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6.2 Mag Earthquake Rocks NE Japan

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks NE Japan

May 20, 2012

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit seas off northeastern Japan on Sunday afternoon, said the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The focus of the quake, which occurred at 16:20 p.m. local time (0720 GMT) , was located some 10 km under the sea off the northeastern Sanriku region on the Honshu Island, according to the agency.

The tremor was most felt in prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, and parts of Yamagata.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to properties, and no tsunami warning was issued.

“Although there may be slight sea-level changes in coastal regions, this earthquake has caused no damage to Japan,” the JMA said

http://english.cri.cn/6966/2012/05/20/3123s700857.htm

First tropical storm of the season prompts storm watch for parts of So

First tropical storm of the season prompts storm watch for parts of South Carolina coast

Published May 20, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Forecasters late Saturday issued a tropical storm watch for parts of the South Carolina coast after the first tropical storm of the 2012 hurricane season formed in the Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued the watch after Tropical Storm Alberto formed Saturday. The official start to hurricane season is June 1, but tropical storms occasionally occur before then.

The advisory covers the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River to the South Santee River for at least the next 24 hours. Tropical storm and dangerous surf conditions are possible.

Late on Saturday, the storm was 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph). It was moving southwest at 6 mph (10 kph).

Forecasters advised coastal interests from Georgia to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to track the storm.

The hurricane center said a decrease in speed was expected through Sunday, with the storm turning toward the west-northwest — and then moving north-northeast by Monday. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (72 kilometers).

National Weather Service meteorologist Sandy LaCorte in Wilmington said early Saturday evening the system is expected to reverse course and head northeast over the next several days. She said the center of the storm is not expected to get close to the Carolinas’ coast……

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2012/05/20/first-tropical-storm-season-prompts-storm-watch-for-parts-south-carolina-coast/#ixzz1vNmLFPqO

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes near Bologna, Italy

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes near Bologna, Italy

Sat May 19, 2012 10:27pm EDT

(Reuters) – A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Bologna, Italy, on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake, which initially registered at magnitude 6.3, was centered 22 miles north-northwest of Bologna in northern Italy at a relatively shallow depth of 6.3 miles, the USGS said.

The last major earthquake to hit Italy was a 6.3 magnitude quake in the central Italian city of L’Aquila in 2009, killing nearly 300 people.

In January, a 5.3-magnitude quake in northern Italy was felt in Genoa, Bologna, Turin and Italy’s financial capital, Milan.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/20/us-quake-italy-idUSBRE84J01K20120520?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29

System Detects Need Offloads Brain Memory/Multi-Tasking To Computer

MIT: Computer Detects Need & Offloads Human Multi-Tasking/Memory To Computer

May 14, 2012

A group of American researchers from MIT, Indiana University, and Tufts University, led by Erin Treacy Solovey, have developed Brainput — pronounced brain-put, not bra-input — a system that can detect when your brain is trying to multitask, and offload some of that workload to a computer.

The idea of using computers to do our grunt work isn’t exactly new — without them, the internet wouldn’t exist, manufacturing would be a very different beast, and we’d all have to get a lot better at mental arithmetic. I would say that the development of cheap, general purpose computers over the last 50 years, and the freedoms they have granted us, is one of mankind’s most important advancements. Brainput is something else entirely though.

Using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), which is basically a portable, poor man’s version of fMRI, Brainput measures the activity of your brain. This data is analyzed, and if Brainput detects that you’re multitasking, the software kicks in and helps you out. In the case of the Brainput research paper, Solovey and her team set up a maze with two remotely controlled robots. The operator, equipped with fNIRS headgear, has to navigate both robots through the maze simultaneously, constantly switching back and forth between them. When Brainput detects that the driver is multitasking, it tells the robots to use their own sensors to help with navigation. Overall, with Brainput turned on, operator performance improved — and yet they didn’t generally notice that the robots were partially autonomous.

More…

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/129279-mits-brainput-boosts-your-brain-power-by-offloading-multitasking-to-a-computer

4,700 potentially dangerous asteroids lurk near Earth, NASA says

4,700 potentially dangerous asteroids lurk near Earth, NASA says

By SPACE.com Staff

Published May 18, 2012

Space.com

A new NASA survey has pinned down the number of asteroids that could pose a collision threat to Earth in what scientists say is the best estimate yet of the potentially dangerous space rocks.

The survey found there are likely 4,700 potentially hazardous asteroids, plus or minus 1,500 space rocks, that are larger than 330 feet (100 meters) wide and in orbits that occasionally bring them close enough to Earth to pose a concern, researchers said. To date, only about 30 percent of those objects have actually been found, they added.

Potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs in NASA-speak, are space rocks in orbits that come within 5 million miles (8 million kilometers) of Earth and are large enough to cause damage on regional or global scale if they were ever to hit our planet.

