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Night sky guide for October 2014

A total lunar eclipse will be visible on October 8 throughout most of North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. It is the latter of two total lunar eclipses in 2014, and the second

October 01, 2014

Swift observes mega flares from a mini star

On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10 000 times more powerful than

September 30, 2014

Humanity's first attempt to soft-land on a comet scheduled for November 12, 2014

Launched on March 2, 2004, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ESA's comet chaser Rosetta is scheduled to deploy it's lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. This will be humanity's fi

September 30, 2014

Large earthquake swarm rattles Long Valley caldera, California U.S.

A large earthquake swarm is currently underway in Long Valley caldera, Mammoth Lake region of California U.S., east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The swarm started on Thursday, September 25, 2014, and it is one of the largest earthquake swarms in this region in the pa

September 29, 2014

Powerful and deadly eruption of Mount Ontake, Japan

Japan's Mount Ontake volcano suddenly erupted shortly before noon local time today (03:00 UTC) spewing ash high into the sky and down the mountains' slope for more than 3 km. Tokyo VAAC reported ash plume rising up to 11 km (37 000 feet) and drifting East at 03:

September 27, 2014

Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food prices skyrocket

High-density population areas of Sierra Leone have just been locked down in the largest pandemic quarantine in history, and it's already causing a collapse of the food delivery infrastructure. The local government says forced isolation orders will remain in effect u

September 26, 2014

Very strong earthquake M6.2 rattles Alaska, USA

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Cook Inlet region of Alaska​, USA at 17:51 UTC (09:51 local time) on September 25, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 101.7 km (63.2 miles).Epicenter was located 95 km (59 miles) WNW of Willow, 130 km (81

September 25, 2014

Groundwater chemistry as a precursor for earthquakes: The Iceland experience

Even during ancient times, our predecessors have used numerous precursor signals for upcoming natural disasters. Groundwater chemistry is one of them and according to latest scientific researches it has been observed to change before earthquakes. Alasdair Skelton from

September 25, 2014

Mount Sinabung erupts again, Indonesia

After 3 months of being relatively quiet Indonesian Mount Sinabung erupted again on September 23, 2014, spewing hot ash up to two km to the southeast, official said. The eruption started at 18:43 UTC (01:43 local time on September 24) and lasted for a full 907 seconds,

September 25, 2014

Powerful eruption observed at Shiveluch, Kamchatka - Russia

A powerful eruption was observed at Russian Shiveluch volcano at 00:41 UTC on September 24, 2014. Ash plume rose up to 11 km (38 000 feet) altitude.The eruption generated several pyroclastic flows, some of which surpassed the 350 m high western caldera wall.The explosio

September 25, 2014

The statistics of natural disasters: A 2013 review

According to the "Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013" published this month by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 2013 is a year with 330 registered natural disasters. This is less than the average annual disaster frequency ob

September 24, 2014

Strong and deep M6.2 earthquake hits Argentina

A strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Argentina-Chile-Bolivia border region at 11:16 UTC on September 24, 2014 (08:16 local time). Preliminary USGS report mentions depth of 189.3 km (117.6 miles).EMSC also reported M6.2 but at depth of 179

September 24, 2014

Impulsive solar flare measuring M2.3 erupts

Impulsive solar flare reaching M2.3 at its peak time erupted on September 23, 2014. The event started at 23:03, peaked at 23:16 and ended at 23:28 UTC.The source was Active Region 2172 (beta-gamma) located in the southeast quadrant.The event was associated with 250 sfu

September 24, 2014

Another round of heavy rains, floods and landslides hits Assam, India

The second round of heavy monsoon rains, floods and landslides to hit northeastern India this month already claimed lives of at least 22 people, Assam state officials said on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.The government rushed personnel of the National Disaster Response F

September 23, 2014

Liberia warns of total collapse of its government due to Ebola outbreak

The death toll from Ebola is surging in West Africa, and officials in Liberia are warning that the entire country could collapse from the devastation. Speaking at a recent meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Liberia's Minister of National Defense, Browni

September 22, 2014

MAVEN arrives to Mars one month before Comet Siding Spring

At 02:24 UTC today NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached planet Mars and entered its orbit. MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. It is expected to begin its primary mission in a

September 22, 2014

Sierra Leone's 6 million residents endure mandatory three-day confinement to their homes

An unprecedented national lockdown is about to take place in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries most embattled by the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Reports indicate that Sierra Leone's 6 million residents are being asked to stay home for three

September 21, 2014

Four dead as "Super Mario" (TS Mario/Fung-Wong) plays in the Philippines

As Tropical Storm Mario/Fung Wong is leaving Philippine area of responsibility, it left a wake of devastation and four dead victims. The storm has intensified slightly as it moves towards Southern Taiwan.​In its 10 p.m. update (14:00 UTC, September 19), the The Nation

