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UK research advances tsunami warning systems and quantum tech

UK research advances tsunami warning systems and quantum tech

[ad_1] A collaborative project between the UK and New Zealand is set to create an advanced earthquake and tsunami warning system. The £750,000 joint research project will leverage underwater fibre optic cables to improve earthquake and tsunami warning capabilities, an innovation that could benefit millions worldwide. The project could revolutionise ocean monitoring, providing coastal communities with extra time to prepare for devastating natural disasters. The agreement will be announced at the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy Ministerial in Paris. Additionally, the UK will also announce a partnership with Denmark at the OECD to combine efforts in quantum technology research and innovation. UK Science Minister Andrew Griffith said: “Global issues require global collaboration, which is why we need to build more and stronger partnerships on science and research with like-minded nations, just like the ones I am delighted to announce with New Zealand and Denmark today. “That shared endeavour is precisely what we will focus on with colleagues from across the OECD to ensure we can all benefit from the improvements to health and wealth that science and …

Indonesia evacuates thousands as ash spreads around erupting volcano

Indonesia evacuates thousands as ash spreads around erupting volcano

[ad_1] Indonesian authorities closed an airport and residents left homes near an erupting volcano Thursday due to the dangers of spreading ash, falling rocks, hot volcanic clouds and the possibility of a tsunami. Issued on: 19/04/2024 – 04:09 2 min Mount Ruang on the northern side of Sulawesi Island had at least five large eruptions Wednesday, causing the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation to issue its highest-level alert, indicating an active eruption. The crater emitted white-gray smoke continuously during the day Thursday, reaching more than 500 metres (1,600 feet) above the peak. People have been ordered to stay at least 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the 725-meter (2,378 foot) mountain. More than 11,000 people live in the affected area and were told to leave. At least 800 have done so. An international airport in Manado city was temporarily closed Thursday as volcanic ash was spewed into the air. “We have to close flight operations at Sam Ratulangi Airport due to the spread of volcanic ash, which could endanger flight safety,” said Ambar Suryoko, head of …

Thousands evacuated as Indonesia’s Ruang volcano erupts, causes tsunami threat

Thousands evacuated as Indonesia’s Ruang volcano erupts, causes tsunami threat

[ad_1] Tourists and residents were warned to remain outside a 6km exclusion zone. More than 800 people were initially taken to safety from Ruang to nearby Tagulandang island after the first eruption on Tuesday evening before four more eruptions on Wednesday. TSUNAMI WARNING Authorities also warned of a possible tsunami as a result of the eruptions. “The communities in Tagulandang island, particularly those residing near the beach, (need) to be on alert for the potential ejection of incandescent rocks, hot clouds discharges and tsunami caused by the collapse of the volcano’s body into the sea,” Hendra Gunawan, head of Indonesia’s volcanology agency, said in a statement Wednesday. The authorities’ fears were compounded by previous experience. In 2018, the crater of Mount Anak Krakatoa between Java and Sumatra islands partly collapsed when a major eruption sent huge chunks of the volcano sliding into the ocean, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 400 people and injured thousands. Indonesia, a vast archipelago nation, experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring …

Indonesia on tsunami alert after Ruang volcano explosion

Indonesia on tsunami alert after Ruang volcano explosion

[ad_1] Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said 11,000 people would be relocated to Manado, the nearest city, on Sulawesi island, a journey of six hours by boat. An exclusion zone was extended to prevent people coming within 4 miles of Ruang.  “Beware of large waves due to the impact of the eruption of Mount Ruang for communities in the coastal areas of Tagulandang Island, Biaro, Siau Island and North Minahasa Beach,” a spokesman for the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Centre told Kompas newspaper. ‘‘(The potential cause of tsunami) is mainly the flank collapse phenomenon or the collapse of part or all of the mountain body.’’ [ad_2] Source link

Tsunami warning issued in Taiwan, Japan after 7.4-magnitude earthquake

Tsunami warning issued in Taiwan, Japan after 7.4-magnitude earthquake

[ad_1] TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning, killing nine people and leaving more than 50 others trapped in damaged buildings, tunnels and hiking trails as the tremor triggered tsunami warnings as far as Japan and the Philippines. The earthquake, the strongest to hit Taiwan in 25 years, hit south of Hualien County — a scenic, sparsely populated coastal region — just before 8 a.m. local time. The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said measured 7.4 in magnitude, was felt as far as Shanghai and China’s southeastern provinces. Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration recorded the earthquake at 7.2. Live cam footage and security cameras catch the moment a deadly 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Taiwan on April 3. (Video: Reuters) Taiwan sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a region of the Pacific Ocean that is home to most of the world’s earthquakes. The quake was felt across the island, as far as 200 miles from the epicenter. In Taipei, shaking that lasted …

Several killed, more than 1,000 injured as strongest earthquake in 25 years rocks Taiwan

Several killed, more than 1,000 injured as strongest earthquake in 25 years rocks Taiwan

