Thursday, April 12, 2012

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the North Indian Ocean at a depth of 14.1 km (8.8 miles), the quake hit at 03:17:20 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 633 km (393 miles) Southwest from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TURKEY-IRAN BORDER REGION - 13th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck the Turkey-Iran Border Region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:04:52 UTC Friday 13th April 2012
The epicenter was 74 km (45 miles) Northwest of Khvoy, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck Southeast Indian Ridge at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 23:15:47 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 1584 km (984 miles) ESE of Amsterdam Island
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 27.1 km (16.8 miles), the quake hit at 22:37:16 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 358 km (222 miles) Southwest from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF OKHOTSK - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the Sea of Okhotsk at a depth of 480 km (297.6 miles), the quake hit at 22:28:19 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 296 km (183.5 miles) West of Yelizovo Kamchatka Krai, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 28.7 km (17.8 miles), the quake hit at 21:42:23 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 566 km (351 miles) SSW from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake GREENLAND SEA - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck the Greenland Sea at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles), the quake hit at 20:45:07 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 628 km (389.3 miles) Northwest of Tromsø, Norway
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake GREENLAND SEA - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the Greenland Sea at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles), the quake hit at 20:31:22 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 618 km (383.1 miles) Northwest of Tromsø, Norway
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 20:21:55 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 338 km (209.5 miles) Southwest from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck the Strait of Gibraltar at a depth of 82 km (50.8 miles), the quake hit at 19:41:29 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 71 km (44 miles) South of Marbella, Malaga, Spain
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 19:25:55 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 370 km (229.4 miles) Southwest from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE OAXACA, MEXICO - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck offshore Oaxaca, Mexico at a depth of 1 km ( 0.6 miles), the quake hit at 16:58:34 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 177 km (109 miles) WNW of Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Two Arrests Over 'Anti-Terror Hotline Access'.....Even Though Scotland Yard Denied their hotline was Hacked

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the police investigation into alleged attempts to access an anti-terror hotline and record conversations.

The youths, aged 17 and 16, were taken into custody on Thursday evening after an investigation by the police central e-crime unit.

The pair was arrested at an address in the West Midlands on suspicion of offences under the Malicious Communications Act and the Computer Misuse Act.

They are both currently in police custody in the West Midlands.

The arrests come after Scotland Yard denied its computer systems were hacked after a recording emerged of a confidential phone discussion between counter-terrorism officers. Read More

North Korea rocket launch "has failed" according to sources

North Korea's anticipated missile launch failed today after it fired the long-range test rocket, defying U.N. Security Council resolutions and an agreement with the United States.

The 90-ton rocket launched and there was a larger than anticipated flare.

U.S. officials said that the missile is belived to have crashed into the sea. source

North Korea launches rocket; world monitors closely

North Korea on Friday launched its ballistic rocket carrying a weather satellite, South Korea's YTN television reported, without citing sources.

The South's Yonhap news agency also reported the launch.

The launch has drawn international criticism due to concerns it could further the reclusive state's ability to deliver a nuclear warhead.

No further details or pictures were available to confirm the report. source

South Korea, neighbors on full alert over North Korea rocket

The South Korean government is on full alert to take quick and effective measures in response to an imminent rocket launch by North Korea, government officials said.

“The government issued guidelines to strengthen office discipline to prevent any damage to South Korean citizens and to take quick measures in case North Korea launches a long-range missile,” a government official said.

A U.S. official said Wednesday in Washington that the foreign ministers of the Group of Eight major economies will issue a formal document on North Korea’s impending ballistic rocket launch.

“We do expect to have a chairman’s statement. It will be released, I would guess, at the end of the meeting tomorrow, late morning,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at a daily news briefing. more

Shell spots 10-mile oil sheen in Gulf of Mexico

Royal Dutch Shell says a sheen of oil, 10 square miles in size, has been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company said that it hasn't determined the cause of the sheen, estimated in size to be the equivalent of six barrels of oil.

Shell issued a statement Thursday saying its operations in the Gulf are "normal with no sign of leaks" and that there are "no well control issues associated with our drilling operations in the area."

