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Yellowstone Bison filmed running along road in Yellowstone Park

Animals can often sense trouble long before humans. These Bison are coming down the hills in droves and fleeing on the road to get away from Yellowstone. Is the volcano there going to erupt?

Comment: 4.8 magnitude earthquake in Yellowstone National Park


4.8 magnitude earthquake in Yellowstone National Park


Sunday, March 30, 2014 10:31 AM (Sunday, March 30, 2014 16:31 UTC)

44°25'48" N 110°40'12" W, Summit Elevation 9203 ft (2805 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL
Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN

The University of Utah, a YVO member agency, sent out the following press release about a magnitude 4.8 earthquake that occurred this morning at 6:34 AM MDT.

University of Utah Seismograph Stations
Released: March 30, 2014 08:15 AM MDT

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake occurred at 06:34 AM on March 30, 2014 (MDT). The epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 shock was located 4 miles north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This earthquake is part of a series of earthquakes that began in this area on Thursday, March 27. As of 8:15 am today, this series has included at least 25 earthquakes in addition to the main shock, with the largest of magnitude 3.1. The magnitude 4.8 main shock was reported felt in Yellowstone National Park and in the towns of West
Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form on either the Seismograph stations web site: or the U.S. Geological Survey web site:

Three dead dolphins found in four days, Miaoli, Taiwan

CGA personnel bury the dolphin after it washed ashore in Miaoli, March 25.
Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said on Tuesday that it had found a third dead dolphin in four days on a beach in northern Taiwan's Miaoli county.

CGA personnel who checked the dolphin after receiving a report from local residents, said it was a bottlenose dolphin around 2.5 meters long and weighing around 230 kilograms.

As the carcass had started to decompose, CGA officials buried it on the beach with the help of the Taiwan Cetacean Society.

The CGA discovered the other two dead dolphins in the county on March 21 and 23.
Arrow Down

Firefighters rescue dog trapped in sinkhole, Frederick, Maryland

Crossroads Emergency Vet Clinic in Fredrick, Maryland was the last place Susanne Geary expected to find herself with her 14-year-old Lhasa Apso, Samantha, Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters in Frederick, Md., successfully rescued an elderly blind and deaf dog who got trapped inside a large sinkhole Sunday.

Officials were called to Old Farm Drive and Wainwright Court Sunday morning after a homeowner reported that the dog had fallen into the hole that opened overnight. Officials blew warm air into the hole during the rescue effort in order to protect the dog, a 14-year-old Lhasa Apso, from hypothermia.

Reporter Abby Theodros of WHAG-TV in Hagerstown reported the sinkhole is shaped "like a hockey stick," which made the rescue even more difficult.

Officials were eventually able to get a rope around the dog and pull her up out of the hole. Frederick police say the sinkhole was about three feet wide and 12 feet deep. The city says it did not directly affect houses or the road and that there is no threat to residents.

The sinkhole was caused by the rainy weather, authorities said.

WHAG posted this photo of the rescue on its Facebook page.


Earthquake: 4.1 strikes near Rowland Heights CA; felt over wide area

© Irfan Khan/LA Times
Caltrans workers and Brea police officers inspect a BMW that was overturned in a rock slide in Carbon Canyon after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.
A shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon one mile from Rowland Heights, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:32 p.m. at a depth of 5.6 miles. (It was originally reported as a 4.4 magnitude.)

Updated at 2:40 p.m.

The quake was centered not far from the epicenter of Friday's 5.1 temblor in La Habra. There have been more than a hundred aftershocks since then, but this one was the largest.

Saturday's quake was felt across a large area of Southern California. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Across Northern Orange County, officials were tallying moderate damage from Friday's quake. Much of the damage was in La Habra, Fullerton and Brea.

The death and global extinction of honeybees

Scientists have recently reported that mass extinctions of marine animals may soon be occurring at alarmingly rapid rates than previously projected due to pollution, rising water temperatures and loss of habitat. Many land species also face a similar fate for the same reasons. But perhaps the biggest foreboding danger of all facing humans is the loss of the global honeybee population. The consequence of a dying bee population impacts man at the highest levels on our food chain, posing an enormously grave threat to human survival. Since no other single animal species plays a more significant role in producing the fruits and vegetables that we humans commonly take for granted yet require near daily to stay alive, the greatest modern scientist Albert Einstein once prophetically remarked, "Mankind will not survive the honeybees' disappearance for more than five years."

