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Saturday, May 27, 2006

9:09AM - Hundreds die in Indonesian quake

At least 1,325 people have been killed and thousands more injured by a strong earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java, officials have said.
The quake, measuring 6.2, flattened buildings in a densely-populated area near the city of Yogyakarta on the southern coast of Java.

Witnesses said people fled as their homes collapsed around them, after the quake struck early in the morning.

Source: BBC News Online

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

10:29AM - woo hoo

Merapi: ... GOTCHA!

Current mood: excited

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

11:28PM

Hi. I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but does anyone know a good website where I can look up latitude, longitude, and depth data for major earthquakes? I used the USGS list here but they don't have this data for major earthquakes earlier than 1995. I've been searching for other sites like this and am getting frustrated cause I haven't found anything. Thanks!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

9:57PM

Does anyone know of a good archive of images from Mt. Merapi's previous eruption, or any good sites that are updating frequently (hopefully w/images) on the current imminent eruption?

thanks

9:43AM - Happy Mother's day

Earthquakes in Tonga...
Mount Merapi volcano erupting in Indonesia
The Ring of Fire is quite active
Poseidon was re-released
and my parents are on a cruise in the Pacific.

Friday, May 12, 2006

5:31AM - Space and Major Disasters

International Charter "Space and Major Disasters":
http://www.disasterscharter.org/

The Charter In Action:
http://www.disasterscharter.org/disasters_e.html

Thursday, May 4, 2006

10:48AM - Mount Merapi's Magma Mambo

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060504/sc_nm/indonesia_volcano_dc

Current mood: enthralled

8:15PM - О реализации подземно-электрических предвестников

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Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС поостоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ45 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС поостоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ45
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ56 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ56
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ23 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ23
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ05 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ05
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ06 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ06
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС переменного тока (~), измеренной с ПЭДП-Ц34 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС переменного тока (~), измеренной с ПЭДП-Ц34
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ45 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-ЮЗ45
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-Ц04 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-Ц04
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-СВ2Ц3 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-СВ2Ц3
Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-СВ2Ц4 Гистограмма ежесуточных (ЛАСТ-ПК) МАКС-значений подземной ЭДС постоянного тока (=), измеренной с ПЭДП-СВ2Ц4

Доводим до сведения наших читателей, что с возникновением в архипелаге Тонга сильнейшего землетрясения (2006/05/03 15:26:35 UT, φ=20.035°S и λ=174.227°W, D=16.1 км, M8.0) полностью реализовались подземно-электрические (ПЭ) предвестники, начавшиеся 2006/04/17 12:00 ЛАСТ-ПК и имевшие форму «колоколов Гаусса» (см. рисунки).

Особо обращает на себя тот факт, что примерно за двадцать (20) часов (2006/05/03 06:00 ЛАСТ-ПК) до сильнейшего землетрясения (М8.0) в архипелаге Тонга обозначился крутой спад ПЭ-предвестников в каналах ПЭДП-ЮЗ45 и ПЭДП-ЮЗ56 (см. рис.1 и рис.2.).

Настоящая ориентировка составлена, чтобы привлечь Ваше внимание к электросетевой космо-метео-тектонической глобальной концепции Гутенберга-Альфвена-Бота.

Доводим до сведения читателей о том, что молодые эксперты ИМФ ПЭТ решили организовать ОАО «Камчатская служба тектонической безопасности» (КСТБ), которая со временем может «разрастись» в ОАО «Глобальная служба тектонической безопасности» (ГСТБ), т.к. камчатские недра обладают высокой ПЭ-чувствительностью к подготовкам сильнейших землетрясений на нашей планете.

