11,000 years

Update: March 10, 2013:Sixth body recovered as Russia mourns avalanche victims

Update: March 9, 2013:Enduring storm surprises New England with big snow

Update: March 8, 2013:Indonesian volcano spews ash into sky; no one hurt

Update: March 8, 2013:Popocatepetl volcano (Mexico) still erupting as a new lava dome was removed by an explosive eruption

Update: March 6, 2013:New Etna eruption – The most spectacular lava fountains of 2013 !

Update: March 5, 2013:Second sinkhole appears in Tampa area

Update: March 4, 2013:Ice World: Record snowfalls inundates cities across the globe

Update: March 3, 2013:China quake destroys 700 homes, injures at least 30

Update: March 3, 2013: Mysterious light blamed for circle of fire

Update: March 3, 2013: Agitated Earth: hundreds of homes flattened by earthquake in China, mountainside collapses in the Philippines, killing 5

Update: March 2 , 2013:Hundreds of Homes Flattened in China Quake registering magnitude 5.5

Update: March 1 , 2013:Several houses in Florida have been evacuated as man-swallowing sinkhole grows

Update: March 1 , 2013:Two powerful earthquakes (aftershocks) along the Kuril Islands, Russia

Update: March 1 , 2013:Possible volcanic activity as earthquake swarm below Mammoth mountain, California continues

February 2013 hosted bitter cold, severe and extreme weather with blizzards, cyclones, tornadoes, major quakes, lightening strikes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, new hurricanes will form, sink holes espanding, strong deluge of water, avalanches, land ,mudslides along with volcanic eruptions from previously quiet craters
A New Moon in shocking Aquarius took place on February 9th @ 11:50 AM PST or February 10th @ 2:20 AM EST.
continued cold in the USA where Northeast digs out from blizzard; new storm brews in Plains
along with Crustal upheaval near Santa Cruz Islands which signaled a planet undergoing massive change >
Plus all tectonic shifts in other parts of the world
whereStrong 6.9 earthquake strikes Colombia; no damage reported
February closed ou with a powerful Full Moon in Virgo on February 25th . @ 12:26 PM PST or 3:26 PM EST.
This Full Moon was dubbed the Full Snow Moon or Hunger Moon by Native Americans by Central and Northeastern tribes.
As an historic blizzard creatied
Whiteout conditions, howling winds 75 mph, 3 ft snow drifts: north Texas paralyzed by ‘historic blizzard’
This Virgo Full Moon had a massive number of Piscean Planets opposing.
this also set the stage for Hundreds of quakes shake villages around smoking Peruvian volcano

Current Quake, Volcano and Weather News:

February UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for February 2013.

Update: February 28, 2013: A Powerful Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands with preliminary magnitude of 6.9 located SE of Ozernovskiy, Russia

Update: February 28, 2013: A magnitude 6.1 quake strikes 104km W of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Update: February 27, 2013: Hundreds of quakes shake villages around smoking Peruvian volcano

Update: February 27, 2013: Work at Assumption sinkhole suspended after increase in seismic activity

Update: February 26, 2013: Hawaii Island summits hit by blast of wintery weather

Update: February 26, 2013: Whiteout conditions, howling winds 75 mph, 3 ft snow drifts: north Texas paralyzed by ‘historic blizzard’

Update: February 25, 2013: Plains states hit with second winter storm in a week

Update: February 25, 2013: Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits near Tokyo along with aftershocks

Update: February 24, 2013: New Zealand’s White Island volcano stirs, sends out ash clouds

Update: February 23, 2013:Massive landslip in the UK

Update: February 22, 2013: Athens under water after several hours of rainfall

Update: February 22, 2013:the monster snow storm that slammed the nations midwest

Update: February 22, 2013:Strong Magnitude 6.1 Quake in SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA

Update: February 21, 2013:Volcano activity of February 21, 2013 – Iliamna + Etna now erupting during daylight !

Update: February 21, 2013: Earthquake strikes near Sichuan, China; 8 injured

Update: February 20, 2013: Pavement buckles, closes US 89 south of Page- Geologic Event?

Update: February 20, 2013: Forecasters say tornado spotted in N. California

Update: February 20, 2013: Storm from Alaska dumped rain, snow on California

Update: February 19, 2013: Mount Etna's Dramatic New Eruption caught on Video

February 19, 2013: Strong earthquake off the coast of the greater Tokyo, Japan area

Update: February 18, 2013: Winter Storm Q to bring Major Snowfall from California to Mid-West

Update: February 18, 2013: 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Kermadec Islands

Update: February 18, 2013: 45: 20,000 ft (6 km) ash plume reported over Barren Island volcano in the Andaman Islands: aviation code red

Update: February 17, 2013: Russian meteor exploded with force of 30 Hiroshima bombs

Update: February 17, 2013: Earthquake Sora, Southern Italy (Lazio – Frosinone) – 63 year old woman dies from a hearth attack

Update: February 16, 2013: Deep 6.2 magnitude earthquake rattles the Philippines

Update: February 15, 2013: Meteorite fragments are said to rain down on Siberia, Russia: 500 injuries reported

Update: February 15, 2013: Mysterious shaking puzzles experts in Morristown, TN- damages homes

Update: February 14, 2013: A powerful earthquake registering magnitude 6.6 strikes Eastern Siberia, Russia on February 14, 2013

Update:February 13, 2013: 5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near Nevada-California border, creating flurry of aftershocks

Update: February 12, 2013: Heightened volcanic activity reported in the Solomon Islands region

Update: February 12, 2013: Part 2: Extinction-level supervolcano growing in the Pacific

Update: February 11, 2013: Dozens injured, roofs ripped off homes, as tornado tears through Mississippi, Alabama

Update: February 10, 2013: Northeast digs out from blizzard; new storm brews in Plains

Update:February 10, 2013: Peru, Chile and Bolivia hit by record floods, after heavy rain: 6 dead

Update: February 9, 2013: Strong 6.9 earthquake strikes Colombia; no damage reported

Update:February 9, 2013:Power goes out for thousands, evacuations expected as blizzard’s impact begins to be felt

Update: February 8, 2013: Crustal upheaval near Santa Cruz Islands signals planet undergoing massive change

Update:February 8, 2013: Dome grows in Alaska’s Cleveland Volcano: scientists warn volcano heating up e-grows-in-Alaskas-Cleveland-Volcano/">Dome grows in Alaska’s Cleveland Volcano: scientists warn volcano heating up

Update:February 8, 2013: Winter Storm: A Blizzard Called Nemo Moves Into the Northeast

Update: February 7, 2013: Magnitude 6.6 Quake 36km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

Update:February 7, 2013: Researcher discovers future megavolcano

Update:February 7, 2013: Monster blizzard could slam Northeast by Friday

Update:February 6, 2013:a Magitude 7.0 Quake hit @ 12:54:15 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
at 27km NNW of Lata, Solomon Islands

Update:February 6, 2013: February 6, 2013: Snowiest winter in 100 years paralyzes Moscow traffic for 3,500 km

Update:February 6, 2013: Massive earthquake and Tsunami Santa Cruz Islands (Solomon Islands) – at least 6 fatalities – dozens of houses damaged

Update: February 5, 2013: Tsunami warning issued for South Pacific islands after major 8.0 magnitude quake

Update:February 5, 2013: M 6.4 EARTHQUAKE - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS 02/06/13

Update:February 5, 2013: Campi Flegrei supervolcano raising anxiety among Italian residents

Update:February 4, 2013: Approaching the next Uranus-Pluto square on May 23, 2013
scienties fortell of off a potential megathrust earthquake similar to the 2011 Japan earthquake off the coast of Hawke’s Bay.

Seismologist warns of megathrust earthquake threat for New Zealand
February 4, 2013 – NEW ZEALAND – Less than 100km off the coast of Hawke’s Bay is a deep-water trench that could be the site of a potential megathrust earthquake similar to the 2011 Japan earthquake, says seismologist Kevin Furlong. Despite the Hikurangi Trench’s potential, he said very little was known about the underwater valley, where the Pacific plate was dragged underneath the Australian plate. Professor Furlong, of Pennsylvania State University, said the worst-case scenario for the East Coast was not yet known. “Many, if not most, scientists working on these megathrust earthquake plate boundaries would argue that, although it is very, very unlikely, until we can demonstrate otherwise we should expect that major segments of these boundaries could rupture simultaneously. Most of the time, as was the case in Japan for the past several hundred years at least, segments rupture individually and so maximum earthquakes are in the mid-to high magnitude 7 range. But on rare occasions, such as in 2011 in Japan, bigger ruptures can occur. We need to decide how best to manage that potential and uncertainty.” The trench will soon be part of a global study into megathrust earthquakes. “Although we understand the general concept and general physics of megathrusts – the big subduction zone earthquakes – we are finding in our data from recent major events such as in Sumatra [Boxing Day 2004], Chile in 2010, and most recently in Japan, that they each have characteristics that differ from each other, and our existing models of how we might think they should behave during the actual earthquake rupture are incomplete,” he said. “So we need to improve our understanding, to understand what is causing this variability and whether we can anticipate it in advance. Part of the reason for this is that, during the main era over which our understanding of subduction zone earthquakes was developed from the mid-1960s until the 1990s, as the theories of plate tectonics were developed, we didn’t have any earthquakes of the size of these recent big ones. So although our understanding worked well for the slightly smaller events, it isn’t adequate for the really big ones.” He said regular quakes felt on the East Coast were related to the Hikurangi subduction zone and plate boundary. “Some are in the upper plate – the North Island – and some are on the boundary between the upper plate and the subducting Pacific plate. They all provide information about how the plate boundary is locked and how the different components are deforming. But unfortunately these earthquakes don’t help release the stress that is building up. That will only be released by big earthquakes but perhaps not for hundreds of years. In our research, one of the things we do investigate is what spatial patterns there are to these smaller earthquakes, as we can use that information to estimate the way in which the plate boundary is locked.” The 2011 Japan megathrust earthquake measured a magnitude 9 and triggered a tsunami that reached heights of up to 40.5 meters in constricted places, travelling up to 10km inland. There were 15,878 deaths and 2713 people reported missing.

Update:February 3, 2013: Indonesia’s Paluweh volcano ejects a 43,000 ft ash cloud

Update:February 3, 2013: Austria shaken by strongest earthquake in 13 years

Update:February 2, 2013: Earth reeling from eight major earthquakes striking in 5 days

Update: February 2, 2013: Strong earthquake with magnitude 6.9 hits Japan's northern island of Hokkaido; no injuries or danger of tsunami

Update: February 2, 2013: Scottish Highlands hit by largest earthquake in 120 years

Update: February 1, 2013: M6.3 - 47km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

Update: February 1, 2013: Nine people killed, as freak hailstorm rains ice boulders on Indian villages

January 2013 will host bitter cold, severe and extreme weather with more hybrid super storms including cyclones, tornadoes, major quakes, lightening strikes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, new hurricanes will form, sink holes espanding, strong deluge of water, avalanches, land ,mudslides along with volcanic eruptions from previously quiet craters
A New Moon with a massive line up of "colder" Capricorn planets took place on January 11th @ 11:44 AM PST or 7:44 PM UT.
Since then the extreme cold weather has created disruptions from the Snowpocalypse in Russia where'Snow tsunami' swallows streets, cars, buildings
to the USA
where the Nation's Landmarks Feel Temperature Extremes
Also in the Southern Hemisphere extreme heat like inAustralia
We are also seeing volcanic eruptions increasing like the Manam volcano in PNG or in Italy where Another supervolcano is inflating at Italy’s Campi Flegrei
Plus all tectonic shifts have accelerated with an Earthquake swarm rattles seafloor along Carlsberg Ridge
or a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Gulf of Mexico.
January will close with a powerful Full Moon in Leo on January 26th. @ 8:38 PM PST or 11:38 PM EST.
This Full Moon was dubbed the Full Wolf Moon by Native Americans by Central and Northeastern tribes.

This Full Moon when the Sun-Mercury and Mars all continue in unpredictable Aquarius will mean more extreme weather from bitter cold to ">massive flooding,
large earthquakes and multiple volcanic activity and eruptions.

Current Quake, Volcano and Weather News:

January UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for January 2013.

Update: January 31, 2013:A Strong and Shallow Magnitude 6.2 Quake hits 60km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

Update: January 30, 2013: A strong magnitude 6.8 Quake strikes 43km N of Vallenar, Chile

Update: January 30, 2013: Massive sinkhole swallows buildings in Guangzhou, China

Update: January 29, 2013: Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Off Oregon Coast

Update: January 29, 2013:

Since the New Moon on January 11th in Capricorn
we have been seeing some insane storms and bitter cold now:

Storm system threatens to bring high winds, tornadoes to 10 states
(CNN) -- A storm system stretching from Texas north to Michigan threatens to bring "widespread damaging winds and several tornadoes" to parts of 10 states, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

Update: January 28, 2013: This quake happened a little over 24 hours after the Leo Full Moon
with the Moon in Leo still applying to an opposition with Mars and separating from a TSQ with Saturn.
@ 2013-01-28 16:38:53 UTC

6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes buildings in Eastern Kazakhstan
Moderate Aftershocks Continue
January 28, 2013 – KAZAKHSTAN – A shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck a remote region of Eastern Kazakhstan today. According to news reports, the 6.0 earthquake caused apartment buildings to sway in the country’s largest city, Almaty. Residents in Almaty could feel buildings and windows shaking. Some ran out to escape to the open area. The earthquake was followed by three moderate aftershocks: of a 4.4, a 4.5, and a 4.6 magnitude. The shallow tremors were also felt in the capital of neighboring Kyrgyzstan. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10.9 km (6.8 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter of the earthquake was 60 km (37 miles) SE of Kegen, Kazakhstan.

Update: January 28, 2013: At Kamchatka’s Plosky Tolbachik volcano there is no doubt that this volcano will continue to erupt.
The footage below of fiery eruptions up to one hundred meters reflects the power of this Full Moon in Leo phase.

Unending rivers of lava now flowing from Kamchatka’s Plosky Tolbachik volcano
January 28, 2013 – KAMCHATKA - A volcano erupting in Russia’s Far East has sent plumes of gas, ash and molten lava into the sky. Footage filmed on Friday shows rivers of molten lava flowing in the remote area of the Plosky Tolbachik volcano, in Kamchatka peninsula. “The hot materials have erupted to the height of up to one hundred meters,” said Yuri Demyanchuk, a volcanologist who has made several visits to the site. According to authorities, there is no immediate threat to residential areas, but officials have advised residents to ensure they have access to protective masks. The nearest town is around 60 kilometers away. The volcano started erupting in November, after lying dormant for almost 40 years.

Update: January 27, 2013:

Once in a century flooding gives Queensland an unexpected sequel

Update:January 27, 2013: Death toll rises to 12 from twin landslides in Indonesia

Update:January 26, 2013: Five tornadoes leave trail of destruction in Queensland

Update: January 25, 2013: Shallow 4.1 magnitude earthquake rattles East Texas

Update: January 25, 2013: Earthquake swarm reported near Nevada’s Topaz Lake

Update: January 25, 2013: Oregonians feel small cluster of quakes off coast near Waldport

Update: January 23, 2013:10 volcanic earthquakes rattle Philippines’s Taal Volcano: activity increases in the last 24 hours

Update: January 23, 2013:The Big Chill: unusual stratospheric phenomenon is bringing frigid cold to U.S.

Update: January 23, 2013:Copahue volcano (Chile / Argentina): seismic swarm increases likelihood of new eruptions

Update: January 22, 2013: Tavurvur volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea, ash cloud diverts flights

Update: January 22, 2013: Strong 5.8 magnitude earthquake kills 1 in Indonesia

Update: January 21, 2013: January 21, 2013: Strong 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off east coast of Brazil - quake from a previously unknown fault?

Update: January 21, 2013:Scientists warn of another Mount Tongariro eruption

Update: January 20, 2013: Snowpocalypse Russia: 'Snow tsunami' swallows streets, cars, buildings

Update: January 18, 2013:Both Kamchatka and Kuril Island's volcanic activity are even creating a thermal anomaly

Update: January 17, 2013: Hawaiian lava lake hits new record high

Update: January 17, 2013: New Zealand rattled by 11,000th aftershock, following 2010 earthquake

Update: January 17, 2013: More aggressive eruptive activity seen at many of world’s active volcanoes this week

Update: January 16, 2013: Surprise winter storm creates travel woes across N. Texas

Update: January 15, 2013: New Zealand volcano Mt Tongariro is restless

Update: January 14, 2013:Heavy snow disrupts traffic across eastern Japan

Update: January 14, 2013:A moderately strong 5.4 magnitude quake struck WSW of Craig, Alaska

Update: January 13, 2013:Current alert level: Level 3 - Cold Weather Action for parts of the UK

Update: January 13, 2013:5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Gulf of Mexico.

Update: January 13, 2013: Manam volcano (Papua New Guinea): large explosive eruption sending ash plume to 45,000 ft altitude

UpdateJanuary 12, 2013:Landslide in hilly south China kills at least 46

Update: January 11, 2012: 11 dead as Middle East battered by hail, snow, and rain

Update: January 10, 2013: Extremes: Coldest temperatures in nearly 50 years leave 80 dead in Bangladesh, while Australia bakes in record highs

Update: January 9, 2013: Earthquake swarm rattles seafloor along Carlsberg Ridge

Update: January 8, 2013: It's So Hot in Australia That They Added New Colors to the Weather Map

Update: January 8, 2013: Quake measuring 5.7 strikes off northwest Turkish coast

Update: January 7, 2013: Another supervolcano inflating: Significant uplift reported at Italy’s Campi Flegrei

Update: January 7, 2013: Tehran air pollution leaves 4,460 dead in a year: health official

Update: January 6, 2013: Temperatures in China, coldest in nearly 3 decades

Update: January 5, 2013: Blistering heatwave grips Argentina: power outages, gas shortages reported from increased demand

Update: January 5, 2013: Magnitude 7.5 quake in Southeast triggers tsunami warning for Alaska coast

Update: January 4, 2013: New Year’s day set snow cover record in U.S.

Update: January 4, 2013: New Delhi suffers though its coldest day in 44 years – 114 dead

Update: January 2, 2013: Potential new cyclone enters Philippine territory

Update: January 2, 2013: Tropical cyclone Freda is forecast to strike New Caledonia as a tropical storm at about 06:00 GMT on 2 January.

Update: January 1, 2013: Planet’s extreme and mercurial weather patterns spawn rise in disease outbreaks

Update: January 1, 2013:Strong jet steam spawned superstorms in December

December 2012 will host bitter, severe and extreme weather with more hybrid super storms like Bopha including cyclones, tornadoes, major quakes, lightening strikes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, new hurricanes will form, sink holes espanding, strong deluge of water, avalanches, land ,mudslides along with volcanic eruptions from previously quiet craters,
The month was kicked by November's end of month powerful, shuttering Full Moon Eclipse in Gemini (exact on November 28th @ 6:46 AM PDT
This event which was seen primarily over Eastern Europe brought severe and biting cold.
This also meant Crashes, flooding, power outages as nasty storm rolls into SF. Bay Area
On Christmas, December 25th. Mars, the warrior changed signs from concentrated and conservative Capricorn into radical Aquarius
Before even Mars switched signs a New Moon in mutable Sagittarius on Dec. 13th. @ 12:42 AM PST set off some major weather shifts.
This year of wild expectations of a some fantastical apocalypse ended with a Full Moon in Cancer on Decebmer 28th @ 2:21 AM. With this Long Night's Moon which hung in the sky as did the night we started to see temperatures can plummet
There is a high potential for temperature aberrations on the colder scale, giant winds/waves, extreme storms, volcanic activity and major quakes towards the end of the month
Stay tuned more to come...
Expect continued earth and weather changes into December
including some huge oceanic events, potential tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

December UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for December 2012.

Update: December 31, 2012: Mild ash explosions reported at Colombia’s Geleras volcano

Update: December 29, 2012:Inner Mongolia China, latest region of planet caught in sub-zero super-freeze

Update: December 29, 2012: PhilippineTropical Storm Wukong hits and death toll rises to 11

Update: December 25, 2012: Weather goes haywire over Europe: scientists baffled by erratic swings of jet stream

Update: December 24, 2012:Christmas chaos: turbulent system to send tornadoes, storms, and snow careening across much of U.S.

Update: December 21, 2012: A Mag. 6.8 Quake strikes 63km SSW of Sola, Vanuatu and is a Significant Tremor on USGS

Update: December 21, 2012: Unstable sea slab near Barrier Reef could cause monster tsunami in north Queensland

Update: December 20, 2012: Pacaya volcano erupts in Guatemala, spews ash and gas

Update: December 19, 2012: 3MIN News December 18, 2012: The Throat of Fire

Update: December 19, 2012: Shallow earthquake reported near Japan’s Adatara volcano

Update: December 18, 2012: Russian volcano eruption attracts tourists, sparks 'apocalypse' fears (PHOTOS)

Update: December 17, 2012: East and West coast of U.S. hit by near simultaneous winter storms

Update: December 17, 2012: 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia

Update: December 17, 2012: Ecuador declares volcano alert, as eruption from Tungurahua grows more violent

Update: December 16, 2012: Hundreds of tourists trapped in Fiji, as monster cyclone bears down on South Pacific islands

Update: December 15, 2012: Explosive eruption reported at Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano

Update: December 15, 2012: Category 3 Cyclone Evan leaves trail of death in Samoa and heads to Fiji

Update: December 14, 2012: Two Violent Earthquakes hit coast of Baja and Rancho Palos Verdes California

Update: December 14, 2012: Scientists find dome of ‘violent’ submarine volcano off the coast of Baja, California

Update: December 13, 2012: Tensions rise as surge of tremors makes Navidad the shakiest town in Chile

Update: December 12, 2012: Restless awakening: Iceland shaken by 1,500 earthquakes in November

Update: December 11, 2012: Tornado wreaks havoc in Indonesia: 519 houses damaged

Update: December 10, 2012: Live: Tornado Threat From Alabama to Louisiana

Update: December 10, 2012: 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes region of Banda Sea and felt more than 600 kilometres away in Darwin

Update: December 10, 2012:Bitter cold weather contributes to second death reported in Balkans

Update: December 10, 2012:String of mysterious ‘booming noises’ reported across several U.S. states

Update: December 9, 2012:Storm pummels Midwest with heavy snow, wind; travelers urged to stay off roads

Update: December 8, 2012:laska burning: explosion near Eagle leads to mysterious geologic ground craters

Update: December 8, 2012:North Sulawesi’s Mount Lokon enters second day of eruption

Update: December 8, 2012:Typhoon Bopha that killed 600 threatens Philippines again

Update: December 7, 2012:Strong, Deep Magnitude 6.3 Quake strikes SE of Tokoroa, New Zealand

Update: December 7, 2012: Russian Volcano in Dramatic Eruption

Update: December 7, 2012: Strong quake, magnitude 7.3 hits off Japan near Fukushima

Update: December 6, 2012: Freak tornado kills 3 in Auckland, New Zealand

Update: December 6, 2012: Mystery tremors in north Texas leaves experts puzzled

Update: December 5, 2012: Philippine death toll from Typhoon Bopha rises: 100 feared dead

Update: December 5, 2012:Stormier Black Sea: Three killed after cargo ship sinks off Istanbul

Update: December 5, 2012: Earthquake swarms could indicate eruption near Nisyros, Greece

Update:December 4, 2012: Earthquake swarm reported at California’s Coso Volcanic Field

Update:December 4, 2012: 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Anchorage, Alaska

Update: December 3, 2012: Russian Far East holds seismic hazards that could threaten Pacific Basin

Update: December 3, 2012: Erratic swings of jet stream leaves southern U.S. baking in record December heat

Update: December 3, 2012: Crashes, flooding, power outages as nasty storm rolls into Bay Area

Update: December 3, 2012: Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) Catagory 5 Super Typhoon Heading for the Philippines

Update: December 2, 2012: Earthquakes ramp up to strike Vanuatu, Romania, Alaska, and Central America

Update: December 1, 2012:Unusual 4.6-magnitude quake jolts eastern Romania

Update: December 1, 2012: A shallow but strong 6.4 magnitude quake strikes 101km SSE of Lakatoro, Vanuatu

November 2012 will host continued severe and extreme weather with more hybrid super storms like Sandy including cyclones, typhoons, major quakes, lightening strikes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, new hurricanes will form, sink holes espanding, strong deluge of water, avalanches, land ,mudslides along with volcanic eruptions from previously quiet craters,
The month was kicked by a powerful, shuttering Full Moon on October 29th @ 12:49 PM PDT
This lunation featured the Moon @ 7 Degrees Taurus with this Sabian Symbol
"A woman of Sameria comes to draw water from the well."
The Moon opposed the Sun-Saturn in super intense Scorpio resulting in massive power outages
As we start November note a continued Grand Cardinal Cross with Uranus opposing Venus
crossed by Pluto-Ceres
The first week in November also has flood-prone and rainy Grand Water Trine comprising Saturn-Scorpio to Neptune/Chiron in Pisces
and finally Ceres in Cancer .
Mars also changes signs from fiery Sagittarius into earthy Capricorn on November 16th.
adding to the ongoing Uranus-Pluto waxing square
Then on November 13th @ 2:08 PM Pacific or 5:08 PM EDT a new moon/Solar Eclipse in Scorpio
Both the Moon and Sun are @ 22 degrees Scorpio with this intersting symbol: "A hunter starts out after ducks."
On November 21st . the Sun enters Sagittarius to square Neptune for more stormy surprises on the same day that Venus enters Scorpio
Finally the month ends with a Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon in Gemini November 28tth (exact @ 6:46 AM PT or 9:46 AM ET).
This lunation is also known as the Full Beaver Moon by Native Americans was also referred to as the Frosty Moon when temperatures can plummet
There is a high potential for temperature aberrations on the colder scale, giant winds/waves, extreme storms, volcanic activity and major quakes towards the end of the month
Stay tuned more to come...
Expect continued earth and weather changes into November
including some huge oceanic events, potential tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

November UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for November 2012.

Update: November 29, 2012: Residents on alert, as Santiaguito volcano blows its top in Guatemala

Update: November 29, 2012: MO observes intense volcanic activity on Pagan

Update: November 29, 2012: Upswing in earthquakes in the Long Valley caldera region of California

Update: November 27, 2012:Lava from vent of Pu?u ?O?o enters ocean for first time in nearly a year

Update: November 27, 2012: Small plume seen drifting over Copahue volcano on Chile-Argentina border?

Update: November 26, 2012: United Kingdom plagued by flooding from days of torrential rain

Update: November 26, 2012: Right on time for the Lunar Eclipse (Nov. 28th @ 6:46 PM PST)
and as Venus meets Saturn in Scorpio to Trine Neptune and Ceres
the moisture becomes serious along with torrential rains

California Flood Threat From "Atmospheric River"
Meteorologists use the term "atmospheric river" to describe a long, narrow plume piping deep moisture from the tropics into the mid-latitudes. One type of atmospheric river (hereafter, AR) you may have heard of is the "Pineapple Express", a pronounced plume tapping moisture from the Hawaiian Islands to the U.S. West Coast. Amazingly, according to NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), a strong AR can transport as water vapor up to 15 times the average flow of liquid water at the mouth of the Mississippi River! Suffice to say, if an AR stalls over a particular area, significant flooding can be the result. In fact, a study by Ralph et al. (2006) found ARs responsible for every flood of northern Calfornia's Russian River in a 7-year period. That said, they're also important for western water supply considerations. According to NOAA/ESRL, 30-50% of the average annual precipitation in the West Coast states typically occurs in just a few AR events. With that in mind, one such AR is poised to soak parts of the West Coast this week. Let's get to the forecast details
Flood Threat Looms The graphic at the top of this article depicts the upper-air pattern that will setup by mid-late week. Namely, a deep dip, or trough, in the jet stream will carve out over the eastern Pacific Ocean. This will send a parade of frontal systems and upper-level disturbances into the West Coast through this weekend. The soaking starts Wednesday as the initial frontal system sweeps into the West Coast. This first system should be a quick mover. While rain and high-mountain snow is forecast primarily for California, but also into western Oregon and parts of western Washington, precipitation amounts Wednesday should be relatively "routine", for a Pacific frontal system in the wet season.
Then, the "atmospheric river" makes landfall. Beginning Thursday, the upper-level pattern will begin to tap into an atmospheric river of moisture extending from just north and west of Hawaii to the West Coast. Most importantly, that plume of moisture won't move appreciably for a couple of days, perhaps through Saturday, aiming its firehose of moisture at northern California and, perhaps, southwest Oregon. Therefore, some locations, particularly in the coastal ranges of northwest California, could pick up over 10 inches of total rainfall through this weekend, leading to flash flooding and river flooding. Therefore, some locations, particularly in the coastal ranges of northwest California, could pick up over 10 inches of total rainfall through this weekend, leading to flash flooding and river flooding.

Update: November 26, 2012: As Venus meets Saturn in Scorpio to Trine Neptune
and Ceres in Cancer, the moisture becomes serious along with torrential rains

United Kingdom plagued by flooding from days of torrential rain
November 26, 2012 – UNITED KINGDOM - Heavy rain and flooding are disrupting parts of the road and rail network as storms move on to north-east England and north Wales. Closures, delays and safety warnings are affecting dozens of A-roads, while cancellations and delays have also hit some national rail services. About 200 flood warnings and 300 alerts are in force in England and Wales. The environment secretary urged people to keep up to date with flood warnings to avoid “terrible tragedies.” Some 800 homes, mainly in south-west England, were flooded at the weekend, and two people died in the storms. Devon and Cornwall were particularly badly hit, along with Malmesbury in Wiltshire and Kempsey in Worcestershire – where a new £1.5 million flood defense project broke down after an electrical problem. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, visiting Exeter where the river Exe burst its banks, said: “It’s a bit hard to focus on one failure when we’ve had a very large number of schemes working successfully over the past few days and which will continue to work as this wet weather comes in over the coming few days. “But I think I would ask everyone to work together – work with the Environment Agency, look at the website, so you can get warned, because I am worried some of these terrible tragedies we’ve had could have been avoided if people had kept themselves up to date with the information we’re putting up.” He said: “A weather front will slowly move across north England and north Wales on Monday, and it’s here that we are likely to see some further serious flooding.” South-west England continued to suffer considerable disruption to rail services on Monday, while flooding also caused delays on the following routes: between Durham and York; between Derby and Nottingham/Loughborough; between Shrewsbury and Craven Arms; and between Bangor and Holyhead. A landslip near Dorking, Surrey, has also disrupted services between London and Horsham, West Sussex.

Update: November 22, 2012:

Tension mounts: Chile shaken by 7 moderate quakes in 24 hours

Update: November 21, 2012:

Panic on Mt Tongariro, as New Zealand volcano erupts again

Update: November 20, 2012: The forces that are bringing inclement weather also relate to increased earthquake activity
mostly we are talking about the Uranus-Pluto square activated by Mars entering Capricorn.

Balochistan province of Pakistan shaken by twin tremors
QUETTA, Pakistan – A moderate 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Quetta, Pakistan. The earthquake was followed by a mild intensity earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook parts of Balochistan on Monday, Geo News reported. According to preliminary reports, the quake was felt in Quetta, Ziarat, Harnai, Chaman, Pasheen, Khanoi, Qallat, Mastaung, Qilla Saifullah and others parts of Balochistan. Panic gripped the residents of the provincial capital and they came out of their houses. No loss of life or property has been reported so far. The Meteorological Department said that the magnitude of the quake was recorded 4.5 on the Richter scale with epicenter 60 kilometer in south-east of Quetta. Sitting near the Durand Line border with Afghanistan and close to Kandahar province, Quetta is a trade and communications center between the two countries as well as an important military location which occupies a strategic position for the Pakistani Armed Forces.

Update: November 19, 2012: The massive storm front that hit the Northwest brought extreme and destructive winds
reflecting a combinaton of planetary transits and alignments
from Mercury retro. and back in Scorpio but in orb of a square to Neptune
along with Mars entering Capricorn to square Uranus for unexpected storms.
Also of course Mars moving into a conjunction with Pluto means even more severe weather on the horizon.

Hurricane-Force Winds with Latest Northwest Storm

'Atmospheric River' to Slam Pacific Northwest through Entire Week
The strongest in a train of Pacific storms is slamming the Northwest and producing hurricane-force wind gusts. The Northwest coastline is bearing the brunt of these powerful and damaging winds. Naselle Ridge, Wash., holds the distinction of measuring the storm's highest wind gust (through noon PST) when the winds whipped to 114 mph. Other hurricane-force wind gusts include 101 mph at Megler, Wash., 98 mph at Yaquina Head, Ore., and 74 mph at Astoria, Ore. The winds have downed trees, caused structural damage and put thousands of people in the dark. People reported seeing the roof of a restaurant peeling back like a banana near Newport, Ore., early this morning. The same storm whipping up the strong winds has also unleashed heavy rain across western Washington and northwestern Oregon. A total of 6.23 inches of rain inundated an area near Nehalem, Ore., in 24 hours, ending at 10 a.m. PST this morning. Rainfall amounts have already topped an inch in the corridor from Portland to Seattle. Rain and wind will continue through tonight across the Northwest and northwestern California as the potent storm pushes inland. The heaviest rain will shift southward along the coastline and Interstate 5 corridor, while an end to most destructive winds along the coast also comes in a north-to-south fashion. That does not mean a calmer Tuesday awaits the Northwest. Rain and wind from today's storm will persist from northwestern California and southwestern Oregon to Idaho on Tuesday. At the same time, yet another storm will return more rain and wind to the rest of the Pacific Northwest. While not as potent as the storm today, Tuesday's system will be colder and drop snow levels to 4,500 feet in the Washington Cascades.

Update: November 18, 2012: Mars now transiting in Capricorn in a difficult challenging square to Uranus
relates to sudden landslides to say the least.

Landslide shuts down Trans-Canada Highway in eastern Newfoundland
The RCMP say the Trans-Canada Highway in eastern Newfoundland has been shut down because of a landslide. The Mounties issued a brief statement saying a landslide in the Northwest Brook area east of Clarenville forced the closure of the highway. Traffic has been rerouted and police say they expected the road to be closed throughout Saturday evening. Clarenville is about 190 kilometres northwest of St. John's, N.L.

Update: November 18, 2012:

Dense steam plume detected at Chirpoi volcano in Kuril Islands

Update: November 17, 2012:

East Coast faces variety of tsunami threats

Update: November 17, 2012:

Mysterious red rain falls in Sri Lanka

Update: November 16, 2012: Mars in the last degrees of Sagittarius heading into Capricorn
to meet Pluto and square Uranus adds tremendous eruptive force to the magma here at Mount Rokatenda.

Indonesia’s Mt. Rokatenda spews ash, hundreds evacuated
November 16, 2012 – INDONESIA – Mount Rokatenda in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), continues to spout volcanic ash. Residents living around the volcano have reportedly been evacuated to the shelter at Hewuli village administrative office in Alok Barat district. The Sikka Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) reports that 196 residents living around Mount Rokatenda had fled to Maumere city. The ash cloud from Mount Rokatenda has affected water kept in tanks on the roofs of houses around the volcano. Residents have collected rain water to offset the impact of an eruption. As many as six of 109 Awa village residents in the shelters have been taken to Maumere regency hospital suffering from various illnesses, such as respiratory, eye and skin irritation. A team from Sikka Health Office recently provided evacuees with medical treatment against influenza, cough and respiratory infections. Sikka BPBD head Silvanus M. Tibo said the alert status of the volcano remained at level 3, with the highest being 1, according to the report from the Rokatenda volcano observation post in Ropa, Ende regency, so the volcano is not yet considered dangerous. –Jakarta Post

Update: November 16, 2012:

New Zealand's Mt. Ruapehu volcano is on the verge of eruption: volcanologists
November 16, 2012 – NEW ZELAND - New Zealand volcanologists warned Friday that the central North Island mountain of Ruapehu was showing signs of an imminent eruption. The government’s Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science) said the temperature beneath Ruapehu’s Crater Lake was about 800 degrees centigrade, but the lake itself was only 20 degrees centigrade, which suggested a vent was partly blocked. That could lead to a pressure build-up beneath the Crater Lake, indicating a heightened likelihood of eruptions over the coming weeks to months. “We think the pressure beneath Ruapehu Crater Lake has increased and this makes an eruption more likely over the next weeks to months,” GNS Science duty volcanologist Steve Sherburn said in a statement. A build-up of pressure beneath the Crater Lake was thought to have caused the last eruption in 2007 and a smaller eruption in 2006. Since late October, small earthquakes had been occurring about 5 km beneath the summit area of Ruapehu, a popular winter skiing ground, but these might not be directly related to the high temperatures beneath the Crater lake as they were much deeper. As a result, GNS Science had increased the aviation color code warning for aircraft from green to yellow, which reflected a change from a normal non-eruptive state to showing elevated signs of unrest. However, the volcanic alert level remained at 1 on the scale of 0 to 5, indicating initial signs of possible volcano unrest. In August, two other New Zealand volcanoes erupted, but no damage or casualties were reported. Mount Tongariro, also in the central North Island, erupted on Aug. 6, throwing out small amounts of ash in its first eruption since 1897. Two days later, White Island, a marine volcano about 50 km off the east of the North Island, erupted, sending up an ash plume 200 to 300 meters in the air, in its first eruption since 2001.

Update: November 15, 2012:

Magnitude 6.0 quake hits the Guerrero area, Mexico, no damage reported
MEXICO – A powerful 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico early Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which struck at 3:20 am (0920 GMT) some 31 kilometers (19 miles) east of the town of Altamirano, in the southern Guerrero state. The epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 61 km according to the USGS. The earthquake came a little over a week after a 7.4-magnitude temblor in neighboring Guatemala killed 48 people and injured another 150, making it the country’s most violent earthquake since 1976. Today’s earthquake is the seventh 6.0+ magnitude earthquake to rattle the planet in seven days. –The Nation

Update: November 13, 2012:

6.1-magnitude quake strikes north of Coquimbo, Chile

Mag. 6.1 quake strikes 82km SW of Vallenar, Chile

Update: November 13, 2012:

6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes the southern coastline of Chile

Update: November 12, 2012: Ahead of tomorrow's Solar Eclipse, continued earth changes especially quakes are on the rise.

Magnitude 6.4 Quake strikes 248km S of Cape Yakataga, Alaska - aftershocks
A powerful, deep 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska at a depth of about 55 km (34.3 miles). The epicenter of the earthquake was about 562 km (349 miles) SE (133°) from Anchorage, AK. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami warning was not issued for the earthquake, that was followed by at least two minor aftershocks. There have been no reports of damages or injuries. Today’s earthquake is the latest in a series of powerful quakes that has seen the planet reeling from increased seismicity activity, from Guatemala to Myanmar. Clearly, a season of planetary geological change is upon us.
2.5 120km S of Cape Yakataga, Alaska 2012-11-12 21:41:14 58.997°N 142.770°W 39.6
3.2 276km S of Cape Yakataga, Alaska 2012-11-12 21:29:59 57.594°N 142.759°W 46.9
3.6 282km S of Cape Yakataga, Alaska 2012-11-12 21:08:15 57.540°N 142.804°W 11.9
2.7 260km S of Cape Yakataga, Alaska 2012-11-12 20:57:58 57.745°N 142.955°W 0.0

Update: November 12, 2012:

Ash emission detected at Alaska’s volatile Cleveland volcano
On November 10, 2012, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a small ash cloud from Mount Cleveland – otherwise known as Cleveland Volcano – which makes up a large part of a remote and uninhabited island in the east-central Aleutian Island chain. The satellites took note of the small eruption at 11:47 a.m. local time in Alaska (20:47 UTC). The ash was drifting slowly toward the east-northeast from the volcano’s summit. Scientists keep an eye on this volcano, because it can be hazardous to aircraft. The aviation code color for Cleveland Volcano currently has been raised from yellow to orange. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said in a release:

Update: November 12, 2012: Moon and Sun in Scorpio with a trine to Neptune in Pisces (water and flooding is breaking boundaries.)

70% of Venice slips underwater in the worst flooding in 140 years
November 12, 2012 – VENICE - Tourists attached plastic bags to their legs or stripped off to take a dip in St Mark’s Square in Venice on Sunday as rising sea waters surged through the lagoon city. High water measuring 1.49 metres (5ft) above the normal level of the Adriatic sea came with bad weather that swept Italy at the weekend, causing floods in historic cities including Vicenza as well in the region of Tuscany 250 miles further south. Venice’s high water, or “acqua alta,” said to be the sixth highest since 1872, flooded 70% of the city and was high enough to make raised wooden platforms for pedestrians float away. The record high water in Venice – 1.94 meters in 1966 – prompted many residents to abandon the city for new lives on the mainland. Venetians bombarded Facebook with moans about the city’s weather forecasters, who had predicted just 1.2 metres of water on Saturday, before correcting their forecast at dawn on Sunday. “How come the people from the council who put out the wooden platforms were predicting 150cm?” asked Matelda Bottoni, who manages a jewelry design shop off St Mark’s Square, which floods when water reaches 105cm. “Many residents and shopkeepers had gone to the mountains for the day and did not have time to rush back.” Bottoni is so used to floods she has installed waterproof furniture and an angled floor. “I cannot keep the water out, but at least I can make sure it goes straight back out when it recedes,” she said. Matteo Secchi, a hotelier and head of a protest group, who grew up in ground floor flat in Venice and recalls splashing into water on getting out of bed, said his hotel was only safe up to 140cm. “This morning the lagoon came right into the hotel entrance, and this is not clean water – you need to mop with disinfectant twice after it goes down,” he said. “The British tourists don’t complain but the Americans can’t understand how it’s possible.” Secchi complained that a running event around the city had not been cancelled on Sunday. “As Venetians were trying to fix their homes and shops, people were running down the flooded streets splashing everyone with water,” he said. Alessandro Maggioni, the city’s assessor for public works, defended the Venice weather centre, describing the high water as “exceptional and unpredictable.” The Moses flood barrier system being built to protect the lagoon, due for completion in 2015, would have kept the city dry, he said. “Meanwhile, there is no rise in the incidence of high waters,” he said. Bottoni disagreed. “My shop now has some form of flooding 100 days a year, up from 30-40 days when I moved in just 10 years ago.” But she does not plan to leave. “I was born and raised here and will stay here for the satisfaction of being in Venice.”

Update: November 11, 2012:

A sharp Mag. 6.5 quake struck 30km WSW of Champerico, Guatemala

Update: November 10, 2012: This sharp quake and aftershock took place as the Moon in cardinal, active Libra
was TSQ Uranus-Pluto
setting off the ongoing waxing square involving Uranus (Aries) representing sudden unexpected actions
and Pluto (Capricorn) powerful and extreme actvitiy with the earth's tectonic plates.

A Strong, shallow quake with magnitude 6.8 -struck 52km NNE of Shwebo, Myanmar
Event Location: 23.014°N 95.883°E depth=9.8km (6.1mi)

< a href ="">Extremely dangerous and maybe destructive earthquake in Central Myanmar – 6 people killed so far
Death Toll currently stands at 7. (5 through bridge collapse, 2 from monasteries) In Shwebo, much damage has been reported including many injuries. The huge concrete gate of a monastery hascollapsed and several sculptures from another pagoda were damaged in addition to many houses. Damage was reported in Mogok. Temples were damaged and some abandoned ruby mines were hit by landslides according to local news networks.

Update: November 10, 2012: This story about rising sea levels accelerating
aligns well with Neptune, the planet ruling the oceans of the worlda
and stationing direct (exactly on November 10th)

Sea Level Rise Accelerating For US East Coast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This summer the North Carolina Senate passed a bill banning researchers from reporting predicted increases in the rate of sea level rise. But the ocean, unbound by legislation, is rising anyway — and in North Carolina this rise is accelerating, researchers reported here yesterday (Nov. 6) at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. On the coast of North Carolina and at other so-called "hotspots" along the U.S. East Coast, sea levels are rising about three times more quickly on average than they are globally, researchers reported during a session devoted to sea level rise. That's the fastest rise in the world. What we're seeing here is unique," said Asbury Sallenger, an oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey in St. Petersburg, Fla. The accelerating rise And this rise is accelerating, said Tal Ezer, a researcher at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. His colleague, Larry Atkinson, said computer models suggest that if this acceleration continues at the same pace, the rise along the East Coast — from North Carolina to Massachusetts — could be 5.3 feet (1.6 meters) by 2100. Sea levels on this stretch of land have climbed as much as 1.5 inches (3.7 centimeters) per decade since 1980, while globally they've risen up to 0.4 inches (1.0 cm) per decade, according to a study by Sallenger published in June. Why is the rise accelerating? Researchers said it's due in part to the sinking of land in the mid-Atlantic, a process called subsidence. Also, warming oceans have decreased the flow rate of the Gulf Stream, a current that ferries warm water from the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico northeast across the Atlantic. With a less intense Gulf Stream, water is backed up toward the shore, causing sea level rise. Differences in coastal geography, temperature and salinity (salt content) cause different rates of rise along the East Coast, Atkinson said. Sea levels worldwide are rising due to melting of glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as expansion of water caused by heating, researchers said. [8 Ways Global Warming Is Already Changing the World] All too vulnerable Although the original bill by the North Carolina Senate was rejected by the state House of Representatives in June following international outcry, a compromise was reached that bans state agencies from making plans or laws based on exponential extrapolations of sea level rise for the next three to four years, according to local news reports. North Carolina lawmakers were the butt of jokes at this session on sea level rise, but underlying the humor was a sense of anxiety, even desperation. One session titled "Does acceleration matter?" concluded that yes, of course it does, but current efforts to deal with the problem are completely insufficient. Robert Young, a scientist at Western Carolina University, said that by developing low-lying coastal areas, we are all too vulnerable to storms at current sea levels, as was made clear last week in the New York area by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy

Update: November 10, 2012: This sharp quake and aftershock took place as the Moon in cardinal, active Libra
was TSQ Uranus-Pluto
setting off the ongoing waxing square involving Uranus (Aries) representing sudden unexpected actions
and Pluto (Capricorn) powerful and extreme actvitiy with the earth's tectonic plates. :

Unusual shallow magnitude 4.3 quake - 13km W of Whitesburg, Kentucky
Event Time: 2012-11-10 12:08:14 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
Event Location: 37.161°N 83.034°W depth=19.9km (12.4mi)
Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York - Philadelphia - Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake. The earthquakes that do occur strike anywhere at irregular intervals.
Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).

Update: November 9, 2012:

Volcano activity of November 9, 2012 – Long Valley Caldera, Popocatepetl, San Miguel, Nevado del Ruiz, Tongariro and White Island
Low-level seismicity continues with M1

Update: November 8, 2012: Geologists find East Coast earthquakes travel farther

Update: November 7, 2012:

California-Oregon Earthquake: 4.2 Quake Strikes Off The Coast

Update: November 7, 2012: This strong shaker occurred near the cascadia slip fault.

Mag 6.3 quake strikes 186km SSW of Port Hardy, Canada at shallow 16KM depth
Event Time: 2012-11-07 17:01:51 UTC-09:00 at epicenter
Event Location: 49.185°N 128.528°W depth=16.6km (10.3mi)

Update: November 7, 2012: WOW - Mercury the weather planet is retrograde
and one week after Superstorm Sandy, Winter Storm Athena
brought high winds, some coastal flooding, rain, and even some wet snow in parts of the Northeast.

Nor'easter snow falls atop Sandy destruction; new power outages reported

Winter Storm Athena: City-by-City Impact Forecasts
Updated at 5 p.m. ET: Snow dusted the tops of damaged homes and debris piles in parts of the New York City area as a nor'easter moved in Wednesday, causing new power outages ahead of even more snow and gusts that could reach 60 mph overnight. By Wednesday afternoon, the winds had caused some 22,000 new power outages in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the U.S. Energy Department stated. About 1,200 flights were canceled across the Northeast, while residents of a few areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy last week were urged to evacuate in case of new flooding. The strong gusts could also turn piled up debris from Sandy into projectiles. "One of the bigger concerns ... would be the debris that's been piled up from all the residences and the businesses," Kevin O'Hara, police chief in Point Pleasant, N.J., told The Weather Channel.

Update: November 7, 2012: a monster quake with resonance miles away struck @ 10:35:50 AM LMT for Champerico, Guatemala
This one had an earthy footprint with Capricorn rising and ruler Saturn at the Zenith in a difficult quincunx to Uranus, the shocker.
The Leo Moon recently VOC was in a fated TSQ with the Moon's Nodes in Scorpio and Taurus.

Updates: Massive earthquake out of the Champerico, Guatemala coast – +50 people killed and +150 missing
Update 22:11 UTC : – Electricity is still cut off for 10000 people at Champerico, near the epicenter
- Still no electricity nor telecommunications at the hard hit San Marcos area
- When it is good news, we like to bring it too : 4 bodies in Concepción Chiquirichapa have been rescued..still 6 more under the rubble
- as could be expected, aftershocks up to Magnitude 5 are rattling the greater epicenter area. this will go on for many days and even weeks with sometimes aftershocks who can reach M6 or even more. A very annoying period for those who are already suffering.

Deadly quake rocks Guatemala, is felt in Mexico City
Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina said preliminary reports indicated three were dead but that the figure could rise to at least 15, NBC News reported. He also said 100 people were missing and 76,000 were without electric power.

Update: November 6, 2012:

4.2 magnitude tremor strikes Ottawa region of Canada
BUCKINGHAM — An earthquake that rattled homes and shook people awake at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday was stronger than average for this region, but still too weak to do damage. Natural Resources Canada said the earthquake was centred near Buckingham, Quebec, and was a magnitude 4.2, compared to many small rumbles this region gets in the range of magnitudes 2 or 3. The U.S. Geological Survey has a slightly weaker estimate of 3.7, and says the location was southwest of Hawkesbury. Both institutions were giving early estimates only and these are subject to being refined as they see more data, including reports from people nearby. The USGS had received close to 100 responses from people in southern Quebec and Ontario by 5:30 a.m. It invites people to tell what they felt, and got 26 responses from Ottawa residents, 30 from Montreal, and several dozen from smaller communities as well as a scattering from Vermont and New York. While the magnitude 4.2 sounds big, it's not nearly as big as the magnitude 5.0 that hit this region in June of 2010.On the earthquake scale, 5.0 is 10 times bigger than 4.0, which in turn is 10 times bigger than 3.0, and so on.

Update: November 6, 2012: November 6, 2012:

25 dead, thousands displaced by flooding in southern India
INDIA – Torrential rains in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh have killed at least 25 people and displaced tens of thousands of villagers over the past week, an official said Monday. Downpours triggered by a cyclone that hit the coast last Wednesday near Chennai left hundreds of villages inundated and 60,000 people in relief camps, Karikal Valaven, a government officer overseeing emergency operations, said. “At least 25 people have died and thousands have lost their houses. The rains have damaged all the standing crops in the coastal region,” he told AFP. Disaster response teams helped move people to higher ground in rubber boats and nearly 100 shelters were opened across the state to accommodate people fleeing the flood zone. “The unseasonal rainfall has destroyed our crops and our entire field is submerged in water,” Arku Rajaipa, a farmer in Guntur district, one of the worst-affected regions, told a local TV news channel. “We will have to depend on the government for food the whole year.” Cyclone Nilam struck 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Chennai last week in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu before moving inland, killing at least 10 people. The Andhra Pradesh state government said in a statement that it had handed out 100,000 food packets. Authorities on Monday said many villages had been cut off for days. “The biggest task is to establish contact with 130 villages. They are safe but have suffered big losses as all their rice crop has been destroyed,” Valaven said. All trains were suspended from the coastal cities of Visakhapatnam and Vijaywada, a major transit route in the region. The meteorological office has forecast more rain, and people from low-lying areas have been advised to head to shelters. In September two million people were forced to flee their homes in the north-eastern state of Assam after floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains. –Space Daily

Update: November 6, 2012:

Nor'easter Snow From Delaware to Maine

Update: November 5, 2012:.

Grand Fire Trine Building along with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto-Ceres TSQ.

Alert: Lots of shaking going on:
Northern BC, Canada Volcanoes About to Blow?

