Found this Earth Preparedness Site: http://www.nepanewsletter.com/polar
Good information on root cellars, gardens, saving seeds, sheltering
skills, and general good advice on self-sufficiency.
Also you will want to check out this site on preparing your home for
natural disasters: http://www.yellowkeyrealty.com/resources/preparing-your-home-for-natural-disasters.aspx
Ready.gov - How to Prepare - Plan - Stay Informed in Emergency Situations:
CERI's Tips for Surviving an
Earthquake Be Prepared for an Earthquake: Look for items in your
home that could become a hazard in an earthquake. Place large or heavy objects
on lower shelves. Fasten shelves to walls. Brace high and top-heavy objects.
Anchor overhead lighting fixtures. Bolt down water heaters and gas appliances.
On Aug. 21, 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the sun
directly above the continental United States.
Visit our Yellowstone Caldera page
for indepth information
Climate Change Data Website:
Here you can find data related to climate change that can help inform and
prepare America's communities, businesses, and citizens. Initially, in this
pilot phase, you can find data and resources related to coastal flooding,
sea level rise, and their impacts. Over time, you will be able to find additional
data and tools relevant to other important climate-related impacts, including
risks to human health, the food supply, and energy infrastructure. http://www.data.gov/climate/
Plate Motions in Earthquakes
Is The Richter Scale?
1 to 8 on the Richter Scale, the effects are these: 1 - quake
detectable only by seismographic measurement; 2 - hanging objects
swing slightly and a few people might feel the tremor; 3 - people
indoors feel some vibrations; 4 - buildings tremble and glassware
breaks; 5 - furniture overturns and pictures fall from walls; 6
masonry cracks, some houses cave in, windows break and chimneys fall; 7
extensive damage to dams, dikes and bridges, with many buildings collapsing;
8 - all structures receive catastrophic damage.
quake shifted Earth on its axis - March 14, 2011 The magnitude-9.0
earthquake that struck Japan shifted the Earth on its axis and shortened
the length of a day by a hair, U.S. scientists said. It also moved Japan's
coastline, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Dates of Documented Axis Shifts: ·
Mar 1964 Alaska Earthquake (Nat'l
·Dec 2004 Indonesia Quake & Tsunami (NASA)
·Dec 2006 (SOHO
·July 2009 New Zealand Earthquake (The
·Sep 2009 South Pacifiic Earthquake (Scientific
·Jan 2010 Haiti (CIT)
·Mar 2010 Chile Earthquake (NASA)
·Jun 2010 Mexico Earthquake (JPL
·Feb 2011 New Zealand Earthquake (The
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Four Earthquakes have hit the Greenland Sea - a 5.0 mag & a 5.4
mag followed by two 4.7 mag at a shallow depth of 2 km. This is at the
top of the Atlantic Rift. Jan. 19th. You also have ongoing volcanic
eruption and seismic events occurring in Iceland at the Bardarbunga caldera:
Around 40 earthquakes have been detected around the caldera rim, the strongest
was magnitude 4.4 yesterday evening at 22:27. Five additional events were
larger than magnitude 3. About 15 events occurred in the dyke intrusion,
around the eruption site and under Dyngjujökull. All of them were smaller
than magnitude 1.5..
The Atlantic Rift is stretching and is the site of many more events
than in past years. Our USA East Coast is also experiencing movement as
noted below. The whole continent is bowing from the St. Lawrence Seaway
down through San Diego. Sinkholes are opening, booming is heard, and weather
is different than in the past.
Asteroid 2004 BL86, provisionally known as 2004 BL86, is
a near-Earth asteroid estimated to be 4401000 meters in diameter that
will pass 3.1 lunar distances (1.2 million km) from Earth on 26 January
2015 at 16:20 UT. It was discovered on 30 January 2004 by LINEAR.
On 26 January 2015 the asteroid will briefly peak around apparent magnitude
9 and be near the celestial equator. The asteroid will come to opposition
(furthest elongation in the sky from the Sun) on 27 January 2015 at 04:31
UT. The Goldstone Deep Space Network
will observe the asteroid during the January 2015 close approach.
orbital simulation here
Serration wave along the East Coast fault line: on 2015/01/12 in WV,
MD, NJ, VA and NC - There is a fault line that runs along the eastern
side of the Appalachian Mountains, called the East Coast fault line.
During the big 1811-1812 New Madrid quake, it was reported that church bells
rang in Boston, as this is where that fault line terminates. The East Coast
fault line connects to the New Madrid, and when there is slight movement
it is where the jolt STOPS at the end of the line that often registers most
strongly. The Connecticut swarm was thus indeed due to the restless New
Madrid fault line, which Kaku knew. All this is just the start as the
7 of 10 plate movements have picked up the pace. Source:
Strong Earthquake strikes near Arthur's Pass, South Island, New Zealand
Earthquake of 6.4mag at a depth of 10 km struck on Jan. 6th amd has been
followed by more than 30 aftershocks, the latest being a 4.7 mag.
5.1M earthquake strikes off the coast of North California 7 day earthquake
dutchsinse forecast read
Mother has experienced another major shake this morning (12-8-14)
with a 6.5 mag striking at the Panama-Costa Rica Border region. Many
aftershocks since today's mainshock. The latest one being a M5.2 (see also
"Earth Has Shifted" - Inuit Elders Issue Warning To NASA
And The World
The Inuits are indigenous people that inhabit the arctic regions of Canada,
the United States and Greenland and throughout history their very lives
have been dependent on being able to correctly forecast weather.... and
they are warning NASA and the world that global warming isn't the cause
of what we are seeing with extreme weather, earthquakes and other events.
The earth has shifted, tilted or as they put it, "wobbled" to
the north and they all agree "Their sky has changed!"
