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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 6km NW of American Canyon, California

Earthquake 6.0 in N CA, USA
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Event Time
2014-08-24 10:20:44 UTC
2014-08-24 03:20:44 UTC-07:00 at epicenter

Location
38.220°N 122.313°W depth=11.3km (7.0mi)

Nearby Cities
6km (4mi) NW of American Canyon, California
8km (5mi) SSW of Napa, California
13km (8mi) NNW of Vallejo, California
14km (9mi) ESE of Sonoma, California
81km (50mi) WSW of Sacramento, California

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Comment: There was a bigger earthquake later the same day in Peru, a 6.9.

Seems like the ring of fire is heating up!

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.9 - 43km ENE of Tambo, Peru

Earthquake 6.9 tampo in Peru
© USGS
Event Time
2014-08-24 23:21:45 UTC
2014-08-24 18:21:45 UTC-05:00 at epicenter

Location
14.586°S 73.578°W depth=101.0km (62.8mi)

Nearby Cities
43km (27mi) ENE of Tambo, Peru
61km (38mi) ENE of Puquio, Peru
105km (65mi) S of Andahuaylas, Peru
129km (80mi) SW of Abancay, Peru
467km (290mi) SE of Lima, Peru

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Eye 2

Snake sightings on the rise in New Mexico this year, including more venomous Mojave rattler

© Erik Enderson
Mojave rattlesnake
The Mojave rattler, one of the most lethal rattlesnakes in the Southwest, has been gradually moving into new territory in Southeastern New Mexico.

The snake is a type of pit viper that has recently migrated from California and Arizona and appears physically similar to the area's native Western diamondback rattlesnake and black-tail rattlesnake. Mistaking the Mojave rattler for the other rattlesnakes could mean the difference between life and death according to some experts.

The Mojave rattler's fangs are infused with a neurotoxin that is much more potent than its diamondback counterpart, leading the New Mexico Game and Fish Department to dub it the "most dangerous of the state's rattlers." The snake has a reputation for being quick to strike and has venom nearly as toxic as a cobra according to a Game and Fish Department fact sheet on New Mexico rattlesnakes.

Rick Johnson, a Carlsbad resident, was surprised to have seen two dead baby Mojave rattlers since last week.
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No end in sight: California's record drought is making Earth's surface rise

© Ruaridh Stewart/ZUMA Press/Corbis
California’s exceptional drought has exposed the bottom of Big Bear Lake.
The record-breaking California drought is so bad that monitoring stations used to study earthquakes can detect the drying ground rising up. Measurements of these subtle movements, made using GPS instruments, suggest that the western United States is missing some 62 trillion gallons of water, enough to cover the entire region six inches deep.

Drought has plagued various parts of the western United States for years. California's dry times started at the beginning of 2013 and have continued to worsen. Nearly 100 percent of the state is now experiencing drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and more than half the state falls under the most severe category of "exceptional drought." Water restrictions are in place. Farmers have been hard hit. And some people are even questioning participation in the viral "ice-bucket challenge" that is raising awareness and funding for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

While it's not difficult to see parched lawns and drying lakes, and scientists can directly measure changes in rainfall and stream flow, getting a measure of how much water has been lost from the desiccating landscape hasn't been easy. The new study, appearing today in the journal Science, provides a way to do just that by taking advantage of GPS monitors set up across the country.

Comment: Richard Howitt, professor emeritus of resource economics, stated:
"A well-managed basin is used like a reserve bank account," Howitt said. "We're acting like the super rich who have so much money they don't need to balance their checkbook."
The systems in which we live are failing in a fractal-like way. For those interested in the science behind these failures, from cosmic, to global, to you, check out:

Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection

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Drought causes 'irreversible damage' in California; collapsing aquifer sinking the land

© USGS
A pole is marked with the land levels in Mendota, California, showing the drastic sinking of the land for nearly a century.
Walk into any grocery store in America and there's a good chance the fresh produce you see there was grown in California. Up to half of the nation's fruit, nuts and vegetables are grown in the Central Valley, one of the planet's most fertile growing regions, between Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Now, for the first time this century, the entire state is in severe to exceptional drought.

