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Experts: Haiti at Risk for Another Big Aftershock

New York - Haiti can expect more aftershocks in coming weeks, and while the usual pattern suggests they will become weaker and less frequent, another one as strong as Wednesday's jolt is certainly possible, scientists say.

The battered nation has felt more than 45 significant aftershocks since the Jan. 12 quake. Wednesday's event, originally estimated at magnitude 6.1 but later revised to a 5.9, tied an earlier aftershock as the strongest so far.

These events are a sign the land is adjusting to "the new reality of the rock layers," said Bruce Pressgrave, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Eric Calais of Purdue University, who has studied earthquake potential in the region, said aftershocks could continue for several weeks and that another jolt as strong as Wednesday's would not be surprising.

"They will be less and less frequent, but large ones can still strike," he said. So buildings are still at risk, especially those already weakened, he said.

While a 6.1 magnitude earthquake sounds almost as strong as a 7.0 earthquake, the difference of the destructive power between the two is greater than an order of magnitude. Unlike temperature scales, in which units of increase are constant, the method used to measure earthquake magnitudes is logarithmic. What this generally means is that the amount of shaking at ground level caused by a 5.0 earthquake is 10 times less than that caused by a 6.0 earthquake and 100 times less of that caused by a 7.0 earthquake.

Bizarro Earth

6.5 Magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico-Guatemala border

An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale struck the border between Mexico and Guatemala. No injuries or deaths have been reported. However, there are conflicting reports about the magnitude of the quake.

Seismologists at Nicaragua's Institute of Territorial Studies have measured an earthquake at 6.5 on the Richter scale on the border between Mexico and Guatemala, according to France 24.

There have been no reports of injuries, deaths or damages.

The United States Geological Survey measured the quake at 4.9 on the Moment Magnitude scale and located the quake 75 miles northwest of Tonala, Mexico, reports AFP.

The earthquake struck at around 3:32 a.m., local time.

This is the second time an earthquake has struck near Guatemala.

Digital Journal reported on Monday that a 6.0 magnitude quake hit the Pacific Coast of Guatemala.


Climategate: Something's Rotten in Denmark ... and East Anglia, Asheville, and New York City

The familiar phrase was spoken by Marcellus in Shakespeare's Hamlet - first performed around 1600, at the start of the Little Ice Age. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" is the exact quote. It recognizes that fish rots from the head down, and it means that all is not well at the top of the political hierarchy. Shakespeare proved to be Nostradamus. Four centuries later - at the start of what could be a new Little Ice Age - the rotting fish is Copenhagen.

The smell in the air may be from the leftover caviar at the banquet tables, or perhaps from the exhaust of 140 private jets and 1200 limousines commissioned by the attendees when they discovered there was to be no global warming evident in Copenhagen. (In fact, the cold will deepen and give way to snow before they leave, an extension of the Gore Effect.)

But the metaphorical stench comes from the well-financed bad science and bad policy, promulgated by the UN, and the complicity of the so-called world leaders, thinking of themselves as modern-day King Canutes (the Viking king of Denmark, England, and Norway - who ironically ruled during the Medieval Warm Period this very group has tried to deny). His flatterers thought his powers "so great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back."

Arrow Up

Canada's polar bear population has doubled in last decade: 'Becoming a problem,' locals say

© BBCSo I was in the area...
Polar bears, the lumbering carnivores of the arctic, continue to be the poster bear - er, child - for global warmers everywhere who are convinced the baby seal munchers are being driven to extinction by man's irresponsible release of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Next to whales, the cuddly fur balls enjoy a special place on the "Animals to Love" list. Grown-ups adore them (provided it's from a safe distance), and grade-school kids who can't find Greenland or Manitoba on a map raid their penny jars to save them.

But are the denizens of the deep north facing extinction? Are they in desperate need of saving? It depends on who you ask.

Bizarro Earth

Aftershock Rattles Haiti's Capital; Violence Fears Ease

© Wolfgang Rattay/ReutersTears run down the cheeks of four-year-old Aikta as she waits for treatment at a makeshift hospital run by B-FAST (Belgian First Aid and Support Team) in a suburb of Port-au-Prince.
A new earthquake shook the devastated Haitian capital on Wednesday morning, creating panic among survivors of last week's devastating quake camped out in the streets but apparently causing no new destruction.

The powerful 6.1 magnitude aftershock at daybreak sent shrieking Haitians running away from buildings and walls in the shattered city fearing a repeat of the magnitude 7 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people eight days ago.

"It felt really strong. Each aftershock is frightening. We feel it right here (pointing at his stomach) because after last Tuesday you never know how strong it is going to be," said Lenis Batiste, camped out on some grass with two children.

Bizarro Earth

Another strong earthquake hits Haiti

Port-au-Prince was hit on Wednesday by a strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the moment magnitude scale, eight days after the Haiti capital was razed by a 7.0 quake.

The quake struck 59km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to the US Geological Survey.

It followed the much more powerful quake on January 12 that is thought to have killed 100,000 to 200,000 people.

Residents reported a low vibration followed by a brief but more powerful rumbling shake at 6.03am (2203 AEDT).

AFP reporters in the city said there was no immediate sign of damage or casualties, but a crashing sound could be heard suggested that an already damaged building may have collapsed.

In nearby Petionville AFP staff said the quake was felt for around 10 seconds.

The US Geological Survey initially measured Wednesday's quake at 6.0.
It struck at a depth of 9.9km, it said.


Pachauri: there's money in them glaciers

© UnknownSyed Hasnain
Syed Hasnain (pictured), the scientist at the centre of the growing controversy over melting Himalayan glaciers (not), is now working for Dr R K Pachauri's TERI as head of the institute glaciology team, funded by a generous grant from a US charity, researching the effects of the retreat.

Highlighted in The Sunday Times yesterday, Dr Hasnain was the scientist responsible for claiming that the world's glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035. This was picked up by the New Scientist and then by a 2005 WWF report, and subsequently published as a definitive claim in the IPCC's 2007 fourth assessment report, masterminded by Dr R K Pachauri.

But, while Dr Hasnain, who was then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, has admitted that the New Scientist report was based on "speculation" and was not supported by any formal research, he is now a direct beneficiary of that speculation.

Monkey Wrench

Insurance Group Says Stolen E-Mails Show Risk in Accepting Climate Science

A major trade group for the insurance industry is warning that it is "exceedingly risky" for companies to blindly accept scientific conclusions around climate change, given the "serious questions" around the extent to which humans cause atmospheric warming.

The assertion was made in a letter (pdf) to insurance regulators, who will administer the nation's first mandatory climate requirements on corporations in May. Large insurers will have to answer about a dozen questions related to the preparations they are taking to safeguard themselves from climatic hazards.

Bad Guys

How Al Gore and the United Nations became involved in global warming

The segment tells the story of Roger Revelle, Al Gore, Maurice Strong and the UN IPCC. Revelle did early research on carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. He then had Gore as a student where Gore heard of the idea of global warming for this first time. Late scientist and teacher Revelle realized that CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas, but Gore dismissed Revelle as senile and refused to debate. The UN's Maurice Strong fell into the trap of the same bad science and now the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change holds on to its global warming claims despite the failure of its computer models to verify.


Weather Channel founder John Coleman sues Al Gore for fraud on behalf of over 30,000 scientists

Weather Channel founder John Coleman speaks to Fox News about the absurd claims by Al Gore and the Global Warmists that the planet is heating up due to increased man-made CO2.

Note the comment by the anchor towards the end regarding the real threat climate change presents us with: the imminent return to an ice age.