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Supermoon lunar eclipse on September 28, 2015 ends the current lunar tetrad - Blood Moon

A rare celestial event is scheduled for September 28, 2015 (UTC) - a total lunar eclipse and the closest supermoon of the year. This full Moon is also known as the Harvest Moon, and Blood Moon, because it ends the current lunar tetrad - series of 4 consecutive total ecl

August 31, 2015

Tropical Storm "Fred" to hit the Cabo Verde islands with hurricane force

A new tropical cyclone formed in the Atlantic on August 30, 2015, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports. Tropical Storm "Fred" is currently on the way to the Cabo Verde islands, and its intensity is increasing at a fast pace. The system is expected to hi

August 30, 2015

Rapid land sinking threatens premises in California

The extensive groundwater pumping, in response to a historical drought that has dried out the grounds of California, has caused the the land to sink, the Department of Water Resources announced on August 19, 2015. The San Joaquin Valley is now sinking at an extremely fa

August 30, 2015

Hurricane "Jimena" becomes a major hurricane in the eastern Pacific

Hurricane "Jimena", a tenth named storm of the 2015 eastern Pacific hurricane season, has evolved into a major hurricane in only a couple of days, and although is currently located well of the mainland, its rapid intensification requires a careful observation.

August 29, 2015

11th M-class solar flare erupts from Region 2403, geomagnetic storm in progress

On August 28, 2015, departing Region 2403 produced its 10th and 11th M-class solar flare since it rotated onto the Earth side of the Sun. The first event started at 13:04, peaked at 13:16 as M2.2, and ended at 13:23 UTC. The second event started at 18:56, peaked at

August 28, 2015

Tropical Storm "Erika" brings deadly flooding to the island of Dominica, residents of Florida on stand-by

Tropical Storm "Erika" hit the Leeward Islands, bringing heavy rains and strong winds, on August 27, 2015. Catastrophic flooding and mudslides claimed numerous lives and devastated infrastructure on the island of Dominica. In the next two days Erika will appro

August 28, 2015

Geomagnetic storming expected to continue over the next two days

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2-Moderate levels has been observed on August 27, 2015, mostly due to effects of August 22 CME that arrived late on August 25. This activity is expected to slightly wane throughout the day, but active levels are again expected later in the da

August 27, 2015

Long duration M2.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2403

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M2.9 at its peak time erupted from Region 2403 on August 27, 2015. This was a long duration flare; the event started at 04:48, peaked at 05:44 and ended at 06:03 UTC.There were no associated radio signatures that would suggest a

August 27, 2015

Heavy flooding in North Korea left 40 people dead, 11 000 displaced

40 people died and over 11 000 were displaced from their homes, after heavy rainfall triggered strong flash floods across the North Korea, in the period between August 22 and August 24, 2015. The total death toll for August floods has now risen to 61, according to the U

August 27, 2015

Heavy rains, floods and a mini tornado batter New South Wales, Australia

Heavy rainfall affected the state of New South Wales in southeastern Australia over the last couple of days, causing strong floods and infrastructural damage. About 300 people were evacuated from the south coast area, as of August 26, 2015, media reported.A low pressure

August 26, 2015

Typhoon "Goni" devastates the Kyushu Island, Japan: 70 people injured, 600 000 evacuated

Typhoon "Goni" made landfall in the Kumamoto prefecture on the Japanese Island of Kyushu on August 25, 2015, after battering the Ryuyku Islands and the northern Philippines. Extreme weather conditions left 70 people injured, at least one missing and more than

August 25, 2015

Heavy flooding hits India leaving 18 dead, over 600 000 affected across Assam

More heavy rainfall hit the state of Assam in northeast India on August 17, 2015, and caused another series of floods over the next few days. So far, 18 people have died, and at least 600 000 people have been affected by the flooding.The state of Assam has suffered seri

August 25, 2015

Heavy rainfall, storm surges and strong winds expected as Typhoon "Goni" approaches Japan

Tropical Storm "Goni" formed from the Tropical Depression 16W east fo Guam in the North Pacific on August 14, 2015. On its journey across the North Pacific it battered the Luzon island, causing floods and landslides and it affected the Philippines, Japan and

August 24, 2015

Region 2403 produces its 7th and strongest M-class solar flare yet - M5.6 on August 24

At 07:33 UTC on August 24, Active Region 2403 produced its 7th M-class solar flare, and strongest so far, since it rotated onto the Earth side of the Sun. Today's event was impulsive in nature, it started at 07:26, peaked at 07:33 as M5.6 and ended at 07:35

August 24, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate levels in progress, CME hit expected on August 24

A co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a series of positive polarity coronal hole high speed streams (CH HSS) is causing elevated geomagnetic field levels on Sunday, August 23, 2015.A further enhancement is expected early to midday August 24 with the arrival

August 23, 2015

Garbage patches across the oceans - visualization experiment

The experts estimated about 70% of litter that ends up in the world's oceans, sinks to the bottom. The rest of the marine debris remains floating under the ocean surface and is carried around by the ocean currents. The floating debris mainly contains undegradable ti

August 23, 2015

4th M-class flare: M1.2 from Region 2403 peaks at 06:49 UTC on August 22 producing a CME

Region 2403 erupted with its fourth M-class solar flare at 06:49 UTC on August 22, 2015. The latest event started at 06:39, peaked at 06:49 as M1.2, and ended at 06:59 UTC. Radio signatures indicate a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced.A Type II Radio Emission wit