В порядке исполнения готовящегося «Закона о соотечественниках» наш фонд планирует привлечь молодежь русскоязычной диаспоры к сотрудничеству с ГСТБ в области высоких подземно-электрических технологий. Мы убеждены, что это сотрудничество поможет молодежи русскоязычной диаспоры ощущать себя в странах обитания представителями молодежи великого народа. Эта молодежь справилась с задачей прогнозирования тектонических событий, казавшейся недостижимой «официальным физикам Земли», как престарелым, так и молодым, верующим в академические авторитеты, но забывающим, что именно академия наук Парижа в свое время отказалась обсуждать сообщения «о камнях, падающих с неба». Ведь научная парадигма того времени не допускала существования телесных предметов в обиталище бестелесных сущностей (Бога и Его присных: архангелов, ангелов, душ праведников и т.п.).

В наше время академии наук всех стран сладко почивают на мягком тезисе о невозможности в рамках механо-флюидной парадигмы понять, что происходит в недрах Земли. В это же самое время молодые эксперты нашего фонда день за днем убеждаются в правоте гигантов мировой науки (Декарта, Менделеева, Вернадского, Ларина, Алан Гоа, Гутенберга, Альфвена, Бота) и их последователей, понявших, что «нет ничего практичнее правильной теории».

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

5:40PM - Tsunami to hit Fiji & NZ?

USGS > Magnitude 8.0 - Tonga - 2006 May 3 15:26:35 UTC

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 8.0 (Great)
Date-Time Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 15:26:35 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time
Thursday, May 4, 2006 at 4:26:35 AM = local time at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 20.035°S, 174.227°W
Depth 16.1 km (10.0 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region TONGA
Distances 155 km (95 miles) S of Neiafu, Tonga
160 km (100 miles) NE of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
455 km (280 miles) S of Hihifo, Tonga
2145 km (1340 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 7.9 km (4.9 miles); depth +/- 32.2 km (20.0 miles)
Parameters Nst=161, Nph=161, Dmin=725.7 km, Rmss=0.9 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID usmgas

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

8:45AM - San Andreas Fault Moves It's Fingers Through The Ground

One hundred years ago today, at about this time (CA time) the Great Quake rattled the city. By the time the earthquake and subsequent fire were over, 3,000 people were dead.

An interesting fact about this tragedy is that the upper class illegally took control of the city government immediately after the temblor.


Seismogram from the San Francisco Earthquake.



same view today

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

8:51PM

A tornado killed 3 in Hamburg, Germany, this week.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

7:49PM - Catastrophe in slow motion

Cross-posted at der_geograf:


If firestorms ever had eyes like hurricanes, the small communities of McLean and Alanreed would be the point of landfall for the massive blazes that continue to rage across the Texas Panhandle.

Me and a photographer were there the morning after, and talk about a wasteland. Charred cattle, rabits, dogs, cats, goats, homes, barns — you name it. The entire several-mile stretch of Interstate 40 between Groom and McLean is one solid crusty patch of ash that gets into everything from your shoes to your clothes to collecting on your face. And when the wind blows, it stirs up black clouds of the crud.

It still isn't clear what caused this fire and the other monsters raging across the area, but what is understood is it's going to take a hell of a long time to recover.

Friday, March 10, 2006

10:23PM - Howdy

I'm Mike, a Southeast Texas/Gulf Coast native now living in the Texas Panhandle. I'll cut the small talk and get right to the template:

Name: Mike
Favorite historical catastrophe: Katrina recently outdid everything, including Mitch and Georges in 1998 and the Galveston storm of 1900. I do like the implications Mt. Tambora's eruption had on the world. The Texas City disaster of 1947, Hurricane Carla, and Hurricane Betsy (which showed on a smaller scale what Katrina would do 40 years later)
Favorite future catastrophe: A toss up between the coming Three Gorges Dam disaster in China and if (when) the Mississippi River changes course above Baton Rouge.
Favorite disaster movie:
Favorite disaster book: Just finished "City of Fire" by Bill Minutaglio about the explosions and fires that ravaged Texas City, Texas in 1947. I highly recommend it!

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters? As a kid in Southeast Texas, when Hurricane Alicia came thrashing through. I can still see those giant pines bowing before the breeze and crashing to the ground. I also remember how the Houston/Galveston area changed after the storm. In fact, there are still abandoned buildings in the area that have been that way since the storm, and it struck in 1983!

