Mt Tongariro Erupts In New Zealand
A spectacular eruption on Mt Tongariro was caught on camera by a teacher and a group of 90 students today. This is the second reported eruption of the
volcano this year. The school teacher had the following to say about the eruption:
“We were right up there next to it. It was just amazing. It was pretty scary from where we were and it just looked absolutely spectacular, the ash that came out. It really did look like one of those atom bomb explosions, and it made a rumbling sound.’’
There were 30 to 50 people who were being evacuated from the Tongariro Crossing track. The good news is that there were no injuries reported but the crossing had been closed.
A moderate magnitude 3.6 earthquake took place in Southern Illinois. The epicenter of the earthquake was 4 miles north of Bellmont in Wabash County. Officials with the USGS mentioned that earthquake was 38 miles north-northwest of Evansville, Ind., and 127 miles east of St. Louis, Mo.
What’s interesting about this particular earthquake is that it is near the New Madrid seismic zone, which has shown activity in the last few months.
Here is a list of magnitude 5.0 or higher earthquakes on 11/21/2012:
|5.1||63km SW of San Antonio, Chile||33.962°S||72.142°W||9.7|
|5.0||39km ENE of Ishinomaki, Japan||38.499°N||141.735°E||37.3|
|5.4||225km SW of Kahale, Indonesia||11.375°S||117.930°E||9.9|
|5.0||177km ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea||5.903°S||151.707°E||8.4|
Dead Dolphin Washes Up At Brought Ferry
There was a badly decomposed carcass of a dolphin Monday night as Scottish SPCA and the Coastwatch patrol attended the scene close to the Douglas Terrace junction. The cause of death for the dolphin is still unknown. According to a regional coordinator from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue:
‘Sometimes it’s because of a disease or a parasite, and of course they also die of natural causes, but I don’t think we will know what killed this dolphin.
”We have had a couple of porpoises washed up before and this is the second dolphin on the beach. We also often see dead seals.”
In the month of September a 40 foot whale washed up at Arbroath, and in the same month 17 pilot whales, including three calves, died after a 27-strong pod became beached on the rocks between Pittenweem and Anstruther. – thecourier.co.uk