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Very strong M6.8 earthquake registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.8 (downgraded from M6.9) on the Richter scale was registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia at 10:10 UTC (18:10 local time) on November 21, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 48.2 km (30 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at de

November 21, 2014

Water supplies dry up in Brazil as droughts continue to affect world's agricultural regions, destabilizing industrial farming

The problem of a diminishing water supply is taking its toll on the residents of Brazil, pointing to the growing issue of a world that is running out of water and as a result, entering a global crisis which will likely have serious agricultural, social and economic cons

November 21, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 12 - 18, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from November 12 - 18, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Pavlof, United States | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sinarka, Shiashkotan Island (Russia) | Turri

November 20, 2014

Polar air brings record low temperatures to US, crazy lake effect snow in the Midwest

A deep low pressure system centered over southeastern Canada will continue to push polar air over the eastern half of the US this week. Well below average temperatures will reach the Gulf Coast, with most of the Mid-Atlantic states barely getting above freezing on Wedne

November 19, 2014

Mysterious massive flash over Russia’s Urals

A massive bright orange flash has lit up the sky over Russia's Sverdlovsk region in the Urals on November 14, 2014 at 13:39 UTC (18:39 local time). Videos of this "mysterious" explosion, which happened close to last year's Chelyabinsk event, have surfa

November 19, 2014

Unprecedented amounts of rainfall devastate parts of France, Switzerland and Italy

Unprecedented amounts of rainfall battered parts of France, Switzerland and northern Italy in the last two weeks causing severe flooding and landslides throughout the region. The second round of powerful storms and widespread flooding hit the region over the weekend wit

November 17, 2014

Strong M6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of North Island, New Zealand

A strong earthquake measuring M6.5 (Geonet) on the Richter scale struck off the East Coast of North Island, New Zealand on November 16, 2014 at 22:33 UTC (November 17 at 11:33 local time). Geonet is reporting depth of 31 km. USGS is reporting M6.7 at depth of 22.0 km (1

November 17, 2014

Strong M5.7 solar flare erupted from Region 2209

A strong solar flare measuring M5.7 at its peak time erupted from Region 2209 on November 16, 2014. The event started at 17:35, peaked at 17:48 and ended at 17:57 UTC.Region 2209 ('beta-gamma-delta') is Old Region 2192, source of six X-class solar flares during

November 16, 2014

Pavlof eruption intensifies, ash cloud reaching 9.1 km a.s.l.

The eruption of Pavlof Volcano that began on November 12, 2014 has intensified, Alaska Volcano Observatory reported at 20:35 UTC today. Ash cloud height at 20:00 UTC was estimated at 7 620 meters (25 000 ft) above sea level. Thus, the Aviation Color Code has been raise

November 15, 2014

Philae completes it primary mission before hibernation

Rosetta's lander Philae has completed its primary science mission after nearly 57 hours on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, ESA proudly announced today. With its batteries now depleted and without enough sunlight available to recharge, Philae has fallen into

November 15, 2014

Very strong M7.3 earthquake registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake measuring M7.3 (Geoscience Australia) on the Richter scale was registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia on November 15, 2014 at 02:31 UTC. USGS initially reported M7.3 at depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) but later downgraded to M7.1. Geoscience Australia

November 15, 2014

Large quantities of gases emitted to the atmosphere associated with the Holuhraun eruption

Large quantities of gases are emitted to the atmosphere associated with the Holuhraun eruption, Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Among the gases are SO2 that can convert to sulfuric acid causing acid rain.Rainwater samples have been co

November 14, 2014

Intense earthquake swarm in Nevada continues with M4.6 on November 13

An intense swarm of earthquakes that started on July 12, 2014, is still shaking sparsely populated region of northwest Nevada, USA and is intensifying. The latest in series was a shallow M4.6 (USGS) earthquake registered at 06:36 UTC today. Its epicenter was 63 km (39 m

November 13, 2014

Pavlof enters a new phase of eruptive activity, Alaska

According to latest Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) activity update for Pavlof issued 03:57 UTC today, the volcano has entered a new phase of eruptive activity. The Aviation Color Code has been increased to Orange and the Volcano Alert Level to Watch. A ground observer

November 13, 2014

Landing success! Philae makes history with first-ever landing on a comet

ESA Operations have just confirmed - Rosetta's lander named "Philae" successfully landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. The touch down happened about 15:34 UTC, while the confirmation signal, as expected, arrived shortly aft

November 12, 2014

"Toxic leak" causes massive cloud covering parts of Moscow

Authorities have urged residents of Moscow to stay indoors with their windows closed, after a smelly noxious fog was reportedly spreading through the parts of the city on Monday, November 10, 2014.The smell has been detected in the south, east, and south-eastern parts o

November 12, 2014

Kilauea's lava flow burns its first house in Pahoa, Hawaii

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense update issued 22:15 UTC on November 10, the front of Kilauea's lava flow remains approximately 150 meters (480 feet) from the Pahoa Village Road. ​An upslope breakout in the area of Apa’a Street near the cemetery had

November 11, 2014

Live events scheduled for first-ever landing attempt on a comet - November 11/12, 2014

After a ten-year journey through the Solar System ESA's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on August 6, 2014. The mission’s lander, Philae, will be deployed on Wednesday, November 12 at 08:35 UTC from a distance of 22.5 km

