Sunday, September 15, 2013

FIRE IN THE SKY: Newfound Asteroid 2013 RZ53 To Whiz Between The Earth And The Moon This Week!

September 15, 2013 - SPACE - Discovered just two days ago, a small asteroid will be whizzing past the Earth on Wednesday night, coming within two-thirds the distance to the Moon.

Asteroid 2013 RZ53 was found early Friday morning by astronomers working at the Steward Observatory, at the University of Arizona, as part of the Catalina Sky Survey.

Astronomers from Australia and Illinois helped to track the asteroid, and found that it's about 3 metres wide, its orbit is very close to Earth's, and it even flies along with us as we make our way around the Sun.

On Wednesday night, 2013 RZ53 will come within 0.6 lunar distances of Earth, or roughly 230,000 kilometres.

The orbit of Asteroid 2013 RZ53 closely tracks the orbit of Earth.

2013 RZ53 is an Apollo asteroid. These are a specific type of asteroids that cross Earth's orbit, putting them into a class of 'potentially-dangerous asteroids'.

Astronomically speaking, it's coming pretty close to us, but it's well outside the orbit of our satellites, and there's no chance of it hitting the Earth. Still, based on the astronomers backtracking the orbit of this space rock, that's apparently the closest approach it's made since March of 1954.

This particular Apollo asteroid won't likely get back this close to us until March 2073. It'll probably just make another close fly by, but even if it managed to get close enough to actually hit us, it's doubtful that it would cause much more than a brief light show.

For comparison, the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Russia back in February is estimated at being over five times the size of 2013 RZ53, and that size is what helped it survive to get so close to the ground.

What's particularly remarkable about the discovery of 2013 RZ53 is its small size. Astronomers (both professional and amateur) have discovered a lot of asteroids so far, but the smaller an asteroid is, the harder it is to spot. Sometimes we only see asteroids this small until after they've passed us by.

The fact that they saw this one over five days before it swings so close to us shows just how dedicated these survey astronomers are, and just how skilled they're getting at spotting these asteroids. - Yahoo.

EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT: Killer Robots, Crippling Cyber Attacks And Deep Impact Asteroids - Leading Scientist Forms Society To Draw Up A List Of Possible Doomsday Risks That Could Wipe Out Mankind?!

September 15, 2013 - FUTURE - They are an improbable group of superheroes. But some of Britain's greatest minds have got together to focus their powers on saving humanity from itself.

The society, which is led by Lord Rees, will look at natural catastrophes like an asteroid hitting the Earth (illustrated) extreme weather events and pandemics, but he believes 'the main threats to sustained human existence now come from people, not from nature'

Led by the Astronomer Royal and Cambridge don Martin Rees, famous thinkers such as physicist Stephen Hawking and former Government chief scientist Robert May have formed a society to draw up a doomsday list of risks that could wipe out mankind.

From crippling cyber-attacks by terrorists using the internet to cause havoc, to the release of engineered diseases and killer computers, they warn the future is far from rosy.

But the work being done by the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) should one day help the world sleep a little easier at night.

Once the threats have been identified, the group intend to devise ways of 'ensuring our own species has a long-term future'.

Although nuclear annihilation and a giant asteroid obliterating the planet remain distinct, if unlikely possibilities, Lord Rees now believes 'the main threats to sustained human existence now come from people, not from nature.'

Led by the Astronomer Royal Lord Rees, famous thinkers such as physicist Stephen Hawking (pictured) and former Government chief scientist Robert May have formed the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) to draw up a doomsday list of risks that could wipe out mankind

Other scenarios being considered by the 27-strong group, which also involves academics from Oxford, Imperial, Harvard and Berkeley, include extreme weather events, fast spreading pandemics, and war or sabotage resulting in a shortage of food and resources.

Speaking last night at the British Science Festival at the University of Newcastle, Lord Rees said: 'In future decades, events with low probability but catastrophic consequences may loom high on the political agenda.

 'That's why some of us in Cambridge - both natural and social scientists - plan, with colleagues at Oxford and elsewhere, to inaugurate a research programme to compile a more complete register of these existential risks, and to assess how to enhance resilience against the more credible ones.'

He added: 'The response we've had to our proposal has been remarkably wide and remarkably positive.

'The project is still embryonic but we are seeking funds via various sources and have strengthened our international advisory network.'

Society member David Spiegelhalter warned we use interconnected systems for everything from power to food supply, which means there can be trouble if things go wrong. If the supply of food is disrupted it would take about 48-hours before it runs out and riots begin, he said

The other two co-founders of CSER are Jann Tallinn, one of the people behind internet phone service Skype, and Cambridge philosopher Professor Huw Price.

The group's manifesto is clear: 'Many scientists are concerned that developments in human technology may soon pose new, extinction-level risks to our species as a whole.

'Our goal is to steer a small fraction of Cambridge's great intellectual resources and of the reputation built on its past and present scientific pre-eminence, to the task of ensuring that our own species has a long-term future.

 'In the process, we hope to make it a little more certain that we humans will be around to celebrate the University's own millennium, now less than two centuries hence.'

Cambridge statistician Professor David Spiegelhalter, who is also part of CSER, said: 'Asteroids crashing on earth are an existential threat, but there is not really a lot we can do about preventing such an event.

'The ones that we are not so well aware of are the technological threats.

Our reliance on technology leaves us vulnerable to it. We use interconnected systems for everything from power, to food supply and banking, which means there can be real trouble if things go wrong or they are sabotaged.

