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Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA) in the context of socio-political perturbances 1 500 years ago revealed

A group of scientists, led by the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL and the Oescheger-Zentrum of the University of Bern, have discovered a mini ice age period in Eurasia from the tree-ring measurements. The period of extreme cold is dating between 536 and around...

February 12, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: February 3 - 9, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from February 3 - 9, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Santa Maria, Guatemala | Soputan, Sulawesi (Indonesia) | Turrialba,...

February 11, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Daya" forms between Madagascar and La Reunion Island

Tropical Cyclone "Daya" developed from the low pressure area "96S" between Madagascar and La Reunion Island on February 10, 2016. The system was located approximately 514.8 km (319.8 miles) south-southwest of St Denis, La Reunion and tracking...

February 11, 2016

Deadly rockslide in southern China under investigation

A large rockslide at Fude village in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in southern China, occurred on the morning of February 8, 2016 (local time). 6 people died when a two-storey building collapsed, Xinhua reported. All the deaths occurred in a building which was...

February 11, 2016

Tropical Cyclones "11P" and "12P" (Winston and Tatiana) lurking in the waters of southern Pacific

Two tropical cyclones are currently lurking over the warm waters of southern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Cyclone "11P" (Winston) is expected to affect Fiji islands with heavy rainfalls and strong winds while 12P, also known as Tatiana, will most likely remain...

February 11, 2016

Frequent ash emissions in progress at Karymsky volcano, Russia

The moderate eruptive activity of Karymsky volcano, Kamchatka continues, KVERT reported. Ash plume was observed rising about 1 km (3 280 feet) above the sea level and drifting 111 km (69 miles) NE from the volcano on February 6, 2016. Tokyo's Volcanic Ash...

February 11, 2016

Perth in a firm grip of an intense heat wave after 83 years, Western Australia

A strong heat wave has been holding a firm grip on Perth in Western Australia over the last couple of days. Temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) were measured for the fourth day in a row on February 10, 2016. Such weather conditions were only recorded 83 years...

February 10, 2016

Third paroxysm of the year in progress at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

A third paroxysm of the year is in progress at the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on February 10, 2016. Pulsating lava fountains and well-alimented lava flows followed the strombolian and effusive activity unfolding over the last couple of days. The lava flows are...

February 10, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hit Chile

A strong and shallow earthquake registerd by CSN Chile as M6.3 hit Coquimbo, Chile at 00:33 UTC on February 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.5 km (22.7 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 31.5 km (19.6 miles). According to the USGS, the...

February 10, 2016

Broadcast your message into cosmos in a celestial time capsule

A group of collaborators from the UK have envisioned a cultural project aimed at creating a celestial time capsule and send messages from citizens across the globe into space at the speed of light. Interstellar message bottle is expected to reach the Polaris star...

February 10, 2016

Cosmic ray intensification trend continues

An intensification trend of cosmic rays activity reported last month by SpaceWeather.com continues. The latest balloon flight over California on February 5 observed the highest value yet. The gathered data shows that cosmic rays in the mid-latitude stratosphere are...

February 10, 2016

Isolated hills on Pluto floating in the sea of frozen nitrogen

NASA's New Horizons missions collected images and data indicating the isolated hills on Pluto may be fragments of water ice from the planet's surrounding uplands. The hills are thought to float in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move just like the icebergs in...

February 09, 2016

New trigger for sudden volcanic eruptions identified

A team of scientists have suggested that a rapid formation of bubbles in magma could trigger sudden volcano eruptions with no prior warning. The explanation holds the potential to change the approach to monitoring active and dormant volcanoes across the globe. The...

February 09, 2016

Radioactive spill at the nuclear plant site in New York, US

The Indian Point nuclear plant in New York reported a radioactive spill that began on February 5, 2016. Since then, groundwater tests conducted directly at the plant site showed a 65 000% increase in radioactivity, media reported. The water leak happened when a...

February 09, 2016

Thousands displaced by severe floods in Malaysia

Severe floods, resulting from torrential downpours over the last 4 days, have hit the states of Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak in Malaysia. Two deaths have been reported so far, and at least 1 600 people have been displaced. Disaster management...

February 09, 2016

Satellites observe Lake Poopó evaporate, Bolivia

ESA's Proba-V satellite and NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 have collected series of images of Lake Poopó, once the second largest lake in Bolivia, declared fully evaporated in December 2015. Proba-V is a small ESA's satellite...

February 09, 2016

Persistent droughts and heightened risk of floods in southern Africa

Continuous lack of rainfall since October 2015 caused a severe drought across the affected portions of southern Africa while persistent heavy precipitation in other areas continues to threaten with flooding, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)...

February 08, 2016

Large sinkhole almost swallows a family in Peru

A large sinkhole almost swallowed an entire car with a three-member family in the northwestern Trujilo city in Peru, on February 4, 2016. The 5-m (16.4 feet) void opened up underneath the family car as they were driving along a road, media reported. The locals...

