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Issue 498 In This Issue October 22nd, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan in April of this year was halted by rising magma? Scientists have found evidence that the earthquake 'cut into' the Aso caldera and this helped to stop the deadly earthquake in its tracks. Click here

Speaking of tracks, have you ever wondered, if someone was to make a map of all the rivers and streams in the contiguous U.S., what that might look like? Click here

On a slightly different subject, are you aware that researchers have discovered strange massive flares of X-ray energy emissions coming from binary stars in two different galaxies? "When such burst of energy occurs, supernovas and gamma ray bursts are destroyed, but in this case, the two stars flared to the verge of exploding but remained." Click here

That's it from me for this week. Enjoy this newsletter and have a wonderful week.

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Earth Watch

Two mysterious avalanches reported in Tibet
A massive avalanche of unknown cause was reported in the Aru Range of Tibet in July 2016. The avalanche sent glacial ice and rock tumbling down the valley, and nine people got killed on the occasion. A second such avalanche happened again in September, only a few kilometers from the area of the first incident. The scientists who studied the occurrence weren't able to determine the exact cause behind the event, as temperatures and rainfall amount were in a normal range several months before. The most surprising fact was that the part of the glacier that collapsed was situated on a fairly flat part of the terrain. Several months later, a similar avalanche was reported only several kilometers to the south of the first. According to Andreas Kääb, a glaciologist at the University of Oslo, both of these gigantic avalanches were very unusual, and two of them within close geographical and temporal vicinity is an unprecedented event. On acquired satellite images, the older of the two avalanches seems significantly darker, meaning that it likely had a smoother and wetter surface, probably because the ice on its surface was longer exposed and had time to melt only partially. However, it's impossible to distinguish between wetness and surface roughness based on a satellite image.

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The volcano that ended an earthquake: Rising magma halted the 'unzipping' of a powerful tremor on a Japanese island
One of the most active volcanoes in Japan recently helped to stop a deadly earthquake in its tracks.   In April, the a 7.1 magnitude Kumamoto earthquake shook Kyushu Island, 19 miles (30 km) from Mount Aso. Scientists have now found evidence suggesting that the tremor earthquake was halted by a magma chamber under the Aso volcanic cluster. Made up of two quakes, the event killed at least 50 people, injured 3,000 and damaged buildings in Kumamoto and ┼îita Prefectures – but could have been even worse. Researchers from Kyoto Univeristy travelled to the epicentre and its surrounding area after the earthquake in a bid to learn more about how faults form in the vicinity of volcanoes. The team, led by Aiming Lin, then conducted studies for 10 days to analyse the earthquake's fault rupture. The Kumamoto earthquake enabled the researchers to do a before-and-after comparison of fault distribution in the area. They discovered that the 7.1 magnitude earthquake 'cut into' the Aso caldera from the southwest to the northeast edge, where the fault ruptures abruptly stopped. Seismic wave activity below the site where the earthquake was halted, revealed a zone of ascending magma.

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Weather Watch

Typhoon "Haima" slams into China, intense winds and rainstorms anticipated
Typhoon "Haima," also known as Lawin in the Philippines, made its second landfall, over China on October 21, 2016. Intense winds were already reported in Hong Kong, as hundreds of flights were canceled. Flash flooding, landslides, power outages and infrastructural damage are expected across the affected regions. The China Meteorological Department has issued a Red Warning for Typhoon in the south-eastern provinces of China, as of October 21. The Hong Kong Observatory issued a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 8 while the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan issued a Torrential Rain Advisory and an Extremely Heavy Rain Advisory in the southern and eastern counties of Taiwan. After leaving a trail of destruction and killing at least 13 people in the northern Philippines, Typhoon "Haima" made a second landfall in eastern Guangdong, China during the midday hours of October 21 (local time). The system hit the region as a Category 1 hurricane, bringing intense winds, heavy rainfall, and a strong storm surge.  Typhoon "Haima" was located approximately 142.6 km/h (88.6 mph) northeast of Hong Kong and moving north-northwestward at 24 km/h (14.9 mph) on October 21, 09:00 UTC, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

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Space Watch

Deep space X: Mysterious flashes discovered beyond Milky Way

Strange X-ray emissions have been discovered in two galaxies and researchers can’t explain what’s causing them.

