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Taiwan: Earthquake Magnitude 6.4

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Taipei - An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 shook Taiwan and stopped transport early Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage, officials said.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 8:18 am (0018 GMT), was in mountains around the southern city of Kaohsiung at a depth of 5 km (3 miles), the Central Weather Bureau said.

Taiwan still uses the Richter scale to measure earthquake intensity. The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 6.4, revised from an initial 6.5, and put the depth at 35 km (22 miles).

The quake was felt in the capital Taipei, where buildings shook for several minutes. Services on the southern half of Taiwan's high-speed rail linking Taipei with the south were stopped.

Earthquakes occur frequently in Taiwan, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific basin.

One of Taiwan's worst-recorded quakes occurred in September 1999. Measuring 7.6, it killed more than 2,400 people and destroyed or damaged 50,000 buildings.

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A Blizzard Of Lies From Al Gore

Climate Fraud: Al Gore resurfaces in an op-ed to say that nobody's perfect, everybody makes mistakes and climate change is still real. And he has some oceanfront property in the Himalayas to sell you.

If hyperbole and chutzpah had a child, it would be the opening paragraph of Gore's op-ed in Sunday's New York Times. Gore surfaced from the global warming witness-protection program to opine that despite admissions of error and evidence of fraud by various agencies, we still face "an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it."

Perhaps he's trying to protect his investments as he knows them, for he is heavily involved in enterprises that deal with carbon offsets and green technology. If the case for climate change is shown to be demonstrably false, a lot of his green evaporates like moisture from the ocean.

Comment: The Climate Change scam is steadily unravelling, at long last. You can see the progress being made when a business publication such as Business Investors Daily has seen through the scam, is alerting its business readers to the scam and is calling out Al Gore, the High Priest of the movement, on his lies.


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Huge Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Too

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Drums and household debris litter a beach in Fuerteventura, Grand Canary Island (file photo).
Billions of bits of plastic are accumulating in a massive garbage patch in the Atlantic Ocean - a lesser known cousin to the Texas-size trash vortex in the Pacific, scientists say.

"Many people have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch," said Kara Lavender Law, an oceanographer at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

"But this issue has essentially been ignored in the Atlantic."

Fish

UK: Mystery fish found on Isle of Mull beach

Mull Dealfish

A couple discovered the strange looking fish - which was later identified as a Dealfish.
A mysterious fish washed ashore on the Isle of Mull sparked detective work by conservationists.

A couple on holiday from England reported the unusual specimen to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust on the isle.

The Richardsons had found the fish washed ashore near the hamlet of Ulva Ferry on the west coast of Mull.

Bizarro Earth

Killer 26 foot Wave Kills Two On Cruise Liner Off French Coast

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Workers clean up broken windows on the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty cruise ship at Barcelona's port, Spain, on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Waves of up to 26 feet (8 meters) high smashed into the Mediterranean cruise ship flooding people's cabins and breaking windows in an ordeal that claimed two lives. The ship was carrying 1,350 passengers and 580 crew.
Two cruise-ship passengers have been killed after a 26ft wave smashed into the ship off the coast of France.

A Greek coast guard statement says another six people suffered light injuries on board the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty.

It says the accident occurred near the French Mediterranean port of Marseilles as the ship was sailing from Barcelona to Genoa in Italy with 1,350 passengers and 580 crew.

Comment: Return of the freak waves?

Freak wave 'hot spots' identified
US: Freak Waves Swamp Maine's Boothbay Harbor, Baffling Experts
New theory (and old equations) may explain causes of ship-sinking freak waves
Freak waves may be real cause of many ship sinkings


Bizarro Earth

Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

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This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite
The Feb. 27 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile may have shortened the length of each Earth day.

JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth's rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation that the quake should have shortened the length of an Earth day by about 1.26 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth of a second).

Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth's axis. Gross calculates the quake should have moved Earth's figure axis (the axis about which Earth's mass is balanced) by 2.7 milliarcseconds (about 8 centimeters, or 3 inches). Earth's figure axis is not the same as its north-south axis; they are offset by about 10 meters (about 33 feet).

Bizarro Earth

Cuba: Magnitude 4.3 Earthquake

USGS: Cuba 4.0 Earthquake Map
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Earthquake Details

Magnitude 4.3

Date-Time
* Wednesday, March 03, 2010 at 03:35:36 UTC
* Tuesday, March 02, 2010 at 10:35:36 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 19.929°N, 75.624°W

Depth 31.4 km (19.5 miles)

Region CUBA REGION

Distances
25 km (15 miles) ESE of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
50 km (30 miles) WSW of Guantanamo, Cuba
780 km (485 miles) ESE of HAVANA, Cuba
800 km (495 miles) SE of Miami, Florida

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 9.6 km (6.0 miles); depth +/- 19.1 km (11.9 miles)

Parameters NST= 13, Nph= 13, Dmin=53.8 km, Rmss=0.95 sec, Gp= 86°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=8

Source
* USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

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Northwest at risk of megaquake like one in Chile

Los Angeles - Just 50 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast is an earthquake hotspot that threatens to unleash on Seattle, Portland and Vancouver the kind of damage that has shattered Chile.

The fault has been dormant for more than 300 years, but when it awakens - tomorrow or decades from now - the consequences could be devastating.

Recent computer simulations of a hypothetical magnitude-9 quake found that shaking could last 2 to 5 minutes - strong enough to potentially cause poorly constructed buildings from British Columbia to Northern California to collapse and severely damage highways and bridges.

Such a quake would also send powerful tsunami waves rushing to shore in minutes. While big cities such as Portland and Seattle would be protected from severe flooding, low-lying seaside communities may not be as lucky.

The Pacific Northwest "has a long geological history of doing exactly what happened in Chile," said Brian Atwater, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Washington. "It's not a matter of if but when the next one will happen."

Bizarro Earth

The Earthquake Beyond Chile

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© Unknown
Our colleague Christian Quintero of Planeta UFO sent us a report on the Chilean Earthquake, dealing with the impact of this seismic event beyond that country's borders:

"In Perú, Walter Flores, Chief of the Navy's Department of Oceanography, reported that the sea withdrew approximately 150 meters (300 feet approx.) from the coast of the Cerro Azul recreation area in Cañete (Peru), but assured the population that fluctuations resulting from the normalization of the water level would not result in large waves. Moreover, the Chief of the Port Authority for Southern Peru ordered the preventive closure of the beaches at Naplo and Pucusana after abnormal tides were detected.

Igloo

Ice Age Cometh: Coldest Irish winter since 1963

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View of Dublin from the Dublin Mountains, February 7th
Ireland suffered its coldest winter in almost five decades as the country shivered in the big freeze, it was revealed.

Met Eireann said temperatures were around two degrees lower than average during the season, making it the coldest winter recorded since 1963.

Arctic conditions experienced at the end of last year continued through January and February, with widespread spells of frost, sleet and snow.

Temperatures plummeted to below minus 10C in some places, with minus 16.3C recorded at Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny, on January 7.