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Twenty-six water districts in California to begin rationing water

California is slowly fading into desert land. The fight to save the state's water resources has begun at the state level. Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed a 25 percent mandatory restriction on urban water use. This takes effect in July 2015.This is only the beg

April 26, 2015

More than 50 cm of hail fall on Sydney, Australia

A booming cold system which formed over the southwest slopes and the Blue Mountains hit Sydney, Australia with destructive winds and devastating hail on April 25, 2015.Seven factories collapsed under more than 50 cm (20 inches) of hail while roads turned into rivers.

April 26, 2015

Massive M8.1 earthquake hits Nepal, over 2 580 fatalities

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered as M8.1 (CENC) hit Nepal at 06:11 UTC on April 25, 2015. CENC (China) is reporting depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M7.8 at a depth of 15.0 km (9.3 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located about 35

April 25, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake off the coast of Haida Gwaii, Canada

A strong and shallow earthquake M6.1 was registered off the coast of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Canada at 13:56 UTC on April 24, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EarthquakesCanada is also reporting M6.1.According to the USGS, epicenter was

April 24, 2015

Magma intrusion is likely source of Columbia - Ecuador border quake swarms

The “seismic crisis” around the region of the Chiles and Cerro Negro de Mayasquer volcanoes near the Columbia-Ecuador border is likely caused by intruding magma, according to a report by R. Corredor Torres of the Servicio Geológico Colombiano and coll

April 24, 2015

Huge magma chamber discovered deep beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano

A team of University of Utah seismologists discovered and made images of a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock about 19 to 45 km (12 to 28 miles) beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano, and it is 4.4 times larger than the shallower, long-known magma chamber.The hot rock

April 24, 2015

Strong M6.2 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand

A strong earthquake registered by New Zealand's GEONET as M6.2 hit South Island, New Zealand at 03:36 UTC on April 24, 2015 at a depth of 52 km (32.3 miles). This classes the earthquake as severe but due to the depth of the quake and distance from populated centers,

April 24, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 15 - 21, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from April 15 - 21, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Raung, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Sinabung, Indonesia | Tongari

April 23, 2015

Massive eruption of Calbuco volcano after nearly 50 years of sleep, Chile

A major explosive eruption started at Chile's Calbuco volcano at 21:05 UTC on April 22, 2015 (18:05 local time). By 22:08 UTC, ash plume rose up to 12.1 km (40 000 feet), Buenos Aires VAAC reported. Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. The last eruption of this vo

April 23, 2015

Strong M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Santa Cruz Islands

A strong earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M6.1 hit off the coast of Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands at 22:57 UTC on April 22, 2015. The agency is reporting depth of 105 km (65.2 miles). USGS is reporting it as M6.3 at a dep

April 23, 2015

Exploding stars help to understand thunderclouds on Earth

How is lightning initiated in thunderclouds? This is difficult to answer - how do you measure electric fields inside large, dangerously charged clouds? It was discovered, more or less by coincidence, that cosmic rays provide suitable probes to measure electric fields wi

April 23, 2015

International experts analyze impacts of Ethiopian dam

According to present plans, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) — now under construction across the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia — will be the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa, and one of the 12 largest in the world. But controversy has surrounded t

April 22, 2015

At least 32 dead and 80 injured after nor’wester ravages several Bihar districts, India

At least 32 people have died and more than 80 injured after nor'wester hit three Bihar districts on Tuesday night, April 21, 2015. The storm uprooted several thousand trees, damaged powerlines and destroyed thousands of huts and standing crops of maize, wheat and pu

April 22, 2015

Mars might have liquid water

Researchers have long known that there was water in the form of ice on Mars. Now, new research from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity shows that it is possible that there is liquid water close to the surface of Mars. The explanation is that the substance perchlorate

April 22, 2015

Explainer: the wild storms that lash Australia’s east coast

Over the past 24 hours, the Sydney, Central Coast, and Hunter regions of New South Wales have experienced very heavy rain, gale-force winds with gusts over 100 km per hour, and waves of more than 10 m in height.For Sydney it was the wettest single day since February 200

April 21, 2015

Giant sinkhole opens in Novokuznetsk region of Siberia, Russia

A giant sinkhole has appeared in Siberia's Novokuznetsk region recently, some 3 500 km from other craters found in Arctic Russia in recent months. The new crater measures around 20 meters in diameter and around 25 to 30 meters in depth.The Siberian Times reports:Ini

April 21, 2015

Solar activity reaches moderate levels - five M-class flares by 17:00 UTC

Departing Region 2322 produced two M-class solar flares by 12:00 UTC on April 21, 2015. The first one started at 07:08, peaked at 07:20 as M1.1 and ended at 07:27 UTC. Its second M-class flare of the day started at 11:49, peaked at 11:57 as M2.2 (R1 - Minor Radio Blacko