August 22, 2015

30 large whales found dead along the coast of Alaska, a cause remains unknown

30 dead large whales have been found since May 2015, along the Western Gulf of Alaska and southern shoreline of the Alaska Peninsula. Simultaneous increase in the number of large whale strandings in British Columbia, Canada, got the scientists on both ends to start an a

August 22, 2015

Almost stationary Typhoon "Goni" turns deadly, 5 dead and 2 missing in the Philippines

Typhoon "Goni" is crawling north of Philippines today and hitting hard the island of Luzon. At least 5 people were killed, and 2 are missing after heavy rains triggered floods and numerous landslides. Goni will pass east of Taiwan on August 22 and 23, and

August 21, 2015

A sudden, violent landslide devastates the Hindu pilgrimage site in Himachal Pradesh, India

A sudden and extremely intense landslide was reported at the Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara site in Himachal Pradesh, India, on August 18, 2015. The extreme event left at least 7 people dead, and injured another 11.A strong, high energy landslide near Kulu appears to have

August 21, 2015

Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare and CME produced by Region 2403

A second M-class solar flare of the day erupted from Region 2403 at 09:48 UTC on August 21, 2015. The event started at 09:34, peaked at 09:48 as M1.4 solar flare, and ended at 10:07 UTC. Radio signatures suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced. These are the

August 21, 2015

Danny becomes first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season

On August 20, 2015, Tropical Storm "Danny" strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. It's current forecast track takes it near or over Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis on August 24, toward Puerto Rico and the

August 20, 2015

Risk of major eruption at Sakurajima remains high, satellites measure significant inflation

The risk of a major eruption at Sakurajima volcano remains high and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) maintains alert level 4 (second highest). Alert level of 4 warns residents nearby to prepare to evacuate, as a major eruption could be imminent.The summit of the vo

August 20, 2015

Atsani becomes 6th super typhoon of the year, Goni threatens Philippines, Taiwan and southern Japan

Typhoon "Atsani" became the sixth super typhoon of the year on August 19, 2015. The system is currently moving over the open waters of North Pacific Ocean and is threatening only shipping interests. However, there is a threat it could impact Honshu, Japan

August 19, 2015

Heavy rainfall, floods and landslides hit south-western China

Heavy rainfall has been affecting south-western China (provinces of Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan) causing floods and landslides since August 16, 2015. The worst affected is Sichuan province where 141 mm (5.55 inches) of rain was measured in Nanchong during

August 19, 2015

Severe thunderstorms batter Germany: 1 person dead, 26 injured

Strong thunderstorms, accompanied with heavy rainfall, have been affecting the northern, central and eastern parts of Germany, since August 16, 2015 causing floods and landslides.61 mm (2 inches) of rainfall was measured in Zinnwald-Georgenfeld in the province of Saxony

August 19, 2015

Natural uranium levels by far exceed proposed limits in two major US aquifers

The study conducted by University of Nebrasca - Lincoln (UNL) researchers discovered that almost 2 million people across the Great Plains and California live above aquifer sites contaminated with natural uranium.UNL researchers Karrie Weber and Jason Nolan analysed data

August 18, 2015

Typhoon "Goni" strengthens on its way toward the Philippines and Taiwan landfall

Tropical Depression 16W was located east of Guam, North Pacific Ocean on August 14, 2015 when it was renamed Tropical Storm "Goni".On August 15, Goni passed between Rota and Saipan, Northern Mariana Island bringing tropical storm-force winds to both islands. T

August 18, 2015

Heavy floods continue affecting Myanmar: Death toll rises to 106, 1 350 000 people affected

The widespread flooding and landslides in Myanmar, which started during monsoon season in early July, have claimed the lives of 106 people, and severely affected 1 350 000 people, as of August 13, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reporte

August 18, 2015

Drought-stricken Guatemala faces widespread food shortage

The drought-stricken Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in Central America, is facing widespread hunger, as almost 1 million people have run out of their food supplies, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported.The drought has hit farms across the reg

August 17, 2015

Central and southern part of Niger devastated by torrential rains: Floods kill 4 people, 20 000 affected

Torrential rains were affecting Niger, Africa since late July, United Nations reported on August 14, 2015. At least 4 people have been reported dead so far, and over 20 000 people have been affected by strong floods which devastated the central and southern parts of

August 17, 2015

Sakurajima's alert leved raised to second highest just days after nearby nuclear plant restarts

The Japan Meteorological Agency has raised the alert level of Sakurajima volcano to 4 out of 5 (prepare to evacuate) on August 15, 2015 after detecting a strong swarm of shallow volcanic earthquakes beneath the Showa crater.The news comes just 4 days after Kyushu Electr

August 16, 2015

Cotopaxi volcano erupts for the first time since 1940, Ecuador

After an increase in seismicity since mid-April 2015, Ecuadorian volcano Cotopaxi finally erupted on August 14, 2015, for the first time since 1940. There were at least three eruptions registered on August 14, the first at 09:30, second at 15:15 UTC and third at 19:10

August 15, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G3 (Strong) levels in progress, extreme conditions possible

During the last 24 hours, solar wind parameters, measured by the ACE spacecraft, were indicative of background solar wind conditions until 07:45 UTC on August 15, when a sudden impulse occurred due to the arrival of a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a

August 15, 2015

Hot and humid summer in Egypt: Heat wave claims 87 lives, 1 205 people hospitalized

Another 11 people died on August 13, as the heat wave in Egypt intensified it's grip during the last couple of days. The death toll now rose to 87, Egypt's health ministry reports.The heat wave that was sweeping the countries of Middle East since last July, has

August 14, 2015