The elders maintain the Sun doesn't rise were it used too, they have
longer day light to hunt and the Sun is higher than it used to be and warms
up quicker than before. The elders who were interviewed across the north
all said the same thing, their sky has changed. The stars the Sun
and the Moon have all changed affecting the temperature, even affecting
the way the wind blows, it is becoming increasingly hard to predict the
weather, something that is a must on the Arctic. The elders all agree,
they believe the Earth has shifted, wobbled or tilted to the North. Watch YouTube Video
Nevada Earthquake Swarm Continues - Nov. 7, 2014 A swarm
of earthquakes in a remote northwest area of Nevada that started in July
this year has grown in intensity over the past several days, increasing
the probability for a larger quake. During that past three months, the Nevada
Seismological Laboratory and U.S. Geological Survey recorded over 42 earthquakes
larger than magnitude 3, and about 550 earthquakes larger than magnitude
2. Four earthquakes over a magnitude 4 have occurred since Oct. 30 with
the largest event a magnitude 4.7 at 5:54 a.m. PST on Nov. 7. The activity
is located about 40 miles southeast of Lakeview, Oregon and 40 miles northeast
of Cedarville, California. Seismologists say the activity resembles the
1968 Adel, Oregon earthquake swarm, which also lasted several months and
included three events of magnitude 5. The swarm caused moderate damage,
as did another sequence of quakes in west Reno during 2008. Following any
sequence of earthquakes similar to what is occurring in northwest Nevada,
there is a small increase in the possibility of a larger event, according
to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.
Nov. 17th The swarm continues with 6 more in the Denio area just today.
Mammoth Lake also is still active.
Dec. 10th: Within the last 12 hours there have been 14 earthquakes in
Click here, The Nevada
Seismological Laboratory, for the listing and map of the earthquakes in
the last 14 days.
Preparedness: Over the last 150 years, Nevada has ranked third
in the country in the number of large earthquakes. Since the 1850s, 76 earthquakes
with potentially destructive magnitudes of 5.5 or greater have occurred
in Nevada. Nevada is earthquake country, and considering the number of earthquake
generating faults located in the state, it is important to know how to prepare
for an earthquake as well as how to take care during and after one hits.
Click here for info.
7.1-magnitude earthquake in Pleasant Valley, Nevada on October 3, 1915 is
the largest known earthquake in Nevada, since records have been kept. Read
more about the 1915 Pleasant Valley earthquake from USGS.
article about the Hawthorne earthquake swarm in April 2011 and another source article here
UPSIDE DOWN RAINBOWS: 'tis the season for upside-down rainbows.
Just this week, one appeared over Sumirago (Varese), Italy:
"Bright and multi-colored, it was visible from 10 a.m. until sunset,"
reports photographer Paolo Bardelli.
The technical name for this phenomenon is circumzenithal arc or "CZA"
for short--and it's no rainbow. CZAs are formed by sunlight shining through
plate-shaped ice crystals in high clouds. Atmospheric optics expert Les
Cowley calls it "the most beautiful of all ice haloes." First
timers often describe the CZA as an 'upside down rainbow' and "someone
has also likened it to 'a grin in the sky,'" he adds.
Circumzenithal arcs typically appear in late autumn and early winter
when the air is icy and the sun is low. "The CZA forms only when sun
is less than 32.3° high," notes Cowley. As winter solstice approaches,
"upside down rainbows" will become increasingly common. Look for
M7.9 Solar Flare Observed Nov. 5th - Newly numbered sunspot
2205, now in view off the northeast limb, produced a moderately strong
M7.9 solar flare at 09:47 UTC Wednesday morning. The event was associated
with a 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) lasting 6 minutes and measuring 229 solar
flux units (SFU), along with a Type II Radio Emission with an estimated
velocity of 816 km/s. Somewhat of a CME is visible in the latest LASCO C2
imagery, however due to the location near the east limb, it will likely
be directed away from Earth. More to follow if necessary.
Possible Volcano Activity Alert: Authorities in southwestern Colombia
have raised alert levels on Tuesday after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake
hit the border region, sparking concerns that two nearby volcanoes might
erupt in a matter of days. Colombia's Geological Service have changed the
alert level of two volcanoes from yellow to orange. The two volcanoes are
Cerro Negro de Mayasquer and Chiles, both active on Colombia's southern
border to Ecuador.
MONSTER SUNSPOT: Oct. 21, 2014 The biggest sunspot of the
current solar cycle is turning toward Earth. This behemoth active region
is 125,000 km wide, almost as big as the planet Jupiter. A few days ago,
AR2192 unleashed an X1-class solar flare. Since then the sunspot has almost
doubled in size and developed an increasingly unstable 'beta-gamma-delta'
magnetic field. It would seem to be just a matter of time before another
strong explosion occurs. NOAA forecasters estimate at 60% chance of M-class
flares and a 20% chance of X-flares on Oct. 21st.
Solar Eclipse to Darken U.S. Skies This Week
Weather permitting, nearly all of North America will be able to experience
a partial solar eclipse of the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23rd. Greatest
eclipse, with more than four-fifths of the sun's diameter covered by the
moon, will occur over the Canadian Arctic at M'Clintock Channel, an arm
of the Arctic Ocean, which divides Victoria Island from Prince of Wales
Island in the territory of Nunavut. The rest of North America will see less
of the sun covered. In the United States, more than half of the sun's diameter
will be covered north of a line extending from San Francisco to the Oklahoma
panhandle. But this will occur in the mid- to late-afternoon hours - too
late to dim the landscape abnormally. Local circumstances and eclipse times
for the United States can be found here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHtables/OH2014-Tab05.pdf
Oct. 17, 2014; Earth Movement Anomaly Similar to a 12 Earthquake off the
Coast of Africa. See map here
The Great Atlantic Rift zone runs through the Atlantic Ocean encompassing
both hemispheres. There has been a steady increase in earthquake activity
- with 4 in the 4.8 to 5.3 mag. range in the last 2 days. This indicates
a spreading action between the two sides of the Rift. We are experiencing
this in the US as a bowing action which runs from the Saint Lawrence Seaway
down through San Diego. There was a report last year of not being able to
find a bottom to the Rift. At the top of the Rift, Iceland is having a continuing
earthquake motion with a 5.4 today, Oct. 21st at a depth of 10 km. See Volcano page for updates.