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand?An impressive resume of tropical storms and hurricanes, a tornado, and a few floods

Monday, July 11, 2005

1:59PM

Name: Pidge
Favorite historical catastrophe: Chenobyl (I was born the same year)
Favorite future catastrophe: the nuclear war that will eventually come around.
Favorite disaster movie: 28 Days Later. I don't know if that counts, it's about a virus that devastates London .
Favorite disaster book: Can't think of any that I liked. any recommendations? as you can probably tell I'm more into man-made disasters.

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters? I can't really remember, a long while

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand? Well I am a Londoner and I have been witness to the terrorist attacks just recently. A couple of my friends escaped alive from the trains.


I want to know what you think- if there was a cataostrophe to bring an end to civilisation, what would it be? I am thinking of writing a story.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

11:51PM - Howdy

Name: Major7
Favorite historical catastrophe: Hurricane Camille
Favorite future catastrophe: Dodging asteroids on Mars.
Favorite disaster movie: Poseidon Adventure
Favorite disaster book: State of Florida Resource Manual on Holocaust Education K-12

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters? As a young boy, my dad's family was severly impacted by Hurricane Camille in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand? Living in S. Florida, Texas and even Georgia, I have experienced hurricanes. Living in Hawaii I experienced one earthquake. Also, in Texas: sandstorms, icestorms, tornado activity.

Anything else to say? Glad I found this community. My LJ friends don't seem to appreciate my love of hurricanes!

Saturday, July 9, 2005

10:11PM

Hurricane Dennis is category 4 now. I found on the 'Net that on July 15, 1733 there was a hurricane that destroyed 19 out of 21 ships of the New Spain Armada. July hurricanes are not uncommon in the southeastern US. I wonder if Dennis will be the hurricane occurring closest to the anniversary of one of the earliest and most famous hurricanes documented. It is already the earliest category 4 hurricane on record in the Carribean since they began tracking hurricanes in 1851.

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

12:29AM - First Post:Hi Everybody!

Name: Hana.
Favorite historical catastrophe:

There are far too many to list. The Tambora Eruption in 1883 is the first to come to mind though, and is a favorite, just because of the impact it had globally. But, it's just one of the long list of catastrophes/disasters.

Favorite future catastrophe: This is an easy one. The Yellowstone Eruption.

Favorite disaster movie:

Armageddon. I know it's unrealistic, but it's still funny.

Favorite disaster book:

I don't have any, but I'm looking forward to reading the recommendations of everyone here.

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters?

I've always been interested in catastrophes/disasters, especially of the natural kind. Our planet is a dangerous place sometimes, which makes it beautiful. As a historian, I especially love to look at the impact these disasters have had on the course of history itself. Two semesters ago, I took a class on Natural Disasters that was probably one of the most interesting classes I've taken so far.

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand?

I live in Kansas City, which, while we have a tornado/storm Season, I've never actually seen a tornado up close, nor have had any damage done to my property because of it. I have dealt with severe storm damage though, and I loathe ice storms. We had our power knocked out for about a week a couple years ago because of a particularly bad ice-storm. No power, no heat, nothing. We couldn't go anywhere because it was just too risky. It's not glamourous or exciting I know, but thats all I've got.

Anything else to say?

I look forward to getting to know my fellow catastrophe lovers.

