A Massive Earthquake in Pakistan Has Resulted in the Birth of a New Island
The southwestern Pakistan was stricken by a major earthquake,
Which killed people, and collapsed so many buildings and houses.
The forming of a small island in the Arabian Sea was not a fake.
Men had to leave their homes together with their kids and spouses.
The quake that hit Pakistan’s Baluchistan province had 7.8 magnitude.
On the coast of Gwadar, many houses collapsed on the people inside.
The island having a width around 100 feet and up to 20 feet altitude,
Is a new rocky formation above the water rising like a sea tide.
Mud volcanoes have risen off that coast and disappeared again
Within a few months being washed away by the currents in the Sea.
The mystery of this volcano, which can meet the same fate, no one can explain.
The Vikings Edda and the Bible, in searching for the truth, can form a key.
This quake was centered at a strange triple junction in the Earth’s surface
The Arabian tectonic plate being pushed its way beneath the Eurasian plate.
The Indian plate rammed into both of them, the terrain was deformed to resurface.
This effect of the quake is more interesting than the changes in the atomic weight.
The tremors were even felt in northern part of India including its capital
This quake being similar with that one moving parts of Chile 10 feet to the west.
The story about another island temporarily rising from the Arabian Sea is also real.
The 'super typhoon' formed in the Pacific Ocean proves that the weather is stressed.
Usagi swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan
To bring torrential rains and high winds to the island while weakening slightly.
It made landfall in China's Guangdong Province in the city of Shanwei, near Kowloon.
The rain continued inland over China triggering flooding, the life changing sightly.
The Batanes Islands, in the northern Philippines north of Luzon, took a direct hit.
The rain has fallen in the northern Philippines, where the typhoon was named Odette.
Japan is damaged by the quake and the tsunami, because it’s time to start a split.
People of San Francisco wait for their turn thinking that the life is not finished, yet..
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The U.S. Geological Survey mentioned that the quake that hit Pakistan’s Baluchistan province early Tuesday morning was a 7.8 magnitude. Officials recently declared that at more than 150 people died during this quake. That number is expected to rise while the Pakistani military are continuing to clean up the zone. Many one-level houses, in the region where the quake hit, collapsed on the people inside.
The power and force of the quake was underscored by the small, visible island that rose off the coast of Gwadar, near the port, in the Arabian Sea, off the southern coast of the country. Pakistan’s Geo News declared that “the island’s altitude is 20 to 40 feet and width around 100 feet, ” and that ''the island is roughly 350 feet off shore'', citing the deputy inspector general Moazzam Jah. Arif Mahmood, the head of Pakistan’s meteorological department. A rocky formation is now just above the water and it is visible from the coast. The rise of this new island is very interesting because most earthquakes rarely have such a drastic effect on the world surface. It’s not entirely clear what caused the new island to jut out of the sea. Earthquakes are definitely capable of causing dramatic shifts in the terrain.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the earthquake struck around 100 km southwest of the city of Khuzdar in Baluchistan province, at a depth of 23 km (15 miles) . The tremors wear even felt in northern part of India including national capital, New Delhi. The earthquake caused considerable panicky among people and many ran out of houses and buildings. There were no reports of aftershocks.
In 2010 a magnitude 8.8 earthquake caused parts of Chile to move “at least 10 feet to the west.” The geoscientists on Twitter talked about the possibility that the new island may have been produced by what’s known as a “mud volcano.” Back in 2010, says NASA, a mud volcano caused a different island to temporarily rise from the Arabian Sea. If that’s the case, Pakistan’s new island may not be around for a long time.
Mud volcanoes have risen off the coast of Pakistan in the past and disappeared again within a few months, washed away by the waves and currents in the Arabian Sea. It is quite likely that this new volcano will meet the same fate.
The earthquake was centered at a strange triple junction in the Earth’s surface, declared the USGS. In Pakistan, near the site of today’s earthquake, ''the Arabian tectonic plate is pushing its way beneath the Eurasian plate while the Indian plate rams into both of them from the south.''
