BREAKING NEWS: Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano Erupts – VIDEO

Popocatépetl volcano began its rumbling on Monday with intermittent burst of ash. Today it erupted with a volcanic plume reaching altitudes upwards of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Authorities warned the public not to approach the volcano or crater due to risk of falling “ballistic fragments.”

Located in central Mexico, the volcano erupted suddenly and was visible from Mexico City, only 70 km away. Ashes have fallen on several localities near the volcano, but no major injuries or damage have been reported. FULL ARTICLE: CLICK HERE

 

Typhoon Hato Leaves 16 Dead As 27,000 Evacuated In China

The strongest storm to hit parts of southern China in half a century continued to wreak havoc on Thursday, leaving 16 people dead, dozens injured and forcing tens of thousands to be evacuated from their homes.

Powerful Typhoon Hato had brought widespread destruction to the city of Macau and nearby city of Hong Kong on Wednesday, but had continued to lash China’s southern Guangdong province on Thursday.

Authoritieis in China “called for efforts to guard against geographical disasters such as mountain floods and landslides”, Xinhua state news agency said.

Up to 30cm of rain was expected in some parts of Guangdong and the neighbouring Guangxi province as the storm passed through.

Eight people were killed in mainland China due to the storm, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said, while another eight also died in Macau.

The former Portuguese colony was swamped in water when the storm was at its peak, packing winds of up to 160 kilometers (99 miles) per hour.

Mega-casinos located across the usually bustling city were struggling to start up generators on Thursday after they experienced power cuts a day earlier.

Images on social media showed residents wading through murky water in the city’s streets.

The local government said many people still had no water and electricity on Thursday.

Officials said 153 people were injured in Macau, while in Hong Kong more than 120 were hurt.

Chinese media said 27,000 people had been moved into safe areas in China, while two million people are without power.

Wu Zhifang, chief weather forecaster at Guangdong meteorological bureau, told Xinhua: “Compared to other typhoons, Hato moved fast, grew powerful fast, and caused massive rainfall.”

Macau’s government broadcaster TDM said Typhoon Hato, a maximum signal 10 storm, was the strongest since 1968 to hit the city.

Hong Kong saw its strongest storm in 1962 when gusts of 284 kilometres per hour were recorded during Typhoon Wanda, which caused 130 deaths.

“Harvey” Upgraded to Hurricane – Could Become Cat. 3

Tropical Storm Harvey has now been upgraded to ‘hurricane’ and is rapidly strengthening and is now forecast to become a “major hurricane” when it his the middle Texas coast, the National Hurricane Center said late Thursday morning.

“Major hurricane” means Category 3 (winds of at least 111 mph or higher), according to the center. Previously, the storm was projected to reach Category 1 status.

Texans are filling sandbags, stocking up on water and boarding up windows ahead of Tropical Storm Harvey, a system that could develop into a hurricane by Friday.

And while hurricane-force winds are doubtless a concern as Harvey continues rebuilding strength in the Gulf of Mexico, the storm’s potential deluge and subsequent flooding may be the biggest danger, according to meteorologists.

The system weakened before reaching tropical storm status early Thursday and is expected to make landfall Friday evening as a Category 1 storm in Corpus Christi, Texas, then stall over the state, the National Hurricane Center said.

“Harvey is likely to bring multiple hazards, including heavy rainfall, storm surge, and possible hurricane conditions to portions of the Texas coast beginning on Friday,” the weather service said.

Slow storm means more rain

It’s expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rain — with isolated instances where rainfall totals could reach 25 inches — to the Texas coast, the service said during its 8 a.m. ET Thursday update.

Rainfall amounts increase exponentially when the storm moves at a slower speed, as Harvey’s been doing. Earlier this week, the National Hurricane Center warned, “The system is likely to slow down once it reaches the coast, increasing the threat of a prolonged period of heavy rain and flooding across portions of Texas, southwest Louisiana, and northeastern Mexico into early next week.”

Compounding potential problems is the tidal cycle. If peak storm surge arrives during high tide, parts of the coast could see 2 to 4 feet of flooding, with the potential of 5 to 7 feet between Port Mansfield and San Luis Pass.

While it has been nine years since Texas last saw a hurricane, the state is no stranger to devastating flooding from tropical systems. In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison was a multibillion-dollar disaster for the state, specifically Houston. Allison became nearly stationary for days, dropping more than 30 inches of rain across portions of the city.

