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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake registered near Tonga, Pacific Ocean

USGS registered strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake near Tonga, Pacific Ocean at 12:25 UTC on July 6, 2015. Preliminary report mentions depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located 76 km (47 miles) NE of `Ohonua, 83 km (52 miles) ENE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga and 798 km (

July 06, 2015

Region 2381 rapidly grows, produces M1.0 solar flare

Beta-gamma classified Region 2381 exhibited rapid growth over the past 24 hours (by 12:30 UtC today) and produced a moderately strong M1.0 solar flare at 08:44 UTC on July 6, 2015. The event started at 08:24 and ended at 08:59 UTC. There were no radio signatures that wo

July 06, 2015

Tropical Storm "Linfa" (Egay) brings landslides and floods to the Philippines

Heavy rainfall and strong winds brought to the Philippines by the Tropical Storm "Linfa", locally known as "Egay", has battered the Cordillera region on the island of Luzon, causing river swelling and landslides on July 6, 2015.The tropical storm hit

July 06, 2015

7 tropical systems over North Pacific Ocean

Satellite imagery from Japan's MTSAT and NOAA's GOES-West satellite show a total of 7 tropical systems over the North Pacific Ocean on July 5 and 6, 2015. Meanwhile, 7-day rainfall accumulation data collected by GPM core observatory shows a very large area of

July 06, 2015

After anomaly and temporary loss of communications New Horizons stays on course to Pluto

After NASA's New Horizons spacecraft suffered an anomaly on July 4, which caused temporary loss of communications, mission control announced today the spacecraft is healthy and it continues on its course toward Pluto for a historic July 14 flyby.Contact with the spa

July 06, 2015

Geomagnetic storming briefly reaches G2-Moderate levels

During the last 24 hours, solar wind parameters reflected an enhanced solar wind environment due to the onset of a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) in advance of a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Solar wind speed increased from initial va

July 05, 2015

Severe seasonal rainfall brings floods and landslides to Bangladesh: 200 000 affected, 19 people dead

The seasonal monsoon rain showers have set off severe floods and landslides, since June 24, in Cox' Bazar, Bandarban and Chittagong, the southeastern provinces of Bangladesh. Hundreds of villages have submerged under swelling waters, over 200 000 people have been st

July 04, 2015

Tropical Storm "Linfa" (Egay) to hit northern Luzon, Philippines late July 4

Tropical Storm "Linfa" (Egay) formed east of the Philippines on July 1, 2015, intensified and is expected to make landfall over northern Luzon, an area which gets frequently hit by typhoons, late July 4 through early July 5. Heavy rain, flash floods and landsl

July 04, 2015

Final 'all clear' for historic July 14 Pluto flyby

Having found no potential threats on the way, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft stays course to Pluto, as it speeds closer to it's historic July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto and it's five moons. Launched from Cape Canaveral on January 19, 2006, New Horizons woke up

July 04, 2015

Floods and landslides hit Colombia affecting 202 332 families

After days of heavy rain, severe floods, from overflowing rivers, and landslides hit the northeast of Colombia, once again destroying homes, roads and bridges and cutting of power and water supplies.From May to the end of June, 2015, Colombia experienced 215 disasters a

July 03, 2015

Southwest Monsoon brings severe flooding to Myanmar: 13 000 people affected, 6 dead

Heavy Southwest Monsoon rain season, brought severe flooding to several areas of Myanmar this week. More than 8 500 people were evacuated out of their homes, at least 6 people died and 13 000 people were affected. As further heavy rainfall is expected, the number of peo

July 03, 2015

Filament eruptions and impulsive M1.5 solar flare, geomagnetic storming expected due to CH HSS

Moderately strong solar flare reaching M1.5 at its peak time erupted at 12:53 UTC on July 3, 2015. The event started at 12:47 and ended at 12:53 UTC.The source was Region 2378, which rotated into the southwest quadrant yesterday producing innumerous C-class solar flares

July 03, 2015

Earthquake swarm in the Reykjanes volcanic system, Iceland

An earthquake swarm started on June 30, 2015 at 21:00 UTC in the Reykjanes volcanic system at the southwest tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. Around 400 earthquakes have been detected by 14:00 UTC on July 1.By July 3, the frequency of earthquakes has significantl

July 03, 2015

M6.0 earthquake hits NW of Santa Monica, Philippines

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake was registered by USGS at a depth of 49.6 km (30.8 miles) NW of Santa Monica, Philippines at 06:43 UTC on July 3, 2015. EMSC is reporting Mw 6.1 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles).Epicenter was located 18 km (11 miles) NW of Santa Monica, 64 km (40

July 03, 2015

Deadly M6.5 earthquake hits west China

A deadly earthquake registered by CENC as M6.5 at a depth of 10 km hit southern Xinjiang, west China at 01:07 UTC on July 3, 2015. USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 20 km.Epicenter was located 95 km (59 miles) SE of Yilkiqi, 131 km (81 miles) SE of Shache, 164 km (10

July 03, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: June 24 - 30, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from June 24 - 30, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cereme, Western Java (Indonesia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Colo, Sulawesi (Indonesia) | C

July 02, 2015

Cameroon's economic capital, Douala, devastated by heavy flooding

Severe flooding caused by tropical monsoon rains have devastated the Cameroon's economic capital, Douala. At least 4 people were killed, 2 000 displaced, and over 30 000 citizens were directly affected by July 1, 2015, after more than a week of heavy rainfall.Much o

