Earth Changes


Brazil drought crisis deepens in Sao Paulo and other areas

Brazil drought
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Water levels at the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira system, are extremely low.
The governor of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has asked for emergency clearance to siphon the remaining water out of the main reservoir serving Sao Paulo city, which has almost run dry.

After nine months of unprecedented drought, 95% of the water has gone.

Geraldo Alckmin, re-elected in last week's elections, has been criticised for not imposing water rationing to tackle the crisis.

Twenty-nine other Brazilian cities have been affected by the drought.
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Is New England's seacoast ready for an earthquake?

© Northeast States Emergency Consortium
Since 1975 moderate size earthquakes have occurred in New Brunswick, New Hampshire, northern New York and Quebec.
"Drop, cover and hold on."

It's a message that likely hasn't reached most New Englanders who rarely worry about the dangers of a major earthquake happening here. But the threat is real.

"Definitely the risk in this area is significantly greater than most people think," said Margaret Boettcher, an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of New Hampshire who has researched the physics of earthquakes and the mechanics of fault slip.

Seacoast emergency officials agree there is a danger and people should take it seriously. While strong earthquakes are rare here, history has shown that they can happen and could pose a significant threat to many of the region's historic buildings that were constructed long before codes were put in place to protect against seismic activity. The old brick buildings in places like Exeter and Portsmouth are at greatest risk, officials say.
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Indonesia's Mt. Slamet continues to erupt - hundreds of tremors are recorded every 24 hours

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Mt Slamet
An expert has warned that Mount Slamet's seismic activity remains high although it has not spewed lava in the past month.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's Geology Agency head, Surono, said Mt. Slamet's constantly high volcanic activity made it unsafe, forcing authorities to maintain its alert status at "siaga" (level 3).

"Its activities are still high. Hundreds of tremors are recorded every 24 hours; thus, the situation is not yet safe," he told journalists in Purwokerto, Central Java, on Monday.

Surono further said that due to such fluctuating conditions, Mt. Slamet was still closed to climbers. No activity is allowed within a 4-kilometer radius of the mountain.

Mt Slamet's increased volcanic activity during the past month has caused panic among residents in five regencies located on the slope of the volcano in Central Java. Among the five regencies located on the slope of Mt. Slamet are Banyumas, Brebes, Pemalang, Purbalingga and Tegal.

Tremors and harsh sounds have emanate dozens of times a day from the volcano, which in the past has also spewed volcanic ash up to 50 km away from the peak.
Cloud Lightning

Severe storm system blamed for 2 deaths in Southern U.S.

Fallen Tree
© AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Henrietta Wildsmith
Brittany Garner, right, shows Toshia Laing the tree that fell in her backyard during the storm Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Monroe, La.
A severe storm system rolled across the South for a second day Tuesday, knocking out power to thousands as it made a mess of the morning commute in Atlanta and other Southern cities.

The storm, which claimed two lives a day earlier after spinning off tornadoes in Arkansas and Missouri, sent heavy thunderstorms across much of Georgia. Large areas of the state were under a tornado watch.

The Storm Prediction Center estimated that more than 36 million people were in the path of damaging storms that formed in the Midwest earlier in the week and left several injured.

Cars crawled through heavy rain around Atlanta in morning rush hour as water collected on some low-lying roadways, including part of a heavily traveled interstate through downtown Atlanta. Georgia Power reported more than 29,000 customers without electricity early Tuesday, the bulk of the outages in the hard-hit metro Atlanta area.

Giant squid attacks Greenpeace submarine

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The giant squid took on a Greenpeace sub in the Bering Sea.
Incredible footage has emerged of a huge squid taking on a Greenpeace submarine.

The video was released by Greenpeace on Vine and shows the squid spinning around and squirting black ink at the sub.

The shocked crew pointed a light at the squid to try and scare it away. The squid continued to thrash around and whip the sub with its tentacles.
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 - South of the Kermadec Islands

Kerdamec Quake_141014
Event Time
2014-10-14 04:12:30 UTC
2014-10-14 16:12:30 UTC+12:00 at epicenter

34.917°S 179.970°E depth=31.5km (19.6mi)

Nearby Cities
400km (249mi) SSW of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand
430km (267mi) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand
450km (280mi) NNE of Gisborne, New Zealand
459km (285mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand
840km (522mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

Scientific Data
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.3- 67km WSW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

Jiquilillo Quake_141014
Event Time
2014-10-14 03:51:35 UTC
2014-10-13 21:51:35 UTC-06:00 at epicenter

12.576°N 88.046°W depth=40.0km (24.9mi)

Nearby Cities
67km (42mi) WSW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua
86km (53mi) SSW of La Union, El Salvador
95km (59mi) W of Corinto, Nicaragua
95km (59mi) SSE of San Rafael Oriente, El Salvador
174km (108mi) SE of San Salvador, El Salvador

Scientific Data

Dead sperm whale washes up on San Fernando shore, Philippines

© KC Golez Zalavaria
A female sperm whale was spotted near the shore in San Fernando, La Union Monday morning where it died.

Residents said the sperm whale was sighted around 9 a.m. The whale died at around noon.

Authorities used 2 4x4 trucks to haul the whale's carcass to shore.

A local official said the whale measures about 10 meters and was covered with wounds. Authorities have yet to identify cause of death.

© KC Golez Zalavaria
Cloud Lightning

Tropical storm Gonzalo strikes Antigua, could potentially develop into Category 1 hurricane

tropical storm gonzalo
Tropical Storm Gonzalo is making its way through the eastern Caribbean, spinning through Antigua on its way toward Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands. Authorities say Gonzalo could potentially form into a Category 1 hurricane.

Antigua is expected to receive heavy rain and winds for several hours, according to AP's latest report. Many Antiguans have reported that homes have been stripped of roofing and downed trees have blocked roads throughout the island.

No reports of injuries or deaths from the storm have been reported, though, according to Sherrod James, deputy director of Antigua's National Office of Disaster Services.

Gonzalo's maximum wind speed hit 65 mph (100 kph) as of late Monday morning EDT, when the storm's center was about 10 miles (15 km) from Antigua.

"It is strengthening very slowly," said Scott Stripling, a meteorologist with the US National Hurricane Center. "It's not out of the question that we could see it become a hurricane later this evening or tonight."

Man injured in bear attack in Srinagar, India

One person was injured in a attack by a wild animal in Braipathri Nagbal Pakharpora. A bear attacked and injured a person identified as Mohammad Rafique Hajam son of Mohammad Abdullah residence of Braipathri Nagbal jurisdiction of PP Pakherpora. The injured was shifted to SKIMS Soura Srinagar for treatment.