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Night sky guide for February 2015

The period of February through March is not known meteor activity, however, the fireball season starts this month and will last until April. The best fireball activity occurs during the early evening hours so watch out for those bright balls of fire.There are only a cou

February 01, 2015

Intense explosions at Sakurajima, Japan

Intense explosions accompanied by volcanic ash which is falling on nearby communities are continually observed at Japanese Sakurajima volcano.The Tokyo VAAC reported an explosion at 03:38 UTC today sent volcanic ash up to 2.7 km. Explosion at 09:41 UTC sent ash up 3 km.

January 31, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits southeast of Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

A strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hit southeast of Loyalty Island, New Caledonia at 17:57 UTC on January 30, 2015, according to Geoscience Australia. Their preliminary report mentions depth of 0 km. USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 15.1 km. EMSC measured M6.0 at

January 30, 2015

Increased solar activity continues

Solar activity continues at moderate levels today with two M-class flares (M2.0 and M1.7) erupting from Region 2268 and one from newly numbered Region 2277 (M2.4).The first M-class solar flare of the day was an impulsive M2.0 which erupted at 00:44 UTC. It was followed

January 30, 2015

Dudinka, frozen Siberian town at -40 degrees Celsius

A state of emergency has been declared in Siberian town of Dudinka earlier this month after a powerful storm left residents without heating, water and electricity at freezing temperatures of up to -40 °C. Later, a water main broke causing several streets to flood an

January 30, 2015

Eunice reaches Category 5 hurricane equivalent, South Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Eunice" formed on January 28 over the open waters of South Indian Ocean and rapidly intensified. Eunice is a powerful storm, however, it is located far from any land.According to JTWC warning issued 00:00 UTC today, Eunice had maximum sustain

January 30, 2015

Moderately strong M2.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.1 at its peak time erupted from Region 2268 on January 29, 2015. The event started at 11:32, peaked at 11:42 and ended at 11:52 UTC.As with all the previous M-class flares from this region in the past few days, this latest eve

January 29, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 21 - 27, 2015

New activity was observed at 7 volcanoes from January 21 - 27, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga Islands | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuche

January 29, 2015

Tropical cyclones "Eunice" and "Diamondra" form over Indian Ocean

Two tropical cyclones have formed over Indian Ocean during last 48 hours. The first one formed on January 26 and was named Diamondra yesterday. The second one was named Eunice today.Diamondra is far from land and is expected to stay there until it dissipates in the comi

January 28, 2015

Moderate M1.4 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.4 at its peak time erupted from Region 2268 on January 28, 2015. The event started at 04:21, peaked at 04:41 and ended at 04:55 UTC.Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was not produced.Region 2268 ('beta-gamma') is currently the large

January 28, 2015

Deep M6.1 earthquake off the coast of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Strong and deep M6.1 earthquake was registered off the coast of Fiji on January 28, 2015 at 02:43 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 483.6 km. Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 452 km.Epicenter was located 46 km (29 miles) SE of Ndoi Island, Fiji and 328

January 28, 2015

Phutkal river blockade poses threat of destructive floods in Jammu and Kashmir, India

A landslide that occurred on December 31, 2014, in northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir blocked the Tsarap river (also called the Phutkal river) creating 8 kilometers (5 miles) long artificial lake. Aerial surveys suggest the mound of debris blocking the river

January 27, 2015

Moderate M1.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.1 (R1 Minor Radio Blackout) at its peak time erupted from growing Region 2268 on January 26, 2015. The event started at 16:46, peaked at 16:53 and ended at 16:58 UTC.There were no signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection

January 26, 2015

Extreme weather - Major nor'easter to affect northeastern US

The stage is being set for a major nor'easter to affect parts of the Northeast US Monday through Wednesday, January 26 - 28, 2015. This system, named Winter Storm "Juno", will be responsible for heavy snowfall and strong winds, with blizzard conditions pos

January 26, 2015

Very high values of SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site, Iceland

Seismic activity in Bardarbunga is slowly decreasing but it still continues to be strong. The lava field has recently thickened substantially and activity on the surface has decreased.Meanwhile, very high values of sulfur dioxide (SO2), about 84000 µg/m3, were

January 24, 2015

Fluorescent blue, harmful algal bloom along the Hong Kong shores

A bioluminescent algal bloom created by Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle, is turning Hong Kong's seashores into a spectacular and disturbing sight this week. Scientists say the fluorescent blue glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom. Altho

January 24, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.8 earthquake hits off Vanuatu

A very strong and deep M6.8 earthquake was registered off the Pacific island of Vanuatu at 03:47 UTC on January 23, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 218.5 km (135.7 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 201 km (124 miles).According to USGS, epicen

January 23, 2015

Patterns that led to collapse of wildlife populations on land now occurring in oceans

University of Santa Barbara researchers reviewed the past, present and future of marine animal life in a new study titled „Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean". Consortium of scientists, found that the same patterns that led to the collapse o

