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Major eruption of Mount Sinabung sends ash up to 9.1 km, Indonesia

A major eruption of Indonesian Mount Sinabung accompanied by large pyroclastic flows started at 20:45 UTC on March 4, 2015. Darwin VAAC reported ash cloud reached an altitude of 9.1 km at 23:30 UTC, and drifted 231 km (143 miles) to the NW. Aviation Color Code is on Red

March 05, 2015

Fukushima world’s radiation nightmare

Fukushima is Japan's and the world’s radiation nightmare that will not go away in our lifetimes nor our children’s or grandchildren’s. The Fukushima nuclear power plant is hemorrhaging radioactive toxic waste into the ocean and though we are told n

March 05, 2015

Large eruption of Shiveluch volcano sends ash up to 11.2 km, Russia

Russian Shiveluch volcano erupted at 22:50 UTC on March 3, 2015 sending ash up to 11.2 km (drifting NNE), Tokyo VAAC reported. Aircraft on the North America - Japan routes are advised to avoid the area.The volcano is in an intense phase of activity, characterized by str

March 04, 2015

Amazon deforestation ‘threshold’ causes species loss to accelerate

One of the largest area studies of forest loss impacting biodiversity shows that a third of the Amazon is headed toward or has just past a threshold of forest cover below which species loss is faster and more damaging. Researchers call for conservation policy to switch

March 04, 2015

Strong eruption of Villarrica volcano, Chile

After a significant increase in seismicity which started in February, Chile's Villarrica volcano violently erupted at 06:46 UTC (03:46 local time) on March 3, 2015 ejecting magma fragments up to 1 km above the crater. Ash column reached an altitude of about 3 km and

March 03, 2015

Impulsive M8.2 solar flare erupts off northwestern limb

An impulsive solar flare measuring M8.2 (R2 – Moderate Radio blackout) at its peak time erupted from Region 2290 at 01:35 UTC on March 3, 2015. The event started at 01:25 and ended at 01:42 UTC.A Type II (estimated velocity 750 km/s) and IV radio emissions were as

March 03, 2015

Numerous M-class flares and CMEs off the northwestern limb

Solar activity reached moderate levels today when Region 2290 (N22W84, Hsx/Alpha) produced a pair of M1 (R1-Minor) flares at 06:39 (M1.0) and 09:48 UTC (M1.1). This region also produced numerous low and mid-level C-class flares over the last 24 hours.Numerous Coronal Ma

March 02, 2015

Strange behavior of Antarctic noctilucent clouds

The southern noctilucent clouds (NLCs) season is over now, but looking back over the entire season reveals something unexpected.In an 8-year plot of the Antarctic noctilucent cloud frequencies, the 2014/15 season is clearly different from the rest, SpaceWeather reports.

March 02, 2015

Two craters found after bright fireball explodes over Kerala, India

A bright fireball accompanied by sonic boom was seen and recorded falling from the sky over Kerala, India on Friday, February 27, 2015. The fireball left behind orange trail as it descended.The phenomenon reportedly happened at around 17:00 UTC (22:30 local time) and la

March 01, 2015

Earth under the influence of CH HSS, geomagnetic storm in progress

Earth is under the influence of a southern polar coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) which is stirring up geomagnetic storms.Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was reached at 01:45 UTC today. Area of impact is primarily poleward of 60

March 01, 2015

Very strong and deep M7.0 earthquake registered in Flores Sea, Indonesia

A very strong and deep M7.0 (USGS) earthquake was registered in Flores Sea, Indonesia at 13:45 UTC on February 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 547.0 km (339 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 586 km (364 miles).Epicenter was located 132 km

February 27, 2015

Five years of earthquakes in Chile

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake which struck central Chile on February 27, 2010 was the largest in that country in 50 years.This animation shows that earthquake and all those recorded there in the following five years, including the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Chi

February 27, 2015

Earth’s other ‘moon’ and its crazy orbit could reveal mysteries of the solar system

We all know and love the moon. We’re so assured that we only have one that we don’t even give it a specific name. It is the brightest object in the night sky, and amateur astronomers take great delight in mapping its craters and seas. To date, it is the only

February 25, 2015

Persistent dust storms across the Arabian Peninsula

In late February 2015, a significant winter storm stirred up dust and sand across much of the Arabian Peninsula. The low-pressure system energized strong northwest winds that carried dust from as far as northern Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait to the shores of the Persia

February 25, 2015

More mysterious craters found in northern Russia

Several months after a huge black hole was found in Yamal peninsula, Siberia, Russia, researchers say they have found more suspicious-looking craters and lakes and have called for 'urgent' investigation of the new phenomenon.The Siberian Times writes that until

February 24, 2015

British Columbia dumps over 34 million gallons of raw sewage, pesticides and pharmaceuticals into the Pacific every day

More than 34 million gallons of raw sewage is pumped off the shores of Victoria, British Columbia, into the Strait of Juan de Fuca daily, polluting the ocean and its ecosystem in ways that are poorly understood by researchers.A report by The Tyee titled, "Victoria&

