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Australia - The Bureau of Meteorology & CSIRO report: It's what they don't say that matters

Ken Stewart has scanned the trend maps at BOM (Bureau of Meteorology), and his point is spot on. As soon as I saw the neat joint six page advertising pamphlet for the climate-theory-backed-by-bankers, I wondered what happened to the first 60 years of last century, and Ken found it. Did the BOM forget they have hundreds of data points from back then? Did they forget to use their own Website, where you can pick-a-trend, any-trend, and choose the one with err...more convenient results? Or is it the case that their collective mission is not necessarily to provide Australians with the most complete and appropriate information available, but with what the bureaucracy needs them to know? And what they need to know, apparently, is the carefully censored version of the truth that will keep government ministers happy (Let us tax them more!), keep department heads smiling (Let the climate cash cow continue!), and last, but not least, help staff feel good (We're sure we're helping the environment!).

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US: Small quake rattles Keya Paha County, Nebraska

People in Keya Paha County felt a weak, "weird" earthquake Friday evening.

The earthquake, which had a 2.7 magnitude, caused no damage but did cause a rumble of conversation across the county, Barb Nilson, a dispatcher at the sheriff's office, said Saturday.

Nilson lives in Springview, the seat of the extreme north-central Nebraska county. She was standing near her front door in her bare feet Friday evening, saying goodbye to her son and granddaughter, when she heard a boom and felt something bang the bottom of her house.

It was 8:11 p.m.

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Korea: Nation hit by worst-ever yellow dust storm

© Joongang IlboYellow Dust Storm - Seoul, April 2007
The worst-recorded yellow dust storm hit the nation on Saturday, causing the weather agency to issue its first nationwide warning, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

The KMA lifted the yellow dust warning at 4 a.m. yesterday as the storm weakened overnight. Nonetheless, the sandstorm would continue to affect the peninsula until today, the agency said.

"As the northwestern air current coming from the northern Chinese region to the peninsula will continue to be formed, there is a possibility of several additional bouts of yellow dust this week."

The sandstorm, which scientists blame on China's industrialization and deforestation, hit the nation Saturday for the fifth time this year. The level of PM10 -- particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter -- in the southeastern island of Heuksan Saturday afternoon reached 2,847 micrograms per cubic meter, the highest level since the KMA began recording the level in 2003.

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Drought blankets Beijing in thick, yellow dust storm‎; South Korea issues warning

© Xinhuanet
Bejing - Beijingers woke up Saturday to find the Chinese capital blanketed in yellow dust, as a sandstorm caused by a severe drought in the north and in Mongolia swept into the city.

The storm, which earlier buffeted parts of northeastern China, brought strong winds and cut visibility in the capital.

Authorities issued a rare level five pollution warning, signalling hazardous conditions, and urged residents to stay indoors.

Sandstorms frequently hit the arid north of China in the spring, when temperatures start to rise, stirring up clouds of dust that can travel across China, to South Korea and Japan and even as far as the United States.

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Dormant since 1821, Volcano Erupts in Southern Iceland

© AP Photo/Ragnar AxelssonMolten lava vents from a rupture near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, as a volcano erupts early Sunday March 21, 2010, seen in this aerial photo.
Reykjavik - A volcano erupted near a glacier in southern Iceland, shooting ash and molten lava into the air and forcing the evacuation Sunday of hundreds of people from nearby villages.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, but a state of emergency was declared and scientists feared the eruption could trigger a larger and potentially more dangerous eruption at the Katla volcano.

Saturday's eruption, which occurred just before midnight (2000 EDT, 8 p.m. EDT), came weeks after a series of small earthquakes. Television footage showed lava flows along the fissure.

"This was a rather small and peaceful eruption but we are concerned that it could trigger an eruption at the nearby Katla volcano, a vicious volcano that could cause both local and global damage," said Pall Einarsson, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland's Institute of Earth Science.

Comment: On February 5, 2010 we saw Pacific Ocean Volcano Erupts, on February 11, 2010 Montserrat Volcano Shoots Ash 9 Miles into Sky and: Undersea Volcanic Activity Contributing To Cooling.

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Australia: Cyclone Causes Extensive Flooding In Queensland

Flooding is likely to continue in northern Queensland state after tropical cyclone Ului hit the coast early on Sunday morning, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said Sunday.

At least 60,000 homes are without power and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said initial reports suggest the damage is moderate-to-severe, although it's too early to assess the full extent of the damage, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on its Web site.

Heavy rainfall and flooding are likely to continue about coastal and adjacent inland areas between Bowen and St Lawrence, the Bureau said. The cyclone is weakening rapidly and is expected to be downgraded below cyclone strength this afternoon, it said.

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Undersea Volcanic Activity Contributing To Cooling

Undersea volcanic activity appears to provide a dampening influence on global warming as the seabed eruptions create nutrient-rich water that feeds carbon dioxide-eating plants.

Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, Australian and French scientists show that hydrothermal vents around underwater volcanoes in the Southern Ocean spew iron.

After billowing to near the surface, the mineral allows single-cell organisms called phytoplankton to bloom, soaking up the greenhouse gas in the process. The world's oceans are thought to remove 20 percent to 25 percent of the atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by human activities.

Comment: Here is a link to video of the West Mata Deep-Sea Volcanic Eruption recorded in May 2009.

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Rain in quake-devastated Haiti causes panic

Haiti tent camp flooded
© Ramon Espinosa | Associated PressHeavy rain flooded this camp of homeless earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday. Screaming residents were swept into eddies, and latrines overflowed.
One of the heaviest rainfalls since Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake swamped homeless camps yesterday, sweeping screaming residents into eddies of water, overflowing latrines and panicking thousands.

The overnight downpour sent water coursing down the slopes of a former golf course that now serves as a temporary home for about 45,000 people.

There were no reports of deaths in the camp, a town-size maze of blue, orange and silver tarps behind the country club used by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division as a forward-operating base.

But the deluge terrified families who just two months ago survived the collapse of their homes in the magnitude 7 earthquake and are struggling to make do in tent-and-tarp camps that officials have repeatedly said must be relocated.


Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Guatemala; no damage

A magnitude 5.3 quake struck in Guatemala on Saturday, about 60 miles (97 km) from the country's border with Mexico, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, Reuters reported.

The quake was centered about 53 miles (85 km) north-northeast of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, at a depth of 51 miles (82 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Cuba: Earthquake Magnitude 5.6 Offshore

Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 18:08:09 UTC

Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 01:08:09 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

19.731°N, 75.279°W

17.2 km (10.7 miles)


45 km (30 miles) S of Guantanamo, Cuba

65 km (40 miles) ESE of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

825 km (510 miles) ESE of HAVANA, Cuba

840 km (520 miles) SE of Miami, Florida