List volcanoes of the Northern Cordilleran Volcanic Province formed due to continental rifting of the North American Plate.
There are a number of dormant volcanoes located in the vicinity of the Stiknine/Iskut/Unuk watersheds in northern BC, mid southwest of the Yukon/BC border.
Some of the volcanoes are notable for their eruptions, for instance, Tseax Cone for its catastrophic eruption estimated to have occurred in the 18th century which was responsible for the death of at least 2,000 Nisga'a people from poisonous volcanic gases,the Mount Edziza volcanic complex for at least 20 eruptions throughout the past 10,000 years, and The Volcano (also known as Lava Fork volcano) for the most recent eruption in Canada during 1904. The majority of volcanoes in the Northern Cordilleran Volcanic Province lie in Canada while a very small portion of the volcanic province lies in the U.S. state of Alaska. Volcanoes of the Northern Cordilleran Volcanic Province are a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The largest and most persistent volcanoes are the Mount Edziza volcanic complex and the Level Mountain Range in northwestern British Columbia which have had volcanic activity for millions of years. In the past 7.5 million years, the Mount Edziza volcanic complex has had five phases of volcanic activity while the Level Mountain Range north of Edziza has had three phases of volcanic activity in the past 14.9 million years.

Update: November 5, 2012: With the Moon now in Leo forming a Grand Fire Trine including Moon (Leo) to Mercury/Mars (Sagittarius) and finally Uranus(Aries)
plus tomorrow the critical Last Qtr. Moon begins

Volcanic Activity Increases at Mammoth mountain, Popocatepetl, Nevado del Ruiz and White Island
The volcanoes along the west coast of the Americas have become relatively tranquil since I was last home. Exceptions include: Mammoth Mountain volcano, CA (where small deep low-frequency events continue at a much reduced rate from last week’s swarm), Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico (where exhalations of gas and ash now occur at an average of 3 times per hour) and Nevado Del Ruiz volcano, Colombia (where volcano-tectonic seismicity has been elevated) and, across the pond at White Island volcano, New Zealand (where strong, sustained volcanic tremor continues).
The volcano-seismicity at Mammoth Mountain closely followed the M7.7 Haida Gwaii earthquake and it is possible that the activity may have been “energized” by the large Canadian event. Also, the Mammoth Mountain deep low-frequency earthquake swarm was followed a day later by several similar events further west beneath the central Sierra Nevada at unusual depths around 40 km. This westward progression of deep low-frequency event has been observed to the north beneath the Lake Tahoe region (and northwest of Truckee) and has been linked to westward encroachment of slow-slip into the Sierra Nevada along a detachment believed to exist beneath the Basin and Range geologic province. Definitely scientifically interesting activity! Activity at Popocatepetl appears to be part of the normal ebb and flow of activity there. The seismicity at Nevado Del Ruiz is more problematic. Does it represent renewed magma injection at the volcano, or is part of the volcano’s “cooling-down period” following eruptions which occurred there through this past summer? I have included seismograms from the onset of the most recent seismic episode to illustrate the unstable behavior of this volcano. (station OLLZ) Volcanic tremor at White Island continues a slow, but noticeable increase. In-step with heating of the volcanic system there. All we can do is watch and wait to see if the volcano intends on erupting or not. Low-level volcanic tremor has appeared on seismic records at Ruapehu volcano during the last month and tiny, intermittent earthquakes still affect Tongariro volcano which awakened this past summer. Recent satellite images show an assortment of sizes of SO2 plumes issuing from Popocatepetl, Nevado Del Ruiz, Nyiragongo (DRC) and Sakurajima (Japan) volcanoes. A large SO2 anomaly over Veniaminof volcano (Alaska Peninsula) is either a result of entrainment and concentration of anthropogenic SO2 by a weather system, or an artifact of data processing.

Update: November 5, 2012: As we head toward the critical 3rd. Qtr. Moon tomorrow and a Mercury retrograde,
Sandy's effects aligned with the last Full Moon on Oct. 29th are still being counted.

Death toll in U.S. rises to 113 from Hurricane Sandy: 2.7 million, across 15 states, still without power
NEW YORK – Life was returning to normal in parts of New York and New Jersey, five days after Hurricane Sandy hit, but other areas were dark and isolated, authorities said. About 2.7 million customers in 15 states and the District of Columbia were without power Saturday, with at least some facing perhaps another week before it is restored, CNN reported. The U.S. death toll from Hurricane Sandy rose Saturday, reaching 113, the Los Angeles Times reported, up from 97 Friday. The newspaper said 48 of the deaths were in New York, followed by New Jersey with 24, Pennsylvania 14, Maryland 11, West Virginia seven and Connecticut four, North Carolina two, Virginia two and New Hampshire one. Residents of many beach towns on the South Shore of Long Island were waiting for power to be restored, and even for some sign someone was in charge, The New York Times reported. Vikki Quinn’s house in Long Beach was flooded and her possessions were piled in the yard. “I just keep waiting for someone with a megaphone and a car to just tell us what to do,” she told the Times. “I’m lost.” President Barack Obama convened a meeting of top emergency officials in Washington, with Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut joining by telephone. White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters members of the Cabinet reported on their meetings with local officials, first responders and citizens, and the president spoke individually during the meeting with the governors and local officials, asking whether there are “additional federal resources that could be brought to bear to meet some of the needs in their communities.” Earnest said the president also got a briefing from the National Weather Service on a storm forecast to reach the U.S. Northeast Wednesday. Forecasters said the system could come with high winds, substantial rainfall and perhaps cooler temperatures. Lights were back on Saturday in most of Manhattan. Subway trains began running between Manhattan and the Long Island boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens for the first time since the storm flooded the tunnels under the East River, the Times said. Cuomo said about 60 percent of those in New York who lost power had it back by Saturday. On Long Island, however, more than half of the 1.2 million homes and businesses affected by the storm were still in the dark. “We are getting through it,” Cuomo said at a news briefing. “The worst is behind us.” Gas remained in short supply. Cuomo said 8 million gallons had been delivered, with 28 million more expected from commercial sources and 12 million from the Defense Department. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other top officials were to visit some of the worst-hit areas. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday announced the opening of the first of several disaster assistance service centers that will provide information about applying for emergency social and economic benefits. All of the centers will be operated by the city’s Human Resources Administration in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and will be open seven days a week. As of Friday afternoon, more than 98,000 people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut had registered for federal assistance and more than $40 million in aid has been approved, a statement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. New York City inspectors are posting color-coded placards on buildings and homes to warn people not to enter some buildings. –Equities

Update: November 4, 2012:

Alert levels raised on Philippines volcanoes Mayon and Taal after episode of volcanic quakes
MANILA, Philippines - The Mayon and Taal volcanoes remain at alert level 1, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC) said on Sunday, November 4. In its 8 a.m. bulletin, NDRRMC said that the alert level remains raised in both volcanoes after volcanic earthquakes were observed during the past 24 hours. One volcanic eartquake was observed in Mayon, while 5 were observed in Taal. The alert level was first raised on both volcanoes on Thursday, November 1, after 5 volcanic earthquakes were recorded in Mayor and 2 were observed in Taal. Alert level 1 means that abnormal volcanic activities are observed, though a hazardous eruption is not imminent. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is closely monitoring the activities in both volcanoes. The public is being advised to avoid the 6km radius Permanent Danger Zone on Mayon volcano, and to avoid the entire Taal volcano island. –Rappler

Update: November 4, 2012:

Haida Gwaii hot springs shut off by 7.7 magnitude B.C. earthquake
CANADA – The recent West Coast earthquake appears to have shut off the water at the popular hot springs in Haida Gwaii’s national park, but there is hope they could reappear someday. After Saturday’s 7.7 magnitude earthquake, Parks Canada workers went to check the springs and found they had run dry, according to Barb Rowsell, who owns Anvil Cove Charters. “Three people went down to check it out, and sure enough there is no hot water and the rocks are dry and cold,” said Rowsell, who has been ferrying visitors to Hotspring Island for years. The popular natural attraction in Gwaii Haanas National Park has been a major tourist draw for decades. The park’s superintendent Ernie Gladstone said the springs were still steaming last week, but now, to his dismay, there is not even a puddle left. “We did have staff on site on Thursday before Saturday’s events, and now less than a week later the water’s not flowing so we have to assume it’s a result of Saturday’s earthquakes or one of the many aftershocks since then,” said Gladstone. It’s not yet clear why or when the springs dried up, but geological experts will be investigating what may have happened in the days to come, Gladstone said. Some locals on Haida Gwaii say the hot springs have disappeared in the past after an earthquake, only to reappear a couple of years later. UBC seismologist Michael Bostock said that once the underlying plates start grinding again, stresses in the fault line are likely to build up in the same locations. “When the earthquake struck last weekend, openings along the fault line changed and the fracture that resulted in hot springs was likely closed.” He said he can’t be certain the hot springs will return, but “it seems like a good bet, given the way that things have behaved in the past.” It was the largest quake recorded in Canada in 60 years and struck just off the coast of Haida Gwaii. Dozens of aftershocks as strong as 6.3 have since rattled the region. –CBC

Update: November 3, 2012:

Exceptional floods leave more than half of Venice under water
VENICE, Italy – Venice has been hit by its highest winter floods in two years with water rising to 140cm (56in) above sea level and meteorologists are warning that heavier flooding will be the rule rather than the exception in the coming years. About half of the city is currently underwater. Tourists have had to wade through flooded parts of the city in Wellington boots and cross the landmark St. Mark’s Square via wooden walkways after days of torrential rain. The square was said to be under 60cm of water. The phenomenon, known as “acqua alt” or “high water” is common in Venice at this time of year but levels are higher than last winter and experts say things will get worse in the future. The city experienced its worst flooding in decades only four years ago when 160cm of floodwater was recorded. Italian news agency Ansa classified the situation as “exceptional,” with shops, basements and buildings flooded. While the canal city is used to high waters, they are putting its fragile infrastructure under heavy stress. The administration has put in place a system of moveable barriers, the Mose, which will rise from the seabed to protect Venice from high tides. The system will not be operational before 2014, however. “Italy is currently under a nationwide rainstorm and autumn marks the beginning of the high-water season, which has been particularly severe this year,” reported Gazzetta del Sud online. “The causes are both natural and man-made. Decades of pumping groundwater caused significant damage to the delicate foundations before the practice was called off.” Weather experts say the high-water threat has been increasing in recent years as heavier rains have hit northern Italy. –Telegraph

Update: November 3, 2012:

Costa Rica on alert for seismic activity
Costa Ricans are on alert, which was declared by the National Committee of Emergency due to the seismic activity in the central region. The western province of Guanacaste and the Great Metropolitan Area are the most active regions and authorities are asking residents a continued vigilance. Although other movements must occur to catalog the situation, it is peculiar the succession of recent tremors in very short periods of time, said seismological network specialist of the University of Costa Rica, Lepold Linkimer. At this time, experts analyze the phenomenon to determine if is related to Aguas Calientes tectonic fault, which caused one of the country’s most destructive earthquakes in the past century, said During the last hours, the fault that goes through Escazu municipality has originated seven earthquakes between 2.2 and 3.1 degrees on the Richter scale, said the organization.

Update: November 2, 2012:

Strong earthquake Magnitude 6.4 strikes close to Mindanao, Philippines

Per USGS: M6.4 magnitude quake strikes 6km ESE of Burgos, Philippines
Location: 9.244°N 126.245°E depth=54.5km (33.8mi)
Time: 2012-11-03 02:17:35 UTC+08:00 at epicenter

Update: November 2, 2012: ="">Meteorologists are monitoring the next East Coast Storm due to hit next week
While millions continue to cope and clean up after Sandy, the last thing anyone wants is another storm to add to the misery. Fortunately, there are no equals to Sandy to be found on the weather forecast maps. However, there is some indication that a more typical storm for November will form along the Atlantic coast next week and travel northeastward. If the storm develops quickly right along the coast, rain would break out and spread northward over the mid-Atlantic and New England. A slower developing storm would tend to swing out over the ocean and dodge much of the mid-Atlantic but could still reach part of New England. The timing window of the storm would be Tuesday night into Thursday. Any storm along or off the coast will kick up some wind, surf and seas. The difference being for coastal concerns is whether winds would blow onshore or offshore, and that is dependent on the track. At least the storm does not appear to be the type to bring extensive damage, but a track near the coast could push the tide up a bit with the potential for additional beach erosion and minor overwash in unprotected areas. If the storm were to track just right and enough cold air were to enter the storm, accumulating snow could even fall in some inland locations as well as those near the coast. The building blocks for this non-tropical storm were located over the northern Pacific as of Thursday, part of a big storm southwest of Alaska.

Update: November 1, 2012: Jupiter in Gemini relates to high winds as Neptune in Pisces square Mercury in Sag
to cargo shipping and lake waters.

2-story waves on Great Lakes halt cargo shipping
Cargo shipping was at a standstill Tuesday on the Great Lakes as superstorm Sandy churned waves up to two stories high, forcing crews to take refuge in bays and harbors and raising concerns about an economic blow if the shutdown is prolonged. The lakes are a bustling maritime highway for ships that haul bulk commodities such as iron ore, coal, limestone and grain. The massive vessels, some longer than three football fields, are built for punishment and accustomed to plowing through rough seas — even during the “gales of November” that in bygone days scuttled many a craft, including the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald nearly 37 years ago. “We don’t stop for thunderstorms and flurries,” said Glen Nekvasil, spokesman for the Lake Carriers’ Association, which represents U.S.-flagged cargo ships on the Great Lakes. “The lakes don’t have to be perfectly flat. It has to be a significant weather event for ships to go to anchor or stay in port. But this was just too much.” About 50 vessels in the U.S. fleet are operating on the lakes this fall. Nekvasil said some began heading shoreward Monday morning, and he knew of none that were sailing Tuesday. Canadian ships also were playing it safe, said Robert Lewis-Manning, president of the Canadian Shipowners Association, which has about 80 member vessels that travel on the lakes. “Everything’s come to a halt,” Lewis-Manning said. “They were taking precautions well in advance. The waves are getting much higher than we’ve seen for a long time.” The U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have authority to order ships off the water but issued an advisory urging them — and recreational boaters — to stay out of harm’s way, said Petty Officer Levi Read of the regional office in Cleveland. Weather buoys operated by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration recorded wave heights exceeding 21 feet on southern Lake Michigan, 19 feet on southern Lake Huron and 14 feet on western Lake Erie. Waves had dropped significantly on Lake Ontario by Tuesday afternoon, measuring just over 2 feet — down from a high of 12 feet the previous day. But on Lake Superior, the biggest and westernmost of the freshwater seas, waves were getting higher and had reached 9.5 feet. “It’s going to be treacherous on the Great Lakes for the next couple of days,” said Scott Rozanski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, Mich. Even after the superstorm gusts subside, strong northwesterly winds from Canada are expected to make for choppy surfaces, he said.

Update: November 1, 2012:

Earthquake jolts Three Gorges Dam area in China
CHINA – An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale hit a central China region where the world’s biggest water reservoir the Three Gorges Dam is located, though no harm to the structure was reported. The tremor hit Zigui County of Yichang City in Hubei Province at 3:42 am and its epicentre was located at five km below ground, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. No casualties were reported though the earthquake was felt across Zigui, state-run Xinhua news agency said. “The minor earthquake has not affected the Three Gorges Dam, which can endure far stronger earthquakes,” Hu Xing’e, vice head of the management bureau of the project with the China Three Gorges Corporation said. She said that no earthquake-triggered landslides have been reported in the reservoir area and all power generating units and ship locks are working normally. The dam, the world’s largest water control and hydropower project which spans the Yangtze River, China’s longest waterway, was unaffected by the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the country’s southwestern Sichuan Province in 2008. On Tuesday, the water level of the hydropower project reached its designed full capacity of 175 metres in a storage test that allow experts to observe, research and validate the dam’s original design and to test its hydropower turbo-generators. The test marked the third round of the full-capacity storage test conducted since 2010. “Wednesday’s earthquake was a shallow-focus earthquake rather than a structural one,” said Zhang Shuguang, head of the project’s management bureau. “It was not very destructive.” Zhang said the earthquake could have been triggered by water pouring into caves or the excavation of coal mine shafts in the region. Since the dam started to hold water in 2003, about 19,000 earthquakes, most of which have been slight or ultra-slight, have been reported in the reservoir region, according Niu Xinqiang, head of the Yangtze River Institute of Survey, Planning and Design. “No structural earthquake has been reported,” he said. “The frequency of earthquakes and landslides in this region has been lessening over the past years,” he said. However, critics of the dam allege that most of the tremors were caused by the weight of the mammoth water storage. –DNA India

Update: November 1, 2012:

4 dead, 5 missing as cyclone Nilam hits Tamil Nadu, Andhra
CHENNAI, India – Fifteen sailors were today rescued and a search was on for six other missing crew who were on board an oil tanker that drifted and ran aground off the city coast in high velocity winds before the landfall of cyclone ‘Nilam.’ Around 6.30 AM, 15 people who were stranded on board the vessel were safely rescued by the Coast Guard, Chennai Port Trust officials told PTI. A search, involving the Navy and Coast Guard is on for the missing six persons, the officials said. The vessel ‘Pratibha Cauvery,’ with 37 crewmen on board, ran aground near Elliott’s Beach in South Chennai, about 200 metres away from the shore. One crew member drowned after a life boat carrying him and his 21 colleagues capsized in choppy waters while 15 others were rescued with the help of several agencies including Navy and local fishermen yesterday. The ship belonged to Mumbai-based Pratibha Shipping Company. Two persons were killed in Tamil Nadu as Nilam crossed the coast between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh border yesterday without causing much damage. –Times of India

Update: November 1, 2012:

Ash from 100-year-old Novarupta volcanic eruption sweeps over Kodiak
ALASKA - There was volcanic ash in the air over the Shelikof Straight and parts of Kodiak Island yesterday. A person in Port Lions called KMXT to ask if a volcano had erupted, but the Alaska Volcano Observatory showed all was normal. However, it turned out that a volcano had erupted, though it wasn’t yesterday – it was almost exactly 100 years ago. The National Weather Service office in Anchorage reported that ash from the Novarupta explosion in 1912 was being whipped up by strong northerly winds because of a lack of snow cover in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes and Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula. The ash was lifted to about 4,000 feet and drifted over the Shelikof Straight and Kodiak Island. It was a significant enough amount that the weather service issued a warning to pilots, as volcanic ash can damage airplane engines. Known as the Katmai Eruption, the 1912 explosion came from a volcanic vent later named Novarupta. It was the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century and ash fell on Kodiak for three days. –Alaska Public

October 2012 will host continued severe and extreme weather like in Spain/Morroco, volcanic eruptions from previously quiet craters, super storms, typhoons, major quakes, lightening strikes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, new hurricanes will form, sink holes espanding, strong deluge of water, avalanches, land and mudslides,
floods will continue along with droughts, many chances for dangerous and high winds,while weather records will broken.
The month was kicked by a dynamic Aries Full Moon on September 29th @ 8:19 PM PDT
This lunation featured the Moon @ 8 Degrees Aries with this interesting Sabian Symbol: "A woman's hat with streamers blown by the East Wind."
the Moon was near Uranus for unexpected shockers
they were opposing the Sun-Mercury-Saturn windy Libra
Also most notable was a Grand Cross in mainly Fixed Signs featuring the Nodes of Destiny now in Scorpio/Taurus
the potential for large quakes even tsunamis manifested in a 7.3 Quake WNW of San Agustin, Colombia.
The first week in October features multiple astrological shifts with Mercury-Saturn moving into wet Scorpio to trine Neptune which could result in flooding in many parts fo the world.
Mars also changes signs on Oct. 6th heading into fiery Sagittarius to oppose Neptune with an outside chance of tsunami happening
along with the potential for some major conflagrations.
Then on October 15th @ 5:03 AM Pacific or 12:03 PM UT a new moon in Libra occurs.
Both the Moon and Sun are @ 23 degrees Libra with this intersting symbol: "A rooster salutes the rising sun with exuberant tones."
On October 25th. The Sun meets Saturn in Scorpio @ 1:32 AM PDT when the potential for serious storms is increased.
Finally the month ends with a Full Hunter’s Moon in Taurus on Oct. 29th (exact @ 12:49 PM PT or 7:49 PM UT).
This lunation is also known as the Blood Moon by Native Americans when it was a time to store up for the winter ahead.
A high potential for extreme storms, volcanic activity and major quakes towards the end of the month
Stay tuned more to come...
Expect continued earth weather changes into October
including some huge oceanic event, quite possibly a tsunami.

October UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for October 2012.

Update: October 31, 2012: Another massive storm but this time to hit India during the Mercury-Neptune square
and this time of major inundation with a Grand Water Trine including Saturn (Scorpio)-Neptune(Pisces) and Ceres (Cancer)

Cyclone Nilam to make landfall near Mamallapuram
INDIA - The cyclonic storm, Nilam, which lay centred at about 50 km to 60 km south of Chennai, is likely to cross the coast near Mamallapuram on Wednesday evening. The process of landfall, which is expected to begin from around 5-30 p.m., will go on till 11-30 p.m., Y.E. A. Raj, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, says, quoting radar data. Winds with speed reaching 80 to 90 km per hour will prevail along and off the north coastal parts of the State. Cyclone Nilam intensified into a severe storm with extremely heavy rainfall expected over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry even as the weather department warned of extensive damage to huts, standing crops and power lines. Extremely heavy rainfall of over 25 cm or more is expected over north Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next 24 hours. Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and north interior Tamil Nadu in the next 48 hours with gale speeds of 90-100 kmph, gusting to 110 kmph along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts. The sea condition would be “high to very high” along and off North Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and South Andhra Pradesh coast, the Met office said. Storm surge of about 1-1.5 metre over the astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Nellore districts, it said. The Met office also advised total suspension of fishing operations and for coastal dwellers to move to safer places. Danger signals ranging from seven to five have been hoisted at Chennai, Ennore, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, and Puducherry ports. Local cautionary signal number three has been hoisted at Pamban and Thoothukudi ports, it said. –Hindu

Update: October 31, 2012: Suffice to say the Full Moon in Taurus on Oct. 29th was opposing Saturn-Sun in Scorpio
which also relates to colder weather and unexpected snow with Venus-Uranus in opposition.

West Virginia crippled by massive snow storm
WEST VIRGINIA – Parts of West Virginia were digging out from up to three feet of snow dumped in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a deluge that cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents and shut down main highways. The thick blanket of snow at higher elevations across the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, including in parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania, also brought concerns that rivers and creeks in low-lying areas could flood later in the week as the snow melts, with temperatures expected to reach 60 degrees. Falling trees and storm-related traffic accidents claimed the lives of three people in Maryland, three in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia, state officials said Tuesday. Close to 300,000 West Virginia residents were without power Tuesday afternoon, as high winds and heavy snow snapped branches and downed power lines, and officials expected the number to rise. Outages at several utilities had left some areas without access to water, and officials were sending out trucks to deliver bottled water. “West Virginia continues to be hard hit,” said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat. “Right now, my main focus is on life safety, power restoration and critical infrastructure.…We are doing everything we can to help the folks in need.” More than 30 of West Virginia’s 55 counties had snow, with the heaviest snowfall at higher elevations, said Liz Sommerville, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Charleston, W.Va. Bowden, above 3,000 feet, recorded 24 inches by early Tuesday, compared with 16 inches in Beckley, elevation 2,300 feet, and 9 inches in the capital of Charleston, elevation 980 feet. “Trees are coming down. I got a feeling that a lot of weaker structures are going to come down,” said Gary Berti, of Davis, W.Va., where 30 inches of snow had fallen by Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Berti, 54 years old, said all the stores along the main street of Davis were closed Tuesday and only pickup trucks with four-wheel drive were braving secondary roads. Restaurants without power were making food for rescue workers using gas stoves, he said: “They’re cooking everything they’ve got because they know they’re going to lose it.” Snow was expected to keep falling on mountainous areas through Wednesday, and blizzard warnings remained in effect in more than a dozen counties Tuesday. At lower elevations, snow was expected to turn to rain by Tuesday night. The West Virginia Department of Transportation reported accidents on three major highways in the state and said fallen trees and power lines were complicating efforts to clear roads. The agency urged residents to stay home. Marshall University canceled classes at various campuses around the state, and West Virginia State University closed for the day. –WSJ

Update: October 30, 2012: The Cardinal Grand Cross is continuing to activate the Uranus-Pluto square for more tectonic acitivty.

Tjörnes Fracture Zone volcano (North of Iceland): seismic swarm continues with no end in sight
The earthquake swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north off Iceland continues into its 10th day. After a decline in intensity during 25-28 Oct, the frequency of quakes has again picked up. There are often more than 100 quakes a day including some above magnitude 3. The Icelandic Met Office maintains a warning for a possible larger quake in the area.

Update: October 30, 2012: Storms aftermath is growing as the Full Moon phase continues with the Moon void of course in Taurus.

‘Epic, monstrous, 1000 miles long, covers 1/3 of U.S.’ – super-storm Sandy slams into U.S. East coast: 16 dead so far.
October 30, 2012 – NEW YORK - The mammoth and merciless storm made landfall near Atlantic City around 8 p.m., with maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. That was shortly after the center had reclassified the storm as a post-tropical cyclone, a scientific renaming that had no bearing on the powerful winds, driving rains and life-threatening storm surge expected to accompany its push onto land. The storm had unexpectedly picked up speed as it roared over the Atlantic Ocean on a slate-gray day and went on to paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states, with extensive evacuations that turned shorefront neighborhoods into ghost towns. Even the superintendent of the Statue of Liberty left to ride out the storm at his mother’s house in New Jersey; he said the statue itself was “high and dry,” but his house in the shadow of the torch was not. The wind-driven rain lashed sea walls and protective barriers in places like Atlantic City, where the Boardwalk was damaged as water forced its way inland. Foam was spitting, and the sand gave in to the waves along the beach at Sandy Hook, N.J., at the entrance to New York Harbor. Water was thigh-high on the streets in Sea Bright, N.J., a three-mile sand-sliver of a town where the ocean joined the Shrewsbury River. “It’s the worst I’ve seen,” said David Arnold, watching the storm from his longtime home in Long Branch, N.J. “The ocean is in the road, there are trees down everywhere. I’ve never seen it this bad.” The police said a tree fell on a house in Queens shortly after 7 p.m., killing a 30-year-old man. In Manhattan a few hours earlier, a construction crane atop one of the tallest buildings in the city came loose and dangled 80 stories over West 57th Street, across the street from Carnegie Hall. Soon power was going out and water was rushing in. Waves topped the sea wall in the financial district in Manhattan, sending cars floating downstream. West Street, along the western edge of Lower Manhattan, looked like a river. The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, known officially as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in memory of a former governor, flooded hours after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York ordered it closed to traffic. “We could be fishing out our windows tomorrow,” said Garnett Wilcher, a barber who lives in the Hammells Houses, a block from the ocean in the Rockaways in Queens. Still, he said he felt safe at home. Pointing to neighboring apartment houses in the city-run housing project, he said, “We got these buildings for jetties.” Hurricane-force winds extended up to 175 miles from the center of the storm; tropical-storm-force winds spread out 485 miles from the center. Forecasters said tropical-storm-force winds could stretch all the way north to Canada and all the way west to the Great Lakes. Snow was expected in some states. Businesses and schools were closed; roads, bridges and tunnels were closed; and more than 13,000 airline flights were canceled. Even the Erie Canal was shut down. Subways were shut down from Boston to Washington, as were Amtrak and the commuter rail lines. About 1,000 flights were canceled at each of the three major airports in the New York City area. Philadelphia International Airport had 1,200 canceled flights, according to FlightAware, a data provider in Houston. “The most important thing right now is for people to use common sense,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “We didn’t want people out on the road going to work and not being able to get home again.” The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, stores and office buildings. Consolidated Edison said 68,700 customers had lost power — 21,800 in Westchester County, 18,500 on Staten Island and 18,200 in Queens. In New Jersey, the Public Service Electric and Gas Company said the storm had knocked out power to 36,000 customers. In Connecticut, nearly 70,000 people had lost electricity, utility officials reported. Con Edison, fearing damage to its electrical equipment, shut down power preemptively in sections of Lower Manhattan — and then an unplanned failure knocked out power to most of Manhattan below Midtown, about 250,000 customers. –NY Times

Update: October 29, 2012:

Breaking: Sandy An Impending Northeast Disaster

Update: October 29, 2012: Time to look beyond the fear as the Sun sextiles Pluto when we should consider the deeper effects

Frankenstorm: Meteorologist Warns Hurricane Sandy an Outgrowth of Global Warming’s Extreme Weather
Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare hybrid superstorm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a "Frankenstorm," as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. "When you do heat the oceans up more, you extend the length of hurricane season," Masters says. "There’s been ample evidence over the last decade or so that hurricane season is getting longer — starts earlier, ends later. You’re more likely to get these sort of late October storms now, and you’re more likely to have this sort of situation where a late October storm meets up with a regular winter low-pressure system and gives us this ridiculous combination of a nor’easter and a hurricane that comes ashore, bringing all kinds of destructive effects." We’re also joined by climate scientist Greg Jones from Southern Oregon University

Update: October 28, 2012: Suffice to say with Venus entering Libra to oppose Uranus, there are explosive risks
not to mention Mars in Sagittarius and Mercury ready to station retro. in Sagittarius square Neptune

Sinkhole Geologist: I’m here to tell you I was wrong about low pressure readings — Newspaper: Fear gas could escape through earth and present explosive risk
[...] state officials and their contractors have not struck paydirt and, as a result, face uncertainty about just how much gas is underground, authorities said. [...] At high enough pressures, the fear is that the colorless and odorless gas could escape from an aquifer through solid earth, collect unseen and present an explosive risk, though those kinds of levels are not suspected, parish and state officials have said. [...] “One of the problems doing this stuff real time — which this is real time — sometimes you reach a conclusion that subsequent data says, ‘No, you were wrong,’” [Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure geologist Gary Hecox] told the crowd of more than 100 people. He said that some days earlier, officials found they did not have high gas pressures in three Shaw vent wells and believed that was a good thing because that meant there was not a lot gas pressure underground. “I am here tonight to tell you I was wrong on that because what we found subsequent to that, all the perforations in those wells are clogged up, so we were reading low pressure, but it didn’t mean anything because the perforations were clogged up,” Hecox said. “So … that’s one of things that was not correct.” [...]

Update: October 28, 2012:

Tsunami reaches Hawaii after 7.7 earthquake strikes western Canada

Update: October 28, 2012:

8 minor quakes jolt Surigao del Norte town in a day

Update: October 27, 2012: This monster quake hit @ 8:04 PM PDT with Jupiter (Gemini) rising in opposition to Mars in the 7th. M
Mercury ruler of the chart is Void of Course in last degrees, minutes of Scorpio
in a square to Neptune, king of the oceans with Tsunami warnings going off.
with Venus Void of Course in last degrees of Virgo closely opposition to the Zenith in Pisces

Powerful earthquake rocks Canada's West Coast at 7.7 magnitude.

Magnitude 7.7 - 139km S of Masset, Canada
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake centered in an island region along Canada's West Coast Saturday night. The quake hit at 10:04 p.m. CDT in the Queens Charlotte Islands, 86 miles south of Masset, Canada and 395 miles southeast of Juneau, Alaska. A tsunami warning was issued for coastal regions from the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Decision, Alaska. Residents were urged to immediately move to higher ground. The epicenter of the quake is in a sparsely populated part of Canada, and there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries. A magnitude 7.7 earthquake is capable of causing substantial damage, especially in buildings and other structures that were not designed to be earthquake resistant.

Update: October 27, 2012: Ominous and detailed report on why this is a hybrid storm
learn more about the rare, bizarre nature of Super Storm Sandy

Tropical Tidbit for Friday, October 26th, 2012 relating to Hurricane Sandy
Anatomy of this unusual storm and her shifting nature and barometric support
from weather enthusiast Levi Cowan. Levi has been tracking tropical systems closely since 2002

Update: October 27, 2012: Updates with hurricane Sandy
as the Aries Moon moves void of course after separating from a sextile with Jupiter in the sign of High Winds: Gemini
More importantly, teh ruler of the Jupiter/Gemini transit is Mercury, a weather planet associated with winds
now void of course moving into another mutable Sagittarius
And of course Mars -Jupiter are in a powerful opposition exaggerating the reporting and even the effects of Sandy.

October 27, 2012: U.S. East coast prepares for ‘super storm’ as hurricane Sandy intensifies: 58 deaths linked to storm system
CLIMATE – Tropical cyclone Sandy revved back up to hurricane strength on Saturday as it churned toward the U.S. northeast coast where it threatens to become one of the worst storms in decades. The late-season storm has been dubbed “Frankenstorm” by some weather watchers because it will combine elements of a tropical cyclone and a winter storm and is forecast to reach the U.S. coast close to Halloween. Forecast models show it will have all the ingredients to morph into a so-called “super storm.” Governors in states along the U.S. East Coast declared emergencies on Friday, with officials urging residents to stock up on food, water and batteries. The U.S. Navy ordered all ships in the Norfolk, Virginia, area, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, out to sea to ride out the approaching storm. “We’re expecting a large, large storm,” said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Environmental Prediction. “The circulation of this storm as it approaches the coast could cover about the eastern third of the United States.” Sandy battered the Bahamas southeast of Florida on Friday after causing widespread destruction in eastern Cuba a day earlier. The storm was expected to crawl northward on Saturday and Sunday and then turn toward the U.S. coast. Sandy’s powerful winds and rains were blamed for 58 deaths in several Caribbean countries, including 11 in Cuba. Most were killed by falling trees and building collapses. On its current projected track, Sandy could make U.S. landfall on Monday night or Tuesday somewhere between North Carolina and southern New England, forecasters said. The storm has the potential to cause widespread power outages and to unleash flooding and even dump snow as far inland as Ohio. It also threatens to disrupt air travel along the U.S. East Coast. At 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), Sandy was about 335 miles southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and packing top sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center. It had earlier dropped just below hurricane strength but little overall change on strength was expected ahead of its anticipated U.S. landfall early next week, the Miami-based Hurricane Center said. The storm picked up a little forward speed overnight but was still moving slowly over the Atlantic at 10 mph. The massive storm has continued to grow in size with tropical force winds extending 450 miles from its center, government forecasters said. In New York City, officials were considering shutting down the country’s largest mass transit system because they were worried the storm’s impact could cause flooding or high winds that might endanger subways and buses. Much of Florida’s northeast coast was under a tropical storm warning and storm warnings and watches extended up the coast through most of South Carolina and North Carolina. Along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, which jut out into the Atlantic, vacationers in large camper trailers and motor homes streamed off the barrier islands. Many forecasters are warning that Sandy could be more destructive than last year’s Hurricane Irene, which caused billions of dollars in damage across the U.S. Northeast. –Reuters

Update: October 27, 2012: An explosive Aries Moon translates the power of the ongoing Uranus (sudden events) and Pluto (destruction) waxing square.

Mexico’s mercurial Popocatépetl volcano records 70 emissions in 24 hour period
MEXICO – The Popocatepetl volcano unleashed about 70 emissions of low to moderate intensity, several of which were accompanied by ash expulsions reaching a height of 1.5 to 2 kilometers. A night glow was also observed during the night and some of the fumes emitted incandescent fragments near the crater. According to the monitoring system of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred), the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Yellow Phase 2. It involves the likelihood that present moderate exhalations, some with ash emissions, sporadic bursts of level low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments, may occur within walking distance of the crater. An incandescent light in the crater of the volcano is also distinctly observable during the night. At the same time, regional civil defense officials placed special emphasis on the following recommendations: continue the safety radius of 12 km, so staying in that area is not permitted, and maintain controlled traffic between Santiago and San Pedro Nexapa Xalitzintla via Paso de Cortés. -

Update: October 27, 2012: Heading toward both the massive Full Moon on Monday, October 29th
and before into Sunday, October 28th as Venus changes signs into Libra to form a dangerous Cardinal Cross
with Uranus (Aries) crossed by Pluto (Capricorn) and Ceres (Cancer)

'Super storm' Sandy regains hurricane strength with potentially catastrophic Impacts on the Northeast

Hurricane Sandy remains on track to become a historical storm with places from Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Va., to Boston bracing for catastrophic impacts. The worst of Sandy will be Monday through Tuesday, but the Southeast coast is already feeling the effects of the hurricane. An overview of the catastrophic impacts that await the mid-Atlantic and southern New England can be found in this news story, while below are more detailed impact stories for specific cities and communities.
Updates on Sandy: 9:57 a.m. EDT: Evidence that Hurricane Sandy is a large storm: Charleston, S.C., and Bermuda are seeing from from Sandy despite being separated by 900 miles. 9:30 a.m. EDT meteorologists are now concerned that all of Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania--including Philadelphia--will be inundated with more than 8 inches of rain from Sandy. 8:00 a.m. EDT: Sandy regains hurricane strength after weakening briefly to a tropical storm.

Update: October 26, 2012: This ongoing sinkhole in Assumption Parish, LA reflects both the ongoing Pluto-Uranus waxing square
and the longer term transit of Neptune in Pisces (representing oil/petroleum merging beyond boundaries.

Officials: Sinkhole is bubbling

State Expert: Crude oil and gas now coming up all over around giant sinkhole — Swamps bubbling back in the trees — Started a few days ago… it’s a good thing (VIDEO)
We also have formation gas coming up all around the sinkhole.” “Going around we’ve noticed bubbles that were in the swamp as well as in the bayous… in the swamp when you get back in the trees.” “All kinds of videos on YouTube of bubbles [watch video here] coming from the sinkhole… I view that as probably a positive thing from a pressure control standpoint… with regard to buildup of gas pressure.” “You’ve got natural gas and crude oil coming in and bubbling up all over.” “The bubbles coming up to the surface in my mind are a good thing.”

Update: October 26, 2012:
From the article below: "This system is one part hurricane, one part nor'easter and one part blizzard, potentially. Impacts of all three types of storms are possible depending on location."
Note that this Super-Storm reflects a Grand Cardinal Cross present on the October 29th Full Moon
where all the elements from air to water to earth to fire are represented
with Uranus (Aries) opposing Venus (Libra)
crossed by Pluto (Capricorn) opposing Ceres (Cancer)

Hurricane Sandy kills 21 in Caribbean, takes aim at US
MIAMI (AFP) - Hurricane Sandy lashed the Bahamas with heavy rains and high waves Friday on its path to pound the northeastern US as a powerful "Frankenstorm," after leaving 21 dead in the Caribbean. Forecasters warned that the massive hurricane could collide with a seasonal "nor'easter" weather system as it churns northward parallel to the East Coast before swerving into the heavily populated mid-Atlantic just east of Washington early Tuesday. The meteorologists said the combination of adverse weather conditions could affect the area through Halloween on October 31, "inviting perhaps a ghoulish nickname for the cyclone along the lines of 'Frankenstorm'." The unusual storm was also on track to hit during the frenzied final week of campaigning before the November 6 US presidential vote. White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday the president had asked for regular briefings on the storm's progress and was focused on "making sure that citizens in potentially affected areas are aware of it and taking the necessary precautions." Carney declined to answer if the president's campaign travel would be affected, saying the storm's path was still uncertain. The latest projection from the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center shows Sandy veering west to make landfall in southern Delaware, directly east of Washington and moving northwest across the region. "It really may get dicey, but we aren't yet completely sure which of the two most likely scenarios is likeliest," wrote A. Camden Walker, Washington Post weather editor, on "the Capital Weather Gang" blog Friday."It has probably come down to either a significant impact from a storm hitting to the north, or even worse if it's closer. Stay tuned." The Washington-area, notoriously prone to downed trees and days-long power failures after bad weather, was bracing for election week disruptions with utilities beefing up their power restoration crews. In the latest bulletin at 1500 GMT, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center placed the storm just north of Great Abaco Island, in the Bahamas, which was still bearing the brunt of the storm. The Caribbean island chain reported power and phone lines downed, tourists stranded and trees uprooted. Schools, government offices, airports and bridges were to remain closed Friday. The storm was downgraded late Thursday to a category one hurricane on the five-point Saffir-Simpson wind scale, and the latest report has Sandy packing sustained winds of 80 miles (130 kilometers) per hour. Although weakened, storm gusts and high waves were reported in south Florida as Sandy churned north. Warnings about a possible "Frankenstorm" revived memories of the so-called "Perfect Storm" in 1991 that killed 13 people and caused $200 million in damage to the northeastern United States in late October and early November. "The potential is there for a significant storm," WCNC-TV chief meteorologist Brad Panovich in Charlotte, North Carolina wrote on Facebook."This system is one part hurricane, one part nor'easter and one part blizzard, potentially. Impacts of all three types of storms are possible depending on location." The National Weather Service in Philadelphia noted that the storm will be slow-moving, which "worsens the impact for coastal flooding as it will affect multiple high-tide cycles." Also exacerbating the impact, it said, is the fact the storm is hitting during a full moon, when tides are typically already at their highest. Sandy earlier claimed 11 lives in eastern Cuba, including several who died in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in the fury of the massive storm. The hurricane damaged hundreds of homes, flooding crops and downing trees, according to media reports. "It was terrible. Roofs were flying off lots of houses. Doors too, and windows," said Laquesis Bravo, 36, who lives outside the southeastern coastal city of Santiago de Cuba. On Wednesday, Sandy unleashed its wrath on Jamaica, where one person died, and on Haiti, where 16 people died. The hurricane also affected the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, where 167 terror suspects are held. Preliminary hearings for the accused Al-Qaeda mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole were delayed.

Update:October 26, 2012:

New potential hazard posed by the Salton Buttes in Southern California
Earthquake swarms and a region-wide rotten egg smell recently reminded Southern California residents they live next to an active volcano field, tiny though it may be. At the time, scientists said the phenomena did not reflect changes in the magma chamber below the Salton Sea. But now, researchers may need to revise estimates of the potential hazard posed by the Salton Buttes — five volcanoes at the lake's southern tip. The buttes last erupted between 940 and 0 B.C., not 30,000 years ago, as previously thought, a new study detailed online Oct. 15 in the journal Geology reports. The new age — which makes these some of California's youngest volcanoes — pushes the volcanic quintuplets into active status. The California Volcano Observatory, launched in February by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), already lists the area as a high threat for future blasts. "The USGS is starting to monitor all potentially active volcanoes in California, which includes the Salton Buttes," said study author Axel Schmitt, a geochronologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. "With our results, I think this will further enhance the need to look into the system," Schmitt told OurAmazingPlanet. Schmitt and his colleagues dated zircon crystals in the hardened lava of the buttes with a relatively new technique, a "helium clock" that starts ticking once the minerals begin cooling at the surface. Resolving the Obsidian Butte riddle The revised age solves a long-standing archeological conundrum, said Steve Shackley, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Artifacts created from one of the five buttes, Obsidian Butte, first appear in Native American villages around 510 B.C. to 640 B.C. The Kumeyaay people, whose territory ranged from the coast to the Coso Mountains, crafted projectiles from Obsidian Butte glass, he said. "The men produced some of the best in the world," Shackley told OurAmazingPlanet. However, for decades, researchers thought Obsidian Butte erupted thousands of years earlier. To explain why no one collected the valuable obsidian, archeologists hypothesized that Obsidian Butte was submerged under ancient Lake Cahuilla, the precursor to today's Salton Sea. But geologists had long proved that Lake Cahuilla was ephemeral, flooding and emptying over and over again, so the explanation was always problematic. "If this dating method is correct, then the Obsidian Butte material wasn't even available, and that makes more sense archaeologically," Shackley said. Rifting brings rising magma In fact, that Obsidian Butte rises above the Salton Sea is what first attracted Schmitt's attention. A 30,000-year-old butte should have been buried by a combination of sediment and subsidence by now, he said. "It had to be very young," Schmitt said. The buttes exist because California is tearing apart, forming new oceanic crust as magma wells up from below. The sinking Salton Trough is the landward extension of the Gulf of California, and marks the boundary between the Pacific and North America tectonic plates. The lava source for the volcanoes is a magma chamberbeneath the Salton Sea, which also heats water for a nearby geothermal plant. Decay of uranium isotopes in zircon crystals show magma built up underneath the volcanoes for thousands of years before the latest eruption, the study shows. [50 Amazing Volcano Facts] If another eruption occurs at the Salton Buttes, it will likely mimic past breakouts, Schmitt said. The volcanoes are made of sticky, slow-moving rhyolite lava. At Obsidian Butte, the lava cooled so quickly it turned into glass. However, pumice and ash found nearby means past breakouts started with a bang. Schmitt said he hopes to study the area in more detail to better understand the most recent eruption. "The amounts of magma involved are relatively small and the impacts of an explosive eruption, meaning an ash cloud, would most likely be very local," he said. "We don't know very well how far any ash would have been dispersed, and that's something I would like to follow up on in the research."

Update:October 26, 2012:

Unusual geological event giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish
A sharp tremor was recorded by USGS monitors just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at the site of the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Assumption Parish. The giant sinkhole appeared in August near the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas. The Assumption Parish Police Jury says the tremor was large enough that the body wave phases could easily be identified. A body wave travels through the interior of the earth. The preliminary location of the tremor was just SE of Oxy #3 cavern at a depth of 500m. There is no additional information specific to this seismic activity at this time. The sinkhole is now about four acres in size. Residents were forced from their homes on August third, two months after the bayous started bubbling. They are still evacuated from their homes.

Update:October 25, 2012: Again we see Neptune's fingerprints but also the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square
where manmade disasters like the Gulf Horizon Disaster of 2010 and Fukushima 2011 are begining to be noticed BIG TIME!
This study was reported yesterday and when speak of methane
there also a relationship to Saturn now in the sign of destruction, Scorpio!

Climate-changing methane ‘rapidly destabilizing’ off East Coast due to temperature changes in the Gulf Stream
NEW YORK – A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. And since methane is even more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas, the researchers said, any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts. Temperature changes in the Gulf Stream are “rapidly destabilizing methane hydrate along a broad swathe of the North American margin,” the experts said in a study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature. Using seismic records and ocean models, the team estimated that 2.5 gigatonnes of frozen methane hydrate are being destabilized and could separate into methane gas and water. It is not clear if that is happening yet, but that methane gas would have the potential to rise up through the ocean and into the atmosphere, where it would add to the greenhouse gases warming Earth. The 2.5 gigatonnes isn’t enough to trigger a sudden climate shift, but the team worries that other areas around the globe might be seeing a similar destabilization. “It is unlikely that the western North Atlantic margin is the only area experiencing changing ocean currents,” they noted. “Our estimate … may therefore represent only a fraction of the methane hydrate currently destabilizing globally.” The wider destabilization evidence, co-author Ben Phrampus told NBC News, includes data from the Arctic and Alaska’s northern slope in the Beaufort Sea. And it’s not just under the seafloor that methane has been locked up. Some Arctic land area are seeing permafrost thaw, which could release methane stored there as well. An expert who was not part of the study said it suggests that methane could become a bigger climate factor than carbon dioxide. “We may approach a turning point” from a warming driven by man-made carbon dioxide to a warming driven by methane, Jurgen Mienert, the geology department chair at Norway’s University of Tromso, told NBC News. “The interactions between the warming Arctic Ocean and the potentially huge methane-ice reservoirs beneath the Arctic Ocean floor point towards increasing instability,” he added.

Update:October 25, 2012: As the weather pundits scramble to make sense of this meterological convergence creating a Super-Storm scenario,
we astrologers are drawing parallels not just to the 1991 New England Storm
but to The New England Hurricane of 1938 (or Great New England Hurricane, Yankee Clipper or Long Island Express
In fact the similarities between Sandy's projected landfall on Oct. 29th a potent Full Moon are interesting
Since both the Sept. 20, 1938 and the Oct. 29, 2012 dates have Grand Trines and a number of TSQ's with
next week's Full Moon also featuring a Grand Cross with Venus-Pluto-Uranus and Ceres all in active, Cardinal signs
Also just like Sept. 20, 1938, the coming blast from Hurricane Sandy to the East Coast
has the fated Nodes of Destiny in Scorpio/Taurus
I will have more to say on my blog.

Snow, gale-force winds, hurricane remnants, full moon (high tides): forecasters warn of ‘perfect storm’ scenario
NEW YORK - Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say. Though still projecting several days ahead of Halloween week, the computer models are spooking meteorologists. Government scientists said Wednesday the storm has a 70 percent chance of smacking the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North are predicted to collide, sloshing and parking over the country’s most populous coastal corridor starting Sunday. The worst of it should peak early Tuesday, but it will stretch into midweek, forecasters say. “It’ll be a rough couple days from Hatteras up to Cape Cod,” said forecaster Jim Cisco of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prediction center in College Park, Md. “We don’t have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting.” It is likely to hit during a full moon when tides are near their highest, increasing coastal flooding potential, NOAA forecasts warn. And with some trees still leafy and the potential for snow, power outages could last to Election Day, some meteorologists fear. They say it has all the earmarks of a billion-dollar storm. Some have compared it to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991, but Cisco said that one didn’t hit as populated an area and is not comparable to what the East Coast may be facing. Nor is it like last year’s Halloween storm, which was merely an early snowstorm in the Northeast. This has much more mess potential because it is a combination of different storm types that could produce a real whopper of weather problems, meteorologists say. “The Perfect Storm only did $200 million of damage and I’m thinking a billion,” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private service Weather Underground. “Yeah, it will be worse.” But this is several days in advance, when weather forecasts are far less accurate. The National Hurricane Center only predicts five days in advance, and on Wednesday their forecasts had what’s left of Sandy off the North Carolina coast on Monday. But the hurricane center’s chief hurricane specialist, James Franklin, said the threat keeps increasing for “a major impact in the Northeast, New York area. In fact it would be such a big storm that it would affect all of the Northeast.” The forecasts keep getting gloomier and more convincing with every day, several experts said. Cisco said the chance of the storm smacking the East jumped from 60 percent to 70 percent on Wednesday. Masters was somewhat skeptical on Tuesday, giving the storm scenario just a 40 percent likelihood, but on Wednesday he also upped that to 70 percent. The remaining computer models that previously hadn’t shown the merger and mega-storm formation now predict a similar scenario. The biggest question mark is snow, and that depends on where the remnants of Sandy turn inland. The computer model that has been leading the pack in predicting the hybrid storm has it hitting around Delaware. But another model has the storm hitting closer to Maine. If it hits Delaware, the chances of snow increase in that region. If it hits farther north, chances for snow in the mid-Atlantic and even up to New York are lessened, Masters said. –Time

Update:October 24, 2012: According to the article, this was the strongest quake to hit the area since 1957,
When this 4.6 Magnitude tremor hit on Monday, October 22nd. Ceres was rising in Cancer
to form a close TSQ with Uranus at Mid-Heaven and Pluto in the descendant
In other words not only was the Uranus-Pluto earth changing and ongoing square activated but with Ceres panic ensued.

Strongest-ever earthquake hits Quang Nam, Vietnam
A series of tremors measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale broke out in the district at 9:42 pm Monday and lasted for about three seconds, said Le Van Tuan, chief of the district People’s Committee’s Secretariat. Thousands of locals rushed out of their houses in panic after they heard loud blasts and felt the ground shaking, houses’ walls cracking, and things inside the houses falling, Tuan said. “Many items on a table in my house fell down to the floor and my children cried and screamed when hearing explosions that sounded like the sounds of bombings,” he said. This quake could be felt by people living in districts nearby such as Nam Tra My, Tien Phuoc, Phuoc Son and Nong Son, he added. Vu Duc Toan, deputy head of the Hydropower Management Board No. 3, said that the earthquake accelerator installed at the hydropower plant area indicated a ground acceleration of 98 cm/s2. This data has been reported to the Global Physics Institute. The quake’s statistics are being handled by the Institute and the Earthquake Information and Tsunami Warning Center, Toan said. Last night Dr. Nguyen Hong Phuong, deputy director of the center, confirmed that the quake was 4.6 degrees and its epicenter was 7 km below ground. This is the strongest quake to hit the area since 1957, the center said. The second strongest quake in the area so far occurred on September 3, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale. As previously reported, the first earthquake observation station in the district was put into operation on October 19. More than 20 quakes have occurred in the region in the past several months. This is the first among five planned stations to be built in the district to monitor such quakes, which experts say have been induced by the plant’s reservoir, authorities said. The station will record all seismic developments of any reservoir-induced earthquakes, irrespective of how minor they are, in the area, said Dr. Nguyen Xuan Anh, head of the Global Physics Institute.

