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Long duration X1.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

The largest sunspot region of Solar Cycle 24 - Region 2192 ('beta-gamma-delta') unleashed its fourth X-class solar flare since it rotated onto the Earth side of the Sun on October 25, 2014. The event lasted more than 1 hour. It started at 16:55, peaked at 17:08

October 25, 2014

European weather during September 2014 captured by Meteosat

September in Europe started with the remnants of Hurricane "Cristobal", and there were several heavy rain episodes during the month - in Nuremburg, Germany on September 7, in Austria on September 12 and in Sweden on September 21 and 22.Southern France suffered

October 25, 2014

Major solar flare reaching X3.1 erupted from Region 2192

The largest region of the current solar cycle erupted with a major solar flare reaching X3.1 on October 24, 2014 at 21:41 UTC. The event started at 21:07 and ended at 22:13 UTC.A narrow CME was associated with the flare and was observed in SOHO LASCO C2 imagery beginnin

October 24, 2014

Strong eruption of Sakurajima sends ash plume 4.5 km into the air, Japan

Following a week of relatively low activity, Japanese Sakurajima volcano (Showa crater/Aira caldera) has become more active again during the past days. A particularly strong vulcanian explosion occurred this morning (October 24) and produced an ash plume that rose up to

October 24, 2014

Impulsive M4.0 flare erupted from central region on the Sun

A moderately strong and impulsive solar flare measuring M4.0 at its peak time erupted from huge central region on the Sun on October 24, 2014 at 07:48 UTC. The event started at 07:37 and ended at 07:52 UTC.A Type II (664 km/s) and IV radio emission were associated with

October 24, 2014

Evacuations ordered amid fears of Cerro Negro de Mayasquer eruption, Ecuador-Colombia

Cerro Negro de Mayasquer volcanic complex located at the Ecuador-Colombia border is experiencing increased volcanic unrest and inflation. Authorities raised the alert level to Orange (3/4) and ordered thousands to evacuate amid fears that the recent activity under the

October 23, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: October 15 - 21, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes from October 15 - 21, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported also for 9 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Cerro Negro de Mayasquer, Colombia-Ecuador | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Karangetang

October 23, 2014

Major X1.6 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

A major solar flare measuring X1.6 at its peak time erupted from Region 2192 on October 22, 2014. The event started at 14:02, peaked at 14:28 and ended at 14:50 UTC.R3 - Strong radio blackout produced significant HF signal fading on the sunlit side of Earth. There are a

October 22, 2014

Partial solar eclipse on October 23, 2014

The final eclipse event of 2014 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in southern Virgo on Thursday, October 23, 2014. This will be a partial solar eclipse almost exclusively visible from Canada and the USA. Except for the far northeast, a sunset eclipse will be visib

October 22, 2014

Remnants of Hurricane "Gonzalo" still deadly after reaching Europe

Remnants of Hurricane "Gonzalo", the first Category 4 Atlantic hurricane since Ophelia in 2011, reached United Kingdom on October 21, 2014, with strong winds of up to 123 km/h (77 mph). One person has died as the tail end of Gonzalo hit land causing

October 22, 2014

Strong M8.7 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

A strong solar flare measuring M8.7 erupted from Region 2192 (beta-gamma-delta) at 01:59 UTC on October 22, 2014. The event started at 01:16 and ended at 02:28.A 10cm Radio Burst (1min / 590 sfu) was associated with the event. A 10cm radio burst indicates that the elec

October 22, 2014

Bardarbunga eruption continues, strong jet stream could take its SO2 to UK over next 24 hrs

Seismic activity at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano is still high, the eruption at Holuhraun continues and the Aviation Colour Code for the volcano remains at ‘Orange’. The European Geosciences Union (EGU) warned this morning that strong jet stream could t

October 21, 2014

Spacecraft status and observation reports after close encounter with Comet Siding Spring

Comet Siding Spring hurtled past Mars at about 56 km/s only 139 000 km away from its surface at 18:27 UTC on October 19, 2014. The period when dust from the comet was most likely to reach Mars and the orbits of spacecraft around Mars peaked about 100 minutes later. Acco

October 20, 2014

Shallow M5.6 earthquake hit Ecuador-Colombia border region

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.0 [downgraded to M5.6] on the Richter scale hit Ecuador-Colombia border region (Cerro Negro de Mayasque volcanic complex) on October 20, 2014 at 19:31 UTC (14:33 local time). USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC

October 20, 2014

Increased solar activity continues with multiple solar flares and geomagnetic storming

Increased solar activity continued today as five M and multiple mid-level C-class solar flares erupted from large 'beta-gamma-delta' classified Active Region 2192. This region is located in the southeast quadrant and is still rotating toward the center of the di

October 20, 2014

Days of heavy rain, floods and deadly landslides across Central America

A slow moving low pressure system coming from the Caribbean Sea started affecting Nicaragua and surrounding countries on October 9th dumping record amounts of heavy rainfall. By October 20th, floods and landslides that followed claimed lives of more than 30 people throu

October 20, 2014

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Trudy" dump heavy rain and cause deadly landslides in Mexico