'In a modern, efficient world, we no longer stockpile food. If the supply is disrupted for any reason, it would take about 48-hours before it runs out and riots begin. So on a practical level, individuals should keep some non-perishable items at home.

'Energy security is also an issue, as we import much of our fuel from abroad, so a conflict over resources in the future is possible.'


The end of the world is nigh

•    Intelligent technology: A network of computers could develop a mind of its own. Machines could direct resources towards their own goals at the expense of human needs such as food and threaten mankind.
•    Cyber attacks: Power grids, air traffic control, banking and communications rely on interconnected computer systems. If these networks collapse due to action by enemy nations or terrorists, the paralysis could result in society breaking down.
•    Engineered infection:A man-made super virus or bacteria with no antidote escapes the lab or is released by terrorists. Millions die.
•    Food supply sabotage:Efficient distribution networks mean many Western nations have only 48 hours worth of food stockpiled. Any disruption would result in panic buying and riots.
•    Extreme weather: As the Earth continues to warm a tipping point is reached and the process snowballs, resulting in irreversible and worsening natural disasters.
•    Fast-spreading pandemic: International travel means a new killer virus, mutated from animals, could travel the globe in days, wiping out millions before a vaccine can be developed.
•    War:Growing populations put a strain on water and food resources. Nations will go to war to protect or capture these precious supplies.
•    Nuclear apocalypse: Nations with atom bombs launch targeted strikes leading to all-out warfare and global loss of life. Also fears nuclear warheads could fall into terrorist hands.
•   Asteroid impact: A giant asteroid is believed to have killed off the dinosaurs. Some fear a similar impact could do the same for mankind.

- Daily Mail.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In Marsascala, Malta!

September 15, 2013 - MALTA - Hundreds of fish found dead at il-Maghluq in Marsascala died from lack of oxygen, the Fisheries Department reported today.

The revelation comes after environment NGO Nature Trust reported it was investigating reports of mass death of fish seen floating at il-Maghluq.

The Fisheries Department said the fish were sea bream and sea bass and cleaners were deployed to clean the area, collecting over six large bags of fish.

According to Nature Trust, the species was not usually found at il-Maghluq. "Our concern is for the rare and protected species, the killifish, which can be found in this salt marsh," the NGO said.

It said it was working with the Local Council, MEPA and the voluntary group Friends of Marsaskala to clean up the area from all the rubbish accumulated during the years as a short term conservation measure till MEPA approved the management plan for this site.

Il-Maghluq is one of the rarest habitat found across the Maltese Islands and is currently undergoing a management plan under the Natura2000 network.

"The incident of the dead fish is another atrocious incident which took place this year, the previous one being the killing of the ducks," Nature Trust said.

The NGO received information that someone had dumped the fish there in the early hours of this morning. The NGO urged the public to keep il-Maghluq clean and report any illegal activity to the police.

"We aim to see the area restored to its natural glory and for it to be enjoyed by locals and visitors," said Vincent Attard, Executive President of Nature Trust Malta. - Malta Today.

MASS BIRD DIE-OFF: Unusual - 41 Swallows Found Dead Along A Road In Hyogo, Japan?!

September 15, 2013 - JAPAN - Police in Hyogo Prefecture said Friday that a large number of swallows were found dead strewn along a road in Kamigori.

File photo.

According to police, the birds were found around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. TBS reported that an inspection of a 64-meter-long stretch of road in the town turned up the remains of 41 swallows.

Local officials say that although the cause of the birds’ deaths is unknown, a preliminary check for avian flu returned a negative result.

Hyogo prefectural officials said it is continuing to investigate the reason for the unusual number of dead swallows in the area, and will carry out further tests for viruses related to avian influenza. - Japan Today.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Pres. Obama Declares A State Of Emergency In Colorado - Almost 500 People Are Still Unaccounted For; Death Toll Possible As High As Six; Fixing Damage To Roadways And Bridges Would Cost $150 MILLION!

September 15, 2013 - UNITED STATES - US President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the state of Colorado as officials say almost 500 people are unaccounted for in devastating flash floods.

Almost 500 people are unaccounted for in Colorado's flash floods.

A disaster declaration for Colorado signed by the US president Saturday night would offer federal aid to facilitate recovery efforts.

“Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the White House said in a statement.

On Sunday, authorities announced an 80-year-old woman presumed dead. The number of deaths blamed on the flooding could already be as high as six, reported CNN.

Meanwhile, officials have warned that the death toll will almost certainly rise as there are 482 people unaccounted for.

“It's unlikely at this point that we'll be able to reach those who are stranded in the hard-to-reach areas,” said Kim Kobel, a spokesperson for the Office of Emergency Management in Boulder, Colorado.

Authorities have said that fixing 100-150 miles of roadway and 20-30 bridges in Boulder County alone would cost an estimated $150 million.

WATCH: More Rain Complicating Search and Rescue in Colorado.

“We have lost a great deal of infrastructure,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said on Saturday.

Hickenlooper has also said that federal authorities have assured him that “the $5 million that was released Friday was just the beginning” of federal assistance to Colorado.

Meanwhile, more rain is expected and residents are worried that any additional water could cause more flooding and halt rescue efforts. - Press TV.

MASS MAMMAL DIE-OFF: 10 Dead Whales Found Washed Up Along Chukotka Coast In Russia?!