Since 2006 beekeepers have been noticing their honeybee populations have been dying off at increasingly rapid rates. Subsequently researchers have been scrambling to come up with an accurate explanation and an effective strategy to save the bees and in turn save us homo sapiens from extinction. Recent harsh winters that stay freezing cold well into spring have been instrumental in decimating the honeybee population in Iowa by up to 70% as well as the other historically high yielding honey states - the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota. The northern Plains and Midwestern states that have regionally always produced the nation's most honey have been severely hurt by the long harsh winters in the last couple years. Florida as the third largest honey producer and especially California always among the top producers have been hit especially hard by decreasing bee colony populations. In 2006 when the problem of bee loss first was noticed, California was right up at the top with North Dakota producing nearly twice as much honey as the next state South Dakota but its bee numbers have incurred such heavy losses that in 2011, though still second, California's honey production fell by nearly half in just six years. The recent severe drought in California has become an additional factor driving both its honey yield and bee numbers down as less rain means less flowers available to pollinate.
Cloud Lightning

Rare tornado damages dozens of homes in Roseville, California

A rare tornado damaged dozens of homes in Northern California, sending roof tiles and solar panels flying.

Source: CBS News
Arrow Down

Giant sinkhole appears at intersection in Detroit, Michigan

At the intersection of Monterey and Linwood

A giant sinkhole has opened up on Detroit's west side.

The sinkhole is at the intersection of Monterey Street and Linwood, near Elmhurst Street.

Crews have blocked off the intersection and have begun evaluating the damages. The sinkhole is approximately 20 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

The concrete gave way as a contractor from the Water and Sewerage Department was inspecting a dip in the road with a small camera. No one was injured.

Workers tell FOX 2's Randy Wimbley a collapsed sewer riser caused the sinkhole. It eroded the soil underground which caused an 8-inch water line to give way.

Repairs are expected to take weeks.

If a 9-foot sewer line about 38 feet underground is in disrepair because of the sinkhole, that will have to be fixed in addition to the sewer riser and the water line, which will take more time.

Crews tell Wimbley a few cracks stretch out pretty far from the collapse so the sinkhole has some potential to get larger. They are monitoring the situation.
Bizarro Earth

Recent earthquake in Los Angeles a warning that California overdue for a big earthquake?

© Associated Press File
Was the recent earthquake in Los Angeles a warning of more to come? 'Earthquake Storms' author John Dvorak shares his thoughts.

On March 17, a mild earthquake rattled countless Los Angeles-area residents awake shortly before their alarms went off at 6:30 a.m. The Monday morning temblor was the first notable L.A.-area quake in years.

A lengthy vacation from earthquakes certainly sounds nice. But John Dvorak, a geophysicist who now works at a astronomical observatory in Hawaii, warns that a quake break can just be the calm before the earthquake storm.

He makes his case that the Golden State is in for trouble in his readable and aptly named new book "Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault."

But it's not just Californians who should pay attention to his exploration of earthquake science, the unfolding mysteries of geology, and the gaps in our seismic knowledge.

As he notes in an interview, plenty of other parts of the country are vulnerable to earthquakes, including the Northwest, the Midwest, the South and - yes - even the Big Apple.

Comment: Southern California just experienced another earthquake this week and the ring of fire has been quite active recently:
USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.1 - 1km S of La Habra, California
Ring Of Fire: It Is Roaring To Life And There Will Be Earthquakes Of Historic Importance On The West Coast Of The United States

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.1 - 1km S of La Habra, California

© dpa
Event Time:
2014-03-29 04:09:42 UTC
2014-03-28 21:09:42 UTC-07:00 at epicenter

33.919°N 117.944°W depth=7.5km (4.6mi)

Nearby Cities:
1km (1mi) S of La Habra, California
4km (2mi) W of Brea, California
5km (3mi) NNW of Fullerton, California
6km (4mi) E of La Mirada, California
546km (339mi) W of Phoenix, Arizona

Comment: The ring of fire seems to be active, especially in this month. Just click play to get an overview with the "Sott worldview" of earthquakes and volcanoes just for March: