Puna District on the Big Island Has 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake

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Magnitude 3.4
Location 19.326°N, 155.113°W
Depth 7.8 km (4.8 miles)
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (174°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) S (183°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SE (137°) from Volcano, HI
  • 33 km (20 miles) SW (221°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 42 km (26 miles) S (184°) from Hilo, HI
  • 359 km (223 miles) SE (127°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 69, Dmin=5 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp=148°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60272041

My Thoughts on The UH Hilo Media Symposium

Last Saturday the University of Hawaii Hilo Student Paper, Ke Kalahea, along with numerous community organizations sponsored a Media Symposium that was held in a few rooms of  the University of Hawaii Hilo’s Campus Center.

The UH Hilo Media Symposium was well attended

I have to give credit to the Ke Kalahea Advisor and Big Island Chronicle founder Tiffany Edwards-Hunt for her hard work in putting this together.

Tiffany Edwards Hunt and Jay Hartwell

Tiffany Edwards Hunt and Jay Hartwell go over the AP Quiz that we all learned seems to be changing each and every year

I guess I have to write good things about the symposium since my fee to it was waived because I was going to write a blog post about the symposium.  How ironic is that… considering I get so much grief given to me at times for taking freebies? Now I get a freebie to a “Media Forum” because I’m going to blog about it later… the irony of that, makes me laugh a bit.

Campus Center Room 301

Campus Center Room 301 was where much of the symposium took place

I arrived as the Introduction to Blogging/New Media Journalism Panel was beginning, a panel that I had been asked to speak on but declined for my own reasons.  Ian Lind, John Temple (Civil Beat) and Andy Parx were talking about the use of blogs and how blogging has changed the way folks receive information.

Ian Lind, Andy Parx and John Temple talk about Blogging and New Media Journalism

Ian Lind, Andy Parx and John Temple talk about Blogging and New Media Journalism

I’m still a bit confused about the following statement that Andy Parx made on his post following the symposium:

…The “Old Media versus New Media” panel contained the mucky-mucks of Hawai`i journalism… and Andy Parx- who almost didn’t get to go because one of the sponsors said with an upturned nose “he’s just a blogger…”

I’m not going to worry about that too much, although it does show in a sense that us bloggers are still disrespected as viable sources for information.

Old Media versus New Media Panel

Old Media versus New Media Panel (left to right) Ian Lind, Baron Sekiya, Andy Parx, Hugh Clark, Moderator Kathy Frankovic, Nancy Cook Lauer (hidden), John Temple, Brenda Salgado and Steve Petranik

There were numerous topics discussed throughout the day from the Sunshine Law, to Ethics in Journalism, to Current Trends  which my favorite quote of the day was when West Hawaii Today Journalist and All Hawaii News publisher Nancy Cook Lauer stated that she gets most of her news from twitter.

Dr. Rick Castberg discusses citizens rights and responsibilities

Dr. Rick Castberg discusses citizens rights and responsibilities

The Citizens Rights and Responsibilities class lead by UH Professor Dr. Rick Castberg got me emotionally involved due to the topic matter as Dr. Castberg spent a good time discussing my legal case which I didn’t know he was going to do until right before the class .

One of the last subjects covered during the day was “Fair use in the age of new media” moderated by Stephanie Salazar.

Fair use in the age of new media

Fair use in the age of new media with (left to right) Baron Sekiya, Steve Strauss Dr. Rick Castberg and Senator Les Ihara moderated by Stephanie Salazar

Here are some of the other posts that were generated from the symposium:

Tiffany has already mentioned possibly having another one next year that I already have a bunch of ideas tossing around in my head that I’ll be passing onto her if she does have another symposium next year… one of them being to spread it out over two days as there is just so much information to be taken in and one day is hardly enough time for everything.

*I will eventually find out who that sponsor was that didn’t want Andy Parx to attend because he was a blogger!

University of Hawaii Selected to Host Department of the Interior’s Climate Science Centers

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced three universities selected to host the Department of the Interior’s Climate Science Centers (CSCs) for the Northeast, South Central, and Pacific Islands regions. The three locations complete the national network of eight CSCs that will serve to provide land managers in federal, state and local agencies access to the best science available regarding climate change and other landscape-scale stressors. Secretary Salazar also announced today the permanent directors for three existing CSCs.

