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Three veteran storm chasers were killed while pursuing powerful tornadoes that tore through the US state of Oklahoma, a relative said. Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their storm-chasing partner Carl Young died Friday in a twister in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City. “They all unfortunately passed away…
On Thursday night in northeastern California a -5.7 earthquake struck creating minor damage, according to Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.
There have been several aftershocks, including a magnitude 4.9 that struck early Friday morning.
Susan Shephard and her husband Alan Shephard, who run the Quail Lodge at Lake Almanor near Greenville very close to the epicenter, said they were watching “The Hunger Games” on TV when the whole building started shaking.
“All of a sudden things started falling off the shelves, mirrors fell off the wall, vases fell down to the floor, everything started crashing,” Shephard told the Redding Record-Searchlight. “It felt like the end of our world.”
Marina Kolomiyets, spokeswoman for Obninsk’s seismic station of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told The Associated Press the epicenter was in the Sea of Okhotsk, east of the Russian coast and north of Japan. She said the quake registered 8.0 on the Richter scale.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude of 8.2. The epicenter was in the Kuril-Kamchatka arc, one of the most seismically active regions in the world.
Russian news agencies reported that residents of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the Kamchatka peninsula in the Okhotsk Sea felt the tremors for about five minutes. Residents ran out of the buildings. School children were evacuated.
Tremors were felt in Moscow, prompting some people to evacuate from buildings across the city.
Russian news agencies also cited eyewitnesses reporting strong tremors across Siberia.
The AP contributed to this report.
Twenty children were among at least 91 people killed when a powerful tornado swept through an Oklahoma City suburb, tearing down blocks of homes and two schools, local officials said. The state medical examiner’s office released the latest death toll but the number was climbing rapidly, as emergency…
Blizzard brings US northeast to a halt (via AFP)
A ferocious snowstorm pummeled the northeastern United States for a second straight day Saturday, shutting down schools, severing power lines and forcing planes, cars and trains to come to a standstill. The storm was forecast to bring the heaviest snow so far this winter along the New England coast…
While vacationing in South Carolina the last thing you would expect to see would be thousands of dead fish wash ashore a beach. Well this is exactly what happened to some tourists.
“We came down to the beach for the day just to have, you know, a nice day on the beach, smell the fish smell, came down to look for shells and all these fish — dead,” Pat Hawkins told local NBC affiliate WMBF. “It’s a shame. I don’t know what’s causing it.”
According to Pawleys Island Police Chief between 30,000 to 40,000 dead menhaden fish, 6 to 8 inches long washed up on a mile and a half stretch of the beach in South Carolina on Tuesday – and is the second occurrence in the area in a week.
“On Friday we had a new moon (which caused) real high high tides and real low low tides,” Mel Bell, director of the Office of Fisheries Management for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, told The Sun News.
“Probably what happened was a school (of menhaden) got in an area of water on a high tide, in a hole or depression, and at low tide they were trapped and depleted the oxygen in the water. Then, all the fish would suffocate. Then, when the tide came back in, it washed the dead fish out and they washed up on the beach.”
Last year an influx of dead starfish were found on the same beach and back in 2011; two hundred cows were found dead in Wisconsin and birds fell from the sky in January of 2011 in Arkansas, Florida, Texas and Italy.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A powerful earthquake early Saturday set off a tsunami warning for hundreds of miles of Alaskan and Canadian coastline, but the alert was canceled after no damaging waves were generated.
The magnitude-7.5 quake and the tsunami warning caused concern in some coastal communities, with people rushing to higher ground as alarms sounded.
But the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center later said the waves were too small to pose a threat, at just six inches above normal sea level in places like Sitka and Port Alexander.
“Initially, in the first 15 to 20 minutes, there might have been a bit of panic,” Chief Sheldon Schmitt of the Sitka Police Department said. Residents calmed down, he said, as the town waited for the all clear.
The temblor struck around midnight local time and was centered about 60 miles west of Craig, the United States Geological Survey said.
Jana Pursley, a seismologist with the agency, said the quake was followed by six aftershocks, the strongest of which registered at magnitude 5.1 and came nearly four hours later.
“Houses shook,” said Chief Robert Ely of the Craig Police Department. “Mine had things tossed from the wall.”
But, he added, there were “no reports of any injuries, no wave, no tidal movement seen.”
The initial tsunami warning had been expanded to include coastal areas from Cape Fairweather, Alaska, to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada — an area extending more than 700 miles.
The warning center had said that “significant widespread inundation of land is expected,” adding that dangerous coastal flooding was possible.
In its cancellation statement, the center said some areas were seeing just small changes in sea level.
“A tsunami was generated during this event but no longer poses a threat,” the center said.
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said that the quake had been widely felt, but that there were no reports of any damage.
“It was the most intense earthquake I’ve felt in my 10 years here — I’m pretty sure there was stuff falling off of shelves,” Chief Schmitt said. “There is no report of any wave activity here.”
Chief Schmitt said evacuation sirens and announcements in Sitka came shortly after the quake, prompting the temporary rush by residents to higher ground.
Some people in Craig also moved to safer territory.
“Several citizens elected on their own to move to higher ground,” Chief Ely said. Several sites had been set up for staging and shelter, he said, although no evacuation was ordered.
In addition to the warning, a tsunami advisory was briefly in effect for some coastal areas north and south of the warning zone, including a stretch from the Washington State border to the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
A tsunami warning means that an area is likely to be hit by a wave, while an advisory means that there may be strong currents but that widespread inundation is not expected.