September 15, 2013 - RUSSIA - A team of Russian scientists has found the remains of 10 gray whales washed ashore in Russia’s most northeasterly region Chukotka, the Marine Mammal Council said Friday.

10 Dead Whales Found Along Chukotka Coast.  © Photo Varvara Semyonova

The remains were discovered during an aerial survey of Chukotka’s Arctic coast between September 1 and 8.

Stanislav Belikov, head of marine wildlife conservation at the All-Russian Research Institute for Nature Protection, said the 10 marine mammals had washed up on the 800-kilometer (500-mile) stretch of the coast.

"This is quite a few, especially considering that six of these whales were washed ashore within a coastal area of 120 kilometers. They were possibly wounded by hunters or attacked by killer whales.

We also shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a disease. In any case, reasons for this incident should be investigated,” Belikov said.

According to the Marine Mammal Council, the number of recently deceased gray whales could be higher because not all dead whales wash up on shore. - RIA NOVOSTI.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: End Of Dry Spell Leads To A Rare "Fool's Gold" Autumn - British Trees To Drop Their Leaves TWICE After Hottest Summer In Seven Years!

September 15, 2013 - UNITED KINGDOM - Britain's trees are set to lose their leaves early this year as a result of the driest summer in seven years.

Cities: Trees in areas like St James' Park (pictured) are expected to suffer the drop in leaves first.

This means a 'fools' Autumn will take place in some parts because trees are trying to save their water supplies.

Trees in towns and cities will drop their leaves in the coming weeks, because they have a restricted supply of water, according to the Woodland Trust

The effects will also be more evident in Scotland, which has seen its driest August in ten years.

Estimates from the Met Office suggest this summer was the driest since 2006, with only 7.45in of rain fall between June and August, about 78 per cent of the UK average.

Rory Syme, a spokesman from The Woodland Trust in Scotland said: 'In effect, we'll experience two Autumns.

'True Autumn colour is triggered by the fading sunlight and cold temperatures. Leaves lose chlorophyll that makes them green, revealing spectacular yellow and red pigments.

'Fool's autumn colour is different. It's caused by trees still struggling to cope with a dry summer.

Autumn: Yellow leaves and berries are still on the branches of this
Rowan tree in Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park.

'They wilt and drop their leaves early to save water. The effect can be seen particularly in species that are less tolerant of drought such as birch, or those where water supply is restricted, for example, street trees.'

Dr Kate Lethwaite, project manager for the Woodland Trust's nature calender which tracks the passage of the season told The Times the two autumns will arrive about a month apart .

She added areas in London will see it more clearly and said 'I wonder how they manage to survive at all, stuck in tarmac.'

Data from the Met Office shows that parts of England such as Norfolk and West Sussex have had less than half their usual rainfall in August.

Edinburgh and the surrounding Aviemore region saw a third of its usual levels while some experienced as little as a fifth. - Daily Mail.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Seismic Data Reveal "Hotspot" Passed Under United States - 2011 Virginia Earthquake Points To Scars From Ancient Mantle Plume!

September 15, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A plume of hot material rising from deep within the earth scarred the underside of the North American tectonic plate as it drifted westward millions of years ago, suggests research published today in Nature Geoscience. The residual heat still affects seismic waves travelling through the continent, even though the mantle plume is now under the Atlantic Ocean.

When such mantle plumes occur beneath thin oceanic crust, they often punch through and create volcanoes — the Hawaiian Islands are a prime example. But older, colder and thicker continental crust is not so easily breached, says Risheng Chu, a geophysicist at the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics in Wuhan, China. The only signs on land of ancient hotspot paths typically are kimberlites — volcanic and sometimes diamond-bearing rocks that mark the site of an ancient, deep-seated eruption.

But Chu and his colleagues inferred the path of a hotspot beneath eastern North America using a different sort of evidence — the speed of seismic waves, which travel more slowly in warmer rock. The data were gathered by dozens of seismometers in the USArray network, most of them along a stretch from Louisiana to Wisconsin, during the magnitude-5.6 quake that jolted central Virginia on 23 August 2011.

Their analysis indicates that seismic waves travelling west from the earthquake’s source in Virginia towards Missouri arrived at seismometers later and with lower intensity than expected. Such vibration-damping behaviour suggests the presence of a broad lane of warm rocks running east to west, about 200 kilometres beneath Kentucky — a depth that roughly coincides with the lower surface of the tectonic plate. Seismic waves travelling north and south of this lane arrived on time or slightly ahead of schedule.

Seismometers northeast of the Virginia quake’s epicentre also detected slow, stifled seismic waves, suggesting another hotspot track in that direction as well. The researchers suggest that the continent moving over the hotspot cut a path that swooped east-southeast from central Missouri (90 million years ago) to eastern Kentucky (some 70 million years ago), arced northeastward to Massachusetts (60 million to 50 million years ago) and then swerved eastward and moved offshore. A kimberlite deposit in eastern Kentucky, dated to about 75 million years ago, bolsters the notion that a hotspot lay below the region during that time, Chu and his colleagues contend.

The evidence supporting the purported hotspot’s path is interesting but circumstantial, says Randel Cox, a geologist at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. “I’m still trying to keep an open mind about this [idea], but there are alternate explanations” for the seismic slowdown beneath Kentucky and the Virginia–Massachusetts corridor, he notes.

For instance, seismic vibrations in the region could be scattered by features deep within or below Earth’s crust, such as a ‘crumple zone’ of rocks where one tectonic plate collided with another. Regardless, he adds, researchers need more data, from more than one earthquake, to produce a thorough subterranean map of the eastern United States. - Nature.

