Saturday, January 19, 2019

4.2 Quake In Canary Islands: Concerns Of Volcano And Tsunami

Tenerife earthquake: Could Tenerife earthquake TRIGGER Palma volcano ERUPTION?

POPULAR holiday islands Tenerife and Gran Canaria were rocked by an earthquake in the early hours of this morning. But could the earthquake trigger an eruption from the volcano in nearby Palma?

The National Geographic Institute said the tremor measured 4.4 on the Richter scale and happened at 6.36am local time, at a depth of five kilometres. Only a minute earlier, a smaller quake, measuring 1.9 on the Richter scale, was also registered in the same place. Two other seismic movements were also recorded, one of them at 2.23am with of magnitude 1.7 and another at 3.07am with a magnitude 1.9.
Could Tenerife earthquake TRIGGER Palma volcano ERUPTION?
The Cumber Vieja volcano is located on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. 
The volcano is part of an active, albeit currently dormant, volcanic ridge. 
It has erupted twice in the last 70 years, first in 1949 and then 1971. 

Over the last couple of years, more than a thousand tremors have rumbled from the volcano, which means it could erupt anytime.
Since the start of this year alone, there have been a total of nine earthquakes measuring magnitude 1.5 or higher across the Canary Islands.
The largest of these measured a magnitude 3.5 on January 3 and was located on El Pinar, Canary Islands.
The Cumbre Vieja is approximately 2,600 miles from the British Isles.
Volcanology institute, Involcan says earthquakes of 4.4 magnitude have been previously recorded past between Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
One such occasion was a tremor measuring 5.2 on May 9, 1989.
The organisation posted this morning: "All the stations of the Canary Seismic Network (C7) located in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierro and Lanzarote have registered the magnitude 4.4 earthquake, which occurred between Tenerife and Gran Canaria, at 06:36:51 today."
Involcan also confirmed the tremor "has been widely felt in Tenerife and in some locations of Gran Canaria".

A Magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck in the Canary Islands and concerns have been raised that if the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts or otherwise shakes loose, a massive slab of rock could smash into the Atlantic Ocean causing a killer tidal wave along the entire U.S. east coast about 8 hours later.
The earthquake, from the Spanish archipelago’s most active volcano, which is located on the island of La Palma, have sparked panic across the Canary Islands, with volcano experts pulled in to examine the unusual seismic activity.
According to Spain's National Geographic Institute (IGN) at 06:36 (UTC) on January 18, 2019, an earthquake of magnitude 4.2 was recorded between the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, at 14km deep.  This earthquake was preceded, one minute in advance, by another earthquake of magnitude 1.8 in the same area. 

The main earthquake registered in stations of all the islands of the Archipelago and was widely felt by the population in the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. 
According to the information received so far, the earthquake has reached a maximum intensity of III (EMS) in different areas of the northwest island of Gran Canaria and the northeast of Tenerife. Updated information on how this earthquake has been felt can be found here.
The maximum magnitude of earthquakes in this area is 5.2 for an earthquake that occurred on May 9, 1989. It is one of the most active areas of the Canary archipelago. 


A previous warning from Dr. Steven Ward, of the University of California, and Dr. Simon Day, of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College London is now being widely discussed: 
They found that if the Cumbre Vieja – an active but dormant volcano – were to erupt, -- or if an nearby earthquake shook things loose --the western flank of the mountain could tumble into the sea.

Writing in Geophysical Research Letters, they said a build-up of groundwater could destabilize a block of rock up to 500 cubic km in size, which could break off, smashing into the sea at up to 350 km an hour (220 mph).
This landslide will unleash a deadly wall of water, initially almost 3,000 ft. high and several miles wide, hurting towards the US east coast at speeds of up to 800 km an hour (500 mph).
About 8 hours later, waves of about 130-160 feet high would begin smashing into the US east coast, traveling up to TWELVE MILES inland.