The reality of climate change can no longer be ignored (via GlobalPost)
Commentary: US Generals explain why it is a global problem requiring global solutions. Lieutenant General Daniel Christman, USA (Ret.), Brigadier General Steve Anderson, USA (Ret.) and Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.) Last week, Hurricane Sandy put climate change back in the political…
Cold, lack of fuel threaten New York recovery (via AFP)
Severe fuel shortages on Sunday threatened New York’s attempt to recover from superstorm Sandy as cold temperatures added to almost a week of misery exacerbated by flooded homes, limited public transportation and fraying tempers. But on the bright side, power was restored to nearly all of Manhattan…
New York Marathon likely, but NBA postpones Nets game after Sandy (via GlobalPost)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked NBA to postpone Thursday game, but hopes marathon will run. David Trifunov While the New York City Marathon appears likely, the NBA postponed Thursday night’s Knicks-Nets game as the eastern seaboard cleans up from Superstorm Sandy. Running the marathon on Sunday, however…
Obama tours disaster zone as Sandy toll passes 60 (via AFP)
President Barack Obama toured New Jersey’s devastated coastline on Wednesday, vowing to stay with flood victims “for the long haul” as the US toll from superstorm Sandy passed 60. New York slowly got back on its feet. The stock exchanges and John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports reopened. But…
The show must go on: New York’s Broadway to reopen (via AFP)
Most of the shows in New York’s iconic Broadway theater district are to reopen on Wednesday, after being suspended as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the city, the Broadway League said. Some of the city’s most popular shows, including Jersey Boys and The Book of Mormon, were to open for either Wednesday…
Letterman and Jimmy Fallon do their shows without an audience (via Raw Story )
Despite the approach of then-Hurricane Sandy, talk show hosts David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon still taped their respective shows Monday afternoon, working without an audience — and in Letterman’s case, without some technical assistance. On The Late Show, Letterman stuck to his usual routine, including…
Storm-battered US battles floods, power cuts (via AFP)
The US East Coast struggled to get back on its feet after superstorm Sandy carved a path of destruction from the Caribbean to Canada, leaving at least 110 dead, millions without power and New York in chaos. The cyclone drove hurricane-force winds and deadly ocean surges against a large swathe of the…
(Forbes) Airlines have begun to restore service at most Northeast airports, but departures from the New York airports is being delayed at least until Thursday.
Flights to most key East Coast airports began to resume Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy departed and will continue to be ramped up on Wednesday. But in the New York area, airports remain closed. The most hopeful sign is that Delta expects to begin limited domestic flying at Kennedy InternationalAirport on Wednesday afternoon. The carrier will resume limited flying to LaGuardia and NewarkAirports Wednesday night, planning for a Thursday morning restart.
“Delta continues to monitor the situation at New York City-area airports, including working closely with the Port Authority and other stakeholders to resume operations as soon as safely possible,” the airline said. The barriers to a restart include flooded runways, the lack of mass transit to carry employees and passengers to and from the airports and a lack of power at Newark.
American said it too hopes to resume service to New York airports on Thursday. JetBlue, which operates its principal hub at JFK, said “New York airports are still a question – we are waiting for condition reports from the Port Authority but we are ready to resume operations to JFK, LaGuardia and Newark.”
US Airways said it will not operate at New York airports until noon Thursday at the earliest. “Islip is scheduled to resume service Thursday morning,” Robert Isom, executive vice president, wrote Tuesday morning in a note to employees. “LaGuardia, in particular, was hit hard with several feet of standing water currently on runways and ramp areas (and) Newark is currently reporting no power.”
At the other east coast airports, including its Philadelphia hub, US Airways will resume operations on Wednesday. US Airways was ferrying airplanes intoBoston, Washington National and Philadelphia on Tuesday with more ferry flights scheduled for early Wednesday morning.
American said it will begin operating after midday Wednesday at seven airports – Baltimore; Charleston, S.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Philadelphia, Washington Dulles, Washington National and Westchester County. The carrier offered limited service at a dozen key East Coast airports, including Boston, Hartford and Cleveland, on Tuesday.
“Our operations at Chicago O’Hare are being significantly impacted due to high winds in the area,” American said. At most airports, operations are expected to resume Wednesday, “but it’s possible that the aftermath of the storm may force some additional delays and cancellations,” the carrier said.
JetBlue, which operates a hub at JFK, says “New York airports are still a question – we are waiting for condition reports from the Port Authority but we are ready to resume operations to JFK, LaGuardia and Newark.
”The availability of public transportation will also play into the New York plan, too and we’re watching that closely, the carrier said. JetBlue began to restore service at Boston and Washington National on Tuesday.
United said it hopes to fly planes into Newark and Kennedy on Wednesday and to resume departures on Thursday. United also plans a relatively normal schedule at its Washington Dulles hub on Wednesday.
Airlines cancelled more than 17,000 flights in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. In general, the early cancellations and extensive advance planning have enabled the industry to recover more quickly than it might have. Planes waited out the storm at airports where they would not be damage.
Obama warns Americans to take Sandy ‘very seriously’ (via AFP)
President Barack Obama called on Americans Sunday to take Hurricane Sandy “very seriously,” urging them to heed the instructions of local and state authorities. “This is a serious and big storm. And my first message is to all people across the eastern seaboard, mid-Atlantic going north, you need to…