WEIRD WORLD PT3/March 2011
The events noted in this blog does not include massive animal deaths because I have a series covering this. It does not include the most weather or earthquake events due to the massive numbers involved. I also don’t include the sinkhole due to the series covering this on the blog as well.
- Mon, 01 Mar 2010 22:20 CST
The earthquake that killed more than 700 people in Chile on Feb. 27 probably shifted the Earth’s axis and shortened the day, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist said. Earthquakes can involve shifting hundreds of kilometers of rock by several meters, changing the distribution of mass on the planet. This affects the Earth’s rotation, said Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who uses a computer model to calculate the effects. “The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds (millionths of a second),” Gross, said today in an e-mailed reply to questions. “The axis about which the Earth’s mass is balanced should have moved by 2.7 milliarcseconds (about 8 centimeters or 3 inches).”
- Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:31 CST
A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the early hours of March 1st, sparking a G2-class geomagnetic storm, in progress. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
Michael F. Jones sends this picture from Chugach State Park near Anchorage, Alaska
- Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:36 CST
A kindergarten class at Hall Elementary School has been moved to another classroom while school officials investigate an unknown odor. The class started meeting in the school’s library in mid-February, after its teacher noticed an earthy, unfamiliar odor in the classroom, Principal Kelly Hasson said Wednesday. Maintenance workers removed interior and exterior walls looking for the odor’s source, but they found none, said Hasson, who heads the school off outer Brighton Avenue. The odor is no longer noticeable in the room, which has its own heating and ventilation system, said Doug Sherwood, facilities director of the city’s schools. The walls have been replaced, and the relatively new carpet will be cleaned and dried before a company tests the room’s air quality next week, Sherwood said. Earlier air quality tests didn’t reveal any problems.
- Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:06 CST
Imphal: An idyllic and nondescript New Wahong village located some 80 km north of Ukhrul district headquarters under Chingai assembly constituency has been overwhelmed by a mysterious disease claiming the lives of 4 children with many more needing emergency medical attention. The inscrutable disease has claimed the lives of 4 children between the age of 6 months and 1 year in the last 2 months. At least 8 other children have been transferred and are now being treated in Ukhrul district hospital. The symptom of the disease resembles that of dysentery with excessive vomiting, said a source. Despite the fact that the mysterious disease has claimed predominantly young suckling, an old woman has reportedly died showing similar symptom. People from the village lamented that far from getting emergency medical attention the suffering of the people has been multiplied with many children already affected and many more potentially in danger of contacting the disease.
- Wed, 03 Mar 2010 17:53 CST
Top German scientists have said NASA’s claim that the quake in Chile moved the Earth’s axis and shortened the length of a day is ludicrous. The monster tremor killed at least 800 people and supposedly moved gigantic masses around the planet. NASA had reported that the catastrophe shifted the Earth’s axis and made a day shorter by a fraction. But now German researchers have said that the claims are completely without basis. NASA scientists said on Tuesday that the earthquake moved the Earth’s axis by eight centimetres. Richard Gross used a computer model to come to this conclusion. He also claimed that days will become shorter by 1.26 microseconds.
- Fri, 04 Mar 2011 06:13 CST
Bathed in an eerie light, this strange image of Dunluce Castle hasn’t been digitally enhanced – whatever you may think. The windswept fortification perched on the cliffs of the north Antrim coast isn’t catching the dawn light nor the last of the evening sunshine.
- Tue, 23 Nov 2010 07:11 CST
Satellite data from 167 lakes around the world reveal the impact climate change is already having.
- Fri, 04 Mar 2011 07:00 CST
Follow the direction of a compass needle and you’ll end up at the North Pole, right? Not these days. The planet’s magnetic field is on the move, a normal enough phenomenon, but one that has some rather bizarre implications, such as the need to renumber airport runways.
- Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:27 CST
Weeks after a story shot across the Web claiming that the imminent explosion of a nearby star would result in the appearance of a second sun in the sky – a story that was later debunked – two suns were caught on camera yesterday in China.
The suns – one fuzzy and orange, the other a crisp yellow orb – appeared side-by-side, one slightly higher than the other.
- Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:38 CST
Huntsbury, New Zealand – 36 million liters of water mysteriously disappeared from a reservoir in Huntsbury New Zealand following the February 22nd 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch.
- Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:34 CST
Ghanaians were held spellbound when the halo phenomenon emerged in the skies late Wednesday morning. Hundreds of people stepped out of their offices to take pictures of the celestial wonders. Onlookers believed it was signs of the last days. “Jesus is coming today,” fascinated Victoria Mintah told AfricaNews.
- Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:49 CST
The Haz-Mat unit of the Springfield Fire-Rescue Division worked Thursday afternoon under the Buck Creek bridge on North Limestone Street, hoping to stop some kind of leak in the water. “We’re trying to get ahead of it right now,” Battalion Chief Kevin Sprinkle said. A blue-green discoloration in the water initially was reported before noon Thursday on Springfield’s east side, Sprinkle said.
- Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:58 CST
Washington – Japan’s recent massive earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, appears to have moved the island by about eight feet (2.4 meters), the US Geological Survey said. “That’s a reasonable number,” USGS seismologist Paul Earle told AFP. “Eight feet, that’s certainly going to be in the ballpark.” Friday’s 8.9 magnitude quake unleashed a terrifying tsunami that engulfed towns and cities on Japan’s northeastern coast, destroying everything in its path in what Prime Minister Naoto Kan said was an “unprecedented national disaster.”
- Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:37 CST
You won’t notice it, but the day just got a tiny bit shorter because of Friday’s giant earthquake off the coast of Japan. NASA geophysicist Richard Gross calculated that Earth’s rotation sped up by 1.6 microseconds. That’s because of the shift in Earth’s mass caused by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake. A microsecond is one-millionth of a second.
- Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:43 CST
The world is set to experience the biggest full moon for almost two decades when the satellite reaches its closest point to Earth next weekend.
- Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:04 CDT
Hovering in the sky, this rainbow cloud over Mount Everest took an astonished astronomer by surprise. Oleg Bartunov, 51, caught the spectacle on camera during a Himalayas expedition in Nepal.
- Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:27 CDT
The first boom sounded like thunder. The second shook windows. The third shook an entire house. Then they quieted, mysteriously. The series of booms were reported Monday afternoon by people on Kiawah and Johns islands and Isle of Palms. At least three booms, each more intense than the last, occurred within 15 minutes starting about 3:30 p.m.
- Thu, 17 Mar 2011 08:52 CDT
The ozone hole over the south pole is a well-known phenomenon, opening up every spring, letting excess ultraviolet light stream in from the sun and driving up skin cancer risk down under.
- Thu, 17 Mar 2011 06:17 CDT
Robert Burnett shows the source of the smells near Edgars Creek in Coburg North Authorities have been unable to determine the cause of a mysterious smelly bog near Edgars Creek.
- Thu, 17 Mar 2011 04:51 CDT
People were allowed to return to their homes at about 2200 GMT on Wednesday. Mystery surrounds the cause of strong gas smells which caused a mass evacuation of houses and a care home in Llanelli.
- Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:16 CDT
An enormous algae bloom 50 miles long has been discovered in the English Channel.
- Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:04 CDT
West Palm Beach – The devastating earthquake that shook Japan caused a temporary jolt in groundwater levels throughout much of Florida, officials said. The South Florida Water Management District reports that a network of groundwater gauges registered a jump of up to three inches in the water table from Orlando to the Florida Keys about 34 minutes after the quake struck on March 11. The oscillations were observed for about two hours and then stabilized.
- Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:48 CDT
Dr. Dinh Doan Lam, a senior official from the Institute for Geology of Vietnam, said that mud eruption in Ninh Thuan is not dangerous. Mud volcano or mud dome are used to refer to formations created by geo-excreted liquids and gases, although there are several different processes which may cause such activity. Hot water mixes with mud and surface deposits. Mud volcanoes are associated with subduction zones. Temperatures are much cooler in these processes than at igneous volcanoes.
- Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:08 CDT
Stratospheric clouds in the Arctic worsen ozone loss, experts say. Spawned by strangely cold temperatures, “beautiful” clouds helped strip the Arctic atmosphere of most of its protective ozone this winter, new research shows.
- Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:54 CDT
Oceanic wind speeds and wave heights have increased significantly over the last quarter of a century according to a major new study undertaken by ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young.
- Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:01 CDT
Recipe for a rainbow: Add bright sunlight to raindrops and voila!–a beautiful band of multi-colors arcs across the sky. With such an ingredient list, you might suppose that rainbows can only be seen during the day, yet last night Ethan Tweedie of Kamuela, Hawaii, recorded this spectacular example long after dark.
- Thu, 24 Mar 2011 01:42 CDT
While the Japanese government continues to say that the yellow rain seen in Japan was simply “pollen,” many have been reminded of a very similar occurrence after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
- Mon, 28 Mar 2011 01:55 CDT
Karkala – A rare phenomenon of yellow rainfall has occurred in and around Hebri here on Sunday, March 27 at about 6-15 in the evening.
- Sat, 26 Mar 2011 05:59 CDT
Thousands of beetles invading the Gold Coast have claimed their first victim. Ken Tomkins, 61, was hospitalized after skidding his bicycle into a mound of dead bugs and shattering his hip, collarbone and ribs, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
- Wed, 30 Mar 2011 02:04 CDT
Sometimes auroras just happen. On March 28th in Norway, a spectacular band of Northern Lights arced across the sky unprovoked by any significant gust of solar wind. Fredrik Broms sends this picture from Kvaløya.
- Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:19 CDT
Radiation believed to be from the nuclear plant disaster in Japan has been detected in Illinois.