Friday, June 24, 2005

11:34PM - Hi

Name: Tom Bacon

Favorite historical catastrophe: Difficult to pin down. I'm particularly interested in volcanoes and society, so undoubtedly volcanic activity. Instead, I'll give a vague summary of 'special interests' if that's OK.
1) Montagne Pelee, 1902. This eruption was devastating; Alwyn Scarth, in Vulcan's Fury, indicates a 3% survival rate for the town of San Pierre, which was obliterated in less than thirty seconds by pyroclastic flow. A nightmarish scenario; and yet, it acted as the birthplace of modern volcanology, with Jagger (founder of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory) pledging, "No more shall the people perish" (the motto of the HVO to this day).
2) Krakatau, 1883. I particularly recommend Simon Winchester's book 'Krakatoa', which is a brilliant combination of history, culture, society, and geological events. The eruption was fascinating, in that the dispersal of ash in the atmosphere was one of the key development in modern meteorology.
3) Pinatubo, 1991. The USGS online book, Fire and Mud, is top-quality and high-powered. More interesting than just the eruption, though, were matters following it; as the lake threatened to overspill, with the possible result of a major lahar event. Human intervention prevented disaster there.
4) Boxing Day 2004. A terrible human tragedy, one of the worst I've ever encountered. When the Richter Scale went up, I realised this was a nightmare scenario; but I underestimated it. Sadly, the implications of this to sustainable tourism are still being ignored; which probably means that it's going to hit us quite badly again. The chain of earthquakes could continue for quite a while yet, and this could get very nasty. I hope it doesn't.
5) Nyiragongo, 2002. The January 17th eruption of Nyiragongo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was a nightmare scenario. The lavas of Nyiragongo are unusually fluid due to a low silica composition (and if anyone has any information on why this is the case, please let me know; I've been trying to find out for years). The result - the spontaneous evacuation and return of the inhabitants of Goma - was a true humanitarian crisis. Sadly, the centre of volcanic activity - fissuring - seems to be migrating towards Goma. There will be another disaster there.
6) Hawaii, Kilauea. OK, not a catastrophe, but an ongoing volcanic eruption with major hazards associated. I've written websites on it before now; it's a fascinating case-study. What makes really interesting reading are the notes from the Hawaii Volcano Task Force, a group who have been created - to marked the volcano...
That'll do for now...

Favorite future catastrophe: Unsustainable development. It sounds ridiculous, but it is a catastrophe. The idea of sustainable development is equity of resource-use and management. It's a pipe-dream, and the unsustainable development is fuelling the catastrophes all over the world - from the famines of Ethiopa to global warming. It's not really a catastrophe, but it's one that underpins most. So much is this the case that a new term is being coined - 'unnatural disasters' - for natural events made infinitely worse due to the inequalities in the human systems (although I have heard a couple of other definitions of this term).

Favorite disaster movie: Dante's Peak. It has a history to it; filmed in cooperation with the USGS, and actually used in a few places to cause evacuations that saved lives.

Favorite disaster book: Vulcan's Fury, by Alwyn Scarth, which covers major eruptions that have impacted society, such as Pelee, Krakatau, Nyos, Coseguina, and Laki.

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters? In school, and then throughout my Geography degree (results impending). I had a module in Geohazards, and according to the Geography Yearbook, I'm known for 'teaching my lecture GEOHAZARDS' lol! What can I say, I'm still a 21-year-old know-it-all lol... I'm now going into secondary school teaching.

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand? No.

Anything else to say? Apologies, I do warn everybody that I can go on rather. As a (hopefully) teacher, I'm sure I'll find lots of useful links through this as well - and, I hope, I'll give other people lots of useful info too.

Friday, June 17, 2005

12:21PM - Not much of a catastrophe...

but the pacific coast of america has had a bad few days with quakes:

Sun 12: 'Small earthquake reported in California'
Mon 13: 7.9 - Northern Chile [Killed 11]
Tue 14: 6.8 - Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Wed 15: 7.0 - Off the coast of Northern California
Thu 16: 5.3 - Yucaipa, East of LA, California

Building up to the big one?

Monday, May 23, 2005

2:26PM

Name: Erica
Favorite historical catastrophe: Krakatoa
Favorite future catastrophe: The Los Angeles theory, as horrid as that sounds
Favorite disaster movie: Earthquake, Twister, or Dante's Peak
Favorite disaster book: Earthquake Terror, Night of the Twisters, or State of Fear

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters? When I saw Twister, it led me to the library where I picked up other books on catastrophes.

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand? Northridge earthquake, 1994

Anything else to say? I'm glad I found a community like this.

Current mood: amused

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