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Hikurangi subduction zone

Geologists claim the dangerous Hikurangi subduction zone – running offshore from the top of the South Island to Gisborne in the north – has begun to move

New Zealand could be potentially hit by a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a “towering” tsunami, scientists warn. According to the researchers, a 2016 quake that hit the area reawakened a hazardous fault that was believed to be dormant.

The Hikurangi subduction zone – a deep trench in the Earth’s crust running along the eastern shore of New Zealand’s North Island – is now active and could trigger magnitude 8.5 earthquakes, which would be far more devastating that the one that hit the islands in 2016, a group of scientists from the GNS research institute warn. The earthquakes are also likely to be followed by tsunamis that could reach New Zealand’s coast within mere minutes, the geologists add.
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Volcano erupting

Volcanoes pose a greater threat to humanity than first thought, with Earth scientists in the UK reporting that super-eruptions are historically more frequent than previous data revealed.

Analyzing volcanic activity within the last 100,000 years, researchers from the University of Bristol revised the timeline for super-eruptions, which can produce around 1,000 gigatons of erupted mass.

The Yellowstone Caldera in Wyoming is classed as one such supervolcano, which could emit sustained pyroclastic eruptions with climate- and life-changing results.

The new study from Bristol scientists, published in the Earth and Planetary Science Letters, suggests large, catastrophic eruptions are most likely to happen every 17,000 years.

It’s a significant revision from a 2004 estimate, said Jonathan Rougier, of the University of Bristol.

“The previous estimate, made in 2004, was that super-eruptions occurred every 45-714 thousands years, comfortably longer than our civilization. But in our paper just published, we re-estimate this range as 5.2-48 thousand years, with a best guess value of 17,000,” he said.

And the two most recent ones came 30,000 to 20,000 years ago.

“On balance, we have been slightly lucky not to experience any super-eruptions since then. But it is important to appreciate that the absence of super-eruptions in the last 20,000 years does not imply that one is overdue. Nature is not that regular.”

He added: “What we can say is that volcanoes are more threatening to our civilization than previously thought.”

In 2014, the US Geological Survey warned that if the massive volcano at Yellowstone National Park were to boil over, cities nearly 300 miles away would be covered in up to three feet of ash.

Although the supervolcano has not erupted for approximately 640,000 years, the 240 cubic miles of pyroclastic material potentially released by such an event would have dire consequences for the environment.

Italian town of 7 inhabitants gets 26 asylum seekers – 80 more to come

Voice of Europe …

Vaccarozzi di Erbezzo

The Italian town of Vaccarozzi di Erbezzo officially has only seven residents, but that’s changing fast.

Already 26 African asylum seekers have arrived as part of a government resettlement programme. There are plans to resettle at least 80 migrants in the tiny town. Mayor Lucio Campedelli is worried about it:

“Sending 80 refugees here would turn this place upside down. They told us just before summer that they would arrive, but we can’t do anything about it. I don’t want to add fuel to the fire, but I hope they stop with these first 26 arrivals.”

Locals already call the Northern Italian mountain town “refugee land”. In early November the first 26 migrants arrived after setting foot on Italy’s Southern shores. All of them Africans: from Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast for example.

Liana, the barista of a local coffee bar says:

“Sending 80 here is madness. It would completely change our land. Even sending two here would be too many if we didn’t ask for them.”

The town’s asylum seekers are living in a former NATO barracks, guarded by gates and turrets.

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Do you think Q is coming back?

The story is allegedly that only the first few days of Q posts at the end of October were from the “genuine” Q (whatever that means) and that subsequent Q posts were by others, perhaps two or more low level staffers who were not supposed to have access to the information being posted. Allegedly said staffers have since been fired. It is also unclear whether the “MegaAnon” who posted assertions about this was the “real” MegaAnon (once again, whatever that means).

Furthermore, the current MegaAnon apparently did not say that the material posted by the recent Q was false or misleading, just that it was not posted by the original Q, a possible implication being that too many “beans” were spilled, i.e. too much was revealed too soon about what is going on, to the possible detriment of the operation, so that further communications of the Q type may have been suspended. Oddly though, or perhaps not so oddly, I find that today’s tweets by POTUS have a certain Q-like sound to them. Curiouser and curiouser.

Example POTUS tweet:

So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017

November 2017