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: Beemageddon Hits China - Hundreds Of Thousands Of Bees Die Off In Ningbo, China!

September 15, 2013 - CHINA - July or August is honey a good season, beilun baifeng town, beekeeper stifle any other inquiry that filled the yard, a dozen beehives but piled on the ground, nothing comes to mind.

Honey nest boxes have been removed, on the wall to dry. Some beehives had mildew blackened.

Raised hundreds of thousands of bees continue to die, Burt's bees did not grow. Beekeeping in a dozen years, that Hu Guoman is also the first time encounter.

In such cases, he wasn't the only one. Nearby towns of beekeepers have also come across the same situation.

These old beekeeper who had puzzled: what happened to their bee?

Tomb so far

Hundreds of thousands of bees die off

Live baifeng Zhen Hua Zhi Cun stifle any other inquiry that is full, the village can see the sea and port.

Came into his yard and throws up a dozen beehives inside the nest box has been removed, on the wall to dry. Crawling ants in the nest boxes and Beehive miles.

Hive is the normal color of yellow and white, the Beehive has mostly mildew blackened.

Hu Guoman says, honeybees will kill steal honey ants, so under normal circumstances are no ants around a beehive with the bugs; there's no bees, ants and insects will crawl into the hive to steal honey, hive is boring mold.

"Disaster" occurred after the Ching Ming Festival this year. Should really be a bee breeding season before and after tomb sweeping day, stifle any other inquiry that found that they do not known but this year the number of bees.

In June or July, the hives empty. Old bees dying, bee gone longer. By the end of August, hundreds of thousands of bees have all died.

Stifle any other inquiry that found it quite odd, near to the towns of four or five friends ask about bees, bees died, too many of them.

Not only that, a few years ago, baifeng ocean rise, Zhi head villagers will call for them to collect the bees, but didn't receive a phone this year, where the wild bees are gone?


Fly out and won't come back

Bee-keeping for a dozen years, Hu Guoman have never come across such a thing. Soon after, he and bee friends Aware of other cases.

Hu Guoman said previously when bees gather honey come back, feet will stand with yellow pollen, but he noted that after June of this year, bees to come back very little pollen, many never collecting pollen even come back.

He suspects that, precisely because of a lack of food, bees can't hatch.

Hu Minghua said stifle any other inquiry that is full of disciples, starting in July or August of this year, his bees fly out, gone back in. Now, he keeps a dozen boxes of bees left.

This situation, several other beekeepers have been reported.

"Originally, we thought, if bees, like people, Beehive is so hot inside, stayed on the fly out. "Hu Minghua said, but they hope to wait until cooler weather, bees still didn't back in.

Experts doubt

May be the Colony Collapse syndrome

What happened to the bees?

Senior Engineer Jin Tangdong, Cixi, Ningbo city, is one of the few bees. Yesterday, the reporter gave him the above quote.

"Should not be because of the weather. "Jin Tangdong high temperature caused the bees first challenged the claims of large numbers of deaths.

He said that while high temperature this year is longest, beilun is a mountainous area, the temperature is relatively low and villagers have for many years bee, bee-adaptable and powerful, possibility of disappearing due to high temperature is very low.

He felt that bee described symptoms, sort of like a "colony collapse syndrome".

What is colony collapse syndrome (the CCD)?

This is a recent discovery, so far unexplained natural phenomena--a large hive of worker bees suddenly disappear.

Colony Collapse syndrome occurred in late 2006 in a great many bee colonies in North America – go out and never come back.

After European countries were once found similar phenomena. China Taiwan since April 2007 also have suspected cases.

Jin Tangdong yesterday said that at present, Ningbo Scolioidea are modest, if the villagers want to raise Scolioidea, Siminshan District to try your luck, there's also distributed some.

In addition, Xikou town, Fenghua clear the way for the Emperor of China in number of bee families in the village, you can also go there to collect the bees. - ZJOL. [Translated]

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Australian Extremes - Spring Snow Falls In Tasmania As Queensland Faces Unseasonal Record Heatwave?!

September 15, 2013 - AUSTRALIA - Spring has brought unseasonal hot and cold temperatures to Queensland and Tasmania.

In Tasmania on Thursday, temperatures dipped to minus seven degrees Celsius at Liawenee in the Central Highlands.

Other areas across the state also experienced chilly weather, with Tunnock and Bushy Park recording -5C and -2C respectively.

While Tasmania froze, Queensland continues to swelter, with 37C recorded in Mount Isa on Wednesday and temperatures up to 39C expected in the state's north-west today.

WATCH: Spring snow falls in Tasmania as Queensland faces unseasonal heatwave.

The state's Rural Fire Service says there is a severe fire danger in the western parts of the state's Channel Country.

The heat is on.
A severe fire weather warning is in place for parts of the
Channel Country. ( - ABC Local Radio)
It's only the start of spring but temperatures are already pushing 40 degrees in parts of Queensland.

It was 37 degrees in Mount Isa on Wednesday, while the mercury reached 39 degrees at Century Mine on Thursday.

There's also a severe fire danger current in western parts of the Channel Country.

Further east, the fire service is monitoring a couple of fires around Roma, but none were burning out of control on Thursday.

Rural Fire Service area director Paul Stores says around the Jackson Oil Fields, and from Thargomindah to Mitchell are most at risk of fires.