A hurricane watch is in effect from north of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande, with a storm surge watch stretching north to High Island, on Galveston Bay.

Harvey could be the first hurricane to hit Texas since 2008 when Hurricane Ike smashed the coast near Galveston. The storm killed 21 people in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and caused widespread destruction.

‘It scares the hell out of people’

As Harvey churned toward Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster Wednesday in 30 counties along the Gulf of Mexico. The governor’s action allows agencies to “quickly deploy resources for the emergency response.”

“Texans believe in taking action and always being prepared in the event of an emergency,” Abbott said. “That is why I am taking every precaution prior to … Harvey making landfall.”

Students and staff at the Texas A&M campus at Corpus Christi are under a mandatory evacuation order. The campus will be closed starting Thursday, according to the university’s website.

People around Corpus Christi started stocking up Wednesday on food, bottled water and other essentials.

“We know that if anything as far as flooding happens, that’s the one thing everyone runs to, we have to have water,” Mariah Barter told CNN affiliate KZTV. “It’s a big deal. It scares the hell out of people. It’s better to be prepared.”

Others in South Texas readied sandbags, fueled up power generators and bought plywood to board up their windows, CNN affiliate KRIS reported.

BREAKING NEWS: Currently Monitoring High Volume Earthquake Zones

There are five areas I am watching most closely due to the high amount of registered earthquakes, some of which could be defined as ‘swarms’. These areas sit on historic faults or calderas.

Cascadia Subduction Zone

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is capable of producing very large earthquakes if rupture occurs along its entire length. The 1700 Cascadia earthquake occurred along the Cascadia subduction zone on January 26 with an estimated moment magnitude of 8.7 – 9.2. The megathrust earthquake involved the Juan de Fuca Plate that underlies the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake caused a tsunami that struck the coast of Japan with some reports telling of hundreds killed.

Denali Fault

Shortly after midday on November 3, 2002, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured the Denali Fault in the rugged Alaska Range, about 90 miles south of Fairbanks. Called the Denali Fault earthquake, this shock was the strongest ever recorded in the interior of Alaska. Although comparable in size and type to the quake that devastated San Francisco in 1906, the Denali Fault earthquake caused no deaths and little damage to structures because it struck a sparsely populated region of south-central Alaska.

Long Valley Caldera

In 1872, the magnitude 7.6 Owens Valley earthquake was felt throughout most of California, and a number of moderate (mag. 5 to 6) earthquakes have shaken the Long Valley area during this century. A period of ongoing geologic unrest in the Long Valley area began in 1978, and has since experienced numerous swarms of earthquakes, especially in the southern part of the caldera and the adjacent Sierra Nevada.

Puerto Rico Trench

On October 11, 1918, the island of Puerto Rico was struck by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, centered approximately 15 kilometers off island’s northwestern coast, in the Mona Passage. In addition to causing widespread destruction across Puerto Rico, the quake generated a medium sized tsunami that produced waves as high as 20 feet along the western coast of the island. The tsunami caused an estimated 4 million dollars in property and other damages to the coastal communities of Puerto Rico. Of the 116 people killed by the earthquake, 40 of those were victims of the tsunami.

1886 Charleston, South Carolina 7.6 Quake

The fifth area I am keeping my eye onOn August 31st 1886, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck near Charleston, South Carolina leaving 100 people dead, hundreds of buildings destroying 2,000 buildings in the city and caused $6 million worth of damage ($133 million in modern-day USD).

COMING NEXT: Update on all earth changing events as well as more on the continuing ‘civil disturbance’ occurrences. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Solar Eclipse ‘Live’ Streaming Sites

I have set up a ‘live stream’ site to monitor Monday’s full solar eclipse. I will list the times according to your area. I’m not sure how well the bandwidth will hold out, so I am also listing several sites which will also carry this event live.There are also links for android and iphone apps.

I am keeping a close eye on events around the world. Currently there are four areas I am watching most closely due to the current amount of registered earthquakes. These areas sit on historic faults or calderas.

