Saturday, September 24, 2016

Four Magnitude 6.0 + Quakes Strike Within 2 Hours

Magnitude 6.2
143km ESE of Katsuura, Japan
2016-09-23 00:14:34 (UTC)

Magnitude 6.3
35km SE of Tamisan, Philippines

Magnitude 6.4
125km WNW of Neiafu, Tonga
2016-09-24 21:07:13 (UTC)

Magnitude 6.9
99km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
2016-09-24 21:28:41 (UTC)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Muslim Militants Go Door to Door Killing Christians

The attacks come as Boko Haram kills four at a church and a boat captain starts trial for throwing Christian refugees overboard.

Wed, September 21, 2016

Illustrative picture of Boko Haram victims. (Photo: © Reuters)

Three horrific incidents in three different countries highlight the global persecution of Christians by Muslim supremacists.


A mob of Muslim militants descended on Ndomete village in the Central African Republic (CAR) and went door-to-door killing Christians. The U.N. confirmed the casualty figures.

The militiamen, believed to belong to the Muslim militia group Seleka, killed 26 people and is thought to have deliberately targeted civilians. Seleka deposed then president Francois Bozize in 2013 and installed the Muslim Michel Djotodia instead.

Faced with mounting sectarian violence, Djotodia resigned in January 2014.

Although the Seleka group was officially disbanded, the group did not put down its weapons. Ex-Seleka fighters and Christian so-called “anti-Balaka” militias have been fighting since, displacing some 25 percent of CAR’s population.

“If the government is not going to beef up the security, then we are going to defend ourselves,” a local Christian leader told Morningstar News. “We shall not keep quiet as our brothers are dying.”


In Nigeria Boko Haram militants attacked Christians in Kwamjilari village after a church service on Sunday. Gunmen reportedly killed 8 people who congregated outside the church in north-eastern Borno State.

Villagers reported Boko Haram stationed gunmen on the road leading away from the church so they could shoot those trying to flee.


In Spain an immigrant from Cameroon went on trial for the murder of six other immigrants whom he is accused of throwing overboard while crossing the Mediterranean in his boat. The boat captain, identified as Alain N. reportedly blamed the rough seas which were rocking the boat on the prayers led by a Catholic pastor on board and consequently threw them overboard. Another man who helped him throw them overboard later died.

The pair, both from Cameroon, reportedly beat the Nigerian pastor with pieces of wood before throwing him overboard. They then searched the other passengers for amulets or other identifying signs of Christianity and similarly beat and hurled overboard five other people.

Alain N. “was aware that the victims could not possibly survive and that they would die, either by drowning, from the cold, or from the physical injuries they had suffered,” according to statements made by the prosecution. “He was aware of the low temperature, the rough seas and the great distance from the coast and the absence of any nearby boats which could rescue them.”


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Replica of Syrian arch unveiled in New York City

Replica of Syrian arch destroyed by Isis unveiled in New York City

Model of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, an 1,800-year-old Roman arch blown up by the extremist group last year, was made using 3D printing technology

A recreation of the Palmyra arch, a Roman arch destroyed by Isis, goes on display at City hall Park in New York Photograph: Raya Jalabi for the Guardian

Raya Jalabi in New York



Tuesday 20 September 2016 13.19 EDT

 A recreation of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in New York on Monday, almost a year after Islamic State militants destroyed the original structure.

The 1,800-year-old Roman arch was blown up by the extremist group last October, but a team of archeologists at Oxford University’s Institute for Digital archeology (IDA) set about recreating it, in an act of resistance to Isis’s rampant acts of cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria.

Standing at two-thirds the scale of the original, the arch is made of Egyptian marble and was built using 3D printing technology, based on photographs of the original arch.

Isis captured the city from government forces in May 2015, and progressively damaged its Roman-era ruins, staging mass executions in the ancient amphitheater. In addition to destroying artefacts, the extremist group looted and resold them to fund its activities.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Typhoon Meranti blasts Taiwan, targets China

Capital Weather Gang

Typhoon Meranti blasted Taiwan, and now it’s headed to China

By Angela Fritz

September 14, 2016 at 1:18 PM

The entire island if Itbayat, north of the Philippines, could be seen through Super Typhoon Meranti’s clear eye early Tuesday afternoon. (NOAA/NASA CIMSS/SSEC)

On Tuesday morning, Super Typhoon Meranti became the strongest storm on Earth so far in 2016. Inside the eye wall, the wind roared at a constant 185 mph. That made Meranti the second-strongest typhoon on record in the Northwest Pacific. The only storm that was stronger — by a mere 5 mph — was Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines in 2013.

