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Severe seasonal rainfall brings floods and landslides to Bangladesh: 200 000 affected, 19 people dead

The seasonal monsoon rain showers have set off severe floods and landslides, since June 24, in Cox' Bazar, Bandarban and Chittagong, the southeastern provinces of Bangladesh. Hundreds of villages have submerged under swelling waters, over 200 000 people have been st

July 04, 2015

Tropical Storm "Linfa" (Egay) to hit northern Luzon, Philippines late July 4

Tropical Storm "Linfa" (Egay) formed east of the Philippines on July 1, 2015, intensified and is expected to make landfall over northern Luzon, an area which gets frequently hit by typhoons, late July 4 through early July 5. Heavy rain, flash floods and landsl

July 04, 2015

Final 'all clear' for historic July 14 Pluto flyby

Having found no potential threats on the way, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft stays course to Pluto, as it speeds closer to it's historic July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto and it's five moons.Launched from Cape Canaveral on January 19, 2006, New Horizons woke up f

July 04, 2015

Filament eruptions and impulsive M1.5 solar flare, geomagnetic storming expected due to CH HSS

Moderately strong solar flare reaching M1.5 at its peak time erupted at 12:53 UTC on July 3, 2015. The event started at 12:47 and ended at 12:53 UTC.The source was Region 2378, which rotated into the southwest quadrant yesterday producing innumerous C-class solar flares

July 03, 2015

Deadly M6.5 earthquake hits west China

A deadly earthquake registered by CENC as M6.5 at a depth of 10 km hit southern Xinjiang, west China at 01:07 UTC on July 3, 2015. USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 20 km.Epicenter was located 95 km (59 miles) SE of Yilkiqi, 131 km (81 miles) SE of Shache, 164 km (10

July 03, 2015

Cameroon's economic capital, Douala, devastated by heavy flooding

Severe flooding caused by tropical monsoon rains have devastated the Cameroon's economic capital, Douala. At least 4 people were killed, 2 000 displaced, and over 30 000 citizens were directly affected by July 1, 2015, after more than a week of heavy rainfall.Much o

July 02, 2015

Significant increase in radiation in Chernobyl exclusion zone, heavy wildfires still raging

Nuclear inspectors in Ukraine have measured a significant increase in radiation in the Chernobyl exclusion zone as a result of heavy wildfires raging in the close proximity of crippled nuclear power station.Radioactive element cesium-137 in the air has reached a level c

July 02, 2015

Mankind’s unprecedented transformation of Earth: Human evolution defines a new geological epoch

A new study, conducted by the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, suggests human beings are living and defining a whole new geological period of time, the so-called Anthropocene Epoch.The changes in our environment, global warming, ocean acidification,

July 02, 2015

Heavy floods continue to sweep China: at least 20 people dead, nearly 4 million affected

Heavy rainfall, starting June 25, 2015, has caused severe floods and landslides in several provinces across the northwest and central-east China. At least 20 people are reported dead, 17 are missing. Sichuan province is currently experiencing its worst flood since 1949

July 01, 2015

Raquel impacts Solomon Islands as earliest tropical cyclone off Australia's north-east

Tropical Cyclone "Raquel" formed north of Solomon Islands, South Pacific Ocean around 18:00 UTC on June 30, 2015 (04:00 AST on July 1), as first July tropical cyclone ever recorded off Australia's north-east. Raquel is already bringing heavy rain to northe

July 01, 2015

Intense heat wave spreading through Europe, temperatures rising above 40 °C

A record breaking heat wave is sweeping across western Europe and is expected to spread through the entire continent by the end of the week. Warnings to remain indoors have been issued, especially for elderly people and children, as temperatures are rushing well above

June 30, 2015

Fiery space debris re-entry recorded over Southeastern US

A bright fiery object was observed traveling almost horizontally over Southeastern United States around 05:30 UTC on June 29, 2015 (01:30 EDT). The object was visible for more than 45 seconds and was described by many as having multiple colors and breaking up in pieces.

June 30, 2015

Costa Rica floods continue: 1 585 houses heavily damaged or destroyed

Over 740 people were evacuated from their homes and 19 communities are left isolated, as another round of heavy rainfall continues to sweep Costa Rica.#Sarapiquí Cerrado el paso por el cruce de Río Frio hacia ruta 32. #traficocr @rutaalterna @iqradio pic.t

June 30, 2015

Severe weather outbreak leaves at least 4 dead, dozens injured across the US

Severe weather outbreak across the United States has left at least 4 people dead and dozens injured over the weekend. At least 11 million people throughout the country were on alert on Sunday, June 28, 2015.Supercell thunderstorms, tornadoes, heavy rain, large hail and

June 29, 2015

World stock markets tumble as new phase of Greece debt crisis begins

World stock markets have tumbled on Monday, June 29, 2015 after Greece failed to reach a deal with its foreign creditors over the weekend and imposed new strict measures to deal with their debt crisis.Just before 01:00 UTC on June 29, Greek government closed all country

June 29, 2015

Mysterious electric Mercury

In April 2015, the NASA spacecraft MESSENGER completed its more than four year journey in the orbit of the planet Mercury.New discoveries in the mission have emphasized just how mysterious Mercury is for planetary scientists. Recurring features across the entire planet

June 28, 2015

Death toll from heat wave in Pakistan hits 1 200

According to local media reports, a severe heat wave has claimed over 1 200 people in Pakistan by June 25, 2015. Pakistan's worst heat wave in decades started on June 20, 2015 when southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius.Th

