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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The SONG and the Hunter

    05/05/2016 6:49:49 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | Thursday, May 05, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Near first quarter, the Moon in March lights this snowy, rugged landscape, a view across the top of Tenerife toward La Palma in the Canary Islands Spanish archipelago. The large Teide volcano, the highest point in Spain, looms over the horizon. Shining above are familiar bright stars of Orion, the Hunter. Adding to the dreamlike scene is the 1 meter diameter prototype telescope of the global network project called the Stellar Observations Network Group or SONG. The SONG's fully robotic observatory was captured during the 30 second exposure while the observatory dome, with slit open, was rotated across the...
  • Tsunami that devastated the ancient world could return

    03/09/2008 7:17:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 2,192+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/08 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - "The sea was driven back, and its waters flowed away to such an extent that the deep sea bed was laid bare and many kinds of sea creatures could be seen," wrote Roman historian Ammianus Marcellus, awed at a tsunami that struck the then-thriving port of Alexandria in 365 AD. "Huge masses of water flowed back when least expected, and now overwhelmed and killed many thousands of people... Some great ships were hurled by the fury of the waves onto the rooftops, and others were thrown up to two miles (three kilometres) from the shore." Ancient documents...
  • GEOPHYSICS: Ancient Cataclysm Marred the Med

    12/09/2006 2:24:21 PM PST · by Lessismore · 22 replies · 989+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2006-12-08 | Jacopo Pasotti
    It's a terrifying vision: A violent eruption of Italy's Mount Etna triggers a massive collapse of one flank of the volcano, sending 35 cubic kilometers of debris--the equivalent of 10,000 Cheops pyramids--hurtling at 400 kilometers an hour into the Ionian Sea. The Big Splash unleashes a 50-meter-tall wall of water that, within a few hours, wipes out coastal settlements across the Mediterranean. This catastrophe happened 8000 years ago--and a Mediterranean monster of similar magnitude could happen again. That's the scenario invoked in an analysis in last week's Geophysical Research Letters. "It was an extraordinary event, probably the largest tsunami unleashed...
  • Fossil hunter believes tsunami struck Florida

    08/17/2005 10:12:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies · 1,471+ views
    News Sentinel ^ | Mon, Aug. 15, 2005 | NICHOLAS SPANGLER
    Fossil Frank has a hypothesis - inspired by certain shells taken from deep in a limestone quarry abutting the Everglades - that a great tsunami hit Florida about two million years ago. It happened in the evening - and he can prove it. More of this later. Before Frank Perillo became Fossil Frank he was an unhappy mechanic. He hated every day he lay on his back in Ketcham's garage. Winter days were worst, because his hands turned to meat from the cold and the lacquer thinners he used to wash himself. When he jacked up cars, the ice on...
  • Experts concerned with abnormal seismic activity – Azores

    10/19/2011 6:29:05 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 30 replies · 2+ views
    PAJ ^ | 10/13/11 | STAFF
    Experts in the Azores have alerted the population of Săo Miguel Island for seismic activity which they considered to be above normal. The seismic events where located in the system of Fogo and Congro lakes, the central region of the island. “The situation is ongoing and the number of microseisms is slightly above reference values” said Wednesday Joăo Luís Gaspar from the Center of Volcanology and Geological Risk Assessment (CVARG) of the University of the Azores.
  • 8 catastrophes we should be worried about

    04/14/2007 4:23:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 26 replies · 1,684+ views
    WND ^ | 04.12.07 | W. F. Walker Johanson
    There sure is a lot of talk about how "global warming" is about to destroy the planet! And how, if we don't stop driving our SUVs – and go back to living by candlelight – we'll all be dead within the next 20 years. (Just ask your children; that's what they probably already believe.) But I'd like to propose that there are much worse catastrophes we really should be worried about. Here is my list of the Top 8:
  • 6 volcanoes that could shut down the world

    04/27/2010 5:28:36 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 37 replies · 4,241+ views
    The Week ^ | April 23, 2010 | staff
    Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull wreaked havoc on European air travel, but it could have been worse. Much, much, much worse The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull caused billions of dollars in economic damage, and left millions of travelers stranded. But on the Volcanic Explosivity Index — volcanologists’ tool for rating the severity of an eruption — the event rated only a two out of a possible eight. More severe eruptions cause “death and destruction” on a planetary basis, points out Simon Winchester in The Guardian. “They can darken skies and cause devastating changes in the weather. They can and do bring about the...
  • Will America be next to go under?