Mr Stores says the early start to the fire season hasn't caught firefighters by surprise.

"We've been watching the weather pretty closely and most people on the land have seen it drying out very, very quickly," he says.

Catherine White from the Mount Isa Rural Fire Brigade says conditions in north west Queensland are ideal for bushfires.

WATCH: Prepare for bushfire.

She says bushfires are extremely unpredictable and it's important for residents to have their bushfire plans in place.

The Mount Isa Rural Fire Brigade currently has 44 volunteers on its books, which is the most number of volunteers they've had since the brigade began in 2008.

She says the brigade has already been at work backburning around the riverbed in Mount Isa, and other at-risk areas. - ABC News Australia.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Massive Fish Kill In A Reservoir In Donetsk, Ukraine!

September 15, 2013 - UKRAINE - In Dimitrov (Donetsk region), fish kills occurred in the second settling tank mine "Central". In this regard, Thursday, Sept. 12, at a meeting of the executive committee of the city commission on industrial and environmental safety and emergency preparedness.

Residents Dimitrov about a week felt pungent smell of sewerage coming from the reservoir. It also took fish kills are now floating in the water a lot of dead carcasses, according

During the meeting it became clear that this was due to the depreciation of mine water drainage system in the enterprise. So, if before almost all the water was pumped from the "Central", sent to settling tanks № № 1,2,3, now the bulk of the water is discharged directly into the third pond.

According to the testimony of the analysis of water from the second settler, who had Krasnoarmejsky sanepidemstantsiya workers, it became clear that the fish died due to overvalued levels of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, and a very low oxygen.

City authorities took over the coordination of work in the aftermath of the plague of fish. Gorvodokanal implementing a number of measures to fill the settler, and allocated two teams to collect the dead fish. The issue of attracting and to increase the water level in the sump number 2 GosChS machinery. Water and the shore will be disinfected.

Deputy Mayor Alexander Ponomarenko has promised that the environmental consequences of the accident shortly liquidate. - NB News. [Translated]

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes Southwest Of Atka, Alaska!

September 15, 2013 - ALASKA - A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake was recorded Sunday in waters off Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands region

The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said there was no danger of a tsunami from the quake.

USGS earthquake location - Terrain View.

The quake was centered about 50 miles south-southwest of the tiny community of Atka, Alaska, at a depth of about 13 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Earthquakes, even large ones, are very common in the area, scientists say.

Several minor tremors occurred before and after Sunday's 6.1 quake.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

USGS earthquake location - Satellite View.

Alaska sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire,  an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. It is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. It is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt or the circum-Pacific seismic belt.

USGS earthquake shakemap intensity.

About 90% of the world's earthquakes and 81% of the world's largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of Alaska.
The Aleutian arc extends approximately 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the west. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Aleutian Islands and the deep offshore Aleutian Trench.

The curvature of the arc results in a westward transition of relative plate motion from trench-normal (i.e., compressional) in the east to trench-parallel (i.e., translational) in the west, accompanied by westward variations in seismic activity, volcanism, and overriding plate composition. The Aleutian arc is generally divided into three regions: the western, central, and eastern Aleutians. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving northwest at a rate that increases from roughly 60 mm/yr at the arc's eastern edge to 76 mm/yr near its western terminus. The eastern Aleutian arc extends from the Alaskan Peninsula in the east to the Fox Islands in the west. Motion along this section of the arc is characterized by arc-perpendicular convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thick continental lithosphere. This region exhibits intense volcanic activity and has a history of megathrust earthquakes.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

The central Aleutian arc extends from the Andreanof Islands in the east to the Rat Islands in the west. Here, motion is characterized by westward-increasing oblique convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thin oceanic lithosphere. Along this portion of the arc, the Wadati-Benioff zone is well defined to depths of approximately 200 km. Despite the obliquity of convergence, active volcanism and megathrust earthquakes are also present along this margin.

The western Aleutians, stretching from the western end of the Rat Islands in the east to the Commander Islands, Russia, in the west, is tectonically different from the central and eastern portions of the arc. The increasing component of transform motion between the Pacific and North America plates is evidenced by diminishing active volcanism; the last active volcano is located on Buldir Island, in the far western portion of the Rat Island chain. Additionally, this portion of the subduction zone has not hosted large earthquakes or megathrust events in recorded history. Instead, the largest earthquakes in this region are generally shallow, predominantly strike-slip events with magnitudes between M5-6. Deeper earthquakes do occur, albeit rather scarcely and with small magnitudes (Magnitude less than 4), down to approximately 50 km.

Most of the seismicity along the Aleutian arc results from thrust faulting that occurs along the interface between the Pacific and North America plates, extending from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. Slip along this interface is responsible for generating devastating earthquakes. Deformation also occurs within the subducting slab in the form of intermediate-depth earthquakes that can reach depths of 250 km. Normal faulting events occur in the outer rise region of the Aleutian arc resulting from the bending of the oceanic Pacific plate as it enters the Aleutian trench. Additionally, deformation of the overriding North America plate generates shallow crustal earthquakes.

