In case you haven’t heard a 5.9 earthquake hit Virginia just outside of Richmond. I felt it in Durham, NC and Kevin felt it out on the coast. Reports from Twitter indicate it was also felt up in Boston. If you felt it, you can log into the USGS website and report your local conditions. . . . → Read More: Virginia Earthquake
via Hurricane Irene: Prepare for a Category 4 ‘major hurricane’ – latimes.com. Hurricane Irene continues to grow in strength and ferocity and is now on track to become a Category 4 hurricane, authorities said. Fueled by warm waters and nothing to slow it down, the hurricane is taking a path that will likely skirt . . . → Read More: Hurricane Irene: Prepare for a Category 4 ‘major hurricane’
And in other disturbing news today Japanese engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been forced to release radioactive waste water into the sea…Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) was forced on Monday to release low-level radioactive seawater that had been used to cool overheated fuel rods after it ran out of storage . . . → Read More: Japan Releases Radioactive Water Into Sea
When darkness strikes, the Earth crumbles beneath your feet and Tsunamis ravish what was once your life, one man stands in defiance of the awesome forces of nature. This man is… Hideaki Akaiwa! For most of us regular folks, this is the sort of shit that would make us throw up our hands, swear loudly, . . . → Read More: Give Akaiwa A Medal and a Life Supply of Sapporo Already!
Before you watch the videos below I urge you to head over to Highly Allochthonous. Chris Rowan has two excellent posts explaining the geology behind the earthquake, tsunami and aftershocks of the Sendai earthquake. I also liked the Georneys and AGU Blogosphere posts (hat tip to Chris for pointing me in their direction). You also . . . → Read More: Tsunami Video Roundup
Undoubtedly you have heard that dogs can sense earthquakes before the tremors occur. While anecdotes are common, experimental evidence supporting these claims remains elusive. The USGS in the 1970′s even examined the ability of animals for prediction “but nothing concrete came out of [these experiments]“. Cueing on changes in the weather is frequent among . . . → Read More: Can Sea Snakes Predict The Future? What About Hurricanes? Lottery Numbers?
From the INSPIRE cruise blog: “The research vessel Kay Kay II, belonging to the University of Concepción. The 18m ship was washed 1km inland following the Feb. 27 earthquake. Vandals subsequently stripped the ship of its oceanographic instruments. Image courtesy of Ruben Escribano.” UPDATE: The Consortium for Ocean Leadership has set up a University of . . . → Read More: Chilean marine science devastated by earthquake
Neil Lumsden was out surfing when out of nowhere the recent earthquake struck the deep sea off of Samoa. We had no warning, being out in the water outside of the reef pass we didn’t feel the earthquake happen, and everyone was caught completely off guard. All of a sudden, while sitting at the usual . . . → Read More: Samoan Tsunami Survivor
A nice visualization of seismic activity occurring under the Tongan Ridge and subduction zone. This animation was done after the magnitude 8 earthquake on May 6th, 2006. There are several layers going on here. First is the surface bathymetry where you can see the Tongan Ridge. Next is the cross section of the velocity . . . → Read More: Visualizing the Tonga Earthquake
[googlemap lat="-22.857194700969636" lng="-174.55078125" width="500px" height="300px" zoom="6" type="G_HYBRID_MAP"]Tonga[/googlemap] News on the wire from Rick is that a tsunami warning was issued for the South Pacific after a 7.9 earthquake registered about 209km (130 miles) south-east of Tonga. The first report from the U.S. National Weather Service’s Pacific tsunami center is that “Sea level readings confirm that . . . → Read More: Tsunami Warning in the South Pacific