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Tropical Storm Rina

Tropical Storm RinaPosition: 16.4N 82.2W [10Pm CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [335°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 85 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb.

Currently about 115 miles [ 190 km] Northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of Honduras from Punta Castilla eastward to the Nicaragua border.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 23, 2011   2 Comments

Ercis Earthquake

The BBC reports on the earthquake in Turkey near the Iranian border at 5:41AM CDT: Hundreds die as strong quake rocks eastern Turkey

A strong quake has shattered buildings near the Turkish city of Van, killing more than 200 people and trapping an unknown number under rubble.

Casualties are reported to be particularly high in the town of Ercis, close to the Iranian border, where dozens of buildings fell.

The earthquake struck at 13:41 (10:41 GMT) at a depth of 20km (12.4 miles), with its epicentre 16km north-east of Van in eastern Turkey, the US Geological Survey said.

It was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, also centred north of Van, including two of magnitude 5.6 soon after the quake and one of 6.0 late on Sunday.

There have been two dozen aftershocks, ranging from 4.0 to 6.0 which makes recovery dangerous, and the temperatures will be in the freezing range overnight.

The area gets a lot of earthquakes, and there are building codes that should have limited the loss of life and damage, but they are often badly enforced, especially when large projects are involved, which is why so many of those killed and trapped are in newer buildings that have ‘pancaked’.

October 23, 2011   Comments Off on Ercis Earthquake