Sierra Nevada Earthquake Swarm - October 13, 2014
The USGS California Volcano Observatory (CalVO) is tracking an earthquake
swarm in the Sierra Nevada range south of Long Valley Caldera, about 8 miles
SW of Toms Place and 15 miles SE of the town of Mammoth Lakes. Presently,
the swarm, which started on Thursday October 9th, includes over fifty earthquakes
of magnitude M1.0 and greater, including five between M3.0 - 3.6 that produced
mild shaking in the vicinity of Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. The swarm appears
to be the result of movement along a regional fault structure (so-called
"tectonic" earthquakes). There are no observed changes in caldera
seismicity or deformation. The swarm poses no immediate threat to people
earthquakes have risen by over 450% since 1900 but thats not the whole story!
7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of El Salvador killing 1
October 2014 EL SALVADOR - A powerful 7.4-magnitude
quake shook the Pacific coast of Central America on Tuesday, causing some
damage and killing at least one person in El Salvador. The quake was deep
(40 kilometers or 24 miles) but close to El Salvador's shoreline -
about 64 kilometers from the municipality of Intipuca. El Salvador's Ministry
of Weather and Natural Resources initially issued a tsunami warning for
the coastal regions, saying the quake was felt throughout the country. It
later downgraded it to a tsunami alert. The quake was later downgraded to
a 7.3 by the USGS.
The mayor of San Miguel tweeted some photos that showed light structural
damage to the local hospital. Crews responded to at least 12 collapsed homes.
Power to the city was knocked out, but has been largely restored. At least
one death was reported in San Miguel. A woman was killed when an electrical
utility pole fell on her, Mayor Will Salgado said. -CNN
Powerful earthquake activity deep on the Reykjanes ridge
October 14, 2014 by Jón
Frímann - During the weekend there was an earthquake activity
deep on the Reykjanes ridge. Largest earthquake in the swarm had the magnitude
of 5,5 . Second largest earthquake had the magnitude of 5,4, the smallest
detected earthquake had the magnitude of 4,6 (EMSC
information can be found here). This activity took place some 1000
km away from Iceland closest point. For that reason it is impossible to
know what is happening at this location. It might an eruption that nobody
is going to see or notice, or this might just be a earthquake swarm on the
Reykjanes ridge, such activity is common along the Reykjanes ridge and happens
Minor earthquake swarm in Katla volcano during the weekend
October 14, 2014 - During the weekend there was a minor earthquake swarm
in Katla volcano. This was a minor earthquake swarm that lasted for few
hours and then stopped. Largest earthquake during this period was a magnitude
3,2 earthquake. This earthquake is a bit outside the main swarm area and
does not appear to be part of the earthquake swarm. No changes in harmonic
tremor took place during this activity. Currently earthquake activity in
Katla volcano is little and well below background levels at the moment.
Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Strikes Mammoth Lakes Area
Oct. 12, 2014 - A earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude
of 4.0 struck near Mammoth Lakes Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological
Survey's automated seismograph alert network. The quake hit shortly after
5 p.m. Sunday in an a volcanic area Southeast of Mammoth Lakes, which saw
of quakes earlier this year. The quake struck an estimated depth
of 7 km below the earth's surface.
Long Valley Caldera rattled by more than 1059 earthquakes in latest
seismic swarm Sept. 27th
swarm: 600 mini-quakes hit Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
A swarm of more than 600 small earthquakes have hit the Mammoth Lakes
area in northern California. Most of the quakes are too small to be even
felt by people. It usually takes a magnitude 3.0 quake to be felt. Since
about 4 a.m on Thursday until 11 a.m. on Friday, the US Geological Survey
(USGS) recorded more than 500 earthquakes of magnitude M1.0 and above, including
8 earthquakes between M3.0 and M3.8, which were felt locally.
MORE ASTEROID NEWS: Now that 2014 RC has passed, another even
weirder asteroid is approaching Earth's neighborhood. 2002 CE26 is a
binary asteroid consisiting of a primary space rock 3.5 km in diameter
and a secondary approximately one-tenth as wide. What's weird is, radar
data suggest that the secondary space rock might have a moon of its own.
Alberto Quijano Vodniza of the University of Narino Observatory in Colombia
photographed the triple system streaking through the constellation Pegasus
on Sept. 2nd:At closest approach on Sept. 9th, 2002 CE26 will be 18.4 million
km (0.123 AU) from Earth.
Sept. 8th: Here is an updated look at the visible solar disk on Monday.
Solar activity is currently low. Regions 2157 and 2158 both continue to
undergo changes in sunspot configuration and magnetic complexity. Each will
remain a threat for an isolated M-Flare. All other visible regions are currently
stable. No Earth directed coronal mass ejections were observed during the
Iceland had another 5.5 mag Earthquake at 2 km in depth
on Sept. 7th at 116 km West of Hofn.
Visit our Volcano page for updates on the
Iceland earthquakes and eruptions.
Mexico evacuates 2,500 as hurricane lashes coast Sept 07, 2014:
More than 2,500 people were evacuated and a fishing village severely flooded
as Hurricane Norbert swirled off Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday, officials
said. The storm had surged to a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
scale but by late Saturday had lost some of its punch and was a category
two system, said the US National Weather Service, packing top sustained
winds of 100 miles per hour (155 km/h). One of the worst-hit towns was San
Carlos, a fishing village of 7,000 people, which suffered severe flooding
after levees protecting the community broke. In some areas of San Carlos
the water was one meter (three feet) high.
6 September, 2014. Jammu & Kashmir facing 'worst flood in 60 years',
death toll touches 160 The death toll in the Jammu & Kashmir floods
has risen to 160 as the floods, the worst the state has seen in 60 years,
affected a staggering 2,500 villages, Union home minister Rajnath Singh
on Saturday said as he assured help to deal with the grim situation. Rajnath
Singh told reporters at the Jammu airport that "160 people have lost
their lives in these floods. Floods of this magnitude have hit Jammu &
Kashmir after 60 years." He said 2,500 villages were affected, out
of which 450 were completely submerged. timesofindia.indiatimes.com
A 6.1 mag Earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay area in California
at a depth of 11 km. - August 24 @ 10:20:41 UTC. The epicenter was about
six miles southwest of Napa, California, and about 50 miles west-southwest
of Sacramento. It was felt as far south as Santa Cruz and into Sonoma County.