Update:October 24, 2012: Another example of wild weather with Mercury void of Course in Scorpio
relating ot extremes.

Severe weather and flooding kills 8 in South Africa
South Africa has been pounded by some hazardous weather over the past few days. The weather first turned severe on Thursday in the southwest of the country. 32 hikers had to be rescued after being trapped by heavy rain on the Whale Trail near Bredasdorp. The worst of the weather struck in the southeast of the country. According to provincial disaster management officials, eight people, including a five-year-old boy, died in the severe weather in the Eastern Cape. The deaths occurred whilst people were attempting to cross streams or when their vehicles were washed away. The flooding was so severe, that it even washed away a section of the main N2 highway, which links Grahamstown to Port Elizabeth. As well as torrential rain, the weather system also delivered large hailstones. Some reports say that the hail was as big as tennis balls in some parts of Johannesburg. The ice smashed into cars and broke windows of many homes and businesses, and caused a number of traffic accidents. The severe weather is due to a low pressure which is still delivering widespread thunderstorms across many parts of the country. The treacherous conditions are expected to continue across southern parts of the Western and Eastern Cape during Monday, before clearing away from the southern regions on Tuesday.

Update:October 23, 2012: This powerful tremor hit with Taurus rising with the S. Node opposing Mercury
and TSQ the Moon in Aquarius for some shockwaves.

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocks Costa Rica

Strong, shallow Magnitude 6.5 Quake strikes 13km ENE of Hojancha, Costa Rica
Event Time: 2012-10-23 18:45:34 UTC-06:00 at epicenter
Event Location: 10.121°N 85.314°W depth=20.1km (12.5mi)
An earthquake initially reported as 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale by USGS has just rocked Costa Rica. Local media is reporting magnitudes from 6.2 to 6.4. The epicenter is being reported as being 5km northeast of Hojancha in the province of Guanacaste, or 7km southeast of Nicoya, the location of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake which struck Costa Rica on September 5th. Reports of strong shaking are being reported throughout the entire country. Strong shaking was felt in the capital city of San Jose. Various other reports of strong shaking have been reported throughout the province of Guanacaste. Various agencies are issuing initial warnings about possible tsunamis. This is a breaking news story and Inside Costa Rica will provide live updates on this page as additional information is available. The earthquake was felt extremely strong as far away as Limon. Unlike the September 5th earthquake, this one was far more shallow. Aftershocks have already occurred. Some agencies are now saying there is NO tsunami alert. Inside Costa Rica has received some damage reports from the province of Guanacaste including cracked walls and broken glass. UPDATE 3: (7:30pm): Some areas of San Ramon in Alajuela are without electricity. There are also areas of Guanacaste without electricity. Local authorities are saying that the quake struck at a depth of just 6km, which is why it was felt so strongly throughout the country. The quake was felt as far away as the neighboring country of Nicaragua. UPDATE 4: (7:33pm) – Authorities say there is NO tsunami alert. UPDATE 5: (7:38pm) – CCSS (Costa Rican Social Security / Public Health) says they have no reports of damages to public hospitals or clinics at this time.

Update:October 23, 2012: The area where this moderately strong quake occurred
is the same region when the
next Solar Eclipse on Nov. 13th. will be visible and be at its greatest.
This could also be ground zero for a huge quake in the range of 7+ magnitude.

Magnitude 6.0 quake hits 39km WNW of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia
Event Time: 2012-10-23 20:39:31 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
Event Location: 22.316°S 171.675°E depth=127.0km (78.9mi)
The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates. In the region of New Zealand, the 3000 km long Australia-Pacific plate boundary extends from south of Macquarie Island to the southern Kermadec Island chain. It includes an oceanic transform (the Macquarie Ridge), two oppositely verging subduction zones (Puysegur and Hikurangi), and a transpressive continental transform, the Alpine Fault through South Island, New Zealand.

Update:October 23, 2012: When this tornado touched down near Yuba City, Aquarius was rising
Modern ruler Uranus, known for the unexpected and shocking was square both Pluto and Ceres.
with ancient ruler Saturn near the Sun and in a Grand Water Trine
with Neptune-Pisces and Ceres-Cancer adding to this exteme wet event.

Multiple Tornado Reports in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A tornado touched down north of the state capital Monday afternoon, but only minor damage was reported. The National Weather Service in Sacramento says it had no reports of injuries from the tornado, which hit about 3:15 p.m. near Yuba City, about 40 miles north of Sacramento. "We've had reports of power lines down and some outbuildings damaged," said meteorologist Eric Kurth said. "Some kind of a small outbuilding was lifted about 200 feet from where it was located." The Sacramento Municipal Utility District reported that 1,377 customers in the Rancho Cordova and Arden areas were without power. The utility company expects to restore power to customers by 7 p.m. PDT. The tornado also caused damage to the Mallard Lake Golf Center as the first storm of the season moved through Northern California, he said. No one was answering the telephone at the golf course. Kurth said the reports were confirmed by Sutter County sheriff's deputies and firefighters. "We've heard about trees being downed, power lines being downed, no injuries," he said. Several funnel clouds also were reported north of Sacramento, but Kurth said there were no other reports of touchdowns.

Update:October 23, 2012: Extreme weather and high winds with Mercury now Void of Course in Scorpio
finally moving into Sagittarius on October 28th could help turn this storm into a behemoth
hitting the carribean then the east coast of the USA.

A storm for the ages known as Sandy? Perhaps. First, it is a Caribbean concern
There are very few instances when I have posted a headline like the one in this blog. Hype is not a tool I use to get the attention of my audience unless it is warranted and I feel it could help to save lives and property. What I am seeing in some of the global models is worthy of getting your attention and if it’s hype, then all the better in the long run. There is a storm brewing in the Caribbean that will soon get a name: Sandy. Right now we know it as 99L, an area of investigation with potential to develop. Within the next 10 days, we may remember it as one of the great ocean storms of recent memory. Before all of that, it will be a problem for the Caribbean and that much is certain. So far, development of 99L has been slow. It now looks as though things are coming together in the western Caribbean, a few hundred miles south of Jamaica. Water temps are as warm as could be and upper level winds are becoming more and more favorable. The NHC gives the area an 90% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within 48 hours. I think it’s as good as done at this point and we’ll soon have TS Sandy to track. 72 hour ECMWF showing "Sandy" over Jamaica People with interests in Jamaica need to be watching this system closely. It will bring periods of heavy rain and an increase in wind as it moves slowly towards the northeast with time. This slow forward motion is going to be a problem as the tropical rains will have a lot of time to fall over the same area for a couple of days or more. I would also not be surprised to see this become a hurricane before it reaches Jamaica. Intensity prediction is very poor even in this day of high-end computer models. Hopefully we’re only talking about a weak tropical storm in a few days but remember that hope is not a good planning tool. Being prepared is far better.

Update:October 23, 2012: The combination of Neptune, planet relating to hysteria stationing to turn direct on Nov. 10th.
and Mars (Sagittarius) opposing Jupiter (Gemini) can create panic as it did in Fujairah.

Mild earthquakes create panic in United Arab Emirates
Residents in Fujairah have described how they fled from their homes when they felt mild tremors during an earthquake on Sunday night. The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said yesterday that three mild earthquakes shook northern parts of the UAE and the Oman Sea. The weathermen said in a statement that the first quake struck at 8.13pm in the sea about 33km north of Fujairah city and measured 3.8 in magnitude on the Richter scale. The second tremor of 4.6 magnitude was felt 200km northeast of Fujairah at 8.38pm and a third shook Fujairah at about 9.07pm and was of 3.1 magnitude. “I was relaxing in my bedroom when I felt the jolt,” said Jumah Khalid, a Sudanese expat. He said he thought his head was spinning but then his brother felt the tremor too. “It lasted for only a few seconds but we rushed out of the house,” he said. Emirati Mohammed Hamid, who lives in Masafi, said he and his wife also ran out of their home with their two children when the ground moved. “I heard the doors making a weird sound before I felt the house shaking,” he said. Another Fujairah resident, Ali Khan, a Pakistani driver said: “I was having tea at a cafeteria when I felt the tremors. “It was scary. I saw many people rushing out of their homes in a panic.”

Update:October 22, 2012: Another look at the Iceland Region Quake Storm
as the Sun enters Scorpio today making everything more extreme
and meeting Saturn ruler of Pluto in Capricorn.

Iceland earthquake swarm, October 20 – 22, 2012
Biggest earthquakes during the last 48 hours
Size Time Quality Location
5.2 21 Oct 01:25:15 Checked 19.3 km NNE of Siglufjörður
4.9 20 Oct 22:53:46 38.3 116.8 km NE of Kolbeinsey
4.8 21 Oct 00:10:20 Checked 20.4 km NNE of Siglufjörður
4.4 21 Oct 01:03:42 90.0 20.1 km NNE of Siglufjörður
4.3 21 Oct 02:20:01 90.0 27.5 km NNE of Siglufjörður
4.1 21 Oct 00:10:21 90.0 16.6 km NE of Siglufjörður

Update:October 21, 2012:

Are Louisiana’s Coastal Areas Going To Be Evacuated?
The conditions in the Gulf Coast region are so bad, that some are actually talking about a mass evacuation of the coastal regions in Louisiana. Others think the potential devastation is so dangerous that the entire Gulf Coast region should be evacuated. Others think that all is well in the Gulf. What exactly is the truth? I have been investigating the events surrounding the Gulf Coast oil explosion for over two years. As I sit here mulling over the evidence which is derived from the full spectrum of research protocols ranging from anecdotal evidence to scientific evidence to government acknowledgment of a series of crises which appears to be imperiling Louisiana, I do not pretend that I have all the answers. However, after systematically reviewing the available evidence, I am extremely fearful for the potential consequences which could be catastrophic for many of the 40 million residents in the Gulf. This topic has largely been swept under the covers by the Obama administration and the mainstream media, with a few exceptions. In this article, it is my intention to bring forth legitimate concerns for public discussion with regard to the safety and welfare of Gulf Coast residents, especially for those people living in Louisiana’s coastal areas.
All Is Well, Go Back To Sleep
The government would have us believe that all is well in the Gulf. In fact, two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) through its air monitoring system, on June 10, 2010, presumably found air quality levels which were “normal” on the Gulf coastline. Of course this is the same EPA whose former director, Todd Christy, boldly stated that the post 911 air was fit to breathe. Also, in June 2010, Obama’s personal point man on the spill, Thad Allen, stated “the well no longer posed any threat to the Gulf” and subsequent cleanup crews ceased all remaining operations with regard to cleaning up the destroyed oil well. Thad Allen’s statement followed Obama’s declaration in which the President boldly proclaimed that the Gulf is safe and “open for business”. Officials from both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the EPA echoed Obama’s safety claims. And what I have discovered from the data, is that everyone of these government individuals, who are entrusted with ensuring the safety of the general public, was lying through their teeth.

Update:October 21, 2012: This strong, shallow quake hit 5 minutes to midnight with Cancer rising closely to square the Sun
the chart's ruler the Moon also in a cardinal, action sign Capricorn was moving into a First Qtr. Phase with a square to the Sun in the last degrees of Libra.

5.3-Magnitude Quake, Aftershocks Rattle Calif.near King City

From USGS: Magnitude 5.3 quake hits 26km ENE of King City, California
A moderate earthquake and minor aftershocks jolted the central California coast over the weekend but didn't cause any damage, authorities said. Nearly 6,700 people reported feeling the magnitude 5.3-quake when it struck late Saturday outside of King City, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website. USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman said the temblor struck in a "seismically active area" near the San Andreas Fault, about 90 miles southeast of San Jose. It was followed by at least four aftershocks that were greater than magnitude 2.5. The area where the quake hit is a mostly rural area of rolling hills with large farms and ranches.

Update:October 21, 2012:

Magnitude 5.7 Quake hits 18km NNE of Siglufjordur, Iceland
Time: 2012-10-21 01:25:22 UTC+00:00 at epicenter
Location: 66.296°N 18.685°W depth=9.9km (6.2mi)

Update:October 21, 2012:

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes near Vanuatu Island
SYDNEY, Oct 21, 2012 (AFP) - - A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the South Pacific island of Vanuatu Sunday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at 10:00 am (2300 GMT Saturday) 500 kilometres (310 miles) northwest of the capital Port Vila at a depth of 35 kilometres, the United States Geological Survey said. The USGS had earlier put the magnitude at 6.6. Vanuatu lies on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates. It has been rocked by several large quakes in recent years, averaging about three magnitude 7.0 or above incidents every year without any major damage.

October 20, 2012:

Lava dome on top of Mount Merapi collapses
Solo, Central Java. A lava dome that formed on top of Mount Merapi following its 2010 eruption has collapsed, prompting volcanology officials to issue a warning on Friday of a possible deadly cold lava stream on the mountain slope. Tri Mujianto, from the Merapi mountain observatory in Jrakah, in the Selo subdistrict of Boyolali, said the lava dome had disappeared but he could not say precisely when. "The dome is now no longer there but we were not able to monitor when it collapsed. Some [of the material] may have fallen inside [the crater] while some may have flowed into the channel of Apu River," he said. They have not been able to determine the cause of the collapse, as there has been no rain in the crater area for days. They also haven't been able to estimate the volume of cold lava in the collapsed dome. Tri said the alert status for Merapi remained at the normal level but warned that should rains fall over the crater, cold lava stream may flow down through natural river channels. A cold lava stream is congealed lava and other volcanic mud and debris flushed down the slopes of a volcano by heavy rains.

October 20, 2012:

Eleven killed, 10 missing in Peru landslide
At least 11 Peruvians were killed and 10 more are missing after a mudslide Wednesday slammed into a small village in a mountainous jungle region, officials said. Those killed in the landslide include five children, Ronald Garcia, the provincial mayor, told RPP national radio network. The avalanche of mud and rocks swept away 24 homes when it crashed into the village of El Porvenir, in the northern department of San Martin, at dawn. The head of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, Alfredo Murgueytio, told the daily El Comercio in an interview posted online that rescuers pulled 11 bodies from the rubble, and that 10 people are still missing. Mayor Garcia said that some of the missing people may have fled into the hills to save their lives. "Whole families are missing," said Garcia. More than 80 families live in the village, he said.

October 20, 2012:

Shallow 5.0 magnitude earthquake strikes sea floor of eastern Mediterranean Sea
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Alexandria early on Friday morning. Hatem Oada, head of the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research, said in a statement to the state-run MENA news agency that regional seismic networks indicate the tremor hit at 5:35 am, Cairo time. No damages or injuries have been reported. The epicenter of the quake was in the Mediterranean Sea, north of the Delta. This region is not typically seismically active, Oada said.

Update:October 18, 2012: Powerful storm system reflected the Moon-Neptune square in mutable signs
Sagittarius and Pisces then the Sagittarian Moon separated and moved toward an explosive conjunction with Mars.

Blustery storm system sweeps through Arkansas and Mississippi - Tornadoes leave thousands without power ,
Thousands were left without power after a blustery storm system swept through Arkansas and Mississippi on Wednesday night, with initial reports saying it spawned at least five tornadoes. Five people near Anguilla, Miss., were injured after their mobile home was completely destroyed, NBC station WLBT in Jackson, Miss., reported. A mother and her four children were inside the home, one child having received what appeared to be serious injuries, Sheriff Lindsey Adams told WLBT. The family was taken to a local hospital. Not far from the scene, another mobile home was blown off its foundation and into a field. A woman was found inside and taken to a hospital with numerous injuries, WLBT reported. In Conehatta, Miss., a suspected tornado downed dozens of trees and power lines, and damaged several structures, the Storm Prediction Center reported. According to power company Entergy, 12,592 customers were without power in Mississippi and 1,981 in Arkansas at the peak of the outages.

Update:October 18, 2012: As the Uranus-Pluto waxing square continues to reflect some huge volcanic changes
we are also watching in the short term the transit of hot, active Mars now in fiery Sagittarius.

Kilauea Volcano lava lake reaches highest level ever
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii: Kilauea Volcano has been putting on quite a show lately… as the lava lake within the Halemaumau Crater has reached its highest level since the summit eruption began in 2008. The lava lake at Kilauea’s summit was only about 150 feet below the floor of Halema?uma?u crater on Sunday — the highest it has reached, according to the scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. For the past several months, lava within the summit vent has been slowly rising. As of October 5, 2012, lava reached a level that covered the previous high-lava “bathtub” ring within the vent. It was around this time that the bangs and booms of the volcano began to be heard as far away as the Jaggar Museum Overlook in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, thrilling crowds day and night. This video shows the heat from the high lava lake level in the overlook vent, causing the walls of the vent above the lava surface to expand and fracture

Update:October 18, 2012: This event occurred on Tues. October 16th. with Moon-Mercury in Scorpio, signs of extreme weather
Since Cancer was rising, the Moon was the ruler as the ascendant and Ceres were TSQ Uranus and Pluto.

Winds leave 21,000 without electricity in Colorado
Xcel Energy says the blackouts affected about 50,000 customers in Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Crews restored service to most by mid-day Wednesday. The company expects to have everyone online Wednesday afternoon.

Update:October 17, 2012:

Scientists link rapid geomagnetic field reversal, climate change, and supervolcanic eruptions to same geological time period
An extremely brief reversal of the geomagnetic field, climate variability and a super volcano 41,000 years ago, a complete and rapid reversal of the geomagnetic field occured. Magnetic studies of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences on sediment cores from the Black Sea show that during this period, during the last ice age, a compass at the Black Sea would have pointed to the south instead of north. Moreover, data obtained by the research team formed around GFZ researchers Dr. Norbert Nowaczyk and Prof. Helge Arz, together with additional data from other studies in the North Atlantic, the South Pacific and Hawaii, prove that this polarity reversal was a global event. Their results are published in the latest issue of the scientific journal "Earth and Planetary Science Letters". What is remarkable is the speed of the reversal: "The field geometry of reversed polarity, with field lines pointing into the opposite direction when compared to today's configuration, lasted for only about 440 years, and it was associated with a field strength that was only one quarter of today's field," explains Norbert Nowaczyk. "The actual polarity changes lasted only 250 years. In terms of geological time scales, that is very fast." During this period, the field was even weaker, with only 5% of today's field strength. As a consequence, the Earth nearly completely lost its protection shield against hard cosmic rays, leading to a significantly increased radiation exposure. This is documented by peaks of radioactive beryllium (10Be) in ice cores from this time, recovered from the Greenland ice sheet. 10Be as well as radioactive carbon (14C) is caused by the collision of high-energy protons from space with atoms of the atmosphere.
The Laschamp event The polarity reversal now found with the magnetisation of Black Sea sediments has already been known for 45 years. It was first discovered after the analysis of the magnetisation of several lava flows near the village Laschamp near Clermont-Ferrand in the Massif Central, which differed significantly from today's direction of the geomagnetic field. Since then, this geomagnetic feature is known as the 'Laschamp event'. However, the data of the Massif Central represent only some point readings of the geomagnetic field during the last ice age, whereas the new data from the Black Sea give a complete image of geomagnetic field variability at a high temporal resolution.
Abrupt climate changes and a super volcano Besides giving evidence for a geomagnetic field reversal 41,000 years ago, the geoscientists from Potsdam discovered numerous abrupt climate changes during the last ice age in the analysed cores from the Black Sea, as it was already known from the Greenland ice cores. This ultimately allowed a high precision synchronisation of the two data records from the Black Sea and Greenland. The largest volcanic eruption on the Northern hemisphere in the past 100 000 years, namely the eruption of the super volcano 39400 years ago in the area of today's Phlegraean Fields near Naples, Italy, is also documented within the studied sediments from the Black Sea. The ashes of this eruption, during which about 350 cubic kilometers of rock and lava were ejected, were distributed over the entire eastern Mediterranean and up to central Russia. These three extreme scenarios, a short and fast reversal of the Earth's magnetic field, short-term climate variability of the last ice age and the volcanic eruption in Italy, have been investigated for the first time in a single geological archive and placed in precise chronological order

Update:October 17, 2012:

6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Celebes Sea region near eastern Indonesia
October 17, 2012 – INDONESIA - Jakarta: An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted off North Sulawesi province in eastern Indonesia on Wednesday but neither tsunami alert was triggered nor casualties or damages were reported. Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said that the quake happened at 11:42 a.m. Jakarta time (04:42 GMT) with epicenter at 113 km northwest of Kepulauan Sangihe in the province at the depth of 308 km under sea bed. The U.S. Geological Survey said that the earthquake measuring 6. 0 on the Richter scale jolted Celebes Sea between Sulawesi and Mindanao. Head of Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency in Sangihe district, Rintj Sambato, said that there was no building damages or casualties. Indonesia sits on the so called “Pacific Ring of Fire” vulnerable to seismic and volcanic activity.

Update:October 16, 2012:

4.0 earthquake in Maine rattles residents in New England states
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An earthquake in southern Maine has rattled nearby New England states. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 4.0 magnitude quake was about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, and about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland. The quake was felt in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including Boston, and as far south as Rhode Island and Connecticut. The Maine Emergency Management Agency had no immediate reports of damage. The York County Communications Center near the epicenter was inundated with emergency calls, and dispatchers were too busy to talk.

Update:October 16, 2012:

More than 100 small earthquakes shake Spanish Springs Nevada
October 16, 2012 – NEVADA – Some rattling and rolling in the area has earthquake experts on alert. In the past week more than 100 small earthquakes have shaken the earth beneath Spanish Springs. So far they’ve been too small to feel, but quake experts want you to know they’re happening. There’s no reason to panic – but it’s a good reminder to make sure you’re prepared. “People can consider certain mitigation steps in case these earthquakes increase in intensity and there’s a larger one,” said Ken Smith, associate director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory. Smith says most injuries from earthquakes are caused by falling or flying objects – and you don’t want to wait for a big quake to get ready. “Secure your water heaters. Secure your valuables. Secure your book cases,” Smith said. It’s not strange for a dozen quakes this size to happen in a week, but there have been at least 115 since October 8, and about 60 of those have been since Thursday. “These things are totally unpredictable,” Smith said. “It could stop today, or it could keep going at a level of very small events that no one would feel.” Or they could get stronger. So far, they’re small – with the biggest two quakes shaking at magnitude one – but there’s potential for one that really rocks Reno. “We have faults around here that are capable of magnitude seven type events,” Smith said. So this week the Great Nevada Shakeout will teach people to drop, cover and hold-on just in case there’s a big quake. It’s Nevada’s largest earthquake drill and it’s this Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 am. –KRNV

Update:October 15, 2012: New Moon in Libra with Mars trine Uranus for unexpected eruptions.

Klyuchevskoy volcano erupts in Kamchatka
October 15, 2012 – KAMCHATKA – The Klyuchevskoy volcano, the highest active volcano in Eurasia, has started erupting in Kamchatka, in the Russian Far East. The luminescence over the volcano summit is evidence that glowing lava is flowing in the crater. The volcano may start blowing out ash any moment now. The Level of Concern Colour Code has been raised to Yellow, which is a potential danger warning for aircraft. The giant volcano last erupted from September 2009 to December 2010, and it began to again wake up in June this year. Klyuchevskoy volcano is 4,750 meters above sea.

Update:October 15, 2012: Suffice to say the ongoing Uranus-Pluto waxng square into March 2015
will be triggered constantly by the ingress of inner planets like Mars and Venus
Venus changes signs into cardinal Libra on Oct. 28th
Then on Nov. 16th Mars enters cardinal Capricorn as the earth's crust continues to destablize along with more volcano-tectonic earthquakes.

Colombia’s Cerro Machín volcano rattled by more tremors – volcanic swarms reported Iceland, US, Canary Islands
October 15, 2012 – COLOMBIA - According to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Manizales, an earthquake measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale occurred yesterday at 11:54 am. The statement also notes that the incident “is associated with rock fracturing within the volcanic edifice.” The volcano-tectonic earthquake was presented to the southeast of the main dome at a depth of 12.33 miles. Although the movement was felt in the district Tapias, rural Ibagué, Eduardo Rodríguez, director of the Departmental Committee for Risk Management, confirmed that no emergencies have been reported so far. The Cerro Machin volcano alert remains yellow. There have been three earthquakes reported in the vicinity of the volcano within a week. On Sunday two movements were recorded at 9:32 and 9:35 pm with a magnitude of 4.6 and 3.9 on the Richter scale, respectively, located 12 kilometers southeast of depth to the main dome. The two municipalities where the tremors were felt are Cajamarca and Ibague. Cerro Machin last erupted 800 years ago.
El Hierro: It seems a new earthquake swarm has started at El Hierro volcano yesterday, when the number of quakes rose from an average of about 8-10 to 23 quakes per day. Today, so far there have been 14 events recorded, and their number is likely to rise further. The quakes are very small (mostly under M1, largest M2.0) and are concentrated at about 10 km depth in the western El Golfo and scattered in the SW part of the island at greater depths.
Iceland: A new earthquake swarm occurred over the weekend on the Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, on the volcanic rift zone about 12 km SW of Brenisteinsfjöll volcano. The largest quake was a M3.8 event at 5 km depth on Friday at 19:42 UTC.

Update:October 15, 2012: On the eve of the powerful Libra New Moon with Mars-Uranus in aspect.

Multiple small quakes in Yellowstone National Park
From earthquake report list October 15, 2012
MAP 3.0 2012/10/15 04:02:15 44.389 -111.053 6.2 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
MAP 2.7 2012/10/15 03:45:20 44.395 -111.049 8.0 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
MAP 2.8 2012/10/15 03:20:44 44.386 -111.050 7.1 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
MAP 2.6 2012/10/15 03:06:13 44.376 -111.087 1.1 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, IDAHO
MAP 2.9 2012/10/15 02:54:51 44.379 -111.095 0.9 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, IDAHO
MAP 2.5 2012/10/15 02:52:58 44.384 -111.007 10.7 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING

Update:October 14, 2012: Heading toward the next New Moon in Libra on October 15th
the ongoing Uranus-Pluto waxing square known for quakes and volcanoes is TSQ Ceres in Cancer adding to the fury of eruptions

Indonesia’s Paluweh volcano awakens from 27 year slumber with eruption
A new eruptive phase began on Thursday, 9th October (or possibly the 8th October) at Paluweh volcano, the volcano has been dormant since 1985. The volcano has shown signs of revival since October 1st. The MODVOLC (MODIS) detected thermal anomalies on 9th October followed by an emission of large ash plumes that could be seen from Flores Island, plus reports of "huge fire" issuing from the top of the volcano. Several villages reported intense ash fall. 6000 people have been reported to have evacuated the area. Dust masks are being distributed.

Update:October 14, 2012: Between the Libra New Moon on October 15th and the monster Taurus Full Moon on October 29th. the chances of a "big-scale explosive eruption" on Mount Fuji growing.

Next eruption could be a mega-event: scientist warns of Fuji eruption chaos
A Japanese scientist has warned Mount Fuji is due for a "big-scale explosive eruption" that could affect millions of people and cause billions of dollars worth of damage. Last month a study found the magma chamber under the mountain has come under immense pressure, which could even trigger a volcanic eruption. It said the added pressure could have been caused by last year's earthquake, which was followed a few days later by another large tremor directly underneath Fuji. Professor Toshitsugu Fujii, the head of Japan's volcanic eruption prediction panel, says an eruption could cause chaos and carnage all the way to Tokyo. "Mount Fuji has been resting for 300 years now, and this is abnormal," he told Saturday AM. "It usually erupts in some form every 30 years. "So the next eruption could be a big-scale explosive eruption." Ever since last year's massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake off Japan's north-east, the country's meteorological agency has been keeping a closer eye on Mount Fuji. Of even greater concern to the agency was a magnitude-6.2 quake right under the volcano a few days after the big one. "It's known that when a large earthquake happens, it can trigger a nearby volcano to erupt," Professor Fujii said. "That's what happened 300 years ago, when Fuji erupted just 40 days after a big quake."

Update:October 14, 2012:

Mysterious noise surfaces in New Zealand: low hum noise baffles Wellington residents
News of the ‘Wellington hum’ has reverberated across the country with the local council inundated with calls on theories about the phenomenon. The Wellington City Council says calls have flooded in since the noise was first reported in parts of the city three days ago. The cause of the noise is still unknown but council spokesperson Clayton Anderson says there are several theories floating around. “We’ve had around 20 phone calls and got around a dozen emails from around New Zealand from people speculating what it is,” he says. One theory is that the Wellington sewerage pump station is reverberating through the pipes into people’s house. Another caller said the work being carried out on the Mt Victoria Tunnel ventilation shaft could be producing a low-pitched hum. The most bizarre theory was from a man convinced Daleks – fictional mutant aliens from the TV series Doctor Who – had surrounded the city. But Daleks or not, it appears the noise is spreading with the council receiving its first call from a resident in Berhampore last night. It takes the total to around 20 noise complaints from Mt Victoria, Mt Cook, Newtown, Berhampore and Karori. “We’ve put the word out to our business units about what could potentially be making that noise and they’ve all come back saying it’s not us,” says Mr Anderson. He says the council will continue to go out and monitor noise complaints.

October 12, 2012: Mercury, ruler of Jupiter in mutable Gemini relates to day to day weather shifts particularly winds
and with Mercury/Saturn in extreme Scorpio the patterns have certainly shifted.
to unusual and bizarre weather both in Northern and Southern Hemispere to break records.

Australia Storm Gives Rare Snow
An unusually cold storm in southern Australia has dished out the first October snow in a century. Snow whitened the ground along the Mount Lofty and southern Flinders ranges, east and north of Adelaide, South Australia, the Australian ABC News website said. Images published Thursday on the ABC website showed snow-covered ground at Hallett, in an upland valley north of Adelaide. Posted videos showed falling snow in the hills east of Adelaide. At low elevations, rain fell late Wednesday to early Thursday at temperatures in the lower to middle 40s, weather data available to showed. Normal low temperature in Adelaide is about 50 degrees, whereas the typical high is in the lower 70s. Snowflakes likely mixed in above about 1,500 feet of elevation, with snow sticking and covering the ground above 1,800 to 2,000 feet. Hallet, for instance, is situated at an elevation of almost 2,000 feet above sea level. The late-season storm gave wetting rain to a significant swath of the state, including agricultural land. Some growers indicated the rain "boosted crop prospects," ABC said. However, the storm came with some "rough edges," as winds in the area reached up to about 55 mph. Trees were felled, and a falling sign crushed a car in an Adelaide area shopping center, according to the ABC site.

October 12, 2012: Now that we have a Grand Water Trine with Saturn in Scorpio to Neptune/Chiron in Pisces to Ceres in Cancer
we should expect more wet weather which will be exacerbated by Mars in Sag. in a TSQ to Venus in Virgo and Chiron, the wounded healer in Pisces.

19 killed, 1,500 fishermen missing in Bangladesh storm
At least 19 people were killed and an estimated 1,500 fishermen are missing after tropical storms smashed into Bangladesh's southern coastal islands and districts early Thursday, police said. Police said at least 1,500 mud, tin and straw-built houses were also levelled in the storms that swept Bhola, Hatiya and Sandwip Islands and half a dozen coastal districts after Wednesday midnight. At the worst-hit island of Hatiya, at least seven people were killed after they were buried under their houses or hit by fallen trees, said local police chief Moktar Hossain. More than 1,000 houses were flattened. "More than 100 fishing trawlers, each carrying at least 10 fishermen, have been missing since the storm," he told AFP, calling it one of the most powerful in decades.

October 11, 2012: A Grand Mutable Cross was in play when this quake hit.
Sagittarius was rising and opposing ruler Jupiter in the Descendant
TSQ Venus-Moon at Zenith and Chiron-Neptune at IC

Magnitude 6.7 quake off Indonesia
A magnitude 6.7 earthquake has struck off eastern Indonesia.
The US Geological Survey reported that the quake was centred near the Aru Islands, 103km north of Dobo, at a depth of 24km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a destructive widespread tsunami was not likely to be generated by the earthquake, but that there was a "very small" possibility of a local tsunami.

October 10, 2012: The Mars-Uranus trine (exact Oct. 15th.) of course corresponds to bolder initiatives and dominant leaders
but also to some unexpected and wild earth changes like the:

Magnitude 3.9 earthquake near Montreal felt in northern Vermont
What was the magnitude of the minor earthquake that struck near Montreal shortly after midnight Wednesday, jolting Vermonters more than 100 miles away? It depends on whom you ask. U.S. government authorities place the magnitude of the 12:19 a.m. temblor north of Montreal at 3.9. The Canadians say the strength was 4.5.Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.,, said Wednesday afternoon the discrepancy is due to different methods of assessing the strength of earthquakes. Agreed Stephen Halchuk, one of Blakeman's Canadian counterparts: "Seismologists like to make things complicated." Halchuk, a seismologist with the official Natural Resources Canada office in Ottawa, explained it this way: The U.S. uses a newer measurement system, called Moment Magnitude, while the Canadians employ a scale called Nuttli. Moment Magnitude "is sort of becoming the new standard for earthquakes worldwide," Halchuk said, but it’s sometimes not quite as accurate for something "as small as today’s event. It’s usually used for larger sized earthquakes." Nuttli, on the other hand, "does a better job for giving the size of earthquakes in eastern Canada," Halchuk said. "That’s what we use as our default." The typical difference between the two scales: about half a magnitude -- in this case, a difference of 0.6. The quake's epicenter was about six miles north northwest of Beloeil, Quebec, according to the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo. Beloeil is 21 miles northeast of Montreal, and about 93 miles north of Burlington. Earthquakes with magnitudes less than 5.0 are "unlikely" to cause damage, according to Natural Resources Canada.There were no reports of damage or injuries in Canada or the United States, according to news websites in both countries and to posts from reporters and others on social media.The Canadian broadcaster CBC reported on its website that some Montrealers ran into the streets after their windows began rattling, but quickly returned to their homes when the earthquake ended and it became apparent the danger was minimal and the damage, if any, was light.

October 10, 2012: Controversial explanations to explain away those sharp quakes in the Dallas area <
Seismologist and SMU professor Brian Stump said “It could just be a really natural rare event and very difficult to relate to any human activity,”
Astrologically late Sept. had a Sun-Uranus opposition and TSQ to Pluto which continued earth changes in many places including North Texas.

Geology professor says earthquakes in North Texas in late September were just flukes
TEXAS - The three earthquakes that shook North Texas late last month left many mildly rattled residents scratching their heads. North Texas is not on any major fault lines, and area residents are likely more familiar with tornadoes than other violent natural disruptions, but the two earthquakes that struck West Dallas and Irving on September 29 registered a 3.4 and 3.1 on the Richter scale, respectively. A third quake in Irving the next day registered at 2.1. The quakes were strong enough to be felt, but there have been no reports of the seismic shifts causing any damages or injuries. “Anything that can be felt is a noticeable earthquake in Texas,” geography professor Reid Ferring said. North Texas does not have the geological conditions necessary to create large earthquakes, and historical data indicates that the recent seismic activity is not necessarily indicative of future earthquakes, Ferring said. Environmental activists questioned whether there was a connection between the quakes and gas drilling at the Barnett Shale in North Texas. A recent study conducted by Cliff Frohlich, a senior research scientist at the University of Texas’ Institute for Geophysics, found a connection between injection wells used to dispose of fracking wastewater – a byproduct of a drilling method used frequently in North Texas – and small quakes in North Texas. The study found that most earthquakes in the Barnett Shale region occur within a few miles of one or more injection wells used to dispose of wastes associated with petroleum production, according to a University of Texas press release. The study indicates that fracking itself does not lead to an increase in earthquakes, but that there is some correlation between disposal of fracking wastewater and tiny quakes. Other experts have said there is little connection between gas drilling in North Texas and these recent earthquakes. Seismologist and SMU professor Brian Stump told NBC News that he does not believe fracking or gas drilling was a cause for the earthquakes, and Ferring said last month’s tremors were likely just fluke occurrences. “It could just be a really natural rare event and very difficult to relate to any human activity,” Ferring said. According to the United States Geological Survey, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Texas was a 5.8 in 1931 near Valentine, Texas. “They may be alarming to some people. We don’t like to hear our houses shake,” Ferring said. “But I don’t think there’s any real threat to property, to buildings, to people or to water that we drink.” –Pegasus News Posted in 2012, Earth Changes, Earth Watch, Earthquake Omens?, Seismic tremors, Time - Event Ac

Update: October 9 , 2012:

A strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake in the Balleny Islands region
This oceanic ridge earthquake occurred in the sub-antarctic zone in between Australia and Antarctica. The Magnitude was not strong enough to generate a tsunami. NO populated islands in a very wide area.
October 9, 2012 – ANTARTICA – A preliminary 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck 452 miles northwest of the Balleny Islands region early this morning at 2:32 a.m., but presented no tsunami threat to Hawaii, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The earthquake struck at a depth of about 6.3 miles. The Balleny Islands are a series of uninhabited volcanic islands that are part of Antarctica.

Update: October 9 , 2012:

Seismic movement in Hunza: Landslides affect 15 families, damage infrastructure
At least 15 families have abandoned their houses due to landslides triggered by tremors in two villages of Hunza-Nagar District. The landslides damaged a main water channel and other public and private property in Mayoon and Hussainabad villages. “At least 15 families have moved in with their relatives in view of the looming threat,” Shahzad Hussain, a resident of the area told The Express Tribune on Monday. He said that the landslides started two weeks ago. So far a main water channel, a link road and 12 electricity polls have been damaged. The landslides have also destroyed wild fruit trees. “There is no light or no water in the area,” Hussain said, adding that the remaining villagers are also considering moving due to the tremors. Complaints to officials over the disrupted water and electricity supply yielded no result.

Update: October 9 , 2012: Suffice to say we are now in a period of extreme weather with Saturn-Mercury (will move retro Nov.6th) both in Scorpio.

Southern California Storm to Eject into Plains, bringing a Severe Weather Outbreak
( - A storm system will hit Southern California on Wednesday and Thursday, ejecting into the plains by Friday and Saturday with widespread severe thunderstorms expected out there. Over at the Southern California Weather Authority we name the Pacific Storms that come into the region, a novelty since 1998-1999. This is Pacific Storm Adam, a category three system for Wednesday into Thursday.

Update: October 8, 2012: When Mount Lokon erupted unexpectedly yesterday @ 2 PM LMT, Aquarius was rising
with the chart's ruler Uranus TSQ the Moon and Pluto and it sounded like thunder.
Mars was at the top of the chart near Juno in a tight square to Neptune and soon Chiron both in Pisces.

Indonesia’s volatile Mt. Lokon volcano, in N. Sulawesi, erupts again for the seventh time since Sept.

The 1580 metre (5,214 feet) Mount Lokon on northeast Sulawesi island erupted at 2pm local time on Sunday with thunderous sounds heard as far as five kilometres away. "Lokon has been quite active the past few months. This was the seventh biggest eruption since mid-September," government vulcanologist Farid Bina told AFP from the volcano's monitoring post in North Sulawesi province. "It produced a loud sound like thunder. But we cannot detect the height of the eruption as thick clouds covered its peak," he said, adding that muddy rains fell in surrounding areas. There was no plan to upgrade the volcano's alert level despite the series of eruptions, he said, adding that the nearest village of 250 people was outside the 2.5 kilometre danger zone. The volcano experienced its biggest recent eruption in July 2011, when more than 5200 people were evacuated as it sent huge clouds of ash as high as 3500 metres into the sky. Since then Mount Lokon has erupted and spewed clouds of ash about 600 times. The volcano's last deadly eruption was in 1991, when it killed a Swiss tourist. The Indonesian archipelago has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the "Ring of Fire" between the Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions last year.

Update: October 8 , 2012: A powerful Last Qtr. Moon begins with Moon (Cancer) SQ Sun (Libra)
to set off the longstanding Uranus-Pluto square known for seismic contortions.
expect more aftershocks!

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake in the Banda Sea, Moluccas, Indonesia
Epicenter at a safe distance from the Moluccas. The earthquake is not powerful enough to inflict damage or to generate a tsunami, the fear of the locals. As always, local settlements will have surely auto-evacuated to higher grounds as they do not know where the epicenter was located and how strong the earthquake was. The island Run (part of the Banda Islands – 10 Banda Islands all together = 15,000 inhabitants) is closest to the epicenter, but still at a (safe) distance of more than 50 km. Update : Since the mainshock of M6.3, a lot of aftershocks have been registered.

Update: October 8 , 2012: In alignment with the Mars-Neptune square relating to coastal change seismically active Gulf of California had another tremor.

Magnitude-6 Earthquake Hits Gulf of California
A magnitude-6 earthquake has shaken the Gulf of California coast in Mexico, but there are no reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 11:26 p.m. Sunday local time (2:26 a.m. Monday EST; 0626 GMT) was centered 63 miles (102 kilometers) southwest of Los Mochis. Local officials reported some panic, but no known damage.

Update: October 7 , 2012:

Maar Volcanoes: Odd explosions beneath Earth explained
The eruption of a so-called maar-diatreme volcano is short-lived but violent. Magma creeps up through a crack in the Earth's crust and mixes with water, setting off a series of explosions — as many as a few each hour for several weeks. When the action stops, a crater-topped, rock-filled fracture called a diatreme is left behind. Now researchers are proposing a new way to think about how these structures are formed, which could help geologists predict eruptions and find new sources of diamonds. "Previously it was thought that those explosions started at very shallow levels and got progressively deeper," geologist Greg Valentine, a professor at the University at Buffalo in New York, told LiveScience. This old model seemed to explain the shape of a diatreme, which sits like an inverted cone beneath a shallow maar, or crater. But that model didn't match with what geologists were finding at volcanic sites, Valentine said. If the explosions started at shallow levels and moved deeper, shallow rocks would be spewed from the mouth of the volcano first and the deeper rock deposits would pile up on top. At maar sites, however, scientists were finding deep rock fragments mixed mostly with shallow fragments, indicating that explosions occur at essentially every depth throughout the episode. [50 Amazing Volcano Facts] Valentine and James White, an associate professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand, created a new model to account for the apparently more jumbled order of explosions. Their model, published online Sept. 18 by the journal Geology, also shows that individual explosions are relatively small, and shallow explosions are more likely than deep explosions to cause eruptions. The last known maar-diatreme eruption occurred in 1977 in Alaska's remote Aleutian Range, forming two vents known as the Ukinrek Maars. The threats associated with these volcanoes tend to be localized, but they can still be significant, Valentine said. "These volcanoes can send ash deposits into populated areas. They could easily produce the same effects that the one in Iceland did when it disrupted air travel, so what we're trying to do is understand the way they behave," he explained in a statement. In another practical application for the model, Valentine said a better understanding of these volcanoes could help find diamonds. Diatremes are sometimes formed by a type of molten rock known as kimberlite, which has the deepest origins of all magmas on Earth. When this magma cools, it leaves behind rocks dense in crystals, sometimes holding diamonds. This past summer, Valentine and his colleagues in Buffalo simulated maar eruptions, burying and detonating explosives and then examining the craters. He said he is planning similar experiments for next summer to test out his new model.

Update: October 5 , 2012: Mercury was conjunct Saturn in Libra, a meteorological signature reflecting powerful gusts of wind!

Fire, high winds wreak havoc across Tasmania
Storm-force winds are damaging properties and fanning fires across Tasmania.
Gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour have brought down powerlines, sparking several fires. The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is attending several fires, while Tasmania Police has issued hazard and road closure alerts. The wild winds threatened to collapse a wall at Elwick Racecourse, facing Goodwood Road, just after 1pm. Airlines Virgin and Qantas have diverted flights back to Melbourne, with one plane aborting a landing in Hobart. About 9,300 households are without power in the Derwent and Huon Valleys and the Channel areas.

Update: October 4 , 2012: Is the dreaded Katla Volcano is springing back to life?
With many changes on the horizon including today's station of Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn changings signs into Scorpio
we should be watching Katla closely.

3.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Katla volcano
October 4, 2012 – Iceland - An earthquake of a magnitude of 3.2 hit Katla volcano, which lies underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap in south Iceland, just before 9:30 this morning. According to Gunnar Guðmundsson, seismologist at the Icelandic Office of Meteorology, the earthquake hit at a depth of 100 meters. Several smaller earthquakes occurred shortly before the larger one but no earthquakes have been recorded since. Gunnar says there have been quakes of this strength before in the volcano but that they are not common. There has been little activity in Katla in the last month and there is no evidence of any further developments, he adds. The glacier-covered volcano is monitored closely. A major glacial outburst flood occurred in July 2011, tearing a hole in the Ring Road in South Iceland.

Update: October 4 , 2012:

New study finds planet’s southern hemisphere becoming drier
October 4, 2012 – AUSTRALIA – A decline in April-May rainfall over south-east Australia is associated with a southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone according to research published today in Scientific Reports, a primary research journal from the publishers of Nature. CSIRO scientists Wenju Cai, Tim Cowan and Marcus Thatcher explored why autumn rainfall has been in decline across south-eastern Australia since the 1970s, a period that included the devastating Millennium drought from 1997-2009. Previous research into what has been driving the decline in autumn rainfall across regions like southern Australia has pointed the finger at a southward shift in the storm tracks and weather systems during the late 20th century. However, the extent to which these regional rainfall reductions are attributable to the poleward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone has not been clarified before now. Mr. Cowan said rainfall patterns in the subtropics are known to be influenced by the Hadley cell, the large-scale atmospheric circulation that transports heat from the tropics to the sub-tropics. “There has been a southward expansion of the edge of the Hadley cell – also called subtropical dry-zone – over the past 30 years, with the strongest expansion occurring in mid-late autumn, or April to May, ranging from 200 to 400 kilometers,” Mr Cowan said. The CSIRO researchers found that the autumn southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone is greatest over south-eastern Australia, and to a lesser extent, over the Southern Ocean to the south of Africa. “The Hadley cell is comprised of a number of individual branches, so the impact of a southward shift of the subtropical dry-zone on rainfall is not the same across the different semi-arid regions of the Southern Hemisphere,” says CSIRO’s Dr Wenju Cai

Update: October 3 , 2012: Snow to Make Comeback in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic
After a quiet winter for the I-95 in the Northeast last year, changes are on the horizon for 2012's season. How will the rest of the country fare?

Update: October 3 , 2012:Explosive eruption reported at Japan’s Suwanosejima volcano
An explosion was reported this morning (around 07 am GMT time) with an ash plume reaching 10,000 (about 3 km) altitude.

Update: October 2 , 2012: Just since the Sept. 29th Aries Harvest Moon which involved a highly active cardinal TSQ with Moon-Uranus (Aries) opposing the Sun(Libra)
TSQ Pluto(Capricorn)

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off east coast of Japan
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that early Tuesday morning local time, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit off of Japan’s eastern coast. Originating from a depth of 9.7 kilometers (6 miles), it was centered about 96 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, in the northeast region of the country that was struck by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, 2011. There have been no reports of damages or signs of approaching tsunami. In comparison from Tokyo, the 6.2 magnitude quake was about 550 kilometers (342 miles) from the capital city. Neither the Japan Meteorological Agency or the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued tsunami warnings or advisories on Tuesday as it wasn’t necessary. Geophysicist Gerard Fryer, with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says the quake was too small to generate any kind of tsunami, but the residents of northeastern Japan would surely have felt it.

Update: October 2 , 2012: This geophysical theory known as true polar wander reflects many prophecies from the Mayans
along with the current astrological involving outer planets Uranus-Pluto.

Scientists say Earth is undergoing true polar wander
Scientists based in Germany and Norway today published new results about a geophysical theory known as true polar wander. That is a drifting of Earth’s solid exterior – an actual change in latitude for some land masses – relative to our planet’s rotation axis. These scientists used hotspots in Earth’s mantle as part of a computer model, which they say is accurate for the past 120 million years, to identify four possible instances of true polar wander in the past. And, they say, true polar wander is happening now. These scientists published their results in the Journal for Geophysical Research today (October 1, 2012). The scientists – including Pavel V. Doubrovine and Trond H. Torsvik of the University of Oslo, and Bernhard Steinberger of the Helmholtz Center in Potsdam, Germany – established what they believe is a stable reference frame for tracking true polar wander. Based on this reference frame, they say that twice – from 90 to 40 million years ago – the solid Earth traveled back and forth by nearly 9 degrees with respect to our planet’s axis of rotation. What’s more, for the past 40 million years, the Earth’s solid outer layers have been slowly rotating at a rate of 0.2 degrees every million years, according to these scientists.

Update: October 1 , 2012:Powerful typhoon Jelwat kills one, as it sweeps across Japanese islands
APAN - Typhoon No. 17 moved out into the Pacific Ocean from southeast Hokkaido via the Sanriku region early Monday after making its way across the country and causing at least 1 death and dozens of injuries.A 56-year-old man was found dead at a rice paddy in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. The man was believed to have been swept away by a swollen river. According to figures compiled by The Yomiuri Shimbun, 23 people in eastern Japan, including 12 in Kanagawa Prefecture, suffered minor or serious injuries due to the typhoon. Injuries, including falls caused by strong winds, were also reported in the Tokai and Kanto-Koshinetsu regions, where the typhoon hit from late Sunday to early Monday.

Update: October 1, 2012: The video below offers an indication of what we have to look forward to in October.

A summary of exteme earth changes and severe weather around the world from Suspicious0bservers

September 2012 will host extreme weather, continued volcanic eruptions from previously quiet craters, super storms, typhoons, major quakes, lightening strikes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, floods, perilous cyclones, sink holes, strong deluge of water, avalanches, land and mudslides,
floods will continue along with droughts, many chances for dangerous and high winds,while weather records will broken.
The month was kicked off with a Blue Full Moon in Pisces - I am calling the Tsunami Moon on August 31st @ 6:58 PM PDT or @ 1:58 PM UT
This lunation featured the Moon @ 9 Degrees Pisces near Chiron opposing the Sun-Mercury in earthy Virgo
Also most notable was a Grand Cross in mainly Fixed Signs featuring the Nodes of Destiny now in Scorpio/Taurus
the potential for large quakes even tsunamis manifested in a 7.6 Quake off shore Costa Rica on September 5th.
Then on September 15th @ 7:11 PM PDT or September 16th @ 2:11 AM UT
This wild new moon in mutable Virgo occured @ 24 degrees Virgo near Mercury which was Void of Course setting off some Extreme Weather events like those that occurred in Brazil.
The month ends with an explosive Full Moon in Aries which happens on Sept. 29th @ 8:19 PM PDT or Sept. 30th @ 3:19 AM UT
This Aries Harvest Moon ending September is a doozie with a Fixed Grand Cross and a dangerous Uranus-Pluto-Sun TSQ in cardinal signs.
Read more about this powerful, massive Harvest Moon Here:

Stay tuned more to come...
Expect continued earth weather changes into October
including a major an oceanic event marked by quake or volcano activity

SEPTEMBER UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for September 2012.

Update: September 30, 2012: Aligned with yesterday's super-sonic Aries Full Moon a deep (140 km.) tremor hits Columbua @ 11:31:31 UTC-05:00 at epicenter

Massive 7.4 Magnitude but luckily deep earthquake hits E of La Vega, Colombia
Based on the number of visitors joining us from Colombia, we believe that an earthquake occurred in Colombia When you have felt an earthquake a little while ago, please write us what you have felt as soon as possible Update 16:38 UTC : This earthquake, which is not extremely dangerous if the preliminary data are correct (depth +150 km), will be felt ina very wide radius of hundreds of km. We do not have yet official data. Update 16:42 UTC : Preliminary data are reporting an epicenter at 23 km from La Vega, Colombia. Preliminary Magnitude is M7.4 ! Update 16:43 UTC : Biggest city in the greater epicenter area : Popoyan Epicenter is located on the stateline in between Cauca and Huila.

September 30, 2012: More effects of the potent Aries Full Harvest Moon.

