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6.0 magnitude earthquake near Irian Jaya, Indonesia

© Dimas Ardian, Getty Images
Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Near North Coast of Irian Jaya on Saturday, 24 September 2016

Date & time: Sat, 24 Sep 11:04:30 UTC

Magnitude: 6.0

Depth: 17.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.027°S / 140.525°E [Map]

Nearest volcano: Kairinu (340 km)

Primary data source: GeoAu


4.8 magnitude earthquake kills two in Democratic Republic of Congo

Two people were killed on Friday when a mild earthquake shook a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an early toll, a regional official said.

The quake, whose epicentre was in neighbouring Rwanda, had a magnitude of 4.8, monitors said.

It rattled homes in Bukavu, the main town in South Kivu province.

"The provisional toll is two dead, both of them men... and five injured -- three girls and two men," the provincial minister for health, Nash Mwanza Nangunia, told AFP.

Two homes collapsed and others suffered cracks, he added.

The quake struck at 1510 GMT, according to the Natural Science Research Centre in Lwiro, west of Bukavu.

Comment: A couple of days ago a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mozambique, the strongest in 11 years.


Turrialba volcano erupts for third time this week in Costa Rica

© Kent Gilbert
Volcanic ashes emanating from Turrialba volcano during an eruption is seen from San Gerardo de Irazu in the province of Cartago, Costa Rica, on Sept 20, 2016.
Costa Rica's central Turrialba Volcano on Thursday erupted for the third time this week, sending a plume of ash and gas more than 2,000 meters above the crater.

This latest eruption occurred at 3:20 a.m. (09:20 GMT), Costa Rica's volcano and earthquake monitoring agency Ovsicori said.

Turrialba's strongest eruption to date was just before noon on Monday, when it spewed ash some 4,000 meters into the sky. Earlier that day, it has a smaller eruption.

The volcano, located in the province of Cartago, 37 km east of the capital San Jose, has registered intermittent eruptions since late last year.

Ovsicori says the volcanic material expelled is falling mainly to the west of the crater, in the direction of the country's Central Valley, which is home to Costa Rica's most densely populated cities, including the capital.

Black Cat

Leopard kills 4-year-old boy near Nashik, India

A four-year-old boy was killed near Saikheda village after he was attacked by a leopard, forest officials said.

The incident took place last evening when Sarthak Solse, a resident of Kutevasti near Saikheda in the district, was playing in the sugarcane fields where his family was working, they said.

As soon as the wild animal attacked the child, his grandmother raised an alarm. But by the time locals reached the spot, he was dragged into the thick forest area by the leopard.

Later, the animal disappeared into the jungles upon seeing a large crowd which had come to rescue the child. The boy was immediately rushed to a hospital in nearby Chandori village. However, the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival, the officials said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill three in Nashik, India

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Three persons including a woman were killed and another injured in two separate incidents when lightning struck them in Yeola and Nandgaon in the district, police said today.

The incidents took place last evening when heavy rains accompanied with stormy winds lashed the area.

Santosh Gudghe (28) and his brother's wife Varsha Gudghe (25) were killed on the spot when lightning struck at Mamdapur in Yeola tehsil town last evening, police said.

Varsha's husband Navnath, who was injured in the incident has been admitted to a rural hospital at Yeola. The victims were working in their field when the mishap occurred.

In another incident at village Dorli-pada in Nandgaon taluka, a 13-year-old boy Dattu Chavan was killed by lightning near his house, nandgaon police said.

Source: Press Trust of India


Yellowstone National Park has biggest fire season since 1988

© Tannen Maury/AP
More acres of Yellowstone National Park have burned this year than in any other since 1988, the park announced Thursday.

As of Wednesday, 22 fires had scorched more than 62,000 acres in the park, which is the highest since the historic 1988 season, when about 800,000 acres burned. In an average year, the park experiences 26 fires.

Four of this year's blazes — the Maple, Buffalo, Fawn and Central fires — accounted for much of the damage. The Maple Fire alone, the largest of the four, has burned more than 45,000 acres. The Boundary Fire was suppressed at 192 acres, and the other 17 together totaled just 14.18 acres.

Not all fires at the nation's first national park are treated in the same way. Officials work to shield human life and developed areas, such as roads, buildings and other infrastructure, from damage. But fires that don't threaten human life or infrastructure are allowed to burn as much as possible to carry out their ecological role on the landscape. This year, according to the release, 11 blazes were suppressed immediately.

Comment: A study last year showed that wildfire seasons are more destructive and lasting longer almost everywhere on Earth.

Could a significant factor in the escalation of these events be that they are fueled from outgassing, then possibly 'sparked' by an increase in atmospheric electric discharge events, such as lightning strikes and other 'cosmic' ignition sources?


Third wildfire blazes around Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

© Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire

Vandenberg Air Force Base now has three fires burning, with a new start Friday afternoon.
Aircraft, engine crews, and bulldozers are responding to a third wildfire on Vandenberg Air Force Base property, this time in Oak Canyon, north of the Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc (FCI Lompoc). Reported at 1:20 p.m., the fire is approximately 30 acres and spreading southward, according to base officials. Crews with the base's fire department are working in conjunction with Lompoc and Santa Barbara County fire departments.

Base officials reported this morning that the 215-acre Washington Fire, burning vegetation on North Base, experienced "minimal activity overnight [and] is under control," according to a statement. The Washington Fire started on Thursday afternoon, reportedly by a power line downed by strong seasonal gusts out of the northwest, forcing the evacuation of several buildings. There have been no reports of damaged structures.

At the same time, about 10 miles away, firefighting crews were closing in on the Canyon Fire, a wildland blaze on South Base that started on September 17. This morning, base officials reported that the 12,500-acre wildfire was 90-percent contained. Its cause has not been released and remains under investigation.


Two EF1 tornadoes damage homes in Utah

© Detrick/Salt Lake Tribune/ Associated Press
A structure is damaged after a tornado in Washington Terrace City, Utah, on Thursday. Other storms in the area produced winds over 112 km/h and caused damage to trees and other property close to the nearby city of Layton.
A pair of EF1 tornadoes hit the state of Utah on Thursday, leaving ravaged homes in their wake.

The first report occurred as severe storms rolled through northern Utah Thursday afternoon. Damage to several homes was confirmed after an EF1 tornado was spawned in a neighborhood south of Ogden.

The twister hit Washington Terrace just after 3:30 p.m. local time, according to the Gephardt Daily. It left one home severely damaged, while several other homes sustained minor damage and power lines were downed in the area, the Standard-Examiner reported.

One person was hospitalized with a head injury, but he or she is expected to recover, according to KSL.com. All other injuries were believed to be minor.

Morgan Sewell, whose parents live in the home hit hardest by the tornado, told the Standard-Examiner that they were inside the house when it was ripped apart. Gaelynn Sewell, Morgan's mother, sustained cuts to her leg and was devastated by the loss of her belongings, she told the Salt Lake Tribune.

Blue Planet

USGS: Magnitude 5.6 quake hits eastern Romania

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Image of where the quake struck in Romania
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck eastern Romania on Saturday north of Bucharest, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 5.7, struck at 2:11 a.m. (2411 BST on Friday). It was centered 92 miles (149 km) north of Bucharest, and 41 miles (65.98 km) northwest of the town of Buzau.

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Blue Planet

USGS: Magnitude 6.5 quake hits off Philippines' Mindanao island

Mindanao Island, Philipines
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the Philippine's Mindanao island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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