Near-shore habitat at Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific. Low-elevation islands in the Pacific and elsewhere face particular challenges due to the sea level rise effects of climate change.

“Selecting the locations for the final three of our eight Climate Science Centers is a major milestone in our efforts to implement our department-wide climate change strategy,” Secretary Salazar said. “The nationwide network of Climate Science Centers will provide the scientific talent and commitment necessary for understanding how climate change and other landscape stressors will change the face of the United States, and how the Department of the Interior, as our nation’s chief steward of natural and cultural resources, can prepare and respond.”

The three universities announced today are:

  • The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which will host the Northeast Climate Science Center;
  • The University of Oklahoma, which will host the South Central Climate Science Center; and
  • The University of Hawaii-Manoa in Honolulu, which will host the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center.

Salazar noted that the CSCs will expand climate science capabilities without building new facilities or duplicating existing capabilities. Each CSC has a consortium of partners facilitating collaboration across the entire science community and expanding the expertise available to the CSC. The South Central CSC Consortium, for example, includes 30 departments within 4 universities.

Hypersaline lake and mudflats on Laysan (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). The Laysan Albatross is a sea bird that is largely restricted to breeding in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and is likely to be impacted by sea-level rise.

The CSCs announced today also have significant participation from tribal communities. The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma are partners for the South Central Center, which will include support for a tribal sustainability officer, and the College of Menominee Nation is a partner for the Northeast CSC.

Secretary Salazar also announced the first permanent directors for three existing CSCs today:

  • Dr. Gerard McMahon has been selected as the Director for the Southeast Climate Science Center. McMahon served as team leader of a national study of the effects of urban development conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Quality Assessment Program.
  • Dr. Stephen Gray has been selected as the Director of the Alaska Climate Science Center. Gray previously served as the Director of the University of Wyoming Water Resources Data System and the Wyoming State Climatologist.
  • Dr. Gustavo Bisbal has been selected as Director of the Northwest Climate Science Center. Before this appointment he served in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science at the U.S. Department of State.

The scientific priorities and agendas of each CSC will be decided in consultation with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) in their respective regions – which are also part of the department’s coordinated climate change strategy – as well as with other scientists and land managers. The nationwide network of LCCs engages federal agencies, local and state partners, and the public in crafting practical, landscape-level strategies for managing climate change and other landscape-scale stressors impacting the nation’s natural and cultural resources.

Laysan teal (Anas layanensis) on Laysan, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) foraging on brine flies (Scatella sexnotata) on the mudflats of the atoll. Photo by M. Reynolds, USGS

The CSCs will serve as regional hubs of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, located at the headquarters of Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey. USGS is taking the lead on establishing the CSCs and providing initial staffing. Together, Interior’s CSCs and LCCs will assess the impacts of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors that typically extend beyond the borders of any single national wildlife refuge, national park or Bureau of Land Management unit and will identify strategies to ensure that resources across landscapes are resilient.

A list of the eight regional Climate Science Centers follows:

  • The Alaska Climate Science Center is hosted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in Anchorage.
  • The Southeast Climate Science Center is hosted by North Carolina State University
  • The Northwest Climate Science Center is supported by a consortium of three universities–Oregon State University, University of Washington and the University of Idaho.
  • The Southwest Climate Science Center has six host organizations: University of Arizona, Tucson; University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; Desert Research Institute, Reno; University of Colorado, Boulder ; and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego.
  • The North Central Climate Science Center is headed by Colorado State University and includes the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wyoming, Montana State University, University of Montana, Kansas State University, and Iowa State University.
  • The Northeast Climate Science Center will be hosted by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, with the College of Menominee Nation, Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Wisconsin-Madison serving as consortium partners.
  • The South Central Climate Science Center will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma, with Texas Tech University, Louisiana State University, The Chickasaw Nation, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory serve as consortium partners.
  • The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center will be hosted by the University of Hawaii – Manoa in Honolulu, with the University of Hawaii-Hilo and the University of Guam as consortium partners.