Since January 1, 2019 the IGN has located a seismic series of 60 small earthquakes in the area of ​​Vilaflor in Tenerife at a depth of between 3 and 10 km and magnitudes (mbLg) of between 0.1 and 1.3. None of the events has been felt by the population due to its low magnitude. 

In the last 3 months, 170 earthquakes have been located in the zone at an average depth of 7-8 km and of low magnitude being the highest of 2.4. 
However, only 6 of these earthquakes exceed the magnitude 1.5 


The United States maintains ocean buoys for various purposes (air temp, water, temp, wave height, Tsunami Warning, etc.) throughout most of the world's oceans.
In the Atlantic, there are Tsunami warning buoys as shown on the image below:

Notice the Tsunami Warning Buoy off the west coast of Africa aligned with the US east coast is colored red . . . . it's OUT OF SERVICE
The National Data Buoy Center admits: "As of 13:00Z, 04/22/2016, the buoy located at station 44401 has ceased transmitting. Data will be restored during our next service visit to this location."   That's almost THREE YEARS the buoy has been dead!
The next nearest Tsunami Warning buoy is located off the southern coast of Long Island.   Given the speed of a Tsunami, that Buoy would only provide about 20 minutes warning that a deadly wave was approaching the coast.
How to do warn the millions of Americans in New York City, and elsewhere on the east coast, to move to higher ground with only twenty minutes warning?
It is also interesting to note that, despite Seismographs all over the world, the US Geological Survey (USGS) is NOT reporting this earthquake.  Why?

9/11 Hack By 'Dark Overlord' - Russia Is Paying Close Attention


Remember that Dark Overlord hack of emails claiming information about 9/11? The hacking group claims to have uncovered a "treasure trove" of information about insurance company lawsuits regarding 9/11, which it would release to people paying the ransom (in Bitcoins). Well, a second tranche of emails has been released, and Russia, it seems (if no one else), is paying attention. Mr. V.T., Mr. T.H., and Mr. G.B. found these articles:
When I first blogged about this emerging story, I held out the view that this could be a significant development, in spite of the fact that the information in the first layer of releases did not seem all that significant. A peculiarity of the story is that while the hack seems to have been done by "professionals," the platform - Windows - left many cyber-security people mystified. What I find intriguing is that Russian media, as exemplified by the Sputnik and RT articles linked above, seems to be the only major media still paying attention. The question is, why? We'll get back to that.
But first, consider the interesting interpretation offered by Gary Miliefsky in the Sputnikinterview:
Sputnik: Some guests have been saying that the fact that it is insurance companies might make it interesting, in that they tend to ask questions, that the lawyers ask questions that might be rather interesting.
Gary Miliefsky: Yes, you see the insurance companies who paid out claims, then filed these alternative lawsuits where they're saying we want to get paid back. Let's say there was a manufacturing defect in a car and your insurance company covered it for you, they may go after the car manufacturer. So these documents are very similar in that they're showing insurance companies trying to recoup their losses for payments for 9/11, and in the recouping of their losses, the questions that will be uncovered are "who did they sue?", "why did they sue them?", "what information was uncovered in these lawsuits?", "did they get their money back and who paid them?".
Sputnik: How valuable is the data released by the hackers?
Gary Miliefsky: It seems extremely valuable and I think that if continued layers come out, it will start to paint a post-9/11 picture of how huge claims are paid and reimbursed, and what parties are involved, there're a lot of big names in these documents.
Sputnik: Will it provide the public with more information that will differ from what we know about 9/11?
Gary Miliefsky: It might paint a bigger picture and it may provide some alternative information or some newer pieces of data that was (sic) never before made public, for whatever reason. (Italicized emphasis added)
So what's the message, if indeed there is one? 
This is where it gets interesting, and it may shed some light on why Russia is covering this story, when no one else seems interested (or, if they are interested, why they might be "prohibited" from doing so). Russia, as I outlined in my 9/11 book, Hidden Finance, Rogue Networks, and Secret Sorcery, was one of those nations - along with Germany, Israel, Jordan, &c - that was passing warnings to the USA that something drastic was about to happen on American soil. 
In fact, it was Russia that not only passed along confidential warnings, but wrote openly about the possibility prior to the attacks. In July  of 2001, Pravda ran an article by the Russian economist Dr. Tatyana Koriagina, who stated that America would be attacked on its own soil, but that the attack would come from a "network" of a very few people with assets in the trillions of dollars. That information was first uncovered by the late Jim Marrs, who duly reported it in his books about 9/11. Again, Russian Federation President Putin was the one world leader that G.H. Bush contacted that day. Since that event, Russia has sent other messages which few are paying attention to, like Sergei Glazyev's warning that Russia's problems weren't really the "Nazis in Kiev, but the Nazis in Washington."
The mere fact that Russia was warning of the attacks prior to their occurrence means that Russia is watching Dr. Koriagina's "group" closely; and that means, quite simply, that Russia "knows something" which, for whatever reason, it is not saying, but rather, dropping "hints" and "clues" from time to time, not the least of which in my opinion are Mr. Putin's constant challenges to the dogmas of globaloneyism and his constant use of the word "partners" in reference to the Western Powers, a word for which he is often challenged in Russia for being "too weak" and "appeasing" to the West. 
But Mr. Putin's choice of this word is, if nothing else, an assertion of his central point: Russia will not be a subsidiary or a franchise of the western financial hustlers; it will be a full and sovereign equal. In the context of the remarks in Sputnik, another message is being sent: there is real information in those documents capable of painting a "bigger picture" and of providing "alternative information or newer pieces of data," with the added tidbit that "there're a lot of big names in these documents."
So what's my high octane best speculative guess? Russia already knows what's in those documents, and it does not want the story to die in the hopes that that information will come out, which saves it the difficulty of having to reveal it itself. And of course, there's always the possibility that there is some sort of connection between Russia and the Dark Overlord hackers.

