Category: Disasters

An artist's depiction of two supermassive black holes converging. (P. Marenfeld/NOAO/AURA/NSF) 1

Colliding Black Holes Spell Doom for Far-Off Galaxy

Colliding Black Holes Spell Doom for Far-Off Galaxy Here in the Milky Way Galaxy, we spend a great deal of time and energy debating which apocalyptic event will supposedly ‘do us in for good’; however, there are other galaxies with their own doomsday brewing. For example: 3.5 billion light-years away, two supermassive black holes are orbiting so closely to each other it could spell doom for their entire home galaxy, which is located within the Virgo constellation. A Rhythmic Flicker Matthew Graham, a computational astronomer at Caltech, has been tracking “a rhythmic flickering from the galaxy’s nucleus, a quasar known as PG 1302-102,”  The...

Aerial imagery of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, (J.D. Griggs - U.S. Geological Survey) 0

Alert: USGS says, ‘Hawaiian Volcano Mauna Loa Activity Growing’

Alert: USGS – Hawaiian Volcano Mauna Loa is Growing in Activity Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) have elevated the Volcano Alert Level for Mauna Loa from NORMAL to ADVISORY, on a color scale this essentially means moving from GREEN to YELLOW. The change indicates that the volcano is showing signs of unrest that are above known background levels, but it does not mean that a Mauna Loa eruption is imminent or certain, according to the USGS. According to the USGS website, “HVO’s seismic stations have recorded elevated rates of shallow, small-magnitude earthquakes beneath the summit, upper...

Tsunami of 2011 following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, triggering the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at Fukashima. (Youtube) 0

BREAKING: Parts of Japan Evacuated as Minor Tsunami Expected

BREAKING: Parts of Japan Evacuated as Minor Tsunami Expected Following the cancellation of the Tsunami Advisory for California this afternoon, according to a report from the National Weather Service, low-lying parts of Japan are being evacuated as the small waves are set to hit the coast starting at 20:20 UTC for parts of Chiba, Fukushima and Aichi prefectures, according to public broadcaster NHK. ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL ————————– * ESTIMATED TIMES OF ARRIVAL -ETA- OF THE INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE FOR PLACES WITHIN THREATENED REGIONS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST....

Estimated travel times of a potential tsunami (National Weather Service - US) 0

TSUNAMI ALERT UPDATE – GMT-6 12:41 AM (US Central Time)

TSUNAMI ALERT UPDATE – GMT-6 12:41 AM (US Central Time) A tsunami watch is still in effect for California. Local estimates show that waves will arrive in California by about 4:46 a.m. in Newport Beach and arrive a minute later in the Port of Los Angeles. By 5:06 a.m., waves are estimated to arrive in Santa Barbara, and by 5:10 a.m., in Port San Luis. Waves appear currently to be variable in strength. Dark Matter News will try to provide hourly updates as new USGS and NOAA information is made available. UPDATES ——- * UPDATED OBSERVATIONS …THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT… WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/WATCHES —————————...

Estimated travel times of a potential tsunami (National Weather Service - US) 0

TSUNAMI ALERT UPDATE – GMT-6 11:38 PM (US Central Time)

TSUNAMI ALERT UPDATE – GMT-6 11:38 PM (US Central Time) A tsunami watch is still in effect for California. Local estimates show that waves will arrive in California by about 4:46 a.m. in Newport Beach and arrive a minute later in the Port of Los Angeles. By 5:06 a.m., the tsunami is estimated to arrive in Santa Barbara, and by 5:10 a.m., in Port San Luis. Waves appear to be getting stronger in most recent reports. Dark Matter News will try to provide hourly updates as new USGS and NOAA information is made available. UPDATES ——- * UPDATED OBSERVATIONS …THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS...

Estimated travel times of a potential tsunami (National Weather Service - US) 0

TSUNAMI ALERT UPDATE GMT -6 10:38 PM (US Central Time)

TSUNAMI ALERT UPDATE GMT -6 10:38 PM A tsunami watch is still in effect for California. Dark Matter News will try to provide hourly updates as new USGS and NOAA information is made available. WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/WATCHES ————————— TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR… * THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGED POINT CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUIS OBISPO/ FOR OTHER US AND CANADIAN PACIFIC COASTS IN NORTH AMERICA – THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT. IMPACTS FOR TSUNAMI ADVISORY AREAS ———————————- * A TSUNAMI...

California Tsunami Advisory (Twitter) 0

BREAKING: CALIFORNIA ADDED TO TSUNAMI ADVISORY

In addition to a watch issued for the State of Hawaii, this message was just issued from the National weather service for coastal California, following the 8.3 magnitude earthquake which occurred earlier off the coast of Chile: TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR… * THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGED POINT CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUIS OBISPO/ California coastal residents are urged to stay tuned in to local news stations for advisories from NOAA and civil defense. NOAA Tsunami Alert on...

Tsunami map - USGS 1

BREAKING: TSUNAMI WATCH ISSUED FOR HAWAII POST 8.3 CHILEAN QUAKE

BREAKING: TSUNAMI WATCH ISSUED FOR HAWAII POST 8.3 MAGNITUDE CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE (USGS) An 8.3 magnitude earthquake was just reported off the coast of Chile at 22:54:33 (UTC) prompting an immediate tsunami watch to be issued for the State of Hawaii. Officials from NOAA have issued this statement: THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS 0311 AM HST THU 17 SEP 2015 FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED. The first wave could arrive around 3:00 AM local time for Hawaii residents, though NOAA does not expect a major event...

Earthquake strikes Chile Wednesday evening. (The Guardian) 0

Update: Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami Footage

Chilean Earthquake Footage As we stay up with you all though the morning providing updates on the current situation in the Pacific, we have compiled a list of footage from the 8.2 magnitude earthquake which rocked Chile Wednesday evening, setting a chain reaction of waves scheduled to reach landfall in California as early as 04:46 AM Pacific local time. So far five people have died, with multiple injured in the event. Over one million residents have been evacuated due to flooding, with 15 foot waves reported in Conquimbo. Watch: We will stay with our readers throughout the morning as updates roll...

Estimated travel times of a potential tsunami (National Weather Service - US) 0

Tsunami Watch – Latest Report

Tsunami Watch – Latest Report A tsunami watch is still in effect for California. Local estimates still show that waves will arrive in California by about 4:46 a.m. in Newport Beach and arrive a minute later in the Port of Los Angeles. By 5:06 a.m., waves are estimated to arrive in Santa Barbara, and by 5:10 a.m., in Port San Luis. ***Update*** According to the latest NOAA reports, the tsunami still appears to be between 1-3 feet in height, with many reports listing it as less than one foot. California is still in a watch for this event which was set-off by an...

Estimated travel times of a potential tsunami (National Weather Service - US) 0

TSUNAMI ALERT UPDATE – GMT-6 02:41 AM (US Central Time)

TSUNAMI ALERT UPDATE – GMT-6 02:41 AM (US Central Time) A tsunami watch is still in effect for California. Local estimates still show that waves will arrive in California by about 4:46 a.m. in Newport Beach and arrive a minute later in the Port of Los Angeles. By 5:06 a.m., waves are estimated to arrive in Santa Barbara, and by 5:10 a.m., in Port San Luis. ***Update*** New data sets added. Waves still variable in strength. Most recent data from markers closer to earthquake epicenter show smaller waves, as tsunami passes further away. Largest recorded waves just over 15 ft. in height. As...

Tsunami map - USGS 0

Update: Tsunami Escalates as First Waves Measured in Galapagos

Update: Tsunami Escalates as First Waves Measured in Galapagos A tsunami watch is still in effect for California. Local estimates still show that waves will arrive in California by about 4:46 a.m. in Newport Beach and arrive a minute later in the Port of Los Angeles. By 5:06 a.m., waves are estimated to arrive in Santa Barbara, and by 5:10 a.m., in Port San Luis. ***Update*** New data sets have been added from buoys around the Galapagos islands. So far, preliminary reports show waves escalating back up to over 2 ft above normal, though waves are still variable in strength. Largest recorded waves...