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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

67P - The violent birth of a comet

The electric comet idea forces us to consult the astronomical testimony of our earlier forebears, where independent accounts, told with different words and different symbols in different parts of the world, convey a story of planetary catastrophe. Watch Update #1: The R

January 23, 2015

A 3D view of the age and structure of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first-ever comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet. This new map allows scientists to determine the age of lar

January 23, 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

Active volcanoes in the world: January 14 - 20, 2015

New activity was observed at 8 volcanoes from January 14 - 20, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima | Mexico | Etna | Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga Islands | Karymsky, Easte

January 22, 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

South Pole Ice Core project - digging 40 000 years into climate history of South Pole

South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) project is a joint effort by researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California, Irvine to 'dig' 40 000 years into climate history at the planet's southernmost tip. The ice core will be drilled to a dep

January 22, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Niko" formed over the South Pacific Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Niko" formed over the South Pacific Ocean late Tuesday, January 20, 2015 approximately 580 km (360 miles) northwest of Tahiti Island, French Polynesia and has gradually intensified.Niko is Summer's first South Pacific tropical cyclone, Ne

January 21, 2015

Winter storm system, cold surge developing southwest of Japan

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Mekkhala" and a developing mid-latitude low pressure area over East China Sea are expected to join through Thursday, January 22 just south of Japan. The system will slide parallel to the eastern coast of Japan bringing wide spread r

January 21, 2015

Slow-moving daylight fireball recorded over Houston, US

A slow-moving daylight fireball was seen over Houston skies (Texas, US) late Sunday, January 18, 2015 and recorded by Jordan Sterling. The sighting raised a lot of questions after images and videos started appearing on social media, KHOU 11 News reports. Patricia Reiff,

January 21, 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

Fast radio burst from a distant source captured in real-time

A short, sharp flash of radio waves from a mysterious source up to 5.5 billion light years from Earth has been detected in real-time by CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia. Swinburne University of Technology PhD student, Emily Petroff,

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

2015 longer by a leap second

At 23:59:60 UTC on June 30, 2015, a Leap Second will be added, making this day last for 86401 seconds instead of the usual 86400. This practice started in 1972 and since then a total of 25 leap seconds were added to the UTC time, last one in 2012. Correction of each UTC

January 18, 2015

Electrically active objects dominate the Solar System

Small planetoids, called Near Earth Objects (NEO), are a concern for space scientists because it is thought that large rocks might strike our planet with devastating force. It is a commonly held belief that such an object caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. The

January 18, 2015

Advanced robotic arm to repair primary containment leaks at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi NPP

Kurion Inc., nuclear and hazardous waste management corporation, announced in its press release it was awarded a contract to develop an advanced robotic arm to repair primary containment leaks within the Unit 2 Reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Jap

January 17, 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

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could furth

January 16, 2015

A yearlong look at asteroids and comets by NEOWISE

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer or NEOWISE spacecraft, a space telescope that scans the skies for asteroids and comets, discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December

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

Active volcanoes in the world: January 7 - 13, 2015

New activity was observed at 5 volcanoes from January 7 - 13, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Colima, Mexico | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

January 15, 2015

Departing Region 2257 erupts with moderate M2.2 solar flare

A moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 at its peak time erupted from a departing Region 2257 ('beta-gamma') on January 14, 2015. The event started at 12:30, peaked at 12:58 and ended at 13:08 UTC.This region was responsible for two M-class solar flares yesterday

January 14, 2015

A call for changes in 50 year-old drinking water standards

Changes in drinking water quality in the 21st Century are coming from a myriad of circumstances, and not all are for the best. Top contenders for why water-drinking quality might become suspect to the average consumer include California's drought conditions, the tec

January 14, 2015