3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island Tonight

Magnitude 3.3
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 04:21:50 UTC
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 06:21:50 PM at epicenter
Location 19.502°N, 155.238°W
Depth 27.5 km (17.1 miles)
  • 6 km (4 miles) N (357°) from Volcano, HI
  • 11 km (7 miles) WSW (248°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 12 km (7 miles) WNW (286°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 28 km (17 miles) SW (215°) from Hilo, HI
  • 336 km (209 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 1.1 km (0.7 miles)
Parameters Nph= 64, Dmin=9 km, Rmss=0.12 sec, Gp= 61°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60341306

RIMPAC 2012 to Begin on June 29th

Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

A picture I took when the US NAVY sent me out to the USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier.

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, and led by Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman, commander of the U.S. Third Fleet (C3F), RIMPAC 2012 marks the first time non-U.S. officers will command components of the combined task force during the exercise. Commodore Stuart Mayer of the Royal Australian Navy will command the Maritime Component and Brig. Gen. Michael Hood of the Royal Canadian Air Force will command the Air Component. Other key leaders of the multinational force include Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Ron Lloyd, deputy commander of the Combined Task Force (CTF), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Fumiyuki Kitagawa, vice commander of the CTF.

The theme of RIMPAC 2012 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training syllabus includes amphibious operations; gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.

RIMPAC 2012 will feature the first demonstration of a U.S. Navy “Great Green Fleet,” during which U.S. surface combatants and carrier-based aircraft will test, evaluate and demonstrate the cross-platform utility and functionality of biofuels. This demonstration will also incorporate prototype energy efficiency initiatives such as solid state lighting, on-line gas turbine waterwash and energy management tools.

This year’s exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Details of RIMPAC activities and imagery are available at http://www.cpf.navy.mil/rimpac.

Native Hawaiian Arts Market This Weekend

Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) invites the community to its fun and educational Native Hawaiian Arts Market on May 12, 2012 at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., shoppers and art lovers can explore a wide variety of media, including fine arts, cultural jewelry, traditional wood and bone carvings, photography, fiber arts, original kapa/tapa cloth and more.

An exceptional opportunity to meet and interact with the artists, WAG’s Native Hawaiian Arts Market also offers live music, “keiki corner” and more.  Admission is free and plate lunch and refreshments are available for purchase.  For more information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289.