Late Wednesday, Shell (RDSA) said that it reported the sheen to the National Response Center. The U.S. Coast Guard said the sheen was discovered at 4:45 p.m. central time on Wednesday.

Shell said the sheen is one mile wide and ten miles long and is located in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, between its Mars and Ursa drilling platforms.

The platforms are both located 130 miles southeast of New Orleans, according to Shell. The Coast Guard said the sheen is located 56 miles offshore from Venice, La.

The oil company also said there is "no current indication that the sheen originates from wells in either the Mars or Ursa projects." more

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 12th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck of the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:50:36 UTC Thursday 12th April 2012
The epicenter was 472 km (293 miles) Southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

China sends 3rd ship in standoff with Philippines

China deployed a third ship Thursday in an area of the disputed South China Sea where a tense standoff with Philippine vessels has dragged on, sparking alarm in Manila.

Chinese and Filipino diplomats have been scrambling to resolve the dangerous impasse at the Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines that erupted Tuesday. A Philippine warship attempted to arrest several Chinese fishermen accused of illegal entry and poaching, but was prevented by the arrival of two Chinese surveillance ships.

One of the Chinese ships blocked the entrance to a lagoon at the shoal, where at least eight Chinese fishing vessels were anchored. The Chinese ships also ordered the Philippine warship to leave Scarborough, claiming Chinese sovereignty over the rich fishing ground.

But the warship has stayed put, arguing it is Philippine territory.

Philippine navy chief Vice Admiral Alexander Pama said the BRP Gregorio del Pilar warship was withdrawn from Scarborough Thursday for refueling and was replaced by a Philippine coast guard ship. The move was not a retreat or concession of any kind to China, he said.

"We're not retreating from our own territory," Pama said. more

As North Korean rocket launch nears, the hungry get hungrier

David Austin is one of the few outsiders who has seen firsthand how people live in the North Korean countryside, and he describes a population "lethargic" from malnutrition.

Just two weeks ago, he visited an orphanage as part of his work as the North Korea program director for the relief organization Mercy Corps.

He said the last protein children had eaten was in January -- eggs.

"That tells us not only are they not getting a balanced diet but in terms of the rations, they're getting only about 60% of what a child needs," he said.

Austin describes widespread severe malnourishment and "an entire generation" that is "stunted physically, developmentally because of chronic malnutrition." more

Mystery Bang West Midlands: Typhoon jets caused loud bang that shook houses in Midlands RAF planes responding to an emergency signal

A loud bang heard across the Midlands was caused by two Typhoon jets responding to an emergency, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The aircraft were responding to an emergency signal coming from a small civilian helicopter, which could indicate it had been hijacked or 'gone rogue', said an MoD spokesman.

During the incident one of Royal Airforce Typhoon's emitted a sonic boom that shook houses in Coventry, Rugby and Leamington.

The MoD response was standard procedure and the emergency signal from the helicopter turned out to be a false alarm, the spokesman added.

Police and fire services in the West Midlands were inundated with phone calls about the noise shortly after 6pm from concerned members of the public in Bath, Swindon, Coventry, Rugby and Oxford.

Many people on Twitter and other social networking sites confirmed they had also heard the noise, some as far as Swindon and Oxfordshire. Read More

Elise Lavers, 19, saves mate Michael Demasi from Great White attack

TEENAGE adventurer Elise Lavers has been hailed as a hero and her friend Michael Demasi one of the luckiest men alive.

The pair survived a kayaking clash with a 6m great white shark off the Yorke Peninsula.

The drama in Dolphin Bay, in Innes National Park, unfolded late on Wednesday when the friends went kayaking, unaware the calm bay was a known haunt for large sharks.

Mr Demasi, 27, has a small wound on his thigh where the shark pierced his plastic kayak when it bit into it in 40m-deep water.

The Flinders University student thought he had been washed on to rocks by a wave and bailed out of his kayak, only to turn around and see the huge shark treating his boat like a chew toy.

"The shark bit into my thigh and was violently jerking the kayak," he said.

"I didn't know it was a shark so I was relaxed enough to grab my sunnies as I bailed out.

