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04 December 2011

Weekly HAMNET Report 4 December 2011.


The Hamnet Bulletin for December will be handling the contingency plan for the upcoming school holidays but this is a good opportunity to remind all that schools across the country have their final day on Friday the 9th of December, but by all accounts, the last school day for children will be on Wednesday the 7th of December.

Looking at incidents around the globe this past week, many tend to be political of nature with droughts, famine, piracy, political uprisings and other man made interactions.

From a cyclonic or hurricane point of view, by all accounts the American hurricane season is slowly coming to an end and reports indicate that the season was not as severe as previous years. California suffered severe high wind damage by an annual wind that blows in from the Pacific but this year wind speeds topped the 150 km per hour level causing many trees to be uprooted and damage power lines.

Earthquakes around the globe still top the list of recorded incidents, starting from Monday the 28th of November to Friday morning the 3rd of December, and no fewer than 52 quakes were recorded around the globe. Again, the majority of quakes are in the Pacific ring of fire zone.

The two most severe quakes occurred off the coast of the Nicobar Islands that measured 5.4 on the Richter scale at a depth of 38 km. The Nicobar Islands were in the news after the 2004 tsunami that hit the region.

The other quake also measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale was near Sulawesi in Indonesia at a depth of 10 km and also in Vanuatu measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale.

The others all measure between 3 to 5 on the Richter scale and no reports of death of destruction were reported from any of the regions – probably because they deep underground.

The COP 17 conference is in full swing in Durban and one wonders what will materialise from all the discussions taking place as it is clear that storms are becoming more severe around the globe as the planet heats up.

The December Hamnet Bulletin is being prepared and will be published on Monday the 5th of December.

Reporting for Hamnet, this is Francois Botha – ZS6BUU.