Twin earthquakes rattle North Texas and Dallas Area
September 30, 2012 – DALLAS - The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 3.4 magnitude earthquake centered near Irving at 11:05 p.m. Saturday. Four minutes later, there was a magnitude 3.1 quake in West Dallas. Both were estimated at a depth of 3.1 miles. News 8 has been receiving calls and Facebook postings from people who felt the earth moving in Richardson, Garland, Coppell, Dallas, Grapevine, and other locations in North Texas. The epicenter of the initial quake was located near MacArthur Boulevard and Rochelle Road near Farine Elementary School, according to coordinates provided by the USGS. The second tremor was centered near the intersection of Loop 12 and Interstate 30, about six miles southeast of the first earthquake. Irving’s emergency operators were flooded with more than 400 calls after the initial quake as people reported such minor damage as cracks in some walls and a ceiling, pictures knocked down and a report of a possible gas leak, according to an emergency official, Pat McMacken. City officials said they were still following up on the various reports early Sunday. Beverly Rangel’s home on New Haven Street in Irving was at the epicenter of the first quake. “The table started shaking,” she said. “It’s a pretty heavy table for it to be shaking! I kind of got scared,” said her son, Emmanuel. “I was sitting right here, and the couch just started shaking.” Ashley Finley in Las Colinas said she felt two tremors that shook her walls and furniture. Cheryl Gideon in Irving said she and her neighbors all ran outside. Irving police checked neighborhoods near the epicenter to ensure there was no damage. “We felt it twice in Euless about five minutes apart,” wrote Denise Perez. “We weren’t sure if a plane had crashed or the roof was caving in. It sounded massive.” Joni Gregory of Carrollton said she was surprised she could feel the quake so far away. “The house shook a couple of times… didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “

Update: September 29, 2012:Extreme weather wreaks havoc from Spain to Morocco

Update: September 29, 2012: Epic Pakistani floods kill 422 and affects more than 4.7 million

Update: September 29, 2012: Typhoon Jelawat Damage Photos, A quick first look

Update: September 27, 2012: Extreme Storm Takes Brazil From 108 to -30 and Snow!
The MetSul blog this week (translated) tells a harrowing tale of extreme heat in Brazil, followed by severe storms with hail and flooding as a powerful Spring storm system (one of the most intense ever) moved through between September 15 and 17. The temperature at Antonina, Parana, Brazil spiked to 108° F (42.1 C) before the storm hit, breaking not only winter, but summer heat records for Southern Brazil. Metsul goes on to say that lightning strikes numbered over 300,000 in four days in Rio Grande do Sul (the southernmost state in Brazil), which reported two million without power. Near the city of Camaquã, nearly a foot (300 mm) of rain was estimated, collapsing a bridge. Huge hailstones punched holes in roofs, high winds (estimated near 100 mph) knocked down brick walls and radio antennas. Thousands of homes were damaged in southern Brazil as well as neighboring Argentina and Paraguay (where five people were killed). On the Uruguay coast, streets filled with sand and sea foam as winds gusted to 107 mph (172 km/hr). Incredibly, less than 10 days later, a low pressure system has pulled up extreme cold from Antarctica and "Santa Catarina*" became a trending topic on Twitter this morning, as reports and photos of snow and temperatures below freezing (with wind chills as low as -30 C!) started pouring in from that state. An article from says (translation) says: "Also there was record snow between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, in Bom Jardim da Serra and Urubici. According to Epagri / Ciram, responsible for monitoring weather conditions in Santa Catarina, the last time there was record snowfall in spring in the state was in 2000."

Update: September 27, 2012: Sumatran earthquakes in April were part of tectonic plate breakup
Scientists document an episode in the breakup of the Indo-Australian plate into two pieces, an epic process that began roughly 50 million years ago and isn't done yet.
Planet Earth may be 4.5 billion years old, but that doesn't mean it can't serve up a shattering surprise now and again. Such was the case on April 11 when two massive earthquakes erupted beneath the Indian Ocean off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, far from the usual danger zones. Now scientists say the seafloor ruptures are part of a long suspected, yet never before observed, event: the slow-motion splitting of a vast tectonic plate. The first of the quakes, a magnitude 8.7, was 20 times more powerful than California's long anticipated "big one" and tore a complex network of faults deep in the ocean floor. The violence also triggered unusually large aftershocks thousands of miles away, including four off North America's western coast. "It was jaw-dropping," said Thorne Lay, a professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz. "It was like nothing we'd ever seen."

Astrological notes: When we look at the Full Moon in Libra on April 6th during the Spring
right before these two quakes one 8.6 magnitude and the other 8.2 magnitude
Chart for Libra Full Moon Here.
The most striking configuration was not just the Sun/Vesta in Aries opposing the Moon and Saturn in Libra
but a Grand Cross in mutable signs with Mars in Virgo then opposing Neptune-Chiron in Pisces
and crossed by the Nodes

Update: September 27, 2012: Mount Marapi volcano erupts with thick smoke
A volcano has erupted on Indonesia's Sumatra island, spewing thick grey smoke up to 1.5 kilometres into the sky. Monitoring official Suparno says Mount Marapi's eruption on Wednesday is its strongest since August last year, when its status was raised to level three out of four. Suparno, who uses one name, says there is no plan for an evacuation because the nearest villages are far beyond the danger zone of three kilometres from the crater. Marapi is among about 129 active volcanos in Indonesia, which is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Its last major eruption in 1992 killed a climber and injured several others, including two American tourists.

Update: September 26, 2012: 6.9 magnitude earthquake (later revised to M6.4 - 29km struck SSW of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska
September 27, 2012 – ALASKA – A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Aleutian Island regions of Alaska. The epicenter of the earthquake was 131 km (82 miles) from Adak, Alaska and about 2054 km (1277 miles) from Anchorage, AK. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake registered at a depth of 40 km (25.2 miles) below the earth’s surface. The earthquake struck 33 km south of the Tanaga volcano in Alaska. Tanaga is a 5,924-foot (1,806 m) stratovolcano in the Aleutian Range of the U.S. state of Alaska. There have been three known eruptions at the volcano since 1763. The most recent eruption occurred in 1914 and produced lava flows. –

Chart Set for Tanaga Quake at 14:39:54 UT -9:00 at epicenter
Leo is rising and the sheer power at critical 29 degrees of all signs in predictions means the ending of something..
Ruler of this chart the Sun now in Libra is moving in and ultra explosive opposition with Uranus-Pallas sitting in the 8th in the sign of Primal Fire Aries
Both are TSQ Big Bad Pluto coming up with volcanic fury underground

Update: September 26, 2012: Increase of eruptive activity at Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano

Update: September 26, 2012: Britain experiences month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours (again)
The wet and windy start to week has persisted into Wednesday with more than a month's worth of rain falling in some places across the UK. Britain has been hit with the most extreme September weather for decades, with hundreds evacuated from their homes and fire and rescue teams battling against the floods to help residents of some of the worst-hit areas.

Update: September 25, 2012: Strong/Shallow Magnitude 6.2 Quake hits the Gulf of California

Update: September 25, 2012: Asia faces double threat from Super-typhoon Jelawat and TS Ewiniar

Update: September 25, 2012:Hurricane Miriam reaches Category 3 status- to threaten Baja, California Peninsula

Update: September 25, 2012: 1.5m people displaced by floods in north-eastern India

Update: September 24, 2012: 5 dead, 73 injured in Ecuador wildfires

Update: September 24, 2012: El Hierro Volcano : Green pre-alert – Only sporadic deeper volcanic earthquakes

Update: September 23, 2012: 92 killed in floods, as torrential rains plague Niger

Update: September 21, 2012: China’s Changbaishan volcano showing signs of increased activity

Update: September 21, 2012: Drastic fluctuations in ice accumulations reported at both poles - ANTARCTIC ICE AREA SETS RECORD HIGH

Update: September 21, 2012: Drastic fluctuations in ice accumulations reported at both poles - Arctic sea ice reaches new low, shattering record set just 3 weeks ago

Update: September 20, 2012: Mud volcano erupts in Azerbaijan- Colombian volcano awakening after 86 years

Update: September 20, 2012: Five dead as a dangerous storm rips across South America

Update: September 19, 2012: Authorities on alert as volcanic activity up in several locations across Indonesia

Update: September 18, 2012: Two Indonesian volcanoes awaken, rattling nerves

Update: September 17, 2012: Indonesia’s Mount Gamalama erupts, spews volcanic ashes

Update: September 17, 2012: Volcanic activity resumes on Spain’s El Hierro Island

Update: September 16, 2012: Earthquake swarms continue in the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Region

Update: September 16, 2012:Powerful typhoon rumbles over Japanese island of Okinawa

Update: September 15, 2012: 300 dead, 600 missing from floods in North Korea, as country awaits arrival of typhoon Sanba

Update: September 15, 2012: Multiple Quakes jolt rural Northern California near Rio Dell, no damage

Update: September 14, 2012:Super Typhoon Sanba Headed for Okinawa

Update: September 14, 2012: 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Kepulauan Mentawai region of Indonesia

Update: September 14, 2012: Guatemala volcano erupts outside tourist center, officials order 33,000 evacuated

Update: September 13, 2012:Officials: Quakes increasing near Louisiana sinkhole — “It’s unknown what this may mean” — “USGS is continuously monitoring this activity”

Update: September 13, 2012: 5.5 magnitude tremor creates panic in Peshwar, Pakistan

Update: September 13, 2012:Quake Measuring 5.4 Richter Hits Crete

Update: September 12, 2012:Activity increases at Indonesia’s Mount Anak Krakatau volcano

Update: September 12, 2012: 7.6 Costa Rican earthquake did not relieve fault pressure: expect another one equal or greater, scientists warn

Update: September 11, 2012: Costa Rica’s earthquake aftermath: 1650 aftershocks and still shaking

Update: September 11, 2012: Tropical storm Leslie hammers Newfoundland

Update: September 10, 2012: Heavy Pakistan monsoon rains triggered flashfloods - 78 people dead and more than 1,600 houses destroyed

Update: September 10, 2012: Sukhothai floods as levees break, eroded barriers fail - local people rush to evacuate

Update: September 10, 2012: Giant ‘balloon of magma’ inflates under Greece’s Santorini volcano

Update: September 9, 2012: Powerful earthquake at the volcanic Kuril Islands

Update: September 9, 2012: Thousands evacuated after volcano in Nicaragua erupts

Update: September 8, 2012: Nicaragua’s San Cristóbal volcano erupts with 4 km ash plume

Update: September 8, 2012: Violent thunderstorms leave 4 dead on sweep through Oklahoma

Update: September 8, 2012: Costa Rica earthquake awakens Nicaraguan volcano, which last erupted in 50 B.C: alert level raised

Update: September 8, 2012: Four volcanoes in Costa Rica closely monitored after quake

Update: September 8, 2012:

Update: September 7, 2012: China earthquakes damage 20,000 homes, leave 50 dead

Update: September 7, 2012: Tremors stir dangerous gas emission from Indonesia’s Mount Tangkuban Perahu volcano

Update: September 7, 2012: Pressure under Japan’s Mt. Fuji volcano rising

Update: September 5, 2012: M7.6 - 10km NE of Hojancha, Costa Rica as Tsunami Warning is Issued

Update: September 5, 2012: Flights on alert as volcano erupts in central America

Update: September 5, 2012: USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.9 - NW of Sola, Vanuatu

Update: September 4, 2012: Wild storm dumps torrential rain, hail on Perth, South-West Australia - more coming

Update: September 4, 2012: Residents and tourists warned about increased activity at Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano

Update: September 3, 2012: Hurricane Issac: thousands still In the dark across Louisiana and Mississippi

Update: September 3, 2012: Magnitude 6.4 Quake strikes SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA

Update: September 3, 2012: Beverly Hills earthquake upgraded to 3.3; felt across L.A.

Update: September 2, 2012: Large explosive eruption reported at Kamchatka’s Bezyianni volcano

Update: September 1, 2012: Chile’s Reclus volcano stirred from sleep by earthquakes, after 104 years

AUGUST UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for May 2012.

Update: August 31, 2012: Earthquake swarm awakens Alaskan volcano, dormant for 182 years: alert level raised

Update: August 31, 2012: Major earthquakes strike near north and south poles

Update: August 30, 2012: Mw6.6 earthquake hits Jan Mayen in the Arctic

Update: August 30, 2012: Southern California town declares state of emergency over quake swarm

Update: August 29, 2012: Isaac drenches Gulf Coast

Update: August 29, 2012:Jangled nerves in California, as scientist at a loss to explain present Southern California quake swarm

Update: August 29, 2012: Peru’s El Misti volcano shaken by swarm of 224 quakes: last major eruption occurred 540 years ago

Update: August 28, 2012:Tropical Storm Ileana forms off Mexican coast

Update: August 28, 2012:5 fishermen dead, 10 missing as Typhoon Bolaven reaches Korean Peninsula

Update: August 27, 2012:Powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of El Salvador

Update: August 26, 2012:California earthquake swarm felt in Arizona, Mexico, USGS says

Update: August 26, 2012:SoCal Rattled by Quake Swarms

Update: August 26, 2012:6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes seafloor of Molucca Sea near Indonesia

Update: August 26, 2012: Source of loud boom in California foothills a mystery

Update: August 26, 2012:Massive Typhoon Bolaven slams Okinawa, Japan and heads for Koreas

Update: August 25, 2012: South Florida on alert as Tropical Storm Isaac exits Haiti, killing 3

Update: August 25, 2012: Bosnia on red alert during hottest summer on record

Update: August 25, 2012: Indonesia’s Tangkubanperahu volcano awakens from dormant sleep after 20 years: alert level raised

Update: August 25, 2012: Heavy torrential rain, landslides, and floods kill 26 in Pakistan

Update: August 24, 2012:Double typhoons on course to slam China: six storms since the start of August

Update: August 24, 2012: Tropical Storm Issac poses threat to southern coast of Florida

Update: August 23, 2012: Auckland residents may have little warning before volcanic eruption

Update: August 23, 2012: Heavy rains and flooding kill four in southern Russia

Update: August 23, 2012: Oregon Coast residents stash tsunami survival kits on high ground

Update: August 22, 2012: Tropical Storm Isaac a concern as GOP convention nears

Update: August 22, 2012: Explosive activity increases at Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano

Update: August 21, 2012: Minor earthquake swarm reported in southwest Iceland might be related to movement of magma

Update: August 21, 2012: Asia facing another back-to-back typhoon threat with Tembin to make land Thursday

Update: August 20, 2012: Turbulent atmosphere: Waterspout breakout reported over Lake Michigan

Update: August 20, 2012: 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes region of Papua, NG

Update: August 19, 2012: Magnitude 5.5 quake hits off coast of Washington state: USGS

Update: August 19, 2012: Typhoon Kai-Tak claims 27 lives as floods hit north Vietnam

Update: August 18, 2012: Tropical Storm Helene threatens Mexico, Hurricane Gordon heads for Azores

Update: August 18, 2012: 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia: 4 injured

Update: August 17, 2012: Japan’s Sakurajima volcano releasing largest amount of ash in 20 years: ground swollen around volcano

Update: August 17, 2012: Are Methane Hydrates Dissolving near the Arctic Circle?

Update: August 16, 2012: Ivan Groznyy volcano erupts in Kuril Islands

Update: August 15, 2012: 38 gas emissions reported from Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano

Update: August 14, 2012: Tofua volcano erupts, sending ash cloud 3,000 feet above Tonga Islands?

Update: August 14, 2012: 7.7 magnitude earthquake strike off the remote northeastern coast of Russia

Update: August 13, 2012: Pumice float traced to eruption of previously dormant Havre volcano: Pacific quake swarm awakened volcano

Update: August 13, 2012: Philippine residents fear the Mt. Matutum volcano is awakening after 100 years

Update: August 12, 2012: 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes remote region of China: fourth major quake to rattle the planet in 3 days

Update: August 11, 2012: Twin 6.3 and 6.4 earthquakes strike northwestern Iran and Armenia

Update: August 11, 2012: The Great Wall of China collapses after heavy rains

Update: August 11, 2012: Lightning strike kills 13 and wounds 20 in Bangladesh

Update: August 10, 2012: Very strong earthquake at the Aleutian Islands, Alaska with a magnitude of 6.2 striking the Fox Islands

Update: August 10, 2012: 4 dead and 2.1 million evacuated as Typhoon Haikui slams into China

Update: August 10, 2012: Lightning seen around erupting New Zealand’s White Island volcano

Update: August 10, 2012: Rare snowfall stuns residents of Johannesburg, South Africa: first time in history all 9 provinces get same day snow

Update: August 9, 2012:Previously extinct volcano raised to ‘eruption warning’ level in Colombia: eruption would be first in recorded history

Update: August 9, 2012:Heat wave continues to bake Southern California as records are broken

Update: August 9, 2012:Not only are we seeing quakes increase in frequency in southern california but also off the coast of oregon with two moderate temblors

Update: August 8, 2012:Los Angeles rattled by two 4.5 quakes within 10 hours

Update: August 8, 2012:U.S. suffers through hottest July since records were kept in 1895

Update: August 7, 2012:Increased activity seen at volcanoes in Italy and Mexico

Update: August 7, 2012:Waterworld: Region hit by third typhoon in a week: half of Manila swamped by floods as high as 3 meters

Update: August 7, 2012: Weekend storms wreak havoc in Austria and northern Italy

Update: August 5, 2012: Steam plume seen over New Zealand’s White Island volcanic crater

Update: August 5, 2012: Giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish, Louisiana prompts state of emergency declaration

Update: August 4, 2012: Death toll from flooding from torrential rain raised to 169 in North Korea

Update: August 4, 2012: Italy begins drilling into super-volcano that, if erupts, could kill millions

Update: August 3, 2012:Study highlights growing risk for large magnitude earthquake for NW Pacific coast

Update: August 2, 2012: Very powerful earthquake east of New Ireland, PNG measuring 6.3 magnitude

Update: August 2, 2012: New Zealand’s White Island volcano showing growing signs of unrest

Update: August 1, 2012: Typhoon Saola leaves 23 dead in Philippines

Update: August 1, 2012:Arizona dust storms becoming more frequent say experts

Update: August 1, 2012: 2nd highest altitude twister ever recorded in U.S, touches down in Colorado

Update: August 1, 2012: USGS reports six earthquakes off the coast of Oregon in the last week

JULY UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for May 2012.

Update: July 30, 2012: NASA sees Typhoon Saola's huge reach over the Philippines

Update: July 30, 2012: Kirishima volcano in Kyushu, Japan on high alert level

Update: July 29, 2012: A Strong Quake measuring 6.0 Magnitude hits Offshore near Chiapas, Mexico

Update: July 28, 2012: Geyser may be coming back to life on New Zealand’s North Island after 43 years

Update: July 28, 2012: Region of U.S. drought triples in size in one week

Update: July 27, 2012: US Air Force claims to be source of mysterious cloud rings seen in skies over Hawaii

Update: July 26, 2012: Storms knock out power to tens of thousands from Plains to Northeast

Update: July 26, 2012:Strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes near island of Mauritius

Update: July 26, 2012:41 gas emissions and low rumbling tremors: Popocatépetl simmers, ready to blow big time

Update: July 26, 2012: 8.6 Quake Possible in Southern California? Caltech Suggests New 'Mega-Earthquake'

Update: July 25 , 2012: 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

Update: July 25 , 2012: 3.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles

Update: July 25 , 2012: High winds feed devastating wildfires in Spain and Croatia

Update: July 24 , 2012: Strong shallow quake with magnitude 6.4 strikes the Simeulue, Indonesia Region

Update: July 24 , 2012: Torrential rains hammer central Nigeria, killing 35

Update: July 24 , 2012:Typhoon Vicente lashes Hong Kong with gale winds and heavy rain: strongest typhoon to hit in 10 years

Update: July 24 , 2012: Gas emissions increase at New Zealand’s Tongariro volcano

Update: July 23 , 2012: Mudslides in Austria leave 1 dead and isolates dozens of villages

Update: July 22 , 2012: Flash Floods kill 37 in Beijing

Update: July 21 , 2012: Two significant quakes strike Offshore Northern California, West of Petrolia, CA with Magnitudes of 5.2 and 5.1

Update: July 20 , 2012: New Zealand volcano, Mt. Tongariro shows signs of activity after 35 years of dormancy- alert status raised

Update: July 19 , 2012: Typhoon Khanun sweeps across Korea, leaving 1 dead

Update: July 18 , 2012: Massive ice island breaks off Greenland glacier

Update: July 18 , 2012: Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano emits a 1 km ash cloud

Update: July 18 , 2012: Blistering high temperatures in Greece force early closing of Acropolis

Update: July 17 , 2012: 'No relief' from drought as sweltering temperatures return to Midwest, Northeast

Update: July 16 , 2012: Violent storm turns night into day over Washington- residents claim the ‘most intense’ lightning storm ever seen

Update: July 15 , 2012: Floods and mudslides in China wreak havoc as dozens are killed and millions evacuated

Update: July 15 , 2012: Volcano activity of July 15, 2012 – Karymsky, Katla, Popocatepetl, Fuego, Santa Maria, Pacaya, El Hierro, Cumbal, Galeras and Sotara

Update: July 15 , 2012:Stormageddon: 5,000 cutoff by landslides in Japan as death toll rises to 25

Update: July 14 , 2012:4.6 magnitude tremor creates panic in Bulgarian capital

Update: July 13 , 2012: U.S. declares drought-stricken states largest natural disaster area ever

Update: July 13 , 2012: Unprecedented 20 inches of rain wipes parts of southwestern Japan off the map, leaving 20 dead, 11 missing

Update: July 12 , 2012: Japan floods force thousands to leave homes

Update: July 12 , 2012: 5.8 earthquake in Afghanistan, tremors felt in Punjab, Kashmir

Update: July 12 , 2012: Avalanche kills at least 9 climbers in French Alps

Update: July 11 , 2012: When earthquakes split mountains: 6.4 magnitude quake leaves 20 meter crack in Mt. Fuji

Update: July 10 , 2012: Emilia strengthens to Category 4 hurricane in Pacific

Update: July 9 , 2012: Flooding and heavy rains lash Cape Town

Update: July 9 , 2012: Death toll from floods in southern Russia rises to 150

Update: July 8 , 2012: U.S. Heat Wave Persists, Kills 30

Update: July 7 , 2012: New hydrothermal vents form at Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano

Update: July 7 , 2012: 4500 record highs broken: Jet stream pulled up towards Canada, ‘out of whack’ says U.S. meteorologist

Update: July 7 , 2012: 'Wave of water,' torrential rains kill dozens in Russia

Update: July 6 , 2012: 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes seafloor off island of Vanuatu

Update: July 6 , 2012: 2 dead as violent storm lashes Great Smokies

Update: July 5 , 2012:Smaller volcanic eruptions could cool climate according to satellite research

Update: July 4 , 2012: Recent quakes from Texas to Tennesse to NC to Georgia show potential for MAJOR quake in Central and Southeast USA

Update: July 3 , 2012:Deep 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of lower North Island of New Zealand

Update: July 3, 2012:Torrential monsoon rains kill 81 in India and leaves 2 million displaced

Update: July 2 , 2012:Shallow 4.8 magnitude earthquake reported near Nabro volcano

Update: July 1 , 2012:Earthquake swarm strikes Baja, California as tension builds along the fault

Update: July 1 , 2012:Ground deformation and seismic activity continue to plague El Hierro which raised two inches in the last four days

JUNE UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for May 2012.

Update: June 30, 2012: Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts, prompts evacuations

Update: June 30, 2012:6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes remote region of western China with 24 injured

Update: June 30, 2012:Temperatures in Kansas hit 118 F: 32 communities from Colorado to Indiana post highest temperatures ever

Update: June 30, 2012: Ireland experiences its wettest June on record with torrential rain creating havoc

Update: June 29, 2012: Antarctica’s Mt. Siple volcano awakens with steam plume

Update: June 28, 2012: Intensifying seismic and volcanic activity lifts Canary Island

Update: June 28, 2012: Day of reckoning approaching: scientists warn New Zealand’s Alpine fault about due for a 8.0 magnitude earthquake

Update: June 27, 2012: Huge dust storm rolls through the Phoenix area on Tuesday, June 26th.

Update: June 27, 2012: 100 killed in landslides and flooding, 250,000 dislocated, as heavy torrential rains pound Bangladesh

Update: June 27, 2012: Flooding follows heavy downpours in Northern Ireland

Update: June 26, 2012: Uganda tragedy: 450 people missing and believed to be buried under mountains of mud

Update: June 25, 2012: New seismic swarm erupts at ElHierro, Canary Islands

Update: June 24, 2012: Storm chasers track supercell and large tornado in South Dakota with softball size hail

Update: June 24, 2012: Tropical Storm Debby to bring torrential rain and flooding to U.S. Gulf coast

Update: June 22, 2012: 6.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Macquarie Island

Update: June 21, 2012: 11 killed in landslide as heavy rains pound Indonesia

Update: June 20, 2012:Alaska’s Cleveland volcano has explosive ash burst

Update: June 19, 2012: Two strong quakes including a 6.0 magnitude tremor strike the NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA

Update: June 19, 2012: 5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Oregon

Update: June 18, 2012: Colombian volcano Nevado del Ruiz spews ash and gas and rumbles with strong, strange noises

Update: June 17, 2012: 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake 70 miles from Sendai, Japan

Update: June 17, 2012: Indonesia’s Mount Marapi volcano spews volcanic ash

Update: June 17, 2012: 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of the Philippines

Update: June 16, 2012: Typhoon Guchol is forecast to strike Japan at about 18:00 GMT on 19 June – cutting a path through the heart of Tokyo

Update: June 15, 2012: Hurricane Carlotta makes landfall in Mexico

Update: June 15, 2012: Shiveluch volcano on Kamchatka at it again, spewing ash 8 km high

Update: June 14, 2012: Dallas hailstorm leaves brutal aftermath

Update: June 14, 2012:Massive landslide closes highway in Costa Rica

Update: June 14, 2012: Intense earthquake swarm rattles Alaskan peninsula

Update: June 13, 2012: Mystery tremors strike daily in Mumbai, India

Update: June 11, 2012:Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts for the second time in 2012

Update: June 11, 2012: Up to 100 Feared Dead in Afghan Earthquake and Landslide

Update: June 10, 2012: Hundreds forced from homes as flashflooding hits Wale

Update: June 9, 2012: Sharp Quakes Hit the Taiwan Region with one registering 6.0 Magnitude

Update: June 9, 2012:Freak hail storm strikes Durban, South Africa

Update: June 8, 2012:Awakening? Earthquake swarm reported at San Pedro-Pellado volcano- eruption would be first in recorded history

Update: June 8, 2012: Shopping trolleys flung as Perth tornado carves path through suburbs

Update: June 7, 2012: Hot rain falls on Saudi Arabia: highest temperature and humidity combo ever recorded in a rainfall

Update: June 7, 2012:State officials warn of growing dangers of a massive mudflow on Mount Rainier

Update: June 6, 2012: Strongest earthquake ever recorded west of Ireland stuns geologists

Update: June 5, 2012:Three dead, six missing as typhoon passes Philippines

Update: June 4, 2012: 6.6 and 6.2 magnitude earthquakes strikes seafloor just southwest of Panama

Update: June 3, 2012: Severe Weather Threat Kansas to Missouri, Arkansas

Update: June 2, 2012: Severe storms prompt rescues, inflict widespread damage (Videos)

Update: June 2, 2012: Strong but very deep earthquake in Argentina-Bolivia border registering 6.0

Update: June 2, 2012: Scientists find new string of underwater volcanoes in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty

Update: June 2, 2012: Guatemala’s Santiaguito and Fuego volcanoes rain down ash on nearby villages

Update: June 2, 2012: Japanese seismologists warn seismic tension is building on a tectonic plate east of Tokyo

Update: June 1, 2012:Severe Weather Pounds the East Coast from Syracuse to Baltimore

Update: June 1, 2012: Unusual Magnitude 5.6 Quake hits Antarctica Region

May 2012 will host extreme weather, volcanic eruptions, super storms, mega tornadoes, major quakes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, floods, perilous cyclones, sink holes, strong deluge of water, land and mudslides, extreme weather around the world
floods will continue along with droughts, many chances for dangerous and high winds,while weather records will broken.
The month will be kicked off with a tumultuous Full Moon aka the or the Full Flower Moon in Scorpio on April 5 @ 8:35 PM PDT or @ 11:35 PM EDT
This lunation features the Moon @ 16 degrees Scorpio opposing the Sun-Ceres-Jupiter in earthy Taurus
Also most notable is dangerous Mutable Cross with SNode in Gemini opposing Juno/N Node in Sagittarius
with Mars in Virgo opposing Neptune/Chiron -
the potential for Large quakes even tsunamsi could be in the offing.
After this Full Moon Mercury will also enter Taurus on May 7th.
Geo-cosmic events will happen with lightening speed with this Full Moon and the numerous TSQ's involved reflecting tension on the seismic level.
Taurus has been is a month of fast shifting events including volcanic eruptions
The next stop holds a double whammy with the Gemini New Moon/Annualar Solar Eclipse on May 20th @4:47 AM PDT or on 7:47 AM EDT.
By the time this Eclipse occurs, Venus will also be retrograde (May 15th) as a number of converging earth changes coincide with the Mutable Cross.

Stay tuned more to come... Coast of the USA.
Expect major an oceanic event marked by quake or volcano activity leading to oceans heading into a maelstrom.

MAY UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for May 2012.

Update: May 23, 2012:

6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off the northeast coast of Japan
May 23, 2012 – JAPAN – A 6.0 magnitude earthquake have struck off the northeast coast of Japan at a depth of 40 km (25.3 miles). The epicenter of the earthquake was 109 km (68 miles) NNE (26°) from Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan and some 666 km (414 miles) NNE (17°) from TOKYO, Japan. Today’s earthquake is only the latest in an escalating series of recent earthquakes plaguing the eastern shores of Japan. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Honshu, Japan on May 20, 2012. Seismic tension is rising along this corridor of Japan and these quakes are indications that a larger earthquake lurks in Japan’s near future.

Update: May 23, 2012: Researchers apparently needed to get with the program, the entire series of faults on South Island are vulnerable to tectonic slips.
From an astrological and personal side with the Sun (Gemini) square Neptune (Pisces) lots of information and data was confusing.

Researchers find New Zealand more seismically unstable than previously thought
May 23, 2012 – NEW ZEALAND – Researchers have discovered New Zealand’s earthquake-prone landscape is even more unstable than previously thought, recording deep tremors lasting up to 30 minutes on its biggest fault line. Scientists measured the so-called “creeping earthquakes” when they investigated a puzzling lack of major seismic jolts along a section of the Alpine Fault, which runs the length of the South Island. The quakes, which caused no surface damage, occurred 20-45 kilometres (12-28 miles) beneath the Earth’s crust and continued for as long as half an hour, much longer than ordinary earthquakes. In contrast, the 6.3-magnitude quake that killed 185 people in the South island city of Christchurch in February last year lasted just 37 seconds and struck at a depth of about five kilometres. The quakes could not be measured by regular seismic monitoring devices and researchers from Wellington’s Victoria University had to place sensors in boreholes 100 metres deep to pick them up. Seismologist Aaron Wech said the research showed the Alpine Fault, regarded as New Zealand’s most hazardous, did not remain still between major earthquakes but was constantly shifting. Wech said the implications for future earthquakes were unclear. “It could be that constant tremor builds up stress and may trigger a major fault movement (earthquake) or, alternatively, the activity may decrease the likelihood of a major quake by acting as a release valve for stress,” he said. “What’s important is that we find out more about these tremor events, such as where they happen and how often, so we can better predict the hazard the Alpine Fault poses.” The research was published this week in the U.S. journal Geophysical Research Letters. The government’s GNS Science agency estimates the Alpine Fault has generated four quakes of magnitude 8.0 or higher in the past 900 years, most recently in the early 1700s, and another is overdue. It says there is a high probability one will occur in the next 40 years, producing “one of the biggest earthquakes since European settlement of New Zealand (which) will have a major impact on the lives of many people.” The Christchurch earthquake was not caused by the Alpine Fault but a previously unknown fault line, part of a network of seismic fractures criss-crossing New Zealand, which lies on the junction of two tectonic plates. -AFP

Update: May 23, 2012:

4.0 earthquake near Calexico shows growing tension along plate boundary
May 23, 2012 – CALEXICO, Calif. — A small earthquake has shaken the California-Mexico border region near the Imperial County city of Calexico. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4 temblor occurred at 8:06 a.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was a dozen miles west of Calexico and 76 miles east of Tijuana. –Sac Bee

Update: May 22, 2012:More mudslides in the Kasese district in Uganda obviously reflect both the Grand Earth Trine with mutable Mars leading the way
and of course Uranus in Aries applying to that massive square with Pluto in Capricorn (exact June 24th) for unexpected movements of earth.

Landslides kill 6 in Kasese district of Uganda
May 22, 2012 – UGANDA - Six more people have died in separate landslides in Kasese district. This brings the number of landslide victims in the district to 11 over a period of seven months. In October 2011, mudslides killed five children and destroyed several houses in the area. The latest mudslides that hit Butalimuli village in the Rwenzori Mountains on Thursday night killed three children from the same family. The tragedy occurred during a heavy overnight downpour. The water-soaked soil on the steep Mahango slopes rolled downhill, burying Feridina Baluku Kyamukagha’s children. By the time the family and neighbours woke up and tried to save Belivin Bwambale, 9, Constance Muhindo, 7 and Winfred Biira, 5, they were already dead. Kyamukagha’s brother Mathias Masereka said the children were sleeping in the upper room when the wall collapsed, narrowly sparing their mother, baby brother and father, who were in the lower part of the house. Elsewhere, a female resident of Katumba village, Kyalhumba sub-county, a man in Bibwe village, Muhokya sub-county and a nine-year-old girl of Nyakabingo village, Rukoki sub-county were also confirmed dead. The district environment officer, Augustine Kooli, warned that similar disasters were likely to reoccur as the rains continue in the steep mountainous areas. “The soils have been weakened due to poor cultivation practices which have left most of the mountain areas bare,” Kooli said. ahango sub-county chairperson Stephen Muthekengwa said 23 houses had collapsed with dozens of people narrowly escaping death on the fateful night. –New Vision

Update: May 21, 2012:So far this series of quakes 24 km (14 miles) W of SOFIA, Bulgaria
has reached the danger level of the New Moon quakes in Northern Italy but the the shakers just started
In fact when the initial strong tremor struck with a magnitude 5.6 at 03:00:33 AM at epicenter, Aries was rising with Uranus
in a close square to destructive Pluto right at the Mid-Heaven in Capricorn
Uranus is also moving in orb of a sextile to Venus now retro. in Gemini - an aspect known for unusual and first time events.
When this first quake hit the chart's ruler Mars was separating from an opposition to Chiron and will also be in an exact square with Venus on June 4th.

Dangerous and unusual earthquake with magnitude 5.6 in Bulgaria with after shocks
Per USGS Map Map Centered at 40°N, 25°E
One of our Sofia readers reports : The Bulgarian networks report for a demolished house in Rudartsi but no casualties except for some people from Sofia and Pernik suffering from high blood pressure from the stress. Update 03:08 UTC : - The last local reports we could see was that 1 house was collapsed to the west of Pernik. A lot of people have been treated for a nervous breakdown, but we have no word on injuries based on the shaking - A dam in the earthquake area has not been damaged - We can advise our Bulgarian friends to read the following good article on how to behave during and after an earthquake - About 30 residents of the city required medical treatment, mainly because of problems with blood pressure after suffering a stress.

Update: May 21, 2012:

Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano alert status raised to yellow: authorities say an eruption could be imminent

Update: May 21, 2012:

Upgraded to 6.4 this quake hit on Sunday off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan

Update: May 21, 2012:

Indonesia’s Mount Sirung volcano erupts, sending hundreds fleeing and complaining of respiratory ailments

Update: May 20, 2012:

Awakening: second glacial burst from geothermal vents under Katla

Update: May 19, 2012:The largest quake a 6.0 magnitude tremor struck @ 04:03:52 AM at epicenter
At that time Aries was rising with an oppositon to Saturn on the 7th and with Pluto in Mid-Heaven getting closer to an exact square to Neptune.
Plus Jupiter (known as a planet involved with plate shifts is at 25 Taurus known for violence.
Also Jupiter is trying to catch the Sun and is applying to an opposition with Juno and S Node (in gemini)

Strong earthquake strikes near Bologna in Italy upgraded to Magnitude 6.0

From Earthquake Report: Earthquakes list May 20, 2012(Strong dangerous earthquake in Northern Italy)

From USGS - multiple quakes in this region of Northern Italy
MAP 5.1 2012/05/20 03:02:50 44.776 11.090 10.0 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 6.0 2012/05/20 02:03:52 44.800 11.192 5.1 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 4.2 2012/05/19 23:13:28 44.956 11.241 6.3 NORTHERN ITALY
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has struck near Bologna, Italy, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The quake, which initially registered at magnitude 6.3, was centred 35 kilometres north-northwest of Bologna in northern Italy at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres, the USGS said. The last major earthquake to hit Italy was a 6.3 magnitude quake in the central Italian city of L'Aquila in 2009, killing nearly 300 people.

Update: May 19, 2012:When the Volcán de Fuego ("Volcano of Fire") volcano emited ash and lava this morning Aries was rising with Uranus
ruler Mars in a dangerous opposition to Chiron and TSQ Venus

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano emits massive ash cloud closing airport
May 19 (Reuters) - Guatemala's Fuego volcano belched burning lava and black ash into the sky early Saturday, leading the government to issue an airplane advisory and close sections of highway. The volcano, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of the capital, erupted about 2:45 a.m. (0745 GMT), spewing a column of ash up to 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) above the crater and launching burning red lava nearly 1,300 feet (400 meters) high. The national emergency commission issued an advisory, warning planes not to fly within a 25-mile (40 kilometer) radius of the volcano. The La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City remained open. The commission also closed two stretches of highway threatened by lava flows that reached the base of the mountain. Guatemala's four active volcanoes have a history of causing shut downs. In 2010, an explosion at the Pacaya volcano about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Guatemala City coated the city in a thick layer of black ash and rock, forcing hundreds of families to evacuate and closing the international airport.

Update: May 19, 2012:

Blasts Continue to Menace People Near Mexico’s Popocatepetl

Update: May 18, 2012:

Dramatic eruption seen at Sakurajima volcano in Japan

Update: May 18, 2012:

Mystery earthquake near McCall, ID. puzzles scientists, technician

Update: May 17, 2012:

A Sharp 6. 2 Magnitude Quake off the Coast of Aisen, Chile

Update: May 13, 2012:Popocatepetl is continuing to emit large ash clouds an fiery rock as the Sun-Jupiter are conjunct in volcanic Taurus
all triggered by the Last Qtr. Moon in Aquarius yesterday was in a dangerous 90 degree square to both Sun-Jupiter (the esoteric ruler of Taurus is Vulcan)

From Reuters: Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews huge ash cloud, frightens villagers
(Reuters) - Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spewed out huge clouds of ash and fiery rock overnight, closing a local airport on Saturday and frightening nearby villagers, already on edge after weeks of increased activity. Popocatepetl, 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Mexico City, shook with tremors that belched out four large plumes of ash on Friday night and Saturday morning, the National Center for Disaster Prevention said in a statement on Saturday. The biggest expulsion shot an ash cloud 2.5 miles (4 km) into the air and launched glowing rocks more than half a mile (1 km) from the crater, the statement said. Raul Arambula, a scientist collaborating with the government's disaster center, said the volcano threw out the most ash and fragments of red-hot rock since authorities raised the alert level last month. "It was spectacular," Arambula said. "Of course, it makes you worry about everyone living nearby." In Santiago Xalitzintla, a village about 6 miles (10 km) from the volcano, the loud rumblings sent residents running to the town square during the night. "The volcano is looking serious. It was really roaring strongly last night," said Juan Castro, 83, who said he was half-deaf but had no trouble hearing the tremors. The ash clouds forced the airport in the central state of Puebla to suspend operations on Saturday. Billowing ash earlier in the week closed the airport on Tuesday and Thursday. Civil protection officials in Mexico City said a change in wind patterns could send ash over the capital next week. Mexico's disaster center raised the volcano's alert level to yellow phase three from yellow phase two in mid-April, the third-highest warning on the center's seven-step scale. There are no plans yet to evacuate nearby residents.

Update: May 13, 2012:

5.7 earthquake in Tajikistan kills one and buries herds of livestock
TAJIKISTAN - One man was killed when a moderate, 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck in central Tajikistan early Sunday, damaging several buildings. The most damage occurred in the country’s Garm district, where one man was killed by a collapsing wall, Nargis Nurova of Tajikistan’s emergency situations committee told AFP. Two buildings were completely destroyed, and several more were damaged, she said. The quake also caused a mudslide, burying alive herds of cows and sheep, she added. The U.S. Geological Survey located the epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 4:28 am (2328 GMT Saturday), at around 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of the city of Kulob at a depth of 10 kilometres. Residents in the capital Dushanbe some 140 kilometres (90 miles) away felt tremors of about magnitude 4.0, a representative of the geophysics department in Tajikistan’s Academy of Sciences told AFP. The reading was based on the open-ended Moment Magnitude scale, now used by US seismologists, which measures the area of the fault that ruptured and the total energy released. Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, is mostly covered by mountains, with earthquakes occurring on a nearly monthly basis. -24/7

Update: May 12, 2012:

5.5 earthquake reported south of Christchurch, New Zealand
May 12, 2012 – NEW ZEALAND – Two earthquakes, magnitudes 3.9 and 5.5, have been detected near southern New Zealand. The 3.9 quakes was near the city of Christchurch, which in 2011 was damaged by another tremor. No damages and casualties are reported from the earthquakes this time over, as the stronger one was centered in a sparsely populated area. The 3.9 Richter earthquake was felt Sunday morning, with an epicenter some 10 km away from Christchurch. It was preceded several hours earlier by the 5.5 tremor near the southern shores of New Zealand, which was felt all over the southern island. –Novinite

Update: May 10, 2012:The quakes started this morning with a M3.7 - 2km W Of Timpson, Texas @ 10:15 AM LMT when the Moon was applying to a square with Saturn
then a M3.9 - 10km WNW Of Prague, Oklahoma @ 4:14:31 PM LMT with the Moon applying to a square with Mercury in Taurus
Both of these quakes and three subsequnet others are just on the edge of the New Madrid zone
Then into the evening in the Illinois Basin - Ozark Dome Region

This flurry of activity over such a large geographic area indicates that something bigger is brewing
especially with the Moon now in Aquarius heading toward the highly critical Third Qtr. with squares to Mercury-Sun and Jupiter all in fixed earth Taurus.

Multiple quakes on and around the New Madrid seismic zone
MAP 2.7 2012/05/11 04:37:50 35.589 -96.808 4.9 OKLAHOMA
MAP 3.1 2012/05/10 22:54:05 38.807 -87.460 11.0 INDIANA
MAP 2.7 2012/05/10 22:07:19 38.816 -87.465 8.8 INDIANA
MAP 3.9 2012/05/10 21:14:31 35.538 -96.782 6.8 OKLAHOMA
MAP 3.7 2012/05/10 15:15:38 31.901 -94.422 5.0 EASTERN TEXAS

Update: May 10, 2012:The Jupiter transit in Taurus has meant more active volcanoes erupting with today's trine to the Moon in Earthy Capricorn and in orb of Pluto
Investigations and research are revealing the dangers of this fault.

Is Japan’s Mt. Fuji a ticking time-bomb? Scientists find 30 km long active fault running under the dangerous volcano
An active fault as long as 30 km may lie directly beneath Mount Fuji, a team of researchers has said in a recent survey report. The possible fault was detected through a simulated earthquake conducted during a crustal survey over a distance of around 34 km from Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture to Susono in Shizuoka Prefecture, said Hiroshi Sato, professor at the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. "More studies are needed to determine the depth and other details of the fault," Sato added. While faults have been confirmed around Mount Fuji, little is known about the seismic structure beneath Japan's highest mountain due to mudflows caused by a huge landslide that occurred around 2,600 to 2,900 years ago, as well as thick layers of volcanic ash.

Update: May 10, 2012:More than ever the impending Uranus-Pluto waxing square in super active cardinal signs exact on June 24th .
is triggering ongoing quakes in the Mariana Islands region along with eruptions at the Pagan volcano

NASA satellite image shows Pagan volcano erupting again in Mariana Islands
MARIANA ISLANDS - A NASA satellite has captured a dramatic image of steam and gas plumes from a volcano in the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean, U.S. scientists said. The image shows the activity on Pagan Island, the largest and one of the most active of the Marianas volcanoes, a NASA release reported Thursday. Fires and smoke on the island was imaged on Tuesday by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. Pagan Island consists of two volcanoes connected by a narrow isthmus, and almost all of the historical eruptions of Pagan dating back to the 17th century have originated from North Pagan volcano. The largest eruption of Pagan during historical time took place in 1981 and prompted the evacuation of the sparsely populated island, NASA aid. The Marianas are an arc-shaped archipelago consisting of the summits of fifteen volcanic mountains, anchored at its south end by the island of Guam. –UPI

Update: May 10, 2012:The airport shutdown corresponded to Mercury entering slower Taurus and the Moon square Uranus.

Volcanic debris from Popocatepetl volcano closes Mexico airport
May 10, 2012 – MEXICO - Ashes from Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano forced officials to close the airport in nearby Puebla for some 14 hours, to allow for cleanup after it spewed out heaps of ash and rock. The Puebla International Airport was able to reopen Wednesday after dozens of workers cleared its runways of volcanic ash that posed a risk to departing and arriving aircraft, said officials. The airport’s closing caused just one cancellation, a flight to Houston, Texas early Wednesday, said Puebla’s civil protection director Jesus Morales. Since Popocatepetl came to life several weeks ago, it has spewed gas and glowing rock as much as one mile (1.6 kilometers) beyond its crater, and has intermittently belched out water vapor and ash. Officials in this central Mexican state have prepared temporary shelters as a precaution and locals were wearing face masks to protect their lungs from ashes in a populous area around the volcano. The city of Puebla lies in the shadow of the volcano about 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the federal capital Mexico City. The country’s second highest peak, Popocatepetl, means ‘smoking mountain’ in the indigenous Nahuatl language. After moderate activity during most of the 20th century, the mountain registered intense rumblings beginning in 1994, with the strongest coming in December 2000, when nearby communities were evacuated. –Terra

Update: May 9, 2012:

Waterspout spotted south of Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - There have been several waterspouts spotted off the Pascagoula coast. The WLOX newsroom was flooded with phone calls about waterspouts just before noon. The National Weather Service issued a Special Marine Warning because of the report of waterspouts. Boaters should always stay in tune with the weather.

Update: May 9, 2012:The last full moon on May 5th in Scorpio opposing Sun-Jupiter in Taurus related to major extremes in the weather
adding to the fact that Mercury was Void of Course in dangerous Aries (entered Taurus last night)

Flooding and drought: Brazil lacerated by oposing climate extremes

Update: May 9, 2012:The Tornado was filmed on May 7, 2012 around the time that Mercury the weather planet in Aries was Void of Course
and separating from an opposition to Saturn relating to fierce and serious storms.

Tornado and hail move through Oxfordshire, UK

Britain could be braced for more thunder and lightning following a storm which brought a tornado to Oxfordshire. The thunderstorm started in Wiltshire, and moved across Oxfordshire, where a tornado was reported in several places including Bicester, Eynsham and Witney, and then moved to Buckinghamshire. Richard Glazer drove through the tornado with his wife and son on the A34 near Kidlington, Oxfordshire. "It was very wet, we were just driving on the A34 and looked up and realised one part of the sky was moving in one direction and another in the opposite direction," he said.

Update: May 8, 2012:

Crumbling Earth: Tennessee uses military equipment to nail mountainside together to prevent a massive landslide

Update: May 8, 2012:

Flash floods kill 27 in Afghanistan- scores missing

Update: May 8, 2012:

Azerbaijan hit with strongest earthquake in 4 years- swarm of tremors follow

Update: May 7, 2012:

Snow in Scotland as Met issues early weather warnings for next week

Update: May 6, 2012:

Nepal flash flood death toll may hit 60

Update: May 6, 2012:

Tornado rips through prefecture near Tokyo, Japan demolishing homes and killing one

Update: May 3, 2012:Heading toward the Super-Moon and a Massive Full Moon on May 6th @ 3:35 AM UT
with a powerful Scorpio Moon in alignment by opposition to Ceres-Sun-Jupiter in Taurus with Aries rising
quakes have been increasing in Western Turkey since May 1st.

USGS: Real time map for Turkey, Greece and Iran
4.3 Pazarlar, Turkey 2012-05-04 02:00:37 39.080°N 29.115°E 9.1
4.1 Saphane, Turkey 2012-05-03 21:45:18 39.046°N 29.167°E 10.7
4.2 Pazarlar, Turkey 2012-05-03 16:16:05 39.059°N 29.076°E 9.7
5.0 Pazarlar, Turkey 2012-05-03 15:20:27 39.058°N 29.129°E 9.7
4.3 Foca, Turkey 2012-05-03 01:57:50 38.610°N 26.697°E 12.5
4.0 Foca, Turkey 2012-05-02 11:37:07 38.648°N 26.643°E 4.8
4.3 Foca, Turkey 2012-05-02 06:40:02 38.606°N 26.704°E 10.0
4.9 Foca, Turkey 2012-05-01 14:48:29 38.672°N 26.712°E 10

Update: May 3, 2012:Active volcanoes are becoming more frequent with some to erupt violently with the Full Moon cycle beginning May 5th/6th.

Number 52: Mount Asphyxia volcano erupts in Sandwich Islands group

Update: May 3, 2012:When this 5.5 moderate quake hit on the Iran-Iraq border near Abdanan, Iran, Virgo was rising with the ruler Mercury
now in active, accident prone Aries in the 8th house of destruction opposing Saturn in Libra.

Moderate 5.5 magnitude earthquake destroys 30 homes and injures 8 in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran — A moderate earthquake jolted a small town in western Iran near the Iraqi border on Thursday, injuring eight people and damaging buildings, Iranian media reported. The magnitude 5.5 quake hit the sparsely populated area near the town of Mourmouri, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, at 2:39 p.m., said the semiofficial Mehr news agency. The report said the quake sent people rushing out of their homes in Mourmouri and that scores of buildings were damaged in nearby towns of Abdanan and Dehloran. The area has experienced dozens of moderate earthquakes over the past few weeks. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight quake a day on average. In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.

Update: May 2, 2012:This could become serious heading toward the next Full Moon on May 5th.
On May 5th. the Full Moon in Scorpio also features a Mercury-Saturn opposition in Aries/Libra which could also disrupt communications about any large tectonic events.
best to be prepared.

Cascadia tension: earthquake swarm continues off the coast of Vancouver
May 2, 2012 – CANADA – Experts say a “swarm” of small earthquakes off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island are part of the normal seismic activity in the area, and they could continue for several more days. 8 small quakes have hit in recent weeks. A 4.0 magnitude earthquake that struck just after midnight on Tuesday morning was the eighth small quake with a magnitude between 3.8 and 4.7 to strike the region since April 22.Pacific Geoscience Centre Seismologist Gary Rogers said the activity is focused along a 20-kilometre stretch along an area called the Raveer Delwood Fault, located about 200 kilometres offshore. “In the very thin crust that we have out there off our west coast of Vancouver Island, it often fractures in a series of small earthquakes, usually about this size being the maximum.” Rogers said more small earthquakes are expected in the area over the next week. “They often go on for days. There’s been a lot of smaller ones, so eventually they’ll wind down, but typically, what we’ve seen in the past is that most of these swarms last a few days to a week or so.” A similar but more powerful swarm that stuck the same area in August 2008 included a magnitude 5.2 quake. Experts have been warning a major earthquake hits B.C. every 500 years, and the last one was in 1700. But they said the swarm of small earthquake activity does not indicate a larger earthquake is more likely in the short term. The last significant quake to rattle the West Coast was a magnitude 6.5 tremor centered that struck about 50 kilometres off the west coast of the island in September of 2011, swaying high-rises as far away as Vancouver, Kelowna and Seattle.

Update: May 2, 2012:This is one of many small quake swarms in Souther California
Whether it will be the next Full Moon (May 5th) or the May 20th Annular Solar Eclipse this one needs to be watche.