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Calendar of Events

October 22nd @ 7pm POSTPONED: LIVE MUSIC - "Kissy Flick" Concert
Doors open 6:30, TICKETS on-line (soon) $20 and $25 at the door. All tickets include one free beverage.

October 23rd @ 5:30pm: WATCH SEA-HAWKS

October 25th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspirations
News not on TV with Scott Mowry. Cost: $10

October 29th: Saturday Night Special
7pm to 9pm: Spooks & Kooks Children's Special. $5 suggested donation.
9pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show. Cost: $5

October 30th @ 10am: WATCH SEA-HAWKS

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October 28th thru 30th: Yelm premiere of SEED: The Untold Story, playing at the Yelm Cinemas on Friday and Saturday, October 28 & 29 at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, October 30 at 12:00 noon. Directors Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel will be attending and doing a Q & A after the show on Friday, October 28; and local seed savers, farmers, and educators will be doing a Q & A/panel discussion after the Saturday, October 29 show. For a complete list of screenings, please click here.

Technology Watch

Tesla to equip all vehicles with full self-driving capabilities
On Wednesday, Tesla unveiled new cutting-edge hardware that will allow its vehicles to drive completely autonomously. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, promised to demonstrate its capabilities with a driverless test drive from LA to New York. Tesla insists that its new hardware will make the car “substantially safer than a human driver” and “lower the financial cost of transportation” for drivers. It also claims the new feature will be of benefit to those who don’t own a car, as it will “provide low-cost on-demand mobility.” From now on, all Tesla models, including Model 3, will each have 12 ultrasonic sensors and eight cameras capable of 360 degree viewing at a range of 250 meters (820 feet). The electronic car’s vision will be sufficiently enhanced by “forward-facing radar” that can see the road even in the most unfavorable weather conditions, including heavy rain, fog, and dust storms. The radar will be so powerful that it may even be able to see through some objects, such as a car ahead of it, the company claims on its website. Multiple sensors will facilitate the timely detection of both soft and hard road objects at much greater distances than before, which should aid in preventing collisions.

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Beautiful Earth Visualization Shows the World's Weather in Motion
A stunning, blue-and-green visualization of the globe allows viewers to see the world's wind and weather patterns as forecast by supercomputers around the world. The striking animation, called "earth," was designed by computer programmer Cameron Beccario, an engineering manager at the computer coding company Indeed Tokyo in Japan. The interactive graphic allows users to toggle between views that show the flow of wind; the movement of ocean currents and the height of waves; the air temperature; and the circulation of air pollutants around the globe. The visualization of Earth draws from the huge assortment of data from myriad instruments floating in the planet's atmosphere, drifting along ocean currents and sitting in the soil. For instance, the model uses the National Centers for Environmental Prediction's Global Forecast System, which uses supercomputers to run a model that predicts weather four times a day. That model uses dozens of different types of measurements, from soil moisture to precipitation to ozone concentration. Other data, like sea-surface temperature, are gathered and updated every day from an array of instruments, including infrared satellites, moored buoys and ships just passing through a region. Carbon-dioxide measurements track the concentration of the greenhouse gas at the Earth's surface.

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On The Lighter Side

The veins of America: Stunning map shows every river basin in the US 

A stunning new map shows the complex network of rivers and streams in the contiguous United States. Created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej, a geographer and GIS analyst with a ‘lifelong passion for beautiful maps,’ it highlights the massive expanse of river basins across the country – in particular, those which feed the Mississippi River.

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Is this the world's cutest nursery? Heart-melting pictures show cuddly cubs frolicking in China's 'panda kindergarten'

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