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Comment by Yamkin 22 minutes ago

MAGNITUDE 6.0 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=434543

Subject To Change

Depth: 50 km

Distances: 776 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 22:18:25.9 2015-03-31
61 km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 22:18:25.9 2015-03-31
  
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Comment by Yamkin 26 minutes ago

MAGNITUDE 5.6 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10001sbg#general...

Subject To Change


Depth: 35 km

Distances: 69km (43mi) SW of Taron, Papua New Guinea
72km (45mi) SSE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
280km (174mi) ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
327km (203mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
779km (484mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea  

Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (147.5934, -9.918, 157.5934, 0.08199999999999985)
Comment by Yamkin 30 minutes ago

MAGNITUDE 5.8 - SOLOMON ISLANDS

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10001sbc#general...

Subject To Change


Depth: 47 km

Distances: 77km (48mi) SE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
319km (198mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
722km (449mi) NW of Luganville, Vanuatu
921km (572mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
984km (611mi) NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu  

Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (157.4525, -15.9135, 167.4525, -5.913500000000001)
Comment by Yamkin 8 hours ago

Chopper Crash Kills 2 During Forest Service Burn In Southern Mississippi, USA

Comment by Yamkin 9 hours ago

Freight train collision derails carriages and forces road closures
in Adelaide, Australia
Freight trains have collided at Keswick causing derailment of several carriages. (9NEWS)Freight trains have collided at Keswick causing derailment of several carriages. (9NEWS)
Police have been forced to close roads in Adelaide this morning after two freight trains collided in Adelaide's inner south-west causing the derailment of several carriages.
 
Two level crossings are now blocked south of the scene at Keswick as authorities work to clear the track.
 
It is understood one freight train collided with the rear of another which caused a train passing through the crossings while the boom gates were down to become blocked.
 
South Australian police report delays could last hours while the track is cleared and motorists are advised to avoid the area.
Courtesy of 9News
Comment by Yamkin 9 hours ago

Lightning kills five in Bihar, India
At least five people, including two children and a woman, were killed on Monday when they were struck by lightning in two separate incidents in Bihar, officials said.
 
Three deaths were reported from two villages under Dharhara police station in Munger district. In the first incident, two children were struck while playing in a field near their home and in the second, a woman returning home from the fields was hit by lightning.
 
Two people were also killed in Ramnagri Diyara under Barh in Patna district.
 
Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees, damaged houses and brought down power cables across the state on Monday. The downpour also brought down the temperature.
 
According to the weather office here, lightning strikes are usually reported during the June-September monsoon season.
Courtesy of Khaleej Times
Comment by Yamkin 9 hours ago

This Has Been the Driest Winter Since 1950 in California, USA
20150324_CA_trd.jpg
Map via the National Drought Mitigation Center
Everything about this winter in California has been unprecedented: the warm temperatures, the lack of snow, and how many ski areas have closed early. Now, electronic surveys show that the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada has reached historic lows, making this season the driest winter ever in 65 years of record-keeping.
 
Throughout the Sierra, the snowpack is currently at about 8 percent of the historical average for this time of year. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that in a normal year, the snowpack accounts for about 30 percent of California's water needs in the summer and fall. "Meteorologists see nothing on the horizon that could pull the state out of its increasingly frightful drought."
 
The historic lows even beat out the bad drought years of 2014 and 1977. Last year, the snowpack was 25 percent of normal on April 1. Just how much worse is it this year? Surveyors normally measure an average of 66.5 inches of snow on the ground on April 1 at Phillips Station, near the now-closed Sierra-at-Tahoe resort. Doug Carlson, spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources, told the San Francisco Chronicle last week that they don't expect to find any snow at Philips Station when they take their measurements Wednesday.
 
Although it might be too little too late for many of Tahoe's ski areas, it does look like there is (finally) snow in the forecast. The experts at Open Snow predict much colder weather and possible snow around Easter. At this point, whatever moisture falls is a good thing for drought-afflicted California, regardless of the skiing.
Courtesy of Ski.Curbed.com
Comment by Yamkin 9 hours ago

Emergency food banks will be deployed in parts of California, USA

Comment by Yamkin 9 hours ago

Worst maize drought since 1992
in South Africa
Challenges faced by farmers in South Africa’s premier maize producing region have been taken off the scale by the worst drought in 22 years – the third worst since recording began in 1918. Although extreme weather conditions are never welcomed, this one, ironically, could hardly have been better timed. South Africa’s political debate around agriculture has been charged by emotion rather than logic. And in the maize producing area of what used to be the Western Transvaal,  one doesn’t need to read The Seed Is Mine to understand why it’s an emotion-charged region – consider, for instance, where the ultra right wing Afrikaner Weerstand Beweging was born. Food security is key for any progressive economy. The drought may well push that reality up the agenda during the current land reform process.
 
Ryan Mathews peeled a withered cob taken from his sun-scorched fields filled with waist-high brown corn plants that should have towered above his head with green leaves by March.
 
“I have never, ever in my memory seen this,” said Mathews, 31. The birth of his first child a month ago, a boy called Rogan, is the only thing that’s lifted him from a depression over the state of his crop, he said. “This is not something that happens every day — I don’t know this.”
 
South Africa’s worst drought since 1992 has decimated corn crops in the North West province, where Mathews’ farm lies, and he’s questioning whether it’s worth incurring the cost of harvesting the little that’s left. His forefathers first came to the Vaalplaas farm near the border with Botswana in 1880, and the plantation has only had less rain in two years since 1918, data from the government weather station on his land show.
 