California residents nerves rattled by earthquake swarm in Inland Empire
May 2, 2012 – LOS ANGELES, CA – An ongoing swarm of small earthquakes is rattling homes and nerves in the Inland Empire. Over the weekend, there were a handful of new quakes near Devore, Idyllwild and Indio. The Devore quake on Saturday morning measured 3.8. The recent earthquakes have been near the San Andreas Fault, that ominous crack in the Earth that threatens SoCal with the “Big One.” The current swarm may seem like a lot of quakes, but that’s not necessarily the case. UC Riverside professor and earthquake expert Gareth Funning crunched the numbers for April 2012 compared to the same time last year. “There were 200 more events of all earthquake sizes a year ago than there were this year,” Funning said. The last major rupture of the San Andreas Fault happened about 330 years ago — near Fort Tejon, north of Los Angeles. Seismologists say we’re overdue for another one. “It’s a one in two chance in the next 30 years that this earthquake will happen,” Funning said. But pressure on the San Andreas Fault will not, as rumor has it, cause California to fall into the ocean, Funning said. “It’s causing the mountains to rise and causing California to rise out of the sea,” Funning said. As for the all recent quakes in the Inland Empire, he calls them purely random.

Update: May 1, 2012:

Multiple quakes hit near Puerto Madero, Mexico (off the coast of Chiapas) including a 6.0 Magnitude
May 2, 2012 – MEXICO – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off southwest Mexico near the Guatemalan border on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Service said. The earthquake was downgraded from a 6.3 magnitude by the USGS. The quake, which hit 51 miles (82 km) west-southwest of Suchiate, Chiapas, had a depth of 27.3 miles (43 km), the USGS said. Earlier on Tuesday, a 5.7 magnitude quake struck near MICHOACAN, 130 miles (210 km) from Mexico City shook the capital, but officials had no reports of damage in the city.

Update: May 1, 2012:

Slight increase in tremors and ash emissions at Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano
May 1, 2012 – ECUADOR - The Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School today reported a slight increase in seismic activity and ash from the volcano Tungurahua. According to the Geophysical, from about 13:00 the seismic activity is characterized by the generation of a constant tremor signal, high frequency energy that remains. Also he could see a column of about 3 km emission with moderately high ash load and direction of movement to the west and south-west. Also reported minor ash falls in the sectors of El Manzano, Choglontús and Cahuají, south-west of the volcano, with almost constant roar of varying intensity.

April 2012 will host extreme weather, volcanic eruptions, super storms, mega tornadoes, major quakes, floods, severe thunderstorms, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, floods, perilous cyclones, sink holes, strong deluge of water, land and mudslides, extreme weather around the world
floods will continue along with droughts, many chances for dangerous and high winds,while weather records will broken.
The month will be kicked off with Mercury, the weather planet finally stationing direct on April 4th.
then on to another meeting with Uranus in energetic Aries on April 22nd.
expect more extreme weather and seismic events.
April also hosts a tumultuous Full Moon aka he Full Sprouting Grass Moon or the Egg Moon in Libra on April 6 @ 12:19 PM PDT or @ 3:19 PM EDT
This lunation features the Moon @ 18 degrees Libra opposing the Sun-Ceres in chaotic Aries
Also most notable is dangerous Mutable Cross with Venus-SNode in Gemini opposing Juno/N Node in Sagittarius
with Mars in Virgo opposing Neptune - Tsunami, weird weather and more quakes could be in the offing.
After this Full Moon we have an exact Sun-Saturn opposition also on the Aries/Libra axis - cooler weather?
Events will happen quickly afer this Full Moon with the Mutable Cross takes form.
Aries is a month of fast shifting events including volcanic events which could occur on the Taurus New Moon on April 21st @12:18 AM PDT or on 3:18 AM EDT.
This earthy lunation in Taurus @ 2 degrees is near Ceres and Jupiter is compounded by Mars in Virgo
Mars is at the head of Kite opposing Neptune still.

Stay tuned more to come... Coast of the USA.
Expect major an oceanic event marked by quake or volcano activity leading to oceans heading into a maelstrom.

April UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for April 2012.

Update: April 30, 2012:

Caribbean nations warned to prepare for ‘giant’ tsunami
April 30, 2012 – CARIBBEAN – A leading expert at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is urging the Caribbean’s 40 million people to be prepared for a tsunami, two years ahead of a planned early warning system for the region. Watson-Wright, assistant director-general and executive secretary of the UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, has agreed with other leading tsunami experts that it is a case of “when, not if” the region would be struck by the giant waves triggered by earthquakes and volcanic activity, Watson-Wright noted. “Lurking beneath the azure waters that wash up on countless coastal and island beaches and vacation spots is the potential for a devastating tsunami,” she said. In addition to the 40 million people living in the region, she said 22 million people visit the Caribbean annually, making the region “extremely vulnerable to the impacts of tsunamis.” Since 1498 there have been at least 94 tsunamis with run-ups reported in the Caribbean region, causing 4,652 deaths, Watson-Wright said. She said most of these tsunamis were associated with underwater, or what are called submarine earthquakes, although the Caribbean Sea region has all of the potential tsunami-generating sources, such as submarine earthquakes, sub-aerial or submarine landslides and volcano activity. Scientists and disaster management officials have said that models predict a tsunami wiping out vast areas in several island nations where most people live in around capitals and low-lying coastal areas. “Sound science-based tsunami inundation modeling has been performed for all of Puerto Rico and several localities in the French Antilles and Venezuela, which demonstrates real tsunami threats for this region,” the UNESCO expert said.

Update: April 30, 2012:

Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz emits 2000 meter high steam cloud
April 30, 2012 – COLOMBIA – According to the latest bulletin issued by Ingeominas, Nevado de Ruiz unleashed a thick column of white steam white which reached 2000 meters high; there is a high concentration of sulfur smell and a slight decrease in the seismicity following the release. A month after being declared an orange alert on the volcano Nevado del Ruiz by seismic activity, it remains high notes the newsletter sent by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Manizales, which maintains constant monitoring the volcano.

Update: April 30, 2012:

Moscow swelters in record high temperatures in the month of April

Update: April 26, 2012:The Moon which entered cardinal Cancer yesterday evening @ 10:42 PM PDT
is continuing to trigger tremors near Long Valley with TSQ to Uranus-Aries and Pluto-Capricorn.

EQ Swarm: Long Valley caldera rattled by small series of tremors
April 26, 2012 – Long Valley, CA – A series of 8 tremors have erupted at the Long Valley super-volcano caldera over the last 24 hours- two yesterday, and six tremors today. The tremors today were a 1.1 mag (3.2 km), a 2.5 mag (4.5 km), a 1.6 mag (4.5 km), a 1.2 mag (2.8 km), a 1.5 mag (7.9 km) and a 1.3 mag at (3.7 km). This could be the beginning of a swarm so we’ll keep monitoring events and look for updates.

Update: April 26, 2012:Whether the cause of warming ocean currents is from underwater volcanic activity
or from manmade and natural disasters from Deep Horizon to Fukishima
Mars has been in an opposition to Neptune in Pisces for a while.

Antarctic ice melting from below, reveals satellite

Data collected from a NASA ice-watching satellite reveal that the vast ice shelves extending from the shores of western Antarctica are being eaten away from underneath by ocean currents, which have been growing warmer even faster than the air above.
The animation above shows the circulation of ocean currents around the western Antarctic ice shelves. The shelf thickness is indicated by the color; red is thicker (greater than 550 meters), while blue is thinner (less than 200 meters). Launched in January 2003, NASA’s ICESat (Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite) studied the changing mass and thickness of Antarctica’s ice from its location in polar orbit. An international research team used over 4.5 million surface height measurements collected by ICESat’s GLAS (Geoscience Laser Altimeter System) instrument from Oct. 2005 to 2008. They concluded that 20 of the 54 shelves studied — nearly half — were losing thickness from underneath. Most of the melting ice shelves are located in west Antarctica, where the flow of inland glaciers to the sea has also been accelerating — an effect that can be compounded by thinning ice shelves which, when grounded to the offshore seabed, serve as dams to hold glaciers back.Melting of ice by ocean currents can occur even when air temperature remains cold, maintaining a steady process of ice loss — and eventually increased sea level rise

Update: April 25, 2012:Mount Lokon has been shaken by volcanic tremors the last two days
in synch with Mercury-Aries in a powerful square to Pluto-Capricorn

Strong activity continues at Indonesia’s Mount Lokon volcano
April 26, 2012 – REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Head of Data Center for Information and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugrogo said Lokon was shaken by another volcanic tremor in Tomohon, North Sulawesi. In addition, the volcano is stirred by 1 to 3 shallow tremors every 5 minutes. If activity continues to increase at the volcano, officials fear an eruption could be imminent. The volcano remains at alert status 3 for now. The public is admonished to monitor the news for the latest updates about the volcano and a 2.5 kilometer exclusion zone remains in effect around the volcano’s parameter. P>Update: April 25, 2012:Volcanic activity is on the rise all over the ring of fire and Shiveluch has been active for more than four weeks.
Jupiter transiting in Taurus this is aligning with this powerful activity
Plus the ongoing Uranus-Pluto waxing square is building.

Russia’s Shiveluch volcano ejects a 11 km ash cloud
RUSSIA -The Shiveluch volcano on Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula on Thursday ejected an ash cloud to as high as nearly 11km above the sea level, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. An ash column from the volcano rose to a height of 10.7km above the sea level. There was no immediate threat for the population, and no emissions of volcanic dust were monitored in neighboring villages. Two earthquakes were registered at the volcano over the past 24 hours, which was given the highest Red Aviation Code. This was the most powerful eruption of ash registered at Shiveluch this year. Shiveluch has been active for more than four weeks. Shiveluch, standing 3,283 meters above the sea level, is Kamchatka’s northernmost active volcano.

Update: April 24, 2012:While Popocatepetl was rumbling and spurting high clouds of ash about a week ago
Mercury (representing sounds) was in an explosive conjunction with Uranus the shocker in Aries
Tomorrow Mercury has separated and will be exactly square Pluto (destruction-lord of the underworld) on April 25th
Will another eruption occur tomorrow or closer to May 29th when the Sun (Taurus ) is trine Pluto (Capricorn)? >P>El Popo a Time-bomb? Residents too afraid to sleep, ‘It’s making sounds we never heard before’
Xalitzintla - Residents at the foot of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano no longer sleep soundly since the towering mountain roared back into action over a week ago, spewing out a hail of rocks, steam and ash. "We close our eyes, but we don't sleep much. In the past, there was only smoke but this time it's stronger," said Francisco Jimenez, who lives in the nearby town of Xalitzintla in central Mexico, 55km from Mexico City. The volcano, Mexico's second highest peak at 5 452m, started rumbling and spurting high clouds of ash and steam on 13 April, provoking the authorities to raise the alert to level five on a seven-point scale. The alert extended a security cordon around the volcano but stopped short of starting evacuations of about 685 000 residents from nearby communities. Over the weekend, residents watched as Popocatepetl, which means "smoking mountain" in the indigenous Nahuatl language, lived up to its name, spouting glowing rocks and shaking the ground beneath their feet. "When we went out to see, my son cried: 'We have to leave!' We were ready to leave for Mexico City but then it calmed down a bit," said 67-year-old Leopolda Perez of Xalitzintla. Residents say they are used to the permanent threat of the volcano, which they affectionately nickname "Don Gregorio" or "Don Goyo", but many say the new activity makes them nervous again. "We've been watching out for many nights, waiting to see what happens," said Gabino Santibanez, mayor of San Pedro Benito Juarez, a small town only 9km from the glowing crater. Locals said that most frightening was the unusual rumbling coming from the volcano, which many compared to an aircraft turbine. "We've never heard a noise like it," said Maximiliano Grajales.

Update: April 24, 2012:On the February X24 test, it was just three days after a highly psychic Pisces New Moon
plus Mercury was opposing Mars while on Friday the 24th the moon was in Aires conjunct Uranus another precursor.

Flashback: ‘We are not making any predictions’ February X 24 Mexico earthquake exercise comes remarkably close to reality
Life imitating art: It wasn’t an 8.0 magnitude earthquake as depicted in the February 2012 X24 Mexico disaster training exercise but a 7.4 magnitude earthquake did strike the west coast of Mexico close to the Feb. training simulation point on March 20, 2012 and Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano did erupt 26 days later.

Update: April 24, 2012:Not only is the grand earth trine getting stronger with the Sun trine Mars and Pluto
but Mercury is square Pluto in active cardinal and explosive signs.

Indonesia’s Mount Lokon volcano erupts shrouded in the clouds.
North Sulawesi’s Mount Lokon erupted at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, after several days of increased activity, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has announced. The height at which lava shot out of the volcano was unknown because clouds were blocking the full view. The agency declared areas within a 2.5 kilometers radius from the mountain’s peak dangerous and urged nearby residents to stay alert. There are no residential areas within that zone. However, the agency said that the residents living outside the zone do not need to evacuate yet.

Update: April 24, 2012:

O.C. quake was small, but it could make history
A 3.9 temblor centered in the southern suburb of Laguna Niguel could be the first measured on a little-known fault discovered 13 years ago
The earthquake may have measured only a 3.9, but it still could make history in Orange County. Monday's temblor, centered in the southern suburb of Laguna Niguel, could be the first measured on a fault discovered only 13 years ago and running along the coast from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa to San Juan Capistrano — close to the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The little-known fault — called the San Joaquin Hills thrust — is similar to the fault that triggered the deadly Northridge quake in the San Fernando Valley 18 years ago. Unlike the famous San Andreas fault, which can be seen on the surface, the fracture in the earth's crust that makes up the San Joaquin Hills thrust fault is entirely underground. Because there is no visible break in the earth's crust at ground level, the fault is perhaps more dangerous because it's unclear exactly where the boundaries are.

Update: April 23, 2012:Volcanic activity has intensified on the ring of fire since April 19th when the Sun entered Taurus.
Today's Gemini Moon triggered the nodes in signs of mass evacuation Gemini/Sagittarius square the Moon in Mars.

Evacuation ordered at Indonesia’s Mt Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi
April 24, 2012 – INDONESIA - Local residents around Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, have been asked to evacuate the area, following a steady increase of activity in the mountain since 4 p.m. local time. “We are on alert status [Level 3],” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho on Monday. “We ask that local disaster mitigation agencies follow the technical recommendations we have given them. There should be no community activity within a 2.5 kilometer radius of the volcano crater,” Sutopo added. Mt. Lokon is located on the outskirts of Tomohon. It is 1,580 meters high and is located 20 kilometers west from Manado, North Sulawesi. According to the Volcanic and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), Mt Lokon had previously erupted on June 14, 2011, sending ash and debris 1,500 meters into the sky. The next day, another eruption occurred that threw up volcanic material by 600 meters. Two residents died as a result of these eruptions. Other eruptions happened in 1991 and 2001, with the one in October 1991 causing Rp 1 billion (US$108 thousand) in damages, as well as the death of a Swiss tourist named Vivian Clavel. The 2001 eruption covered Manado in ashes and debris. The dust coming out of the mountain formed a 400 meter pillar

Update: April 23, 2012:

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano blows its top- raining down gravel in neaby town
Over the weekend, the Tungurahua’s volcanic eruption had a strong explosion that caused gravel to fall down in the nearby town of Pillate, Ecuador. The explosion, characterized by its loud “cannon ball shot”, was immediately detected by locals and scientists observing the volcano’s progress. The explosion was later followed by a slight tremor and a constant pulsation of “high energy” said reports. The constant cloud coverage surrounding the volcano has caused scientists, from the Geophysical Institute branch of the National Polytechnic School to have trouble determining its current state. Most of the direct observations are conducted in the Guadalupe Observatory, the closest in the vicinity. Tungurahua, located in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, is 5,016 meters high and its eruptions began in 1999. Since then, the volcano has transitioned from times of high activity and those of calm.

Update: April 22, 2012:Severe weather watch with tornadoes from Florida to GA to SC to NC
aligns with the 3rd. shocking meeting with Mercury, the weather planet and Uranus the planet of electrical storms.
is another indication that with Mars opposing Neptune in Pisces water is plentiful

4/22/2012 -- Florida Tornado watches, hail -- damaging winds detected in GA, SC, NC

Update: April 22, 2012:This is one rare and severe nor'easter storm bringing rain, snow and even tornadoes.
Right in synch with the Mercury-Uranus wild conjunction in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn known for natures furies.

Massive nor'easter storm bringing rain, snow
(CBS News) A huge storm is brewing that could impact at least one-third of the nation, from Florida to Maine, and potentially as far west as Michigan. CBS News correspondent Terrell Brown reports that, because of the unusual timing, there are concerns it could be a re-run of a weather mess from just six months ago. Last October, a surprise storm dumped record snow on the Northeast and left nearly 20 million people without power. That winter storm arrived in the fall. Now, there is a spring storm, just like it, taking aim at the northeast. Both produced heavy wet snow and both happened at times when there are a lot of leaves on the trees, which will cause more weight on the trees and probably cause a lot of these trees to tumble down on top of power lines, and that is why there could be widespread power outages. The storm system is expected to dump up to 4 to 6 inches of snow in Pittsburgh, up to 8 inches in Buffalo and more than 18 inches in Johnstown, Pa. The same storm battered Orlando, Fl., with golf ball-sized hail and heavy winds which knocked down trees and power.

Update: April 20, 2012:

Magnitude 6.6 Quake strikes off the North Coast of Papua, Indonesia
Date and Time: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 01:16:54 UTC
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10:16:54 AM at epicenter
Location: 1.609°S, 134.232°E
Depth: 29.8 km (18.5 miles)

Update: April 20, 2012:It is obvious that things have heated up and more eruptions are coming from Popocatepetl.
At 5:05 AM LMT when this current series of eruptions began -
Pisces was rising while Mercury-Uranus-Vesta and the Moon were all in Aries intercepted in the first house.
Neptune ruler of this chart is near Chiron in the 12th house in Pisces and opposing Mars in the 6th.

Mexico volcano spews glowing rock, tower of ash

XALITZINTLA, Mexico (AP) — A 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano outside Mexico City exhaled dozens of towering plumes of ash and shot fragments of glowing rock down its slopes Friday morning, frightening the residents of surrounding villages with hours of low-pitched roaring not heard in a decade. A roiling white cloud of ash, gas, water vapor and superheated rock spewed from the cone of Popocatepetl high above the village of Xalitzintla, whose residents said they were awakened by a window-rattling series of eruptions. Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center said that a string of eruptions had ended in the early morning, then started up again at 5:05 a.m., with at least 12 in two hours.

Update: April 20, 2012:

Ecuador’s Reventador volcano unleashes column of steam and ash

Update: April 19, 2012:On Wed. March 18th when these torrential winds known in Turkey as lodos struck Istanbul,
the Moon was conjunct Mercury and Uranus in ferocious Aries with a dangerous square to Pluto in Capricorn

Freak windstorm blasts Turkey's largest city
Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) -- Howling winds ripped through Turkey's largest city Wednesday afternoon, tearing flags from their poles, destroying the set of a blockbuster Hollywood film, and injuring at least 31 people, Turkish authorities said. Three of the injured were in critical condition from the freak storm caused by a strong southwesterly wind known in Turkey as lodos. The winds -- measured at 100 kph or 62 miles per hour -- ripped the roofs from some 350 buildings, the Istanbul municipality reported, and downed more than 100 trees. Fishing boats rushed to the rescue of desperate passengers aboard a yacht that caught fire in the Bosporus, the strait that divides the densely populated city.

Update: April 19, 2012:Seismic activity increases around Popocatepetl with some moderate ash exhalations as with everyone on alert.
this occurs as the Moon in Aries separates from a square to Pluto
and the Sun enters Taurus to trine Mars and Pluto (earth-based force and power)

Popocatepetl Volcano Threatening to Erupt, 19 Million Prepare to Evacuate
The Popocatepetl volcano is making movement and threatening to erupt, causing Mexican officials to raise the alert level from yellow phase three to yellow phase two. The volcano has already begun spewing red-hot bits of rock, and its opening has expanded. These are signs that the volcano, still quite active, could soon erupt. In a statement by Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention, the volcano could produce "moderate exhalations, some with ash, sporadic low to moderate explosions with likely burning fragments, and flaming magma within the crater." Residents and tourists have been advised to remain at least seven miles away from the volcano's base, lest magma or hot rock injure anyone. Mexico has been experiencing natural disasters with increasing frequency. On Friday, officials at the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.4 magnitude earthquake six miles off Mexico's Pacific Coast. It was powerful enough to shake buildings 230 miles away in Mexico City. Thankfully no one was hurt in that earthquake, and the country was left relatively unscathed.

Update: April 19, 2012:

New Brunswick town plagued for weeks by earthquake swarm and no one knows why

Update: April 19, 2012::

Two new geological faults found in Thai North

Update: April 18, 2012:Santorini's underwater volcano has resumed activity in alignment with the Mars-Neptune opposition in Virgo-Pisces
along with Mercury making another conjunction to Uranus in fiery Aries

Santorini's underwater volcano activity resumes
(AGI) Washington - Santorini's volcanic basin is showing signs of resumed volcanic activity. According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, satellite research tools suggest that a build-up of some 14m cubic metres of lava at a depth of 5km took place between September and January last. Widely touted by academics as the cause of the Minoan civilisation's obliteration, what is left of the volcano - a small archipelago - last witnessed significant geological activity in January of 2011. Having published his findings in the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the Institute's Andrew Newman says "our research shows that the lava build-up is accelerating," suggesting that even though the build-up may not indicate an imminent eruption, it may

Update: April 17, 2012:

Very strong to massive (deep) earthquake in Papua New Guinea

6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Papua New Guinea
The earthquake struck at a depth of 202 km is therefore probably harmless.
130 km (81 miles) N (10°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG
156 km (97 miles) ESE (104°) from Madang, New Guinea, PNG
This earthquake will be felt by millions of people in a very wide area because of the depth of the hypocenter
Update 07:33 UTC : Geofon reports a Magnitude of 6.6 at a depth of 199 km. EMSC a Magnitude of 7.1 at a depth of 190 km.

Update: April 17, 2012:Obviously earth changes are intensifying as the Sun in cardinal Aries gets ready to enter Taurus on April 19th.

Strong earthquake magnitude 6.7 strikes Chile; no serious damage reported
(CNN) -- A strong earthquake struck coastal Chile near the port city of Valparaiso late Monday, causing mudslides and some minor damage, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The 6.7-magnitude quake knocked out some power and phone lines in the region, authorities said. The temblor was felt in the capital city, Santiago, located 69 miles from the epicenter. A CNN en Español anchor held onto his desk as the quake rattled the studio during a newscast in Huechurba, a suburb of the capital. "We could feel the ground shaking," said journalist Richard Madan. "It felt like we were standing on a subway track but multiply that by about 200."

Update: April 16, 2012:Pluto in Capricorn is heading toward another exact trine with Mars now direct in Virgo.

Giant sinkhole in Sweden creating tremors as it expands

Update: April 16, 2012:Jupiter now in Taurus relates to many more volcanoes awakening and erupting
along with the ongoing Uranus -Aries massive waxing square to Pluto-Capricorn finally perfecting on June 24th.

Mexico’s sleeping Popocatépetl volcano awakens again

Update: April 14, 2012:Another article predicting major quakes on the West Coast of the US - what else is new?
I have been talking about this for months and have indicated that with both Uranus-Pluto in a waxing square in cardinal signs (exact June 24th)
the possibilities are becoming greater each day for major temblors as many faultlines are activated
including the San Andreas, Hayward, Calaveras, Mendocino Fracture Zone up into the Cascadian Subduction Zone

The Ring Of Fire Is Roaring To Life And There Will Be Earthquakes Of Historic Importance On The West Coast Of The United States
Does it seem to you like there has been an unusual amount of seismic activity around the world lately? Well, it isn't just your imagination. The Ring of Fire is roaring to life and that is really bad news for the west coast of the United States. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire. Considering the fact that the entire west coast of the United States lies along the Ring of Fire, we should be very concerned that the Ring of Fire is becoming more active. On Wednesday, the most powerful strike-slip earthquake ever recorded happened along the Ring of Fire. If that earthquake had happened in a major U.S. city along the west coast, the city would have been entirely destroyed. Scientists tell us that there is nearly a 100% certainty that the "Big One" will hit California at some point. In recent years we have seen Japan, Chile, Indonesia and New Zealand all get hit by historic earthquakes. It is inevitable that there will be earthquakes of historic importance on the west coast of the United States as well. So far we have been very fortunate, but that good fortune will not last indefinitely.
Normally we only see about one earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or greater per year. The magnitude 8.6 earthquake was the most powerful strike-slip earthquake in recorded history. If that earthquake had happened in the United States, it would have probably been the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. The following is from an article posted on The Extinction Protocol....
I’ve never heard of a strike-slip lateral earthquake of this great a magnitude; especially under water. Preliminary assessment of the Indonesian quakes by U.S. geologists suggests one plate lurched past each other as much as 70 feet. San Andreas is a strike-slip, lateral- can we even imagine two sections of ground moving 70 feet near San Francisco? Had the force of the Sumatra quakes been unleashed upon San Andreas, the city would have been completely destroyed.

Update: April 14, 2012:This is just one of several quakes to take note of in the Southern Hemisphere
with the upcoming Sun-Vesta (aries) opposition to Saturn(Libra) perfects along with Mars stationing in Virgo

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes the Drake Passage
April 14, 2012 – ANTARCTICA – A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the ocean floor of the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica at the shallow depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter of the earthquake was 358 km (222 miles) SSE of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The powerful quake is just the latest in a series of earthquakes that have rattled the globe since 8.6 and 8.2 magnitude earthquakes struck off the coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia. –

Update: April 12, 2012:Of course they are connected with the aligment and planetary stations to say the least
Also with a Super-Moon in perigee with the Earth on the last Full Moon, science isn't about to admit to true connections.

Are 4 Big Earthquakes in 2 Days Connected?
The 8.6-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, yesterday (April 11) was followed by several decent-size shakes along the west coast of North America, but researchers can't say for certain whether all the temblors were related.
It's possible, geophysicists say, that quakes off the coast of Oregon, Michoacan, Mexico, and in the Gulf of California ranging from magnitudes 5.9 to 6.9 on the Richter Scale had something to do with the large earthquake that struck near Indonesia. But the west coast quakes were fairly standard for their location.
"The Earth is in constant motion," said Aaron Velasco, a geophysicist at the University of Texas, El Paso. "I wouldn't necessarily say it's unusual, but we will definitely be looking at these earthquakes to see if there's any link between them."
It's undeniable that earthquakes can trigger other quakes at close range over a short period of time, phenomena known as aftershocks. At a distance, though, the picture is murkier. Quakes can trigger other quakes in two ways, said John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington. First, they can put stress on nearby faults, deforming the crust and making another rupture more likely. That mechanism is limited to regions close to the original quake.

Update: April 12, 2012:Both quakes struck within 10 minutes of each other and Capricorn was rising in both cases.
The Moon and Pluto were together in the first house and
the ruler of these charts, Saturn in Libra was positied at the top of the chart for great emphasis
opposing the Sun and Vesta in Aries while ruler of Aries, Mars is stationing in earth sign Virgo
expect more aftershocks in this area over the next few days.

Strong pair of 6.2 and 6.9 earthquakes strike Gulf of California

2 very strong dangerous earthquakes in the Gulf of California
(CNN) -- A pair of strong earthquakes rocked Mexico's Gulf of California only minutes apart early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The quakes -- magnitude 6.9 and 6.2 -- were centered about 85 miles northeast of Guerrero Negro in the Mexican state of Baja California, or 325 miles south-southwest of Phoenix in the United States. Both epicenters were shallow, a little more than six miles underground.
No tsunami warnings were issued and there were no immediate reports of damage, but people as far north as Tucson, Arizona, reported feeling them. The temblors were recorded at 12:16 a.m. and 12:06 a.m. local time (3:16 a.m. and 3;06 a.m. ET).

Update: April 12, 2012:Weird stormy, weather continues with Mercury (the weather planet) still Void of Course in Pisces
heading toward a third conjunction with Uranus on March 22nd.
We also are dealing with Mars stationing in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces (bizarre climate conditions)

Golf Ball-Sized Hailstones Kill Three People in China
Hailstones the size of golf balls have reportedly killed three people and injured 25 others in China.
The giant pieces of ice pelted several rural areas in east China's Jiangxi province overnight and on Wednesday morning, resulting in the deaths of three people, the Xinhua news agency said. The hailstones were said to be as large as 3.5cm in diameter and weighed 18g on average. The storms forced the evacuation of more than 700 people, destroyed about 2,700 hectares of crops and damaged more than 900 houses, a spokesman with the Jiangxi provincial department of civil affairs said. Around 170,000 Jiangxi residents have been affected by the freak weather, the spokesman added.

Update: April 11, 2012:Unquestionably the earth is awakening and super active since the Pluto station on April 10th
and as we move forward with the Moon in cardinal earthy Capricorn TSQ the Sun and Saturn more quakes are expected
Also more succinctly with Mars stationing direct in mutable earthy Virgo tomorrow Friday the 13th - be prepared.

The April 11, 2012 Event: cluster of large earthquakes rattle the globe from Indonesia to Mexico
April 12, 2012 – WORLD – A strong earthquake hit Mexico on Wednesday, shaking buildings and sending people running out of offices onto the streets of the capital Mexico City. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.5 -magnitude quake was centered on Mexico’s Pacific coast near Michoacan and struck fairly deep under the earth at 65 km or 40 miles. Prior to the Mexico earthquake, a powerful and shallow 5.9 struck near the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate off the coast of Oregon- indicating tectonic plates worldwide are being rattled by planetary seismic tension. Prior to Oregon earthquake, two massive 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes (8.6 and 8.2) struck the ocean floor off the north coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. As I warned in my book The Extinction Protocol, the power unleashed in these seismic events is growing. This is testament to the dangers and seriousness of the earth-changes facing us and how these events are unleashing more unbridled force with each successive eruption. The Indian Ocean strike-slip fault earthquakes are very unusual. As a matter of fact, I’ve never heard of a strike-slip lateral earthquake of this great a magnitude; especially under water. Preliminary assessment of the Indonesian quakes by U.S. geologists suggests one plate lurched past each other as much as 70 feet. San Andreas is a strike-slip, lateral- can we even imagine two sections of ground moving 70 feet near San Francisco? Had the force of the Sumatra quakes been unleashed upon San Andreas, the city would have been completely destroyed. Ironically, the largest surface displacement ever recorded in a lateral strike-slip fault was 21 feet and that was in the 1906 7.9 San Andreas earthquake. Just so we understand the significance of what transpired today; the Japanese March 11, 2011 earthquake move the ocean floor 79 feet sideways and 10 ft upwards, but today’s earthquakes happened in double 8.0+ magnitude sequence and moved the earth nearly as far. Worst, the seismic tension from the event ricocheted around the world and contributed to other earthquakes. On April 12, additional earthquakes hit the Gulf of California – a 6.2 and 6.9 magnitude earthquakes. The seismic tension appears to be far from over and now appears to be agitating the Pacific Plate subduction zones near Japan. –The Extinction Protocol

Update: April 11, 2012:Uranian Alert! Into the afternoon and early evening in the Southwest the progenitor of the unexpected Uranus is square the Moon @ 7:33 PM PDT
expect some accidents and Major schedule disruptions combined with some highly unstable and even bizarre behavior.

Speaking of Major Disruptions: Hail ravages US 287, shuts down highway
Extreme weather, including heavy hail and flooding, has paralyzed parts of the Panhandle, shutting down highways.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Highway 136 at Fritch was closed in Hutchinson County because of flooding for a short amount of time. It has since reopened.
Highway 287, which was previously at a complete standstill, has resumed traffic. TxDOT said traffic is moving on the northbound lanes and the southbound lanes will likely remain closed through the night. The road must first be cleared and then damage assessed. Southbound traffic is being held in Dumas.
Three to four feet of hail was reported near the Canadian River. Watch the video above from Storm Search 7 Storm Chaser Doug Blach.

Update: April 11, 2012:This quake happened at 5:55 PM CDT with the Ascendant @ 22 degrees Virgo opposing Mercury, the chart's ruler now VOC in Pisces
At ground zero both Moon and Pluto are in Capricorn with Pluto stationing square Uranus.

Very strong at magnitude 6.5 (shallow) earthquake in Michoacan, Mexico

Earthquake overview : A very strong Magnitude 6.5 earthquake has hit the Mexican state of Michoacan. The hypocenter was initially set at 84 km but has been decreased later on to a dangerous depth of 20 km . 36000 people are without power as of 2am gmt but no major damage is reported.
On September 19 1985, a Magnitude 8 earthquake occurred at only 43 km from today’s epicenter. This earthquake was very cruel as it killed approx. 9,500 people
- So far NO reports of damage or injuries. As the epicenter is located in a wilderness area with only a limited number of roads but with a limited agrarian community, we expect reports to ripple in after many hours.

Update: April 11, 2012:Even at 5.9 magnitude this is moderately strong for this area and the 8.2 and 8.6 magnitude monsters in Northern Sumatra
this is notable.

Magnitude 5.9 - Off the Coast of Oregon
Location: 43.593°N, 127.557°W
Depth: 10.2 km (6.3 miles)

Update: April 11, 2012:Suffice to say Sumatra is located in a tectonically active area, and it experiences frequent significant earthquakes
but today's twin quakes of 8.6 and 8.2 are highly significant for the entire world.
When the initial 8.6 quake struck @ 8:38 a.m., UTC - Leo was rising at highly critical 15 degrees known for major dangerous events
And the Leo ascendant was closely square Jupiter in Taurus at the top of the chart.
Most importantly from an astrological perspective, with Leo the ruling planet is the Sun now in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra

Double 8.6 and 8.2 strike ocean floor off the coast of Sumatra – tsuanmi warnings downgraded

Magnitude 8.6 Earthquake Strikes Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra Wednesday afternoon, triggering a tsunami watch for the Indian Ocean, which was later canceled. The quake struck about 434 kilometers (270 miles) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province, and had a magnitude of 8.6, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It took place at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles). A second large quake, with a magnitude of 8.2, occurred off the west coast of Sumatra about two hours later, the USGS said. Gary Gibson from the Seismology Research Center in Melbourne, Australia, said the location of the second quake reduces the possibility of a tsunami.

Update: April 10, 2012: Increase in activity reported at Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano

Update: April 9, 2012:

Swarm of small earthquakes hit Mt. Rose area in Nevada

Update: April 8, 2012:

Icy grips: Anchorage Alaska shatters seasonal snowfall record

Update: April 7, 2012:

Earthquake Recap: Upward of 10 Quakes Hit Santa Clara County

Update: April 7, 2012:

Avalanche buries 100 Pakistani soldiers on glacier

Update: April 6, 2012:

Strong earthquake along the coast of Papua New Guinea per USGS 6.2 Magnitude

Update: April 6, 2012:

London suffering through worst drought since 1884

Update: April 5, 2012:

Continued Earthquake Swarm NE of Pinnacles, CA on the Calaveras Fault.

Update: April 5, 2012:

Small, short explosion rocks Cleveland Volcano in Aleutians

Update: April 4, 2012:

An earthquake swarm continues East of Indio, California

Update: April 3, 2012:

Tornadoes reported near Dallas-Fort Worth area

Update: April 2, 2012: Today's quake appears to be an after shock from the March 20, 2012 magnitude 7.4 quake in Oaxaca.
This shaker is happening as we head toward a tectonically active Full Moon in Aries on April 6th.
When this quake struck @ 12:36:43 PM CDT, Cancer was rising in a close opposition to Pluto in the 7th
Ruler of this chart the Moon in Leo was separating from a square with Jupiter in earth sign Taurus.
The Sun/Vesta and Ceres are all in Aries at the top of the chart
opposing Saturn in Libra (retro) at ground zero.
Expect more aftershocks.

Per USGS: Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes 158 km (98 miles) SSW of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico

Quake strikes Mexico, no initial damage reported
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An earthquake struck Mexico on Monday, shaking buildings in the capital and prompting people to stream out of their offices onto the street, although there were no immediate reports of damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was magnitude 6.3 and centered close to Ometepec in the southwestern state of Guerrero, where a much more powerful earthquake struck last month. It was measured at a depth of 6.2 miles, the survey said. Marcelo Ebrard, the mayor of Mexico City said there were no initial signs of damage from a first flyover of the city, and telephones were still working.
Phone lines went down during the March 20 earthquake which measured 7.4 magnitude and unleashed panic and damaged hundreds of buildings in Guerrero and neighboring Oaxaca state.

Update: April 2, 2012:

Cyclone Daphne leaves trail of destruction across Fiji

Update: April 2, 2012:

Etna volcano busy again with Paroxysm No. 23 of the New South Crater

March 2012 will host extreme weather, volcanic eruptions, super storms, mega tornadoes, major quakes, blizzards, floods, severe cold fronts, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, floods, perilous cyclones, sink holes, strong deluge of water, land and mudslides, extreme weather around the world
floods will continue along with droughts, many chances for dangerous and high winds,while weather records will broken.
The month will be kicked off with Mercury entering Aries to meet Uranus-Vesta in energetic Aries for more extreme weather and seismic events.
March also hosts a wild Full Moon aka the Full Worm Moon or Full Crow Moon in Virgo on March. 8th @ 1:39 AM PST or @ 4:39 AM EST
This lunation features a weird, changeable opposition from Moon-Mars-Virgo to the Sun in Pisces
Since this leades to a Grand Earth Trine on March 14th which expect continued major geolocial and meteorological phenomena.
Events will happen quickly afer this Full Moon as a Mutable Cross takes form.
March is a month of fast shifting events with a New Moon in Aries which occurs on March 22nd @7:37 AM PST or on 10:37 AM EST.
The fiery, erupting New Moon in Aries occurs right after a spectacular Vernal Equinox on March 19th @ 10:15 PM PST or 20th @ 1:15 AM EST
this new lunation, Mercury- Sun-Moon-Uranus-Vesta-Ceres all in super active Aries and rising on the West Coast of the USAwatch for more seismic events
Stay tuned more to come... Coast of the USA.
Expect major an oceanic event marked by quake or volcano leading to oceans heading into a maelstrom.

March UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for March 2012.

Update: March 27, 2012: First it was the Sun meeting Uranus in Aries translating the powerful Uranus-Pluto square which is exact on June 24th. 2012
Now it is the Sun (Aries) in an exact square to Pluto(Capricorn) (exact March 29th) translating this "fiery, volcanic" transit.

3/27/2012 -- Dozens of plumes erupt - 10 states at the same time -1815UTC / 215pm CDT

A series of coinciding eruptive events .. dozens of plumes.. all appear / erupt at the same time ... 1815 UTC / 215CDT on 3/26/2012 .. Viewable throughout the south, midwest, and southwest USA -- Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina... possibly more that I did not cover in this video ... the chances of having THIS MANY WILDFIRES pop up at once sometime right before 215pm CDT --- these chances are astronomical if not on the edge of borderline IMPOSSIBLE

Update: March 26, 2012: Signals of volcanic eruptions are happening all over the world including Mexico with the focus at Popocatepetl volcano.
Venus-Jupiter in Taurus near the Moon creates a beautiful celestial triangle but with the activation from the last New Moon in Aries on March 22nd. the ground is heating up.

Intensification of activity at Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano – 33 emission events in 24 hours
March 26, 2012 – MEXICO - The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last 24 hours the Popocatepetl volcano registered 33 exhalations of low intensity, accompanied by emissions of water vapor and gas. The body of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) explained that on Saturday one of these incidents occurred at 22:29, 23:21 and 23:56 hours on Sunday while they were at 5:14, 5:41 and 8:32 hours. In a statement, adding that Cenapred at 08:42 hours, an earthquake of low magnitude was followed by 96 minutes of spasmodic tremor segments, while the other parameters concerning the volcano remain unchanged. On Saturday night, there were numerous reports of incandescence material seen glowing in the mouth of the crater, though clouds made visibility poor for portions of the evening. The volcanic alert remains at phase two and yellow. Moderate exhalations are likely, some with ash emissions, sporadic bursts of low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments short and a mild glow of the volcano in the crater may also be likely. The Cenapred recommended maintaining the safety radius of 12 kilometers.

Update: March 25, 2012: Quakes have been building up in this area
When this quake hit today @ 6:37:06 PM at epicenter,
Libra was rising @ 3 degrees in a close opposition to Uranus and the Sun in Aries
a dangerous cardinal combination of sudden shockers.
with a TSQ to destructive Pluto in the 4th house representing location of the quake.
Expect injuries and aftershocks.

USGS: Magnitude 71 Quake struck 27 km (16 miles) NNW of Talca, Maule, Chile

Per Earthquake Report: Very strong extremely dangerous earthquake near Talca, Chile
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 06:37:06 PM at epicenter
Location: 35.198°S, 71.783°W
Depth: 30 km (18.6 miles)
27 km (16 miles) NNW of Talca, Maule, Chile
55 km (34 miles) WSW of Curico, Maule, Chile
99 km (61 miles) NNE of Cauquenes, Maule, Chile
219 km (136 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile

Update: March 20, 2012: News is still coming in about this monster quake and subsequent aftershocks.
When this 7.4 quake struck (downgraded) @ 12:02:48 PM at epicenter, Gemini was rising
with the chart's ruler Mercury at Mid-Heaven conjunct the Sun and Uranus all in cardinal Aries
ruler of Aries, Mars was opposing the Moon and Chiron in Pisces so expect some major injuries and panic.

7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Acapulco, Mexico

Massive earthquake near the coast of Mexico (Guerrero) with aftershocks
USGS has magnitude at 7.4
Location 16.662°N, 98.188°W
Depth: 20 km (12.4 miles)
A strong, long 7.6 earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero state shook central southern Mexico on Tuesday, swaying buildings in Mexico City and sending frightened workers and residents into the streets.
The U.S. Geological Survey set the intensity at 7.6 at a depth of 11 miles underground. Mexico's National Seismological Survey said the temblor had an epicenter southwest of Ometepec. The quake was located 120 miles east of Acapulco.
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard's Twitter account said the water system and other "strategic services" were not experiencing problems.
"I have problems with pressure, I felt I was going to faint," said Rosa Maria Lopez Velazquez, 62, outside a mall in Mexico City.

Update: March 15, 2012: We are seeing massive results of the Mercury(retro) -Uranus meetings and the solar flares: Strange and bizarre weather

A large outbreak of hail and damaging winds is currently taking place through the states of Missouri, Illinois, south Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, W. Virginia , New York, Pennsylvania, South and North Carolina.
Out west, in the pacific northwest, a powerful low pressure system is coming ashore.. bringing with it damaging winds, strong cell thunderstorms, and winter weather advisories all along the west coast of the USA.

Update: March 15, 2012: Volcanic activty is increasing at Alaska Aleutian Islands with the Grand Earth Trine (including Jupiter-Venus (Taurus) to Mars (Virgo) to powerful Pluto (Capricorn)
and Mutable Cross dominated by Mars (fire) opposing Pisces grouping
and crossed by the Moon's Nodes.

Alaska Aleutian Island Cleveland volcano explodes for third time in a week
Cleveland Volcano has exploded for the third time in just over a week. The latest eruption of the Aleutian volcano Tuesday afternoon was relatively small, according to a release from the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
Scientists at the Observatory weren’t able detect an ash cloud associated with this event or either of the other two. There’s no real-time monitoring equipment on Cleveland.
None of the recent eruptions have interrupted air travel in the region.
Cleveland’s last major eruption in 2001 sent ash clouds as high as 39,000 feet. The volcano is on uninhabited Island, about 160 miles west of Unalaska.

Update: March 15, 2012:

‘Earthquake swarm’ shakes New Brunswick village- like ‘a bunch of dynamite going off,’ resident says

Update: March 14, 2012:

A magnitude 6. 2 quake strikes the New Brittain, Papua New Guinea region

Update: March 14, 2012:

Cities on alert as smoke and ash rise from Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano

Update: March 14, 2012:

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes Japanese coast, tsunami wave hits coast

Update: March 14, 2012:

Santorini: history’s most dreaded volcano awakes and is rapidly inflating warns geologist

Update: March 13, 2012: Not only do we have a fiery trine from the Moon in Sagittarius to Uranus and Mercury in explosive Aries
but this is the day when the Grand Earth Trine begins to perfect and volcanoes awaken.

Japan’s Sakurajima experiences its most violent eruption in 3 years
Sakurajima, Japan (CBS) -- Sakurajima continued its second day of violent eruptions on Tuesday, spewing hot rocks and ash, but there was no major damage in the vicinity, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.
The agency said Monday's powerful eruption was the most forceful since 2009.
The volcano is located in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima.
The Meteorological Agency added that the volcano has been erupting steadily for the last two years, but the eruption on Monday turned violent, throwing 50-centimetre (1 foot 6 inches) rocks nearly 1.2 miles away, the furthest since 2009.

Update: March 12, 2012: The combination of the mutable cross with Mars leading the way and the Grand Trine in Earth signs
is triggering increased seismic activity along with volcanic awakenings.

Indonesia’s Ijen volcano placed on high alert after rise in activity

Update: March 9, 2012: After Thursday's Full Moon in Virgo, the moon entered activating, cardinal Libra to oppose the Aries Stelliuim (Uranus-Vesta-Mercury)
While ruler of Aries, Mars is heading toward a Grand Earth Trine on March 14th - expect volcanic activity to increase worldwide into the Spring Equinox.

Kamchatka’s Bezymianny volcano erupts, expels ash cloud 8 km high
Friday saw a new eruption of the Bezymianny volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.
Earlier in the day, the volcano spewed ash up to 8 kilometers high, seismologists said, adding that the eruption does not pose a threat to population centers in the area.
One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Bezymianny is located 350 kilometers northeast of the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
During its most powerful eruption in 1956, the 2,800-meter volcano ejected about three cubic kilometers of volcanic debris in a very short time.

Update: March 9, 2012: Another strong quake during this Full Moon phase.
The 6.7 quake quake occurred at 06:09:54 PM at epicenter
Virgo was rising with Mars in the 12th and ruler Mercury now in Aries in the 7th house near Vesta and Uranus and square Pluto.
expect more after shocks with this configuration as memories of last year's massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan return.

Series of moderate earthquakes rattle the globe: 6.7 hits Vanuatu
A series of moderate to strong earthquakes has rattled several parts of the globe including Iran, China, the Philippines and parts of the South Pacific in the past 12-24 hours. There have been no reports of serious damage or fatalities from these quakes thus far and no tsunami warnings were issued for areas that could be impacted. A similar earthquake earlier this week did injure 10 people in the Philippines. The strongest of the recent quakes was centered near Vanuatu, where the quake was recorded at a magnitude of 6.7 by the USGS. These recent quakes come less than two days from the anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan, causing a massive tsunami that devastated parts of the northeast coast of Japan and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. More than 15,000 people were confirmed dead while more than 3,000 remain missing following the disaster.

Magnitude 6.7 Quake strikes 61 km (37 miles) NE of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu

After shocks continue in Vanuatu region with contined stronger quakes in the South Pacific Region during March
MAP 4.7 2012/03/09 11:47:03 -19.302 169.379 35.1 VANUATU

Update: March 5, 2012: The 4.0 quake struck @ 5:33:20 AM on the Hayward Fault when Aquarius was rising
with the ruler Uranus near Mercury and Vesta in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn -
an astrological combination that was enhanced by the Moon in fixed Leo square Jupiter/Venus in Taurus
and the first quake @ 5:33 AM was raised to a 3.5 magnitude temblor by the USGS

Magnitude-4.0 quake shakes San Francisco Bay area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two small, back-to-back earthquakes shook San Francisco Bay area residents awake Monday morning but appeared to leave no serious damage or injury.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude-2.9 quake struck at 5:33 a.m. about eight miles northeast of San Francisco in the city of El Cerrito. It was followed eight seconds later by a magnitude-4.0 temblor, said geophysicist Paul Caruso. The shaking was felt within a 60-mile radius, from Santa Rosa in the north to Santa Cruz in the south.
The California Highway Patrol, San Francisco police and El Cerrito police said they didn't receive any immediate reports of injury or damage.
Bay Area commuter trains were briefly delayed after the quake to inspect the tracks.

Update: March 5, 2012: India like many places on the globe is experiencing the awakening of our planets tectonic plates
all in synch with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square and the Mars transit in Virgo forming a Grand Earth Trine (March 14th)

India shaken by 19th earthquake in 2012
New Delhi: Monday's earthquake that shook the capital and certain areas in its neighbouring states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh was the 19th tremor in the country this year so far and third in the past five days.
The tremor, measuring 4.9 on the Richter Scale with Haryana's Bahadurgarh as epicentre, shook Delhi and neighbouring towns at 1:11 pm.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, this was the 19th quake in the country this year so far and third this month alone.
In January this year, there were 10 tremors which were recorded in various parts of India. Six quakes measuring between 5.0 to 3.6 on the Richter scale were felt in February.

Update: March 5, 2012: When this 6.1 magnitude quake struck, Aquarius was rising with ruler Uranus conjunct Mercury and Vesta in fiery Aries
From a seismic perspective the Moon square Jupiter in fixed signs means more activity
While a Grand Fire Trine was forming with the Moon in Leo and N Node in Sagittarius! - potential volcanic actvity for sure.

Planet sees increase in moderate quakes: 6.1 earthquake strikes Argentina
March 5, 2012 – ARGENTINA – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the Santiago del Estreo, Argentina. The depth of the earthquake was 550 km or 341.8 miles below the surface. The earthquake’s epicenter was actually 111 km or 69 miles from Santiago del Estreo. Seismic activity has seen a notable uptick in recent days which portends a large seismic event may be brewing on the horizon. The Argentina quake erupted in quick succession after a string of moderate earthquakes struck the Loyalty Islands, Japan, Indonesia and India. People in high-risk seismic areas should remain alert for the potential outbreak of seismic events

Update: March 5, 2012: Here we go again, this time with the Aries stellium strong with Mercury-Uranus-Vesta together while Venus opposes Saturn
and today March 5th enters Taurus.
As the Moon now in Leo squared Jupiter in Taurus, more volcanic activity is expected at Etna .

Etna has its Third Major Eruption of 2012

Etna just keeps on rolling. The Italian volcano had its third paroxysm of 2012 (see above) on March 4 and first since early February. This new eruption was a short event that was preceded by 18 days worth of small strombolian activity. The event may have been only ~2 hours, but it produced some spectacular explosions, aiding in some part by interaction with snow and a pyroclastic flow was spotted as well. Osservatario Etneo reported that even a small lahar was produced during this paroxysm as a result of volcanic material mixing with snow. Air traffic around Sicily was not effected by this paroxysm. As usual, Eruptions readers were all over the event, capturing web cam captures and images (below) and Boris Behncke snapped a few shots of the action as usual.

Update: March 4, 2012: More from South America while Mars is at it's closest point following a fiery Sun-Mars opposition.
Plus with Venus entering Taurus to join Jupiter and forming the Grand Earth Trine when more volcanic actvity will be experience around the world not just Ecuador.

Rise in activity reported at Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano
March 4, 2012 – ECUADOR – The Tungurahua volcano increased its activity level at 18:30 on Saturday. According to the technicians of the Observatory of the Geophysical Institute, this is characterized by the explosive ejection of incandescent rocks with additional steam and ash. Moreover, the intensity of the bellows rose relative to those detected at 14:20 on the start of this new eruptive process. Jorge Bustillos, a volcanologist, said the expulsion of the material reaches 500 meters above the crater and the vapor cloud 800. “The activity is Strombolian type, this is identified by the output of lava, steam and ash.” The volcano has been rattled by no less than four large explosions reports Volcano Discovery. Lookouts of the colossus said there was a fall of volcanic dust cam in communities Puela, Chonglontus and El Manzano, in Chimborazo. The cloudy nights have impeded direct observation of the giant crater. Serafin Medina, a resident of Palictahua said that since the late bellows have been emitted from the volcano, activity at the volcano has increased. “We listen to what they say the technicians of the Geophysical Institute.”