July 02, 2015

Intense heat wave brings record breaking temperatures to central Asia

The hottest June in recorded history was reported on Wednesday, July 1, 2014 in Turkmenistan, as strong heat wave spread across the central Asia. On Tuesday, June 30, the temperature in the capital city Ashgabat reached 47.2 °C (116.96 °F) , setting a record for

July 02, 2015

Significant increase in radiation in Chernobyl exclusion zone, heavy wildfires still raging

Nuclear inspectors in Ukraine have measured a significant increase in radiation in the Chernobyl exclusion zone as a result of heavy wildfires raging in the close proximity of crippled nuclear power station.Radioactive element cesium-137 in the air has reached a level c

July 02, 2015

Mankind’s unprecedented transformation of Earth: Human evolution defines a new geological epoch

A new study, conducted by the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, suggests human beings are living and defining a whole new geological period of time, the so-called Anthropocene Epoch.The changes in our environment, global warming, ocean acidification,

July 02, 2015

Heavy floods continue to sweep China: at least 20 people dead, nearly 4 million affected

Heavy rainfall, starting June 25, 2015, has caused severe floods and landslides in several provinces across the northwest and central-east China. At least 20 people are reported dead, 17 are missing. Sichuan province is currently experiencing its worst flood since 1949

July 01, 2015

Night sky guide for July 2015

A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible on July 1 with the two planets appearing extremely close, only 0.3 degrees apart.Several weak meteor showers this month will set stage for Perseids, one of the most popular annual meteor showers expected to

July 01, 2015

Tropical Storm "Chan-hom" forms and intensifies on its way toward Guam

Tropical Storm "Chan-hom" formed east of Guam on June 30, 2015 and is expected to intensify on its was toward the island.Current forecast track calls Chan-hom to reach Guam by July 4, 2015 as Category 1 equivalent typhoon, bringing heavy rain and wind gusts ov

July 01, 2015

Raquel impacts Solomon Islands as earliest tropical cyclone off Australia's north-east

Tropical Cyclone "Raquel" formed north of Solomon Islands, South Pacific Ocean around 18:00 UTC on June 30, 2015 (04:00 AST on July 1), as first July tropical cyclone ever recorded off Australia's north-east. Raquel is already bringing heavy rain to northe

July 01, 2015

Venus - volcanically active Solar System body?

Scientists working for the ESA's Venus Express mission have recently presented the best evidence yet for existence of active volcanoes on planet Venus. Previous radar missions have revealed Venus to be covered in volcanoes and lava flows and it is long assumed that

July 01, 2015

Intense heat wave spreading through Europe, temperatures rising above 40 °C

A record breaking heat wave is sweeping across western Europe and is expected to spread through the entire continent by the end of the week. Warnings to remain indoors have been issued, especially for elderly people and children, as temperatures are rushing well above

June 30, 2015

Hakoneyama volcano activity rises to a new level, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the eruption warning of Hakoneyama volcano from level 2 to 3 on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 following a small scale eruption. Authorities evacuated about 40 people from nearby hot spring tourist resort and further limited acce

June 30, 2015

Fiery space debris re-entry recorded over Southeastern US

A bright fiery object was observed traveling almost horizontally over Southeastern United States around 05:30 UTC on June 29, 2015 (01:30 EDT). The object was visible for more than 45 seconds and was described by many as having multiple colors and breaking up in pieces.

June 30, 2015

Costa Rica floods continue: 1 585 houses heavily damaged or destroyed

Over 740 people were evacuated from their homes and 19 communities are left isolated, as another round of heavy rainfall continues to sweep Costa Rica.#Sarapiquí Cerrado el paso por el cruce de Río Frio hacia ruta 32. #traficocr @rutaalterna @iqradio pic.t

June 30, 2015

Alert level raised after Raung volcano erupts, Indonesia

After an increase in volcanic activity which started on June 21, Raung volcano in East Java, Indonesia erupted late Sunday, June 28, causing ash to land in villages about 10 km away from the crater.Authorities raised the alert level from 'waspada' (alert) to 

June 29, 2015

Severe weather outbreak leaves at least 4 dead, dozens injured across the US

Severe weather outbreak across the United States has left at least 4 people dead and dozens injured over the weekend. At least 11 million people throughout the country were on alert on Sunday, June 28, 2015.Supercell thunderstorms, tornadoes, heavy rain, large hail and

June 29, 2015

World stock markets tumble as new phase of Greece debt crisis begins

World stock markets have tumbled on Monday, June 29, 2015 after Greece failed to reach a deal with its foreign creditors over the weekend and imposed new strict measures to deal with their debt crisis.Just before 01:00 UTC on June 29, Greek government closed all country

June 29, 2015

Mysterious electric Mercury

In April 2015, the NASA spacecraft MESSENGER completed its more than four year journey in the orbit of the planet Mercury.New discoveries in the mission have emphasized just how mysterious Mercury is for planetary scientists. Recurring features across the entire planet

June 28, 2015

Watching meteors from space: Meteor investigation camera destroyed, again

Eight months after a catastrophic failure of Orbital Cygnus mission to the International Space Station, in which supplies for the Meteor mission were lost, a new special camera was built and is now ready for lift off.Currently scheduled to launch on June 28, 2015, the

June 27, 2015

Death toll from heat wave in Pakistan hits 1 200

According to local media reports, a severe heat wave has claimed over 1 200 people in Pakistan by June 25, 2015. Pakistan's worst heat wave in decades started on June 20, 2015 when southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius.Th

June 26, 2015