Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco's Journey to the 16th Congress



From the post of Atty. Danny Jr. Gapasin:

 








NASA: Next month an asteroid will pass so close to Earth, we might see it in the sky


What would happen if asteroid 2013 TX68 did hit us? Well, it's around twice the size of the asteroid that broke up in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, three years ago, releasing a shock wave that broke windows and damaged buildings, injuring around 1,500 people.
 If asteroid 2013 TX68 did hit Earth's atmosphere, NASA predicts it would produce an air burst about twice the energy of the Chelyabinsk event.



NASA has announced that a 30-meter wide asteroid passing Earth on March 5 might come so close that it'll be visible in our sky.

Before you freak out, there's no chance that the asteroid is going to smash into us. The space agency is still determining its exact trajectory, but at the closest estimate, it'll be 18,000 km (11,000 miles) away as it passes us by - which would make it easily viewable with the help of a telescope. To put that into perspective, that's roughly one-twentieth the distance from Earth to the Moon.

 Alternatively, the asteroid could travel further afield, and pass us at a distance of around 14 million km (9 million miles).

The reason for the big difference in these two estimates is that NASA only discovered this asteroid three years ago - hence the very-catchy name, asteroid 2013 TX68 - and haven't had much time to observe it just yet. When it was first spotted, it was approaching Earth on the night-time side of the planet, but after three days of tracking, the asteroid moved into the day-time sky so it could no longer be monitored.

In that short period of time, scientists have been able to roughly map its possible trajectories, but there's a slight margin of error, which is why we're not exactly sure whether it'll be passing us with an incredibly wide berth, or coming close enough for us to get a glimpse of it. 

"This asteroid’s orbit is quite uncertain, and it will be hard to predict where to look for it," said Paul Chodas, the manager of NASA's Centre for Near Earth Object Studies. "There is a chance that the asteroid will be picked up by our asteroid search telescopes when it safely flies past us next month, providing us with data to more precisely define its orbit around the Sun."

Given our current understanding of the asteroid's possible trajectories, there is a very small (less than 1-in-250 million) chance that the asteroid could impact Earth in 2017 on one of its later flybys, but NASA isn't too worried just yet.

"The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern," said Chodas. "I fully expect any future observations to reduce the probability even more."

What would happen if asteroid 2013 TX68 did hit us? Well, it's around twice the size of the asteroid that broke up in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, three years ago, releasing a shock wave that broke windows and damaged buildings, injuring around 1,500 people.

If asteroid 2013 TX68 did hit Earth's atmosphere, NASA predicts it would produce an air burst about twice the energy of the Chelyabinsk event. Science Alert

Monday, February 8, 2016

500-kg dolphin found dead in Quezon coastline

PHOTO from the Facebook page of Jing Astejada, General Nakar municipal environment and natural resources officer, shows residents gathering around a dead 500-kg dolphin found in the shores of Barangay Catablingan in General Nakar.

LUCENA CITY — A 500-kilogram dolphin was found dead along the coastline of General Nakar town in Quezon province on Sunday, local officials said on Monday.

General Nakar Mayor Leovigildo Rozul said the dolphin, whose species has yet to be determined, was found past 12 a.m. Sunday by residents in the coastal village of Catablingan facing the Pacific Ocean.

Rozul said a team sent to check the dolphin found several wounds on its body.

“The rescuers suspected that the wounds were caused by bullets,” Rozul told the INQUIRER by telephone.

Jing Astejada, General Nakar environment officer, said the marine mammal measured 5.6 meters (18.37 feet) and weighed at least 500 kg.

Rozul said they were waiting for provincial fishery authorities to determine the cause of the dolphin’s death.

He suspected that illegal fishermen attacked the dolphin.

“But they were not from my town. Our local fishers and coastal residents are fully aware that killing endangered marine species is against the law,” he said.


Dolphins are generally classified as endangered species.  Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 185 penalizes the killing, catching, sale, possession and transport or export of dolphins. - INQUIRER

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Earthquake swarms continue

Recent earth movements adjacent to Marinduque: 5 Feb M3.7 at 1:41 PM near Lopez (Quezon), M2.5 at 6:25 PM near Catanauan (Quezon), M2.4 at 1:01 AM near Buenavista (Quezon); M3.9 at 7:54 PM near Lubang (Occ Mindoro); M2.8 at 11:02 PM near Lopez (Quezon); 7 Feb M3.4 at 11:52 AM near San Francisco (Quezon) 






Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cardinal Vidal, Mayor Vicky Lim's birthday today




Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma greets his predecessor Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on his 85th birthday on Saturday, February 6. Cardinal Vidal is a native of Mogpog, Marinduque


Also celebrating her birthday today is Mayor Vicky Lao-Lim of Gasan, Marinduque. Mayor Vicky is running for governor of Marinduque in this year's elections.

Alert: Worldwide earthquakes, earthquake swarm in Quezon

Worldwide earthquakes today with M4.0+ 
(from EMSC-CSEM)


Earthquake swarms in Quezon ranging from M2.1 - M5.2 during the last 24 hours (from Phivolcs)


The strongest was a magnitude 5.2 quake located at 10 kilometers southeast of Lopez town. It was felt at Intensity 5 in Guinayangan town and Intensity 4 in Lopez, Pitogo and Gumaca.
A magnitude 5 quake struck at 6:41 a.m. with the epicenter located at 14 kilometers southwest of Buenavista town. It was felt at Intensity 5 in Buenavista, General Luna and Mulanay and  Intensity 4 in Guinayangan, Catanauan, Gumaca and Pitogo. 

This Philippine fault zone maps show that it is the Guinayangan Fault in Quezon that has moved.