Update: March 4, 2012: Venus in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra with a TSQ from the Moon in Cancer
seismic energies are building in fault lines running from central america down to Chile and Argentina

Central and South America are getting hit with moderate to strong earthquakes on March 4, 2012
MAP 5.2 2012/03/04 16:27:20 -21.561 -69.850 46.2 ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
MAP 4.4 2012/03/04 13:18:49 -24.128 -66.990 155.3 SALTA, ARGENTINA
MAP 4.4 2012/03/04 09:58:14 16.860 -94.120 137.4 OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP 5.5 2012/03/04 09:44:15 2.724 -84.301 15.3 OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA
MAP 4.6 2012/03/04 09:39:26 2.756 -84.401 10.0 OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA

Update: March 3, 2012: The initial trigger quake @ 11:19 PM LMT had a mutable Sag. rising to kee this string going .

More aftershocks from the 6.6 Magnitude earthquake which struck the greater Loyalty Islands / New Caledonia area earlier
MAP 5.2 2012/03/03 18:22:32 -22.075 170.306 10.8 SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP 4.8 2012/03/03 17:00:12 -22.185 170.375 10.0 SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS Update: March 3, 2012: This strong quake struck (11:19 PM LMT) when Sagittarius was rising with the N Node applying to a Grand Mutable Cross which included Sun-Mars
Since Jupiter is the ruler of this chart now in Taurus beginning to form a Grand Trine in Earth Signs (March 14th) expect more larger quakes in the Northern Hemipshere too.

A powerfule 6.6 Magnitude earthquake strikes the greater Loyalty Islands / New Caledonia area
Earthquake overview : A very strong earthquake occurred at 11:19 PM (23:19) in the greater Loyalty Islands / New Caledonia area
Location: 22.157°S, 170.317°E
Depth: 15.2 km (9.4 miles)

Update: March 3, 2012: Moon in cardinal Cancer opposes Pluto after a dangersous square to Uranus yesterday -
Not to mention the Sun-Mars opposition.
all this along with Jupiter forming a Grand Earth Trine later this month means multiple volcanoes will be eruptiong.

Moderate ash explosions reported at Guatemala’s Santa Maria volcano
Santa Maria/Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala has been displaying a slightly elevated state of activity in recent days. INSIVUMEH reports moderate explosions about every 15 minutes that eject plumes of gray ash tot 600 and 800 meters above the crater, and producing an ash plume drifting to the west and SW until dissipating at about 15 km distance. Light ash falls from these eruptions frequently occur in the villages San Marcos, Buena Vista and Palajunoj and the El Faro, Florida, and Monte Claro Fincas. Crater glow at the summit of the lava dome is well visible at night, and a blocky lava flow with constant avalanches of blocks rolling down to tits base continues to be active, raising secondary ash plumes.

Update: March 2, 2012: I have mentioned that most importantly with Neptune making an ingress into Pisces (first time in 165 years) the oceans, waterways of the world will be effected big tiem
the First Qtr. Moon (Feb. 29th) involving Sun in oceanic Pisces square Gemini Moon will involve events around water and oceans.
these happenings will also involve environmental disasters
especially with the Sun also opposing Mars in Virgo

Mysterious submarine plume discharge clouds waters at Hawaii harbor
HAWAII - A mysterious cloudy substance is emptying into Kewalo Basin (Honolulu) from a storm drain at an alarming rate. The mystery plume started pouring into Kewalo Basin before sunrise. “It was like 5:30 in the morning and I was standing here and then all of a sudden it came all at one time,” said Robert St. Romain of Sashimi Fishing Tours. At first light he and other boat owners were stunned by the free flowing plume that turned the water white. “Just was coming out here like crazy just like you see it right now and it muddied the whole harbor in a matter of five minutes. The whole harbor was just glazed over usually you can see down,” said a boater. And it kept coming hundreds of gallons of milky brown fluid every minute. “That storm drain is capable of close to a million gallons a day of water coming through,” said Kewalo Basin Harbor Master Charles Barclay. He said he’s never seen anything like this. “If it was a sewage discharge or if it was an oil discharge we’d smell it but this is a siltation. “Obviously it’s not oil because you don’t see any slick on top,” said boater Michael de Jong. “I don’t know what else it might be. Do you have anything further?” asked Barclay. About a dozen state and city officials were on the scene. Everyone was baffled by the source. City crews visited numerous construction sites and checked for broken water mains but found no clues. “The storm water drain where it’s coming out of connects to an artesian well up by the Blaisdell Center,” said Barclay. He said this is one of 37 storm drains in Kewalo Basin. But this particular drainage was seldom source of storm runoff and the rains weren’t heavy over-night. Barclay says boat owners reported seeing dead fish in the harbor which is home to stingrays, hammerhead sharks and turtles and an occasional visit from monk seals. There’s just no question we don’t want any type of discharges that would impact the marine life,” said Barclay. The cloudy substance that blanketed the harbor made its way to the ocean where unsuspecting surfers, fishermen and divers had already started their day.

Update: March 2, 2012:

Volcanic activity increasing at Indonesia’s Semeru volcano

Update: March 2, 2012: Mercury enters Aries (@ 3:41 AM) to join Uranus-Vesta in Aries - and then the Moon enters watery Cancer @ 7:08 AM and the weather is fierce in selected parts of the US from DC to Kansas City up to Chicago!
Forget the "supposed magma plume" which emanated from the New Madrid Fault area, this weather is damn serious.
After the Moon enters Cancer the sparks fly with the steam rising as the Moon squares Mercury @ 7:33 AM
An explosive Uranus square to this same Moon @ 1:29 PM likely will trigger even more tornadoes.
Of course with the Pisces Stellium from Neptune to Chiron to Pallas to the Sun things may not go as warned.



Never have I been more serious about a storm setup than this one. I have checked out the energy field on this and it ranks a 10 out of 10! This setup is very serious and will be deadly UNLESS YOU ARE INFORMED! Your local weather/news outlets are telling you it will only be small and effect only 3-5 states... they couldn't be more wrong. I'm counting 12-20 states are going to be hit and hit hard! Watch the video and KNOW THE REAL STORY.

Update: March 2, 2012: Mercury enters Aries (@ 3:41 AM) to join Uranus-Vesta in Aries - and then the Moon enters watery Cancer @ 7:08 AM
Then immediately the sparks fly with the steam rising as the Moon squares Mercury @ 7:33 AM
An explosive Uranus square to this same Moon @ 1:29 PM triggers more major sesimic events.
Will this dormant volcano blow or will we have a series of Mega-Quakes 8.0+M. like the ones that started on December 16, 1811 and resolved on Feb 7, 1812 ?

3/1/2012 -- Plumes erupt from New Madrid Seismic Zone = 2.9M quake follows.. more coming?

original text report from Luann Gogglin Patterson (on facebook) many thanks to her for catching the plumes AND REPORTING IT so it can get out on video...
quote from our facebook chat:
"LuAnn Goggin Patterson
Big plume in southern MO right now. And crazy CT's in northeast MO too. Michael Janitch checking now.... !!!
you rock for reporting this.. no one else is saying anything!
Michael Janitch you are a freakin' HERO !!! i give you a shout out in my video processing now.. your report BEFORE the earthquake hit in the new madrid just now.. GOOD WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!"
I recorded a whole video on the plumes .. then as the video was processing .. a 2.9M earthquake struck the New Madrid Seismic Zone (TN and AR border).
The plume area in Arkansas is coming from near the dormant volcanic chain which includes Murfreesboro Diamond mine state park ... a dormant volcano where you can dig for diamonds.
Also in south-east Missouri -- there resides a dormant volcano -- not marked on any map.. but you can see the county (i have done this already myself) .. go look up that county on google earth .. and look for the ONLY standalone mountain in the area.. zoom in... and you will see it ... clearly an UNMARKED or UNKNOWN dormant volcano.. (for sure unnamed).
The whole event happened this afternoon (March 1, 2012) -- viewable on College of Dupage (or any other visible satellite of the midwest USA) ...

February 2012 will host extreme weather, volcanic eruptions, super storms, major quakes, blizzards, severe cold fronts, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, floods, perilous cyclones, sink holes, strong deluge of water, land and mudslides, extreme weather around the world
floods will continue along with droughts, still chances for dangerous and high winds,while weather records will broken.
The month was kicked off with Neptune entering Pisces relating to major weather and seismic changes.
February also hosts a shocking Full Moon aka the Full Snow Moon in Leo on Feb. 7th @ 1:54 PM PST or @ 4:54 PM EST which leads to both shocking geolocial and meteorological phenomena.
Events will happen quickly along with this Full Moon since the Sun meets Mercury in Aquarius
Venus joined Aries on Feb. 9th to square Pluto (Feb. 15th. ) to set off a series of quakes and tremors in the Western Hemisphere.
February culminates with a New Moon in Pisces which occurs on February 21st @ 2:35 PM PST or on 5:35 PM EST.
On this new lunation, the Sun-Moon are near Neptune and Pallas-Chiron and Mercury and chances of huge ocean waves per a Tsunami are possible.
Stay tuned more to come...

February UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for and February 2012:

Update: February 29, 2012: High winds and storm cells reflect last night's Gemini Moon square Neptune in Pisces
and the continued Mercury transit Void of Course in Pisces

Storms damage country music resort town, kill 13
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A powerful storm system that produced multiple reports of tornadoes lashed the Midwest early Wednesday, roughing up the country music resort city of Branson and laying waste to small towns in Illinois and Kansas. At least 13 people were killed.
An apparent twister rolled through Branson just before 1 a.m. and seemed to hopscotch up the city's main roadway, ripping roofs off hotels and damaging some of the city's famed music theaters dangerously close to the start of the heavy tourism season. More than 30 people were reported hurt, mostly with cuts and bruises.
"If it was a week later, it'd be a different story," said Bill Tirone, assistant general manager for the 530-room Hiltons of Branson and the Branson Convention Center, where windows were shattered and some rooms had furniture sucked away by high winds. Hotel workers were able to get all guests to safety as the storm raged.

Update: February 28, 2012:

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano rumbles with 16 low intensity emissions – alert level, Phase 2, yellow

Update: February 26, 2012: The trigger quake of magnitude 6.7 struck (62 miles) E of Kyzyl, Russia @ 1:17:19 PM at epicenter.
At this time Cancer was rising @ 14 degrees in a close square to Ceres in Aries
while the Moon ruler of the chart was at Mid-Heaven in Aries opposing Saturn.
Most major quakes have hard, cardinal aspects as primary triggers and in this case we also note that Mars - ruler of Aries is building toward a Mutable Grand Cross (closes on March 14th. )
Expect even more aftershocks in this area of Southwestern Siberia.

Very strong dangerous earthquake in southern Siberia – same area than December 27, 2011
Earthquake overview : In the early afternoon of February 26, a very strong extremely shallow earthquake occurred approx. 100 km from Kyzyl, Siberia, Russia.
Update 14:15 UTC : Most mining companies in the area have send their workers on leave as many aftershocks are expected and as the technical installations have to be inspected.
Update 14:11 UTC : Tenting has been installed in Kyzyl to accept 5400 people.
Update 14:00 UTC : Some school buildings in Kochetova have induced small damage, like cracks in the ceiling , falling plaster etc.

USGS List of Quakes for this region in Southwestern Siberia, Russia
MAP 4.4 2012/02/26 13:44:53 51.611 95.972 10.0 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
MAP 4.5 2012/02/26 13:17:34 51.974 95.311 10.0 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
MAP 4.9 2012/02/26 13:06:36 51.789 95.865 10.2 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
MAP 4.7 2012/02/26 12:50:23 51.819 96.102 10.1 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
MAP 5.2 2012/02/26 11:59:06 51.760 96.013 9.5 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
MAP 4.4 2012/02/26 11:50:58 51.812 95.127 10.1 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
MAP 5.2 2012/02/26 11:07:41 51.709 96.108 10.0 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
MAP 4.9 2012/02/26 06:52:39 51.727 96.029 10.1 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA
MAP 6.7 2012/02/26 06:17:19 51.731 95.921 11.7 SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA

Update: February 25, 2012: Taurus was rising @ 27 degrees when this rolling sharp quake struck near Taitung, Taiwan.
Venus ruler of the chart in Aries was near the Moon and both were opposing Saturn in Libra
Again we need to look at Mars ruler of the Aries grouping which is continuing to build toward a Grand Earth Trine and closer Mutable Cross on March 14th.

Very strong earthquake hits Taiwan causing minor damage + videos from shaking and damage

Magnitude 5.9 Quake hits WSW of Taitung, Taiwan>
Earthquake overview : A Magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck at 20.4km depth in southern Taiwan in the mountain region. Although well felt, major damage has not occurred and the national fire disaster agency has not released any reports.
Update: The following (bad quality) video shows some of the (minor) damage. As could be expected in very mountainous Taiwan, also many landslides occurred in the epicenter area.

Update: February 24, 2012:

Malaysian island region inundated with massive volcanic mud flow
February 24, 2012 – Borneo, MALAYSIA - Volcanic mud has been spewing at least twice to three times more actively than normal since last week. This has created an overflow of the sulphuric substance that has spread over an area as big as a football field. Apart from excited guests at the nearby Tabin Wildlife Resort, the number of wild animals, too, appears to have increased at the mud pool. Volcanic mud is believed to contain curative properties with iodine, bromine, calcium and magnesium. According to Wikipedia, since the mud solution has no significant toxic substance, it is used as a curative agent for mud baths at spas. Mud baths have existed for thousands of years and can now be found in high-end spas in many countries of the world. The mineral-rich pool serves as a salt lick for animals at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, including endangered species such as the Sumatran rhino and the pygmy elephants. On a normal day, mud would continuously spew from within the pool and dry up in a day or two once it spills over. Last week, however, according to a wildlife ranger who declined to be named, it was rather active judging by the overflow. “Earlier last week, we saw it to be more active and when we returned a few days later, the mud had flowed over a big area,” he said, adding that people and animals had suddenly started coming to the reserve in droves. Nestled amid 120,500ha of dipterocarp rainforest and tropical plants, some of which are rich in medicinal and therapeutic values, the reserve is a popular haunt for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Besides the rhinoceroses and elephants, it is also home to the clouded leopard, sambar deer, exotic wild birds and the orangutans.

Update: February 23, 2012:This eruption synchronized with the beauty of the northern lights.
In many ways this is a preview for the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus (esoteric ruler Vulcan) where nature's spectacular magic is featured.
All of this occurred with the Moon in Aries and a fiery Mars-Mercury opposition in mutables.

Fimmvörðuháls eruption in Iceland coincides with display of northern lights

February 23, 2012 – ICELAND – A photographer from Britain, James Appleton, has captured breath-taking pictures from Iceland, reports The Huffington Post. He captured both magma and northern lights in one shot. He stood just a few yards from an erupting volcano in order to take the pictures and they just might be one of nature’s most amazing sights. James was willing to go within a few hundred feet of an erupting volcano after working alongside vulcanologists in Iceland, and found out about Fimmvörðuháls who from his Icelandic friend. “She informed me of the eruption, and I knew immediately I had to try and get out to see it.” Not only did James have to deal with the harsh flames of the volcano, but he also had to face the frozen temperatures of a harsh Icelandic winter in order to take his remarkable pictures. “The closest I got was probably only a few hundred meters away,” said James.

Update: February 22, 2012:

4.0 magnitude Missouri, New Madrid region, earthquake rattles 9 states

Update: February 22, 2012:

Seven tremors rattle Gujarat region of India

Update: February 21, 2012::

Scientists investigate riddle of rapidly inflating volcano in Southwest Bolivia

Update: February 21, 2012:: This news comes in alignment with the massive Pisces New Moon touching Neptune-Chiron-Pallas and then Mercury-Vesta all in the sign most connected to the oceans.

Satellite captures enormous 90-mile-wide storm that's UNDERWATER
February 23, 2012 – AFRICA - A NASA satellite has provided jaw-dropping pictures of a huge ‘storm’ brewing under the sea. The swirling mass of water – which measures a whopping 93 miles wide – has been spotted off the coast of South Africa by the Terra satellite on December 26. But there’s no need to alert international shipping, or worry about the poor fish that might find themselves in an endless washing cycle – the body of water poses no threat. Indeed, it is more likely to create life by sucking nutrients from the bed and bringing them to the surface. The sea storms – which are better known as eddies – form bizarre whirl shaped shapes deep beneath the ocean’s surface. This counter-clockwise eddy is thought to have peeled off from the Agulhas Current, which flows along the southeastern coast of Africa and around the tip of South Africa. Agulhas eddies – also called ‘current rings’ – tend to be among the largest in the world, transporting warm, salty water from the Indian Ocean to the South Atlantic. Agulhas eddies can remove juvenile fish from the continental shelf, reducing catch sizes if one passes through a fishing region. The bizarre phenomenon was spotted when the Terra satellite was conducting a routine natural-color image of the Earth.

Update: February 21, 2012::

Aleutian Island’s Kanaga volcano awakens- first eruption in 17 years

Update: February 19, 2012: Historically when Neptune enters Pisces there will be excessive floods and rains and 2012 is no different
except that with the Sun joining Neptune (Feb. 18th)- Pallas-Chiron-Mercury and Vesta this massive precipation will be hitting unusual places around the globe.

Chile Atacama Desert: driest place on Earth pounded by days of heavy rains
February 19, 2012 – CHILE – Four days of heavy rain in Chile’s Atacama Desert have forced hundreds from their homes as swollen rivers broke their banks and loosened soil gave way to a second landslide in less than a week. The settlements in the world’s driest desert remain on alert as the usually slow moving rivers furiously churn their way down the highland plateau to the Pacific Ocean. Some local towns have seen as much as two metres of flooding and some 800 residents have been forced from their homes. “It is all ruined. Just like you can see. Everything is lost, I have to start all over again,” said a resident of the town of Toconao. Comparing the disaster to wild fires that forced the closing of Chile’s Patagonian Torres del Paine National Park, Economy Minister Pablo Longueira vowed the government would act quickly for residents and get the tourism industry here back on its feet as quickly as possible. “We are going to try to move as quickly as possible. Just like in Torres del Paine [National Park], which was unfortunately struck with another fire last week, we are going to remove all tourist activities as quickly as possible. We are completely aware of how important San Pedro de Atacama is for Chile,” Longueira said. Officials have not reported any deaths but have warned residents to remain alert.

Update: February 19, 2011: The earth is awakening dramatically and that means more volcanoes like Mt. Fuji flexing their muscles and releasing steam.
Not only will Venus-Jupiter be conjunct in fixed earth sign Taurus (esoteric ruler Vulcan) on March 13th.
but they both will be trine Mars in mutable earth sign Virgo and will form a Grand Earth Trine to Pluto in cardinal earth sign Capricorn on March 14th.
Be ready if you can.

Japan’s Mt. Fuji volcano awakens after 300 years- increased risk of an eruption warns scientist
Reports are appearing about unrest and signs of a possible awakening of Mt Fuji volcano in Japan. According to a report which includes an unclear photo of the area, a row of new craters, the largest 50 m in diameter, has appeared on the eastern flank of the volcano at 2200 m elevation. Steam was observed erupting from these vents. The observation joins other signs suggesting a gradual reawakening: A swarm of earthquakes including 4 of magnitude 5 have occurred northeast of Mt Fuji on and after 28 January. An earlier 6.4M quake occurred under the volcano on 15 March 2011. The report also mentions increased activity from a fumarole vent at 1500 m elevation and hot spring areas at the eastern flank observed since 2003.
These locations seem to be aligned geographically, and are probably connected. Dr. Masaaki Kimura of Ryukyu University is quoted to admit that there is an increased risk of and eruption on the eastern flank and that the status of the volcano should be closely monitored.

Update: February 15, 2012: This strong quake hit one day after the 5.6 magnitude temblor hit in Northern California
When this 6.0 quake struck with Mars rising in Virgo opposing Vesta in at the 7th angle in Pisces and TSQ the nodes.
Yes the area (159 miles) W of Coos Bay, Oregon is seismically active and was the location of an underwater volcano last year.

6.0 quake recorded in Pacific off Ore.; no damage
BANDON, Ore. (AP) — The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 off the Oregon coast caused no reported damage and only a smattering of reports from people who felt it as a weak jolt.
The shallow quake was recorded at 7:31 p.m. PST Tuesday more than 150 miles west of southern Oregon. It did not generate a tsunami.
Within about an hour, the information center's website recorded 39 reports of people who reported feeling the quake. Most were in northern California and southern Oregon and characterized it was "weak" or "barely felt."

Update: February 14, 2012: Even though the eruptions were weak at the Guatemala’s Fuego volcano
this is still ongoing activity as Mars (heat and fire) is applying to a trine with Pluto (underground action) in March.

Nine weak ash eruptions reported at Guatemala’s Fuego volcano
Weak ash explosions continue at Fuego volcano. INSIVUMEH reported for 13 February that 9 eruptions were counted, producing plumes up to 500 m high and occasional rumbling noises. A steam plume is rising constantly about 100 m from the crater. The ash drifted 8 miles WSW. The new lava flow on the southwest flank in the direction of the Taniluya ravine is still active and about 200 m long. Blocks that detach from its front form small block avalanches that reach the vegetation.

Update: February 14, 2012: This powerful quake near the Solomon Islands (San Cristobal island) aligned with the Sun-Moon square in fixed signs marking the critical last quarter Moon Phase.
the Scorpio Moon later moved into Sagittarus to square Neptune in Pisces (oceanic events)

Very strong earthquake registering 6.4 magnitude near the Solomon Islands
M 6.4 2012/02/14 08:19 Depth 54.7 km SOLOMON ISLANDS 07:19:58 PM at epicenter
Very strong earthquake at an intermediate depth (preliminary data) close to the shore of San Cristobal island. The Solomon Islands get regular violent earthquakes and have a high resistance against earthquakes of this type. The depth of the hypocenter has a weakening effect.
22,000 people will have experienced a strong shaking and 84,000 people a moderate shaking.
We do not expect serious damage or injuries IF the preliminary depth is confirmed later on. NO immediate tsunami risk, although non-destructive waves can be generated close to the epicenter area.

Update: February 13, 2012: This surprising quake struck with Gemini Rising and ruler Mercury was VOC in Aquarius near Neptune near and both are square Juno.
Venus and Uranus transiting in Aries square Pluto was a major trigger.

Strong earthquake near Redwood National Park, California

Per USGS Sharp 5.6 Quake strikes near Weitchpec, CA at 01:07:02 PM at epicenter
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck northern California 50 km (31 miles) from Eureka, Ca. and 352 km from Sacramento according to the USGS. The earthquake had a preliminary depth of 32 km (20.4 miles) below the surface. The earthquake is the second to strike the region in 24 hours. On Sunday, seismometers recorded a 4.4 magnitude tremor with an epicenter near Cobb Mountain. Sunday’s earthquake, which occurred at 8:47 p.m., initially was reported as being 4.4 in magnitude, but was later dialed back slightly to 4.3 after it was reviewed by a seismologist, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report. Centered three miles east of The Geysers geothermal steam-field, three miles south southwest of Cobb and three miles west northwest of Anderson Springs, the earthquake occurred at a depth of two-tenths of a mile, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There have been no initial reports of damage from today’s 5.6 earthquake.

Update: February 13, 2012: Volcanic activity is increasing worlwide and at the Galunggung volcano in West Java.
With Moon in Scorpio to square the Sun for a Last Qtr. Moon and the continued fiery Uranus-Venus square to destructive Pluto in Capricorn.

Alert status raised on Indonesia’s Galunggung volcano
February 13, 2012 – INDONESIA – The alert status of Galunggung volcano in West Java, Indonesia, was raised today due to an increase of its water temperature and a change in color. Discoloration of the Crater Lake had started to be noticed in September 2011, but the changes have increased recently. According to the local volcanologists monitoring the volcano, the whole lake is now of muddy khaki color. In addition to the color change which could be caused by an increase of lake fumarole activity, an steep sudden increase by 13°C of the lake water temperature was detected, based on measurements taken on and before 5 February when it was at normal 27°C, and on 8 Feb, when it was 40°C warm. Most fish in the lake have died and occasionally dead birds are found at the shore. No other signs of a possible volcanic awakening were detected at the moment. The ph level of the water is still at normal levels 7-8, and there is no sulfur smell. Also, no significant seismic activity has been detected. Nevertheless, PVMBG has now placed the volcano at alert level 2 (“watch”, on a scale of 1-4) and recommends to stay away at least 500 m from the lake shore. The last eruptions of Galunggnug were a small phreatic explosion in 1984, and the major destructive eruption in 1982-83, which produced violent explosions with ash columns reaching 20 km height, pyroclastic flows and large lahars. The eruption destroyed an older lava lake, killed many people and displaced up to 35,000. The eruption is infamous for the aircraft accident on 24 June 1982: a British Airways Boeing 474 with 262 people on board flew through the ash plume and had to make an emergency descent after the ash caused all 4 engines to fail; fortunately, the plane could land safely. The present-day Crater Lake (Danau kawah Galunggung) has a diameter of 1000 m and is 11 m deep and contains a volume of about 8 million m3 of water. In the middle of the lake, a small 250 x 165 m diameter scoria cone which was produced during the final staged of the 1982-83 eruption rises to 30 m elevation. A main hazard of the volcano is phreatic and phreatomagmatic eruptions capable of draining the lake and producing mud flows

Update: February 13, 2012: This Costa Rican quake initially registered 6.1 on the richtor scale and hit with the Moon in Scorpio square Mercury-Sun in Aquarius.

Earthquakes list February 13, 2012 – Very strong earthquake in Costa Rica
Per USGS: A 5.8 Magnitude Quake hit near San Jose, Costa Rica at 04:55:11 AM at epicenter
Location: 9.227°N, 83.980°W
Depth: 27.9 km (17.3 miles)

Update: February 12, 2012: Powerful swells pounded Half Moon Bay, Calif. during the filming reflecting the Neptune tranist in Pisces
and the dangerous Uranus-Venus-Ceres square Pluto building aspect (exact on Feb. 15th)

Massive Surf and Movie Making Leads to Mayhem at Mavericks
Hollywood producers only expected a few minor challenges when giving the story of legendary big-wave surfer, Jay Moriarty, the green-light. Clearly, they underestimated the task at hand.
Back in December, during early filming, actor Gerard Butler nearly drowned after being caught inside by a set of 25-foot waves. He endured a frightening two-wave hold-down, and was rushed off in an ambulance after rescuers got him ashore.
This week, with huge swells pounding the coast near Half Moon Bay, Calif., filming resumed at Mavericks, which is the most revered big-wave spot in North America. Wednesday and Thursday were banner days of surf. But according Ken "Skindog" Collins, and other local surfers, the perfect conditions -- sunny skies, light winds, and glassy surface -- may have lulled many into a false sense of security.

Update: February 11, 2012:When this moderate but out of place quake struck the Lake Zurich area the Moon was in cardinal Libra separating from a TSQ to Uranus-Pluto.

Moderate but shallow earthquake strikes Zug and Zurich area, Switzerland

Rare 4.1 quake shakes Switzerland, no damage reported
GENEVA: The Swiss Seismological Service says a moderate earthquake shook Switzerland with the epicentre in the northcentral canton (state) Zug and Lake Zurich area.
The Zurich-based service said today the magnitude of 4.2 quake could be felt around much of Switzerland yesterday night, and some minor damage was possible but unlikely.

Update: February 10, 2012: Afghanistan hit with heaviest snows in 15 years- 20 children die in cold snap

Update: February 9, 2012: The strongest explosions were observed late on the evenin of February 7th right on synch with the Full Moon in Leo.

Magma plume: large explosions seen at Mt. Etna volcano
ITALY -Tremor continues to rise (now at 13), from the webcam image, it seems a lava flow is starting to issue from the SE fracture. All indicators point towards we are having the 2nd paroxysm in 2012 during the next hours! The volcanic tremor is now steeply rising (at 8) and vigorous strombolian activity can be seen on the various webcams, possibly a lava flow has started as well. While strombolian activity continues from the New SE crater of Etna volcano, volcanic tremor has started to rise, suggesting a new paroxysm could be in the making in the next hours, although it is still early to be certain. The photo (left) from Boris Behncke was taken during the night of 7-8 February 2012, when the continuing strombolian activity of the New Southeast Crater on Etna was finally widely visible, after about one week of essentially bad weather. Some explosions threw incandescent lava bombs outside the crater, although most were rather weak and all material fell back into the crater. This is a view of one of the stronger explosions observed on the late evening of 7 February 2012, taken from Trecastagni village on the southeast flank of Etna. The activity continued, sometimes vigorously, sometimes more subdued, through the night and morning of 8 February.

Update: February 8, 2012:

Phivolcs records an astounding 900 aftershocks in first 24 hours after 6.7 magnitude earthquake

Update: February 8, 2012:

Swarm of tremors continue to rattle coastline of southwest Iceland
A series of minor earthquakes which hit off Reykjanes in southwest Iceland last night and which had appeared to have subsided around 10 am picked up intensity and continued until 2 pm. Currently, there is no notable seismic activity in the area.
Most of the quakes were between two and three points on the Richter scale, but a few exceeded three points, reports.
According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office the series of earthquakes most likely occurred in connection with movements in the magma, possibly a magma intrusion.

Update: February 7, 2012: Volcanic activity is emerging world wide during this Full Moon phase and that includes the Mt Cameroon volcano.

Mt. Cameroon volcano erupts in Cameroon
Mt Cameroon volcano in Cameroon seems to have started a new eruption. According to local news, mild tremors and explosions were noted at the volcano during the past week, intensifying last Friday. A group of tourists is reported to have fled the volcano after they heard loud explosions, followed by earthquakes.
"We heard a heavy explosion followed by some earth vibrations. It lasted about 7 seconds. There were flames and sulphuric acid coming out of a spot where we found ash and we decided to go back down," Peter Linonge Buma, a guide accompanying the tourists is quoted in a news article.
The explosions seem to be strong enough to rattle doors and windows in nearby villages where most residents are preparing to evacuate. The last eruptions of Mt Cameroon volcano were in March 1999 and May 2000.

Update: February 6, 2012: This highly dangerous quake and the series of after shocks began @ 11:49 AM LMT on Feb. 6th.
In a prelude to tomorrow's Full Moon in Leo, Taurus was rising @ 18 degrees when the quake struck
all of the angles were in fixed signs with a deadly square to Mercury-Sun in Aquarius at the Mid-Heaven
chart's ruler Venus was applying to a conjunction with Uranus (in Aries) the ruler of the Aquarian Stellium
Venus was also opposing Mars in Virgo while the Moon was square Saturn all putting tremendous pressure and tectonic plate agitation.

43 dead in 6.7 earthquake that leaves the Philippines reeling, as region hit by 6.0 aftershock
Filipino officials say a strong earthquake has rocked the central Philippines, killing at least 43 people and causing widespread damage and power outages.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.8-magnitude quake struck late Monday morning at a depth of 20 kilometers. The quake was centered in a narrow strait just off Negros Island.
Authorities say a landslide killed 29 people, others were killed in buildings and homes that collapsed on Negros, including the seaside town of La Libertad. Dozens of people are missing.
Numerous aftershocks continued to shake the island hours after the quake. Officials say there is no concern of a tsunami, although some coastal towns nearby were hit by large waves.

Update: February 5, 2012: Seismic changes intensify evidenced by today's 6.7 quake in Negros, Philippines and yesterday's 5.7 near Vancouver Island.
Early February we have continued mutable squares with lunar transits per Neptune now in Pisces ( oceanic events)
powerful Aquarian transits with ruler Uranus which relates to quakes.

plus Mars is retrograde in Virgo TSQ the Nodes in Sagittarius-Gemini
and yes a difficlut Uranus-Pluto-Saturn TSQ square in cardinal signs is being set off.
Today's Moon in the sign of panic Cancer on the Solstice axis separates from an opposition to Pluto to square Saturn (fears are magnified)

2/4/2012 -- Breakdown of West Coast earthquakes -- Vancouver, Oregon, and Craton edge

Here is a link to yesterday's first report of the west coast earthquake near Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada -- the stats of the quake and ALL the links you might need to monitor this situation..
Make note of the fresh lava fields that have formed off the coast of Oregon -- that is the area of the OR quake today...

Update: February 5, 2012: Tectonic changes ahead:
Not only do we have continued mutable squares with lunar transits per Neptune now in Pisces (hysteria around oceanic events)
and Mars retrograde in Virgo and the Nodes in Sagittarius-Gemini but the Uranus-Pluto-Saturn TSQ square in cardinal signs is being set off.
Today's Moon in the sign of panic Cancer on the Solstice axis separates from an opposition to Pluto to square Saturn (fears are magnified)
Even though the cause of the earthquake in the Philippines was due to subduction not underwater volcanic eruptions, fears spread.

Phivolcs quells panic about 5.9 Philippine earthquake setting off volcanic chain, after 70 aftershocks rattle sea-floor
70 aftershocks recorded after magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Saturday.
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) denied under water volcanoes caused the series of earthquakes in the Eastern Visayas starting Saturday night.
This, as Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. pacified fears that volcanoes there would erupt anytime soon. Text messages started spreading last night that an under water volcano is on the verge of erupting. This will supposedly cause a large tsunami.
Local radio stations have already denied the information. Authorities there also said the information is untrue. A total of 70 aftershocks were recorded in the area ever since a magnitude 5.9 was recorded in the southeastern part of San Policarpio in Eastern Samar.
Solidum told that the cause of the earthquake was due to subduction. According to the US Geological Survey, subduction is the process of the oceanic lithosphere colliding with and descending beneath the continental lithosphere.

January 2012 will host extreme weather, volcanic eruptions, super storms, major quakes, blizzards, severe cold fronts, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, floods, perilous cyclones, sink holes, strong deluge of water, land and mudslides, extreme weather around the world
floods will continue along with droughts, still chances for dangerous and high winds,while weather records will broken.
The month will be kicked off with a Full Moon aka the Wolf Moon in Cancer on Jan. 8th @ 11:30 AM PST or Jan. 9th. @ 2:30 AM EST which could mean a major meteorological phenomena.
Events will happen quickly with this Full Moon since Mars transiting in Virgo will station and move retrograde at the next New Moon in the sign of sudden, unexpected events: Aquarius
The Aquarian New Moon occurs on January 22nd. @ 11:39 PM PST or on January 23rd. @ 2:39 AM EST.
On this new moon, the Sun now in Aquarius will be exactly square Jupiter in fixed earth sign Taurus - EXPECT some major seismic shifting.
After this Aquarian Lunation, comes a Saturn square to Mercury in Capricorn which creates lots of havoc from quakes to landslides.
Mercury then enters Aquarius on January 27th to square Jupiter exactly on January 28th as major tectonic shifts occur along with volcanic eruptions.
Stay tuned more to come...

JANUARY UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for and JANUARY 2011:

Update: January 31, 2012: The recent Mercury in Capricorn (weather planet) square to Saturn in Libra(exact Jan. 27th) was devastating for excessive cold weather.

Death toll from cold spell in Ukraine reaches 30
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities say that the number of people who died of hypothermia in recent days has reached 30 as the country grapples with an unusually severe cold spell.
The Emergency Situations Ministry said on its website Tuesday that most of the victims were found frozen on the streets. On Monday officials put the death toll at 18 people.
Temperatures plunged to minus 23 C (minus 10 F) in the capital Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine as schools and kindergartens closed and authorities set up hundreds of heated tents for the homeless.

Update: January 30, 2012:

More than 100 hurt in Peruvian quake with Magnitude 6.3 Quake

Update: January 29, 2012:

6.2 magnitude Kermadec earthquake sets off swarm of aftershocks

Update: January 29, 2012:

Twin threat: Cyclone and brushfires threaten Western Australia

Update: January 28, 2012:

New study shows Haiti may be entering dangerous new earthquake cycle

Update: January 28, 2012:

Three strong earthquakes hit near Eastern Honshu, Japan within 8 minutes time as aftershocks continue

Update: January 28, 2012:

Seismic Activity Increases on the Pacific Rim; Scientists Monitor for Precursors to Major Quake on US-Mexico Pacific Coast

Update: January 27, 2011:Is this it? - the pole shift is for real when it comes to Russia/Siberia and the weather.
When the announcement was made yesterday during this Crescent Moon near Venus in strange Pisces.
So on 1-26-11 @ 12:07 AM CST, Saturn was rising in Libra closely opposing Jupiter on the 7th. house
Dutch and the USDA verify that the even new plants can be put in the ground in northern latitudes.
Plus storms centering around Northwest...
Today @ 1:21 AM with Mercury square Saturn in cardinal signs then Mercury the weather planet shifts into Aquarius @ 10:12 AM to both sextile Uranus (unexpected weather)
and Mercury will square Jupiter in Taurus (dealing with gardening-plants).
Yes we are in a transitional stage as we have been saying at Aquarian Solutions.

1/26/2012 -- USDA says NEW WARM LATITUDES shift north = Russia/Sibera North pole

USDA releases new planting zone map
Camelias, a New Orleans trademark, staking out in North Carolina and higher latitudes?
It's true, gardening experts say, and expect similar oddities to represent the new norm.
It is now safe to plant new species in many parts of the nation, according to a new government map released Wednesday showing new growing guidelines for the first time in decades. A gradual northward warming trend makes it possible to plant trees and other perennials that would have perished in colder zones.
The "hardiness" zones, the gospel to the the nation's 82 million gardeners that are printed on the back of seed packs and catalogs, are based on average minimum temperatures.
"It is a good thing the government has updated the map," says Woodrow Nelson, director of marketing communications for the Arbor Day Foundation. "Our members have been noticing these climate changes for years and have been successfully growing new kinds of trees in places they wouldn't grow before."

Update: January 27, 2011:The Popocatepeti volcano is erupting in synch with the Saturn-Jupiter TSQ to Mercury (entering Aquarius today).
Jupiter now direct in Taurus (as of Dec. 25, 2011) is related to volcanic activity worldwide.

Mexican Volcano Erupts Again
Mexico City, Jan 27 : The 5,400-metre high Popocatepeti volcano has erupted again with a plume of ash after shaking for several minutes early on Thursday.
Civil protection authorities reported that the cloud drifted west before turning back eat towards Puebla City.
Lying 37 miles southeast of Mexico city and its 18 million inhabitants it remains to be seen how the ash cloud will effect the megalopolis.
The volcano's activity has been reported as stable and there is no threat to populated areas. However, authorities have urged people to stay at least seven miles from the area and to await further information from Mexico's national disaster prevention agency.
The gas cloud is the largest in many years with authorities eagerly keeping watch over any potential change in activity.
Popocatepetl has had more than 15 major eruptions since the arrival of the Spanish in 1519.

Update: January 26, 2011:Heading toward the Neptune ingress, these multiple quakes in the Southern Hemisphere from the Scotia Sea to the South Sandwhich Islandsreflect a major transformation of the magnetic poles.

Southern polar region status: 5.4 magnitude earthquakes shakes Scotia Sea
anuary 26, 2012 – 5.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Scotia Sea near tip of Antarctica. Maybe soon we’re discover the skyquakes, the cracking of the magnetosphere, the magnetic pole migration are all rooted in the same growing dilemma of a hastening planetary magnetic field reversal.

Update: January 26, 2011:This is one of multiple quakes in the Santorini region and as Mercury squares Saturn in cardinal signs
more are expected.

Magnitude 5.3 Quake Jolts Crete, Cyclades
An earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the islands of Crete and Cyclades in the Aegean Sea in southern Greece on Thursday, without reported casualties.
According to the Geodynamic Institute of Athens, the epicentre of the quake was traced 48 km southwest of Santorini at a depth of 30 km, Greek scientists said.
Local authorities have reported no injuries or major material damage.
Initially the EuroMediterannean Seismic Institute had estimated a moderate tremor measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale tracing the epicentre at 78 km northwest of the city of Herakleion in Crete.
The tremor was felt in a major part of the Aegean Sea, including Crete, Santorini, Cyclades, Rhodes and eastern Peloponnese.

Update: January 26, 2011: First it was yesterday's Massive landslide in Papua New Guinea which claimed 40 lives- dozens still missing
then the story below of Fiji and Pakistan suffering earth slides.
Since the Aquarian New Moon, numerous disasters from floods to landslides have hit around the world.
The combination of Mercury (in cardinal earth sign Capricorn) square Saturn (Libra) combined with the Sun in Aquarius square fixed earth sign Taurus
and finally the Mars station and movement retrograde in mutable earth sign Virgo seems to be triggering these devastating landslides.

Landslides hit third country in 24 hours- 15 feared dead in Fiji and Pakistan

Family confirmed dead in Fiji landslide

Nine miners feared dead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after landslide
A couple and their two young children are confirmed to have died in a landslide in flood-stricken Fiji. Their deaths bring to six the number killed in flooding and landslides in the west of the main island Viti Levu.
Police have confirmed that the couple, in their 30s, and their their two daughters, aged three and one, were in a house in the Ba district of north western Vita Levu, the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reports.
Earlier in the week a man died in Labasa and another died in Ba.
Parts of Nadi, Ba, and Rakiraki were on Thursday declared natural disaster zones.

Update: January 16, 2011:Get ready for the next New Moon on January 23rd. it will be a real volcano trigger.
first with a square to Jupiter then with Mars stationing retrograde to oppose Venus on Feb. 1st.

25 volcanoes in Indonesia now showing signs of abnormal activity
Padang, West Sumatra. Twenty-five volcanoes in Indonesia are now showing abnormal activity or have been put on alert or watch status, presidential special aide Andi Arief said here on Saturday.
“According to official data, 25 volcanoes are now under alert or watch status and they must be given priority with regard to disaster mitigation planning at district or city levels,” he said at a workshop on journalists’ role in disaster management.
He said in West Sumatra there were two volcanoes that need to be closely watched, namely Mount Marapi and Mount Talang, as they are still under alert status.
Mount Marapi is located in Agam and Tanahdatar districts and rises 2891 meters above sea level, and Mount Talang (2597 meters above sea level) in Solok district was located around 40 kilometers from the provincial capital Padang.

Update: January 15, 2011:Since the last Full Moon in Cancer on January 8th. there has been accelerated activity in the Southern hemisphere, particularly around the periphery of Antarctic.
Starting on January 12th the first series of quakes were South of Africa and SW of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands,
then on January 13th a series of quakes hitting the South Sandwich Islands added to the swarm happening today outside of the South Shetland Islands.

Large-scale seismic activity rising along planet’s southern pole
A strong and shallow series of earthquakes have erupted near the remote South Shetland Islands region of Antarctica on Sunday, experts from the U.S. Geological Survey said. The earthquakes in the intense tectonically-activated series measured a 6.6 magnitude, followed by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake and a 5.1 aftershock. The epicenter of the earthquakes was at various depths of from one kilometer (0.62 miles) to 14 km (9.2 miles) below the earth’s surface and some 464 kilometers west of Coronation Island in distance. No destructive tsunami was created, according to the U.S. NOAA warning center. The earthquake series is worrisome because it’s further evidence of what I have been warning about for over the past 6 months, that the Southern hemisphere, particularly around the periphery of Antarctic, is shows increasing signs of seismic destabilization. On January 12, there was a swarm of five moderate earthquakes which erupted south of Africa- the strongest of which was a 5.3 and a 5.5. On January 13, the South Sandwich Islands, north of Antarctica, was hit with a 5.1, and 5.2. On January 14 the region was struck again with a 5.0 earthquake and another 4.9 on January 15th. Not only are earthquakes increasing along the southern polar region but in November of 2011, the Tasmania’s Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem centre found that the South Ocean was storing more heat than any other ocean on the planet. The shape of the earth, a mal-formed spheroid, whose center of gravity is becoming increasing displaced by the turbulent shifting of the planet’s mass due to a wave of strong earthquakes that have rattled the planet over the last 7 years. These large mega-thrust earthquakes are exacting a terrible toll of stress on the planet’s angular momentum. In 2004, the planet suffered a devastating 9.1 mega-thrust earthquake in the Indian Ocean near the Sunda Strait. In February of 2010, Chile was rocked by a 8.8 magnitude earthquake and in March of 2011, Japan was similarly hit with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. In April of 2011, the European satellite Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, or GOCE released a detailed map of Earth’s gravity field.

Update: January 15, 2011:From the article below: The earthquakes occurred in a very complex tectonic area were 3 different plates were interacting.
We have already seen 3 strong quakes since the initial 6.6 tremor.
From an astrological point of view Pisces was rising @ 09:40:18 AM when the 6.6 quake first hit
Jupiter now in Taurus and the ruler of the chart was opposing Saturn and was in a wide TSQ with the Sun
knowing that on the Sun enters Aquarius on January 20th. (exact sq. with Jupiter on Jan. 21st.)

Very strong earthquakes (Mag. 6.6 and 6.2) near antarctic Elephant Island (an Antarctica cruises destination)

Earthquake List for 10-degree Map Centered at 65°S, 50°W South Shetland Islands
Earthquake overview : Very strong earthquakes approx. 100 km out of the coast of Elephant Island, an area which is often visited by Antarctica tourist expedition ships.
Keep this page open or return regularly as we will be back with more details when they become available
Update : If people were visiting Elephant Island (09:40 is about the time to have shore zodiac excursions), they will have experienced a strong MMI VI shaking.The Antarctic peninsula, with a number of Antarctic stations will have experienced a light shaking. Update : The earthquake occurred in a very complex tectonic area were 3 different plates were interacting. Todays both earthquakes where more in the direct vicinity of a transform faulting zone. Since 1900, 3 massive 7+ earthquakes occurred in the greater area, 1 along the spreading ridge zone and 2 close to the transform faults. The scars in the seabed reveal the stress along the transform fault zone.
Update : Very strong aftershock of M 6.2. We expect many more aftershocks to happen the following hours and days.
Antarctica cruises Zodiac excursion along Elephant Island - image courtesy Update : As it is Antarctica summer and thus Tourist season, at least a couple of thousand people may have been walking on one of the many penguin islands of the Antarctic peninsula and may have felt the earthquake. A M 6.5 earthquake will be probably felt within a radius of several hundred km.

Update: January 12, 2011:Today's Virgo Moon and the Sun (Capricorn) trine to Mars (Virgo) keeps us scrambing and thinking of down to earth related matters.
Even before the Grand Earth Trine with Mars (Virgo)-Jupiter(Taurus) and Pluto (Capricorn) is closest on March 14, 2012,
seismic activity accelerating as we head toward the Next New Moon in Aquarius on January 23rd.
Dutch and others are sounding the alarm with Mercury in cardinal Capricorn.

1/11/2012 -- Global earthquake overview -- Europe, Asia, Americas -- 2 week forecast
1/11/2012 — Global earthquake overview — Europe, Asia, Americas — 2 week forecast

Update: January 10, 2012: This massive quake, a strike slip type but still dangerous
happened about a day after the Full Moon and reflected some powerful astrological aspects:
When the quake hit @ 12:37:01 AM LMT, Libra was rising, in fact all the angles were cardinal-super active
Venus ruler of the chart was near Pallas and Neptune all in Aquarius with an applying opposition from Moon in Leo
Mercury-Pluto in Capricorn are square Uranus in Aries (sudden destructive events)
Plus the Sun in cardinal Capricorn is applying to square with Saturn in the First house
while the ongoing EQ transit of Saturn opposing Jupiter in Taurus is within an orb of < 2 degrees!
We are already seeing multiple after shocks

7.3 quake strikes off Northern Sumatra

Very strong to massive earthquake, magnitude 7.3 out of the coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
LATEST: An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 has struck off the west coast of Northern Sumatra.
The quake occurred at 7.37am (NZT) at a depth of 29.1km, 423 km southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, the USGS reported.
The Indonesian Government issued a tsunami warning, but lifted it around mid-morning (NZT).
Indonesia's meteorological and geophysics agency, which said the quake was 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale, routinely issued tsunami warnings for quakes over 7 magnitude.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre advised there was no threat of a widespread destructive wave.
Local people in Banda Aceh ran away in panic from buildings after news of the quake, a witness said.
There had been no reports of major damage in the provincial capital.
A witness at the beach in Aceh said the sea level had decreased following the quake, which happened before a devastating 2004 quake off Aceh created a tsunami that killed over 200,000 people around the Indian Ocean.
This morning's tremor was fundamentally different from the 2004 fault, Stuart Weinstein of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told Radio New Zealand.
"We know that the earthquake occurred on a strike slip fault ... a strike slip fault is kind of like what we have in California with the San Andreas fault, that's where the Earth's crust is moving side by side, so that the motions are horizontal.
"And so this is a far different type of earthquake than what occurred back in 2004 where the motions of the Earth's crust were chiefly vertical."

Update: January 10, 2012: Activity increases as Nicaragua’s Masaya volcano

Update: January 9, 2011: This sudden Full Moon quake hit a few hours before the powerful Cancer/Capricorn lunation.
At the time of the quake, Gemini was rising and chart ruler Mercury was still in close orb of a shocking square to Uranus.

A strong magnitude 6.6 quake hits the Santa Cruz Islands
A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake has struck the Santa Cruz Islands, part of the Pacific's Solomons group, the USGS said, but there was no threat of a widespread tsunami, according to officials. The quake hit at a depth of 23 miles at about 3:00pm local time (4.00am GMT) some 220 miles east of Kirakira, the main city of the Solomons' major island, Makira. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was "no destructive widespread tsunami threat" based on historical data. "However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometres of the earthquake epicentre," it added. "Authorities in the region of the epicentre should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action." Clive Collins, a seismologist at Geoscience Australia, said the undersea tremor would have been felt strongly on the nearest islands, which are quite remote, but would not cause serious damage.

Update: January 9, 2011:This was one powerful Full Moon in water sign Cancer
with a bizarre twist for the weather where Mercury in the sign of the SeaGoat was in a sudden square with Uranus in furious Aries
bringing thunder showers and tornado touch down in Houston.

Massive storms flood Houston

City roads were flooded and thousands of Houston residents lost power Jan. 9 after powerful thunderstorms plowed through the area, with a possible tornado damaging and shutting down a nearby mall.

Update: January 8, 2011:WOW! In the Mid-West and West we have a drought nary a drop or flake of snow
and in Codova, the town issued a disaster proclamation last week after three weeks of relentless snow overwhelmed them.
The snow began falling on Dec. 17, 2011one week after the Lunar Eclipse and grand mutable cross (Dec. 10th)
Dec. 17th was also a last qtr. moon with the Moon-Mars in earthy Virgo square the Sun in Sagittarius but the biggie was that Venus in Capricorn was square Saturn a cold weather indication.
Uranus (planet of sudden weather change) had just stationed direct on the Lunar Eclipse

Alaska town tries to dig out from huge snow dump
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of National Guard troops have arrived in Cordova to help the Alaska fishing town dig out from massive snows that have collapsed roofs, trapped some people in homes and triggered avalanches. The city is used to snow, but not like this season's blanketing.
The Guard reported more than 18 feet of snow has fallen in the past weeks, although the National Weather Service did not immediately have a measurement.
"There's nowhere to go with the snow because it's piled up so high," said Wendy Rainney, who owns the Orca Adventure Lodge. A storage building for the lodge — which offers fishing trips, hiking, kayaking and glacier tours — partially collapsed under the weight of the snow, she said.
"This is more quantity than can be handled." At least three buildings have collapsed or partially collapsed and six homes are deemed severely stressed by heavy wet snow, officials said.

Update: January 8, 2011:

Drought shrinks China's largest freshwater lake

Update: January 8, 2011:Today's Full Moon in Cancer is on the Solstice Points embodying major geological activity.
Today's Wolf Moon (exact @ 11:30 PM PST) reflects a time of ongoing earth awakenings which with the super senstive Cancer Moon will bring up memories of past catastrophes.
Mercury now in cardinal earth sign Capricorn is square a direct and explosive Uranus in Aries where our thoughts are on volcanic eruptions
New study suggests mercury from firestorm of volcanic eruptions caused past extinction
Don't let these fears paralyze the true progress that is uprising this January.

Volcano / Earthquake Watch Jan 6-10, 2012

Update: January 7, 2011:Lascar is on high alert like many volcanoes in Chile heading toward the massive Full Moon on January 9, 2012.