"It's really depressing for us to leave ground out. We're still paying taxes and payments on everything that's non-production," said Gene Errotabere, whose family has farmed the valley since the late 1920s. "I mean, it's this whole valley. It's just a breadbasket of our whole country here, and to see this much ground being fallowed is not something I like to see."
Bizarro Earth

Small lava-eruption detected under Dyngju­jök­ull glacier, near Bárðarbunga

Bárðarbunga
© mbl.is/Á​rni Sæ­berg
Bárðarbunga
A small lava-erupti­on has been detected und­er the Dyngju­jök­ull glacier. Dyngju­jök­ull is a part Vatna­jök­ull, not far from Bárðarbunga.

The Icelandic Co­ast Guard airpla­ne TF-SIF is flying over the area with representati­ves from the Civil Protecti­on and experts from the Icelandic Met Offic and the Institu­te of Earth Sciences. Data from the equip­ment on bo­ard is expected later today.

Data from radars and webca­meras are being recei­ved, show­ing no signs of changes at the surface.

The estima­te is that 150-400 meters of ice is abo­ve the area.

The aviati­on col­or code for the Bárðarbunga volcano has been changed from orange to red.

Comment: See: Icelandic Bárðarbunga volcanic eruption begins

Snowflake

Bardarbunga eruption could trigger Britain's coldest winter ever this year

Britain could freeze in years of super-cold winters and miserable summers if the Bardarbunga volcano erupts, experts have warned
© AP
Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth's atmosphere can trigger decades of chaotic weather patterns.

Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun's light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge lower than ever before while summer will be devoid of sunshine.The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer.

The Icelandic Met Office has this week warned of "strong indications of ongoing magma movement" around the volcano prompting them to raise the aviation warning to orange, the second highest and sparking fears the crater could blow at any moment.The region has also this week been hit by a magnitude-four earthquake - the strongest for almost 20 years, officials said.The British Met Office said the effects of an explosion on Britain's weather depends on the wind direction in the upper atmosphere. Spokeswoman Laura Young said: "If the upper winds are north-westerly it will have an effect on our weather."If the upper winds are westerly then it won't."

Comment: Gigantic Icelandic Volcano Could Plunge Europe Into Immediate Ice Age...

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Rare sei whale seen off Cornwall's coast in Penzance, UK


Sei whale photo courtesy of Hannah at Marine Discovery.
A rare whale has been spotted off the coast of Penzance.

Experts believe these photographs show a sei whale - the creatures rarely visit water around the UK.

Sei whales are the third largest rorqual after the blue whale and fin whale.

These photographs were taken by Penzance-based marine wildlife tour company Marine Discovery.

Comment: See also: Rare 45-foot sei whale dies in Virginia river

Is there any connection to this?
Hundreds of methane plumes erupting along U.S. Atlantic coast

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Hundreds of methane plumes erupting along U.S. Atlantic coast

Methane bubbles
© NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program/2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition
Methane bubbles rising from the seafloor 1,400 feet (425 m) below the surface offshore of Virginia.
In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience.

"We don't know of any explanation that fits as well as methane," said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State.

Comment: See also: Rare sei whale seen off Cornwall's coast in Penzance, UK

Rare 45-foot sei whale dies in Virginia river

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Rare 45-foot sei whale dies in Virginia river


A 40-foot whale that had been swimming around in a river died Thursday afternoon. A necropsy will be performed on the animal to find out just what caused its death
A rare whale that entered the Elizabeth River in Virginia earlier this week has died.

Joan Barns of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center says the whale died on Thursday. A necropsy is planned, including tissue and blood samples for further study.

The 35- to 45-foot sei whale was first spotted Monday in the river's Southern Branch near the Jordan Bridge and Paradise Creek.

Marine experts said the whale been acting strangely and may have been ill or disoriented. Boaters had reported that the whale appeared to be swimming without a clear direction.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says sei whales are usually seen in deeper waters of oceanic areas far from the coastline.


Source: The Associated Press

Comment: See also: Rare sei whale seen off Cornwall's coast in Penzance, UK

Is there any connection to this?
Hundreds of methane plumes erupting along U.S. Atlantic coast

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