There were some reported power outages in Napa as well as gas leaks and
downed power lines. It was the largest earthquake to strike the Bay Area
since the Loma Prieta temblor of 1989, the USGS said. A little more than
two hours after the quake, a shallow magnitude 3.6 tremor was reported by
the USGS. The aftershock occurred at 5:47 a.m. at a depth of 5.0 miles.
Drought in West Is Literally Moving Mountains - Aug 21, 2014
Water that used to hold down land masses in California is now being lost,
so some parts of the state's mountains are being uplifted by a surprising
amount. Climate change is driving the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt, which is
contributing to sea level rise. But imagine that the same amount
of water melting from Greenland each year is being lost in California and
the rest of the West because of the epic drought there. What happens?
The land in the West begins to rise. In fact, some parts of California's
mountains have been uplifted as much as 15 millimeters (about 0.6 inches)
in the past 18 months because the massive amount of water lost in the drought
is no longer weighing down the land, causing it to rise a bit like an uncoiled
spring, a new study shows.
Earthquake in Yunnan, China on August 6th. The U.S. Geological Survey
said the quake had a magnitude of 6.1, while the China Earthquake Networks
Center reported it as a 6.5-magnitude event. The current death toll has
risen to 589 with 9 people still missing. an estimated 210,000 households
and almost a million residents had been affected by the earthquake. Some
12,000 homes were destroyed and 30,000 others damaged in Sunday's quake.
. A very dangerous situation is currently building up for 800 people
living along the riversides of the Kraal (Chinese translation) river . The
normal river bed was blocked by the earthquake landslides and a lake has
Earthquakes are increasing in the UK: highest level in a decade
New figures show the number of earthquakes recorded in the UK is increasing.
The highest level of detections in the last decade is set to be registered
for 2014, with 100 earthquakes already recorded in the first three months
of the year and 149 in total up until July. Read
Earthquakes are rising in Oklahoma: 2,300 tremors reported since January
OKLAHOMA - Earthquakes used to be rare in Oklahoma, a handful
per year or so. Not anymore. So far this year, the state has experienced
some 2,300 earthquakes, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, an
average of more than 11 per day.
The USGS is finally admitting that the number of big earthquakes
has doubled. If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual
this year, you're right. A new study finds there were more than twice as
many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average
"We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest
rates of great earthquakes ever recorded," said lead study author Tom
Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
in Menlo Park, California.
The USGS also says that the frequency of earthquakes in the central and
eastern portions of the United States has quintupled over the past
30 years, and that significant earthquakes have started popping up in areas
of the country that were once extremely quiet.
Check out this article: Why
Is Wal-Mart Preparing For A Major Earthquake On The New Madrid Fault?
crater appears at 'the end of the world' - July 16th - A science
team is investigating a mysterious crater on the Yamal peninsula of northern
Siberia. It's about 80 meters (87.5 yards) across. No cause is yet known.
Shakes Mexico, Guatemala
July 7th: A strong earthquake rocked much of southern Mexico and
Central America on Monday, setting off mudslides, damaging scores of buildings
and disrupting communications vital to the relief effort. At least three
people died, including a newborn, and dozens were hurt, Guatemalan President
Otto Perez Molina said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor, which
hit at about 7:23 a.m ET, was centered about a mile northeast of the town
of Puerto Madero, Mexico, near the Guatemala border. The quake was deep
- 37 miles below the surface. It was initially reported as magnitude-7.1,
but the Geological Survey lowered the figure hours later to 6.9.
Bear Lake 4.6 earthquake causes rock slides, rattles San Bernardino County
July 5, 2014 The Southland was rattled Saturday morning by two earthquakes
and a cluster of aftershocks that hit just north of Big Bear Lake and caused
rock slides that temporarily closed Highway 18 between Snow Valley and Arctic
Circle. The shaking began at 9:59 a.m. when a sharp magnitude-4.6 jolt was
felt followed by some rolling. Less than a minute later, a 4.4 quake was
felt in the same location followed by smaller 2.7 and 2.4 aftershocks, according
to the USGS. There were reports the shaking could be felt as far away as
Mexico, San Diego. Los Angeles and Huntington Beach. However, the shaking
was most heavily reported in the areas surrounding the mountain city, including
Redlands, Victorville, Colton, and Perris as well as Riverside. On Thursday,
the USGS recorded more than 60 earthquakes in the area.
8.0 Earthquake - 24km SE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska June
23, 2014 Residents of the city of Adak on Alaska's Aleutian Islands evacuated
the town site and gathered on a nearby hill Monday after a magnitude-8.0
earthquake prompted a tsunami warning for part of the island chain. The
earthquake recorded at 12:53 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time was initially reported
with a magnitude of 7.1, but that was upgraded to 8.0, Ruppert said. The
quake was centered about 13 miles southeast of Little Sitkin Island or 25
miles north Amchitka Island. The quake was recorded at a depth of 60 miles,
which is relatively shallow for an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands. The
shallower the quake, the more likely it will be felt. The quake was followed
18 minutes later by a magnitude-6.0 aftershock, and at least three more
aftershocks followed with magnitudes ranging from 4.8 to 5.9.
7.2 magnitude quake off Kermadec Islands 9:56 AM Tuesday Jun 24,
2014 The earthquake was 5km deep and occurred around 7.20am, 73km southeast
of Raoul Island, according to the US Geological Survey. Raoul Island is
part of the Kermadec Island arc, which sits around 800-1000km off the coast
of the North Island. There were no widespread tsunami threats as a result
of the earthquake, a statement from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.
This quake is being followed by many large aftershocks.
Earth slide causes major damage The landslide began in early
April. A crack opened at the edge of a neighborhood on the hillside and
the ground moved slowly at first, no more than an inch a day.Town officials
enough to evacuate more than 50 homes and apartment units in the area and
several businesses, including the newly built Walgreens store, at the foot
of the slide zone. On April 17, the ground suddenly dropped 10 feet, shearing
one house in half and raising concern that the hillside could come down
all at once in a catastrophic collapse. The landslide measures 450 feet
wide, 300 to 400 feet long and up to 140 feet deep, Machan said, and contains
an estimated 500,000 tons of rock and dirt.