Meranti would have been the equivalent of a Category 6 hurricane on Tuesday, if the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale extended beyond five. (It doesn’t.)

In its height, the storm’s eye passed directly over Itbayat, north of the Philippines. The entire, tiny island could be seen through the typhoon’s clear eye early Tuesday afternoon. This means that Itbayat, which had a population around 3,000 in 2010, took two direct hits from the super typhoon’s eye wall, which is where the strongest winds are located.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no one knows what happened on Itbayat. But PAGASA, the Philippine agency akin to the National Weather Service, told a Channel NewsAsia reporter that a military vessel could make the trek to Itbayat to provide aid to survivors:

Pagasa officer Romeo Ganal Jr told Channel NewsAsia that there had been no communication at all from the Pagasa Itbayat satellite station since midnight of Sep 13. There are currently no flights over the area as flight routes have been altered.

With no flights available, a plan has been drawn up for a Civil Defence team to use either a Coast Guard or Navy vessel to go on a fact finding and needs assessment exercise to Itbayat.

Right now there are no more details about when the team will depart, but Pagasa officer Ganal said more information might be available later on in the day.

Super Typhoon Meranti swept by Taiwan on Sept. 14. It's currently the strongest tropical storm on Earth this year, bringing powerful sustained gusts of wind up to 185 mph. (The Washington Post)

On Tuesday evening, Meranti’s eye passed less than 20 miles south of Taiwan. Even without a direct landfall, the super typhoon unleashed wind gusts over 100 mph. In Penghu County, an archipelago west of Taiwan, the wind gusted to 134 mph. Hengchun township reported gusts to 113 mph. The Taiwan weather agency said that it was the strongest storm in the township in their 120 years of record-keeping. Gusts reached 112 mph at Kaohsiung International Airport.

Wind gusts in southern Taiwan topped 100 mph in several locations as the center of Meranti passed by just to the south. This includes 112 mph at Kaohsiung International Airport and 113 mph in Hengchun.

Pingtung, Taitung and Hualien counties all reported one-day rainfall totals over 19 inches. The mountainous Taiwu Township measured an incredible 31 inches.

Now in the South China Sea, Typhoon Meranti is the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, and it’s headed toward China. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects the center of the storm to make landfall near Xiamen, China — a port city with a population over 3.5 million — on Wednesday afternoon Eastern time. The typhoon will be a Category 3 or 4 when it makes landfall.

Even though the storm has weakened since it swept by Taiwan, the most dangerous impacts could actually be felt in China. Because its eye remained over warm water, Meranti only slightly weakened after the interaction with Taiwan’s mountains. Weather Underground’s Bob Henson remarked Tuesday that Xiamen is particularly vulnerable.

“Should Meranti strike just south of Xiamen, that city and its major port would be at risk of surge impacts,” Henson wrote. “Given the mountainous terrain of China’s Fujian province, we can expect widespread torrential rainfall as a weakening Meranti slows down and grinds its way inland.”

Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist and The Post's deputy weather editor. She has a B.S. in meteorology and an M.S. in earth and atmospheric science.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, 2001

Psalm 91English Standard Version (ESV)

My Refuge and My Fortress
91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge[b]—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Magnitude 6.0 - NORTHERN PERU


Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.0 Date-Time10 Sep 2016 10:08:20 UTC10 Sep 2016 05:08:20 near epicenter10 Sep 2016 05:08:20 standard time in your timezone

Location5.583S 76.965WDepth114 km

Distances51 km (31 mi) N of Moyobamba, Peru57 km (35 mi) NNE of Rioja, Peru63 km (39 mi) NNE of Soritor, Peru90 km (55 mi) NNW of Tabalosos, Peru616 km (381 mi) SSE of Quito, EcuadorLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 5.8 km; Vertical 6.0 kmParametersNph = 108; Dmin = 317.7 km; Rmss = 0.94 seconds; Gp = 99°
Version =Event IDus 10006nkg