April 21, 2015

Super Typhoons 2013 - 2015

This video shows top four Super Typhoons in the Southwest Pacific region from 2013 - 2015.GPM/GMI precipitation rates are displayed as the camera moves in on the storm. A slicing place move across the volume to display precipitation rates throughout the structure of the

April 21, 2015

Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 23, 2015

Lyrid meteor shower will reach its maximum activity this year on the morning of April 23, 2015. The Moon will be 5 days old at the time, and so will present minimal interference. Lyrid meteors are known for their luminous dust trains observable for several seconds.The p

April 21, 2015

Very large and spectacular earthflow in Russia

A very large and spectacular earthflow happened on April 1, 2015 on the road between Novokuznetsk and Bolshaya Talda, about 280 km ESE of Novosibirsk, Russia and was captured on video.According to The Landslide Blog comment posted by Michal, the event took place at 13:0

April 20, 2015

Two new strong and shallow quakes registered off the coast of Taiwan

Two new strong and shallow earthquakes were registered off the coast of Taiwan at 11:45 (M6.2) and 12:00 UTC (M6.5) on April 20, 2015 following a deadly M6.4 quake that struck the same region earlier in a day.USGS reports them as M6.2 and M6.5 at depths of 35.6 km (22.1

April 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake M6.0 was registered off the coast of Southern Sumatra, Indonesia at 09:05 UTC on April 20, 2015. USGS is reporting a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting this quake as M5.8 at a depth of 46 km.Epicenter was located about

April 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Taiwan

A strong and shallow M6.4 (USGS) earthquake hit off the coast of Taiwan at 01:42 UTC on April 20, 2015. USGS is reporting a shallow depth of 29 km (18 miles). Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau reports M6.3 at a depth of 17.5 km.Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 a

April 20, 2015

Gamma-ray spectrometer prompts researchers to rethink how Mercury formed

A versatile instrument developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and riding on the first spacecraft to ever orbit Mercury is causing researchers to rethink their theories on the planet’s formation.Known as the Gamma-Ray Spectrometer,

April 19, 2015

Michael Steinbacher's EU2015 presentation, introduction and overview

A growing community of scientists and independent investigators are exploring the effects of electrical discharges on planetary surfaces. A key figure in this blossoming field is Michael Steinbacher, a professional photographer who has studied the geological formations

April 19, 2015

Scientists identify missing wave near Jupiter’s equator

In the clouds of Jupiter, scientists have found evidence of a type of atmospheric wave that had long been proposed but had not been identified in images before now.Researchers consider this kind of wave, called a Kelvin wave, a fundamental part of a planetary atmosphere

April 19, 2015

What happens when a missile or meteor hits

When a missile or meteor strikes the earth, the havoc above ground is obvious, but the details of what happens below ground are harder to see.Duke University physicists have developed techniques that enable them to simulate high-speed impacts in artificial soil and sand

April 19, 2015

From galaxies to the laboratory, transverse electric charge flow accompanies a main discharge channel

On Earth, the main discharge channel is experienced as a terrestrial lighting bolt. Slow-motion studies reveal that each flash is a complex episode. Multiple leader strokes descend from the clouds, while similar, less visible potential contacts rise from the ground. Onc

April 18, 2015

Earth from space 2014

Every day of every year, NASA satellites provide useful data about our home planet, and along the way, some beautiful images as well. This video includes satellite images of Earth in 2014 from NASA and its partners as well as photos and a time lapse video from the Inter

April 18, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake registered off the coast of Fiji

A very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake was registered off the coast of Fiji, South Pacific Ocean at 15:52 UTC on April 17, 2015. Geoscience Australia is reporting depth of 0 km. USGS is also reporting M6.5, but at a depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 183 km (114 mi

April 17, 2015

Southern pole connected CH HSS causes unsettled to major geomagnetic storms

Southern pole connected coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) is causing unsettled to major (G2 - Moderate) geomagnetic storms since April 15, 2015.Geomagnetic K-index of 6 (G2 - Moderate) threshold was reached at 23:27 UTC on April 16, 2015.During the last 12 hours (

April 17, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Crete, Greece

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered off the coast of Crete, Greece at 18:07 UTC on April 16, 2015. EMSC is reporting a shallow depth of 25 km (15.5 miles). USGS initially reported M6.3 and later revised to M6.1 at a depth 20.9 (13 miles). Epicenter was loc

April 16, 2015

Heavy rain, landslides and deadly floods hit US South and Gulf Coast

Heavy rain is affecting the South and the Gulf Cost of US, bringing deadly flash flooding, dangerous lightning strikes and landslides across multiple states."Impulses of upper-level energy combined with plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will keep the South

April 16, 2015

Large lahars block access to the town of Ubinas, Peru

According to Peru's Observatorio Volcanológico del Sur (OVS) snow melt during April 12 - 13, 2015 led to large lahars that descended the southern flank of Ubinas volcano blocking off access to the town of Ubinas. Authorities are warning locals to be on alert.

April 16, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 8 - 14, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from April 8 - 14, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Semeru, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Tungurahua , Ecuador | Villarrica

April 16, 2015