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  • Something Historic Is Happening With Hurricanes In The Pacific Ocean — And It Could Mean Trouble

    08/31/2015 3:24:39 PM PDT · by blam · 101 replies
    BI ^ | 8-31-2015 | Lydia Ramsey
    Lydia RamseyAugust 31, 2015there are some storms a-brewin'. And, Although none of them have made landfall, they're making part of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii resemble a Van Gogh painting.three hurricanesNOAA Here's a photo showing hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena from left to right. This is the first time three Category 4 storms have been seen in central and eastern Pacific Ocean at one time, according to The Weather Channel. Category 4 hurricanes have wind speeds anywhere from 130-156 miles per hour. Hurricanes are categorized primarily by wind speeds. the higher the sustained wind speed, the stronger the hurricane. A...
  • Ignacio maintains strength as Category 1 hurricane, forecast to pass north of islands [Hawaii]

    08/28/2015 9:58:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi
    Hawaii News Now ^ | Friday, August 28, 2015 | Ben Gutierrez
    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hurricane Ignacio has maintained its speed in the Central Pacific as its track takes the storm near the Hawaiian islands. The National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. Friday, Ignacio was located approximately 840 miles east-southeast of Hilo. . . . Ignacio could become a Category 3 hurricane by Friday. . . . If the storm remains organized it could come close to the Big Island Monday evening. . . .
  • Gold fillings, family grit help solve 71-year-old mystery of veteran's burial

    07/09/2015 9:13:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    Washington Post via Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/4/15 | Michael E. Miller
    Clay Bonnyman Evans was 5,000 miles from home, deep in a pit on the Pacific island of Betio, when he heard the words his family had awaited for so long. "It's gold," announced Kristen Baker. With a brush, the archaeologist gently swept the sand off an unmistakable shape: a human skeleton — with a mouth full of gilded fillings. "It's gold." Two words to end a 71-year wait. Two words to solve a mystery that had vexed Evans's family for four generations. Two words to give a long-lost war hero the happy ending he deserved. First Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman...
  • Tropical System May Impact Hawaii From Thursday Into Saturday

    07/07/2015 1:09:24 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    AccuWeather.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Alex Sosnowski
    A budding tropical system may pass close enough to Hawaii to bring an uptick in gusty showers and thunderstorms as well as building seas late in the week. How significant these impacts become will depend on the track, strength and size of the system. Video - Tropical System Moving Toward Hawaii While there are several areas in the Eastern and Central Pacific that bear watching this week, one system in particular southeast of Hawaii is of the greatest concern. As of Tuesday morning, the most organized system is located about 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii and...
  • Russian (Su-24) bomber crashes in Pacific region, both pilots killed

    07/06/2015 11:00:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/6/15 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military aircraft crashed Monday while taking off on a nighttime training flight and both pilots were killed, the Defense Ministry said. It was the fifth accident involving a Russian military aircraft in the past month, but the first with fatalities. The Su-24 bomber crashed while taking off from an airfield in the Khabarovsk region in Russia's Far East at 9:35 p.m. local time, the ministry said in a statement. Shortly after leaving the runway, the plane banked sharply to the left and struck the ground, the ministry said.
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • Jeff Sessions on Obamatrade’s ‘New Pacific Union’ Like the EU: Something America Has ‘Never Seen’

    06/17/2015 6:03:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/17/15
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 80% has issued yet another clarion call to House Republicans urging them to abandon GOP leadership’s desperate ploys to bring Obamatrade back to life and instead vote against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and stop President Obama from getting even more power in his final years in office. “The House is preparing to vote again tomorrow on providing fast-track executive authority to the President. If adopted, it will be sent immediately to the Senate for final consideration,” Sessions said, before correcting misconceptions peddled far and wide by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)...
  • Cato Institute advances myth about Pacific Rim Trade Agreement

    06/12/2015 6:03:57 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 7 replies
    6/12/2015 | johnwk
     SEE: Top Nine Myths About Trade Promotion Authority And The Trans-Pacific Partnership Under “Myth 1: TPA and U.S. FTAs are unconstitutional and undemocratic!” we find: ”Finally, it’s important to reiterate that, contrary to some claims, FTAs are not treaties (which are typically “self-executing,” require two-thirds approval by the Senate, and have the force of law upon ratification).” Now, with regard to the language contained in constitutions see: 16 Am Jur 2d Constitutional law Meaning of Language Ordinary meaning, generally ”Words or terms used in a constitution, being dependent on ratification by the people voting upon it, must be understood in...
  • Blow to Obama as public rejects his case for free trade just as Congress agrees to consider...

    06/10/2015 5:08:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/10/15 | Francesca Chambers
    Blow to Obama as public rejects his case for free trade just as Congress agrees to consider his request to negotiate 'secret' Pacific Rim pact Judgement day is coming for President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade proposal, with Congress expected to vote Friday on the controversial measure that's sharply divided both major political parties. The Democratic president and Republicans in charge of Congress have become strange bedfellows as they try to convince lawmakers on Capitol Hill to give the White House the ability to negotiate a 'secret' trade deal with 11 other nations. The progressive wing of Obama's party fears...
  • San Diego celebrates veterans from World War II's Battle of Midway

    06/09/2015 3:00:43 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    San Diego Suntimes ^ | 6/8/15 | Michael Cronin
    The timeline of battle events, June 4-7: June 4 6 a.m.: Japanese planes being bombing the island, a number are shot down, although the American forces suffer heavy losses. 7 a.m.: American forces strike back with a number of attacks from Navy, Marine Corps and Army Air Force planes, Japanese offensive operations are disrupted. 10:15 to 10:20 a.m..: Three Japanese carriers (Kaga, Soryu and Akagi) are attacked and all eventually will sink. Noon to 2:28 p.m.: Japanese planes from the carrier Hiryu carry out attacks against the Yorktown, it would eventually sink after being permanently damaged. 4:58 p.m.: American dive...
  • Solar Impulse plane begins Pacific crossing

    05/30/2015 7:35:48 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 30 replies
    BBC ^ | 30MAY2015 | Jonathan Amos
    The experimental aircraft, which has a wingspan bigger than a jumbo but weighs little more than a large car, left Nanjing at 02:39 (18:39 GMT). It is likely to take Mr Borschberg five to six days of continuous flight to reach his central Pacific destination. He will try to stay awake for much of that time, taking only short catnaps. His progress will be monitored the entire way from a control room in Monaco. Meteorologists and flight strategists will constantly update him on the best route to follow.
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/25/2015 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • Scientists monitor undersea volcanic eruption off Oregon coast

    05/01/2015 5:31:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Courtney Sherwood
    An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon's coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday. Researchers know of two previous eruptions by the volcano, dubbed "Axial Seamount" for its location along the axis of an underwater mountain ridge, Oregon State University geologist Bill Chadwick said on Friday. But those 1998 and 2011 eruptions were detected months or years afterward, Chadwick added. Last year, researchers connected monitoring gear to an undersea cable that, for the...
  • ‘Warm blob’ in Pacific Ocean linked to weird weather across the U.S.

    04/09/2015 8:48:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    washington.edu ^ | Hannah Hickey
    The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are washing up on California beaches. A long-lived patch of warm water off the West Coast, about 1 to 4 degrees Celsius (2 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal, is part of what’s wreaking much of this mayhem, according to two University of Washington papers to appear in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. “In the fall of 2013 and...
  • Okinawa protests intensify as Futenma relocation construction begins

    04/06/2015 4:10:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 4, 2015 | Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida
    For more than a decade, the protest movement over the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp Schwab was largely characterized by smiling elderly Okinawans holding sit-ins. The most provocative action of these Western-friendly protesters was perhaps temporarily blocking a gate or tying colored ribbons on the chain-link fences surrounding the seaside Marine Corps base. But 2014 brought a new development: Local politicians who spoke against the construction of a controversial runway at Oura Bay on the northern part of the island were swept into power. And when those politicians were unable to fulfill campaign promises to put...
  • BREAKING - 7.7 Earthquake 54km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea (Tsunami Warning)

    03/29/2015 5:22:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    USGS ^ | 5-29-2015 | USGS
    Event Time 2015-03-29 23:48:34 (UTC) 2015-03-29 19:48:34 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone Times in other timezones Nearby Cities 54km (34mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea 282km (175mi) ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea 309km (192mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea 367km (228mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea 789km (490mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Rare Washing Up Of Crustaceans In OC Indicative Of El Nino Conditions

    02/23/2015 5:32:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    A “King tide” on Saturday began producing the crustaceans on shore, where on Monday thousands remained. The majority of the red crabs were dead on the sand, creating a strong odor for residents. ... While the onshore arrival of the red crabs is rare, the same coastal area experienced a similar phenomena in January. Experts say the strange sightings, in unusually warm water, are suggestive of an El Nińo condition.
  • China Suggests Arming Hawaiian Independence Movement

    02/10/2015 7:36:36 AM PST · by Stayfrosty · 70 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    HONOLULU—China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory.
  • A Neutral View of Oceanic pH

    01/10/2015 5:25:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Willis Eschenbach
    Guest Post by Willis EschenbachFollowing up on my previous investigations into the oceanic pH dataset, I’ve taken a deeper look at what the 2.5 million pH data points from the oceanographic data can tell us. Let me start with an overview of oceanic pH (the measure of alkalinity/acidity, with neutral being a pH of 7.0). Many people think that the ocean has only one pH  everywhere. Other people think that the oceanic pH is different in different places, but is constant over time. Neither view is correct.First, here is a view of a transect of the north Pacific ocean...
  • Did a Pacific Ocean meteor trigger the Ice Age?

    09/20/2012 5:02:02 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 9-19-2012
    (Phys.org)—When a huge meteor collided with Earth about 2.5 million years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean it not only likely generated a massive tsunami but also may have plunged the world into the Ice Ages, a new study suggests. A team of Australian researchers says that because the Eltanin meteor – which was up to two kilometres across - crashed into deep water, most scientists have not adequately considered either its potential for immediate catastrophic impacts on coastlines around the Pacific rim or its capacity to destabilise the entire planet's climate system. "This is the only known deep-ocean impact...
  • World's deepest fish found: Ghostly snailfish is found lurking 27,000ft below at the bottom

    12/19/2014 6:36:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    A new record has been set for the deepest fish ever seen in the world, at an incredible depth of 26,722 feet (8,145 metres). The snailfish was found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and breaks the previous record by almost 1,640 feet (500 metres). The finding was part of an international expedition that also found many other new species at the extreme depths.
  • Rand Paul: America Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II

    03/31/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 129 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/31/2014 | Caleb Howe
    At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin this weekend highlighted a video of Rand Paul speaking in 2012 about sanctions on Iran. In it, Paul disparages the notion of use of force, and for some reason claims the United States was partly to blame for World War II! “There are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them … some of...
  • China installs buoys in Pacific Ocean, report says

    10/22/2014 12:04:26 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    China has installed 17 sets of submerged buoys in "key marine areas" of the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, a move that could exacerbate territorial tensions in the region. The mission carried out by the Chinese research vessel Kexue "marks the first time that China has put an array of submerged buoys on such a big scale", the official Xinhua news agency reported late Tuesday.
  • Pacific pushback: Podesta, White House warned about ocean preserve expansion to combat ´climate

    09/10/2014 5:09:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/10/14 | George Russell
    EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta, the Obama administration’s climate and energy czar, got a blunt warning this week that a plan to cut off all fishing in a huge, U.S.-controlled tract of the Pacific Ocean would have devastating economic effects in the region, and would cede geopolitical advantages to China and other Pacific powers. “China is overwhelming the South Pacific with investment, and increasing its fishing fleet in the area,” noted Eric Kingman, a Hawaii-based fisheries enforcement official and one of those who carried the warning. For the U.S. not to recognize this potential for lost influence would be “incredibly naďve,” he...
  • Highway to the danger zone? Non-pilot given command of Air Force in Pacific

    07/18/2014 6:54:32 AM PDT · by DFG · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/17/2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation. The Pentagon announced this week that Air ForceLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Pacific Command. It is a major combatant command whose air, ground and naval forces have broad responsibility for security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation.
  • Climate Researchers Think We Could Be In For The Most Powerful El Nińo In 16 Years

    05/02/2014 3:00:31 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    BI - The Conversation UK ^ | 5-2-2014 | Agus Santoso and Shayne McGregor
    Climate Researchers Think We Could Be In For The Most Powerful El Nińo In 16 Years The Conversation UK Agus Santoso and Shayne McGregor, The Conversation UK May 2, 2014, 5:31 PM We have only just moved into May and despite being seven months away from next summer in the southern hemisphere, climate researchers are seeing the beginnings of what could be the most powerful El Nińo event since 1997/98. An El Nińo is a change in Pacific Ocean and atmosphere that typically causes drought, extreme heat and bushfires in Australia. Last year was a neutral El Nińo and we...
  • Lefty Meltdown Leads Latin Revival

    02/18/2014 11:27:49 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    American Interest ^ | February 17, 2014 3:51 pm | Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
    Are we about to witness a big power shift in Latin America?Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina are languishing in differing shades of turmoil, steadily losing ground to regional underdogs. The Pacific Alliance, an historic trade agreement between Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Colombia (and coming soon: Costa Rica), has the potential to recolor Latin America’s economic map and introduce some new regional powerhouses to the world stage. As The Atlantic points out, not all the credit goes to the underdogs: One reason the Pacific Alliance may succeed is the increasingly urgent need to transcend the chronic failure to link Latin America’s economies.The...
  • Pacific castaway arrives back in civilisation

    02/03/2014 8:18:35 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 02/03/2014 | Giff Johnson
    The surviving fisherman was found disoriporting a bushy beard and clutching a can of Coke, a castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean arrived in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro on Monday. A male nurse had to help the man previously identified as Jose Ivan down the gangplank of a police patrol boat after a 22-hour trip from the remote coral atoll where he washed ashore last week after apparently setting sail from Mexico on December 24, 2012. About 1,000 curious onlookers crowded the dock for a glimpse of the long-haired fisherman, who...
  • Man washes up in Marshall Islands 'after 16 months adrift'

    01/31/2014 12:54:58 AM PST · by Justice · 33 replies
    afp ^ | 1/30/14 | afp
    Majuro (Marshall Islands) (AFP) - An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific, floating more than 12,500 kilometres (8,000 miles) from Mexico, a researcher said Friday.
  • Five reasons for China and US to go to war: New Strait Times

    01/16/2014 9:58:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Want China Times / New Straits Times ^ | January 14, 2014 | Staff
    There remain five major reasons for the United States to go to war with China, according to Evan N Resnick in a Jan. 13 article written for the New Strait Timesan English language newspaper based in Malaysia. Resnick led by saying that China's economic ascent since the start of Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms in 1978 is a major concern for the US. He said that China, currently the world's second-largest economy, is about to surpass the United States in its GDP on the basis of purchasing power parity within the next decade. In addition, China has more money to modernize...
  • Changes in the Pacific: A Return to the 1930s

    01/13/2014 4:28:33 AM PST · by Tainan · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 9, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>In the 1920s, Japan began to translate its growing economic might — after a prior 50-year crash course in Western capitalism and industrialization — into formidable military power.</p> <p>At first, few of its possible rivals seemed to care. America and condescending European colonials did not quite believe that any Asian power could ever dare to threaten their own Pacific interests.</p>
  • Scientists find conjoined gray whale calves in Baja California lagoon; discovery could be a first

    01/06/2014 4:10:23 PM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Scientists in Mexico's Laguna Ojo de Liebre, or Scammon's Lagoon, on Sunday discovered conjoined gray whale calves. It might be the first documented case of Siamese twin gray whales. (Conjoined twins have occurred in other species, such as fin, sei and minke whales. A database search at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County did not reveal published instances of conjoined gray whale twins.) Unfortunately, the twins discovered in Scammon's Lagoon did not survive. Most likely, they were miscarried because the carcass is only about seven feet long, versus the normal 12-16 feet for newborn gray whales. Gray whales...
  • Chinese Boots on the Ground in Hawaii

    11/09/2013 6:37:56 PM PST · by KentuckyTim · 75 replies
    The Beltway Examiner ^ | November 8, 2013
    As Canada Free Press Writer Judi McLeod put it, “Aloha Hawaiians! If you see what you think are soldiers from the Communist Peoples Republic of China Army wandering about in your neck of the woods Tuesday through Thursday next week, your imagination is not playing tricks on you. “For the first time in history, the U.S. Army will host the Communist Peoples Republic of China’s Army on American soil Nov. 12-14, 2013... Visit BeltwayExaminer.com to read entire article.
  • Russia’s Pacific Destiny

    10/30/2013 10:23:43 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 1 replies
    The American Interest ^ | EKATERINA KUZNETSOVA & VLADISLAV INOZEMTSEV
    By virtue of our unique geography”, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote in a 2011 Foreign Policy article, “the United States is both an Atlantic and a Pacific power.” Russia, meanwhile, has seen itself as a Euro-Asian country, as Vladimir Putin has argued from the start of his first term in the Kremlin. The American attitude, which in Secretary Clinton’s locution is about as uncontroversial a statement as an American Secretary of State can make, reflects the country’s historic “maritime” vocation. The Russian one reflects the longstanding fascination with the country’s continental scale and reflects its traditional terrestrial focus....
  • Japan vows quick action, public funds for Fukushima (disaster)

    09/02/2013 4:38:23 AM PDT · by Broker · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 2, 2013 | Sumio Ito and Mari Saito
    (Reuters) - Japan vowed quick, decisive action, including the use of public funds, to tackle the worsening problem of contaminated water pouring from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, as the authorities step in to help the facility's embattled operator. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government "will step forward and implement all necessary policies" to deal with the flood of radioactive water from the plant, a legacy of the world's worst atomic disaster in a quarter century. The government will present a "comprehensive package of measures" on the water problem as soon as Tuesday, a senior official said. Tokyo's measures...
  • Russian Navy to get unprecedented number of warships in 2013

    07/09/2013 12:44:27 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    panarmenian.net ^ | July 7, 2013 | panarmenian
    The Russian Navy will receive 36 warships in 2013, an unprecedented number in Russia’s history, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said on Sunday, July 7, according to RIA Novosti. “During this year, 36 combat ships, fast attack crafts and support vessels will join the Russian Navy. This has never happened before,” Fedotenkov said at the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg. Russian Navy warships are now performing missions in all areas of the World Ocean, with over 60 combat ships currently at sea, he said.
  • 5.3 earthquake shakes Hawaii Island

    06/04/2013 7:50:58 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 31 replies
    Big Island Video News ^ | Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | David Corrigan
    USGS map showing where the earthquake was located HILO, Hawaii – East Hawaii was shaken after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, after a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Big Island. The United States Geological Survey later upgraded the quake to a magnitude 5.6, before being lowered back to a 5.3. The USGS centered the earthquake in the Pacific Ocean, 33 miles southeast of Pahala in the southern Ka’u district. Emergency officials say no tsunami was generated. The temblor was felt across Hawaii Island. The quake shook homes in Hilo for a few moments before settling down. The incident sent local users of social...
  • Chinese navy begins US economic zone patrols

    06/03/2013 9:06:56 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Financial Times ^ | June 2, 2013 | Kathrin Hille
    The Chinese military has started operating within the US’s exclusive economic zone, a move that could transform the dynamic between the dominant Pacific naval power and its main challenger. Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of US forces in the Pacific, on Sunday confirmed the revelation from a Chinese military delegate at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-level defence forum in Singapore, that the People’s Liberation Army navy had started “reciprocating” the US navy’s habit of sending ships and aircraft into the 200-nautical-mile zone off China’s coast. Under international law, each country has the exclusive right to the economic resources inside a 200-nautical-mile...
  • India to forge new military ties with Australia

    06/01/2013 9:04:20 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Deccan Herald ^ | 30 May, 2013 | The Deccan Herald
    Signalling the formation of a new strategic axis in the Indo-Pacific region, Defence Minister A K Antony will travel to Australia on Monday to forge new military ties between the two nations, both of which are seen by the US as linchpins to its “Asia Pivot” strategy. Canberra has accorded special status to Antony since he is India’s first defence minister to visit Australia. The defence minister will arrive in Perth where he would be received by his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith. Antony will lay a wreath at the State War Memorial and proceed to Canberra along with Smith in...
  • Daggers Drawn by Philippines and Taiwan in Latest South China Sea Dispute

    05/21/2013 12:54:16 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 9 replies
    The American Interest ^ | May 19, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Filipino police shot a 65-year old Taiwanese fisherman in the neck a few days ago in the latest dispute to heat up the South China Sea. Things escalated quickly after the “accident” and now two American allies are at each other’s throats. The Philippines apologized twice for the “accident,” in which the coast guard riddled the fisherman’s boat with dozens of bullets, but Taiwan was having none of it. Taiwan recalled its ambassador and stopped accepting applications from Filipino workers applying to live in Taiwan. Then the Taiwanese navy held threatening drills near the spot where the fisherman was killed....
  • Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice cores

    04/04/2013 5:54:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 4, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    > Will Lonnie Thompson archive THIS new ice core data? Posted on April 4, 2013 by Anthony Watts From the Ohio State University , taken with a grain of salt since Dr. Thompson and his wife Ellen are serial non archivers of ice core data (even when asked for it), which prevents other scientists from checking their work.Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice coresFind offers the most complete picture of Earth’s low-latitude climate history to dateThis photo from a 1977 expedition to Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru shows clearly defined annual layers of ice and dust visible in the...
  • NASA Photo of the Day: Guam "Tip of the Spear" USA

    04/04/2013 6:33:28 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 20 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | December 30, 2011 | National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    U.S. Territory of Guam photographed from the NASA Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on December 30, 2011. Map 1 and Map 2. 2013 x 3020, 2680 x 4020, 3346 x 5020, 4014 x 6021. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-201304.htm
  • USS Guardian: CO, 3 others relieved after grounding review

    04/03/2013 10:56:20 PM PDT · by haffast · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 4-3-2013 | Erik Slavin
    YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- The commanding officer of the former minesweeper USS Guardian and three others have been relieved of duty following the initial investigation into the grounding of the Sasebo-based ship on a reef in the Philippines, Navy officials said Thursday. Lt. Cmdr. Mark Rice, executive officer Daniel Tyler, the ship’s enlisted assistant navigator and the officer of the deck at the time of the ship’s grounding were all relieved because they “did not adhere to the standard navy navigation procedures,” Expeditionary Strike Group Seven spokesman Lt. Brian Wierzbicki said. Rice and the others were relieved by Rear...
  • US Navy relieves 4 from grounded minesweeper

    04/03/2013 9:56:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-3-2013 | AP
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Four officers of a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on coral reef in the Philippines are being relieved of their duties. The U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement Wednesday that initial findings indicate all four sailors failed to adhere to standard navigation procedures at the time of the Jan. 17 grounding of the Guardian. The sailors are the commanding officer, the executive officer and navigator, the assistant navigator and the officer of the deck. They've been reassigned. snip
  • Radiation from Japan's nuclear disaster may help track Pacific bluefin tuna

    03/19/2013 7:23:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 3/19/13 | Ryder Diaz
    A nuclear disaster may lead to insights into the mysterious migrations of Pacific bluefin tuna, a fish species that recently has suffered a dramatic decline. Scientists report in a new study that they can use trace amounts of radiation in bluefin tuna to sketch the crisscrossing passage of the fish through the world's largest ocean. Understanding how many fish move back and forth may help with the conservation of bluefin tuna. During the Fukushima nuclear disaster, two years ago, radioactive particles flooded into the Pacific Ocean. Bluefin tuna swimming through these waters began to store certain radioisotopes, called cesium 134...
  • Photos from the World’s First Underwater Nuclear Explosion

    02/24/2013 10:42:21 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 37 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | February 18, 2013 | Michael Zhang
    In 1946, the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in what’s known as Operation Crossroads. A total of two bombs were detonated to test the effects nuclear blasts had on naval warships. The second, named Baker, was the world’s first nuke to be detonated underwater. Due to the unique properties of underwater explosions, the Baker test produced a number of unique photographs that the world had never seen before.
  • Tsumani hits Solomon Islands reportedly killing 5

    02/06/2013 9:34:29 AM PST · by topher · 1 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-6-2013
    A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake off the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami of up to 5 feet that killed at least 5 people, a hospital official says, while the death toll is feared to rise as officials inspect dozens of damaged homes. Authorities on Wednesday canceled warnings for tsunamis on more distant coasts. Solomons officials reported two 1.5-meter (4 foot, 11 inch) waves hit the western side of Santa Cruz Island, damaging between 70 and 80 homes and properties, said George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister. Many villagers of the South Pacific island chain had headed to higher...
  • TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED AFTER MAGNITUDE 8.0 QUAKE STRIKES IN PACIFIC NEAR SOLOMON ISLANDS

    02/05/2013 5:40:30 PM PST · by Doogle · 49 replies
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  • US nudged India to 'Look East': Hillary Clinton

    02/01/2013 1:21:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, February 1, 2013 | IANS
    Washington - As Hillary Clinton made her final speech as America's top diplomat, she suggested US had encouraged India's "Look East" policy as an exercise in 'smart power' in its pivot to Asia Pacific. "There are limits to what soft power on its own can achieve," said Secretary of State Clinton Thursday emphasising American leadership, and the need to reshape diplomacy to meet the changing landscape of the world. "And there are limits to what hard power on its own can achieve. That's why, from day one, I've been talking about smart power," she said during a forum at the...
  • Palau is Set to Get Lashed By A “One in A Million” Typhoon

    12/01/2012 3:28:19 PM PST · by dirtboy · 176 replies
    Oceania TV ^ | 12/2/2012 (yeah, it's already Sunday there) | Kassi Berg
    The air that now blankets Palau is warm, dry, still, and disturbingly ominous. Palau’s sky has reason to brood for in less than 24 hours Typhoon Bopha is predicted to make landfall on the tiny nation of the Republic of Palau with a near direct hit. This typhoon has been securing strength and intensity while at sea and is expected to be a monster typhoon with a violent entry. As of 4am on December 2, 2012, this typhoon is predicted to sustain 150-mph winds and 180-mph gusts when it reaches Palau on early morning Monday. If that were not enough,...