Earthquake: M 6.7 - 88km S of Port Hardy, Canada
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake was reported off Canada's Vancouver Island
on Wednesday night. But there were no tsunami concerns for the Pacific Coast,
including California. The quake rocked the region around 8:10 p.m. and was
located about 58 miles southwest of Port Hardy in British Columbia, according
to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was followed by two aftershocks
of 5.0 and 4.2. There were no tsunami watches, warnings or advisories for
the Pacific Coast, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Residents
along the west coast of northern Vancouver Island reported shaking, but
there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. The same
general epicenter delivered a 6.0 magnitude quake on September 3, 2013.
PHOTOS OF THE BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE of April 14-15th.
SURPRISING TELECONNECTIONS: NASA's AIM spacecraft is discovering
surprising "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that link weather
and climate across vast distances. Strange but true: The ground temperature
in Indianapolis is correlated with the frequency of noctilucent clouds over
Antarctica. Get the full
story and a video from Science@NASA.
Could Predict Sinkholes - March 22, 2014 The possibility of an early-warning
system stems from new NASA research into a monstrous sinkhole that opened
in Louisiana in 2012, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Two
NASA researchers examined radar images of the sinkhole area near Bayou Corne.
The ground near Bayou Corne began shifting at least a month before the sinkhole
formed - as much as 10 inches. The NASA findings raise the possibility that
engineers eventually could develop a way to predict the location of sinkholes.
It would require the constant collection and monitoring of the Earth's surface
with radar data collected from planes or satellites. The radar images studied
by the two NASA scientists were part of the agency's ongoing effort to monitor
the Louisiana coast, which is rapidly sinking into the Gulf of Mexico.
earthquake strikes off Chile, triggers tsunami
(CNN) April 2, 2014 -- A mighty 8.2-magnitude earthquake
struck off the coast of northern Chile late Tuesday, triggering small landslides,
sapping power and generating a tsunami. The quake struck about 8:46 p.m.
local time, some 60 miles northwest of Iquique. It had a depth of 12.5 miles,
the U.S. Geological Survey said. (Go to above link to view pictures).
A 7.6-magnitude aftershock struck the region late Wednesday. There was
no immediate word on damage or injuries. Although the temblor was powerful,
geologists say an even larger quake could be lurking. "This magnitude,
8.2, is not the large earthquake that we were expecting in this area,"
said Simons. "We're expecting a potentially even larger earthquake."
Earthquake Live Updates: Chile has been rocked by multiple earthquakes
over the last two days. Six people died in the quake. Almost a million people
have been displaced, with evacuation procedures in neighboring states as
well. Around 20 aftershocks followed the 7.8-magnitude quake. The magnitude
of the aftershocks varied between 4.5 and 6.2.
Caused the Chilean Earthquake? Faults Explained Different
kinds of faults make different kinds of earthquakes. The Chilean quake was
spawned by a straightforward dip of the Nazca plate (ocean crust undergirding
the Pacific Ocean off South America's coast) as it slips eastward under
the continent's crust, according to the USGS.
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4.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Yellowstone: largest quake in 29 years
- March 31, 2014: A 4.8 magnitude quake rocked Yellowstone National
Park in Wyoming near the border with Montana, the US Geological Survey said.
There were several aftershocks with a magnitude over 3. The earthquake occurred
37 kilometers northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana at 6:34 am local time
(1234 GMT) Sunday. The quake was centered almost in the middle of Yellowstone
National Park, near the Norris Geyser Basin, said Peter Cervelli, a spokesman
for the USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, NBC News reported. He added
that any damage from the temblor would likely be minor, noting there are
not many visitors in the park at the moment. There were no immediate reports
of damage. According to USGS there were four aftershocks recorded with a
magnitude from 3.1 to 3.3. The USGS said that more are expected. The secondary
shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong
enough to do additional damage to weakened structures, the USGS said.
Cervalli stated that the quake is not expected to trigger any volcanic
activity. Yellowstone National park, North America's largest volcanic field,
is the home to a caldera, sometimes referred to as the Yellowstone Supervolcano.
Due to the volcanic and tectonic nature of the region, the caldera experiences
1 to 20 earthquakes every day, according to Yellowstone observatory. However
they are very weak often measuring much less than magnitude 3. The quake
on Sunday was the most powerful to hit the park since 1985. In the fall
of 1985 in the northwest rim of the caldera during a three-month period
of increased earthquake activity over 3000 events of magnitude 0 to 4.9
were recorded by seismologists. Geologists are closely monitoring the rise
of the Yellowstone Plateau. The upward movement of the Yellowstone caldera
floor between 2004 and 2008 was almost 3 inches (about 7 cm) each year,
according to a University of Utah scientists report in the journal Science
in November 2008. That was more than three times greater than ever observed
since such measurements began in 1923. "Our best evidence is that the
crustal magma chamber is filling with molten rock," said seismologist
Robert B. Smith, lead author of the study and professor of geophysics at
the University of Utah. "But we have no idea how long this process
goes on before there either is an eruption or the inflow of molten rock
stops and the caldera deflates again," he added. ?RT
URGENT: 5.0 in YELLOWSTONE ! "Super Volcano" Caldera "Unzipping"
March 30, 2014 -- (TRN) -- *** UPDATED *** A magnitude 5.0 earthquake
has struck directly inside Yellowstone National Park possibly indicating
a pending eruption of the Yellowstone SUPER volcano. As of 12:59 PM
EDT, a total of seven earthquakes have now hit Yellowstone and the pattern
is sequential clockwise, around the super volcano caldera! It appears
the super volcano is "unzipping!" Read
whole article here.