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Strong 5.6 magnitude earthquakes rocks Oklahoma, strike off the coast of California

one dead and some 200,000 without power

Strong 5.6 magnitude earthquakes rocks Oklahoma, strike off the coast of California

September 2016OKLAHOMA Residents across the state were rocked awake Saturday morning after an earthquake struck in Central Oklahoma. Around 7:00 a.m., a 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook and several residents and along with our staff began going to social media in response. The earthquake’s epicenter was located eight miles northwest of Pawnee, 21 miles south, southeast of Ponca City, 22 miles north, northeast of Stillwater, 44 miles south Arkansas City, Kansas, and 73 miles north, northeast of Oklahoma City. It was about four miles deep. USGS says the earthquake was felt in areas from Omaha to Dallas. News 9 has also received messages from residents in Missouri and Arkansas.
Residents have called in to report damages, but there are no injuries at this time. Fire officials say there are several reports of structural damage in downtown Pawnee. USGS says an aftershock was recorded just before 8:00 a.m. in the same area as the major earthquake.  –News 9
FERNDALE, Calif. (KGO) — A 5.6 magnitude earthquake just struck off the coast near Ferndale in Humboldt County. The epicenter was about 60-miles out in the Pacific Ocean. So far there have been no reports of damage or shaking on land and no tsunami warning is expected.  –ABC 7 News

Thursday, September 1, 2016



Preliminary Earthquake ReportMagnitude7.1Date-Time1 Sep 2016 16:37:59 UTC2 Sep 2016 04:37:59 near epicenter1 Sep 2016 11:37:59 standard time in your timezoneLocation37.461S 179.182EDepth30 kmDistances167 km (103 mi) NE of Gisborne, New Zealand201 km (124 mi) ENE of Whakatane, New Zealand267 km (165 mi) E of Tauranga, New Zealand269 km (166 mi) ENE of Rotorua, New Zealand569 km (352 mi) NE of Wellington, New ZealandLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 8.7 km; Vertical 4.9 kmParametersNph = 123; Dmin = 78.2 km; Rmss = 0.92 seconds; Gp = 56°
Version =Event IDus 10006jbi

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Louisiana floods - The worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane "Sandy"


LANDFALL WARNING  Florida declares state of emergency, prepares for Tropical Storm "Hermine" landfall

Louisiana floods - The worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane "Sandy"

Posted by TW on August 19, 2016 in categories Featured articlesFloodsSevere weather

At least 13 people have died and more than 30 000 have been rescued from water-logged homes and cars by August 19, 2016, after extreme amounts of rain dumped by a very slow-moving storm caused historic flooding in Louisiana. Although some regions are still under historic flooding and the full extent of the damage will not be known anytime soon, the American Red Cross and state officials are already calling this disaster the worst in the United States since Hurricane "Sandy" devastated the East Coast in 2012. For Louisiana, this was one of the worst storms in history.

In a press conference on August 18, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said that over 40 000 homes have been impacted by the floods and warned that 20 atransarishes of Louisiana are facing a major housing crisis. In Livingston Parish, for example, around 75% of homes suffered a total loss.

86 500 people in the state have registered for FEMA assistance, officials say and almost 6 000 people are still in shelters, as of late August 18.

"The storm deposited 10 inches [254 mm] of rain or more on eight states with up to 23 inches [584 mm] in Mississippi and 31 inches [787 mm] in Louisiana," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell said. Much of this rain fell during a two-day period and has a 0.1 percent chance of occurring, which translates to a 1 000-year rainfall event.

While the worst of the rain ended earlier this week, additional sporadic downpours will affect Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas over the next several days, AccuWeather warned. The ongoing downpours will not only hinder rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts but could also lead to additional incidents of flooding.

“The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy,” Brad Kieserman, vice president for disaster services operations and logistics for the Red Cross, said in a statement on Thursday. “The Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation, which we anticipate will cost at least $30 million and that number may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation.”

"Already, Louisiana was facing the biggest fiscal shortfall in its history as a state, and then the rain started," Rachel Maddow of the MSNBC said.

"The whole country needs to know that even though the rain started a week ago, we are still very much in search and rescue and the response mode," Governor Edwards said.

