Arthur becomes post-tropical system

Arthur made landfall in Nova Scotia as tropical storm early on July 5, 2014, reaching wind speed of 105 km/h (65 mph). Tropical storm force winds with heavy rainfall were reported across Nantucket and portions of Massachusetts and eastern Maine. Flooding in southeast Massachusetts subsided overnight as Arthur’s rainbands moved out.Severe winds are currently affecting Nova Scotia where wind gusts near 120 km/h (75 mph) have been reported and widespread tree damage has been reported throughout the regions affected. The number of power outages has increased significantly.GOES-East IR satellite image of extratropical storm Arthur captured at 20:45 UTC on July 5, 2014. (Credit: NOAA/UW-CIMSS)According to Canadian Hurricane Centre, large… »

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Increased seismic unrest observed at Ambang volcano, Sulawesi

VSI raised the alert status to Level 2 (Waspada) after an increased seismic unrest at Ambang volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The remote volcano had its last eruption in 2005, when phreatic explosions occurred.More than 60 volcanic earthquakes were detected on July 3, 2014, compared to averaged of 1-2 per day during the previous weeks.A light steam plume could be observed from the volcano’s summit, VolcanoDiscovery reports.The young volcanic dome of Ambang (Credit: VolcanoDiscovery)The compound Ambang volcano is the westernmost of the active volcanoes on the northern arm of Sulawesi. The 1795-m-high stratovolcano rises 750 m above lake Danau. Several craters up to 400 m in diameter and five solfatara fields are located at the summit. Ambang’s only known historical… »

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Typhoon Neoguri expected to become super typhoon as it approaches southern Japan

Tropical Storm “Neoguri” which formed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on July 3, 2014, strengthened into Category 1 typhoon yesterday and has been rapidly intensifying over the last 24 hours.By 06:00 UTC on July 5, 2014, Neoguri was Category 4 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 115 knots (212 km/h, 132 mph), and wind gusts of 140 kt (259 km/h, 161 mph).It is expected to develop into a super typhoon by the time it reaches Okinawa, Japan, throughout the weekend.Derek Williams, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service Guam Office, says for the next 24 hours the tropical storm will not be affecting anyone or anything other than ships. However, by the time it reaches 130 degrees east longitude – around the southern islands of Japan – it will most li… »

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Strong M6.0 earthquake registered off the west coast of Northern Sumatra

A strong earthquake measuring M6.0 on the Richter scale was registered off the west coast of Northern Sumatra on July 5, 2014, at 09:39 UTC. USGS reported depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at depth of 33 km.Epicenter was located 88 km (55 miles) SE of Sinabang, 204 km (127 miles) SW of Kabanjahe, Indonesia, and 534 km (332 miles) WSW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.There are 225 544 people living within 100 km radius.USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. Recent earthquakes in thi… »

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