June 26, 2015

UK Met Office: The return of 'grand solar minimum' could affect European and eastern US winters, but wouldn't halt global warming

A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of cold winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States but wouldn't halt global warming, according to new research led by UK's Met office and published recently in Nature

June 26, 2015

Typhoon "Kujira" brings deadly flash floods to Vietnam

Typhoon "Kujira" hit northeastern Vietnam on Wednesday, June 24, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall which claimed lives of at least 9 people and injured six others, local authorities said on Thursday, June 25.Kujira has dumped nearly 200 mm (8 inches)

June 26, 2015

5th Earth-directed CME produced as long duration M7.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2371

Region 2371, the source of 4 Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) over the past couple of days, erupted with long duration M7.9 solar flare (R2-Moderate) at 08:16 UTC on June 25, 2015. The event started at 08:02 and ended at 09:05 UTC. A Type II (estimated veloc

June 25, 2015

Geomagnetic storming reaching G2-Moderate levels in progress

Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) produced by a long duration M6.5 solar flare on June 22 appears to have arrived at 13:00 UTC on June 24.Bt increased to 15nT and solar wind velocities increased to over 700 km/s at the time. Bz, however, remained largely positive and the over

June 25, 2015

Typhoon "Kujira" impacts southern China and Vietnam, brings heavy rain

The center of Typhoon "Kujira" hit Hainan island, southern China on June 22, moved into the Gulf of Tonkin and hit southeastern coast of Vietnam late June 23. Kujira has weakened into a tropical depression as it made the second landfall and continued its WNW t

June 24, 2015

Intense heatwave claims over 800 lives, Pakistan

An intense heatwave that started on Saturday, June 20, 2015 has claimed over 474 lives in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, and other districts of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, state television reported early Tuesday, June 23.Province's Health Secretar

June 23, 2015

Geomagnetic storming reaching G4-Severe levels in progress

Three Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) produced on June 18, 19 and 21 have now all arrived at our planet and their combined effects caused G4-Strong geomagnetic storm on June 22, 2015. Two of the three CMEs were produced by Region 2371, one of the biggest regions of the cu

June 22, 2015

Long duration M6.5 solar flare erupts from Region 2371, 4th Earth-directed CME produced

Active Region 2371, the source of two Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) over the past couple of days, produced an M6.5 solar flare (R2-Moderate) at 18:23 UTC on June 22, 2015. The event started at 17:39 and ended at 18:51 UTC. Region 2371 is one of the

June 22, 2015

Three Earth-directed CMEs trigger G3-Strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch

Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) from June 18, 19 and 21 have significantly increased chances for G3-Strong geomagnetic storms on June 22, 2015. Two of the three CMEs were produced by Region 2371, one of the biggest regions of the current solar cycle, which is currently di

June 22, 2015

Tropical Storm "Kujira" to hit Hainan, bring heavy rainfall to southern China

Kujira formed on Saturday, June 20 in the South China Sea and intensified into a tropical storm on Monday, June 22. The storm is expected to make landfall along the SE coast of Hainan around 12:00 UTC today.Kujira will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall (with

June 22, 2015

Earth-directed full-halo CME erupts from Region 2371, G3-Strong geomagnetic storm expected

Active Region 2371, now classifiead as Beta-Gamma-Delta and located near the center of the disk, erupted with two M-class solar flares - M2.0 and M2.7 - early on June 21, 2015 producing Earth-directed full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Arrival is expected midday Jun

June 21, 2015

Severe thunderstorms continue to sweep China: 18 people dead and four missing

Strong thunderstorms which swept through several provinces, in southern China, in the past week, have continued to battle the area. 18 people have died due to house collapses, landslides or lightning, and four more are currently missing.BBC News - 9 inches of rain overn

June 21, 2015

Unprecedented eastern Pacific harmful algal bloom

NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle has mobilized extra scientists to join a fisheries survey along the West Coast to chart an extensive harmful algal bloom (HAB) that spans much of the West Coast and has triggered numerous closures of im

June 20, 2015

Above-average monsoon season: over 300 mm of rain in 24 hours floods Mumbai, India

A strong monsoon brought heavy rainfall to Mumbai, India this week flooding the city on Friday, June 19, 2015. City roads and rail service have been interrupted, flights have been delayed, schools closed and even some power plants have been shut down by Mumbai electrici

June 20, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung on June 19, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows have again been observed at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia early June 19, 2015. There are no confirmed historical eruptions of this volcano recorded prior to explosive eruptions during August - September 2010 that produced ash plumes to 5 km above

June 19, 2015

US mid-continent seismicity linked to high-rate injection wells

A dramatic increase in the rate of earthquakes in the central and eastern US since 2009 is associated with fluid injection wells used in oil and gas development, says a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder and the USGS.The number of earthquakes associated wit

June 19, 2015

Long duration M1.2 solar flare off the southwest limb produces large CME, solar radiation storm

A long duration M1.2 solar flare erupted from the vicinity of departing Region 2365, off the southwest limb, at 01:27 UTC on June 18, 2015. The event produced a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and is currently causing solar radiation storm on Earth, reaching S1 (Minor

June 18, 2015

North Korea hit by the worst drought in a century

North Korea is facing its worst drought in a century, according to state media. South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae, South Pyongan and South Hamgyong, the country's main rice growing provinces are already heavily affected, and the fear of food shortages is increasing.&qu

June 18, 2015