The Aleutian arc is a seismically active region, evidenced by the many moderate to large earthquakes occurring each year. Since 1900, this region has hosted twelve large earthquakes (Magnitude greater than 7.5) including the May 7, 1986 M8.0 Andreanof Islands, the June 10, 1996 M7.9 Andreanof Islands, and the November 17, 2003 M7.8 Rat Islands earthquakes. Six of these great earthquakes (M8.3 or larger) have occurred along the Aleutian arc that together have ruptured almost the entire shallow megathrust contact. The first of these major earthquakes occurred on August 17, 1906 near the island of Amchitka (M8.3) in the western Aleutian arc. However, unlike the other megathrust earthquakes along the arc, this event is thought to have been an intraplate event occurring in the shallow slab beneath the subduction zone interface.

The first megathrust event along the arc during the 20th century was the November 10, 1938 M8.6 Shumagin Island earthquake. This event ruptured an approximately 300 km long stretch of the arc from the southern end of Kodiak Island to the northern end of the Shumagin Islands and generated a small tsunami that was recorded as far south as Hawaii.

The April 1, 1946 M8.6 Unimak Island earthquake, located in the central Aleutian arc, was characterized by slow rupture followed by a devastating Pacific-wide tsunami that was observed as far south as the shores of Antarctica. Although damage from earthquake shaking was not severe locally, tsunami run-up heights were recorded as high as 42 m on Unimak Island and tsunami waves in Hilo, Hawaii also resulted in casualties. The slow rupture of this event has made it difficult to constrain the focal mechanism and depth of the earthquake, though it is thought to have been an interplate thrust earthquake.

The next megathrust earthquake occurred along the central portion of the Aleutian arc near the Andreanof Islands on March 9, 1957, with a magnitude of M8.6. The rupture length of this event was approximately 1200 km, making it the longest observed aftershock zone of all the historic Aleutian arc events. Although only limited seismic data from this event are still available, significant damage and tsunamis were observed on the islands of Adak and Unimak with tsunami heights of approximately 13 m.

The easternmost megathrust earthquake was the March 28, 1964 M9.2 Prince William Sound earthquake, currently the second largest recorded earthquake in the world. The event had a rupture length of roughly 700 km extending from Prince William Sound in the northeast to the southern end of Kodiak Island in the southwest. Extensive damage was recorded in Kenai, Moose Pass, and Kodiak but significant shaking was felt over a large region of Alaska, parts of western Yukon Territory, and British Columbia, Canada. Property damage was the largest in Anchorage, as a result of both the main shock shaking and the ensuing landslides. This megathrust earthquake also triggered a devastating tsunami that caused damage along the Gulf of Alaska, the West Coast of the United States, and in Hawaii.

The westernmost Aleutians megathrust earthquake followed a year later on February 4, 1965. This M8.7 Rat Islands earthquake was characterized by roughly 600 km of rupture. Although this event is quite large, damage was low owing to the region's remote and sparsely inhabited location. A relatively small tsunami was recorded throughout the Pacific Ocean with run-up heights up to 10.7 m on Shemya Island and flooding on Amchitka Island.

Although the Aleutian arc is highly active, seismicity is rather discontinuous, with two regions that have not experienced a large (Magnitude greater than 8.0) earthquake in the past century: the Commander Islands in the western Aleutians and the Shumagin Islands in the east. Due to the dominantly transform motion along the western arc, there is potential that the Commander Islands will rupture in a moderate to large strike-slip earthquake in the future. The Shumagin Islands region may also have high potential for hosting a large rupture in the future, though it has been suggested that little strain is being accumulated along this section of the subduction zone, and thus associated hazards may be reduced.

East of the Aleutian arc along the Gulf of Alaska, crustal earthquakes occur as a result transmitted deformation and stress associated with the northwestward convergence of the Pacific plate that collides a block of oceanic and continental material into the North America plate. In 2002, the Denali Fault ruptured in a sequence of earthquakes that commenced with the October 23 M6.7 Nenana Mountain right-lateral strike-slip earthquake and culminated with the November 3, M7.9 Denali earthquake which started as a thrust earthquake along a then unrecognized fault and continued with a larger right-lateral strike-slip event along the Denali and Totschunda Faults. - USGS.

MONUMENTAL SOLAR SYSTEM CHANGES: Strange Space Winds Blows Through The Solar System; New Study Reveals That We Are Now In A Surprisingly Complex And Dynamic Part Of The Milky Way Galaxy; Interstellar Wind Stream Could Have Wide-Reaching Effects!

As our ancestors predicted, we are currently moving from one sphere of influence into an higher octave of influence, through the doorway of the fourth age into the fifth age, when the true planetary caretakers or the ancient ones will rise. In chronicling Earth's spiral orbit with the Sun's carousel of light, they understood that we will enter a new form of consciousness with the birth of a new sun. This consciousness envelope of the planet will adjust  with the changing spin orientation of the electrons around the atom as we enter a more compact and intense field of light, brought on as we go through a denser cloud of magnetic dust, these cosmic rays will eventually lead to the compression of our atmosphere, seeding and perfecting conscious awareness. This sphere of influence will bring about a new paradigm, where our vibrations will rise in word, deeds and actions by detachment from the frequencies of fear under the Priest Class and fully embrace the natural laws of Ma'at, finding order, spiritualize matter and ascend in accordance with cosmic dictates. - The COSMIC Spirit.

September 15, 2013 - SPACE
- Shifting cosmic winds suggest that our solar system lives in a surprisingly complex and dynamic part of the Milky Way galaxy, a new study reports.

A view from the Earth and Sun from far above the North Pole. As an interstellar wind blows in from the
constellation Scorpio, the sun's gravity captures it and forms a tail. The slower wind (dark blue) is bent
stronger than its faster counterpa (NASA/GSFC/UNH)

Scientists examining four decades' worth of data have discovered that the interstellar gas breezing through the solar system has shifted in direction by 6 degrees, a finding that could affect how we view not only the entire galaxy but the sun itself.