"It wasn't until I came up from the water when I saw a big thing gnawing the kayak.

"It had brought its head out of the water to grab the kayak."

Miss Lavers, 19, having seen the shark, raced to his rescue in her kayak. "Elise saw the whole thing ... she didn't know if I'd been hurt," Mr Demasi said. "She paddled over and I grabbed the back of her kayak.

"I wouldn't have been able to swim fast enough." Read More

Sandstorm blinds Dubai

Residents in various parts of Dubai were caught unawares on Thursday morning as winds blew up sand and dust.

Sun bathing crowds promptly ran off to hide away from the sand that quickly filled the air in Silicon Oasis, reports Abdul Kader, who was at the pool when a sandstorm hit Dubai.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has urged motorists to take extra care of the low horizontal visibility due to dust and sand.

In a statement today, the centre urged motorists to adhere to the traffic rules.

In Al Quoz: “I was only outside for 5 minutes to smoke a cigarette, but I came back with sand in my mouth and hair,” says Philippe Thomas, an employee who happened to be outside when sand swept through the streets of Dubai. Read More

24 hospitalised for food poisoning in Madhya Pradesh, India

Khandwa: About 24 devotees were hospitalised with symptoms of food poisoning after they consumed 'Prasad' distributed at a religious discourse here, police said.

Twelve persons, including seven women, were admitted to a hospital in Sanawad town while rest were referred to Indore.

All of them are out of danger, Khandwa Superintendent of Police (SP) Harinarayan Chari Mishra said. Police said as many as 50 people fell ill after consuming prasad at the discourse of Sadhvi Raksha Raje last night.

After eating prasad, the devotees complained of vomiting, stomach pain and uneasiness following which they were immediately taken to a government community health centre, they said. Read More

US marines killed as hybrid aircraft crashes in Morocco

Two US Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of a hybrid aircraft, known as an MV-22 Osprey, in Morocco on Wednesday, officials said.

The Osprey crashed in a military training area southwest of Agadir, Morocco, after taking off from aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, said Capt. Kevin Schultz, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon in Washington.

Schultz said the Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an aeroplane, was participating in a US-Moroccan military exercise known as "African Lion."

The 10-day exercise was set to end April 17 and involves 1,000 US Marines and 200 soldiers, sailors and airmen. They were working with some 900 Moroccan soldiers.

According to the U.S. Marine website, the exercise involved "everything from combined arms fire and manoeuvre ranges, aerial refuelling and deliveries of supplies, to command post and non-lethal weapons training." Read More

Forest fire in Burlington County burned 300 acres at military base

Firefighters battled yet another forest fire in Burlington County, this one at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL).

By the afternoon of April 10, officials said the fire was about 80 percent contained, and expected to be fully contained by the evening. About 300 acres of wooded area was burned, but there were no reports of injuries or property damage, officials said. The New Jersey Forest Fire Service, JBMDL Fire and Emergency Services and the New Egypt Fire Department are working to contain the blaze.

The fire was first located on the base’s training ranges, officials said, and moved in an easterly direction where previous controlled burns had been conducted.

Acting Forest Fire Service Chief Michael Drake warned that while there are forecasts of rain for the area today, the continued dry and windy weather is still making forested areas vulnerable to fire. Read More

Air traffic controller didn't believe emergency landing request

An air traffic controller failed to process an emergency landing request because he thought it was a hoax, so the pilot was forced to land the plane without any assistance.

An air traffic controller failed to process an emergency landing request because he thought it was a hoax.

The pilot of a plane trying to land at a snow-covered Denver International Airport in the US called for help when the aircraft started to fill up with smoke - but his demand was dismissed.

Following the request, the controller said to his colleague: ''Did you hear that? I know that's BS. I know it is.

''If you probably heard there, that's not real what we're hearing on the frequency.''

Fortunately for the controller, the pilot managed to land and evacuate the plane safely despite not having any assistance. Source

Second mercury spill discovered in Pickering in a WEEK

For the second time this week, Hazmat teams in Pickering have removed mercury that was discovered in areas where children play.

