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Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupts, causing massive evacuation


Mount Sinabung November 2013 eruption
Powerful burst of hot ash erupted from one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, on Sunday evening, triggering massive evacuation, official disclosed here.

The eruption occurred only months after the volcano had erupted intermittently from September to February which left 15 people dead, more than 30,000 other internally displaced and a warning to aviation.

Sunday's eruption occurred at 19:29 p.m. Jakarta time (1229 GMT) with 4,000 meter high column of ash spewed to the sky, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster agency said.
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.2 - 89 miles NNE Douglas, Arizona

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Event Time:
2014-06-29 04:59:33 UTC
2014-06-28 21:59:33 UTC-07:00 at epicenter

Location:
32.607°N 109.151°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)

Nearby Cities:
50km (31mi) NW of Lordsburg, New Mexico
83km (52mi) WSW of Silver City, New Mexico
136km (85mi) WNW of Deming, New Mexico
144km (89mi) NNE of Douglas, Arizona
288km (179mi) ESE of Phoenix, Arizona

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Geologists have discovered three previously unrecorded active volcanoes in southeast Australia

Geologists have discovered three previously unrecorded active volcanoes in southeast Australia, which could yet deliver a blast from the past. The new Monash University research, gives a detailed picture of an area of volcanic centres already known to geologists in the region.

Covering an area of 19,000 square kilometres in Victoria and South Australia, with over 400 volcanoes, the Newer Volcanics Province (NVP) features the youngest volcanoes in Australia including Mount Schank and Mount Gambier.

Focusing on the Hamilton region, lead researcher Julie Boyce said the surprising discovery means additional volcanic centres may yet be discovered in the NVP.

"Victoria's latest episode of volcanism began about eight million years ago, and has helped to shape the landscape. The volcanic deposits, including basalt, are among the youngest rocks in Victoria but most people know little about them," Boyce said.
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.9 - 154km NNW of Visokoi Island

Earthquake 7.1 Visokoi Island
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Event Time:
2014-06-29 07:52:57 UTC
2014-06-29 05:52:57 UTC-02:00 at epicenter

Location:
55.560°S 28.570°W depth=14.7km (9.1mi)

Nearby Cities:
152km (94mi) NW of Visokoi Island,
2497km (1552mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina
2687km (1670mi) ESE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
2687km (1670mi) ESE of Puerto Deseado, Argentina
1968km (1223mi) ESE of Stanley, Falkland Islands

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - 134km ESE of Iwo Jima, Japan

Earthquake 6.2 Iwo, Japan
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Event Time:
2014-06-29 05:56:31 UTC
2014-06-29 15:56:31 UTC+10:00 at epicenter

Location:
24.401°N 142.591°E depth=43.2km (26.8mi)

Nearby Cities:
134km (83mi) ESE of Iwo Jima, Japan
1068km (664mi) NNW of N. Islands Municipality, N. Mariana Islands
1069km (664mi) NNW of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
1091km (678mi) NNW of JP Tinian Town pre-WW2, N. Mariana Islands
1191km (740mi) SSE of Shimoda, Japan

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At least a million dead fish found in South Carolina

At least a million fish caracaras line the banks and water ways of the Winyah Bay in Georgetown County after a massive fish kill occurred earlier this week.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources were on the scene and said it was one of the largest fish kills they had seen."It was up to a million animals; certainly hundreds of thousands," said Dean Cane. Cane is a marine biologist with DNR.
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Giant 'whirlpools' in the ocean are driving the weather?

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The 90-mile-wide whirlpool, spotted off the coast of South Africa by Nasa's Terra satellite in February 2012.
Giant "whirlpools" in the ocean, up to 500 kilometers across, are driving the world's climate on a scale previously unimagined. We just don't know exactly how yet.

The bodies of swirling water, called mesoscale eddies, are 100 km to 500 km in diameter. They form when patches of water are destabilised by obstacles like islands. The eddies carry huge volumes of water and heat across the oceans, until they slowly stop spinning over days or months and reintegrate with the surrounding water.

The assumption was that they gradually diffused the heat they carried in all directions as they travelled, which would hardly do anything to the climate. Now, for the first time, the amount of water and heat they carry has been measured and it turns out the eddies have a big effect after all.

Comment: Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World - Book 3

Cloud Lightning

Monsoon floods kill 11 in India, maroon thousands

India flooding
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An Indian woman wades through the floodwaters in Gauhati, India, Friday, June 27, 2014.
Indian authorities rushed food and drinking water Saturday to thousands of people marooned by monsoon rains and mudslides that left at least 11 dead in the remote northeast.

Residents waded through waist- and knee-deep water in several parts of the Assam state capital, Gauhati, which was hit by nearly 60 millimeters (2.3 inches) of pounding rain on Thursday night. The average four-month monsoon rainfall is 89 centimeters (35 inches).

"Inflatable boats and makeshift banana rafts have become a mode of transport in the heart of Gauhati. This is something I didn't imagine," said Rani Das, a researcher who could not reach her office on Saturday.
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Paraguay floods lead to evacuation of thousands

Paraguay flood
© AP
More than 200,000 people have been evacuated due to the floods.
Tens of thousands of people in Paraguay have been evacuated after torrential rains caused extensive flooding.

Carlos Silva, the governor of the state of Neembucu, in the southeast, said the rains have destroyed crops, flooded homes and blocked roads.

Mr Silva also said that United Nations and Red Cross officials have evaluated the situation and he is hoping to get help from abroad.

Worst affected have been people living near the Paraguay and Parana rivers.
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The rise of the 'Super Weed' around the world

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"Super weeds" are becoming increasingly common.

Texas cotton growers are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to let them use propazine, an alternative herbicide to Monsanto's glysophate, which is currently used, to combat a "super weed" that has developed resistance to it. According to the Weed Science Society of America, these herbicide-resistant weeds were first reported in the 1950s - soon after farmers began using the first major synthetic herbicides - and are on the rise.

It's a case of typical evolutionary processes: A farmer sprays their field with an herbicide, most of the weeds die, a few that are best adapted for the herbicide will live on and reproduce. After repeated herbicide use, these super weeds can actually come to dominate the weed population. Weeds have evolved to be resistant to herbicide after herbicide, starting with synthetic auxins, then triazines, then ACCase inhibitors, then ALS inhibitors and now glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, according to Director of the International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds Ian Heap, who helps run Weedscience.com, the central repository for scientifically backed, peer-reviewed herbicide-resistance cases.

Comment: The rise of 'Super Weeds' has been an ongoing problem for years!

For a more in depth look at the 'Superweed' issue plaguing America's industrial agribusiness industry read the following articles:
So the dramatic recent increases in resistant weeds have occurred despite years of urging farmers to use additional chemicals to avoid resistance. Weed scientists now say that superweeds from GMO crops infest over 11 million acres of US farmland - nearly five times more acreage than just three years ago - at a cost to US farmers of $1 billion a year.

What irks many farmers facing superweed problems and rising costs (not to mention consumers facing the prospects of more chemicals sprayed on our food and environment) is that Monsanto markets the use of a single herbicide as the main benefit of its GMO Roundup Ready crops. Even after all the publicity about this GMO failure, the "Council for Biotechnology Information," a front-group funded by Monsanto and other GMO crop producers, continues to put forth this now laughable claim.


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