February 24, 2015

G1-Minor geomagnetic storm in progress

A G1-Minor geomagnetic storm is currently in progress due to the influence of a recurrent negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1) threshold was reached at 02:31 UTC on February 24, 2015. Area of impact is primarily polewa

February 24, 2015

Heavy rain and floods prompt evacuation of over 20 000, Dominican Republic

Significant rainfall caused by almost stationary frontal system in the eastern portion of the country and resulting heavy floods have prompted evacuations of more than 20 000 people in Dominican Republic over the last couple of days.The Emergency Operations Center (COE)

February 23, 2015

Arctic and Siberian air masses trigger hundreds of record lows in eastern US

In addition to snow cover, Arctic and Siberian air masses have settled in over the eastern US triggering many record low temperatures in many states last week.On the morning of February 20, NOAA's Weather Prediction Center (WPC) noted, "There were widespread su

February 23, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake off the coast of Mexico

A strong and shallow M6.2 (USGS) earthquake was registered off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico on February 22, 2015 at 14:23 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles).Epicenter was located 211 km (131 miles) S

February 22, 2015

Large solar filament erupts, produces partial halo CME

A large solar filament, which was stretching more than 857 780 km (533 000 miles) last week, finally erupted at approximately 09:25 UTC on February 21, 2015. As I feared, #solarstorm launch is huge filament that just rotated backside. STEREO A saw eruption of monster ev

February 22, 2015

Strong and shallow M5.9 earthquake off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong and shallow M5.9 (JMA) earthquake was registered off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on February 21, 2015 at 10:13 UTC. JMA is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting this earthquake as M6.1 at the same depth.This is now the 14th moderate to str

February 21, 2015

Two major cyclones - Lam and Marcia - leave widespread damage as they move inland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone "Lam" crossed the mainland coast approximately 15 km (9.3 miles) east of Milingimbi, Northern Territory, Australia shortly after 16:30 UTC on February 19, 2015 as a 185 km/h (115 mph) Category 4 storm on the Australian tropical cyclone intensi

February 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong and shallow M6.1 (JMA) earthquake was registered off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 04:25 UTC on February 20, 2015. JMA is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 13.5 km (8.38 miles).Including the February 16th M6.9, this

February 20, 2015

Marcia rapidly intensified, expected to reach Category 5 before landfall

Tropical Cyclone "Marcia" rapidly and unexpectedly intensified over the last 24 hours and is now a Category 4 storm on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) expects it to become a Category 5 storm before

February 19, 2015

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Lam" about to make landfall, Australia

The very destructive core of Severe Tropical Cyclone "Lam" continues on its SW track, parallel to the Wessel Islands and is expected to make landfall on the mainland coast between Milingimbi and Gapuwiyak (Northern Territory, Australia) overnight Thursday or

February 19, 2015

Very bright fireball seen over Pennsylvania, US

A very bright fireball was seen and recorded by NASA's cameras over Pennsylvania, US at 09:45 UTC (04:45 EST) on February 17, 2015.NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) said the space rock was about 60 cm (2 feet) in diameter, weighing roughly 226 kg (500 po

February 18, 2015

Massive clouds erupted 260 km into Martian atmosphere - and no one knows why

Enormous cloud-like plumes reaching 260km above the surface of Mars have left scientists baffled. This is way beyond Mars’s normal weather, reaching into the exosphere where the atmosphere merges with interplanetary space. None of the conventional explanations

February 17, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong and shallow M6.9 (JMA) earthquake was registered near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 23:06 UTC on February 16, 2015. JMA is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 23 km (14.2 miles). JMA is describing this quake as a

February 17, 2015

Strong explosive eruption of Chikurachki volcano, Northern Kuriles, Russia

A strong explosive eruption occurred at the Chikurachki volcano located on the Paramushir island, Northern Kuriles, Russia around 22:00 UTC on February 15, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano occurred in 2008.Ash plume produced by the eruption reached an estimated a

February 16, 2015

Queensland hit by very rare M5.1 earthquake, Australia

A shallow M5.1 earthquake was registered 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the city of Eidsvold, Queensland, Australia at 02:57 AEDT on February 16, 2015 (15:57 UTC on February 15). Geoscience Australia (GA) is reporting depth of 15 km (9.32 miles).Numerous aftershock wer

February 16, 2015

Winter storm "Neptune" brings snow, high winds and bitter wind chill to Northeast US

After record breaking snow in parts of New England, another dangerous winter storm is approaching Northeast US. Winter storm "Neptune" delivers a triple threat of snow, high winds and bitter wind chills to areas still struggling to recover from a series of maj

February 15, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake registered off the coast of Taiwan

A strong and shallow M6.2 (CENC) earthquake was registered off the southeastern coast of Taiwan on February 13, 2015 at 20:06 UTC. CENC (China) is reporting depth of 7 km (4.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS registered this quake as

February 13, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

A very strong and shallow M6.9 (USGS) earthquake was registered at Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone, Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on February 13, 2015 at 18:59 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.21 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 15 km (9.32 miles).Epicente

February 13, 2015

The Sun won’t die for 5 billion years, so why do humans have only 1 billion years left on Earth?

In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.The sun is currently classified

February 13, 2015