On Wednesday morning, a mercury “spill” – from a cracked vial – was found in a Dumpster on the property of Holy Redeemer Catholic elementary school on Liverpool Rd. in Pickering, said Sgt. Nancy van Rooy of Durham Regional Police. Mercury was also found on a utility pole on nearby Luna Crt.

The school did not have to be evacuated and no one was exposed to the mercury, van Rooy said.

On Monday, the Hazmat team was called in when a citizen reported that children had been in contact with a suspicious substance on a playground slide at Kinsmen Park, on Sandy Beach Rd., not far from Lake Ontario. The park remains closed.

A small plastic vial was found empty and the substance was tested and confirmed as mercury.

No one was injured in either incident. Read More

Met Denies Anti-Terrorism Hotline Hacked



Scotland Yard has denied its computer systems were hacked after a recording emerged of a confidential phone discussion between counter-terrorism officers.

Activists from the Teampoison hacker collective claimed they were able to breach security and make the recording, which was posted on YouTube a few hours later.

It appears to be a recording of officers discussing an earlier attack by Teampoison members.

This earlier attack involved the counter-terrorism hotline being bombarded with prank calls allegedly launched by Teampoison computers.

But a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said: "We are confident the MPS communication systems have not been breached and remain, as they always have been, secure.

"We are satisfied that any recording would have been made via the receiving handset only and not from an attack on internal systems.

"The public can remain confident in the ability to communicate in confidence and that the integrity of the Anti-Terrorist Hotline remains in place." Read More

Loud bang heard across whole of Swindon - NO EARTHQUAKE RECORDED

PEOPLE across Swindon have been left wondering what caused a loud explosion at approximately 6.20pm.

Residents have reported loud bangs and walls shaking due to the force, however the cause is not yet know.

Wiltshire Police said they had been inundated with calls but did not know the source. Possible causes included a sonic boom, earth tremor and the weather.

Social networking sites have been flooded with messages and there are reports that the noise was heard as far north as Coventry. Source

NOTE: British Geological Survey told Sky News it had no seismic records to indicate a tremor had struck.

Big Bang In Coventry Area Blamed on Tiny Earthquake

The Ministry of Defence is investigating reports of a loud bang that has been heard across a large part of England.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service also said it was looking into what caused the mysterious noise heard at about 18:10 BST.

Reports have come from across the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.

One Coventry resident said his house shook. "I thought somebody had thrown a brick through the window," he said.

Some of those who heard it said the sound lasted just a few seconds.

The MoD said it was looking into reports of a loud bang in Oxfordshire.

The British Geological Survey also said it was investigating the incident.

There were reports of the noise being heard in Bath, Swindon, Coventry, Rugby and Oxford.

Birmingham Airport dismissed suggestions the sound could have been caused by a sonic boom as a plane came in to land. Source

March 2012: most daily records broken of any month since July 1936

Large portions of the Midwest U.S. shivered through a hard freeze (temperatures below 28°F ) this morning, and freezing temperatures extended as far south as Tennessee and North Carolina. Though the cold temperatures were not unusual for this time of year, they likely caused widespread damage to flowering plants fooled into blooming by last month's unprecedented "Summer in March" heat wave.

Growers of apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries worked during the night and early morning to minimize the damage by running large fans and propane heaters in their orchards, and some even rented helicopters in an attempts to keep temperatures a few degrees warmer. While freezing temperatures for an extended period will not kill the trees, they will destroy the flowers and fragile buds that are needed to produce fruit later in the year.

Temperatures of approximately 28°F will kill about 10% of fruit tree buds and flowers, while temperatures of 25°F will produce a 90% kill rate. Temperatures of 25° were common over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota this morning, and I expect that this morning's freeze was severe and widespread enough to cause tens of millions of dollars in damage to the fruit industry. Read More

Japan's Sharp forecasts $4.7 bn full-year loss

TOKYO — Japanese electronics giant Sharp said on Tuesday it would report a full-year loss of about $4.7 billion, as the firm struggles to turn around its sagging liquid crystal display television business.

The company, which will report its results later this month, said it was now forecasting a shortfall of 380 billion yen ($4.7 billion) for the year to March, up from an earlier forecast loss of 290 billion yen. Source