Massive Haitian Earthquake; Winter Storm Known as “School House Blizzard”


Damage in Haiti

Building collapse in Haiti

Major Earthquake In Haiti-

A Major Earthquake centered near of Port Au Prince with a magnitude of at least 7.0 occured on Tuesday evening.  Initial reports are of building collapse and extensive damage.  Haiti is probably the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere and communications are poor to begin with and there is no infrastructure to speak of.  Aid will be difficult to get to people in distress.  President Obama has pledge the aid of the United States.   Reports on television claim there is a Tsunami Watch but information (found below) from the Tsunami Warning Center seems to not confirm media reports.  It will probably be at least until daylight, if not for days, to determine the extent of the destruction and misery of the region.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 7.0
Date-Time Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 04:53:09 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 18.451°N, 72.445°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances 15 km (10 miles) SW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
140 km (90 miles) E of Les Cayes, Haiti
145 km (90 miles) WNW of Barahona, Dominican Republic
1140 km (710 miles) SE of Miami, Florida

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 8.3 km (5.2 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=103, Nph=103, Dmin=365.7 km, Rmss=1.14 sec, Gp= 94°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID us2010rja6

WEXX32 PAAQ 122203
TIBATE

PUBLIC TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
603 PM AST TUE JAN 12 2010

…A STRONG EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED BUT A TSUNAMI IS NOT
   EXPECTED ALONG THE COASTS OF PUERTO RICO/ THE VIRGIN
   ISLANDS/ U.S. ATLANTIC AND GULF OF MEXICO STATES/ AND EASTERN
   CANADIAN PROVINCES…

NO WARNING… NO WATCH AND NO ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR
THESE AREAS.

BASED ON THE EARTHQUAKE LOCATION – MAGNITUDE AND HISTORIC TSUNAMI
RECORDS A DAMAGING TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED ALONG THE PUERTO RICO/
VIRGIN ISLANDS/ U.S. ATLANTIC/ EASTERN CANADIAN AND GULF OF
MEXICO COASTS. EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE CAN GENERATE DESTRUCTIVE
TSUNAMIS ALONG THE COAST NEAR THE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE
EPICENTRAL REGION SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY AND TAKE
APPROPRIATE ACTION.

AT 553 PM ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME ON JANUARY 12 AN EARTHQUAKE WITH
PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE 7.3 OCCURRED
IN THE HAITI REGION.

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER IN EWA BEACH HAWAII WILL
ISSUE MESSAGES FOR AREAS IN THE CARIBBEAN OUTSIDE PUERTO RICO
AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT BY THE
WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER UNLESS ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE. SEE THE WEB SITE WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV
FOR BASIC TSUNAMI INFORMATION – SAFETY RULES AND TSUNAMI TRAVEL
TIMES.

Blizzard Before Global Warming

Blizzard Before Global Warming

Blizzard Before Global Warming
On This Date In History:  It’s been exceedingly cold over much of the nation so far this winter.  We are in the midst of a warm up as the long wave pattern finally changes, though our warm up will only take us to at or slightly above seasonal norms.  At this point, there does not appear to be a major change in that pattern through January.  As it stands, for the next couple of weeks, I think that there will be big storms crashing into the Pacific Northwest coast of the US. 

While the warm up will take temperatures to the upper 70’s to near 80 in South Florida, that is about normal.  And, it’s not out of the question that we get an extended extreme warm streak sometime later in the season. It’s not unusual, so much so that it is known as a “false spring”. It has happened before and it happened well before anyone suggests that global warming had started. January warm-ups happen. In the Midwest, January 11, 1888 had been unseasonably warm as had the morning of January 12. A cold front came barrelling down with air that dropped temperatures well below zero with high winds. Some reports of the day say that the mercury fell 100 degrees in 24 hours. ..while its possible, that may be an exaggeration.

You Can Read The Book

You Can Read The Book

You Can Read The Book
When the mercury fell, the snow began to fall. Most likely a shortwave blew up from the southwest and grabbed all of the warm moist air to the south and threw it over the cold air. People who had gone to work and especially school children had not dressed for the extreme cold as the whole thing was a total surprise. 235 people died that day, many of them school children trying to get home. Hence, on this date in 1888, the Midwest of the United States suffered from what is now known as either the “Schoolhouse Blizzard” or the “Schoolchildren’s Blizzard.” One story holds that a teacher was trapped in her schoolhouse with 3 children and by 3 pm they had run out of heating fuel. She tried to lead them 82 yards to her boarding house. Visibility was so poor that they got lost in the short distance and the 3 kids died. She survived but lost her feet to frostbite. There are many other tales of rescues using rope to tie children together as they tried to get to safety. (Blizzard Tales)

Extreme weather changes have gone on in this country in the winter for a long long time….long before anyone thought of global warming. Its just that now we have better forecasts to be able to prepare.

Wall Street March 1888

Wall Street March 1888
Wall Street March 1888

It was a tough winter in 1888. In March, New York City had one of its greatest snowfalls and blizzards. From March 12-14, about 50 inches fell and wind drifted the snow to up to 40 feet. The city came to a standstill.

Weather patterns really haven’t changed all that much, its just that forecasting has gotten so much better. Be thankful for the bus-stop forecast. People get upset if the weather guru on TV says “up to an inch of snow” and they only get a quarter inch, which is what they said but it wasn’t an inch. The folks in the Midwest in 1888 would trade that for what they got any day of the week.

One Response

  1. i think this earthquake was really bad, therefore the children i felt so sad about them😦😥

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