Strong earthquake near Los Angeles (La Habra, Brea, Fullerton, La
Mirada) + strong aftershock
March 28, 2014 ? A strong shallow earthquake struck in the greater
Los Angeles area. Luckily no structural damage but people were scared due
to the intense shaking. USGS reported a MMI VII (very strong shaking) in
the direct epicenter area. Luckily no injured people. The first of a swarm
of earthquakes hit the border of La Habra and Brea shortly after 8 p.m.
with the 3.6 temblor. About an hour later, at 9:09 p.m., the 5.1 shock hit,
followed by at least two more aftershocks in the magnitude-3 range in the
next half hour. At least 20 aftershocks had been recorded by late Friday.
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said the 5.1 quake has a
5% chance of being a foreshock of a larger temblor. "There could be
even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days,"
Jones said during a media briefing at Caltech. Experts said that based on
preliminary data, the series of earthquakes appeared to have occurred on
the Puente Hills thrust fault, which stretches from the San Gabriel Valley
to downtown Los Angeles. The fault also caused the 1987 Whittier Narrows
earthquake. Friday night's 5.1 quake was relatively shallow, which "means
the shaking is very concentrated in a small area," said Caltech seismologist
Egill Hauksson. Hauksson said the quake sequence was unusual in that the
5.1 quake was preceded by the weaker foreshock. Scientists are particularly
concerned about the Puente Hills thrust fault because it goes directly underneath
downtown Los Angeles. "This is the fault that could eat L.A.,"
seismologist Sue Hough told The Times in 2003. ?LA Times
distance reduce impact of California quake - March 10th
EUREKA, Calif.-One of the largest earthquakes to hit California in decades
rattled the state's northern coast, but its depth and distance from shore
reduced the impact on land, where there were no reports of injuries or damage,
scientists and authorities said on Monday. The magnitude-6.8 quake struck
at 10:18 p.m. PDT Sunday and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about
10 miles beneath the Pacific seabed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It was initially reported as a magnitude-6.9, but later downgraded. By late
Monday morning, it had already produced 20 aftershocks of magnitude-3.5
or larger, and more were expected over the coming days, said Keith Knudsen,
deputy director of the USGS's Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, Calif.
More Info: http://www.decodedscience.com/m6-9-california-earthquake-largest-tremor-seven-years-strikes-cape-mendocino/43540
For more indepth info on the Southern California series of earthquakes,
All The Ice Melted - Explore the world's new coastlines if sea
level rises 216 feet.
The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference:
All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216
feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas. There
are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists
say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. If we continue adding
carbon to the atmosphere, we'll very likely create an ice-free planet, with
an average temperature of perhaps 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current
58. *New National Geographic Interactive Map*
Flight 066 Yet ANOTHER Malaysian plane has experienced electrical
problems, over the same path, the same spot, as MH 370. MH 370 was heading
NNE to Beijing, and MH 066 was heading NNE to S Korea, taking IDENTICAL
paths over the water between the Malay Peninsula and the tip of Viet Nam.
Here the electrical failure was not complete, the main generator crackling
and causing lights to go out until an auxiliary generator took over. But
note that the passengers report that a "crackling" sound was evident
shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, and that one of the engines
was making "weird" noises.
Malaysia Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing after Electrical
Problem - March 24, 2014 - http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/23/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flig...
A Malaysia Airlines flight to South Korea made an emergency landing in Hong
Kong after its main electrical generator stopped working. The plane, an
Airbus A330-300, landed in Hong Kong safely around 3 am, Malaysia Airlines
said, and the 271 passengers on board have been transferred onto flights
with other airlines. Electrical power continued to be supplied by the plane's
auxiliary power unit. Hong Kong airport said it received a call at 2:30
am alerting it of the flight's urgent change of course and placed local
teams on standby. The plane made its emergency landing without any problems
about half an hour later.
Malaysian Airline Flight Diverted to Hong Kong - March 24, 2014
Luisa Barbaro was on board the diverted flight MH066. The 26-year-old was
finishing a week-long holiday in Kuala Lumpur and was travelling to Seoul
for a business trip when an onboard announcement said the plane was going
to make an emergency landing in water. One of the engines sounded really
weird. When they took off she heard a funny crackling noise and she heard
it again a couple of other times. Passengers put their life jackets on and
there was chaos on the plane. It was plunged into darkness all of
the lights went out.
Malaysia Airlines Flight Makes an Emergency Landing in Hong Kong March
24 - A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul suffered an electricity-generator
failure and had to make an emergency landing in Hong Kong on Monday morning.
The incident comes 16 days after the still unexplained disappearance of
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Seismic Activity Detected
when Plane Disappeared from Radar - March 14th
Chinese researchers had detected seismic activity near the waters between
Malaysia and Vietnam when the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went
off the radar. The "seafloor event" took place almost at the same
time the Boeing 777 abruptly vanished from all radar screens. "The
seafloor event could have been caused by the plane possibly plunging into
the sea. The strength of the earthquake wave indicates the plunge was catastrophic."
The group said the results are based on two seismographs that are located
on the borders of Malaysia. Source
GIVES COORDINATES OF PLANET INBOUND TOWARD EARTH
January 30, 2014 -- (TRN http://www.turnerRadioNetwork.com ) -- A man
identifying himself as Dr. Kaplan, a Professor in the Astronomy Department
at the University of Texas at Austin, has made use of the McDonald Observatory
at that school to reveal the existence of an inbound planet heading toward
Earth, and has provided the actual coordinates for the general public
to see it themselves. TRN has those coordinates and reveal101 them.
TWO NEW EARTHQUAKES NEAR FUKUSHIMA DISASTER SITE - BOTH 5.0+ ON RICHTER
February 7, 2014 10:21 PM EST - (TRN) - Two earthquakes have
struck in the ocean, less than 20 miles away from the Fukushima Nuclear
Disaster site in Japan. Details here
RADIATION UPDATE: The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)
announced today that radiation readings it has been giving to the public
from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site have been "mistaken"
for the past six months. TEPCO says levels of the deadly radioactive
material, Strontium-90, found in groundwater pouring into the Pacific Ocean,
were actually 160,000 times higher than the legal limit.
TEPCO says they're "sorry" for the mistake.