Taiwan Conducts Live-Fire War Drills Along Its West Coast Amid Fears Of China Invasion

Taiwan on Thursday conducted live-fire war drills along its west coast amid mounting fears that Chinese President Xi Jinping could use military force to annex the democratic island.
Artillery batteries, self-propelled artillery weapons, attack helicopters, and main battle tanks fired at targets off the west coast city of Taichung, while the island's air force operated French-made Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter jets. 
The war exercise followed a new report from the Pentagon outlining concerns about Beijing’s expanding military might, including a possible invasion of Taiwan.

"China ... believes that U.S. military presence ... in Asia seeks to constrain China’s rise and interfere with China’s sovereignty, particularly in a Taiwan conflict scenario," the Pentagon report said. 
In a meeting with US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson in Beijing on Tuesday, China’s chief of staff Li Zuocheng warned about foreign forces coming to Taiwan’s help.
The US is Taiwan’s primary source of heavy military hardware and legally bound to respond if China invades the island. 

China's armed forces will “pay any price” to ensure China’s sovereignty, Zuocheng told Richardson at their meeting. China considers Taiwan, which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949, as part of Chinese territory. 
The trigger for the military drills could have been due to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, recently rejected requests from President Xi for the island to move towards "unification" with China. 
Major General Chen Chung-chi, the spokesman for Taiwan's Defense Ministry said the military is updating its exercises to reflect the possibility of an amphibious invasion by China. 

"We exercise the way wars are fought ... so that we will be capable and confident in the defense of our country," Chen told journalists in Taipei on Wednesday. "We are ready to face an enemy threat at any time."
The drills come amid rising pressure from President Xi declaring, "Renufication is the historical trend and the right path, Taiwan independence is...a dead end," during an address this month. 
China Uncensored provides an informational video showing how China has a plan to invade Taiwan by 2020.