"We still have historic flooding in Ascension Parish and we have floodwaters moving south into St. James Parish on the east side of the Mississippi River. On the west side of the Mississippi River, we have historic flooding in Acadia Parish down to Jefferson Davis Parish and Cameron Parish as well. This flooding is historic, it's unprecedented, there's nothing in the record books that told us what to expect, and that comes despite the fact that this was an unnamed storm. This was not a hurricane or a tropical storm, but it broke all the records nonetheless," Edwards said.

The total damages from the floods are still assessed and are likely to climb into the billions.

By comparison, Hurricane "Sandy" killed at least 88 people and racked up $71.4 billion in total U.S. economic damages.

The costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with $108 billion, was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 1 836 people lost their lives across Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio.

The deadliest natural disaster in North American history was a tropical cyclone that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900. Between 6 000 and 12 000 people died when the cyclone hit.

Images courtesy of Civil Air Patrol

Featured image: Louisiana floods, August 2016

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Preliminary Earthquake ReportMagnitude6.7Date-Time31 Aug 2016 03:11:36 UTC31 Aug 2016 13:11:36 near epicenter30 Aug 2016 22:11:36 standard time in your timezoneLocation3.691S 152.788EDepth499 kmDistances39 km (24 mi) E of Namatanai, Papua New Guinea93 km (57 mi) NE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea253 km (156 mi) ESE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea358 km (221 mi) NE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea888 km (550 mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New GuineaLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 9.6 km; Vertical 8.3 kmParametersNph = 83; Dmin = 88.5 km; Rmss = 0.74 seconds; Gp = 20°
Version =Event IDus 10006iy0

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Satanic Temple rolls out after-school program for kids

Satanic Temple rolls out after-school program for kids

 The Satanic Temple (TST) is planning to bring Lucifer to school by rolling out extra-curricular clubs across the US. ‘After School Satan’ is the Temple’s response to a Supreme Court ruling allowing evangelical religious programs to operate in schools.
Currently, nine clubs are listed as participating in the program including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Washington DC. The clubs will focus on “rationalism, free inquiry... and fun,” according to a promotional video.

The Temple is taking aim at the Good News Club, an interdenominational Christian program for five to 12-year-olds operating in over 3,500 public schools across the US. The club’s curriculum was created by the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) and includes Bible studies.
TST said it is “not interested in operating After School Satan Clubs in school districts that are not already hosting the Good News Club.”
A spokesperson for TST, Lucien Greaves, said After School Satan clubs will bring diversity to the religious opinions children are exposed to in school. It will give them an option other than the Good News Club, which he claimed instills children “with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath.”
“We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors,” Greaves said. Reasoning, social skills and science are listed on the clubs’ curriculum.

