President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the Government and People of the Portuguese Republic on the occasion of that country’s National Day.In her message to Anibal Antonio Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, President Sirleaf extended warmest felicitation on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, and in her own name. She acknowledged that the day is in remembrance of the anniversary of the death of the National Literary Icon Luis de Camôes 1580. She noted that as the people of Portugal celebrate this joyous occasion, the ties of friendship and cooperation existing between the two nations and Peoples will be further enhanced to their mutual benefits.President Sirleaf added that as a result of Portugal’s support, including those of other members of the International Community, Liberia was on May 9, Liberia declared free from the Ebola Virus transmission. She observed that the end of Ebola in Liberia has ultimately created an enabling environment for the re-launching of the country’s reconstruction efforts.She then wished for President Cavaco Silva good health and for the people of the Portuguese Republic, a happy festive season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Aniakchak Monument and Preserve near Port Heiden. (Photo courtesy of Williams, M. /National Park Service)Earthquakes have rattled through Port Heiden more often than usual this year. Michael West is the State Seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center. He took a look to compare this year’s quake numbers with other years’.Listen Now“If we look back over the past 15 years or so at earthquake activity in the area of Port Heiden that’s shallow in the earth what we can say is that the vast majority of those, meaning more than half of them, have occurred thus far in 2016,” West said.He called this uptake in earthquakes in the area a swarm.“Sometimes a fault will rupture in a single significant earthquake,” West explained. “But other times faults will rupture in a lot of smaller earthquakes. And we call those earthquakes a swarm, or you can think of it as like a little cluster of earthquakes that, added together, might be sort of equivalent to a single, larger earthquake.”This swarm, West said, began abruptly on April 2nd this year with an earthquake of a magnitude of 6.2.“Following that, there was a rather normal, expected sequence of aftershocks,” West said. “That is hundreds of smaller earthquakes, maybe magnitude threes, a few magnitude fours in response, in response to that earthquake. But the earthquakes in that area have continued over the recent months and kind of peaked again in the summer and are continuing on into today, though at a somewhat lesser rate than in the summer.”Sometimes swarms stop abruptly, West noted, but more often they fade away. And while the earthquakes in the Port Heiden area seem to have been decreasing since August, it’s also possible that they could pick up again. West said it’s tricky to know where the swarms are headed.