University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson said Wednesday that magma appears to be moving deep beneath the volcano.
He says that does not necessarily mean an eruption is imminent.
But scientists expect Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, to erupt soon.
In the past few decades, Hekla has erupted about every 10 years, most recently in February 2000.
Iceland, in the remote North Atlantic, is a volcanic hotspot.” Read more.
Richter Magnitude 7.8 – KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 07:03:16 AM
Depth: 20 km (12.4 miles)
“A powerful magnitude 7.8 [downgraded to 7.6] earthquake struck off New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands, triggering a tsunami in the region, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Center said on Wednesday.
The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.9, triggered a tsunami warning for New Zealand, the Kermadec Islands and Tonga, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Center said.
‘Sea level readings confirm that a tsunami was generated. This tsunami may have been destructive along coastlines of the region near the earthquake epicenter,” the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Center said in its warning.” Read more.
By Robert Spencer – “Following quickly after the revelation that the Obama administration had resolved to establish contact with the Muslim Brotherhood, the European Union has announced that it, too, is interested in talking with the group. Michael Mann, a spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, explained: ‘We are always open to dialogue with anyone who is interested in democracy.’ Ashton thus becomes the latest in a long line of Western officials who have confused democracy with the practice of voting itself, and ignored the manifest fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated to ideals that all free societies should oppose.
Among those officials also are a great many at the highest levels in Washington, where wishful thinking about the Brotherhood (and other matters Islamic) not only prevails, but is the guiding force in formulating Middle East policy. After all, it was the spectacularly clueless intelligence chief James Clapper who labeled the group ‘largely secular,’ demonstrating abject ignorance not only of the meaning of the word ‘Muslim’ in the group’s name, but of its own stated goals and agenda, which have been consistent since it was founded.
Contrary to claims that it is a moderate organization, the Muslim Brotherhood is actually the prototypical Islamic supremacist, pro-Sharia group of the modern age. It was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, who decried the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924 for separating ‘the state from religion in a country [Turkey] which was until recently the site of the Commander of the Faithful.’ Al-Banna dedicated the Brotherhood to restoring the caliphate and imposing Islamic law around the world. His message began and ended with Islam:
We summon you to Islam, the teachings of Islam, the laws of Islam and the guidance of Islam, and if this smacks of ‘politics’ in your eyes, then it is our policy. And if the one summoning you to these principles is a ‘politician,’ then we are the most respectable of men, God be praised, in politics . . . Islam does have a policy embracing the happiness of this world. . . . We believe that Islam is an all-embracing concept which regulates every aspect of life, adjudicating on every one of its concerns and prescribing for it a solid and rigorous order.” Read more.
Muslim Brotherhood Planning to Implement Sharia Law in Phases – “In a June 11, 2011 article on the website of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, veteran movement member Sheikh Ahmad Gad argued that the implementation of shari’a in Egypt must be achieved gradually, by preparing the peoples’ hearts and minds for it and introducing it in stages. He proposed learning from the methods of the early Muslim Brotherhood, which worked in a step-by-step fashion, and called on Al-Azhar to focus on promoting the implementation of shari’a.” Read more.
The storm traveled across much of the Valley at 30 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. It originated near Tucson and reached metro Phoenix about 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport had to shut down about an hour, causing some flight delays.
The storm also caused power outages in some areas. In Tempe, officers were directing traffic at intersections in blackout areas, according to police Lt. Scott Smith.
The storm brought down some in live wires in Tempe, and one started a fire near Rural and Southern, Smith said.” Read more.