"The shift in the wind is evidence that the sun lives in an evolving galactic environment," study lead author Priscilla Frisch of the University of Chicago told via email.

The winds of change
Charged particles stream off the sun to form a huge invisible shellaround the solar system called the heliosphere. Outside of this shell lies the Local Interstellar Cloud (LIC), a haze of hydrogen and helium approximately 30 light-years across.

The LIC is wispy, featuring just 0.016 atoms per cubic inch on average. LIC gas tends to be blocked by the heliosphere, but a thin stream makes it past the sun's magnetic field at the rate of 0.0009 atoms per cubic inch (0.015 atoms per cubic cm), researchers said.

"Right now, the sun is moving through an interstellar cloud at a relative velocity of 52,000 miles per hour," Frisch said. "This motion allows neutral atoms from the cloud to flow through the heliosphere — the solar wind bubble — and create an interstellar 'wind.'"

In 2012, three papers citing measurements by NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft showed that the wind has changed slightly over the past decade.

The sun is passing through a wispy cloud of interstellar gas known as the Local Interstellar Cloud. As the
sun moves through it, it sweeps up neutral interstellar helium into a cone behind it.
(NASA/Goddard/Adler/University of Chicago/Wesleyan University)

Frisch and her team were intrigued, and they began to wonder just how far back the difference extended. Studying data gathered by a number of spacecraft — IBEX, the joint European Space Agency/NASA Ulysses probe and several craft from the 1970s, including NASA's Mariner 10 and the Soviet research satellite Prognoz 6 — the team found that, over the course of 40 years, the wind had shifted by 6 degrees.

What's causing this change in direction? According to Frisch, it may be related to turbulence in the interstellar cloud around the solar system.

"Winds on Earth are turbulent, and other data show that interstellar clouds are also turbulent," she said. "We find that the 6-degree change is comparable to the turbulent velocity of the surrounding cloud on [the] outside of the heliosphere."

Wide-reaching effects
Interstellar winds stream in from the direction of the constellation Scorpius, almost perpendicular to the sun's path through the galaxy. As the winds interact with the sun, they create a distinctive feature.

"Helium is gravitationally focused to create a trail of helium known as the 'focusing cone' behind the sun as it moves through space," Frisch said.

The dense cone makes the particles easier to study as they pack in behind Earth's star.

The changing wind could have implications that go beyond understanding the region surrounding the solar system. It could also affect studies of the charged particles streaming off the sun.

"When we try to understand the past and present heliosphere, we can no longer assume that the heliosphere changes only because of the solar wind," Frisch said. "Now we have evidence that changes in the interstellar wind may be important."

The new study was published online Sept. 5 in the journal Science. - FOX News.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: THE GREAT COLORADO DELUGE Is Described As An EPIC EVENT, A ONCE IN 1,000 YEARS Situation - Rescue Efforts Ongoing For Hundreds Of People Still Unaccounted For; Town Of Milliken Becomes An Island; Death Toll Rises To 5!

September 15, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman was believed to be the fifth person killed in this week's historic flooding in northern Colorado as authorities scrambled Saturday to reach hundreds of people listed as unaccounted for.

A home was swept off its foundation and collecting into the overflowing Big Thompson River from recent
flooding in the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County, Colorado on Saturday morning, September 14, 2013.
(Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Rivers continued to flow well above flood stage, prompting orders for mandatory evacuations on both banks of the South Platte River in eastern Morgan County, including the towns of Orchard, Goodrich, Weldona and Muir Springs. Thousands living in the flood zones were displaced.

The South Platte was nearly nine feet over flood stage at Kersey Saturday morning.

"It is no doubt an epic event," said Weld county commissioner Sean Conway. "It is a once in 500 years or 1,000 years situation."

WATCH: Night rescue of elderly man gets him to safety from flooding.

Heavy rains and hail also prompted warnings and flooded streets in parts of Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Douglas counties.

Throughout the area, rescue teams continued their efforts. Boulder County doubled the number of rescuers Saturday to around 800, authorities said.

"There might be further loss of life," Boulder County sheriff Joe Pelle said in a news conference. "It's certainly a high probability...With an army of folks and an air show we're hoping to reach everyone as soon as possible."

Water flows through the property at 51 S. Bowen St. in Longmont, Colorado on Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 2013.
(Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-Cal)

Seven helicopters continued rescue trips in Larimer County, evacuating 1,200 people stranded in Pinewood Springs between Lyons and Estes Park along U.S. 36, and 100 people in Big Elk Meadow off Larimer County Road 47, the Boulder Daily-Camera reported.

By the end of the day, 15 helicopters were in service to reach stranded residents in remote parts of Boulder County, including many who weren't able to contact relatives because phone service was down.

"We're very much concentrating today on life-safety issues," said Dan Dallas, incident commander of Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team B. "We're working to bring order to a chaotic situation."

Water flows through the property at 51 S. Bowen St. in Longmont, Colorado on Saturday morning,
Sept. 14, 2013. (Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-Cal)

Hundreds of people were evacuated by Saturday morning, Dallas said. Favorable flying conditions early in the day helped teams rescue many more before rains began again Saturday afternoon. Private pilots assisted by flying reconnaissance missions over the flooded areas to help spot those in need of rescue.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead activated five Wyoming National Guard helicopters to assist evacuation efforts Saturday afternoon.