[ad_1] At least nine people were killed and more than 1,000 injured Wednesday by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan that damaged dozens of buildings and prompted tsunami warnings that extended to Japan and the Philippines before being lifted. Dozens of people were believed safe but unreachable in areas cut off by massive landslides triggered by the quake — many in tunnels that cut through the mountains that bisect the island from north to south. Officials said the quake was the strongest to shake the island in decades, and warned of more tremors in the days ahead. Strict building regulations and widespread public disaster awareness appear to have staved off a major catastrophe for the earthquake-prone island, which lies near the junction of two tectonic plates. “We were very lucky,” said a woman surnamed Chang, who lived next door to a printing press warehouse near the capital that virtually pancaked in the quake, but all 50 inside at the time were plucked to safety. “Many of the decorations at home fell on the floor, but people …

Powerful earthquake triggers tsunami warnings in Philippines, Taiwan, Japan

Powerful earthquake triggers tsunami warnings in Philippines, Taiwan, Japan

[ad_1] In this image taken from a video footage run by TVBS, a partially collapsed building is seen in Hualien, eastern Taiwan on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. TVBS VIA AP A major earthquake rocked Taiwan’s east shortly before 8:00 am local time Wednesday, April 3, prompting tsunami warnings for the self-ruled island as well as parts of southern Japan. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake had a magnitude of 7.4, with its epicenter 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of Taiwan’s Hualien City at a depth of 34.8 km. Japan’s Meteorological Agency put the magnitude at 7.4. “Evacuate!” said a banner on Japanese national broadcaster NHK. “Tsunami is coming. Please evacuate immediately,” an anchor on NHK said. “Do not stop. Do not go back.” Live TV footage from the Okinawa region’s ports, including Naha, showed vessels heading out to sea, possibly to protect their ships. Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes because the island lies near the junction of two tectonic plates. A 7.6-magnitude jolt hit Taiwan in September 1999, killing around 2,400 …

Taiwan and Japan on tsunami alert after 7.5 magnitude earthquake

Taiwan and Japan on tsunami alert after 7.5 magnitude earthquake

[ad_1] TAIPEI — A 7.4 magnitude earthquake, followed by several strong aftershocks, struck off the east coast of Taiwan Wednesday morning, prompting tsunami warnings in Taiwan and Japan. The earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said measured 7.4 in magnitude, hit about 15 miles south of Hualien county just before 8 a.m. local time, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration. It was the largest earthquake to hit Taiwan in 25 years, and was felt in parts of Japan and China too. In Taiwan, officials issued a tsunami warning for the coastal regions of the island. The quake left commuters stranded in train cars as the high speed rail and metro system were paused. Authorities sent an alert to residents that they should seek cover nearby, crouch down and “stay clam.” Japanese officials warned residents in the southwestern Okinawa island chain to evacuate to higher ground. On Yonaguni, one of the Okinawa islands, an 11-inch tall tsunami hit 20 minutes after the initial quake, and officials expect more tsunamis to continue and become more intense. The …

Japan issues evacuation advisory for Okinawa areas after earthquake

Japan issues evacuation advisory for Okinawa areas after earthquake

[ad_1] TOKYO: Japan issued an evacuation advisory for the coastal areas near the southern prefecture of Okinawa after a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami warning. A tsunami of up to 3m was expected to reach Japan’s southwestern coast around 10am (9am, Singapore Time), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The warning came after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck in the ocean near Taiwan. The strong quake knocked out power in several parts of the city, according to a Reuters witness. Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about one-fifth of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater. On Mar 11, 2011, the northeast coast was struck by a magnitude 9 earthquake, the strongest quake in Japan on record, and a massive tsunami. Those events triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier. [ad_2] Source link

Baltimore Union Warns Of Job Loss Tsunami After Bridge Collapse Paralyzes Port

Baltimore Union Warns Of Job Loss Tsunami After Bridge Collapse Paralyzes Port

[ad_1] A lengthy disruption at the Port of Baltimore, one of the busiest ports on the US East Coast, will unleash supply chain snarls and resulting financial pressures for the local economy of Baltimore, Maryland, as it’s only a matter of time before companies with direct and indirect exposure of the port fire workers.  “I have 2,400 ILA members who are soon going to be without jobs,” Scott Cowan, president of the International Longshoremen’s Association Baltimore local chapter, said in an interview Wednesday, as quoted by Bloomberg.  Cowan said, “Getting them on the payroll, and keeping their families fed, putting food on the table is my first and foremost thought on my mind.” Source: Bloomberg On Wednesday, Pete Buttigieg, the US transportation secretary, said it was “too soon to be certain” how long it would take salvage crews to remove the mangled Francis Scott Key Bridge from the shipping channel after a container ship rammed it on Tuesday. The bridge collapsed into the only shipping channel entering and exiting the harbor.  “Rebuilding will not be quick or easy …