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Archive | July 3, 2019

#Dam breach in #Maharashtra’s #Ratnagiri district, #India

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#Facebook images broken, #Instagram and #WhatsApp struggling too

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Starting at about 8:00 AM EDT, Facebook began having issues displaying any new images. At about the same time, Facebook image-sharing network, Instagram and its communications program WhatsApp began having similar problems.

Facebook wouldn’t admit to any problem for hours. In the meantime, users from around the globe are reporting issues on Twitter and DownDetector. While Facebook continues to run, people are primarily reporting that they’re unable to upload or view images.

In a statement sent just before 4 PM EDT, a Facebook representative finally addressed the elephant on the internet: “During one of our routine maintenance operations, we triggered an issue that is making it difficult for some people to upload or send photos and videos. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.” No time has been given for a fix.

At first, when I encountered the problem, I was unable to upload new photographs. Now I find I’m unable to view many older images. I’m far from alone.

Instagram users are also struggling. Since Instagram is all about images, the site is essentially down.

WhatsApp users are in the same sinking boat. They too can’t share photos or videos.

Several hours later Facebook Messenger users also started reporting similar problems.

In theory, all these social networks and messaging services are still on different platforms. In practice, clearly, they’re at least all sharing media storage mechanisms since they’re all suffering from the same kinds of problems.

Courtesy of zdnet.com

https://tinyurl.com/y3y84sol

#YellowAlert Issued Due To Increased #SeismicActivity At #MaunaLoaVolcano In #Hawaii

Earthquakes under Manua Loa during the past week (image: HVO / USGS)

The alert level for the volcano has been raised to yellow two days ago. This doesn’t mean that an eruption is expected to occur in a near future, but acknowledges that the volcano is currently preparing itself for its next eruption, which will come, sooner or later, but currently without possibility to indicate a specific time frame.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reported that “for the past several months, earthquake and ground deformation rates at Mauna Loa Volcano have exceeded long term background levels. An eruption is not imminent and current rates are not cause for alarm. However, they do indicate changes in the shallow magma storage system at Mauna Loa.”

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

https://tinyurl.com/y235wg4r

#EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE 3.0 #CANARY ISLANDS, #SPAIN REGION


Subject to change

Depth: 19 km

Distances: 487 km W of Laâyoune / El Aaiún, Western Sahara / pop: 189,000 / local time: 20:02:36.0 2019-07-03

203 km SW of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain / pop: 223,000 / local time: 20:02:36.0 2019-07-03
96 km SW of Alajeró, Spain / pop: 2,100 / local time: 20:02:36.0 2019-07-03

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Violent #Explosions With #Eruption Column Rising 2 km, Triggering #Panic At #StromboliVolcano In #Italy

View of the eruption column at Stromboli volcano (image: Francesca Utano / VolcanoDiscovery)

A series of at least two very large explosions occurred this afternoon at the volcano. They probably rank among the largest recorded at the volcanoes in decades.

At approx. 16:51, 16:54, and 17:03 local time, it seems that the the western (or otherwise the central) vent produced powerful eruptions (in particular the latter two), which ejected glowing bombs all over the summit area and produced an eruption column that rose approx. 3-5 km.

Hot bombs and lapilli falling in the vegetated slopes of the island caused a series of fires. Panic was reported to have broken out among some residents in the village of Ginostra (which is at only 2 km horizontal distance from the crater), but there are no reports of injuries.

A newspaper article mentioned that some tourists fled into the sea and there are talks about evacuation of the island, although the situation is not clear at the moment.

What is is clear is that this so-called paroxysm today was one of the largest events of its kind on the volcano not only during recent years, but decades. Fortunately, such sudden large explosions have been rare at Stromboli (on average one or two per year), but they not entirely unusual. Unfortunately, they are almost impossible to predict and pose a constant risk for anyone visiting the summit area.

According to local news, the eruption was preceded by an overflow of lava into the Sciara del Fuoco, which seems to have been associated with the first explosion at around 16:51 (see image), suggesting that they were the result of a sudden surge in magma supply.

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

https://tinyurl.com/y2yjoqpo

New #Ash #Eruption At #SangayVolcano In #Ecuador

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New ash eruption at Sangay Volcano

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

https://tinyurl.com/y4esadd7