September 20, 2014

Kilauea lava flow advances toward populated areas, Hawaii

Hawaii issued a state of emergency for its Kilauea Volcano on September 4, 2014. As the lava flow that started during the June 27th eruption continues to advance toward populated areas residents are urged to finalize their evacuation plans.Potentially-lethal concentrati

September 19, 2014

UN Climate Summit 2014 - new measures

More than 120 Heads of State and Government will be attending the one-day summit on climate change hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 23, 2014, to generate political will toward a meaningful universal climate agreement in 2015. The summit will be ai

September 18, 2014

The rumbling beauty, Mayon Volcano of Philippines sent thousands fleeing

As the lava started to drip down the slopes of Mayon Volcano and PHIVOLCS raised the alert level to three (3) out of five (5), 10 000 people were ordered to evacuate on September 16, 2014. No exemption nor extension of time were given to stubborn and defiant residents l

September 17, 2014

Very strong and deep earthquake M6.7 hit Guam

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.7 on the Richter scale (downgraded from M7.1) was registered just off the coast of Guam on September 17, 2014, at 06:14 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 136.7 km (84.9 miles).Epicenter was located 45 km (28 miles) NW of Piti

September 17, 2014

Mayon volcano, Philippines: eruption warning issued

After a series of small earthquakes and rockfalls observed on September 15 at the Mayon volcano scientists warned a new eruption could happen within few weeks. Magma is now observable in the crater and authorities said evacuations will be ordered.According to PHIVOLCS r

September 16, 2014

Tropical Storm "Odile" aims U.S. Southwest, heavy rain expected

At 09:00 UTC today the center of Tropical Storm "Odile" was located about 40 km WNW of Santa Rosalia, Mexico, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the central portions of the Baja California peninsula. Its heavy rains are likely to result in life-threateni

September 16, 2014

Strong M5.6 earthquake registered 44 km NNE of Tokyo, Japan

A strong earthquake registered as M5.6 on the Richter scale shook eastern Japan on September 16 at 03:28 UTC (12:28 local time). JMA reported depth of 50 km. USGS reports the same magnitude and depth of 53.9 km (33.5 miles). Widespread minor damage has been reported.Acc

September 16, 2014

Odile crashes into Mexico as a powerful Category 3 hurricane

Hurricane "Odile" crashed into Mexico's Los Cabos resorts on Monday, September 15, 2014, forcing about 30 000 people to seek shelters. It is the strongest hurricane to make landfall this year anywhere and the strongest on record to hit Baja California.Odil

September 15, 2014

Rosetta’s lander Philae will target the 'head' of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

ESA announced today that the landing spot for Rosetta's lander Philae will be target Site J, an intriguing region on the 'head' of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The spot offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum

September 15, 2014

Typhoon "Kalmaegi" moves out of Philippines

Typhoon "Kalmaegi" struck northeast of the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday evening (September 14) with winds of 160 km/h (100 mph) causing floods in mountainous and farming regions of northern Luzon.Three people were killed and three others remain mi

September 15, 2014

CME impact from X1.6 solar flare generated strong G3 geomagnetic storm and bright auroras

The Earth's magnetic field got disturbed in response to the arrival of the September 10 halo CME caused by X1.6 solar flare. Magnetometers around the world recorded a Geomagnetic Sudden Impulse at 15:55 UTC which signaled the arrival of the CME at

September 12, 2014

Increased SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site can pose health risk and affect global climate change

Earth has split open between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes in Iceland and spewed lava and hot gas. According to the University of Iceland, as of September 9, 2014, the new lava flow was 16 kilometers (10 miles) long and covered about 20 square kilometers (8

September 12, 2014

Two CMEs heading toward Earth, severe geomagnetic storms expected

There are currently two Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) heading toward our planet and their combined arrival is expected to spark severe geomagnetic storms.The first one, released by the long duration M4.5 solar flare on September 9, is expected to hit Earth's magneti

September 11, 2014

Major solar flare measuring X1.6 erupts, sends Earth directed CME

A major solar flare measuring X1.6 at its peak time erupted on September 10, 2014. The source was geoeffective Active Region 2158 located almost at the center of the disk. The event started at 17:21, peaked at 17:45 and ended at 18:20 UTC.Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was

September 10, 2014

British weather set to become more unsettled

British winters are becoming increasingly volatile due to extreme variations in pressure over the North Atlantic according to scientists from the University of Sheffield.The new research, published on September 9, 2014, in the International Journal of Climatology,

September 10, 2014

Strong earthquake M6.2 registered off the coast of Modayag, Indonesia

A strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Modayag, Indonesia on September 10, 2014, at 02:46 UTC. USGS reports depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). Australia Geoscience is reporting preliminary magnitude of M6.6 at shallow depth of

September 10, 2014

Remnants of Hurricane "Norbert" produced record breaking rainfall in U.S. Southwest

Record breaking rainfall produced by the remnants of former Hurricane "Norbert" drenched much of the U.S. Southwest on September 8, 2014. Flash flooding in southern Arizona resulted in deaths of two people. Massive rainfall and flash flooding was also seen in

September 09, 2014