Friday, 29 March 2013

Earth opens up in massive landslide on Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington


March 28, 2013 – WASHINGTON – A chunk of Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington slid into water early this morning, forcing the evacuation of 34 homes. At one home at the new cliff edge, a steady stream of soil can be seen leaking out from beneath the building. Authorities are continuing to monitor a house where there’s still slide activity, as dirt continues to slough off the cliff,

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Magma close to White Island surface

Volcanologists are wondering what might happen next on White Island. In the past six months, the marine volcano off the Bay of Plenty coast has been more active than it has been in many years. Duty volcanologist Craig Miller says the ash emissions that began nearly two weeks ago have now stopped. But he says they know there is magma close to the surface. "Compared to a year ago, it's more likely to do something than it was then. "Whether we can say it's more likely now than it was a month ago, that's difficult."

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Florida man vanishes sucked into sinkhole under his bedroom

March 1, 2013 – SEFFNER, Florida – A sheriff’s deputy plucked a man from an expanding sinkhole, but neither was able to save the man’s brother from being sucked into the rubble, authorities said. Early Friday, authorities said the site at 240 Faithway Drive had become too unstable to continue rescue efforts and the focus would instead shift to a recovery operation. The sinkhole opened late Thursday in the home’s backyard, swallowing one of the home’s four bedrooms.