This year’s corn crop in South Africa, the world’s largest producer of the white variety after Mexico, is set to shrink 32 percent from 2014’s harvest, the biggest in 33 years, according to a March 25 estimate by a government-convened committee. Prices have surged and the nation is importing the yellow type, used as animal feed, according to Grain SA, the biggest farmers’ lobby. The limited global availability of the white cultivar, ground into meal to make a staple food in southern Africa, means importing it is difficult, which may raise prices further.
Security Lost
“We’ve lost the privilege of food security,” Grain SA Chairman Louw Steytler told a farmers’ congress in March in the Free State province’s grain hub of Bothaville. “The socioeconomic consequences that we will deal with in this coming year are stark.”
 
This season, South Africa will probably produce 9.67 million metric tons of corn, the Crop Estimates Committee said on March 25. That would be the smallest harvest since 2007. Planting takes place in the summer months of November and December, while the marketing season starts in May, which is the start of the nation’s winter and is when harvesting begins.
 
Mathews’ farm produced as many as 4 tons a hectare during 2014’s bumper intake, matching the average yield for growers in the North West province, where his farm is located. Now, he’s unsure whether he will achieved 6 percent of that after spending close to 4,000 rand ($337) per hectare on input costs.
 
South African white corn has risen 24 percent this year while the yellow variety is up 11 percent.
Drought Team
The North West province accounted for 20 percent of last year’s crop and the Free State, which has also been affected by drought in 2015, made the biggest contribution at 44 percent, Grain Information Service data show.
 
The government has convened what is known as a National Drought Task Team — which comprises five ministries, the South African Weather Service and four agricultural organizations — to assess conditions and come up with solutions, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said in March 23 written reply to lawmakers.
 
“This is a disaster for the whole sector, not just the farmers,” Zokwana said at Grain SA’s March 4 congress. “Without the farmers, there will be no sales next year. Without production there is no food.”
 
For Mathews’ younger brother Steven, who farms cattle on Vaalplaas, which is near the town of Lichtenburg, the drought will push up feed costs. His herd has already consumed all the surplus corn-based fodder he’d earmarked to be used from August, which is the end of the region’s typically dry winters.
Stocks Used
The stock meant to be used for the second half of winter “has ended up carrying you through summer,” said Steven, 25, looking at the bare earth that at this time of the year is usually covered by lush grasslands that hide cattle from view. “A lot of people aren’t going to be able to carry their animals through the winter.”
 
For older brother Ryan, the next season will probably pose a bigger risk because he’s afraid he won’t qualify for insurance, which covered about a third of his crop this year. He will need to apply for finance should he choose to plant on his 1,600-hectare (3,954-acre) farm in the coming period, and will probably not be able to obtain as much as in the current season.
 
“A lot of those farmers have planted and they are not getting any return from it and unfortunately, some of them might not be able to survive until next year,” Lullu Krugel, an economist at KPMG LLP, said by phone.
 
Banks are unlikely to provide him finance to plant the same-sized crop, Mathews said. Other growers in the region are selling portions of their land to access capital, he said.
 
Recent rains are too little, too late.
 
“Our crop is what it is, there is no ways the rain will help,” he said. “No ways, it’s too late.”
Courtesy of BizNews,com
Comment by Yamkin 9 hours ago

Cattle from drought hit Western Queensland seek agistment in the Northern Territory of Australia
Cattle in the yards on Margaret Downs Station
PHOTO: Cattle in the yards on Margaret Downs Station (Daniel Fitzgerald)
The continuing drought in western Queensland is forcing cattle producers to de-stock their properties and some of those cattle are ending up in the Northern Territory.
 
Pastoralists throughout western Queensland have been faced with tough questions about what to do with their cattle after another failed wet season.
 
Some have been forced to feed their stock cottonseed due to the of the lack of grass, while others have destocked by sending their cattle to market or agistment on other properties.
 
Neil Miller owns Margaret Downs Station on the Sturt Plateau, but also spends time on his parent's property near Camooweal in western Queensland.
 
Mr Miller said the dry conditions over the past few years have forced him to move cattle from western Queensland up to his Territory property.
 
"We've been bringing them up since we first bought [Margaret Downs Station] 11 years ago," he said. 
 
"But mainly in the last four years, because of the drought, we've been bringing them across here for some grass.
 
"It's been dry over there for three going on four years."
 
Over the past few years Mr Miller has trucked around 4,000 head of cattle from Queensland.
 
"Some have come to here [Margaret Downs], some have come to other stations on the Plateau, on agistment and some are going straight through to the markets," he said.
 
Finding land to agist cattle on was becoming more difficult as the drought in Queensland continues, Mr Miller said.
 
"It was easy to start with, but with the drought going on its getting harder and harder, with more people coming across and agisting the country that's available," Mr Miller said.
 
"There's a lot more people coming over here, pastoralists in western Queensland are moving their cattle wherever they can find grass to shift them to."
 
Given the ongoing nature of the drought, Mr Miller was unsure if the cattle he has moved will ever go back to western Queensland.
 
"It depends on the seasons and on the markets, if the export stays strong it's just as good to go [to Darwin for live export] with them, rather than turn them around and freight them all the way back," he said.
 
"We'll just see what happens in time."
 
Mr Miller said moving stock such vast distances does take its toll, with the cattle taking a while to acclimatise to the new conditions.
 
"There's plenty of feed here, it's probably not the best feed in the world but it keeps them alive, so it wins on that aspect."
Courtesy of ABC.Net

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