Chile Earthquake 2012: 6.1 Magnitude Quake Hits Near Coquimbo

EarthquakeA Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake has struck western Chile, the US Geological Survey says . It said the quake – centred 480km north of the capital, Santiago and 89km north-west of the port city of Coquimbo – was at a depth of 61.8km.It hit at 4.02pm Wednesday local time (8.02am Thursday .No reports of injuries Chile’s state emergency office, Onemi, said there were no reports of injuries, disruptions to basic services or infrastructure damage as a result of the tremor.The navy said the quake did not meet the conditions needed to trigger a Tsunami.

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60,000 new power outages as nor’easter Athena slams US northeast

Snow blows past debris and nonfunctioning streetlights during a Nor’Easter snowstorm on November 7, 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City (Mario Tama / Getty Images / AFP)  A Winter Storm has left thousands across the US East Coast without power, adding to the 640,000 already under blackouts after Hurricane Sandy. Residents fear more damage as the storm hits the storm-pummeled northeast with heavy wind, snow and rain. An estimated 60,000 people lost electricity as the nor’easter, named Athena by the National Weather Service, moved through New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Residents were urged to evacuate flooded areas on Wednesday night, and the storm is predicted to last well into Thursday. New York, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut have seen snowfall up to eight inches in some areas.Airports in New York and New Jersey have already cancelled more than 1,700 flights. Several parks were also closed throughout New York and New Jersey over fears of falling trees, and many schools canceled classes. A nor’easter does not have the destructive force of Sandy, which killed more than 110 people in the US, cut power to 8.5 million homes and flooded New York City and the New Jersey coast. The winter storm still poses a danger, however, because it is hitting areas already devastated by Sandy, increasing the risk of further flooding. “We’re petrified,” James Alexander told USA Today. Alexander lives in the hard-hit Rockaways section of New York City’s Queens borough. “It’s like a sequel to a horror movie.”The storm has also stalled post-Sandy repairs, preventing emergency workers from dealing with the hurricane’s impact.

West Virginia crippled by massive snow storm

Parts of West Virginia were digging out from up to three feet of snow dumped in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a deluge that cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents and shut down main highways. The thick blanket of snow at higher elevations across the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, including in parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania, also brought concerns that rivers and creeks in low-lying areas could flood later in the week as the snow melts, with temperatures expected to reach 60 degrees. Falling trees and storm-related traffic accidents claimed the lives of three people in Maryland, three in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia, state officials said Tuesday. Close to 300,000 West Virginia residents were without power Tuesday afternoon, as high winds and heavy snow snapped branches and downed power lines, and officials expected the number to rise. Outages at several utilities had left some areas without access to water, and officials were sending out trucks to deliver bottled water. “West Virginia continues to be hard hit,” said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat. “Right now, my main focus is on life safety, power restoration and critical infrastructure.…We are doing everything we can to help the folks in need.”

More than 30 of West Virginia’s 55 counties had snow, with the heaviest snowfall at higher elevations, said Liz Sommerville, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Charleston, W.Va. Bowden, above 3,000 feet, recorded 24 inches by early Tuesday, compared with 16 inches in Beckley, elevation 2,300 feet, and 9 inches in the capital of Charleston, elevation 980 feet. “Trees are coming down. I got a feeling that a lot of weaker structures are going to come down,” said Gary Berti, of Davis, W.Va., where 30 inches of snow had fallen by Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Berti, 54 years old, said all the stores along the main street of Davis were closed Tuesday and only pickup trucks with four-wheel drive were braving secondary roads. Restaurants without power were making food for rescue workers using gas stoves, he said: “They’re cooking everything they’ve got because they know they’re going to lose it.” Snow was expected to keep falling on mountainous areas through Wednesday, and blizzard warnings remained in effect in more than a dozen counties Tuesday. At lower elevations, snow was expected to turn to rain by Tuesday night. The West Virginia Department of Transportation reported accidents on three major highways in the state and said fallen trees and power lines were complicating efforts to clear roads. The agency urged residents to stay home. Marshall University canceled classes at various campuses around the state, and West Virginia State University closed for the day.

In Ocean City NJ Sandy Forces The Bay And Ocean To Meet Over Land

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The latest models have Sandy making landfall along the coast of South Jersey on Monday evening between 4 and 6 p.m.

In Ocean City, NJ, the bay and the ocean became one body of water as Hurricane Sandy pounded their shores relentlessly.

“This storm is HISTORIC,” said CBS 3 meteorologist Katie Fehlinger on her Twitter page.

CBS 3 meteorologists say this is the “worst case scenario” as it will make landfall very close to high tide and say the storm pressure is currently stronger than the Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938. Pressure as of 2:20 p.m. was down to 943mb and the storm was picking up speed and expected to make landfall near Atlantic City. Maximum winds were at 90 mph and it is moving north – northwest.

“It is accelerating and making the turn toward the coast,” said CBS 3 meteorologist Kathy Orr.

The National Hurricane Center issued a powerful warning stating, “Sandy expected to bring life-threatening story surge and coastal hurricane winds plus heavy Appalachian snows.”

“This is the worst-case scenario,” said Louis Uccellini, NOAA.

In New Jersey, the dunes have already been breached in Beach Haven and other shore towns. In Ocean City, New Jersey, officials say during this morning’s high tide, the Ocean met the bay.

Officials say, “We’ve never seen anything like it.” source – CBS Philly Local

Tropical storm Leslie hammers Newfoundland

(Sept 11, 2012) The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the center of Tropical Storm Leslie has made landfall in Fortune, Newfoundland. Meteorologist Bob Robichaud says the potent storm touched down at about 8:30 a.m. AST (7:30 a.m. EST, 1130 GMT) as it continued to barrel north-northeast. He says a swath of the province from Fortune, on the Burin Peninsula, all the way east to St. John’s on the Avalon Peninsula was getting pounded with stiff winds and heavy rains. Winds were still building, with the St. John’s airport recording hurricane-force gusts of up to 81 mph (131 kph), while waves were reaching 10 yards (meters) at an offshore buoy. There were widespread power outages in St. John’s and communities along the southeastern coast of the Avalon Peninsula. Heavy rains also drenched province’s western portion.

A Tornado hit New York City Saturday

Image from Twitter/@JDHARTIL‎(Sept 8, 2012) A Tornado has hit New York City Saturday causing some damages, the National Weather Service says. The powerful twister, which originated at sea, disrupted power lines and uprooted several trees in a beachfront area of New York.Videos made by eyewitnesses showed a swirling air column moving towards the shore. Despite fears, the twister did not cause serious damage. Firefighters say the affected area appears to be small and no injuries have been reported so far.However, officials warned of more storms and possible tornadoes in other parts of the northeastern U.S. including New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.Tornadoes are very rare for this region. The destructive weather phenomenon is typical for Midwestern states.

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