Earth Changes


12 earthquakes rock Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 24 hours


The region saw nine quakes yesterday. Of these, one was recorded in North Sumatra region in Indonesia while others have been recorded in and around the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
The sea around the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago has witnessed 12 earthquakes in 24 hours, with almost all measuring 5 and more on the Richter scale, however, no tsunami alert has been issued.

The region saw nine quakes yesterday. Of these, one was recorded in North Sumatra region in Indonesia while others have been recorded in and around the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

According to the National Seismological Division, a body under the Ministry of Earth Science that tracks seismic activities, three jolts were recorded today which measured 4.9, 5.1 and 4.9 respectively on the Richter scale.

All earthquakes were recorded at a depth of 10-60 kms. The area around the Andaman and Nicobar islands and the Indonesian archipelago is known to be a high seismic zone and often records tremors.

Bizarro Earth

Massive and mysterious Spring die-off kills more than 50 percent of the global population of Saiga in two weeks

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Saiga suffered a massive die-off during the calving season. In the short period of only two weeks, more than half the world population was found dead, the bodies of adults and young calves scattered across the spring grassland in the thousands. A disease is suspected, perhaps coupled with external factors from vegetation or changes in weather; but despite an immediate response and intense study, the exact cause still remains a mystery.

Last week, in response to the die-off of the animals, the international community came together in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to strategize saving the saiga from the many pressures that threaten its survival.


Magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolts west Venezuela

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck mountainous western Venezuela, knocking out power in some areas, damaging some buildings and triggering rockfalls that killed one man.

The quake's epicenter was about 27km from the city of Merida near the Colombian border, the US Geological Survey reported. It struck at 2.28am (localtime).

Some 12 aftershocks hit the area on Saturday morning, authorities added.


God's straw? Weird waterspout seen in the Dominican Republic

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Someone wanted to suck out the Caribbean - at least this is what a weird waterspout witnesses saw near Santo Domingo looks like on the numerous pictures uploaded to Instagram.

The event took place in the small town of La Caleta in the Santo Domingo province of the Dominican Republic on Saturday.

Snowflake Cold

Blizzard, ice, fog and strong winds expected for most of Kazakhstan

In the North-Kazakhstan, Karaganda, East Kazakhstan oblasts forecasts call for blizzard, ice, fog, strong winds.

The Pavlodar region expects in some places snow storm, ice, strong winds. In Kostanai region is expected in some places snowstorm, fog. In Akmola region is expected in some places snow storm, strong winds. In Astana sometimes snow, drifting snow, ice. Wind gusts in the morning of 15-20 m / s. Temperature at night -8-10 ° C, afternoon -3-5 ° C.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links
"I love these pictures," says Argiris. "Snowstorms in almost the entire country, with a picture of small birds in a tree."


Video: Incredible Northern Lights display over Lake Superior, Michigan

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Most times when you see a video of the Northern Lights, it's in time lapse so you can get a better idea of the shimmering waves of color.

Not this time -- not needed.

Check out this video taken over Lake Superior from Marquette, Michigan on Friday night, courtesy of Lake Superior Photo.


Magnitude 6.4 quake hits 76 miles from Sabang, Indonesia


16.838°N 94.724°E depth=7.7 km (4.8 mi)

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  1. 123km (76mi) NNW of Sabang, Indonesia
  2. 156km (97mi) NNW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia
  3. 211km (131mi) NW of Sigli, Indonesia
  4. 248km (154mi) NW of Reuleuet, Indonesia
  5. 873km (542mi) WNW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Comment: Indonesia has been a hotbed of seismic and volcanic activity lately:


Farm worker killed by wild boar in Andhra Pradesh, India

A 45-year-old farm worker was killed in a wild boar attack near Buchireddypalem mandal headquarters near here on Friday night, while two others escaped unhurt in the incident.

The deceased has been identified as Tirumalasetti Chenchaiah. He was returning home, along with two other daily wagers from work in a neighbouring village when the boar attacked them.

An injured Chenchaiah started running to escape the attack, as the animal gave him a chase. While running without realising where he was heading to, Chenchaiah accidentally fell into an open well, so did the animal. Confined within the walls of the well, the animal attacked Chenchaiah again and he had nowhere to escape, before succumbing to his serious injuries. The other two daily wagers who succeeded to escape alerted the villagers. The villagers did arrive at the well to the rescue Chenchaiah, but it was too late by then. The boar also reportedly died when it was being taken out of the well.


Seven earthquakes in seven hours shake Oklahoma-Kansas border area

Starting with a magnitude-4.1 temblor at 5:11 a.m. close to the Oklahoma-Kansas border, the region experienced a series of six earthquakes within a 75-minute period Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.

The largest earthquake Saturday morning was the 4.1, which had an epicenter nine miles northwest of Medford, Okla., 59 miles southwest of Wichita.

That was followed by five more quakes near Medford with magnitudes of 2.5, 2.8, 2.5, 3.1 and 2.9 - the last of which came at 6:24 a.m.

A seventh earthquake - this one a magnitude-4.2 temblor - was recorded at 12:29 p.m., 10 miles north-northwest of Medford.

Late Friday night and early Saturday morning, two other earthquakes were recorded. A magnitude-3.0 quake was recorded at 11:30 p.m. Friday near Perry, Okla., while a magnitude-2.9 quake was recorded near Harper about 90 minutes later.

The largest of the Saturday morning earthquakes was felt throughout northern Oklahoma and central Kansas, with respondents to the USGS recording information from Wichita, Hutchinson and Salina in Kansas and Stillwater and Tulsa in Oklahoma.

The 12:29 earthquake was the largest recorded in the region since a 4.5-magnitude quake Oct. 10 near Cushing, Okla.


Powerful tropical cyclone Megh makes landfall in Socotra Island; headed to south-central Yemen

Tropical Cyclone Megh will continue to closely follow in the footsteps of Tropical Cyclone Chapala into Wednesday, but only in terms of its track, not its intensity.

Much like Chapala, Megh will continue to track from the Arabian Sea to the Gulf of Aden into midweek. Megh is taking a track slightly farther south than Chapala but still threatens to impact many of the same communities that endured the recent powerful cyclone's wrath.

Megh is not expected to strengthen into the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane such as Chapala, but may bring more devastating conditions to Socotra. Megh made landfall across the eastern portion of Socotra with maximum sustained winds of 203 kph (127 mph), equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane just before noon local time on Sunday. Chapala passed to the north of Socotra.

"At peak intensity, Tropical Cyclone Chapala (04A) was the equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific Ocean on [Oct. 30], making it one of the strongest cyclones on record in the Arabian Sea," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister.

Megh has strengthened to the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans as it blasts across the island of Socotra across the Arabian Sea before a weakening trend begins as it moves across the Gulf of Aden.
The cyclone is expected to produce 50 to as much as 100 mm (2 to as much as 4 inches) of rain and wind gusts of around 200 kph (125 mph) across Socotra, threatening to cause more flooding and damage in communities beginning to clean up following Chapala.

Comment: Another tragedy for Yemen. The Yemeni people are already suffering a humanitarian disaster as a result of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies: