Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Tokyo's NHK World TV reports at least 250 climbers are trapped near the summit of Mt Ontake, with rescue crews on the way.
The Nagano fire department has received several reports of injuries to hikers but has not confirmed their severity.
The JMA raised the alert level for Mt Ontake to three on a scale of one to five. It warned people to stay away from the mountain.
The agency is forecasting further eruptions that may affect nearby residents and is warning of volcanic cinder falling within a 4km radius of the crater.
The volcano straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan and is located about 170km south-west of Nagano.
Japan Airlines said all flights will operate as normal, though the eruption may affect flights out of Tanegashima and Yakushima airports.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
An earthquake with magnitude 5.6 occurred near TOKYO, Japan at 03:28:31.10 UTC on Sep 16, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook buildings in eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Tuesday but there were no reports of serious damage.
The earthquake was centred in Ibaraki Prefecture, just northeast of Tokyo, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. The depth of the earthquake was 31 miles (50 km) and there was no risk of a tsunami, it added.
Japan Atomic Power Co and Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) (9501.T) reported no irregularities at their three nuclear plants in eastern Japan.
A Japan Atomic official said there have been no irregularities at the 1.1-gigawatt Tokai Daini plant, which has been shut since May 2011. A Tepco spokeswoman said there has been no irregularities at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant, wrecked by the March 2011 quake and tsunami, and Fukushima-Daini plant, which has been shut since March 2011.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
U.S. Geological Survey shook a wide swath of the Bay Area awake early Sunday.
Centered about nine miles south of wine country's Napa at 3:20 a.m., the quake was felt as far south as Santa Cruz and into Sonoma County. It was the largest earthquake to strike the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta temblor of 1989, the USGS said.
Residents reported power outages in Napa, and fire departments in several counties, along with the California Highway Patrol, were on the lookout for damage to bridges.
Reports were beginning to stream in of gas leaks, downed power lines and at least one fire.
Napa County Fire Department confirms they are swamped with calls, including reports of injuries. It is unclear how severe the injuries are because units are still responding.
Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa reported calls of injuries, mostly cuts from glass.
According to PG&E, more than 42,000 customers are without power across the northern Bay Area, including American Canyon, Napa, Saint Helena, Santa Rosa and Sonoma, according to an outage map.
Pictures flooding in from Twitter show damage within homes.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Life in space? Sea plankton discovered attached to ISS outer hull
Some studies suggest that these organisms may even develop in the hostile conditions of spaceflight, which include vacuum, low temperatures, radiation and others, he added.
“The results of the so-called ‘Test’ experiment are unique. On the surface of the [ISS] windows we found traces of marine plankton – the microparticles – that will become the subject of further studies,” Solovyev was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass.
While the experiments on the matter were finalized last year, it is still unclear how the microparticles could get all the way to the ISS, Solovyev said.
“[Plankton in] such phases of development is found on the surface of the ocean. It isn’t characteristic to Baikonur,” he explained, referring to Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan from where crew and cargo deliveries to ISS are launched.
“It turns out that there are some rising air currents, which settle on the surface of the station,”Solovyev added.
“We are currently conducting special operations to be able to somehow to polish and clean up the windows [at the ISS]. This is especially important during long space flights,” Solovyev concluded.
The assembly of the International Space Station began in 1998. Since then it has spent nearly 6,000 days in Earth orbit.
Russia says it has no plans to continue its partnership in the station after 2020, while the US segment of the station is financed until 2024.
Russian space agency Roscosmos has proposed using the ISS to commission modules for a new space station, called OPSEK (Orbital Piloted Assembly and Experiment Complex).
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Recent Rumors About Supervolcano Erupting Prompts USGS to Issue Statement
Yellowstone National Park, home to Old Faithful and some of the prettiest and most pristine natural beauty on the planet, is one of the largest volcanoes ever discovered. Scientists made a wild hypothesis back in the mid-20th century that massive volcanoes spanning hundreds of square miles actually existed at one time on this planet. We would later find out that they still do exist on earth. One of the largest is in our own backyard.
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