Read the rest here

12 Times Pope Francis Has Openly Promoted a One World Religion or a New World Order

12 Times Pope Francis Has Openly Promoted a One World Religion or a New World Order

8/1/2016 Michael Snyder

On Sunday, Pope Francis told hundreds of thousands of young people gathered for World Youth Day in Poland that they need to "believe in a new humanity" and that they should refuse "to see borders as barriers." Every two or three years, Catholics from all over the planet converge for one of these giant conferences, and as you will see below the Pope has not been shy about using historic occasions to promote his agenda. Unfortunately, it has become exceedingly clear that his agenda includes moving humanity toward a one world religion and a new world order. Of course Pope Francis is not going to use those exact phrases, but at this point it is very obvious what he is trying to do. If you don't believe me now, perhaps you will see things differently after you have viewed the evidence that I have compiled in the rest of this article.
Let's start with what the Pope had to say at the World Youth Day conference on Sunday...
"People may judge you to be dreamers, because you believe in a new humanity, one that rejects hatred between peoples, one that refuses to see borders as barriers and can cherish its own traditions without being self-centered or small-minded," Francis told his flock.
By itself, this statement is not that dramatic. But when you put it into the context of everything else Pope Francis has done and said over the past couple of years, a clear pattern begins to emerge...
May 2016: Pope Francis welcomed one of the top Sunni clerics in the world to the Vatican, and he reportedly told the cleric that "our meeting is the message". And mainstream news outlets all over the planet clearly understood what was being communicated. For example, the Daily Mail article about this meeting was titled "Pope embraces grand imam at historic Vatican meeting in a bid to bring the Catholic and Muslim churches together."
January 2016: The Vatican releases an extremely disturbing video in which Pope Francis declared that all of the major world religions are "seeking God or meeting God in different ways" and that ultimately "we are all children of God." The video also featured leaders from various major religions, and they are shown declaring fidelity to their particular gods. First, we see a female Buddhist cleric tell us "I have confidence in the Buddha", followed by a Jewish rabbi declaring "I believe in God". As the video goes on, a Catholic priest announces "I believe in Jesus Christ," and last of all an Islamic leader boldly declares "I believe in God, Allah." If you have not seen the video yet, you can watch the entire thing right here. After watching that video, nobody can deny that the Vatican is openly promoting a one world religion.
November 2015: Pope Francis declared that fundamentalism, even Christian fundamentalism, is a "sickness" during remarks in which he stressed the similarity of the major religions.
September 2015: Pope Francis traveled to New York City to deliver a speech that kicked off a conference during which the United Nations unveiled a "new universal agenda" for humanity.
September 2015: During a stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Pope Francis stressed the unity between Christianity and Islam. These words were directly spoken by him...
I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice. I would have wished my greeting to be warmer. My sentiments of closeness, my sentiments of closeness in the face of tragedy. The tragedy that they suffered in Mecca.
In this moment, I give assurances of my prayers. I unite myself with you all. A prayer to almighty god, all merciful.

Magnitude 7.1 - North of Ascension Island

0.041°S 17.826°W
10.0 km

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Magnitude 4.3 - CENTRAL ITALY

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 4.3
Date-Time28 Aug 2016 13:07:35 UTC28 Aug 2016 15:07:35 near epicenter 28 Aug 2016 08:07:35 standard time in your timezone

Location42.666N 13.249EDepth11 kmDistances5 km (3 mi) NW of Amatrice, Italy33 km (20 mi) SW of Ascoli Piceno, Italy36 km (22 mi) W of Teramo, Italy37 km (22 mi) NNW of L'Aquila, Italy106 km (65 mi) NE of Roma, ItalyLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 4.6 km; Vertical 5.8 kmParametersNph = 49; Dmin = 21.6 km; Rmss = 0.56 seconds; Gp = 70°
Version =Event IDus 20006ut2

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Magnitude 6.8 - BURMA

M6.8 - BURMA

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.8 Date-Time 24 Aug 2016 10:34:55 UTC24 Aug 2016 17:04:55 near epicenter24 Aug 2016 05:34:55 standard time in your time zone

Location20.919N 94.579EDepth84 kmDistances25 km (15 mi) W of Chauk, Burma59 km (36 mi) NNW of Yenangyaung, Burma70 km (43 mi) SW of Pakokku, Burma87 km (53 mi) NNW of Minbu, Burma207 km (128 mi) NW of Nay Pyi Taw, Burma

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 5.2 km; Vertical 3.7 kmParametersNph = 117; Dmin = 199.8 km; Rmss = 1.35 seconds; Gp = 24°
Version =Event IDus 10006gbf

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Space Weather Message Code: WARK06 Serial Number: 345 Issue Time: 2016 Aug 24 0204 UTC WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Valid From: 2016 Aug 24 0205 UTC Valid To: 2016 Aug 24 0600 UTC

Warning Condition: Onset NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms.

Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes.

Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York

Magnitude 6.2 - CENTRAL ITALY

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.2

Date-Time24 Aug 2016 01:36:34 UTC24 Aug 2016 03:36:34 near epicenter
23 Aug 2016 20:36:34 standard time in your timezone
Location42.714N 13.172EDepth10 kmDistances10 km (6 mi) SE of Norcia, Italy35 km (21 mi) E of Spoleto, Italy36 km (22 mi) WSW of Ascoli Piceno, Italy42 km (26 mi) NE of Rieti, Italy107 km (66 mi) NNE of Roma, ItalyLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 5.0 km; Vertical 1.8 kmParametersNph = 123; Dmin = 14.0 km; Rmss = 0.69 seconds; Gp = 35°
Version =Event IDus 10006g7d

Sunday, August 21, 2016



Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.4Date-Time21 Aug 2016 03:45:24 UTC21 Aug 2016 01:45:24 near epicenter