Russia Tells Israel To Stop Airstrikes Near Damascus Airport

Russia said to tell Israel to stop airstrikes near Damascus Airport

The Russian government has reportedly asked Israel to halt its airstrikes against Iranian targets near the Damascus airport, the pan-Arab al-Quds al-Araby reported on Friday.
According to the report, Russian military officials said Moscow was preparing to renovate the airport that has been damaged in the eight years of fighting in the Syrian civil war. The unnamed officials said the Israeli strikes on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in the vicinity of the airport were causing foreign airlines to reconsider resuming flights to the Syrian capital.
The report came as Israeli and Russian militaries on Thursday completed a series of meetings aimed at improving relations between the two armed forces, following the downing of a Russian spy plane by Syrian air defenses, which Moscow blames on Israel.
A delegation of senior Russian military officers visited Israel for the discussions, which were led on the Israeli side by the head of the IDF’s Operational Division, Brig. Gen. Yaniv Assur, who previously served as commander of the IDF division that defends the Syrian border. “The delegations reached understandings and agreed on continued collaboration,” the IDF said in a statement.
Israel in recent years has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran, which alongside its proxies and Russia is fighting on behalf of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. A number of the strikes have targeted the Damascus airport in a bid to halt weapons transfers from Iran to its militias in Syria and Lebanon.
Israel has accused Iran of seeking to establish a military presence in Syria that could threaten Israeli security and attempting to transfer advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.
The reported Russian request followed less than a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke with longstanding Israeli policy and publicly acknowledged the IDF was behind a raid in Syria days earlier. The strike destroyed a number of weapons caches in the Damascus airport, Netanyahu said.

May's Foes Gather As Britain's Brexit Stalemate Drags On

 Prime Minister Theresa May held talks Friday with European leaders and British Cabinet colleagues, but efforts to end Britain’s Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked, with neither May nor Britain’s opposition leader shifting from their entrenched positions.
May has been meeting with politicians from several U.K. parties this week to try to find a way forward after her European Union divorce deal was overwhelmingly rejected by Parliament.

Despite that, May has been unwilling to move her “red lines” in the Brexit negotiations, which include taking Britain out of the bloc’s customs union. And opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to meet with May unless she rules out the possibility of Britain leaving the EU with no deal — a scenario that many believe would hurt the British economy.
May on Friday also spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and planned more calls to European colleagues over the weekend.
But the talks yielded little progress.
The European Commission said tersely that the May-Juncker call was “an exchange of information on both sides” and that the two had “agreed to stay in touch.”
May, who narrowly defeated a no-confidence vote in her Conservative government triggered by Corbyn this week, said it was “not within the government’s power to rule out no-deal” because by law Britain will leave the EU without an agreement on March 29 unless Parliament approves a deal before then.

May is due to publish her revived Brexit blueprint on Monday, before British lawmakers debate it — and doubtless try to alter it — on Jan. 29.
The prime minister is in a bind. Many lawmakers think a “soft Brexit” that keeps Britain in the EU’s single market or customs union is the only plan capable of winning a majority in Parliament. But a large chunk of May’s Conservative Party is vehemently opposed to that idea.
Britain’s political chaos has spurred EU nations to step up preparations for a disorderly British exit. France and other countries are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the possibility that Britain will crash out of the bloc, sparking major disruptions to travel and trade.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday inspected some of the country’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit, visiting the Eurotunnel complex and meeting with small businesses on the English Channel coast.

Amid the political impasse, May’s domestic opponents are gathering. Brexit-backing former-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson used a speech Friday at a bulldozer factory to accuse May of lacking the “gumption” to get a good deal from the EU.
Johnson, a likely future contender to replace May as Conservative leader and prime minister, urged her to “go back to Brussels and get a better deal,” even though EU leaders have said the withdrawal agreement won’t be renegotiated.
He dodged a question of whether he would support May as party leader if a sudden general election is called, saying instead that Britain does not need a new vote.
“I think most people in this country feel they have had quite enough elections,” he said. “I certainly do.”