Elevated Alert Status at Chile’s Lascar Volcano
This first came up in the news yesterday, but I thought it deserved its own spot. Lascar, one of the more active volcanoes of northern Chile, was placed on heightened alert status by the ONEMI (Chilean Emergency Management) on advice from the SERNAGEOMIN (Chilean Geologic Survey). The latest report from Lascar says that over 300 small earthquakes (pdf) have occurred at the volcano in the last 26 hours, leading to an elevation of its status to Yellow – however, there have been no indications of increased fumarolic activity at the volcano. Lascar has the potential to produce a large eruptive column – the 1993 eruption sent ash as fall east as Buenos Aires – with pyroclastic flows that could reach nearby towns such as Talabre. The volcano has been through a number of cycles of significant explosive activity over its >43,000 year history. However, recent activity is mostly lava dome formation in the summit crater followed by crater collapse and vulcanian to plinian explosive eruptions such as the major eruption of April 1993. However, it also have the potential to produce small explosions that will only dust ash on the countryside surrounding the volcano as it has done at least 6 times in the last decade. ONEMI is preparing for possible evacuations for people near the volcano – mostly either miners in the area or tourists at San Pedro de Atacama. If anything does occur, there is a webcam pointed at Lascar to see the action.

Update: January 7, 2011:January 2nd with the Aries Moon opposing Saturn and the ongoing Jupiter transit now direct in Taurus (relates to vulcan-volcanoes) Mount Lewotolok began to rumble big time.
Heading toward the Cancer Full Moon on January 9th we should expect a major eruption there.

Hundreds evacuate as activity rises at Indonesia’s Mount Lewotolok volcano
KUPANG, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) -- Hundreds of people living near a volcano in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara were evacuated on Thursday because of increased volcanic activity, the Antara news agency reported.
About 500 people residing near Mount Lewotolok in Lembata district abandoned their homes amid the volcano's mounting activity. "Most of them left for the nearest city, Lewoleba," said Lembata Deputy District Chief Viktor Mado Watun, as quoted by Antara. "All related government officials will soon hold a coordination meeting to deal with the latest situation."
"Black smoke columns are coming out of the mountain's crater, the air is filled with the smell of sulfur while rumbling sounds are heard around the mountain," he added.
Residents decided to leave due to the increasing activity of Mount Lewotolok over the past few days, even though the government has not yet announced an evacuation plan. Viktor said ten villages are likely to be affected and suffer material losses if the volcano erupts.
On January 2, the country's Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) raised the alert level at the volcano to level 3. The center uses a warning system with four levels of alerts, with level 1 being the lowest and level 4 being the highest.

Update: January 6, 2011:This type of dry winter pattern relates to the Capricorn New Moon ingress on Dec. 24th set for Washington, DC
Aries was rising ruled by Mars - known for Warm and dry influence. Hot summers, droughts, and mild winter.
On the 4th house or IC - Leo was on the cusp with ruler the Sun reflecting warm, dry, calm weather this part of the winter.

High-temperature records fall as winter fails to show in the Northland

Enjoy the winter chill before scorcher summer sets in.We’re nearly halfway through the season and there’s not much sign of winter showing up at all. An entire society geared toward skiing, skating, sliding, shoveling and bundling against life-threatening wind chills has had to adapt to a winter normally seen in places like Des Moines.
Many of us in the Northland consider winter to last from about deer season to the state hockey tournament — November through March. For the National Weather Service, winter is officially December through February.
Either way you figure it, we’re nearly halfway through the season and there’s not much sign of winter showing up at all. An entire society geared toward skiing, skating, sliding, shoveling and bundling against life-threatening wind chills has had to adapt to a winter normally seen in places like Des Moines.
On Thursday, the high hit 48 degrees at Duluth International Airport, breaking the previous record of 40 set in 1984 and a whopping 25 degrees above normal. It was the second record-warm day of the season, following 43 degrees on Dec. 26. Those are highs not usually seen here until April.

Update: January 5, 2011:Unlike other predictions for the new year this information regarding the Ensenada, Mexico area came from a meeting of the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE) back in August 2011.
In August 2011, Mars was transiting in cardinal cancer (a sign relating to survival) and forming a Grand Cardinal Square
and as we head into the March Equinox (3-21-2012) the most dangerous part of the Uranus (Aries) square to Pluto (Capricorn) is activated and the potential for a geo-sesimic cataclysm becomes real. ,P>Private: Scientists Secretly Evacuating Mexican Port Town Of Ensenada Due To Impending Cataclysm
CRN® Jan 4th 2012- Conciencia Radio is currently conducting an investigation on something massive that occurred in the port town of Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. In or around August 2011, a very big secret meeting took place among the scientific elite at the number one scientific research center in Mexico known as the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE). This preliminary report, not be published as of yet, is being developed to ascertain why prominent scientists from different parts of the world that work at CICESE have decided to suddenly relocate or flee from the Baja California peninsula due to an impending geophysical event of great magnitude.
We release this information to our colleagues in the field so they are informed as to what is transpiring. We ask them to not publish anything as of yet until our investigation is finalized. We ask them this so our work into this matter is not jeopardized in any way. We trust in you keeping this story private only among your trusted groups of researchers.
We spoke a series of anonymous sources. Among them a woman who yesterday revealed to us what transpired at the CICESE. She and a professor of hers arrived to the CICESE to attend an astronomy workshop. When they arrived to the center, the saw that the Mexican Military had closed all vehicle access to the center. They thought they were removing radioactive substances that are used in the labs, which is not uncommon to see because the removal of hazardous substances such as chemicals and radioactive compounds are ascribed to the Military. Later they realized why the Military was there and it was not for this purpose but to protect important visitors that were present at the CICESE at that same moment.
They two women, who wish to remain anonymous, decided to park behind the center and ingress from the back of the facility. They parked their car on one of the hills and managed to get inside the complex. Once in, they went to the auditorium were the workshop was supposed to be held. To their surprise, the main access to the auditorium had been sealed off. They decided to go around the building and found an access door that led them inside. They expected very few people attending the event in question. To their surprise, the auditorium was full of people and it was not in any way related the astronomy workshop/conference that they planned to attend.
To their amazement, they saw scientists from different parts of the world having a very heated discussion over a definite problem of enormous proportions. They saw Japanese, Russian and other European nationals present at the event. They were all discussing in a very high tone of voice. They even saw things being thrown and tables being banged. Another source whom which we spoke to informed us that at least a top-level Cabinet member from the Calderon government attended the event as well as possibly the Governor of Baja California (the latter has not been confirmed) who was in Ensenada on that day

Update: January 4, 2011:2012 is the year of much more volcanic activity which will be changing the land and topagraphy.
Jupiter now direct in Taurus is always an indicator of volcanic actitivy.
The first part of the year has a Grand Earth Trine with Pluto (Capricorn) trine Jupiter (Taurus) and Mars (Virgo)
Since Mars stations and turns retrograde on Jan. 22nd. watch for March to see the Grand Earth Trine closest and volcanic eruptions stronger in March 2012.

Magma Causing Uplift in Oregon

Caption: The Three Sisters area — which contains five volcanoes — is only about 170 miles (274 km) from Mount St. Helens, which erupted in 1980. Both are part of the Cascades Range, a line of 27 volcanoes stretching from British Columbia in Canada to northern California. This perspective view was created by draping a simulated natural color ASTER image over digital topography from the U.S. Geological Survey National Elevation Datase
Volcanic activity is causing the earth to rise in Oregon, scientists have found.
Though whether such uplift is a sign of an imminent eruption remains uncertain.
As early as the summer of 1996, a 230-square-mile (600-square-kilometer) patch of ground in Oregon began to rise. The area lies just west of the South Sister Volcano, which with the North and Middle Sisters form the Three Sisters volcanoes, the most prominent peaks in the central Oregon stretch of the Cascade Mountains
Although this region has not seen an eruption in at least 1,200 years, the scattered hints of volcanic activity here have been a cause of concern, leading to continuous satellite-based monitoring. Now 14 years of data is revealing just how the Earth is changing there and the likely cause of the uplift — a reservoir of magma invading the crust 3-to-4 miles (5-to-7 km) underground.
Uplifting ground
The European Space Agency's European Remote Sensing and Envisat radar satellites revealed that the terrain deformed in three distinct phases since this uplift began. From 1996 to 1998, the ground rose by 0.4 inches (1 cm) per year. Then, from 1998 to 2004, uplift grew to 1.2-to-1.6 inches (3-to-4 cm) annually. However, for the rest of the decade, uplift declined to only a few millimeters per year, for a total of 9.8 inches (25 cm) of uplift so far.
"The most important implication of our research is that the ground appears to still be uplifting," said researcher Susan Riddick, a geodesist at the University of Oregon. "Previous researchers believed that the ground uplift, a result of the input of magma deep in the Earth's crust, had stopped at around 2006. We found that the ground is still uplifting as of late 2010 and may still be uplifting, but at a slow rate."

Update: January 3, 2011:The El Hierro volcano became active around July 17, 2011 when the Sun-Venus in Cancer were in a loose Grand Cardinal Cross with Saturn-Pluto and Uranus.
This cardinal configuration could be activated with the next Full Moon in Cancer on Jan8th/9th
There was also another trigger involving Mars in mutable Gemini opposing the N Node in Sagittarius
Mars now stationing in Virgo wil move retrograde and oppose TSQ the Nodes again in March 2012!

El Hierro’s unprecedented long eruptive phase surprises scientists
The underwater volcano off the small Canary Island of El Hierro became active in July 2011 and has continued to be active on and off ever since, something described as 'surprising' by scientists.
In a regular press conference on Jan 3, Nemesio Pérez, Director of the Department of Environment of the Institute of Technology and Renewable energy (ITER) said that it was 'surprising' that the volcano was continuing in its erupting phase. He told the press that historically, the average eruption of a Canary island volcano has been around thirty days although a document found dating from the seventeenth century speaks of an ancient eruption that lasted six years.
The volcano, which has been active in the sea ( Mar de las Calmas) near the southern town of La Restinga has led to severe disruption for the people of the island with regular tremors rumbling almost every day. Three large tremors were noted by the National Geographical Institute (IGN) between Dec 26 and Dec 28 but the latest earthquakes listed by the Institute show daily activity in the Canary Island region.
A report in the ABC newspaper said that new activity such as bubbles, steam and fine materials have been seen in recent days following a period of quiet. The island continues to be on yellow alert.

December 2011 will host extreme weather, volcanic eruptions, super storms, major quakes, hurricanes, severe cold fronts, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, floods, perilous cyclones, sink holes, strong deluge of water, land and mudslides, extreme weather around the world
floods will continue along with droughts, still chances for dangerous tornadoes,while weather records will broken.
The month will be kicked off with Sun-Mercury in fiery, mutable Sagittarius and square Mars in earth sign Virgo
As we head toward the Total Lunar Eclipse on December 10th a massive Full Moon in Gemini @ 6:36 AM PST or 9:36 AM EST which could push the continued seismic activity in volcanic zones over the edge.
Events will happen quickly with this Full Moon since Mars transiting in Virgo will be TSQ the Moons Nodes and Mercury-Sun in Sagittarius
The month ends with Capricorn New Moon on Dec. 24th @ 10:06 AM PST or 1:06 PM EST
In DC. on this lunation, Jupiter is rising and ready to station direct with an opposition to Saturn
this aspect is connected to legal, legislative conflicts
but more importantly Mars continues as part of a Grand Mutable Cross opposing Ceres and crossed by the nodes adding a fatal nature to this event .
Stay tuned more to come...

DECEMBER UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for and DECEMBER 2011:

Update: December 29, 2011:All the signs of mutable instability with Moon in Pisces (poor visibility) TSQ Mercury (wild winds- 50 miles per hour) and Mars in earth sign Virgo all creating a dust storm.

A rare and massive dust storm closes interstate in Idaho
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A dust storm churned by winds of up to 50 miles per hour forced a 20-mile closure of an interstate in Idaho on Thursday, and highway officials scrambled to divert thousands of motorists near Idaho Falls.
Dirt blowing off cropland drastically reduced visibility for much of the day along a portion of Interstate 15, the north-south route that runs from California to Montana and intersects Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
The early morning closure ordered by the Idaho Transportation Department was expected to extend into the evening hours and go into effect again on Friday night, when a second Pacific storm front was forecast to unleash high winds.
State highway officials said it was rare for a storm this time of year to sweep large clouds of dirt across the Upper Snake River Plain in the high desert of eastern Idaho.
"This may be the first time we have ever closed the interstate for a dust storm in December," spokesman Bruce King said.

Update: December 29, 2011:Powerful forces are bubbling up and the Cleveland Volcano is just one location where the current Sun-Pluto square to Uranus is creating fiery eruptions.

Cleveland volcano in Alaska sends ash plume up to 15,000 feet
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A remote Alaska volcano has spewed an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air.The Alaska Volcano Observatory says satellite images show the ash cloud drifting Thursday from Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands.The observatory has raised the aviation alert level based on the presence of the cloud. Scientists throughout much of 2011 have monitored activity in the crater at the summit of 5,675-foot Cleveland Mountain on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.The ash cloud was spotted 50 miles from the mountain moving east-southeast. The observatory says in a release that satellite data indicates the cloud come from a single explosion event.The observatory says more explosions could send ash plumes above 20,000 feet.

Update: December 29, 2011:This is just one example of the extreme weather pattern that is following the ongong Mercury-Mars squares
where Mercury the weather planet relating to wind touches Mars in a 90 degree angle.
since Mars in Virgo stations retrograde on January 23rd. 2012 and continues in Virgo till July 3rd.
In other words after the Mercury-Sagittarius SQ to Mars in Virgo separates on Dec. 31st.
fast moving Mercury will move into other mutable signs first Pisces then Gemini and back into Sagittarius.

Finland hammered by powerful storms- 200,000 residents suffer power outages
A record number of households had to spend the night without electricity in the aftermath of Monday's powerful storm. Up to 200,000 thousand people are suffering from power cuts, as new storm winds caused more damage.
While the country's southern and western areas were hit hardest on Monday, Tuesday's storm has moved east. In northern Karelia, about 30,000 households were without electricity, while nearly 40,000 households in the Savo region had lost power. Northern Ostrobothnia and central Finland also suffered power cuts on Tuesday
Energy companies Fortum and Vattenfall say that repairs will likely last for days, especially when it comes to sparsely populated areas.
Karoliina Lehmusvirta, Manager for Communications in Fortum’s Electricity Distribution unit told YLE News that the storm hit the network unusually hard.
While Fortum cleared trees downed by Monday's storm off power lines, more fallen trees were taking their place, as the winds continued to rage on Tuesday.

Update: December 29, 2011:This sounds like a chapter out of the famous Cayce predictions where new islands are formed out of the sea.
According to the report below the eruptions occurred around Dec. 19th to 22nd near the Winter Solstice when the Sun was square Uranus.
By Dec. 23rd. near the Capricorn New Moon the new island had appeared.
The volcano erupted on Dec. 19th. per accounts by fisherman out of Salif
Dec. 19th and 20th were astrologically active days
on Dec. 20th. Venus entered Aquarius to square Jupiter in Taurus TSQ the Moon in Scorpio....
This is definitely a trend for 2012!

Smokin' hot island rises up from depths of the Red Sea

Volcano Eruption in Yemen
The Red Sea has a new inhabitant: a smoking island.
The island was created by a wild eruption that occurred in the Red Sea earlier this month. It is made of loose volcanic debris from the eruption, so it may not stick around long.
According to news reports, fishermen witnessed lava fountains reaching up to 90 feet (30 meters) tall on Dec. 19, which is probably the day the eruption began, said Erik Klemetti, a volcanologist at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Ash plumes were seen emanating from the spot Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. The Ozone Monitoring Instrument on NASA's Aura satellite detected elevated levels of sulfur dioxide, further indicating an eruption. By Dec. 23, what looked like a new island had appeared in the Red Sea off the west coast of Yemen.
"I am surprised about how quickly the island has grown," Klemetti, who writes Wired's Eruptions Blog, told OurAmazingPlanet. The volcanic activity occurred along the Zubair Group, a collection of small islands that run in a roughly northwest-southeast line. The islands rise from a shield volcano (a kind of volcano built from fluid lava flows) and poke above the sea surface.

Update: December 28, 2011:The Grand Mutable Cross includes an opposition from Mars in Virgo to Oceanic Pisces placements of Ceres-Vesta and Chiron.

Giant Wave Impact from the Indian Ocean Kills Two Women in Kenya on Wednesday, 28 December, 2011
Two women are feared dead after being swept by strong waves on the Indian Ocean coast of Kwale village in Mkuranga district, Coast region yesterday. Confirming the incident yesterday, Coast regional police commander Ernest Mangu said it occurred on Monday around 1am during the low tide and that the whereabouts of the two women was still unknown. Narrating, the RPC said three women he identified, as Tatu Mohamed (35), Mwajuma Ame (40) and Mwajabu Mwinyimkuu (45) all residents of Kwale, were swept away while fishing. “They set up their fishing gears on the site…they managed to catch some fishes, but when they were trying to move from the site, strong waves came, and swept two of them,” noted. The third woman, identified as Tatu Mohamed, managed to swim towards the shore to her own rescue, informed the regional police chief, quoting reliable information he got from Kwale village executive officer Abdu Masoud. He said police suspected that the women had been swept towards Kuruti, Botha or Koma – the other three beaches near Kwale. Earlier reports had it that 25 had died after the boat they were traveling in from Mafia to Dar es Salaam capsized in the Ocean. However, Mangu refuted the reports.

Update: December 28, 2011:Mars transiting in Virgo relates directly to landslides and particularly to the effect of major gale-force winds
with a square to Mercury (winds).

Erosion Hits Famous German Coastal Cliffs afer Gale-Force Winds
Forever immortalized in canvas by painter Caspar David Friedrich, the chalk cliffs on the German island of Rügen have been a major tourist draw for two centuries. In recent years, however, the cliffs have suffered from major erosion. Now, following a landslide that took down part of a cliff near the Kap Arkona cape on Monday afternoon, a 10-year-old girl is missing.
The landslide struck the girl, her mother and a sister. Emergency workers were able to rescue the seriously injured mother and lightly injured sister, who were taken to a hospital. More than 100 rescue workers continued through the night searching for the young girl, who they believe is buried beneath the chalk sludge. With low temperatures, local officials said the chances of finding the child alive were slim.
The family had been walking along the beach below the the 35-meter-high cliffs (115 feet) on Monday afternoon when the landslide happened. At the time, near gale-force winds had been reported in the area.

Update: December 27, 2011:This shallow but awesome quake in Siberia struck when Virgo was rising
Mercury the chart's ruler was conjunct the N Node in Sagittarius at ground zero
while TSQ Mars in Virgo in the first house and the Moon's Nodes in Sag./Gemini.
Astrologically Mars now in Virgo square Mercury appears to be an ongoing trigger for more quakes.

Powerful Magnitude 6.6 Quake strikes Southwestern Siberia (96 km (59 miles) E of Kyzyl, Russia)
M 6.6 2011/12/27 15:21 Depth 6.9 km SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA 10:21:56 PM at epicenter
Location: 51.858°N, 95.825°E
Depth: 6.9 km (4.3 miles)

Update: December 23, 2011:The initial 5.8 quake struck the Christ Church area @ 1:58:36 PM on Dec. 23rd.
Aries was rising after Uranus in a close square to Pluto in Capricorn at Mid-Heaven trigger dangerous tremors.

Quakes rattle NZ's tremor-plagued Christchurch
WELLINGTON (Dow Jones)--Two days before Christmas, New Zealand's second-largest city Christchurch was rocked by earthquakes including a 5.8-magnitude tremor that forced the evacuation of the airport, triggered rock falls and caused further damage in the downturn area.
The initial quake hit Friday at a shallow depth of 2.9 miles and was followed by a second at a magnitude of 5.3 and a third registering magnitude 5.8, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake has forced authorities to shut down the city's airport and network operators on the South Island said outages had occurred in several parts of Christchurch.
A spokeswoman for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority said the second 5.8 magnitude earthquake had caused serious damage to at least one building within the restricted red-zone, with clouds of dust rising from the area.
An update from Christchurch's police department said one person had been injured and taken to the hospital, and that all major shopping malls had been evacuated and closed, in addition to the airport. The police noted there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake, though liquefaction and severe traffic congestion was present in several parts of the city and there had been a significant rock fall in one of the hillside suburbs.

Update: December 22, 2011:Sure now that the Sun has entered Capricorn (Dec. 21st @ 9:30 PM PST) there is a major emphasis on earth changes especially that BIG QUAKE
Today's Sun square to Uranus is enough of a shocker socially that a quake would only add to the prophets of doom.
Remember that with the Sun-Moon and Mercury in Sagittarius today, there is a tendencey to overly hype the potential for a major quake on the Cascadia subduction zone.

Geologists wonder if the Northwest is up next for a giant earthquake
Though large earthquakes are said to not be increasing, everyone is now predicting them especially in the Northwest.
Since the magnitude 9.1 earthquake in Sumatra in 2004, five more giant earthquakes have struck the continents ringing the Pacific Ocean. And some experts speculate that the planet has entered a period of increased seismic activity that could trigger giant earthquakes in vulnerable regions including the Pacific Northwest.
A somewhat reassuring new study suggests otherwise.
University of California researchers examined the timing of earthquakes worldwide from 1900 and found no evidence of a domino effect in which one great earthquake triggers others on distant continents. It could be random chance.
"We don't want people to assume that our conclusion means the ongoing risk is small," says study co-author Peter Shearer, a professor of geophysics at the University of California San Diego. "There is a significant risk of big earthquakes in all subduction zones." It's just that the run of very large earthquakes most likely does nothing to change the risk in distant locations, Shearer says.

Update: December 22, 2011:The last eruption at the Bárðarbunga Volcano was in 1910.
With the advent of the Winter Solstice where the Sun squares Uranus we might see a sudden glacier flood.
The swarm reflected Tues. ingress of Venus square Jupiter in Taurus (relates of volcanoes).
Note that Bárðarbunga contains a subglacial 700-m-deep caldera

Bárðarbunga: more seismic unrest at another one of Iceland’s large volcanoes
During the night there was an small earthquake swarm in Dense fog and frigid cold settles in over northern India killing 39
NEW DELHI: The entire north India shivered on Monday as 11 more people succumbed to the cold sweeping the region pushing the death toll to 39. Dense fog and dipping temperatures threw normal life out of gear at several places as nine deaths occurred in Punjab and two in Uttar Pradesh since last evening.

Update: December 21, 2011:No reason to panic because seismologist Roger Bilham’s warns that Mega Earth quake can cause devastation to the entire Kashmir Valley.
Afterall this kind of seansationalized news seemingly relates to the Sun-Mercury-N Node in Sagittarius hyping things up?
Or do we all need to be concerned since Uranus now direct will square Pluto seven times before 2016.

Seismologist says 9.0 magnitude earthquake could destroy much of Kashmir Valley
December 22, 2011 – INDIA – Director Information, Jammu & Kashmir, Khawaja Farooq Renzushah said that U.S. based seismologist Roger Bilham’s Warning that Mega Earth quake can cause devastation needs to be verified and people of Kashmir need not to panic. He told that Local newspapers carried front page stories about Roger Bilham of Colorado University predicting a major earthquake in Kashmir that could trigger landslides which would dam the Jhelum River and plunge the valley under water. Bilham said, “We are not forecasting an earthquake. We are merely indicating how big it could be… A major earthquake could trigger landslides big enough to submerge the entire Kashmir Valley.” Renzu Shah said that The U.S. based seismologist Roger Bilham’s Warning that ‘Mega Earthquake’ can cause devastation needs to be verified and people of Valley need not to panic. “A 9.0 magnitude earthquake prediction has caused unnecessary panic among the people of valley,” and adding that he advised these scientists to get their reports further verified before giving it to media. Renzu Shah said that Last year in July 2010 similar report was issued about disastrous earthquake prediction in East Turkistan and Kashgar similar Survey was published in media according to which entire belt of Kashgar and east Turkistan was predicted to be erased out of world map as a result devastating earthquake. He advised such alarming survey report of American based scientist with regard to 9 magnitudes richter scale earthquake report should be verified and analyzed by concerned experts before created any panic or human cry.

Update: December 20, 2011:This killer blizzard which blankets the central US
relates to both Saturn now opposing Jupiter and TSQ Venus in Capricorn
and Uranus heading toward an exact square to the Sun (Dec. 22nd).
Astrologically snow and blizzards reflect transits of Saturn and Uranus.

Deadly snowstorm halts travel across Great Plains
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Fierce winds and snow that caused fatal road accidents and shuttered highways in five states, crawled deeper into the Great Plains early Tuesday, with forecasters warning that pre-holiday travel would be difficult if not impossible across the region.
Hotels were filling up quickly along major roadways from eastern New Mexico to Kansas, and nearly 100 rescue calls came in from motorists in the Texas Panhandle as blizzard conditions forced closed part of Interstate 40, a major east-west route, Monday night.
About 10 inches of snow had fallen in western Kansas before dawn Tuesday and several more inches along with strong wind gusts were expected, National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Russell said. "We're talking about whiteout conditions," he said.

Update: December 20, 2011:Accidents and bridge collapses are on the rise with Mercury applying to a second square with Mars (exact Dec. 31st. )

Bridge collapse after mild earthquake in Sikkim kills 8 people
GANGTOK: Sikkim was rocked by a quake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale on Monday, after which a bridge collapsed in east Sikkim killing eight people. The incident happened three months after a 6.9 intensity earthquake left over 70 people dead in the state.
Mild tremors were felt in Darjeeling, too. But no damage was reported from either Gangtok or other populated towns and villages in the state. There is suspicion that the tremor had weakened the bridge as the region has been rattled by over 50 tremors in the past three months. Engineers are also investigating if excess load triggered the bridge collapse.
People were jolted awake around 3.05am by the quake that had its epicenter to the east of the Indo-Nepal border near Chungthang. The quake on Monday was the second in less than a week.

Update: December 20, 2011:This story not only reflects the mass migrations coming because of disasters with Mars TSQ the Moon's Nodes
but the increased risk of volcanic eruptions heading toward the Winter Solstice & Capricorn New Moon when the Sun meets Pluto and Squares Uranus

Mt. Shasta, Lassen Peak ready to erupt? Counties’ plans provide no specifics on evacuations
While a catastrophic eruption of Mt. Shasta or Lassen Peak could destroy huge swaths of the north state, local counties recently have approved vague disaster plans that assume critical details will be worked out on the spot.
Geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey say there's a one in three or one in four chance Mt. Shasta could erupt in north state residents' lifetimes.
While Shasta and Siskiyou counties' "hazard mitigation plans," drafted this fall, discuss the various risks associated with an eruption and identify key facilities at risk, the documents offer no specifics on how the counties would handle the mass evacuations of entire towns. They don't address how they'd cope with choking clouds of toxic gas and ash, highways buried in volcanic debris or lava flows and threats to power transmission lines or other mass infrastructure failures.
Shasta County's plan has been approved by state officials, although it's awaiting clearance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Siskiyou County's plan, which remains open for public comment through the end of the month, is similarly short on specifics.

Update: December 19, 2011:Monday's eruption could be the start and conclusion of numerous quakes that started back in 2010.
The monster total eclipse on Dec. 10th was a trigger for more volcanic activity as Uranus stationed in Aries.

A volcano erupts in west of Yemen
YEMEN – A volcano erupted near Saba Island in the Red Sea on Monday, said fishermen from Salif port city in the west of Yemen. The fishermen confirmed that the volcano erupted near Saba Island one of the Al-Zubair archipelago small Islands located 30 nautical miles away if Salif city. The fishermen said that the volcano can be seen 3 hours away from its center and that it has been popping up red lava that reached 20-30 meters high. The fishermen said this was the first volcano they ever seen in the region.

Update: December 19, 2011:The Dec. 10th Total Lunar Eclipse was seen over the Philippines and a week latter the massive rains came.
Typhoon Washi hit hard with the last qtr. moon phase and Venus square Saturn.
Mars continued its onslaught in Mercury ruled Virgo on track for another square to Mercury exact on Dec. 31st.

Philippines reels from typhoon’s destruction and the death toll reaches 927
Typhoon Washi swept across the southern Philippines this weekend, washing away whole villages and killing 927 people, according to the latest estimates.
In a statement Monday, President Obama expressed condolences for “the tremendous loss of life and devastation” caused by flooding from the typhoon and said the United States stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance and recovery help.
Just last week, my colleague Elizabeth Flock asked whether 2011 was the year of natural disasters, with 12 disasters causing $1 billion or more in damage each in the United States alone, plus the Japanese earthquake, the Thailand flooding and the drought in Africa, among others.
The typhoon in the Philippines looks to enter the inauspicious list after the northern coast of the southern island of Mindanao was pounded for 12 hours with nonstop rainfall Friday. Of the 580 people who died in one city, Cagayan de Oro, the majority were women and children. The Associated Press reports: “About 143,000 people were affected in 13 southern and central provinces, including 45,000 who fled to evacuation centers. About 7,000 houses were swept away, destroyed or damaged, the Office of Civil Defense said.”

Update: December 18, 2011:Even though Popocatépetl probably won't erupt soon with the massive fury that was felt in 150 AD or 950 AD when the Xitle volcano and the Xocoteptl volcano exploded outside of Mexico City.
We will see other volcanoes blast off during the time period starting near the Winter Solstice from Dec. 20th to Dec. 22nd.
when Venus enters Aquarius to square Jupiter (Dec. 20th.) and the Sun enters Capricorn to square Uranus (Dec. 22nd).
today's Libra Moon opposing Uranus square Pluto offers a vista into the possibilities.

Mexican scientists finger volcanoes as a cause of Mayas' collapse

A just completed six year long study of the Maya city of Palenque found evidence that the city may have been destroyed by superheated volcanic gases and covered with ash. Acid rain caused by volcanoes and volcanic ash continue to severely damage the ruins.
MEXICO CITY, DF – Mexico’s government issued a report on December 17, 2011 that continued a volcanic eruption alert for Mexico City. The massive volcano, Popocatépetl, has awakened. While people around the world debate the meaning of the Maya calendar’s end in December of 2012, Mexican government leaders and scientists must face a far more definite threat – massive casualties and property damage from a volcanic eruption near one of its major cities. Mexico City is ringed by active, dormant and hopefully, extinct volcanoes. Its metropolitan area of 21.2 million inhabitants, sits in the shadow of Popocatépetl, which is one of the most violent volcanoes in Mexico. It is (18,491 ft (5,636 m) high.
Government officials are concerned that a sudden, explosive eruption of Popocatépetl or one of the other volcanoes within the metropolitan area could cause several million casualties. It would be impossible to evacuate a substantial percentage of the mega-city’s population on short notice. There is also the ever present danger that a new volcano will suddenly push through the soil in a densely populated area. It has happened before in Mexico. There is almost nothing an architect can do to prevent catastrophe when a building is subjected to direct contact with molten lava. The structure either burns or melts.

Update: December 18, 2011:Today's Libra Moon TSQ Uranus and Pluto will continue to raise alert levels for a number of volcanoes including Ijen in East Java.

Indonesia Ijen volcano goes on increased alert- yellow
The alert level of Ijen volcano in East Java has been raised to alert/unrest (2 out of 4) due to increased seismic activity and increased temperatures and fumaroles inside the crater, famous for its turquoise acid lake and the sulfur deposits, which are being quarried by workers. An exclusion zone of 1 km around the crater has been established. Workers and tourists are currently not allowed to go inside the crater.

Update: December 17, 2011:Puerto Rico and Mona Passage are vulnerable quake areas where the Caribbean Plate and North American Plate are moving in different directons.
This is not the first swarm by any means but has we head toward the Solstice and New Moon on Dec. 24th. we could see a larger events.
When the large quake (5.3) hit near Stella and Rincon in Puerto Rico Libra was rising with Saturn following...
The chart's ruler Venus in the 4th house and ground zero for the quake is moving into an exact square with Saturn Dec. 18th
The Puerto Rico Trench is an oceanic trench located on the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Puerto Rico Trench is located at a boundary between two plates that pass each other along a transform boundary with only a small component of subduction. The Caribbean Plate is moving to the east while the North American Plate is moving to the west.
The island of Puerto Rico lies immediately to the south of the fault zone and the trench.

2 moderate earthquakes (5.1 and 5.3 magnitude) in the coastal waters of Puerto Rico and the swarm continues.

Per USGS Quake swarm for 10-degree Map Centered at 15°N, 70°W
Earthquake overview : 2 moderate shallow earthquakes occurred at 2 AM just out the western Puerto Rico coast. The earthquakes were also felt as weak shaking in the Dominican Republic.
Update 13:48 UTC : The Red Sismica Puerto Rico is mentioning a max. VI MMI recorded in Mayaguez (strong shaking). There are many reports of fallen objects like books, staues, hanging objects, etc. Many people mave mentioned a loud rumble. The Agencia Estatal para el Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres (AEMEAD) has reported that no serious damage has occurred.

Update: December 17, 2011:Uranus now direct since the eclipse along with Mercury-Mars in square has mean sudden storms and this one
called Tropical Storm Washi dumped on Mindanao more than a month of average rains in just 12 hours.
Last night LMT for Philippine - Moon and Mars in Mercury ruled Virgo were together TSQ the Nodes and opposing Ceres in flood prone Pisces for a wild Mutable Grand Cross. Storm, floods in Philippines kill at least 436
Pounding rain from a tropical storm swelled rivers and sent walls of water crushing into two southern Philippine cities in the thick of night, killing at least 436 people, many caught in their beds, officials said Saturday.
Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwen Pang told The Associated Press that the latest toll was based on a body count in funeral parlors. She said that 215 died in Cagayan de Oro and 144 in nearby Iligan, and the rest in several other southern and central provinces.
Most of the dead were asleep Friday night when raging floodwaters tore through their homes from swollen rivers and cascaded from mountain slopes following 12 hours of pounding rain in the southern Mindanao region. The region is unaccustomed to the typhoons that are common elsewhere in the archipelago nation.
Many of the bodies in parlors were unclaimed, indicating that entire families had perished, Pang said.
The number of missing was unclear Saturday night. Before the latest Red Cross figures, military spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said about 250 people were still unaccounted for in Iligan.

Update: December 17, 2011:This monster storm has rocked the north-western coast of France and aligns with the Last Qtr. Crisis Moon
and a mutable TSQ featuring the Moon in Mercury ruled Virgo meeting Mars and TSQ the Nodes.

Massive power outages reported as storm batters France
A STORM has battered north-western France, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, disrupting rail traffic and grounding a ship that spilled oil off the coast of Brittany.
There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or significant damage as storm Joachim moved further inland to Switzerland and Germany.
Interior Minister Claude Gueant said France had escaped largely unscathed from the storm. "It seems there have been no victims," he said, adding that "a certain number" of people living in low-lying areas in Brittany had been evacuated because of the storm.
Officials said 400,000 homes had lost electricity, mainly in the west of the country. By mid-day, the number of homes without electricity had fallen to 330,000 as workers scrambled to restore electricity infrastructure.
The storm had been battering the area since Thursday night, with gusts of wind of up to 133km/h and waves up to 7m high.

Update: December 17, 2011:Moon-Mars heating up in Virgo - the mutable earth sign. while Uranus direct in Aries is trigger more expanding underground magma chambers.

NASA's Landsat finds problems under Yellowstone's Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park - NASA's Landsat satellites have been tracking Yellowstone's underground geothermal activity, a deep heat that is stored 4,000 miles into the earth's core. But there are areas where these energy levels are becoming erratic. Old Faithful could be in trouble.
The Landsat Program is jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, beginning its services of remote sensing in 1972. It became part of the Yellowstone National Park's new monitoring plan in 2005. In addition to remote sensing, Landsat also uses airborne reconnaissance in order to "observe geothermal changes across all of Yellowstone in a systematic and scientific manner." (NASA)
Up until recently, the heat coming from Yellowstone's underground magma chamber has always been the fuel for over 10,000 of the volcano's features: Old faithful, hot springs, geysers, mud spots, terraces and mud pots. But NASA is reporting that the Landsat imagery has picked up some unexpected developments outside the park's borders, also picked up by energy companies beyond the park's borders.

Update: December 16, 2011:

Magma plume: profuse lava flow from Kilauea breaches West Ka‘ili‘ili ocean entry for the first time in 4 years

Update: December 15, 2011:

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes seafloor south of Kermadec Islands

Update: December 15, 2011:

Kizimen volcano spewing ashes

Update: December 14, 2011:Gasses relate to Uranus-Aquarius-Neptune-Pisces and even Jupiter the.
right before the huge Total Solar Eclipse (Dec. 10, 2011) -
Right before the huge Total Solar Eclipse (Dec. 10, 2011) -
Uranus the planet of sudden change stationed direct in fire sign Aries.
And even today's applying aspects with a Lunar Fire Trine (Leo-Sag.) adds an incendiary boost to the already Leo Lunar Opposition to Neptune (Dec. 15) in air sign Aquarius.

'Fountains' of methane 1,000m across erupt from Arctic ice
- a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide
'Methane fields on a scale not seen before' - researcher
More than 100 fountains, but could be 'thousands'
Could cause rapid climate change
The Russian research vessel Academician Lavrentiev conducted a survey of 10,000 square miles of sea off the coast of eastern Siberia.
They made a terrifying discovery - huge plumes of methane bubbles rising to the surface from the seabed. 'We found more than 100 fountains, some more than a kilometre across,' said Dr Igor Semiletov, 'These are methane fields on a scale not seen before. The emissions went directly into the atmosphere.'

Methane rupture: “Methane trapped under the Siberian Ice sheet is also a combustible catastrophe waiting to happen. In the air, directly above the ocean surface near Siberia, methane levels were elevated overall and the patchy seascape was dotted with more than 100 hotspots spewing the dangerous gas.” –The Extinction Protocol,

Update: December 14, 2011:Even quakes in Maine are starting to be common place.
The planet which relates to quakes , Uranus begans an 8 month journey till July 13th. 2012.

Residents puzzled by recent flurry of earthquakes in Maine
The central coast of Maine was hit by two small earthquakes at nearly the same moment Monday night.
The earthquakes, which measured 2.3 and 1.9 on the Richter scale, occurred about a second apart, at 11:41 p.m. The epicenters were about 4 miles apart in an area of Hancock County near Ellsworth and Searsport, according to a preliminary earthquake report released by the United States Geological Survey.
More than 25 people have logged on to the USGS website so far to say they felt the quakes. Four reports came from the town of Blue Hill, where one epicenter was located. Ten reports came from the town of Sedgewick, the second epicenter.
“I thought a big giant tree had crashed into my house,” said Shari Whelan, a resident of Sedgewick who works as a general manager at the Barncastle Hotel and Restaurant in Blue Hill. Whelan said she was watching television when the house began to shake and she heard a “boom,” that sounded like thunder.
The two quakes were the third and fourth recorded in the state in two days.
On Sunday afternoon and night, quakes measuring 1.0 and 1.4 on the Richter scale, respectively, were recorded in central Maine about 80 miles away.
“This area of Maine does get a lot of earthquakes,” said Justin Starr, a research assistant at the Weston Observatory, the Boston College geophysical observatory. He said he didn’t know why there has been a flurry of activity in the area.
Alli Knothe can be reached at

Update: December 14, 2011:A chart created for the time of this quake, has Taurus rising ahead of Jupiter on a course to station on Dec. 25th.
Venus ruler of the chart now in Capricorn is heading toward another seismic square on Dec. 18th
My guess is that we just got a wake up call for several more in this area.

7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Bismarck Island arc of Papua New Guinea

Massive (Magnitude 7.1) but deep earthquake below Eastern Papua New Guinea – main concern : landslides
December 14, 2011 – PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Bismarck Archipelago region of Papua New Guinea. The earthquake struck 121 km (75.3 miles) below the surface and was originally registered as a 7.3 by the USGS. The earthquake’s epicenter was 89 km (55 miles) SSW of Lae, New Guinea, PNG and 221 km from Port Moresby Papua New Guinea.
Geoscience Australia’s website said the quake could be felt by people 1,523 kilometers away. It says damage may have occurred within a 122-kilometre radius. An AAP correspondent reported that the windows of the parliament building shook for about 1.5 minutes; however there appears to be no damage.
We warned in earlier posts that stress from tectonic plate subduction was creating dangerous tension points along the planet’s numerous island arcs. Today’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake was just one such stress release from the mounting seismic tension. Island arcs are very high-risk regions for catastrophic seismic and volcanic episodes culminating from the dangers of intensifying Earthchanges and may be some of the planet’s first notable causalities of devastation from widespread geological change.
The NOAA said a tsunami alert would not be issued for the Pacific region as a result of this earthquake

Update: December 10, 2011: A quake on the lunar eclipse who would have thought it.
This 6.7 magnitude temblor struck with Cancer rising and the ruler, the Moon still in Gemini separting from the TSQ to the Sun and Mars
plus the Moon is applying to an opposition with Pluto.

USGS says 6.7 magnitude quake hit southwest Mexico

Per USGSA 6.7 magnitude quake strikes SW of Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico
(Reuters) - A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Guerrero state in southwest Mexico at 19:47 local time on Saturday (0147 GMT Sunday), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake rattled buildings in Mexico City and seemed to go on for an unusually long period. There were no immediate reports of damage but residents ran out of buildings and gathered in the streets outside.

Update: December 10, 2011:Venus in cold Capricorn square Saturn reflects colder weather

Strong storms hit most of Turkey as snow covers eastern Anatolia
As winter approaches, most of Turkey’s provinces have been hit with cold weather, strong storms and snow, which paralyzed the daily life of many residents.
Temperatures dropped several degrees Celsius throughout Turkey on Friday, accompanied by heavy rains, strong winds and snow, which fell in Düzce, Gümüshane, Erzurum, Denizli and Mersin.
Drivers traveling the D-100 had to use chains on their tires when it began to snow in the early hours of Friday. There was also fog along the highway. Teams from the Highways Directorate worked hard to prevent the blockage of roads due to snow.
In Gümüshane, temperatures fell to as low as 13 degrees below zero, which led to the freezing of five lakes across the province.
Temperatures were lowest in Turkey’s eastern pr

Update: December 9, 2011:This fierce storm in Scotland continue to reflect the Mercury (winds) retrograde transit (stations direct on Dec. 13th)
and square to Mars in Virgo
and the impending Full Moon eclipse.

Super fierce 165 mph winds lash Scotland- people warned to stay indoors
A fierce storm with winds of up to 165mph has battered northern parts of Britain, with people warned to stay indoors, schools forced to close and flights and rail links cancelled.
Localised flooding has also caused major disruptions on roads - and more than 30,000 homes have been left without power. In North Yorkshire, a RAF helicopter plucked a couple to safety after their car was swept away in floodwaters near Aysgarth. They were flown to hospital with suspected hypothermia.
A third person was also rescued from his car in a separate incident near the village of Gunnerside.
Police have advised against all travel until at least 2am Friday, when winds are expected to ease. The Met Office earlier issued its strongest warning - a red alert - for winds in Scotland and warned parts of England and Wales to "be aware", as temperatures were expected to drop and snowfall was predicted as far south as Birmingham.
It said the Highland observing station at Glen Ogle reported a gust of 104mph at 11am. The Met Office later tweeted that a gust at the Aonach Mor ski area peaked at 137mph.

Update: December 9, 2011:This landlside and others like it usually reflect earth signs in difficult transits
In this case Mars transiting in Virgo is in a hard TSQ to Mercury-N Node in Sag. and S Node in Gemini

Massive 18-acre landslide closes camping area in Tillamook State Forest
A landslide has forced Oregon Department of Forestry officials to close a camping area along Ben Smith Creek in the Tillamook State Forest.
The slide has created the potential for flooded trails and camping sites.
The 18-acre slide dumped trees, earth and rocks into the stream and caused it to change course, creating the potential for a large debris flow down Ben Smith Creek into the Wilson River.
The creek runs into the Wilson just above where Oregon Highway 6 crosses the river at Lee’s Camp about 25 miles east of Tillamook.

Update: December 8, 2011:This shallow and moderate quake struck 163 km (101 miles) off the coast of one of Azores volcanic islandsSanta Cruz das Flores.
As we head toward the Dec. 10th eclipse, the potential for future danger here is increasing.

Magnitude 5.0 Quake strikes S of Santa Cruz das Flores, Azores, Portugal
Location:37.988°N, 30.841°W
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)

Update: December 8, 2011:More ferocious winds batter Scotland as this latest storm is impeding the saftety of travel.
We are only two days away from an historic Total Lunar Eclipse on the axis of travel with Sun/N Node (Sagittarius) opposing Moon/S. Node in Gemini.

'Red alert': Police warn against all travel as 160mph winds batter Scotland
Met Office issues highest weather warning as ferocious storms batter parts of Scotland on Thursday after the recent wintry weather.
Police are warning against all travel in the central belt in an unprecedented move as winds of more than 160mph batter Scotland.
They said the people could be putting themselves in "considerable danger by travelling".
Association of Chief Police Officers of Scotland (Acpos) told STV News that travel should be avoided in the area between noon and 7pm in the west and 2pm and 9pm and the Central and Lothian and Borders area.
The Met Office warned of severe weather and gale-force winds on Thursday with councils deciding to close hundreds of schools. Gusts reached 165mph at Cairn Gorm.

Update: December 7, 2011:Wednesday's shallow quake was an eye opener and struck when the S Node was rising in mutable Gemini opposing the Sun in Sagittarius
All of the angles were mutable with Mercury the ruler of the chart was locked in a square to Mars in Virgo at ground zero.

Dangerous shallow earthquake below the Northern Chile coast

From USGS: Magnitude 6.1 - ATACAMA, CHILE struck on December 07, 2011 at 07:23:09 PM at epicenter
A strong earthquake of 6.1 grades affected some localities on the north of Chile and caused panic among the inhabitants.
The local newspapers informed that a lot of people where in the shopping malls and escaped asap to open places, thinking that it was a stronger earthquake.
The (extremely) shallow earthquake (USGS data) occurred along the northern Chile coast. Only a few villages are located in the direct epicenter area and are at risk during this earthquake. Locations like Huasco, Copiapo and Caldera will have felt the shaking. The difference in epicenter location and hypocenter leads to a theoretical difference in intensity from max.

Update: December 6, 2011:Could these explosions reflect that fact that Uranus will station direct soon (Dec. 10th) ?
Uranus is known for unexpected quakes and in Aries explosive activity.

Mountain explodes violently in Vietnam as earth cracks- scientist warn of a coming quake
About 50km from Quang Nam province’s administrative center is Tam Ky City. It takes over three hours for a motorbike to make it down the bumpy road DT616 crossing mountains and hills from there to Bac Tra My Town, where strange geologic activity has residents on edge.
Increasingly violent mountain explosions
Residents of the town cannot help but feel anxious, as the intensity of the quakes keeps increasing. The nearby mountain of the Truong Son chain explodes ever more loudly every night.
Lu Quang Lai, nearly 70, says he has never witnessed such strange phenomenon in Tra My in the past decades.
“About 10 months ago, when the new hydroelectricity power plant started to conserve water, the water level in the lake got higher every day. The land here seemed to change. Every night exploding sounds would emanate from the earth, followed by a rumbling sound. Recently the explosions and quakes have become more violent. Glasses and cups fall down like leaves, everything tilts”, Lai speaks in a tremble.
Nguyen Phuoc Danh, a motorbike mechanic, lives in a house 300km from Song Tranh 2 hydroelectricity plant’s dam. His home is the worst affected in the area, suffering from three tremors.
“Two nights ago, the mountain exploded with a deafening sound. Although I’ve become used to the noise caused by TNT explosives during the dam’s construction, nothing compared to the recent explosion.

Update: December 6, 2011:More dangerous winds, this time in East Java also happening on Sunday - Dec. 4th.
Yes here we see the same Sun-Mercury conjunction in Sagittarus square Mars with TSQ to the Moon's Nodes of destiny.
Heading beyond the next Full Moon, Mercury moves direct and will began to apply to another square with Mars on Dec. 31st.

One Killed As Winds Do Damage In East Java
One student was killed and 14 were injured when the roof of their school was torn off by strong winds on East Java’s Madura Island, officials said on Sunday.
Twenty-one other buildings were damaged on Saturday when the winds tore through Pamekasan district.
Adj. Comr. Bambang Soegiharto, the chief of police in Tlanakan subdistrict, where the school is located, said the victims were all students at an Islamic school.
“There were 15 students injured, and one of them died,” the officer said.
Most of the victims suffered from broken bones and were treated at the general hospital in Pamekasan, he said.

Update: December 5, 2011:Same story here with the freak windstorms as Mercury the weather planet related to winds is both retrograde and square Mars in down to earth Virgo.

Gale-force windstorm wreaks havoc in Rocky View, Alberta
Beiseker’s streets looked like a scene from a movie after a wicked windstorm blew through the town, Nov. 27.
Wind speeds reaching close to 100 km/h ripped the roofs off several buildings, brought down power lines and sent debris flying in the village.
The Beiseker Fire Station lost its corrugated metal roof in the early afternoon, according to local firefighter Jim Fox.
“It was really scary,” he said. “I have never seen wind like that before, it was more like a hurricane.”
Fox, the lieutenant in charge at the fire station at the time, was preparing a second crew to assist at a Linden-area grass fire when he heard a horrifying sound.
“All of a sudden, I opened the door and (the roof) peeled up and flew off and landed right in front of me,” said Fox. “It was like a freight train coming through.”

Update: December 5, 2011:Uranus is ready to station on Dec. 9th/10th depending on time zone.
the Uranus station will then build toward an exact square with Pluto in mid 2012.

Planetary and climatic changes on the footsteps of a magnetic field reversal
December 5, 2011 – AUSTRALIA – While mainstream science agencies admonish us that the continual degradation of the planet’s magnetic field is no cause for alarm and should induce no significant changes to the mechanics of planet Earth; we can’t help but be concerned about the implications of shifting climatic patterns after witnessing the alarming rise in the number of extreme weather events that have occurred in 2011. Could these events in someway be also associated with Earth’s polarity reversal? The planet’s jet-stream has also become more erratic and is experiencing wild frenzied migrations, resulting in the outbreak of an unprecedented number of extreme weather events that have reaped destruction across the globe. No one knows what the full effects of a magnetic reversal will be on planet Earth since the last such event, according to scientists, occurred 780,000 years ago when no one was around to record the effects of it. NASA, however, has gone to great lengths to assure the public that events connected with polarity reversals are quite benign. Similarly, we might also add, the compounding effects of the Sun and cosmic rays on Earth’s climatic processes during this magnetic disorientation period are also undetermined and unassessed scientific variables. So, is the rise in these extreme weather patterns and natural disasters merely a cyclical consequence of our time or do these events lend themselves to the prophetic warnings from the ancients suggesting major changes have already begun altering the biosphere of the planet we know as Earth?

Extreme wind storms are wreaking havoc on cities across the globe from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Pasadena, California but weather extremes are also occurring on the other side of the globe in Australia. Perth Australia had 57 days over 32 degrees, the longest hot spell since records began in 1897, smashing the average number of hot days of 33.9. Brisbane and the Gabba experienced it driest weather in 29 years. “In the first four days of this summer, Sydney has now failed to reach 23 degrees, making it the coolest start in 44 years,” Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said. “The city is on target for its coolest start to summer in 51 years,” Dutschke said. The Washington Post said: “Spring 2011 may well go down in the weather history books as the most extreme on record. From the massive April tornado swarm, to record Mississippi river levels, to extreme drought and wildfires in the Southwest, weather extremes were both violent and relentless, taking a terrible toll on human life and the economy.”

Update: December 5, 2011:This freak thunderstorm and damaging winds occurred on Sunday in Malaysia
reflecting that same transit of the Sun- Mercury Retro. in Sagittarius square Mars in Virgo.

Freak storm and gale-force winds wreak havoc in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: A freak thunderstorm and strong winds referred to as a “mini-hurricane” by many, tore through the capital and parts of Selangor, wreaking havoc, uprooting trees and damaging properties.
The hardest hit areas in the 5pm storm were Kepong, Bandar Menjalara and Hartamas.
Road users on the MRR2 highway near Kepong turned to Twitter to report that the rain was so ferocious that many motorists stopped their vehicles by the roadside to wait it out.
A spokesman from the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) said while there was very heavy rain, it was the ferocity of the wind which caused more damage as trees were uprooted, branches snapped, billboards and signboards fell, and roof tiles and tents for functions were blown off.
“There were also reports of cars crushed by fallen trees and branches but fortunately, there was no loss of life or injury. We had earlier been warned by the Meteorological Department of the possibility of storms in the Klang Valley and had been prepared for this,” he said.