January 22, 2015

Strong eruption of Mexican Colima volcano, ash up to 8.8 km

A brief and strong vulcanian-type explosion occurred at Mexican Colima volcano at 15:15 UTC (09:15 local time) on January 21, 2015. At 17:00 UTC, Washington VAAC said an ash column reached an estimated 8.8 km altitude and was moving NE at 46 km/h.The eruption generated

January 22, 2015

Newly numbered Region 2268 produced a moderate M1.4 solar flare

Newly numbered Region 2268 (S10E72, Hax/alpha) produced a moderate M1.4 solar flare on January 22, 2015, just as it began rotating onto the Southeast limb.The event started at 04:43, peaked at 04:52 and ended at 05:02 UTC.There were no signatures that would suggest a Co

January 22, 2015

Video of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption creating a new island

New Zealand's High Commission in Tonga posted a video of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption which is creating a new island about 65 km NW of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa."While it looks like the volcano has calmed down, we thought we would po

January 22, 2015

Sao Paulo’s largest water reservoir down to 5.6%

The Cantareira water system, largest of the six reservoirs that provide water to 20 million people living in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo, Brazil is at 5.6% (as of January 20) of its capacity of one trillion liters (264 billion gallons), as reported by the water

January 21, 2015

Holuhraun eruption update - Iceland's largest lava field since the Laki eruption in 1783-84

Iceland's subglacial stratovolcano Bardarbunga, located in NW Vatnajökull ice cap, erupted on August 29, 2014 after a sharp increase in seismic activity which started at 03:00 UTC on August 16, 2014.Today, almost 5 months since the eruption started, seismic ac

January 20, 2015

Intense storm leaves UAE deserts under blanket of hail

An intense hail storm struck parts of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 19, 2015 covering extensive stretches of desert country under a blanket of hail.“This instability in the weather is because of the low pressure coming from the Mediterranean region, which

January 20, 2015

Severe Tropical Storm "Chedza" flooded Madagascar and affected more than 50 000

Severe Tropical Storm "Chedza" made landfall north of Morondava, Madagascar between 15:00 and 16:00 UTC on January 16, 2015 bringing heavy thunderstorm rains across much of the country. Just a few hours before landfall, Chedza had a maximum average 10-minute w

January 19, 2015

Death toll from flooding in Mozambique has risen to 71

The death toll from flooding in central and northern Mozambique has risen to 71 since January 12, 2015, National Institute of Disaster Management spokeswoman Rita Almeida said today.According to preliminary data released by the government, 52 700 people have been affect

January 19, 2015

New eruption of Mount Soputan, Indonesia

Indonesian Mount Soputan erupted at 03:38 UTC (11:38 local time) on January 18, 2015 producing ash plume which rose up to 5.5 km and drifted SW. Darwin VAAC raised the aviation color code to Red. Satupo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data Information and Public Relations for BN

January 18, 2015

Malawi floods behave like a 'slow tsunami', death toll increases

According to Government of Malawi, an estimated 120 000 people (22 000 households) have been displaced due to heavy rainfall and floods by January 16, 2015. Although some areas already received a month’s worth of rain within 24 hours forecasts warn there is more t

January 17, 2015

New island being formed by Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption

Continuous volcanic eruptions of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai which started mid-December 2014 are creating a new island about 65 km northwest of Nuku’alofa, Tonga. As of January 15, 2015 the island was more than 1 km long, about 2 km wide and around 100 meters hi

January 17, 2015

Asteroid 2004 BL86 to safely flyby Earth on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will flyby our planet at a safe distance of approximately 1.2 million km (745 000 miles) at 16:20 UTC on January 26, 2015. This is about three times the distance of Earth to the Moon. Based on its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that this a

January 16, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Chedza" forms in Mozambique Channel, landfall over Madagascar today

Tropical Cyclone "Chedza" is forming from System 93S in the Mozambique Channel today. Infrared image taken at 16:00 UTC on January 15 by METEOSAT-7 showed the system moved away from the coast of Mozambique and into the Mozambique Channel and was getting better

January 16, 2015

Weeks of very heavy rainfall devastate Malawi and Mozambique, Africa

Weeks of very heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding which displaced more than 100 000 people in African countries of Malawi and Mozambique and devastated their crops and infrastructure. The number of displaced is expected to increase as severe weather will continue

January 15, 2015

Tropical Storm "Mekkhala" (Amang) intensifies over the Philippine Sea

The first tropical depression of the 2015 western Pacific season formed southwest of Guam on January 13 and intensified over the warm waters of the Philippine Sea into a tropical storm while headed toward the Philippines. Areas of Eastern Visayas and specifically Leyte,

January 15, 2015

Rise in mass die-offs seen among birds, fish and marine invertebrates

An analysis of 727 mass die-offs of nearly 2,500 animal species from the past 70 years has found that such events are increasing among birds, fish and marine invertebrates. At the same time, the number of individuals killed appears to be decreasing for reptiles and amph

January 14, 2015

"Bansi" forecast to peak as a Category 5 hurricane equivalent

Tropical Cyclone "Bansi" formed on January 11, 2015 north of La Reuniuon, Southern Indian Ocean, and rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale by early January 13. According to RSMC La Reunion, which monitors any tropical c

January 13, 2015