November 11, 2014

New lobe of lava along Cemetery Road / Apaʻa Street, Pahoa - Hawaii

The leading edge of Kilauea's June 27th lava flow has not advanced since October 30, HVO reported on Monday, November 10. The closest active lava to Pāhoa Village Road is located on the north margin of the flow field between the cemetery and private property. Altho

November 10, 2014

CME generated by X1.6 solar flare to arrive on November 10

A partial halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was generated by major X1.6 solar flare on November 7, 2014.WSA/ENLIL modeling of the event shows a partially Earth-directed component that is expected to impact the geomagnetic field early to midday on November 10 causing acti

November 08, 2014

Remnants of Super Typhoon "Nuri" affecting Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Remnants of Super Typhoon "Nuri" have moved across the Pacific and are now bringing hurricane-force wind gusts to Western Aleutian Islands, Alaska. What's left of Nuri has combined with polar jet and on November 8th became the strongest low-pressure system

November 07, 2014

Major solar flare measuring X1.6 erupted from Region 2205, Earth-directed CME

A major solar flare measuring X1.6 (R3 - Strong radio blackout) at its peak time erupted from Region 2205 ('beta-gamma-delta') on November 7, 2014. The event started at 16:53, peaked at 17:26 and ended at 17:34 UTC.This region already produced several moderate t

November 07, 2014

Southcentral Europe hit by severe weather, heavy rain and floods

Parts of southern and central Europe were hit by severe weather over the last 5 days. The storm system already delivered heavy rainfall to parts of southern France, southern Switzerland, northern Italy, western Austria, western Slovenia and northwestern Croatia.

November 07, 2014

Very strong earthquake M6.6 hit Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.6 (downgraded from M6.9) on the Richter scale hit Papua New Guinea on November 7, 2014 at 03:33 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 43.2 km (26.8 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.6 at depth of 69 km.Epicenter was located 72

November 07, 2014

Tropical Cyclone "05B" formed in Bay of Bengal

The fifth tropical cyclone of the Northern Indian Ocean season formed in the Bay of Bengal early on November 6, 2014.Relatively high sea surface temperatures and moderate vertical wind shear will help it maintain strength and slightly intensify over the next two days as

November 07, 2014

Earthquake swarm in northwest Nevada intensifies, USA

An intense swarm of earthquakes is shaking sparsely populated region of northwest Nevada, USA since July 12, 2014. Authorities report the swarm has become much more active in the past few days. During the past three months the Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL), in c

November 06, 2014

Typhoon "Nuri" makes extra-tropical transition

According to JTWC's warning issued 03:00 UTC today, Nuri - the sixth super typhoon of 2014 - has now nearly completed its extra-tropical transition and is located approximately 240 km (149 miles) west-northwest of Chichi Jima, Japan. The system is expected to be a s

November 06, 2014

Increased solar activity continues with newly numbered Region 2205 now fully visible

Solar activity reached high levels in last two days and with newly numbered Active Region 2205 ('beta') now fully visible on the disk it is expected to remain elevated. This active region showed high flaring activity and Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) while

November 05, 2014

Category 2 Hurricane "Vance" targets western Mexico

Hurricane Vance is now located south of Isla Socorro in the Pacific Ocean and is moving northward toward western Mexico. In its report issued at 21:00 UTC on November 3, 2014, NHC reported maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h (110 mph) with gusts up to 215 km/h (135

November 04, 2014

Moderately strong M6.5 solar flare erupted off the northeast limb

Another M-class solar flare was recorded around new region approaching from the northeastern limb. After M2.2 at 11:53, an M6.5 peaked at 22:40 UTC on November 3, 2014. The event started at 22:15 UTC and ended at 22:53 UTC.The actual eruption was probably much stronger

November 03, 2014

Nuri became sixth super typhoon of 2014, heading toward Japan

Tropical Storm "Nuri" formed in the Philippine Sea on Friday, October 31, intensified into a typhoon the next day and started its rapid intensification phase. It became the sixth super typhoon of 2014 yesterday and is now located northeast of Philippines and s

November 03, 2014

"Vance" to become hurricane as it moves toward western Mexico

Tropical Depression 21E in the eastern Pacific Ocean strengthened overnight on October 30 and by morning October 31 it developed into Tropical Storm "Vance". The system is slowly organizing as it moves west-northwestward. Further strengthening is expected as

November 02, 2014

Tropical Storm "Nuri" formed in Philippine Sea

Tropical depression in the western North Pacific Ocean developed into Tropical Storm Nuri on October 31, 2014. At 09:00 UTC on October 31, 2014, Nuri had maximum sustained winds near 55 km/h (34 mph). It was centered about 391 km (243 miles) north-northwest of Yap. The

November 01, 2014

Largest sunspot of SC24 - Region 2192 - first rotation video and activity overview

Region 2192, the largest sunspot of the current solar cycle - Solar Cycle 24 (SC24) - has now started its farside rotation and will be remembered by ~137 solar flares (C-, M- and X-class) without any noteworthy Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Though we covered all signific

October 31, 2014

2014 ozone hole update

According to scientists from NASA and NOAA, the Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak on September 11 with the size of 24.1 million square kilometers (93 million square miles). Overall, the 2014 ozone hole is smaller than the large holes of the 1998–2006 pe

October 31, 2014