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Asosan - the largest volcano in Japan enters new eruptive phase, Kyushu

Asosan, the largest active volcano in Japan and one of the world's largest volcanoes, started its new eruptive phase this week prompting Japanese authorities to cancel or divert flights on Thursday, November 27, 2014. A column of ash and smoke reached about 2 133 me

November 27, 2014

American Southwest suffers persistent drought conditions

Most of the US Southwest region has been suffering from a persistent lack of rain and snow. More than 64 million people are directly affected by drought in the Southwest and Southern Plains, and far more are indirectly affected, mostly in agricultural sector.Drought

November 27, 2014

Very strong M7.0 earthquake hit Halmahera, Indonesia

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 (PTWC) occurred in Halmahera, Indonesia at 14:34 UTC on November 26, 2014. The epicenter was registered 160 km (99 miles) NW of Kota Ternate, 161 km (100 miles) NW of Ternate, 162 km (101 miles) ENE of Bitung and 165 km

November 26, 2014

Severe weather system floods Morocco, heads toward France and Italy

The heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades caused flash floods in much of the south at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, after three days of intense rainfall. Some areas received around 250 mm (10 inches) of rain in just a few hours.Around 100 homes

November 25, 2014

Fogo volcano erupts after 20 years of sleep, evacuations in progress, Cape Verde Islands

Fogo, a volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago located off the coast of West Aftica, started erupting around 11:00 UTC on Sunday, November 23, 2014, after almost 20 years of calm period. The eruption prompted nation's prime minister Jose Maria Neves to call for evacu

November 24, 2014

Giant sinkhole opened up in Solikamsk, Russia

Giant sinkhole formed in Russian Perm region in the Ural Mountains shortly after a potash mine near town of Solikamsk flooded. The sinkhole, stretching 20 by 30 metres, was found 3.5 km east of the Solikamsk-2 potash mine in Russia's Perm region.The sinkhole was

November 23, 2014

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hit Sichuan, China

A strong and shallow M6.3 (CENC) earthquake struck Kangding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, China at 08:55 UTC (16:55 local time) on November 22, 2014.Epicenter was located 39 km (24 miles) NW of Kangding at depth of 18 km. This was a

November 22, 2014

Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hit Honshu, Japan

Extremely dangerous earthquake measuring M6.8 (JMA) on the Richter scale hit Honshu, Japan on November 22, 2014 at 13:08 UTC (22:08 local time). USGS is reporting M6.2 at depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). JMA is also reporting depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 16 km (10 mi

November 22, 2014

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