February 08, 2016

Very strong M6.8 earthquake hit near the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G.

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.8 hit near the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G. at 16:19 UTC on February 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 33.0 km...

February 08, 2016

Southern Britain hit by Storm "Imogen"

Storm "Imogen" hit southern Britain with heavy rainfall and strong winds on February 8, 2016. Thousands of households reported power loss across the affected areas, and major traffic disruptions and delays are in place. The Met Office has issued an amber...

February 08, 2016

Fatal flooding and landslides hit Indonesia

Heavy rainfalls, continuously lashing parts of Indonesia since February 5, 2016 has now triggered flooding and landslides across the affected areas. 9 people have been reported dead so far, and 4 missing while 4 000 people have been evacuated from their homes....

February 08, 2016

Storm "Imogen" to bring very strong winds to southern Britain

UK Met Office warns a low pressure system, named Storm "Imogen," will bring some very strong winds across the southern parts of Britain on Monday, February 8, as it moves eastward. Imogen follows Storm "Henry," which ran close to the north of...

February 07, 2016

Yes, humans really are causing earthquakes

The central United States is experiencing an unprecedented surge in earthquakes that began in 2009, rising from an average of 21 magnitude 3 and larger quakes to over 650 in 2014 alone. This increased earthquake activity is found in just a few concentrated regions...

February 07, 2016

High-level eruption of Soputan volcano, Indonesia

A high-level eruption occurred at Indonesian Soputan volcano (North Sulawesi) around 10:15 UTC on February 6, 2016. Aviation color code was set to Red. The peak of the volcano was not visible due to clouds and fog. According to the Darwin VAAC report issued 10:45...

February 06, 2016

Second sinkhole opens along the Beach Boulevard, California

A second sinkhole opened along the promenade of Beach Boulevard, Pacifica in California, US, local authorities reported on February 4, 2016. The new void, located near the intersection of Paloma Avenue, is 7.6 m (25 feet) long, 0.9 m (3 feet) wide and 1.2 m (4 feet)...

February 06, 2016

Destructive M6.7 earthquake hit southern Taiwan

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the CENC as M6.7 hit southern Taiwan at 19:57 UTC on February 5, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 23 km (14.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth...

February 05, 2016

Sakurajima volcano eruption level intensifies to moderately strong

A moderately strong explosive eruption was observed from the Showa crater of Sakurajima volcano, 50 km from the Sendai nuclear station in Japan on February 5, 2016. An ash plume rose to approximately 3 km (10 000 feet) altitude. The explosive eruption occurred at...

February 05, 2016

Ozone hole behind colorful nacreous clouds over the UK and Ireland

Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) are appearing over the United Kingdom and Ireland since January 31, 2016. An extremely rare occurrence for this area, usually restricted to the Arctic Circle, has been photographed by numerous skywatchers. According to experts, the...

February 05, 2016

China publishes new high-quality images of the Moon's surface

The China National Space Administration has published hundreds of previously unseen high-quality images, videos and scientific data of the Moon. The information was gathered by the Chang'e-3 lunar rover and is now available to anyone who is interested in it. ...

February 05, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 27 - February 2, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from January 27 - February 2, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Egon, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Heard, Kerguelen Plateau | Masaya, Nicaragua | McDonald...

February 05, 2016

Torrential rainfalls trigger flooding and landslides in Ecuador

Torrential rainfall during late January 2016 triggered severe flooding and landslides in parts of Ecuador. 9 people have lost their lives in weather-related incidents, and numerous homes and infrastructure suffered extensive damage. The worst affected areas,...

February 04, 2016

Big sinkhole forms in Wildwood, Missouri

A huge sinkhole opened on the late afternoon of February 2, 2016 (local time) in Wildwood, Missouri, US. The void is approximately 6 m (20 feet) wide and up to 12.2 m (40 feet) deep in places. "Safety is the biggest concern. It’s a rural road. It just...

February 04, 2016

Jet of particles, three times bigger than Milky Way, blasting from a supermassive black hole in Pictor A

NASA's scientists obtained images of a huge jet of particles blasted from a supermassive black hole at the center of the Pictor A galaxy. The continuous X-ray emission spread across the distance of 300 000 light years which is three times the diameter of Milky...

February 04, 2016

Asteroid 2013 TX69 to safely pass Earth on March 5

2013 TX68, the small asteroid that flew by our planet two years ago is now coming back again for another flyby on March 5, 2016. This time, the asteroid might make a much closer pass though still at a safe distance. Two years ago, 2013 TX68 flew by Earth at a...

February 04, 2016

Record high temperatures in Akron, Ohio after 126 years

While other parts of US are covered in a thick snow blanket, record warmth wrapped the city of Akron in Ohio. The winter, in general, appears to be milder than usual with thinner layers of snow making it seem rather wet, according to local residents. Temperatures of...

February 04, 2016