20 Aug 2016 22:45:24 standard time in your time zone
Location55.278S 31.755WDepth10 km
Distances325 km (201 mi) ESE of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands2310 km (1432 mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina

Sunday, August 7, 2016

THREE volcanoes erupt in just three days

Clouds of ash cover the skies over Indonesia: Flights are disrupted as THREE volcanoes erupt in just three days

  • Mount Rinjani on Lombok island near Bali erupted on Monday, disrupting flights from one airport in Bali
  • Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island and Mount Gamalama in the Moluccas chain of islands erupted late yesterday
  • Farms and trees around the volcanoes were covered in gray ash, but nearby towns and villages were not in danger

Giant clouds of ash engulfed the skies as Mount Sinabung became the third volcano to erupt in Indonesia, in the space of just three days.
Mount Rinjani on Lombok island near Bali erupted on Monday, with the Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island and Mount Gamalama in the Moluccas chain of islands following suit late yesterday.
No one has been injured but flights at two airports have been disrupted.

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Clueless in the Vatican

Onboard his plane to attend World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, Pope Francis spoke to reporters. Queried about terrorism committed by radical Islamists, he suggested, while what is being fought is a war, it is “not a religious war.”
He then added:

“It’s a war of interests, a war for money. A war for natural resources and for the dominion of the peoples. Some might say it’s a religious war. Every religion wants peace. The war is wanted by the others. Understood? Let’s not be afraid to say the truth. The world is at war, because it’s lost its peace!”
The real truth is the world has lost its peace because Islam mandates perpetual war until its global caliphate is established.

It appears, just like President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel who claim Islam can do no wrong, the Pope has joined the naiveté scene.

With so much ongoing violence in the world linked to Islam, we simply cannot continue to accept the naiveté of leaders refusing to admit it.

Christians in the Muslim world are being forced to leave their religion to escape persecution, or to pay a tax, or to be put to death—all as a matter of Islamic doctrine—and Pope Francis refuses to see it.
Is love for his fellow man blinding the pontiff to the reality of Islam or does the reality of Islam intimidate him from speaking truth?

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Stop Making Excuses For Militant Islam, Pope Francis

Stop Making Excuses For Militant Islam, Pope Francis

Pope Francis does a disservice to his followers and world leaders, who would look to him for the confidence and moral backing to call out Islamic terrorism and face it head-on.

On Sunday, Pope Francis responded to questions from reporters about why he won’t call out Islamic violence or reference Islamic terrorism when responding to terrorist attacks like the one that took the life of French priest Jacques Hamel last week. The pope denied any associations between Islam and violence and said “If I speak of Islamic violence, I should speak of Catholic violence.” By speaking this way, he does a disservice to his followers, and world leaders, who would look to him for the confidence and moral backing to call out Islamic terrorism and face it head-on.
According to Pope Francis, every religion has the potential for violence, including Catholicism. This, of course, is true, because every single human person has the potential to do wrong, as Catholicism itself teaches. So we’ve seen violence play out in the history of the Catholic Church. But that doesn’t mean that today some religions’ adherents don’t encourage it more than others, or have a greater potential for violence. Context and culture matters.

The Islamist ideology and doctrine terrorists follow today wasn’t created out of thin air in the past few years or decades. It has roots in an early interpretation of Islam dating from the first centuries after Mohammed’s revelations. In the world of Islamic jurisprudence, it’s just as legitimate as other interpretations of the faith. But as far as I know, there is no early church interpretation of Christianity still popular today that promotes violence like Wahhabism or Salafism does.

Islam Has Ties to Violence, Plain and Simple

The pope also described reading about murders Catholics have perpetrated. Therefore, in his convoluted reasoning, Francis surmises he couldn’t possibly draw a distinction between Catholic violence and Islamic violence. But what the pope misses, either intentionally or through naïveté, is the crucial difference between committing a crime and happening to belong to a given religion, and committing a crime in the name of that religion. No one is claiming that every murder, assault, and robbery a Muslim perpetrates is an example of Islamic radicalism. But, as Europe is discovering, a significant minority of Muslims commit violence explicitly in the name of Islam.
Pope Francis apparently can’t see the difference between crimes that share a single motivation and those that don’t. According to French officials, there are approximately 11,000 suspected Islamists in France who are on what they call their “Fiche S” list. This means there are thousands of people in France alone who might be willing to kill, not randomly, but in the name of Islam.
Islamic terrorism is more threatening than the unconnected crimes Christians might commit because it’s based on shared beliefs. This also makes it more preventable. We know what radical Islamists believe, and in many cases we know who teaches them, where they’re radicalized, and how they coordinate. It all revolves around a certain interpretation of their religion. But if we ignore those signs, as Pope Francis does, we will be at a loss to stop them.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016



Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.3 Date-Time4 Aug 2016 16:24:34 UTC5 Aug 2016 01:24:34 near epicenter4 Aug 2016 11:24:34 standard time in your timezone

Location24.948N 142.007EDepth510 km Distances70 km (43 mi) ENE of Iwo Jima, Japan1116 km (691 mi) SSE of Shimoda, Japan1130 km (700 mi) SSE of Oyama, Japan1131 km (701 mi) S of Tateyama, Japan1146 km (710 mi) NNW of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 8.0 km; Vertical 1.8 kmParametersNph = 346; Dmin = 238.5 km; Rmss = 0.78 seconds; Gp = 13°
Version =Event IDus 10006a2k

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6

Space Weather Message Code: WARK06 Serial Number: 338

Issue Time: 2016 Jul 20 0030 UTC WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Valid From: 2016 Jul 20 0030 UTC Valid To: 2016 Jul 20 0600 UTC Warning Condition: Onset NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms. Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes.

Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WV: A "one-in-a-thousand-year event"

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A "one-in-a-thousand-year event": Rivers reach historic highs as federal disaster declared across West Virginia: 24 dead

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A federal disaster declaration was approved for three of the hardest-hit counties in flood-ravaged West Virginia after a historic deluge killed at least 24 people there.

The floodwaters swept away cars, cut power to thousands and trapped hundreds in a shopping center after 10 inches of rain pounded parts of the state in just 24 hours.
It also submerged a golf course, forcing the PGA to cancel the upcoming Greenbrier Classic.

Tour officials announced Saturday that the tournament, scheduled for July 7 through 10, was nixed due to the floods.

"Cancelling The Greenbrier Classic is certainly the most prudent course of action as our foremost concern is the well-being of those who are having to live through this tragic situation," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

Meanwhile, officials were still searching Saturday for missing people in Greenbrier County, the area hardest hit by the floods with 16 deaths.

Elsewhere in the state, one person died in Ohio County, another died in Jackson County, and six died in Kanawha County, the West Virginia medical examiner's office said.

The rains - so heavy they were dubbed a "one-in-a-thousand-year event" by the National Weather Service - prompted officials to put 44 out of West Virginia's 55 counties under a state of emergency, primarily in the southeastern part of the state.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Saturday granted a request from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for assistance for three heavily damaged counties: Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas.

On Friday night, National Guard troops raced to build a temporary roadway in Kanawha County to rescue more than 500 people who had been stuck inside the Elkview Crossings Plaza since Thursday afternoon.

Erdogan Heals Israel, Russia Ties

Isolated Erdogan Heals Israel, Russia Ties to Boost Economy


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June 27, 2016 — 9:00 PM EDTUpdated on June 28, 2016 — 6:54 AM EDT

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


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Kremlin says Turkish president ‘apologized’ over jet incident

Turkey is trying to win back regional allies amid Syria chaos

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ended asix-year rift with Israel and unexpectedly moved to mend ties with Russia, as Turkey attempts to draw a line under diplomatic confrontations that had sapped its economy and left it increasingly isolated in the region.

QUICKTAKETurkey’s Continental Divide

Erdogan sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin regretting theshooting down of a Russian combat plane in November, an incident that plunged ties between the two countries into crisis. News of the reconciliation effort came hours after Turkey and Israel on Monday agreed to repair relations damaged by a deadly maritime clash in 2010 between Israeli commandos and pro-Palestinian Turkish activists. Turkey formally signed the deal with Israel on Tuesday, according to AHaber television.

The feuds that Turkey set out to end had become intertwined. Talks with gas-rich Israel gained momentum after Turkey downed the Russian jet and Ankara sought to cut its reliance on Russian fuel. In addition to the economic benefits, the twin-track rapprochement may bolster the Turkish government, which has found itself increasingly sidelined amid attempts to end regional conflicts, especially in Syria where Moscow is now the dominant international player.

