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Archive | November 8, 2016

Major Power Outage In Russia

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Heavy rains swell rivers in parts of Balkans

A man crawls onto the roof of a flooded car in Kashar, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the capital Tirana. Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016. Albanian authorities have sent ...
A man crawls onto the roof of a flooded car in Kashar, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the capital Tirana. Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016. Albanian authorities have sent army troops and other personnel to help people evacuated because of floods caused by heavy rain. No injuries or deaths have been reported so far.
(AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Heavy rain in the Balkans caused swollen rivers to overflow Tuesday, flooding some homes and cutting electricity to remote areas. Authorities in Albania reported two deaths.
 
Serbia’s state TV said surging waters cut a regional road in the southwest of the country and forced a dozen people to leave their homes.
 
A second day of rain caused floods in northern Montenegro, near the border with Serbia. Authorities in the town of Berane warned residents not to drink tap water.
 
Albanian authorities said a body was found in a river in Tirana, the capital, while another man died while trying to cross a stream with his car, and there were unconfirmed reports of other deaths as the country struggled to cope with up to 100 millimeters (4 inches) of rain in some areas.
About 3,500 soldiers and emergency personnel have spread across the country to evacuate residents, more than 100 families, mainly ones living near rivers.
The Defense Ministry said more than 200 troops and many specialized vehicles have been sent mainly to the northern Lezha district.
Speaking at an emergency meeting, Prime Minister Edi Rama said he expected rain to continue and that “the situation will be extremely grave.”
Some 200,000 people were reported to be without power, and the Education Ministry called on all schools to suspend classes. Schools will be closed on Wednesday too.
People look at the floodwater in Kashar, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the capital Tirana Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016. Albanian authorities have sent army troops and...
People look at the floodwater in Kashar, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the capital Tirana Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016. Albanian authorities have sent army troops and other personnel to help people evacuated because of floods caused by heavy rain. No injuries or deaths have been reported so far. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
A look at the floodwater in Kashar, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the capital Tirana Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016. Albanian authorities have sent army troops and othe...
A look at the floodwater in Kashar, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the capital Tirana Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016. Albanian authorities have sent army troops and other personnel to help people evacuated because of floods caused by heavy rain. No injuries or deaths have been reported so far. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
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Fireball over North/South Dakota Minnesota and in Manitoba, Canada

An unusual sighting for many people Sunday night, reports of a huge flash in the sky about 6 p.m. It has many people wondering what they saw and how typical this is.
 
“It will be bright so it will catch your eye if you are looking the right way,” said MSUM Astronomy Professor Juan Cabanela.
 
Hundreds of people commented on the Valley News Live Facebook page about a huge fireball in the sky.
 
“I would count myself lucky in the sense that is a really cool thing to see,” stated Cabanela.
 
A report from Red Lake, Minnesota said “I was in the woods with some friends and we seen a bright white light, lit up everything in the woods.”
 
Another from Grafton North, Dakota, “I seen a huge flash and nothing else. It was unexplainable.”
 
“Fireballs are fairly rare, they are the biggest of the meteors and so they also tend to be sporadic and not necessarily always associated with a meteor shower,” explained Cabanela.
 
A map from the American Meteor Society, a place that tracks meteor sightings, shows that 67 people reported this fireball. The sightings were reported mainly in North Dakota and Minnesota but also in South Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.
 
“That’s where they think it came in roughly,” explained Cabanela while pointing to the trajectory on the map.
 
Cabanela says the reports show this fireball was larger than most, about baseball size and thinks it was about 20-30 miles high in the sky.
 
“You can typically see them, from a couple hundred miles out is not crazy,” stated Cabanela.
 
Cabanela says fireballs typically travel at 30 miles per second and are seen daily from somewhere across the world.
 
“We just happen to get one over a fairly populated area. We had nice weather last night,” said Cabanela.
 
The Taurids meteor shower is happening but Cabanela doesn’t think this fireball was a part of that.
 
“It looks like this came from North to the South which would not have been associated with the Taurids,”
 
Cabanela says if you are one of the lucky ones that see one of these fireballs in the future or saw the one last night, you should report it to the American Meteor Society.
 
We’ve posted the link to the site on the side. It takes only a few minutes and asks you questions, like what you saw, when and where.
Courtesy of valleynewslive.com

MAGNITUDE 6.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=543781

Subject To Change

Depth: 20 km

Distances: 424 km SW of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,838,000 / local time: 01:55:45.9 2016-11-08
44 km NW of Concepción, Chile / pop: 216,000 / local time: 01:55:45.9 2016-11-08
31 km NW of Talcahuano, Chile / pop: 253,000 / local time: 01:55:45.9 2016-11-08

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=543778

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 2541 km S of Canberra, Australia / pop: 328,000 / local time: 15:27:13.2 2016-11-08
2639 km SW of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 382,000 / local time: 17:27:13.2 2016-11-08
4239 km S of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,100 / local time: 15:27:13.2 2016-11-08

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MAGNITUDE 5.8 WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=543769

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 2544 km S of Canberra, Australia / pop: 328,000 / local time: 14:09:26.0 2016-11-08
2641 km SW of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 382,000 / local time: 16:09:26.0 2016-11-08
4242 km S of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,100 / local time: 14:09:26.0 2016-11-08

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MAGNITUDE 5.5 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=543755

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Depth: 60 km

Distances: 410 km N of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 284,000 / local time: 10:58:44.2 2016-11-08
101 km SE of Madang, Papua New Guinea / pop: 27,500 / local time: 10:58:44.2 2016-11-08
90 km NE of Kainantu, Papua New Guinea / pop: 8,600 / local time: 10:58:44.2 2016-11-08

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YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.3 WESTERN MONTANA, USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=543720

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Depth: 0 km

Distances: 572 km S of Calgary, Canada / pop: 1,020,000 / local time: 13:09:06.2 2016-11-07
72 km SW of Helena, United States / pop: 28,200 / local time: 13:09:06.2 2016-11-07
5 km E of Butte, United States / pop: 34,200 / local time: 13:09:06.2 2016-11-07

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