The Louisiana sinkhole at Bayou Corne is now experiencing tremors, and
growing. This sinkhole appeared on August 2, 2012 after methane bubbles
were sighted on the surface in the months prior. Clearly, the salt domes
holding petro for the US reserves were being breached. Petroleum products
were detected in the water supply at Bayou Corne, and by December, 2012
were wafting in the air, setting phone and electric poles afire in Texas.
Tremors have been increasingly recorded since March, 2013 and the sinkhole
keeps expanding in size, gaining over 3 acres in size within a month, bringing
its total size to about 15 acres.
March 13, 2013 Seisomologist Dr. Steve Horton has reported that a "spasmodic
burst" occurred at 1:34 this morning with 90+ micro earthquakes happening
overnight, according to Assumption Parish officials. A pattern has been
established that increased seismic activity is soon followed by the hungry
hole swallowing more of the parish and the size of the monster increases.
Note the location of the Louisiana sinkhole in relationship to the New
Madrid fault line. Extend the fault line toward the Gulf and you end up
in the Bayou Corne! It's a straight line shot! If the New Madrid is
destined to slip slide so that the western side of the Mississippi drops
and moves southwest, and the eastern side of the Mississippi shift northeast,
then what will happen to the salt dome reserves along the Gulf? They will
map and read more
Sun exhibiting the more unusual, erratic behavior in recorded history?
Something is up with the sun. Scientists say that solar activity is
stranger than in a century or more, with the sun producing barely half the
number of sunspots as expected and its magnetic poles oddly out of sync.
The sun generates immense magnetic fields as it spins. Sunspots-often broader
in diameter than Earth-mark areas of intense magnetic force that brew disruptive
solar storms. These storms may abruptly lash their charged particles across
millions of miles of space toward Earth, where they can short-circuit satellites,
smother cellular signals or damage electrical systems. Based on historical
records, astronomers say the sun this fall ought to be nearing the explosive
climax of its approximate 11-year cycle of activity-the so-called solar
maximum. But this peak is "a total punk," said Jonathan Cirtain,
who works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as project
scientist for the Japanese satellite Hinode, which maps solar magnetic fields.
"I would say it is the weakest in 200 years," said David Hathaway,
head of the solar physics group at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala. Researchers are puzzled. They can't tell if the lull is
temporary or the onset of a decades-long decline, which might ease global
Mexico: The crack than two thousand meters that formed in Alto Lucero
The opening expands over 17 acres of land, which are in danger as there
have been landslides and subsidence in several areas leaving the rural acfectaciones
We (Zeta Talk) stated
that as a result of the 7 of 10 scenarios that the top of S America would
find itself 250 miles further to the west, though not all of this
would be due to movement of S America and the Caribbean and Central America.
Can we be more specific? We have described the Pacific Plate as being composed
of four plates, not one. They are folding over one another, and thus the
Pacific compresses. It is primarily the folding of the Mariana Trench with
the tilting of the Mariana and Philippine plates that create a significant
reduction in the size of the Pacific to allow the S America roll to occur.
There will be great coordination of these events during the final sinking
in Indonesia and significant rolling of the S America Plate. What happens
to Mexico during this process? Is it left where it is, to find its connection
with Central America 250 miles further to the west? When the Mariana and
Philippine plates tilt and fold this affects Mexico, which is directly
to the east. This portion of the N American continent moves in concert with
the S American roll, putting the N American continent under an excruciating
bow stress prior to its anticipated New Madrid adjustment. This will be
felt primarily in the US southwest and east through Texas, as well as Mexico.
Report claims Venice sinking five times faster than previously thought
- March 26, 2012 ? VENICE, IT ? So Venice is sinking. New research by
U.S. scientists suggests it is sinking more than five times faster than
experts in Venice believe. It's quite obvious to the naked eye (or rather,
to the naked ankle when it floods) that parts of Venice are flooding more
and more often. But the question remains - how long will it take before
it turns from floating jewel to a playground for divers? The answer comes
from a new research by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University
of California, expected to be published on Wednesday: Venice is still sinking,
and sinking at a rate of up to two millimeters per year (0.08 inches). There's
more. Not only is the city being reclaimed by the waters that made it famous,
it now looks like it's actually heading out to sea, as if the glorious capital
of the former Maritime Venetian Republic is tired of being a tourist attraction
and wants to die in the Adriatic. According to measurements taken over 10
years, Venice is also tilting a bit, about a millimeter or two eastward
per year. While this doesn't mean that you should buy a ticket right away
in order to see Venice before it disappears, it raises concern that not
enough is being done to save it. A complex system of moving dams around
Venice that took decades and millions of dollars to build is nearing completion.
The new research could well call into question whether these major works
will actually be enough to save the "Floating City." One of the
biggest experts on the state of Venice, Luigi Tosi, of Italy's National
Research Center, pointed out that Venice's "sinking" was actually
a combination of land subsidence and sea level rise. He said the Scripps
researchers' results "tell us nothing new." "We have published
a paper back in 1992 that arrived to the same conclusions," he said.
pole shift means new Hillsboro runway name - September 17, 2011
- The slowly drifting location of Earth's magnetic north pole means the
Hillsboro Airport's main runway underwent a name change early this week
- from 12/30 to 13/31. Runways are designated according to the points on
a compass, and the changing location of true magnetic north meant the runway
sometimes is renamed. Experts say magnetic north is slipping slowly from
above the Arctic Ocean in a north-northwestern direction toward Siberia,
at about 34.2 miles per year. When the magnetic points were recalibrated,
Hillsboro, like some other airports, had to renumber its main runway. The
adjustment is the result of a natural, ongoing process. The Earth has an
iron core, and movement within its outer part is believed to be responsible
for sustaining the magnetic field used to measure the Earth's surface. This
makes the Earth like a giant magnet, but with the location of its north
and south poles always shifting around. As a result, true magnetic north,
on which the workings of a compass needle are focused, doesn't always match
up with the permanently drawn lines on the map. Thus, the location of the
airport in relation to true north has to be adjusted. Scientists believe
the activity of the Earth's core could cause massive shifts in polarity,
including the north and south poles reversing themselves. It's believed
this last happened 780,000 years ago, and took about 10,000 years to happen.
