Nov 062011
El Hierro

Spanish authorities were forced to close down El Hierro island and evacuate its residents due to to a major eruption occurring in an underwater volcano nearby. El Hierro island, a member of the Canary islands chain is a bustling port and home to  about 600 hundred.  Scientists have detected airborne volcanic fragments called pyroclasts and have ordered all aircraft from flying over the southern tip of the island where the activity is the greatest. Also ships have been ordered to stay away as well. Volcanic activity in this particular area has been virtually non-stop for the last 6 months but has recently turned dangerous with earthquakes at 4.4 magnitude occurring on a regular basis.

Nov 062011
Seal of Oklahoma.

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has rattled the calm of Oklahoma after two smaller shakers just a few days before. The quake registered 5.6 on the Richter scale and was centered 44 miles East North East of Oklahoma City, occurring at 10:53 PM (Local time) last night.  A 4.0 aftershock has also hit the area approximately 1 hour ago and was centered 35 miles East of Oklahoma City and 14 miles North of Shawnee. Both quakes were shallow at 3.1 miles deep. Widespread damage has been reported. This quake may go down as the largest in Oklahoma history.

Nov 052011
Logo of the United Nations

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Pacific-wide Tsunami Warning and Communication Exercise to take place November 9th-10th. The stated purpose of the test:

“The purpose (aim) of Exercise Pacific Wave 11 is to improve local and regional source tsunami warning and response capability in the Pacific.
The exercise provides an opportunity for Pacific countries to exercise their operational lines of communications, review their tsunami response procedures, and promote emergency preparedness. Regular exercises are important for maintaining staff readiness in case of a real event. This is especially true for tsunamis, which are infrequent, but when they occur, require a rapid response. Every Pacific country is encouraged to participate”.

Here is the link to the training manual available at the United Nations UNESCO site:


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