Sunday, 31 May 2015

A Deep 7+ earthquake

A tweet from Erik Klemetti today: Wow, that Izu-Bonin earthquake was at a depth of over 600 km? Impressive in size and depth.

When on Saturday evening (local time) skyscrapers swayed, the power went out and trains were stopped in Tokyo, people feared for the worst. The memories of the giant earthquake of March 2011 were still too fresh. Four years ago a huge tsunami inundated the east coast of Japan and caused a partial meltdown of the reactors of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. But after a minute or so of anxiety on Saturday, no tsunami alert was issued and the trains on the Shinkansen lines, Japan's iconic high speed rail, began running again. Although the quake's strength registered with a magnitude of 7.8 - the same as the devastating Nepal event a month ago - only a few injuries and hardly any damage were reported.


When the shaking was over people in Japan continued with their regular weekend business, but seismologists all over the globe looked at the recordings of this earthquake in awe and utter surprise: Saturday's quake was the deepest temblor of its size ever measured.

Source: Berkeley Seismological Lab  >>>

More resources:
Why Deeper means safer >>>>

Friday, 29 May 2015

Eruption Mount Shindake Japan

Without serious warning the Japanese volcano Mt Shindake suddenly erupted friday the 29th of may

Mount Shindake is located on a small island in the southern regions of Japan

The volcano erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) in spectacular fashion, spewing towering black-gray clouds into the sky.

 More than 100 people have been ordered to evacuate after a volcano erupted on the tiny southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu on Friday morning.

Spectacular TV footage captured the moment Mount Shindake exploded, sending columns of thick, black smoke high into the air.

Read more on the Guardian website >>>>>>

The Japan news >>>>

Plate tectonics Japan region >>>>

Japan's explosive geology explained >>>

Subduction explained in a geo-animation >>>

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Heavy Rain in Texas

While California is Still In Severe Drought other US Southern States had last week heavy rain and there is more to come. It's taken nearly a month of nonstop, heavy rainfall, but the entire state of Texas has finally been removed from the worst levels of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

There are still 9 other states, however, where severe drought remains, and those areas are now in the same position as Texans found themselves for several years, hoping for rain.

Read more >>>>

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Volcano Wolf active again

On the 25th of may a new eruption started in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. 

Source Twitter : Diego Paredes Parq. Nac. Gal├ípagos   >>>>>

Wolf, on the island of Isabela, erupted for the first time since 1982, producing both lava fountains and lava flows (typical of what is to be expected from a shield volcano like this).

  Read more on Wired >>>

Sunday, 24 May 2015

After the Earthquake

As a result of the Nepal Earthquake many landslides occured

Now A massive landslide has blocked Kali Gandaki River at Baisari in Bhagwati VDC of Myagdi district early Sunday morning. Water level constantly rising in #KaliGandaki but chances of dam bursting highly unlikely

Read more >>>

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Kenya's Kibera slum gets a revamp

Kibera, the Kenyan slum infamous for its overcrowding, poverty and lack of sanitation, is getting a major revamp with some modern facilities.

 Founded more than 100 years ago, it is said to be home to around a fifth of Nairobi's population and yet has not featured in any government plans - until recently. The view on slums has changed and the government is now building permanent houses, with proper sanitation. There are now tarred roads, mobile clinics and police stations made from shipping containers, working street lights and even free Wifi throughout the slum.

Read further on the BBC website >>>
"How slums grow"A geographical animation by SLN >>

Sunday, 17 May 2015

What will happen when the Monsoon arrives

After Nepal Quakes, Monsoon Poses Risk of More Landslides, Floods Areas of Nepal remain perilously unstable following last month's devastating earthquake, and, as Tuesday's tremor showed, landslides pose an ongoing menace that will only increase when seasonal monsoon rains begin to fall in the coming weeks.

Read more on the Scientific American website >>>>
A landslide on video after the nepal earthquake >>

More resources
The monsoon explaines by the BBC >>>
Geoanimation with the ITCZ  >>>

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

New earthquakes in Nepal

Today two new earthquakes in Nepal were reported


USGS reported today two new major earthquakes has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 died in a devastating quake.

 The USGS report >>>
 BBC news >>>
USGS about the earthquake & aftershocks >>>
Geographical news about the nepal earthquake  >>>

Monday, 11 May 2015

California's water comes from the north

Perhaps the most fundamental water fact about California is that, historically, water was extremely scarce in the southern two-thirds of the state. The vast majority of precipitation occurs up north, mainly in the winter. So during the 20th century, both the state and the federal government built an elaborate system of canals, aqueducts, and reservoirs to bring water south:
read more >>>>
More facts about the California drought >>

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Urbanisation in France

The growing Urban population in France. An increase of 23% since 1980. Almost 9 million more inhabitants of the urban areas.

Source AFP >>
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Friday, 8 May 2015

Nicaragua canal construction has started

Despite 18 months of domestic criticism and increasing protests by local people, the historic Nicaragua canal project, the world’s largest engineering project, is set to begin construction of a 278 km (173 miles) waterway connecting the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, due to be operational by 2020. The canal is planned to cut through Lake Nicaragua, the largest source of freshwater in Central America, and cause the displacement of over 100,000 people.


Read more on the Geographical website >>>

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Nepal Humanitarian snapshot

What happened in Nepal, how many casualties are there, which regions has the largest problems, what are the challenges in the coming weeks ?
click on the map for a larger version!
The original map >>>>
[my source Classroom Geography scoopt>>>>]

Monday, 4 May 2015

Why Earthquakes in Nepal

Excellent video blog of Nepal Earthquake one week on from Ian Stweart
One week on from the 25th April 2015 Gorkha (Nepal) earthquake, Iain Stewart from thePlymouth University summarises the key aspects of the seismic shock and airs some of the fundamental issues that the unfolding disaster is raising.

Thanks to Rob Chambers