Tropical Storm "Trudy" formed about 140 km southwest of Mexico on Friday and made landfall about 125 km east of Acapulco on Saturday morning (local time), October 18, 2014. Trudy had maximum sustained winds of around 100 km/h (62 mph) when it hit. A sharp weak

October 20, 2014

Major solar flare measuring X1.1 erupted from southeast limb

A major, long duration solar flare measuring X1.1 at its peak time erupted on October 19, 2014. The source was large Active Region 2192 (beta-gamma) located in the southeast quadrant. The event started at 04:17, peaked at 05:03 and ended at 05:48 UTC.The region is still

October 19, 2014

Hurricane "Ana" spinning south of Hawaii

Tropical Storm "Ana" reached hurricane status on Friday, October 17, and approached the Big Island of Hawaii late evening. Ana is currently producing high waves along some shorelines. Heavy rains prompted a flood advisory, strong winds caused officials to

October 18, 2014

Large sunspot produced long duration M-class solar flare

A long duration M-class solar flare measuring M1.6 at its peak time erupted on October 18, 2014. The source was large Active Region 2192 which just emerged from the southeast limb. The event started at 07:02, peaked at 07:58 and ended at 08:49 UTC.This region already ha

October 18, 2014

"Gonzalo" makes direct hit on Bermuda as Category 2 hurricane

Hurricane "Gonzalo" made a full landfall on British island of Bermuda about 23:30 UTC (20:30 local time) on Friday, October 17, as the 56 km wide (35 miles) eye of the storm crossed the south-central coast of the island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in

October 18, 2014

Rosetta could change science forever

Human beings around the world may be witnessing one of the most significant dramas in the modern history of the space sciences. The ESA’s Rosetta mission to the comet 67P has shattered the theoretical predictions of standard comet science.For many decades, we

October 17, 2014

Observing Comet Siding Spring flyby Mars - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Comet Siding Spring will make its historic approach to Mars around 18:27 UTC on Sunday, October 19, 2014, and pass within 139 500 km (88 000 miles) away from planet's surface. That is less than half the distance between Earth and its moon and less than one-tenth

October 17, 2014

Tropical Storm "Ana" heading toward Hawaii

A Tropical Storm Watch was issued yesterday for Hawaii County, Hawaii, as Tropical Storm "Ana" continues on its path toward the islands. Heavy rainfall is expected to reach the Big Island on Friday, October 17, 2014 causing life-threatening flash floods and mu

October 17, 2014

Billions of gallons of oil industry wastewater illegally injected into central California aquifers

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aq

October 16, 2014

Moderately strong M4.3 solar flare erupts from southeast limb

An impulsive solar flare measuring M4.3 at its peak time erupted from the southeast limb of the Sun on October 16, 2014. The event started at 12:58, peaked at 13:03 and ended at 13:05 UTC.A 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) lasting 1 minute (180 sfu) was associated with the e

October 16, 2014

Hydraulic fracturing linked to 400 earthquakes in Ohio, study

Hydraulic fracturing triggered a series of small earthquakes in 2013 on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County, Ohio, according to a study published in the journal Seismological Research Letters (SRL) on October 14, 2014. Nearly 400 small earthquakes occurred be

October 16, 2014

Hurricane "Gonzalo" strengthens as it barrels toward Bermuda

Hurricane "Gonzalo", the second major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season after Hurricane "Edouard", has strengthened overnight and is again a dangerous Category 4 hurricane today as it tracks toward the small British island territory of Bermuda.

October 16, 2014

Remnants of Cyclone "Hudhud" cause deadly blizzards and avalanches in Nepal

Heavy rain unleashed by Tropical Cyclone "Hudhud" which made made landfall in Andhra Pradesh at India's east coast around 05:00 UTC on Sunday, October 12, 2014, caused flooding and mudslides across portions of eastern India but that was not the end of

October 16, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: October 8 - 14, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from October 8 - 14, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Ontakesan, Honshu (Japan) | Poas, Costa Rica | Sinab

October 15, 2014

Icebergs drifted to Florida during last ice age

Using a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution numerical model to describe ocean circulation during the last ice age about 21 000 years ago, oceanographer Alan Condron of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has shown that icebergs and meltwater from the North American i

October 15, 2014

Spectacular long duration eruption beyond the east limb

Solar activity reached moderate levels during last 24 hours (by 12:30 UTC today) with impulsive M1.1 solar flare (R1 radio blackout) at 18:37 UTC on October 14. This event had an associated Tenflare (1300 sfu), but no other CME related radio signatures. The flare appear

October 15, 2014

Drones and robots to monitor active volcanoes

A professor at Tohoku University in Japan, Keiji Nagatani, has spent last 10 years developing robotic systems specifically designed to operate in harsh conditions near active volcanoes. Nagatani's aim is to design robots which can go where humans can't and effec

October 15, 2014

Earth’s magnetic field can flip in less than 100 years, new study

It is known that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped many times throughout the planet’s history. Its dipole magnetic field remains about the same intensity for thousands to millions of years, but for incompletely known reasons it occasionally weakens (such is

October 15, 2014

"Gonzalo" becomes major hurricane in Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane "Gonzalo" has become the second major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, after Hurricane "Edouard". Gonzalo is currently moving away from the Virgin Islands and northern Leeward Islands, and targets Bermuda later this week. It has good

October 14, 2014