Larimer county sheriff's spokesman Nick Christensen said the rescue efforts focus on "people first, then structures.

"The recovery will take months."

Some people in mandatory evacuation areas, including Jamestown, decided not to leave their homes, Pelle said. About 50 of the 295 residents in Jamestown had declined to board helicopters as of late Friday night,

Dallas said.

It could be several days before the National Guard can send helicopters with food, drinkable water and supplies.

"We are making our best effort today to evacuate people but we might not be able to do so [Sunday]," Pelle said. "We hope that they'll come down."

Meg Faygen walks along a washed out Topaz Drive in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.
(Paul Aiken, The Daily Camera)

Pelle predicted that despite hundreds of rescuers trying to reach people who are in remote areas, the sheriff's office will be unable to help some residents because roads are unaccessible.

"It's a sinking feeling... We are not going to be able to help them," he said.

The mountains are strewn with cabins and homes that are in some cases miles away from any community, Pelle said. Rescuers are using ATVs and are hiking in to dozens of homes doing welfare checks.

Just because authorities haven't heard from people listed as unaccounted for doesn't mean that they were killed or injured, he said. It may be they were unable to get out of the mountains on their own and do not have phone service.

"We don't know what we don't know. Part of the challenge is getting to all those people," Pelle said. "I'm assuming we're going to make a very large dent in reducing the list of people who are unaccounted for."

Forecasters expect rain in the area, heavy at times, to continue through Sunday.

"Our normal has changed for a while," Pelle said.

Road closures continued across the area. At a press conference Saturday, Gov. John Hickenlooper said several assessment teams are looking at bridges and roads.

Hickenlooper said he reached out to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Saturday for insight on transportation infrastructure. Vermont, hit by catastrophic Hurricane Irene in 2011, is the "model of best practices" for Colorado, he said. On Monday, the state will send two people from the task force that headed Vermont's relief to Colorado.

Looking south, the washed out bridge on South Sunset Street in Longmont, on Saturday morning,
September 14, 2013. (Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-Cal)

He said he expected a full assessment damage to roads and bridges by Tuesday.

As floodwaters overwhelmed municipal sanitation plants, officials imposed ever-increasing limitations on water use.

One pregnant woman was flown out of Lyons on a helicopter Friday, Pelle said.

"Her water broke last night," he said. "There are some personal stories that make all this worth it."

A group of Louisville fifth graders who were sheltered at the Cal-Wood Education Center outside of Jamestown were taken by helicopter to the Boulder airport Saturday.

In Evans, where the First Avenue treatment plant was out of service, authorities asked residents to stop flushing toilets, doing laundry, taking baths or showers and washing dishes indefinitely. The city is distributing portable toilet facilities around town.

WATCH:  Dozens Unaccounted for in Colorado Floods.

Longmont officials asked homeowners to stop watering their lawns.

Residents of the close-knit community of Jamestown have opened up their homes and refrigerators to neighbors in need.

"My truck is high and dry behind my house by my buddy's trailer has half tank of gas if you can siphon it out," wrote one Jamestown resident on an online community bulletin board after he was evacuated Saturday. His message applied to anyone left in town.

"Keys are under the driver's side mat if you need to move it or use it," he added. "My dirt bikes are up there ...My house door is locked but shouldn't be too hard to get in if absolutely necessary. Hang in there Jimtown, we'll be back." - Denver Post.

Town Of Milliken Nearly An Island Due To Flooding
The newest areas to be inundated by flooding are east in Weld County.  People won’t be traveling along Highway 267 in Milliken anytime soon. The town is nearly surrounded by the water.

The flood water washed away part of Highway 267, severing it in half. The road keeps giving away more and more. People’s lives and their livelihood are now put on hold until the water can recede. Jorge Garza and his family were evacuated Friday morning.

Flooding in Milliken (credit: CBS)

“The fire department said Milliken is an island but I found a way out,” Garza said. When Copter4 flew over the small town it spotted a family of three and their dog being rescued from the rising water. A motorized raft carried them to land where they were met by rescue crews.

The farm town has turned into a lake with campers, fields and cars submerged. Roads throughout Weld County are closed forcing people to zigzag around in their cars with ultimately no route home. Gina Rodriguez thought she took a safe road back to Longmont but ended up in waist high water.

A road crew works on a stretch of highway washed out by flooding along the South Platte River in Weld
County, Colorado near Greeley, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Hundreds of roads in the area have been damaged
or destroyed by the floodwaters that have affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile (11,655-square-kilometer)
area — an area the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut. (AP Photo/John Wark)

“All of a sudden I hit the water and then I stopped. My car stalled and I couldn’t move anymore,” Rodriguez said. It took firemen 30 minutes to pull her from her submerged car.

“I almost fell a couple of times just with the current. It was just scary. It didn’t seem real,” she said. Garza is thankful he and his loved ones found a way out of the small town that now looks like an island.

WATCH: Town becomes island.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen. I never expected to see stuff like this in Colorado,” Garza said.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods. - CBS Denver.

ICE AGE NOW: Earth Gains A Record Amount Of Sea Ice In 2013 - Gained 19,000 MANHATTANS OF SEA ICE Since This Date Last Year, The Largest Increase On Record!

September 15, 2013 - ARCTIC - Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record. There is more sea ice now than there was on this date in 2002.

See the data HERE.

- Real Science.