Earthquake Tuesday? Philippines Typhoon Photos and Track; Midwest Flooding Photos; Missouri is Safe For Mitt Romney

Did You Feel the Earthquake? Probably not. At about 6:20pm EDT Tuesday evening of June 24 there was an earthquake in the same area as the 5.2 magnitude quake that got everyone buzzing on April 18. I suppose that it would considered to be an aftershock. This one was just a 2.9. The one in April released an energy equivalent of about 50, 000 tons of TNT, which is about 2.5 times more than the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This guy only released about 30 tons of TNT, or the equivalent to a very large conventional weapon. When you look at the terms of energy release, it makes one realize the power of nature. I’ve seen estimates that a really good hurricane releases energy the equivalent of a Hiroshima bomb every second. And to think there have been people who think that we could blow out a hurricane with an A-bomb. All you would get would be a radioactive hurricane, possibly even more intense because you added heat to what is already essentially a heat engine.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude 2.9
  • Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 22:20:09 UTC
  • Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 05:20:09 PM at epicenter
Location 38.450°N, 87.860°W
Depth 14.7 km (9.1 miles)
  • 8 km (5 miles) NNE (31°) from Bellmont, IL
  • 9 km (6 miles) WNW (296°) from Mount Carmel, IL
  • 11 km (7 miles) N (3°) from Keensburg, IL
  • 39 km (24 miles) SW (230°) from Vincennes, IN
  • 59 km (37 miles) NNW (333°) from Evansville, IN
  • 208 km (129 miles) E (95°) from St. Louis, MO
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles); depth +/- 0.9 km (0.6 miles)
Parameters NST= 12, Nph= 16, Dmin=7.7 km, Rmss=0.21 sec, Gp= 86°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=B
Event ID nmhwb0624a

Here’s a re-link to the Midwest flooding. The Reuter’s site seems to be updating their photo gallery pretty frequently so this is a re-publishing of the link from the previous post.

Reuter’s Midwest Flooding Photo Gallery

Here is the US Navy site again for the track of Typhoon Fengshen…that would be the same Philippines Typhoon Fengshen. They update this regularly. As of this posting, they have it going ashore just east of Hong Kong. It’s pretty minimal at maybe 60 knots. It’s angle of attack should give Hong Kong an offshore flow so the storm surge wouldn’t be a problem and rains tend to be dramatically lessened on the western side of the storm. Shouldn’t be much of a problem for the former British city.

US Navy Naval Research Laboratory Tropical Cyclcone Tracking

Here’s a Reuter’s photo and news gallery of the storm. You can look back at the previous posts for other links to photos and video.

Reuter’s Typhoon Fengshen photo and news gallery

Here is the national rain outlook for Wednesday. Pretty lame as far as we’re concerned. Warm front lifts up early Wednesday, an upper low to the northwest will track to our north. Possible, not probable, that there may be an errant t’storm in the extreme northern part of the viewing area but that’s about it. I doubt it. Our air will be very dry and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the airport in the lower 90s. The rest of us in the upper 80’s to 90 or so. Humidity really increases and Thursday and Friday will be tough. Maybe some isolated to scattered t’storms on those days. Saturday we get a front that may be worth noting. And, there was one bit of data today that suggested perhaps Sunday may have something of interest. We’ll deal with the weekend when we get to it. Until then, it looks like the AC will be running again…have to keep my fat cats cool. Nothing worse than a panting cat.

On This Date in History: Joseph Smith founded the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) in 1830 in New York. But Smith said that was not the promised land. Instead, he said the “city of God” lay in Missouri. Once in Missouri though, some people left the church, as people tend to do in all religions. But, the guy in charge, Sidney Rigdon, read a sermon in which he called on Mormons to run the former members of the congregation out of the state…or at least the county. This eventually led to violence between some Mormons and the militia of the state. That prompted Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs to issue Executive Order 44. In a letter to his General in charge of the State Militia, Boggs said that “The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the state if necessary for the public peace–their outrages are beyond all description. ” This is why Missouri Executive Order 44 is called the “Extermination Order.” Hundreds of Mormons were beaten, tarred, raped and lynched. So much for the promised land. So, they went to Illinois but weren’t welcomed there. Meanwhile, Governor Boggs got shot through a window while he read a paper. He was hit by four pellets of buckshot. Two in the head, one in the neck and the fourth in the throat….which he promptly swallowed. All thought he was dead but he miraculously recovered. Meantime, Brigham Young became the new Mormon leader and in the 1840’s he set off for the West to set up a Mormon nation. The result today is the state of Utah.

Now…here’s the kicker. The “Extermination Order” of 1838…a despicable order that flies in the face of all facets of the Constitution and all the tenets on which the nation was founded…was thankfully rescinded. On This Date in 1976, Missouri Governor Christopher S. Bond signed an executive order that closed the book on Executive Order 44…137 years after it was written. This puts Missouri almost on par with Kentucky and Mississippi, who did not ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that eliminated slavery until 1976 and 1995 respectively. Better late than never.


2 Responses

  1. I think the mormon church was founded in 1830, not 1930. Just a typo I’m sure, but one that should be corrected.

  2. Yo Mama! Thank you very much. I re-read that thing 4 times and never caught the mistake.

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