The new study was based on observations from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), an infrared space telescope. While the telescope data returned an estimate of the potentially dangerous near-Earth asteroid population that is similar to previous projections, it also revealed some surprising new results……

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/17/4700-potentially-dangerous-asteroids-lurk-near-earth-nasa-says/#ixzz1vFyWOtvg

6.2 Mw – OFF COAST OF AISEN, CHILE

6.2 Mw – OFF COAST OF AISEN, CHILE

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.2 Mw

Date-Time

18 May 2012 02:00:41 UTC

17 May 2012 21:00:41 near epicenter

17 May 2012 21:00:41 standard time in your timezone

Location 44.594S 80.073W

Depth 10 km

Distances

675 km (419 miles) WSW (237 degrees) of Puerto Montt, Chile

1475 km (916 miles) SSW (210 degrees) of SANTIAGO, Chile

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 24.8 km; Vertical 2.8 km

Parameters Nph = 169; Dmin = 891.7 km; Rmss = 1.06 seconds; Gp = 205°

M-type = Mw; Version = E

Event ID US b0009sgu

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb0009sgu#summary

'Ring of fire' eclipse visible from China to Texas

‘Ring of fire’ eclipse visible from China to Texas

Published May 17, 2012

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Sunrises and sunsets often dazzle, but they’ll have a special ring to them in a few days for people in the western United States and eastern Asia: The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light.

It’s been almost two decades since a “ring of fire” eclipse was visible in the continental United States. To celebrate the end of that drought, nearly three dozen national parks in the path of the eclipse will host viewing parties.

The solar spectacle is first seen in eastern Asia at dawn Monday, May 20, local time. Weather permitting, millions of early risers in southern China, northern Taiwan and southeast Japan will be able to catch the ring eclipse. Then it creeps across the Pacific with the western U.S. viewing the tail end.

The late day sun will transform into a glowing ring in southwest Oregon, Northern California, central Nevada, southern Utah, northern Arizona and New Mexico and finally the Texas Panhandle where it will occur at sunset on Sunday. For 3 1/2 hours, the eclipse follows an 8,500-mile path. Viewing, from beginning to end, lasts about two hours. The ring phenomenon lasts as long as 5 minutes depending on location……

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/17/ring-fire-eclipse-visible-from-china-to-texas/#ixzz1v8bATaUY

6.0 Mw – NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

6.0 Mw – NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

Magnitude 6.0 Mw

Date-Time

16 May 2012 00:59:34 UTC

16 May 2012 10:59:34 near epicenter

15 May 2012 19:59:34 standard time in your timezone

Location 5.556S 149.710E

Depth 154 km

Distances

78 km (48 miles) NNE (15 degrees) of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG

312 km (194 miles) WSW (241 degrees) of Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

328 km (204 miles) ENE (66 degrees) of Lae, New Guinea, PNG

515 km (320 miles) NNE (33 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.4 km; Vertical 9.3 km

Parameters Nph = 270; Dmin = 311.7 km; Rmss = 0.73 seconds; Gp = 21°

M-type = Mw; Version = 7

Event ID US b0009qsw

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb0009qsw#summary

Magnitude 4.1 – OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Magnitude 4.1 – OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

2012 May 15 10:19:32 UTC

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 4.1

Date-Time

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 10:19:32 UTC

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 03:19:32 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location

40.453°N, 125.307°W

Depth

5 km (3.1 miles) (poorly constrained)

Region

OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Distances

88 km (54 miles) W (280°) from Petrolia, CA

89 km (56 miles) W (261°) from Ferndale, CA

98 km (61 miles) WSW (252°) from Humboldt Hill, CA

104 km (64 miles) WSW (249°) from Eureka, CA

388 km (241 miles) NW (321°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA

Location Uncertainty

horizontal +/- 2.4 km (1.5 miles); depth +/- 22.9 km (14.2 miles)

Parameters

Nph= 76, Dmin=88 km, Rmss=0.49 sec, Gp=245°,

M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7

Source

California Integrated Seismic Net:

USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR

Event ID

nc71785981

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/nc71785981.html

A British astronomer says that the end of the world as we know it coul

A British astronomer says that the end of the world as we know it could happen at any time

May 14, 2012

The British astronomer Chris Impey says astronomical intruders could provide a serious threat to our world as we know it and could cause global earthquakes, mile high tidal waves and the immediate killing of all large land animals.

The astronomer says that the “big one” as he described such an astronomical event happens every 100 million years which Impey said sounds like a safe buffer but he says there is good evidence that the next “big one” could happen at any time which has astronomers setting up ground based telescopes that scan the skies in search of some type of astronomical intruder.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

The report from a British astronomer who says the end of the world is near is pretty much on target according to Bible prophecy.

The British astronomer Chris Impey who believes that astronomical intruders may be about to alter our world as we know it today and bring the world to an end has an interesting and informative paper that discusses what many have talked about for centuries. Although such an astronomical invasion happens only every 100 million years according to the astronomer, he still believes the next such event is about to happen.

Any student of Bible prophecy that has an understanding of the end of time events as revealed in the book of Revelation knows that the end of the world is at least 1,007 years into the future.

John, who received the message of his prophecy in Revelation from Jesus Christ, revealed that the next main event in Bible prophecy to be fulfilled will be the Rapture of the Church, Revelation 4:1. Revelation 4-19 is 16 chapters of detailed information about that seven year Tribulation Period that follows the Rapture. At the end of that seven years of tribulation, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, will return to the earth to defeat all of His enemies, Revelation 19, and He then will setup His Kingdom for 1,000 years, Revelation 20:4-6.

That Kingdom is not now in place. It will be in place when Jesus returns to Jerusalem to build His Temple where He will rule and reign for that 1,000 years and then forever into eternity future.

http://news.prophecytoday.com/2012/05/british-astronomer-says-that-end-of.html