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2.5 Earthquake Jolts Landhi, Korangi

Low intensity earthquake jolted areas of Karachi including Landhi and Korangi on early Saturday, Geo News reported.

The magnitude was recorded at 2.5 on Richter scale while its epic center lies between Karachi and Thatta, said metrological office.

Tremors sparked panic among people as they came out of their homes being terrified but no loss of life or property was confirmed according to preliminary reports, sources said.

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2.3 Earthquake Rattles Al-Baidha'a, Yemen

A small earthquake rattled the Thi Naem district of the province of al-Baidha'a on Friday, the Security Media Center reported.

People in the district felt the magnitude 2.3 quake but there was no damage at all and there were no immediate reports of casualties and injuries.

The district police contacted the National Center of Seismic Monitoring which monitored the quake which left no repercussions.

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4.3 Earthquake Hits Southeastern Iran

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted the town of Zarand in Kerman province, southeastern Iran, on Saturday.

The Seismological center of Kerman province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 10:17 hours local time (0647 GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 56.75 degrees in longitude and 30.90 degrees in latitude.

There are yet no reports on the number of possible casualties or damage to properties by the quake.

Iran is criss-crossed with fault lines and is regularly hit by earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight tremor every day on average.

The worst in recent times hit Bam in southeastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people - about a quarter of its population - and destroying the city's ancient mud-built citadel.

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Lake Superior frozen over in cold winter

Lake Superior frozen
© NOAADue to the recent cold spell and below normal temperatures for much of the winter of 2008-2009, ice covers nearly all of Lake Superior. Only small areas of open water remain. This image was taken on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Hancock - There hasn't been much snowfall in the Houghton/Hancock area recently, and according to Steve Fleegel, that's due in large part to the condition of Lake Superior.

"It's pretty much frozen over," said Fleegel, who is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township. "There's a few little breaks here and there."

Because the lake is frozen, Fleegel said when cold air passes over it, lake effect snow isn't created as when the relatively warmer water is open.

Despite the colder-than-normal December and January, Fleegel said there was an area of open water east of Marquette. After the colder-than-normal temperatures in the last week of February and so far in March, that area finally froze over.

"(December and January) kind of set the stage," Fleegel said.

Comment: Three of the Great Lakes are frozen over. While this happens once or twice a decade it is still shows the strength of this current winter's severe cold.

Graphics of the Great Lakes ice coverage can be seen here:

West Composite March 05, 2009

East Composite March 05, 2009


US: Blizzard Coming Early Next Week

The eastern half of the country is experiencing warmer than normal temperatures, and there will not be any snow the next 24-36 hours east of the Mississippi River. The exception is northern New England where there can be just a few snow showers Friday night.

Storm forecast March midwest US
© AccuWeatherThe big ticket items early next week will be a powerful winter storm over the Central states and all the bitter cold air coming down on the western side of that disturbance. It will be a wild scene for sure. And let's not forget the potential for a large outbreak of severe thunderstorms through the Mississippi River Valley.


UK: Commuter chaos as forecasters caught out by heavy snowfall

Snow Britain March 2009
© SWNSThe scene on Dartmoor today. The snowfall caught out forecasters and commuters.

A worse-than-predicted shower of snow left motorists stranded in parts of South West England today, while heavy frost caused commuter chaos in the South.

Forecasters admitted being caught unawares after up to 3in (8cm) of snow landed overnight near Okehampton, in Devon, while parts of Somerset and West Dorset also experienced heavy flurries.

However, the travel chaos spread beyond the areas affected by snow this morning, with several train services from the south coast to London being suspended, disrupted or cancelled due after heavy frost froze power lines.

In the West, forecasters admitted being taken by surprise by the suddenness of the snowfalls affecting the region, which led to drivers being stranded for an hour near Okehampton while the main A30 road was cleared, and other parts of Somerset - in particular Taunton - and West Dorset also being hit.

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Earthquake Magnitude 6.4 - North of Svalbard Archipelago

© US Geological Survey

Date-Time Friday, March 06, 2009 at 10:50:29 UTC

Friday, March 06, 2009 at 10:50:29 AM at epicenter

Location 80.297°N, 2.046°W

Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

Distances 315 km (195 miles) ESE of Nord, Greenland

990 km (610 miles) ENE of Alert, Nunavut, Canada

1320 km (820 miles) NNW of Tromso, Norway

2325 km (1450 miles) NNE of NUUK (GODTHAB), Greenland

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US: Earthquake Magnitude 4.2 - Western Montana

© US Geological Survey

Date-Time Friday, March 06, 2009 at 11:29:54 UTC

Friday, March 06, 2009 at 04:29:54 AM at epicenter

Location 45.703°N, 112.128°W

Depth 11.7 km (7.3 miles) set by location program

Distances 19 km (12 miles) S (187°) from Whitehall, MT

22 km (14 miles) SW (216°) from Cardwell, MT

24 km (15 miles) NE (42°) from Twin Bridges, MT

399 km (248 miles) NE (53°) from Boise, ID

551 km (342 miles) N (358°) from Salt Lake City, UT

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Volcano Erupts in Indonesia

The tallest volcano on Indonesia's Java island erupted on Friday, spewing smoke and ash high into the sky and coating a nearby town in black dust, an official said.

The 3,676-metre Mount Semeru burst into life shortly after midnight but officials said it posed no danger to people living in the area, 35 kilometres southeast of Lumajang.

'We recorded that it erupted after midnight on Friday but luckily we have had rains so the ash isn't causing serious respiration problems for the residents,' volcanologist Agus Budianto told AFP.

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4.7 Earth Tremor Shakes Melbourne, Australia

Residents across Melbourne have been rattled by an earth tremor that struck about 100km south-east of the city.

The United States Geological Survey reported on its website the tremor measured 4.7 on the Richter scale, about 96 kilometres from Melbourne, and Geoscience Australia says the tremor was centred near Korumburra.

There have been no reports of injury and police are urging people not to call 000 unless they have been injured or suffered property damage.

Victoria Police and the State Emergency Service also say there has been an earth tremor but said there are no reports of any damage so far.