Chilean Quake Likely Shifted Earth's
Axis, NASA Scientist Says: March 1 (Bloomberg) -- The earthquake
that killed more than 700 people in Chile on Feb. 27 probably shifted the
Earth's axis and shortened the day, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration
scientist said. Magnitude 8.8 - Offshore Maule, Chile on 2010 February 27
06:34:14 UTC at a depth of Magnitude 8.8 - Offshore Maule, Chile 2010 February
27 06:34:14 UTC. The worlds seismic recording stations are all recording
total black (shake lines mergining) as the whole of Earth rings like a large
bell. Aftershocks number over 118 as of Sunday, Feb. 28th at 15:26 UTC with
8 registering over 6.0 magnitutde. The area continues to rumble with quakes
of over 5 magnitude.
Astrologically - Saturn was almost exactly overhead and the fateful
orbit of the Moon (North and South Nodes) exactly rising and setting.
North Magnetic Pole Moving
Due to Core Flux: Earth's north magnetic pole is racing toward Russia
at almost 40 miles (64 kilometers) a year due to magnetic changes in the
planet's core, new research says.
Has recently increased by an
additional 26 degrees To a
Current 49.5 degree tilt
Earthquake Information: The New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) is
the most active seismic area in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.
The NMSZ is located in southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas, western
Tennessee, western Kentucky and southern Illinois. Southwestern Indiana
and northwestern Mississippi are also close enough to receive significant
shaking from large earthquakes occurring in the NMSZ.
The San Andreas fault, California, is NOT a single, continuous fault,
but is actually a fault zone made of many segments. Movement may occur along
any of the fault segments along the zone at any time. The San Andreas fault
system is more than 1300 km (800 miles) long, and in some spots, is as much
as 16 km (10 miles) deep. This is the main fault structre that is being
watched in California.
of the Worlds Tectonic Plates & Article from National Geographic News
The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a submerged mountain range, which extends from
the Arctic Ocean to beyond the southern tip of Africa, is a divergent tectonic
plate boundary. It is just one segment of the global mid-ocean ridge system
that encircles the Earth. The rate of spreading along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
averages about 2.5 centimeters per year, or 25 km in a million years. The
Mid-Atlantic Ridge separates the Eurasian Plate and the North American Plate
in the North Atlantic, and separates the African Plate from the South American
Plate in the South Atlantic. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge appears above sea-level
at Iceland. This offers scientists a natural laboratory for studying on
land the processes also occurring along the submerged parts of a spreading
ridge. Iceland is splitting along the spreading center between the North
American and Eurasian Plates, as North America moves westward relative to
The Mariana Trench, located in the Pacific Ocean just east of the Mariana
Islands, is the deepest part of the Earth's oceans, with a maximum depth
of about 11 km (6.8 miles). This is the deepest location on the surface
of the Earth. The bottom of the trench is farther below sea level than Mount
Everest is above it.
Earthquake Fact: At spreading zones, molten rock rises, pushing
two plates apart and adding new material at their edges. Most spreading
centers are found in oceans. The North American and Eurasian plates are
spreading apart along the mid-Atlantic ridge. Spreading zones usually have
earthquakes at shallow depths (within 30 kilometers of the surface).
It's Official! - Cows
can't detect earthquakes: Swedish bovine earth-moving experiment
ends in disappointment. Swedish scientists have disappointingly discovered
that cows do not have "an innate ability to detect natural disasters",
thereby thwarting any possibility of deploying bovine imminent earthquake
detectors in seismic hotspots.
Scientists find link between
solar cycle and global climate similar to El Nino/La Nina.
Cover on Great Lakes Declining, Scientists Say
Ice cover on the Great Lakes has declined more than 30 percent since
the 1970s, leaving the world's largest system of freshwater lakes open to
evaporation and lower water levels.
Cracks in the Wilkins Ice Shelf - Antarctic Peninsula
In late February 2008, a large part of the Wilkins Ice Shelf on the western
side of the Antarctic Peninsula disintegrated. Since then, what remained
of the southern part of the shelf has been held precariously in place by
a thin ice bridge connecting Charcot Island in the north to Latady Island
in the south. Initially, the ice bridge was about 6 kilometers wide, but
further break up during Antarctic fall and winter reduced the bridge to
just 2.7 kilometers.
Sea Ice Decline Shakes Up Ocean Ecosystems
Boiling Water at Hot
Creek-The Dangerous and Dynamic Thermal Springs in California's Long Valley
Now Know: We're Not From Here!
Imagine the shock of growing up in a loving family with people you call
"Mum" and "Dad" and then, suddenly, learning that you
are actually adopted! This same sense of shock came as scientists announced
that the Sun, the Moon, our planet and its siblings, were not born into
the familiar band of stars known as the Milky Way galaxy, but we actually
belong to a strange formation with the unfamiliar name of the Sagittarius
Implications in Global Warming?
It has been postulated that this is the real reason for both global warming
since higher energy levels of the Milky Way are almost certain to cause
our Sun to burn hotter and emit higher energies. Indeed, temperatures have
been seen to rise on virtually all the planets in our system. This seems
quite apart from any local phenomenon like greenhouse gases etc. This grand
turning is possibly the root cause for the discontinuation of the Mayan
calendar (the most accurate on the planet) because the 'read-point' of the
Pleiades star cluster, which many believe the calendar was based upon, can
no longer be a constant as we begin to steer away from the earlier predictable
- Executive Order 13575 - Establishment of the White House Rural Council
June 9, 2011 Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural
counties. To enhance the Federal Government's efforts to address the needs
of rural America, this order establishes a council. There is established
a White House Rural Council (Council). The Secretary of Agriculture shall
serve as the Chair of the Council, which shall also include the heads of
the following executive branch departments, agencies, and offices: [25 federal
agencies]. The heads of executive departments and agencies shall assist
and provide information to the Council, consistent with applicable law,
as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Council. Each executive
department and agency shall bear its own expense for participating in the
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