    01/08/2005 5:25:54 AM PST · by Gengis Khan · 77 replies · 1,970+ views
    The Times of India ^ | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 05, 2005 11:50:17 PM | REUTERS
    MADRID: A wall of water up to 55 yards high crashing into the Atlantic seaboard of the United States, flattening everything in its path — not a Hollywood movie but a dire prophecy by some British and US academics. As the international community struggles to aid victims of last month's devastating tsunami in southern Asia, scientists warn an eruption of a volcano in Spain's Canary Islands could unleash a "mega-tsunami" larger than any in recorded history. According to their controversial study, an explosion of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma could send a chunk of rock...
  • MegaTsunami Planned by bin Laden?

    05/14/2002 9:37:13 AM PDT · by gcallah · 104 replies · 4,412+ views
    Discovery Channel | 5/14/2002 | gcallah
    Did anyone watch the Discovery channel on MegaTsunamis over the weekend? Basically, a huge chunk of the island of La Plama in the Canaries is in danger of collapsing into the sea, which would set off a tidal wave washing 12 miles inland on the east coast of the US. I've heard from a contact in the Army that there are serious worries that bin Laden could try to set off a nuke on La Palma that would trigger the collapse. Should Discovery have been allowed to show this? Should the US station troops on La Palma?
  • El Hierro getting worse by the day

    07/03/2012 10:25:13 AM PDT · by Errant · 56 replies
    Iceage Now ^ | July 3, 2012 | Robert
    “The island has now been elevated by 9 cm due to the magma pressure. Last night there was one quake of 4.4 on the Richter scale, at a depth of 18km, which was also felt on the neighbouring island of La Palma.”

    12/28/2004 12:53:24 AM PST · by kattracks · 83 replies · 2,980+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/28/04 | LEONARD GREENE
    It hardly raised a ripple when it was reported over the summer, but news that a tsunami could one day hit New York is suddenly getting a second look. Several months ago, geologists raised concerns that an unstable flank of a volcano in the Canary Islands off the coast of Western Africa could slide into the sea and send giant waves across the Atlantic at the speed of a jumbo jet. Within three hours, the wave could swamp the west coast of Africa. Within five hours, it could hit southern England, and within 12 hours, it could build up...
  • Violent shaking at El Hierro (Magnitude 5.3 earthquake – preliminary)

    12/27/2013 10:23:47 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 124 replies
    usgs ^ | 12/27/13 | staff
    M5.4 - 31km NW of Frontera, Spain 2013-12-27 17:46:06 UTC
  • In Past Tsunamis, Tantalizing Clues to Future Ones

    01/04/2005 6:27:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 1,979+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 4, 2005 | KENNETH CHANG
    The Cascadia fault, a 600-mile-long collision between two chunks of the earth's crust off the Pacific Northwest coast, has been quiet for a long time, and that is not a comforting fact. Major earthquakes occur somewhere in the world every year or two. Catastrophic tsunamis - giant waves generated by undersea earthquakes or landslides - strike less often, and some of the largest of tsunamis originate in places that do not, at first glance, appear particularly treacherous. The devastating tsunamis created Dec. 26 by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that killed as many as 150,000 people on the shores of the...
  • Scientists: Submerged Volcanoes Pose Tsunami Threat

    07/29/2005 11:18:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 737+ views ^ | July 28, 2005
    One of the world’s most active volcanic areas is a relatively unknown part of the seabed between New Zealand and Tonga, and could trigger a devastating tsunami at any moment, ANU geologist Professor Richard Arculus warned today. While relatively little money is available for ocean research, submerged volcanoes pose a significant threat to communities across the Pacific, Professor Arculus said. “Over the last six years, research teams from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Germany have mapped a relatively narrow strip of ocean stretching about 2000 kilometres from the north of New Zealand to Tonga, and found 75 previously unknown...
  • Both Coasts of Americas Seen Vulnerable to Tsunamis (We're ALL Gonna DIE !!! Alert)

    02/08/2005 8:26:56 PM PST · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 762+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue, Feb 08, 2005 | Maggie Fox
    Both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the Americas are vulnerable to tsunamis like the one that devastated Indian Ocean shorelines in December and experts said on Tuesday they are scrambling to try to get warning system in place before politicians lose interest. "It's not if but when," said Laura Kong, director of the International Tsunami Information Center run by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the United Nations (news - web sites) Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization. She and other experts want to use momentum from the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed or left missing nearly 300,000 people...
  • Natural Disasters: Top 10 U.S. Threats

    09/20/2005 5:25:47 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 47 replies · 4,565+ views ^ | September 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    Government officials are evaluating and revising disaster plans around the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, just as they did after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. While war and automobiles kill more people than nature, find out what natural disasters top scientists’ worry lists. #10 Pacific Northwest Megathrust Earthquake Geologists know it’s just a matter of time before another 9.0 or larger earthquake strikes somewhere between Northern California and Canada. The shaking would be locally catastrophic, but the biggest threat is the tsunami that would ensue from a fault line that’s seismically identical to the one that...
  • Tsunami Could Hit Here, Geologists Say

    12/30/2004 9:02:59 AM PST · by M 91 u2 K · 115 replies · 2,540+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 12/29/04 | JEREMY SMERD
    Tsunami Could Hit Here, Geologists Say BY JEREMY SMERD - Special to the Sun December 29, 2004 Could New York be next? The earthquake that ravaged coastline communities surrounding the Indian Ocean has reawakened a debate over the possibility that a tsunami could hit New York.
  • El Hierro recorded 28 earthquakes so far of day

    03/18/2013 11:12:52 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 106 replies
    LaOpinion Tenerife ^ | 03/17/13 | LaOpinion
    Translated.. El Hierro recorded 28 earthquakes so far of day The recorded earthquakes ranging from 1.9 and 2.6 magnitude on the Richter scale 18.03.2013 | 18:51 EP volcano monitoring network monitoring 24 hours a National Geographic Institute (IGN) has recorded on the island of El Hierro on Monday a total of 28 earthquakes of between 1.9 and 2.6 magnitude on the Richter scale, although none felt by population. The largest of the quakes, which struck at 14.29 pm, had a magnitude of 2.6 degrees, and occurred west of the town of Frontera, on land, 20 kilometers deep. At 14.42 hours...
  • Almost 10,000 people evacuated from Canary Islands

    07/31/2007 8:12:58 PM PDT · by JohnA · 17 replies · 635+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 31/ 07/ 2007
    MADRID, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - Some 10,000 people have been evacuated from two major islands on Spain's Canaries swept by forest fires, a local government spokesman said Tuesday. "The island of Gran Canaria, where over 20,000 hectares of pineland has burnt down, is seeing the worst situation, and 13,000 hectares of forests have been destroyed on Tenerife," the source said. However, the spokesman said the fires were raging in inland areas of the islands, while coastal regions where numerous hotels and popular beaches are located were under no threat. The official said strong winds and scorching temperatures of up...
  • What Would Happen If A Giant Tsunami Hit Florida?

    03/29/2014 5:56:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 109 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 29, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Can you imagine the devastation that would be caused if a massive wall of water several hundred feet high slammed into Florida at more than 100 miles an hour? To many people such a scenario is impossible, but that is what people living along the Indian Ocean thought before the 2004 tsunami and that is what people living in Japan thought before the 2011 tsunami. Throughout history, giant tsunamis have been relatively rare events, but they do happen. Scientists tell us that a mega-tsunami can race across the open ocean at up to 500 miles an hour, and when they...