There was a strong Nicaragua earthquake quake today, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale. There were no reports of damages or loss of life to report in the area.
This is one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Nicaragua area this year. According to officials the quake took place at 11 a.m PST today. The U.S Geological survey indicated that the quake was twenty miles west of Jiquilillo.
Another tremor took place in Baja Mexico measuring 3.3 in magnitude. The earthquake was roughly thirty-six miles south of Mexicali and San Luis Rio Colorado. There were no damages or loss of life to report for this earthquake.
Important Update On The Louisiana Sinkhole Disaster
During the last spring, many residents living in bayou corne began to notice strange bubblings for many weeks,
and they reported smelling burnt diesel fuel and also sulfur. Shortly after, a sinkhole the size of three football fields appeared on August 3rd 2012, and it began swallowing scores of 100 foot tall cypress trees. The sinkhole formed because of a failed underground brine cavern.
Since the sinkhole formed 150 families have been displaced, as of Aug. 6th 2012. That is the overview of the situation in Assumption parish, here is the latest update for 1/19/2013:
“The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command, is advising that the Texas Brine facility sinkhole appears to be undergoing a growth event, indicated by a recent upswing in measured seismic activity that began to decrease about the time of this morning’s release of debris and crude oil to the top of the sinkhole, as well as the appearance of cracks on the surface of the Oxy 3 well pad, located directly above Texas Brine’s failed cavern and on the eastern side of the sinkhole.
Monitoring of seismic activity and direct field observations from ground level and overflights are part of the ongoing response to determine the potential extent of this latest growth event — one of several observed since the formation of the sinkhole. Observations indicate that the current growth event is centered on the east side of the sinkhole — possibly related to shifting of salt and material within the cavern collapse zone. After a period of heightened activity, the number and strength of sharp seismic events dropped markedly following the release of debris and hydrocarbons from the sinkhole — though impacts at the surface on the eastern side of the sinkhole will continue to be monitored closely.
Following the appearance of the well pad surface cracks on the southwestern corner of the Oxy 3 well pad, the Office of Conservation advised that personnel and equipment should be removed from the site to ensure safety while observation and analysis of the growth event are ongoing.
Though the exact timing and extent of episodic growth events cannot be predicted, the Office of Conservation and its consultants had identified the Oxy 3 well pad as being within the area of potential sinkhole growth, and has maintained constant monitoring of subsurface conditions and activity for signs of instability in order to act quickly to protect the safety of the public and workers on site.(end of update.)
The following are new flyover images, showing how large the sinkhole has become:
In San Francisco a fireball was seen across a wide swath of the West, from San Francisco to the Central Coast to Nevada, and could have broken up over the Pacific ocean.
80 reports came in from people all across California and Nevada, when many began to see the streak of light at 5:21 a.m Thursday.
Eperts say that the fireball was about the size of a minivan when it entered into the earth’s atmosphere with a loud boom and about one-third of the explosive force of the atomic bomb.
Astronomers say that the meteor haralds the upcoming start of fireball season, as of February, March and April are the best months to see anywhere in the sky just after sundown.
“Most meteors are only the size of small pebbles. A meteor the size of a softball can produce light equivalent to the full moon for a short instant,” Lunsford said. “The reason for this is the extreme velocity at which these objects strike the atmosphere. Even the slowest meteors are still traveling at 10 miles per second, which is much faster than a speeding bullet.”
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Volcanic Activity For 1/20/2013
Amplitude an dvolcanic tremor ativity has decreased slightly at Plosky Tolbachik volcano overnight, but remains strong enough to blight seismograms recorded at nearby volcanoes Bezymianny and Kliuchevskoi. Moderate seismicity continues in-concert with lava extrusion at both Kizimen and Sheveluch volcanoes.
Small and local earthquakes occur at Akutan and Makushin volcanoes, there are more consistent, and relatively high levels of earthquake activity continue to affect Mount Spurr & Tanga volcanoes.
There is also an earthquake swarm which began around the 15th of January that continues beneath Mammoth Mountain volcano in California.
An earthquake having a preliminary depth that was unusual, measured 45 km, and took place southeast of Long Valley Caldera earlier this morning.
More low magnitude quakes have increased beneath COlima volcano in Mexico overnight. There were also small explosions that have also been recorded at the volcano. Meanwhile at the Popocatpetl volcano, there were exhalations of gas and ash that occurred on average of just once per hour today.
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