“We are taking steps to end the crisis and economic cooperation will follow,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told state-run TRT television in an interview late Monday. “We will pretend the last six months never happened and keep going.” Erdogan will speak to Putin by phone on Wednesday, according to the Turkish leader’s media office.

Investors Cheer

Russia and Turkey will resume investments and cooperation in tourism, said Yildirim.

Investors cheered both steps, which pave the way for Israeli gas imports and the lifting of Russian economic sanctions that have been especially damaging for Turkey’s tourism industry. The number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey fell 92 percent in May compared to a year ago, according to official data published Tuesday.

The shares of Israeli and Turkish energy companies advanced on Monday. Turkish Airlines, the nation’s flagship carrier, rose 3.9 percent, regaining some ground from a 20-percent drop this year as Russian trade curbs and a series of attacks by Islamic State militants in Ankara and Istanbul weighed on business.

“Two big foreign policy openings were implemented on a single day,” said Ozdem Sanberk, a former ambassador to London and Brussels and currently the president of International Strategic Research Organization, an Ankara think-tank. “The same incentive is valid for Turkey in both cases: Turkey wants to stop being alone.”

Erdogan’s tough approach toward Israel after the 2010 fall-out won him plaudits in much of the Muslim world. From Egypt to Algeria, the Turkish leader received a hero’s welcome wherever he traveled, but those days are long gone.

A demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in Moscow in November 2015. Several hundred young activists on Wednesday hurled stones and eggs as Turkey's embassy in Moscow and brandished anti-Turkish placards after Ankara downed a Russian warplane on the Syrian border.

Photographer: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

His close ally, Mohamed Mursi, was removed from power in Egypt by the military in 2013, and Erdogan saw his foreign policy hit a dead-end in Syria. There, President Bashar al-Assad with Russian military support has taken the upper hand in the country’s civil war, pushing the rebel groups Turkey backs onto the defensive.

Turkey is ready to develop economic ties with Egypt despite its opposition to Mursi’s ouster, Yildirim said.

“There is no obstacle to developing economic relations,” he said. “Our businessmen and investors can pay mutual visits and prepare the ground for normalization. Even visits at the ministerial level may start. We are ready for this without any reservations.”

Kurdish Conflict

Turkey is also fighting autonomy-seeking Kurdish militants after a three-year lull, and the economy has been stretched by the arrival of nearly 3 million refugees fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria.

Trade between Russia and Turkey, which had topped $30 billion annually, plunged after the jet downing. Putin called the attack a “treacherous stab in the back” of Russian forces bombing Islamic State and other militants in Syria and demanded an apology.

The two countries differed in their interpretation of the letter from Erdogan.

“The head of the Turkish state expressed his sympathy and deep condolences to the family of the Russian pilot who was killed, and he said sorry,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Monday. A statement from the Turkish presidential office didn’t refer to Erdogan’s remarks as an apology, while saying that Turkey and Russia agreed to take necessary steps without delay to improve bilateral relations. It cited Erdogan as saying to the family of the Russian pilot that “I share their pain and offer my condolences to them. May they excuse us.”

Gas Exports

“Apology or not, Turkey relayed its regrets and Russians took it as an apology. The step that Russia was waiting for was taken,” Sanberk said. “The first thing Russia will expect from Turkey is a change in its Syrian policy,” he said. “Russia wants to be a main play-maker in the Middle East along with the U.S. Turkish Russian ties will improve to the extent Turkey doesn’t stand in the way of Russian demands.”

Yildirim on Tuesday said Turkey wasn’t planning to pay compensation for the dead pilot, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. He had told TRT television on Monday that Turkey was ready to pay compensation if needed.

Turkey was once Israel’s closest Muslim ally, their partnership based on strong military and economic ties. Relations began to fray after Erdogan took power in Turkey in 2003 at the head of an Islamist-oriented government, and his rancorous criticism of Israel’s 2008 Gaza Strip incursion created serious strains.

Diplomatic ties were severed after the 2010 confrontation at sea, which led to the deaths of 10 Turks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized at the urging of visiting President Barack Obama in 2013, but that didn’t blossom into reconciliation. It took Turkey’s confrontation with Russia to turn the tide.

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