Update: December 4, 2011:From my perspective in California, where EQ faults and slippage is a way of life
earthquakes at 2.2 magnitude are overlooked but in the UK it is a big deal .
Today not only do we have the Moon in Aries TSQ Pluto and Saturn
but Uranus is ready to station in Aries on Dec. 10th UT and move direct always an indicator of the unexpected and unusual and radical earth changes.
UK be ready you could be due for another 6.0+ quake like in 1931
and the Moon in

Unusual quake strikes Cornwall, UK as this earthquake shakes homes
An earthquake has hit the Bodmin area of Cornwall.
According to reports from the British Geological Survey (BGS), the 2.2-magnitude tremor hit at 02:40 GMT and lasted for a few seconds.
The quake could have been felt as far as St Austell, Liskeard and Padstow, but there were no reports of damage.
Sue Dibble, from St Tudy, said: "It was very loud, like a whooshing and the house and bed were shaking. I thought I'd imagined it."
Between 20 to 30 earthquakes are felt by people each year in the UK, but most of these are very small and cause no damage, the BGS said.
The largest known British earthquake occurred 60 miles offshore near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1.
It was powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England.

Update: December 4, 2011:Seismic volatity today and tomorrow are reflected by the Aries Moon as a trigger with Tsquares to Pluto-Venus (capricorn) and Saturn (Libra)
Also the ongoing Mercury retro. square to Mars is another trigger in mutable signs.

Tension mounts: Moderate string of earthquakes rattle the globe
December 4, 2011 – CALIFORNIA – A moderate string of earthquakes have rattled tectonic plate boundaries across the globe- a possible indication that a potential larger-scale seismic quake could erupt as a stress release. Growing seismic disturbances along the Caribbean plate, the Pacific Plate near Kermadec, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, and Alaska have reverberated in tremors across the planet. Indonesia, Taiwan and New Zealand were hit by mid-magnitude tremors this morning followed by the moderate earthquake eruption of a 4.9 and a 5.2 along the divergent boundary of the North Mid-Atlantic Ridge which separates the North American Plate from the Eurasian plate. That was followed by a quick succession of progressively moderate earthquakes including a 5.1 near Kermadec, a 5.2 south of Baja, California and a 5.3 near the east coast of Kamchatka. –

Update: December 4, 2011:Mud volcanoes per wikipedia" are created by geo-excreted liquids and gases,
although there are several different processes which may cause such activity. Hot water mixes with mud and surface deposits."
Astrologically Mars is transiting in earth sign Virgo in dangerous squares to Sun-Mercury in Sagittarius and the Moon's nodes.

Record number of mud volcanoes erupting across the planet- Trinadad mud volcano awakens after 14 years
Residents of Piparo are living on the edge as the mud volcano that ravaged the village 14 years ago, has begun to threaten their community again. Residents are subjected to sleepless nights as they are haunted with memories of February 22, 1997, when steaming mud crushed houses and swept away cars, livestock and all else in its path. When the Sunday Guardian visited the site off Old Piparo Road yesterday, two new mounds had surfaced, spewing mud several feet into the air at five minute intervals. At the scene was Shammarine Kissoondath, 56, who lives nearby. He said he came to see what was happening as he had been kept awake by strange sounds issuing from the volcano.
He said: “It sounded like gunshots and this morning when I awoke it was still making noise. This is the same sound it made before it erupted in 1997. It is possible that we can have a repeat and maybe this time it could be worse.” He said it only took ten minutes on that fateful day for the massive amount of mud spewing from the volcano to wreak havoc. Boyie Suratt, who lives about 300 feet from the volcano said he, too, has been sleeping restlessly since Thursday. Suratt’s home is nearest the volcano and he said while he does not believe that it will erupt any time soon, no one can predict when and how severe another eruption might be.

Update: December 3, 2011:This strong quake which hit December 03, 2011 at 05:27:11 AM at epicenter
and a chart set for this time has Scorpio rising
with Mars the ruler at the top of the chart in volatile TSQ to Mercury-Sun in Sagittarius and Ceres in Pisces.
Over the next two days more of these moderate 5+ quakes are on the horizon.

M 5.6 2011/12/03 09:27 Depth 10.0 km EAST OF BARBUDA, LEEWARD ISLANDS 05:27:11 AM at epicenter
Distance from the epicenter to the nearest islands is about 150 km, a safe distance
212 km (132 miles) E (83°) from Codrington, Barbuda

Update: December 2, 2011:Mud volcanoes per wikipedia are created by geo-excreted liquids and gases, although there are several different processes which may cause such activity. Hot water mixes with mud and surface deposits.
Astrologically Mars is transiting in earth sign Virgo in dangerous squares to Sun-Mercury in Sagittarius and the Moon's nodes.

Mud volcano in Pingtung erupts, covers cemetery
Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Wandan mud dome, one of Taiwan's 17 active mud volcanoes, erupted early Friday after nearly a year of inactivity, spilling mud flows of up to two meters high. Up to noon Friday, hot gray mud was still spewing from the volcano in Pingtung County and residents could be seen lighting fires nearby to burn off the gases emitted by the volcano. The mud flowing from three cracks in Hsinyuan Township spread to a public cemetery and a corn field but no other damage was reported. The eruption occurred south of Wandan Township, where the first erupts, covers cemetery
Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Wandan mud dome, one of Taiwan's 17 active mud volcanoes, erupted early Friday after nearly a year of inactivity, spilling mud flows of up to two meters high.
Up to noon Friday, hot gray mud was still spewing from the volcano in Pingtung County and residents could be seen lighting fires nearby to burn off the gases emitted by the volcano.
The mud flowing from three cracks in Hsinyuan Township spread to a public cemetery and a corn field but no other damage was reported.
The eruption occurred south of Wandan Township, where the first

Update: December 2, 2011:Weird weather from high winds in the mountain states and southern california, Mercury (the planet relating to winds) is both retrograde and in conjunction with the Sun in a dangerous square to Mars heading into the next Total Lunar Eclipse on December 10th.
Expect extreme weather conditions in Northern Europe and other northern latitudes.

From the French Site with translation Super storms to pound regions of northern Europe as weather anamolies persist

From Extinction Protocol : Climate Chaos in Northern Europe
Since the beginning of November the situation in the northern hemisphere has slowly evolved. We are moving now to a situation conducive to the development of storms in early December. The explanation of specialist METEO CONSULT: natural climate variability to better understand this evolution, it is necessary to place themselves in a more General. Climatology, there are several indices or indicators that quantify the climate anomalies of pressure, wind and temperatures in some regions (for the atmosphere but also to the ocean). These anomalies are associated with natural oscillations whose frequency can vary from several months to several decades, and sometimes almost a century. These are the natural variability (including solar activity is also included) who are responsible for "change" climate as it is wrongly described in most media.
The climate has indeed never been stable in the past. It went through phases of warming (as the Medieval Warm Period between the tenth and the fourteenth century) and then by cooling phases (such as the Little Ice Age from the late sixteenth century and the nineteenth century). Since the beginning this fall, the temperatures of the atmosphere in the stratosphere (20 to 50 km altitude) began to fall over the North Pole. This decrease is quite usual in this season as well as the polar vortex weakens in summer, then re-forms in winter as the sun's influence is diminishing. However, the current temperatures have gone below the average climate, indicating a strong enhancement of the vortex. It is customary to quantify the intensity of the strengthening of the polar vortex by a climatic index called Arctic Oscillation (AO), which measures the pressure difference between Greenland and mid-latitudes (45 ° North). The higher the value of AO is high (positive values ??so) over the vortex is strong and vice versa. Yet the intensity of the polar vortex partly determines the position of the jet stream.
The jet stream is the current altitude wind flowing very fast at the interface between the troposphere and the stratosphere (between 9 and 12 km at our latitudes ). It was he who influenced the trajectory and intensity of midlatitude depressions moving. In the positive AO phase is associated with a powerful jet stream whose position varies around the 50th parallel north. Thus, the depressions move to rather high latitudes between northern Canada and northern Europe, bringing mild weather but disrupted in winter, while southern Europe and the Mediterranean are experiencing a drier ( except for storm phenomena). It is this scenario that currently exists with a positive Arctic Oscillation phase lasting and quite strong (value close to 3 now). Strengthening the polar vortex above the Arctic Conversely, negative phase, the AO is associated with a jet stream weakened, more variable in direction and the position of which falls around the 40th parallel north.
The winters are particularly harsh then in North America and Europe, with a longer disruption of the Mediterranean. Other indices such as the North Atlantic oscillation (NAO) or the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) are impact on the evolution you time and long-term or even several months (such as ENSO which is associated with El Nino and the NNA) hence their inclusion in the context of seasonal forecasting. In particular, it been a persistent anomaly in the equatorial stratosphere winds since last winter. This anomaly is associated with the quasi-biennial oscillation mentioned above which, as its name suggests, at a frequency of about 24 to 30 months. During this period, winds in the middle stratosphere are now accelerating towards the west (called a westerly QBO phase), sometimes accelerating to the east (from east QBO phase). Although The QBO is a tropical phenomenon, it affects the stratospheric flow from one pole to another by modulating the intensity of the polar vortex and thus indirectly the current jet and the type of weather prevailing in the northern hemisphere.
Storm warning in Europe in the coming days in stage west, the QBO favors the establishment of a strong polar vortex (that is currently observed), while in phase is, it promotes its weakening. We thus understand better why the circumstances of the next few days will promote the development of frequent depressions. This is even more rapid and intense that the jet stream is powerful: in extreme cases, it is called "weather bomb" to describe these storms suddenly exploding a few hours before landfall, generating widespread destruction material and sometimes the victims. This was the case of Lothar and Martin storms that occurred in December 1999. Zafer Storm has touch ed the British Isles In this context, a strong storm, named "Berit" has already swept the weekend Norway, making multi-million euros of damage. The winds had blown so close to 140-150 km / h, lifting heavy seas with waves of 6 to 10 meters away several people who were near the coast. Finally, the cumulative rainfall amounted to almost 100 mm in places. A second storm occurred last night between Iceland and the British Isles. Dubbed "Zafer" by the German weather service, it concerned Ireland and the UK before aujourd'huien to weaken towards the Norwegian Sea. It generated sales of close to 140-150 km / h on the hills of Highlands (northwest Scotland) and more generally from 70 to 100 km / h on the rest of the UK and Ireland. The sea is removed with the palm of 5 to 8 m making conditions even more dangerous near the coast. New storms for the weekend then the pressures depart temporarily rising tomorrow before another slump for the weekend. A very disturbed rail will fall into place between the south of Iceland and Central Europe. Along the rail (formed by the jet stream), new should emerge depression, deepening into a very short period of time and resulting in real weather bomblets. These storms, more violent than Zafer, Saturday and Sunday will affect the regions of northern Europe from the British Isles, the Benelux, Germany, Poland and a number of other neighboring countries it is difficult to list at the moment due to the still large uncertainty about the path of these storms. Similarly, the exact violence of these phenomena needs to be clarified in the coming days. Other very shallow depressions are expected next week but should cover regions with latitudes north. The situation in northern Europe looks very hectic in the coming days with frequent notice of gale and storm, with sea ??conditions very degraded (Wed strong to very strong) in the North Atlantic, North Sea and Norwegian Sea

Update: December 2, 2011:One of the major stories today involves epic windstorms from California to Colorado with Utah being ground zero.
The winds were gusting up to 120 mph.
Astrologically Mercury governs the wind and corresponds from gentle breezes to hurricane-force winds.
Currently with Mercury now retrograde in ferocious Sagittarius in a major square to Mars in Virgo, these winds will persist.
Of course on Thursday morning, when we draw up a chart for Centerville Utah @ 5 AM MT. we see that Scorpio was rising.
Mars ruler of the chart in Mercury ruled Virgo is at the apex of a major TSQ to Sun-N Node-Mercury (Sagittarius) and S Node in Gemini (Mercury ruled too) .
But the big deal is that Vesta-Neptune and the Moon were all conjunct in Aquarius (relating to storms) and in the 4th house or ground zero of the damages.

Winds buffet Utah, toppling trucks, trees, power lines

Violent wind storm leaves path of destruction
December 1, 2011 – UTAH – Hurricane-force winds, in places topping 100 mph, ripped through Utah Thursday, overturning semi-trailer rigs on Interstate 15, toppling trees and triggering widespread power outages affecting nearly 50,000 homes and businesses. In all, the Utah Department of Transportation reported 11 semis overturned by the wind on the state’s highways Thursday morning. Utah Highway Patrol Corporal Todd Johnson said that between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., at least six semis were blown onto their sides on I-15 in Davis County in the area of the Lund Lane and Parrish Lane exits in Centerville as gusts reportedly up to 92 mph tore through the area. Johnson said none of the drivers suffered more than minor injuries. All traffic through the affected area was

November 2011 will host extreme weather, volcanic eruptions, super storms, major quakes, hurricanes, severe cold fronts, hyper solar actvity, tsunamis, floods, perilous cyclones, sink holes, strong deluge of water, land and mudslides, extreme weather around the world
floods will continue along with droughts, still chances for dangerous tornadoes,while weather records will broken.
The month will be kicked off with Mercury-Venus changing signs into fiery, mutable Sagittarius
Then on November 7th Mars a trigger in many natural disaster will oppose Neptune
Then on November 10th a massive Full Moon in Taurus @ 12:16 PM PDT or 3:15 PM EDT may initiate huge volcanic activity along with seismic increase.
Events will happen quickly with this Full Moon since Mars changes signs into Virgo on that date and will be TSQ the Moons Nodes and Mercury-Venus in Sagittarius
Then came the Partial Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on Nov. 24th and Nov. 25th
To be exact on West Coast @ 10:10 AM PST and 1:10 AM EST on Nov. 25th for the East Coast of the USA
Stay tuned more to come...

NOVEMBER UPDATES - Quake, Volcano and Weather News for and NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011:

Update: November 30, 2011:The article below outlines the potential seismi dangers present with the Manila Trench.
The 6.0 magnitude quake struck on Nov. 30th @ 8:27:08 AM LMT with Capricorn rising with Venus-Pluto
ruler of this chart Saturn in cardinal Libra posited in the 10th house was opposing Jupiter now retro. in Taurus in the 4th. house.
Expect some larger quakes as Saturn continues direct and Jupiter continues retro. till Dec. 25th.

6.0 magnitude earthquake latest in a convulsion of strong tremors rattling dangerous region of Philippines
November 30, 2011 – PHILIPPINES – A 5.0 and a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of the Philippines along the Manila Trench. A 5.0 magnitude aftershock followed. The Manila Trench is an ocean trench in the South China Sea, west of the Philippines. It reaches a depth of about 5,400 m, in contrast with the average depth of the South China Sea of about 1,500 m. It is created by subduction, in which the Eurasian Plate is subducting under the Philippine Mobile Belt. The Manila Trench is associated with frequent earthquakes, and the plate movements which give rise to it are also responsible for the arc of volcanoes on the west side of the Philippine island of Luzon, including Mount Pinatubo which experienced a very violent VEI 6 Plinian eruption in 1991. It was the second largest volcanic eruption recorded in the 20th century. A 7.7 magnitude earthquake near Luzon in 1990 is believed to have been the trigger that set Pinatubo off.

Update: November 29, 2011:

Durban downpour kills eight
At least eight people were reported dead, about 700 houses had been destroyed and thousands had been left displaced in KwaZulu-Natal, following last night’s heavy downpour, the eThekwini Disaster Management Unit said on Monday.
According to the SA Weather Bureau, 62.6mm of rain fell last night in Durban, which had already recorded 209.6mm for November, almost double its average.
The acting head of the eThekwini Emergency Control and Disaster Management Unit, Vincent Ngubane, said deaths had been recorded at Umlazi, Newlands East and Chatsworth.
The official death toll is eight, but the numbers could rise as emergency operations begin.
In E-Section, Umlazi, Qodeni Ximba, 17, was crushed to death after a landslide caused a lounge wall to collapse on her at 11pm. She had been sleeping on the floor next to the wall. In H-Section, Lindiwe Zulu, 37, also died after a wall collapsed on her.
Isaac Tau Zobane, 45, died in Quarry Heights Road, Newlands East when a sandbank collapsed on to his shack.

Update: November 28, 2011:Fortunately this quake was in a remote region and at a safe distance out of the Papua New Guinea islands coast.
Leo was rising when the quake hit 10:26:48 PM at epicenter
ruler of this chart, the Sun was posited in the 4th house near the N Node in Sagittarius and in a dangerous square to Mars in Virgo
intercepted in the 1st house.
The earthquake epicenter is on top of a steep subduction zone. The depth will seriously weaken the impact of this earthquake,

Strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

From USGS: Magnitude 6.4 Quake strikes 137 km (85 miles) SSE of Taron, New Ireland, PNG on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 10:26:48 PM at epicenter
SYDNEY (AFP) - A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea's remote New Britain region on Monday but there was no danger of a tsunami, seismologists said.
The United States (US) Geological Survey said the quake hit at 10.26 pm (1226 GMT, 8.26pm Singapore time) at a depth of 50km about 221km south-east of Rabaul, New Britain.
Geoscience Australia gave the quake a preliminary measurement of magnitude 6.0.
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there were no tsunami warnings or advisories in effect following the quake.

Update: November 28, 2011:The larger 5.2 quake struck a few hours after a 4.7 magnitude tremor hit 52 km (32 miles) E of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten in the Leeward Islands region.
Also a 4.9 quake struck previously near Hatillo, PR.
This 5. 2 quake hit at 06:35:57 AM at epicenter with Sagittarius rising with the Sun
The Sun was TSQ Mars at Mid-Heaven and Chiron-Ceres at the IC which seems to be triggering a major swarm of quakes.
Ruler of the chart Jupiter now retro. @ 1 degree Taurus is opposing Saturn.

Magnitude 5.2 Tremor strikes 69 km (43 miles) N (4°) from Carrizales, PR

Per USGS: Quake Swarm in Puerto Rico Region with Earthquake List for 10-degree Map Centered at 15°N, 65°W

Puerto Rico: A 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck 94 km (58 miles) off the Puerto Rican island of San Juan. The region has been plagued by a series of seismic swarms in recent months that have only intensified in frequency around the Virgin Islands and near Santo Domingo. The Caribbean tectonic plate is growing more stressful by the day and today’s 5.2 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks will do little to alleviate the tension building along this violent trench. We expect more turbulence for this region and the Pan-American countries to the West bordering the Cocos plate.

Update: November 27, 2011:The storms that his Sri Lanka were massive with monster winds as Venus changed signs from Sagittarius to square Uranus (unexpectd torrents)
Mercury, the weather planet is retrograde and heading toward a square with Mars (exect Dec. 4th) which augments all weather fronts.

Severe storm and strong winds lash Sri Lanka- 17 dead, 33 missing
November 26, 2011 – SRI LANKA – Heavy rains and gale force winds have killed at least 17 people and left more than 33 people missing in southern Sri Lanka, officials said Saturday. Disaster Management centre officials said a total of 17 people were confirmed dead while another 33 more were reported missing after coastal areas were lashed by heavy winds on Friday. Officials said nearly 1,500 homes were damaged, with most of them losing their roofs. Sri Lanka depends on monsoon rains for irrigation and power generation, but the seasonal downpours frequently cause death and property damage

Update: November 26, 2011:I am not sure exactly when the quake swarm began on Nov. 24th but the Moon moved into Sagittarius @ 7:57 PM CST
to join the Sun for the New Moon TSQ Mars and Neptune/Chiron
Also yesterday Venus changed signs to make an exact square to Uranus meaning more shock waves/tremors.

Earthquake swarm hits El Salvador, damaging homes
SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters): More than 700 slight to moderate earthquakes hit an area in eastern El Salvador in a 24-hour period, damaging dozens of homes but hurting no one.
The brief quakes, which started Thursday and ranged from 1.8 to 4.6 in magnitude, have occurred in the municipality of El Carmen, some 163 km (101 miles) east of the capital of San Salvador, the country's National Territory agency said.
Jorge Melendez, in charge of civil protection, said on Friday that 80 homes were damaged by the tremors, known as an earthquake swarm. A hospital in the area showed cracks on the walls but no structural damage so far, he said.
Army troops were sent in to monitor the damaged areas. While authorities have not ordered evacuations yet, many residents of El Carmen chose to sleep in the open and the army was handing out tents.
El Salvador suffered two powerful earthquakes 10 any ten years ago: one of 7.6 magnitude in January 2001 and another of 6.6 magnitude a month later. The quakes killed more than 1,150 people and left about one million others homeless.

Update: November 25, 2011: This 3.7 Quake on the New Moon was followed by two more today in the area near Prague, Oklahoma.
Yesterday's 3.7 quake on Thanksgiving struck at 3:11:03 PM CST had Aries rising
Mars the ruler of the chart was in Virgo in developing squares to the Mercury-N Node-Sun-Moon and Chiron
The potential for another A 5.6 magnitude earthquake which struck on Nov. 5th. is high
headed toward the next Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Dec. 10th.

Small earthquake recorded in central Oklahoma

Per USGS: List of more quakes in Oklahoma the last two days
PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) — A small earthquake hit central Oklahoma just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 3.7 magnitude quake about 3:11 p.m. Thursday near Prague, Okla. The epicenter of the quake was 17 miles northeast of Shawnee and 44 miles east of Oklahoma City.
There weren't any immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Jessica Elder, a 911 dispatcher in surrounding Lincoln County. She said she felt the quake, which she described as more of a boom than a rumble.
Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest felt by humans. But Elder hadn't received many calls about the quake — perhaps because people in the region are growing accustomed to them, she said.

Update: November 25, 2011:The build up to a larger volcano is inevitable headed toward the next Full Moon.

White smoke billows from summit of Anak Krakatau
Indonesia's Mount Anak Krakatau volcano has been puffing white smoke the last few days, and scientists are warning locals and tourists to keep away. That could mean that the long suspected eruption of the world's most famous volcano could be imminent.
Actually, this volcano is the remnant of the biggest blast ever recorded on Earth. That was the 1883 eruption of Mount Krakatoa. From the ruins of that gigantic crater left in the land has come forth what is now known as the Anak Krakatau volcano—literally "Krakatoa's Child."
in the time since the original eruption, scientists have gotten much better at predicting when a volcano will have a catastrophic eruption, distinguishing it from the many smaller eruptions which do not harm the local population or environment.
One of the telltale signs is sudden and increased activity like what scientists are seeing in this past week at the Anak Krakatau volcano.
Of course, not wanting to take unnecessary chances, scientists have to balance warning off residents with calling a false alarm. That's why this recent warning is so significant. Seismologists have learned to read the signs to an astonishingly accurate degree and have a tremendous track record for getting it right.

Update: November 23, 2011:The Sun's (Sagittarius) trine to Uranus (Aries) even though a positive trine regarding innovation it can also relate to dangerous situations when combined with the Sun in a square to Mars now in mutable Virgo .

6.1 magnitude offshore earthquake strikes northeast of Tokyo
November 24, 2011 – TOKYO – A 6.1 magnitude offshore earthquake struck the conjunctive tectonic plate boundary near Sendai, Japan. The 33 km deep earthquake is the latest in a series of strong tremors that continue to plague one of the most turbulence seismic regions on Earth since the March 11, 9.0 earthquake struck near Honshu Japan and killed more than 15,800 people. The epicenter of today’s 6.1 earthquake was 101 km (62 miles) ESE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan and 244 km (151 miles) NE of Tokyo, Japan. Japan’s mounting environmental and financial problems are being compounded by the erosion of geological stability in a region that will only grow more dangerous with time as Earth-changes intensify. No tsunami warnings were issued for today’s earthquake.

Update: November 23, 2011:These apocalyptic mudslides near Messina hit yesterday with the Sun in Scorpio in the last karmic degree of the stinger separating from a square with Neptune now in Aquarius (floods)
But the real danger involved Mars transiting in Virgo (mudslides) in a opposing Neptune/Chiron and Ceres both in flood prone Pisces
All this is TSQ the nodes of destiny in Sagittarius and Gemini forming a dangerous mutable cross.

Catastrophic mudslides sweep through eastern Sicily- 3 dead, cars and bridges swept away
(11-23) 07:46 PST ROME, Italy (AP) --
Torrential rain battered eastern Sicily on Wednesday, where mudslides have killed at least three people and muddy torrents have swept away cars and washed out bridges, authorities said.
A mudslide in the hamlet of Saponara, near the Sicilian port city of Messina, fatally struck a 10-year-old boy Tuesday as his family fled their home. Much of Italy's terrain is landslide-prone, and many have built homes on steep hillsides in defiance of warnings by geologists.
Muddy torrents of water rushed through the Messina area, sweeping along cars as if they were toys and knocking down part of an elevated roadway.
Heavy rains also lashed Calabria, the southern Italian region across from Sicily. State railways said washed out railway bridges, landslides on track and flooding caused suspension of service on some routes.
About 100 soldiers were sent in to Saponara, one of the worst hit towns, to rescue residents stranded in flooded homes or vehicles, Italian news reports said.

Update: November 23, 2011:Emergency conditions are forming in this East Indian region reflecting the current Mars tranist in Virgo applying to squares with the Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius.
Uranus - a planet aligning with earthquakes and other sudden natural disasters is void of course and will be stationing direct on Dec. 9th.

Rumblings underground: Manipur experiences 23 tremors in a day
November 23, 2011- INDIA – According to a reports of the Seismological Observatory, Manipur University, Manipur experiences at least 23 minor tremors in a day but these tremors could not be felt by the people, Director of College Development Council, Manipur University Dr. RK Ranjan has disclosed. He was speaking as Chief Guest of the inaugural function of a 5-day long NSS Mega Festival at Youth Hostel No.3, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. The camp is being organized under the aegis of State National Service Scheme (NSS) Cell. Dr Ranjan informed that these minor tremors could be detected only by earthquake monitoring equipments. Some experts opined that such repetitive minor tremors is an indication that no major quake would occurred in Manipur while others maintained that these minor tremors are only regrouping of the elements that would ultimately erupt into a devastating quake sooner or later. In spite of contrasting views, one thing is certain that the land mass of Manipur has been formed along the fold lines that have no joining between one fold and another. There is one large fold line running from Mao to Churachandpur and this would pose greater risk in the event of a major earthquake and this could happen at any time. So, there is the need to step up the activities of Disaster Management in Manipur, Dr Ranjan said. It is also high time for the people to think over why there is acute shortage of the drinking water in Manipur despite receiving highest annual rainfall, he observed.

Update: November 22, 2011:This deep (533.3 km (331.4 miles)) quake struck when Aries was rising with ruler of the chart Mars now in earth sign Virgo is square the Sun just moving into Sagittarius and TSQ Chiron in Pisces
Plus the Sun is trine Uranus (not necessarily a major trigger) but with Mars in the mix definitley a catalyst.

A Magnitude 6.2 Quake very deep strikes Beni, Bolivia
Location: 15.345°S, 65.110°W
Depth: 533.3 km (331.4 miles)

From Earthquake List: M 6.2 2011/11/22 18:48 Depth 553.0 km BENI, BOLIVIA
This earthquake will be felt as a maximum weak shaking in a very vast area of many countries. Not dangerous however. Reason : very deep in the hot solid mantle of the earth. 195 km (121 miles) SSE (166°) from Santa Ana, Bolivia

Update: November 21, 2011:This last quake a magnitude 5.1 temblor struck off North Island on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 07:38:29 AM at epicenter.
When this fourth quake hit, Sagittarius was rising with Pluto intercepted in the first house.
Ruler of the chart, Jupiter was posited in Taurus now retro. in the 5th house opposing Saturn in Libra
As I have mentioned, Mars transiting in Virgo (a trigger for quakes) is both trine Pluto and opposes Chiron creating a volatiliy in this region.

Fourth moderate earthquake strikes off coast of North Island New Zealand in 3 days
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the fourth moderate earthquake to rattle the region in three days. The epicenter of the earthquake was 154 km (95 miles) NE of Gisborne, New Zealand, 393 miles from Auckland and 556 km from Wellington. On November 18th, a spasm of earthquakes erupted along this same tectonic boundary between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates including 5.2 and 5.7 foreshocks, followed by a stronger 6.0 magnitude earthquake. Today’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake was the shallowest earthquake yet in the series- erupting only some 2.5 km below the ocean floor. No tsunami warnings were issued for today’s tremor.

Update: November 20, 2011:Besides eruptions in the world of politics, protest and economics,
there are explosive earth changes worldwide including Mexico City.
When Popocatepetl erupted on Sunday Nov. 20th @ 11:59 AM LMT, Aquarius was rising adding to the unexpected event.
Ruler of the chart, Uranus now retro in Aries @ 00 degrees 48 minutes opposing the Moon in the last degrees of Virgo for major disruptions.
Plus Scorpio at Mid-Heaven added to the ferocity of ancient ruler, Mars in the 7th opposing Neptune/Chiron

Mexico’s Popocatepetl expels 5 km ash cloud in violent explosion
November 20, 2011 – MEXICO CITY - Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spewed a burst of ash 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air after magma broke through a dome of lava. Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center says Sunday’s explosion continues a series of moderate eruptions from the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of the Mexican capital. The Disaster center says the volcano has been emitting small but steady streams of steam and gas since Friday. Mexico City Civil Protection Director Elias Moreno told Foro Television that there were no reports of danger or of ash falling on nearby communities. Popocatepetl has been erupting intermittently since December 1994.
Popocatepetl eruption in Mexico

Popocatepetlblew this morning at 11:59 Nov 20th, 2011. Our whole house shook and the earth moved.

Update: November 19, 2011: Mars now transiting in detailed oriented Virgo is also in a grand earth trine to Jupiter (Taurus) and Pluto(Capricorn)
expect more focus on earthquakes and the damage that results.

Tremors create cracks in Mullaperiyar dam in India’s Kerala Idukki district
Small cracks appeared at least at three points in the 115-year-old Mullaperiyar dam in Kerala's Idukki district following two minor tremors that occurred early on Friday.
The tremors and cracks have created panic among the people in River Periyar's downstream areas. The district has more than a dozen large and medium-sized dams including Asia's largest arch dam, Idukki.
Officials of the Kerala Water Resources Department said the cracks had appeared in Block 17 and the joint of Block 17 and 18 following the tremors. The tremors also caused water seepage through the cracks from the Mullaperiyar reservoir, situated on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Officials said the cracks were no serious enough to cause panic.
However, a team of experts from the Thiruvananthapuram-based Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) would visit the district and the dam on Saturday for on-the-spot evaluations.

Update: November 18, 2011:Scorpio was rising when this sharp quake hit on November 18, 2011 at 05:09:00 AM at epicenter
Mars the ancient ruler of the chart was posited in Virgo in the angular 10th near the Moon in Leo
the 3rd. Qtr. Moon had just begun and the ascendant in Scorpio was opposing Jupiter in the 7th.

4.6 quake rattles north central Washington; no damage
WENATCHEE, Wash. - North central Washington was shaken by a 4.6 magnitude quake early Friday that awakened many residents but caused little or no damage.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports it occurred at 5:09 a.m. Friday and was centered seven miles northwest of Omak, and 8 miles northwest of Okanogan.
KPQ in Wenatchee reports callers say it was felt in Leavenworth, where it was described as a rolling motion, and in Twisp where it was strong enough to shake items off a shelf.

Update: November 18, 2011:This series of quakes especially the 6.0 Magnitude temblor that struck November 18, 2011 at 07:51:27 PM at epicenter
reflected the Last Qtr. Moon Phase, Mars on the IC opposing Chiron, Taurus rising with Venus the ruler in an angle in the 7th.
Venus of course along with Mercury is opposing S Node

Series of strong to very strong earthquakes out of the New Zealand North Island coast

Double earthquakes strike off the coast of North Island of New Zealand
Earthquake overview : 3 earthquakes have struck 100 km out of the New Zealand East Cape coast. The earthquakes were largely observed by people on the East Cape. The earthquake was felt as far as Rotorua.
Update : Historic powerful earthquakes in the same area : Same distance from the coast : M 7.0 and M 6.6 in 1995 Update : According to the USGS, who has reported an epicenter closer to the coast, the following theoretical MMI numbers could be expected : 213 MMI V, 6,000 MMI IV, 288,000 MMI II and III. These numbers are contradicted by the Geonet reported numbers and the registered shaking values. The current experience, like so many other experiences in the past, are showing the importance of a tight seismograph network. Especially epicenter location and depth have often even bigger error margins than officially reported in their data sets.

Update: November 17, 2011:It appears that the Cocos plate is subducting under the Caribbean plate near Guatemala and the Caribbean plate is now super activated.
Since the last of these three quakes a 5.1 Mag. tremor increased in size, I used that quake to construct a chart.
Today , November 17, 2011 at 07:31:11 AM at epicenter when the 5.1 struck
Sagittarius was rising with N Node, Mercury and Venus plus Pluto in Capricorn is intercepted in the first house adding a danger and potential destruction.
Jupiter the ruler of the chart now posited in Taurus is in a Grand Earth Trine with Mars and Pluto
while the mutable Grand Cross persists with Mars opposing Chiron crossed by Mercury-Venus opposing S Node.

Stress-tension eruption on Caribbean plate boundary triggers spasm of quakes in Guatemala
November 17, 2011 – GUATEMALA – A spasm of quakes erupted from stress tension of the convergent tectonic boundary where the Cocos plate is subducting under the Caribbean plate near Guatemala. A trio of earthquakes followed. Normally, we see seismic events in such a cluster rising in depth and diminishing in magnitude intensity- but today’s event was just the reverse. A 4.6 magnitude offshore earthquake struck at a depth of 38.7 km, followed by a 5.0 magnitude event at 74 km and finally a 5.1 earthquake which struck even deeper at a depth of 96.6 km. All are clear indications of the subduction power which buckles large land masses underneath another. On the East end of the Caribbean plate, earthquake swarms and tremors have also recently plagued Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and more recently, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti. In September of this year, another cluster of four earthquakes struck the southern region of Guatemala along a fault, killing one person. The largest quake in that series was a 5.8 magnitude. President Alvaro Colom told a frightened public, “There is no reason to think there will be anything bigger.”1 This region will continue to see an increased amount of stress as tectonic plates across the globe succumb to new agitation brought on by the planet’s rapidly evolving geological dynamism. –

Update: November 16, 2011:This is a notoriously geo-seismic region and the Mars trine to Jupiter in earth signs may be triggering the latest activity.

A quake in Haiti, swarms in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico- tension mounts on Caribbean plate
Seven quakes have rocked Caribbean islands as of Saturday and another tremor occurred in Haiti this Monday, arising concern among experts about a likely seismic reactivation in the area. "For some days we have observed an unusual activity that seems to be linked to the subduction of the Caribbean tectonic plate," Saint Lucian seismologist Bruce Kleever told Prensa Latina. Seven tremors were felt in the British overseas territories in East Caribbean over the weekend, according to the Disaster Management Department of the Virgin Islands. "The seisms were of 3.5-4.6 magnitude and could also be felt in Puerto Rico. WeaÖre following closely the situation in the area," said Kleever. A 4.3-magnitude quake rocked southern Haiti early morning today, one year, ten months and two days after the worst seism in the history of this country occurred. No damages or fatalities have been reported so far, but the people panicked as they relived the nightmare. According to the expert, the tremor might indicate an area of seismic activity also in the northern Caribbean plate. For years, the specialists have feared the likelihood of powerful quakes and ensuing tsunamis in the Caribbean because of the existence in the area of important focuses of danger of tectonic movement. One of them is located near Dominica, considered the point with the largest number of potentially active volcanoes in the world. However, Kleever said panic must not be triggered among the population. "Just remain on alert and take steps in case of any tremor," he said. Steps include going to open, safer spaces, mainly in highlands, far from buildings. The Caribbean currently lacks a tsunami early warning system. Such a device would be likely available by year 2014. Watch over the area is carried out from the Hawaii-based Tsunami Warning Center, in the Pacific. At least 88 tsunamis have occurred in the Caribbean in the past 500 years, the worst of them in 1946, killing some 1,600 people.

Update: November 16, 2011:My guess is we will see more quakes in this area on the Nebraska-South Dakota border.
A chart set for the 3.7 magnitude quake which took place on Nov. 14th at 11:51:39 PM on epicenter had Virgo rising with Mars.
Mars in mutable earth sign Virgo was opposing Chiron-Neptune in the 7th which are points of stress astrologically
while the chart's ruler Mercury was conj. the N Node at ground zero (4th house) and opposing S Node which could mean lingering tremors .

South Dakota shaken by double seismic tremors
CHADRON, Neb. — A small earthquake shook areas of northwest Nebraska and southwest South Dakota but no damage was reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.7 magnitude quake happened a little before midnight Sunday along the Nebraska-South Dakota border near Ardmore, S.D.
Geophysicist Don Blakeman of the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says a 3.7 magnitude quake is large enough to be felt but not big enough to cause any serious damage.
KQSK reported that residents in Ardmore, Chadron and Crawford could feel the shaking. The radio station says one woman in Crawford reported hearing her windows rattle and feeling her bed shake. The woman says the quake lasted about 20 seconds.
Geophysicist Don Blakeman of the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says a 3.7 magnitude quake is large enough to be felt but not big enough to cause any serious damage

Update: November 16, 2011:Etna is obviously in a maximum phase and on Nov. 15th evening when this one erupted
the window of the cardinal TSQ with the Moon (cancer) opposing Pluto and square Uranus was a trigger.

Magma Plume: Italy’s Mt. Etna erupts for the 18th time this year
(AGI) Catania - The Etna has intensified its activity today with fountains of lava and ash causing restrictions to air traffic. This eighteenth eruption this year has followed the Stromboli pattern as previous ones did and lasted just a couple of hours. The Crisis Unit at the Catania Fonatanrossa Airport met to assess potential consequences for flights and restricted air space until 16.30 without however affecting passenger flights . .

Update: November 15, 2011:As the Sagittarian Stellium progresses in combination of the extreme weather brought on by the Sun and Juno in Scorpio TSQ Jupiter and Neptune
record cold is happening in Juneau.

Juneau Alaska sees record snowfall- more snow expected
Record snowfall levels have been reported in Juneau, and more snow was to arrive this morning.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Juneau and other parts of southeast Alaska until 5 a.m. today. Six to 10 inches of new snow are possible for Juneau, Petersburg and Wrangell, with slightly lesser amounts in places like Hoonah and Angoon.
Juneau public schools were closed Monday. Eaglecrest Ski Area reminded outdoor enthusiasts it is closed and had no ski patrol or avalanche control onsite.
Several city commission meetings were canceled, as was a lecture sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. City buses went on winter routes in areas where the city deems it unsafe to operate buses during heavy snow and ice.
Meteorologist Geri Swanson said Monday afternoon the 10.7 inches that had fallen at weather service offices since midnight broke a record for snow falling on Nov. 14. The previous record was 5.6 inches in 2006

Update: November 15, 2011:Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active calderas in the world.
Perhaps the latest Mars (Virgo) trine to Pluto (Capricorn) has been triggering all this along with the Moon of course in Cancer on Monday TSQ Pluto and Uranus (always factors in quakes and lava rising)

Lava lake sinks, spurring quakes
Eight small earthquakes rocked Kilauea Volcano after the lava lake at the summit caldera dropped in elevation Sunday, U.S. geologists reported.
But that seismic shaking was actually below normal levels, they said.
The strongest quake was a magnitude 3.3 at 2:16 a.m. Sunday.
At Puu Oo, meanwhile, a "skylight" in the pahoehoe (smooth, ropy lava) field showed a tube transporting lava on the southeast flank to active flows about three miles to the south.
The active lava flows are within the Kahauale‘a Natural Area Reserve, which remains closed to the public because of various hazards — including potentially lethal concentrations of sulfur dioxide — so they are visible only from the air.

Update: November 14, 2011:When elevated seismic activity began in July there was also a Grand Cardinal Square with Sun-Venus in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn crossed by Uranus (stationed retro) opposing Saturn
Now we have Mars entering Virgo as a major trigger for more quakes-volcanic buildup as the Mutable Cross Begins.

Santorini volcano (Greece): number of earthquakes continues at slightly elevated levels
Seismic activity beneath Santorini volcano continues to be slightly above normal levels. Beginning since July this year, an there is elevated activity in a SW-NE trending zone passing through Nea Kameni and the submarine Kolumbos volcano NE of Santorini. The alignment (also known as the Kameni and Kolumbus lines) is a ca. 2 km wide zone parallel to a tectonic horst and graben structure of the crystalline basement of the area. Most of the known volcanic vents of Santorini during the past 2 million years were located on this alignment, more precisely either on its southern boundary (Kameni line) or on its northern boundary (Kolumbus line). Lacking other data sources, the information visible on the location and number of earthquakes is too weak, other than to vaguely speculate that the current earthquake activity around Santorini could be a precursor to new activity from this volcano. Santorini's last eruption was in 1950.

Update: November 14, 2011:When this sharp 6.3 quake hit Neptune/Chiron were on the ascendant 29 degrees Aquarius
both opposing Mars in Virgo on the 7th house cusp.
The chart's ruler, Uranus is position to square the moon in early Aries
Plus Uranus is in a close Quincunx to Mars.
This alignment is dynamic and along with the Moon in Gemini crossing to oppose the Sagittarian stellium

6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Molucca Sea

Per USGS: A Shallow Magnitude 6.3 Quake Strikes in Molucca Sea
01:05:12 PM at epicenter
strong earthquake with MMI VI. About 7,000 people will experience a strong shaking
people of Ternate (102,000) will experience a light shaking of MMI IV
200 km (124 miles) SSW of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

Update: November 13, 2011:Both Earthquake report below, extinctionprotocol: beyond 2012 and others are doing a great job keeping us updated on the El Hierro Volcano.
The El Hierro quake swarms began on July 17th when of course Uranus-Pluto were in a close square and were TSQ Juno in late Virgo.
Also at that time Mars was transiting in Gemini opposing the N Node in Sagittarius.
Currently Mars is now in mutable Virgo and we are heading toward a partial solar eclipse on Nov. 24th.
where Mars will be in in orb of a Grand Mutable Square: (Mars opposing Neptune/Chiron - Mars square Sun-Moon in Sagittarius - TSQ the Moon's Nodes in Sagittarius and Gemini).

El Hierro Volcano (Canary Islands) : Red alert – reactivation of former vent areas
This is the most recent El Hierro Volcano eruption report
Some of this info is also posted into our Facebook Volcano Page – Google+ Volcanoes – Google+ Volcanoes and earthquakes
Combined La Restinga and Eruption area webcam
Update 13/11 -) 17:19 UTC : Reader Adrian posted the following message in the comments : A Telefonica (company that placed the webcams) employee posted on the AVCAN Facebook page that they are working on making a stronger support for the cameras and are also going to put HD webcams up, including thermal imaging if possible over the next few days Rescaling of the harmonic tremor graphs
A lot of people reading the IGN graphs are sometimes asking themselves why the graphs are suddenly changing in height. Besides the action of the volcano itself, the IGN volcanologists and seismologists have to change the scale a little if the graph lines are constantly reaching the ceiling of the scale. This rescaling can mostly be seen by the blue (thin or thick) line showing up in the frequency part of the page.
So, please be sure that rescaling is purely done (stronger and weaker) to obtain the best possible view on what is happening.

Update: November 13, 2011:When this story broke on Oct. 25th near the Scorpio New Moon
when the Sun-Moon in Scorpio (loss) opposed Jupiter in Taurus (farming) and now after the full moon in Taurus (Nov. 10th)
the situation is getting worse and perhaps with
Mars now in service-oriented Virgo (Mars is ancient ruler of Scorpio) opposing Chiron the wounded healer we could see a massive effort to help these starting Afghans.

Massive crop failure in Afghanistan leaves millions at risk from severe drought
Starvation threatens more than 7 million Afghans
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – Officials in ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development on Tuesday expressed concerns over drought affects which threatens more than 7 million Afghans across the country. Meanwhile, the parliamentarian commission for natural resources and environmental habitance also said, more than 90% of the Afghan agriculture were affected by drought this year. Members of the commission for state emergency while speaking among the members of the parliament said, the country will face migration, regional conflict, animal deaths, and disease if the government does not step up actions to fight the natural disaster which threatens more than 7 million Afghans.

Update: November 12, 2011:The seething maelstrom bubbling away in the ocean south of El Hierro.
relates well to Mars opposing Neptune-Chiron (Pisces) along
with the full mutable cross from the Moon in Gemini opposing Mercury-Venus in Sagittarius.

Canary Islands Eruption: Undersea Volcano Now Just 70 Meters from Surface
In the Atlantic Ocean, off the Canary Island of El Hierro, 20-meter high jets of water are being spat into the air as the sea boils amid the stench of sulfur. The undersea volcano, which is set to create new land, is growing ever-nearer to the surface -- but is the existing island at risk from the explosive eruptions?
"The monster rises out of the water", screamed the Spanish newspaper La Provincia. Scientists, meanwhile, are being a bit more level-headed about the undersea volcano south of El Hierro in the Canary Islands; they now believe it is in the third phase of its eruption -- fountains of water have been shooting out of the Atlantic up to 20 meters in the air over the last few days. On Tuesday, some local residents even saw stones being catapulted out of the sea.
A seething maelstrom, dozens of meters across, is bubbling away in the ocean. Measurements show that the vortices are significantly warmer than the surrounding water.
So far, the volcano has only shown its explosive power beneath the water. But now the outbursts to the south of El Hierro are frothing up the surface, as if the ocean had hiccups. The lava is piling up on an underwater mountain. That the eruption is capable of firing jets of water into the air shows that this mountain is growing -- the center of the eruption is approaching the surface. Geologists believe that new land could soon emerge from the sea, and islanders are already looking for a name for the new territory. There are only 70 meters to go until the mountain reaches the surface, experts from Spain's National Geographic Institute (IGN) have reported.

Update: November 11, 2011:Cold lava flows sounds like Pluto in Capricorn in a trine to Mars in Virgo

Villages deluged with ash from Merapi’s eruption now fear for their lives
Sleman, Central Java. The arrival of the rainy season has triggered the time bomb experts have long feared: volcanic mudflows comprised of millions of tons of ash and debris blanketing Merapi’s slopes after last year’s eruptions.
The impact is spreading this week. Mudflows are affecting not just residents of Sleman’s north and east, but those in the west as well as the Progo River threatens Kisik 1 village, which sits about 1.2 kilometers from its edge.
The river has experienced extreme shallowing due to the sedimentation of ash. Volcanic mud has repeatedly spilled over its banks and flooded residents’ homes, gardens and rice fields.

Update: November 10, 2011:This news is timely in astrological terms since volcanoes relate to Pluto the modern ruler of today's Scorpio Sun now in oppositon to the Moon in Taurus
Even more significant is that Mars was opposing Neptune on Monday Nov. 7th.
Neptune relates to all gases including those that are toxic.

Underwater volcano toxic gas closes coast in Canary Islands near El Hierro
The underwater volcano on the island of El Hierro has killed wildlife and led to the closing of some coastal areas.
Spain's Civil Protection for Volcanic Risk has closed two beaches on the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands because of potentially toxic gasses emanating from an underwater volcano off the island's shore.
The decision came after a technician from the country's National Geographic Institute had to seek medical treatment after he was taken ill while measuring carbon dioxide levels there the previous day, Spanish TV reported.
Authorities on the island insist there is no major risk for the population. In the nearby village of La Restinga, one resident said he noticed unusual behaviour from a member of the local feline population, which was scavenging along the shoreline.

Update: November 10, 2011:This sharp and shallow quake struck before this afternoon's Full Moon in Taurus
Gemini was rising with ruler Mercury near Venus in Sagittarius opposing SNode in Gemini.
While Mars was posited on the IC (ground zero) opposing Chiron-Neptune on the Mid-Heaven
This will be a trigger quake for something larger in this area .

5.2 magnitude earthquake strikes northwest of Athens, Greece
November 10, 2011 – ATHENS- A 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck about 167 km (104) miles from Athens and about 27 km from Patras, Greece. The shallow earthquake was reported at a depth of just 6.9 km (4.3 miles) below the surface. There have been no initial reports of damages.

Update: November 10, 2011:Wild weather with flash flooding, hail damage and record heat in Australia are associated with extremes
Today's Full Moon opposing Scorpio is all about extremes
Also these weather anamolies represent the build up to the Full Moon today when Uranus-Pluto continue to be in a dangerous square for major disasters.
Appropriately Neptune now stationing and opposing Mars also reflects the incredible flooding worldwide.

Extreme weather events reported in skies over Australia

'Golf ball' hail lashes Victoria
November 10, 2011 – AUSTRALIA – Victoria’s State Emergency Service has responded to more than 1000 calls for help overnight after one of the wildest storms to lash the state this year. SES rescuers responded to cases of flash flooding, hail damage, people trapped in cars, unroofed homes and fallen trees. In one of the worst-hit areas, Frankston received 30 millimetres of rain in 20 minutes yesterday. Residents made more than 200 calls for help, including 150 about flooding and 40 about building damage. In Croydon several people had to be rescued from their vehicles after they became stuck in flood waters. There were another 150 reports of fallen trees, many in towns northwest of Melbourne including Castlemaine, Woodend and Maryborough. The northeast endured the worst of the storm, where 65mm of rain fell – the highest rainfall for the state. In Wodonga, several houses had their roofs ripped off. There were also reports of flooded backyards and falling trees

Sydney swelters with record night temperature highs
SYDNEYSIDERS have sweated through what could be the hottest November night on record.
Temperatures climbed to a top of 28.4C and never dipped below 26.5C, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) duty forecaster Dmitriy Danchuk said.
Previously, the hottest November night on record was in 1967, when the minimum temperature was 24.8C. The average minimum temperature for November is 15.6C.
"So last night we had temperatures that were 10.9 degrees above average," Mr Danchuk said.
"That's a pretty rare occasion. The last time we had high temperatures like this was on November 14, 1976. "This could be a record." Read more:

Update: November 9, 2011:Another storm threatens the same area in southern France and NW. Italy that was hit recently.
The rarity of this storm coincides with Neptune stationing and Void of Course when conditions are really unstable.
It literally seems that the fabric of reality appears to be ripped asunder.

Rare tropical storm forms in the Mediterranean Sea
November 9, 2011 – FRANCE – A tropical storm (possibly a subtropical hybrid) has formed in the Mediterranean Sea. No, this isn’t a typo. Take a look at the satellite imagery above from early Tuesday morning. Circled in white is the storm south of France and to the west of Italy. Although rare, this is not an unprecedented event. According to the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA, low-pressure systems resembling tropical storms and hurricanes have occurred in September 1947, September 1969, January 1982, September 1983 and January 1995. Due to their rarity, they have not been fully studied so there is some question as to whether these systems have the same structure as tropical storms found over the tropical waters in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The storm is forecast to weaken as it moves slowly near the southern coast of France and northwest Italy. This is the same region of Italy which has been hit hard by flooding in recent weeks, so any additional rain from this system would be a very unwelcome sight.

Update: November 9, 2011:Today's quake hit Van right after Neptune stationed with Leo rising
the Leo ascendant was closely square the Moon and Jupiter in fixed earth sign Taurus at Mid-Heaven
Sun the ruler of the chart is posited in the 4th house in Scorpio to oppose the Moon on tomorrow's Full Moon.

Earthquake Hits Eastern Turkey, Collapses Buildings

Per USGS: Strong 5.7 Magnitude Quake hits S of Van, Turkey
DEVELOPING: A Turkish news agency says an earthquake with a preliminary 5.7 magnitude has caused some buildings to collapse in the eastern part of the country.
The Dogan news agency says Wednesday the quake hit the eastern province of Van, more than two weeks after a 7.2 earthquake there killed around 600 people.
A six-story hotel in central Van collapsed where 35 people were booked, a source told Fox News. Members of the media were staying at the hotel after the first quake hit the country over a week ago. "I stayed in this hotel a day after the first quake," a witness said. "The walls were cracked and the wall papers ripped."

Update: November 9, 2011:The high winds and dangerous storm hitting Alaska's west coast is happening days before the Nov. 10th Full Moon and the Neptune station @ 28 degrees Aquarius
Neptune is known for flood conditions and with the Mars opposition extr