One of the strongest tropical cyclones in at least eight years has formed in the western Pacific Ocean moving toward Hong Kong. Categorized as a “super typhoon” at its peak on Thursday (September 19,2013) , Usagi swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan on Saturday (September 21) , bringing torrential rains and high winds to island communities. On Saturday morning, Usagi’s maximum sustained winds were at 139 mph with gusts exceeding 163 mph. Usagi is weakening slightly.
Usagi is the strongest storm to have formed in 2013. The last time we saw a storm this strong was in 2005, when Major Hurricane Wilma formed as an extremely strong tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Ocean.
Super Typhoon Usagi is the strongest storm to have formed in the last 30 years speaking in terms of Usagi’s barometric pressure (the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm) . The strongest storm since people have begun to measure and track storms was Super Typhoon Tip. It formed in 1979 and had and its pressure was about 870 millibars (mb) . At its peak on September 19, Usagi had an estimated barometric pressure of 882 mb. The last time we had a super typhoon as strong as Usagi in the western Pacific was back in 1984 when Super Typhoon Vanessa had a pressure of 880 mb. However, Super Typhoon Megi in 2010 came very close to this with a pressure of 885 mb. Usagi made landfall as a typhoon in China's Guangdong Province in the city of Shanwei, about 90 miles east-northeast of Kowloon, Hong Kong. Winds gusted to 119 mph at Shanwei around the time of landfall, and the barometric pressure plunged to about 940 millibars (27.8 inches of mercury) . Chinese weather authorities said landfall occurred at 7: 40 p.m. local time (7: 40 a.m. EDT U.S. time) on Sunday.
According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, as of early Monday morning (U.S. time) , Usagi was centered over central Guangdong Province and had weakened to a tropical depression. While the winds from Usagi have subsided, locally heavy rain will continue inland over China, which could trigger flash flooding.
Prior to hitting China, Usagi was a super typhoon. A tropical cyclone is dubbed a 'super typhoon' when maximum sustained winds reach at least 150 mph. Usagi underwent a period of rapid intensification from early Wednesday through midday Thursday (U.S. Eastern time) , going from a 55-knot (65-mph) tropical storm to a 140-knot (160-mph) super typhoon in just 33 hours, or just under a 100 mph intensification, based on satellite estimates of intensity. Usagi killed more than 30 people
By Friday night, though, Usagi underwent an eye-wall replacement cycle, causing the storm to weaken slightly. In addition, the outer rain bands began to interact with Taiwan and Luzon, disrupting the storm's low-level inflow, further weakening the storm.
The center of Usagi passed north of the north coast of Luzon on Saturday, local time.
The Batanes Islands, in the extreme northern Philippines north of Luzon, took a direct hit. Basco Airport reported a sustained wind of 112 mph, and then went nearly calm as the eye passed overhead and the pressure dropped to 930 millibars.
Heavy rain has fallen in parts of the northern Philippines, where the typhoon was named Odette.
The Telegraph analyzed the damages of Japan, which are a consequence of the earthquake and the tsunami. They found 2,414 dead persons. Also, they found:
10,000 – Likely final death toll figure is set to reach beyond that mark.
15,000 – Number of people unaccounted for.
50 – Number of Britons missing, presumed dead.
550,000 – Evacuated from their homes since the quake struck on Friday.
Much of the media attention in the West now is being focused on the ongoing dramas of the nuclear reactors that have been affected by the quake and tsunami. Germany has ordered that its seven nuclear reactors placed into service before 1980 be taken offline and it’s unclear what their fate will be. There’s a certain level of panic setting in worldwide over nuclear power at the moment (particularly among elected officials) . Even here in relatively tectonically stable Illinois there’s nervousness.
In Japan the concern may be well-founded. The amount of radiation that has been released is enough to be a concern for the years that come. Japan has been the home to some of the world’s most damaging earthquakes.
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