Science Of Cycles ‘Live Stream’: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/W4ZGGpkUatu

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/NASA/videos/10155497958441772/

Twitter/Periscope: https://www.pscp.tv/nasa

Twitch TV: https://twitch.tv/nasa

Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMDvPCGeE0

TIME ZONE LINK: CLICK HERE

NASA App for iOS: http://itunes.apple.com/app/nasa-app/id334325516?mt=8

NASA App for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa

NASA App for Amazon Fire and Fire TV: http://amzn.com/B00ZVR87LQ

COMING NEXT: Current High Volume Earthquake Zones

BREAKING NEWS: Escalation of Earth Changing Events Now In Play

It has begun, and it will escalate for the next several days. The trajectory of the Aug. 21st solar eclipse, and its shadow umbra, tracks from the Northwest US to its Southeast. For this reason, I am most concerned regarding earthquake and volcanic activity in four major areas. I will be sending a detailing map coming tomorrow.

Mag. 6.7 Quake Hits Ascension Islands

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurred north of Ascension Islands. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reports that based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to Caribbean coast. No reports of damage or injuries.

Fiji Struck by Mag 6.4 Earthquake, No Tsunami Warning

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted 254km SE of Lambasa, Fiji at 02:00:52 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 538.62 km, was initially determined to be at 17.9654 degrees south latitude and 178.8503 degrees west longitude.

Magnitude 5.1 Quake Hits Acapulco, Mexico

There are no reports of damage or injuriesat this time. The quake occurred at :15:15 UTC 17.042°N   100.263°W 27.1 km depth.

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Anniversary of the 1959 Yellowstone 7.5 mag. Earthquake

The 1959 event has become known by many Montanans as the Night the Mountain Fell, a title used by a paperback book written by journalist Ed Christopherson.

The temblor that created Yellowstone’s “Quake Lake” was brought to mind recently by an earthquake earlier this year in Lincoln, Montana. That quake was minor compared to the size of the Yellowstone earthquake. The Hebgen Lake Earthquake measured 7.5 on the Richter scale and caused the side of a mountain to slide across a narrow canyon, burying people who were spending the summer night in a public campground.

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Coming Next: Get Ready for Larger Events i.e., 7.0 + Earthquake and/or Beginning Volcanic Eruption.re on types and areas of civil disturbance and earth changing events.

UPDATE: NASA Heightened Concerns of Cosmic Ray Influence on Humans and Earth

SpaceX, is a Commercial Resupply Service (CRS-12) mission to the International Space Station  (ISS) currently manifested to be launched on August 13th, 2017. The mission was contracted by NASA and is flown by SpaceX. It will fly the new Dragon capsule. The Falcon 9 rocket’s reusable first stage will attempt a controlled landing on Landing Zone 1 (LZ1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Its main mission is to measure dangerous, life-threatening galactic cosmic rays. This project, called the Cosmic-Ray Energetics and Mass investigation (CREAM), features instruments to measure the charges of cosmic rays ranging from hydrogen nuclei up through iron nuclei, over a broad energy range. Researchers report once the ISS astronauts unpack it, the modified balloon-borne device will be placed on the Japanese Exposed Facility for a period of at least three years.

Here is the ‘rub’, a word now popularly use in broadcast news, NASA highlights the very real danger astronauts and cosmonauts will face is the serious consequences from exposure to high-energy galactic cosmic rays, including direct damage to DNA and changes in the biochemistry of cells and tissues.

According to principal investigator Eun-Suk Seo of the University of Maryland Institute for Physical Science and Technology: Seo, says: “People on Earth are protected from these rays by the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field”. But what has not been taken into account is the current 14% increase of cosmic ray measurements in just over that last 24 months. Additionally, the quickening rate of Earth’s magnetic field weakening of which both indicators the dangers to humans and Earth are already in-play.

CREAM experiments conducted in six balloon flights at 25-mile (40-kilometer) altitudes over Antarctica have yielded a limited understanding of galactic cosmic rays. More study is needed to better understand the time-linked-means of how and at what pace the GCRs begin to have a measurable effect on our lives and planet in the years to come. The established three-year CREAM mission aboard the space station will significantly expand knowledge of cosmic radiation and what it might take to protect interplanetary travelers in the future.

Military Application:

One final project onboard SpaceX cargo is provided by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Army Forces Strategic Command. Chip Hardy, the program manager for the “Kestrel Eye” program, presented an overview of providing real-time information to ground troops regarding enemy location and movement.

Kestrel Eye’s purpose, he said, is to “reduce tactical surprise” and “achieve overmatch at the squad level” by demonstrating operational prototype nanosatellites that make it possible to capture space-based tactical-level intelligence and situational awareness and make synchronized mission-command decisions on the move.