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Aftershock rattles ChristChurch, New Zealand

One of the most powerful aftershocks since a couple of months occurred at 07:34 PM (19:34), October 9 2011o. Early reports are mentioning a strong shaking 10 km north-east of  Diamond Harbour.  GEONET, New Zealand reports a magnitude (Richter) of 5.5 at a depth of 12

October 09, 2011

Thailand’s Flood Waters Threaten Bangkok

Thailand’s worst floods in more than half a century are threatening to swamp the capital, Bangkok, as early as next week after reaching a “crisis level,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said.At least 253 people have been killed as a result of the seasonal

October 09, 2011

Magnificient outburst of Draconid meteor shower

According to worldwide observers reporting to the International Meteor Organization, there was indeed an outburst of Draconid meteors on October 8th. Preliminary counts suggest a peak rate of 660 meteors per hour at 2010 UT (4:10 pm EDT).Most Draconids in the

October 09, 2011

Yasuni (Ecuador) - The world's last great wilderness threaten to become new oil extraction location

When large reserves of oil were discovered under Yasuní national park, Ecuador offered the world a choice: give us money and we will not allow drilling. Now $60m must be found by December.Ecuador has earned $130bn from the oil found so far in its forests and it

October 09, 2011

World's largest shark sanctuary declared at Marshall islands

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The Nitijela, the Marshallese parliament, unanimously passed legislation this week that ends commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square

October 09, 2011

Comet Elenin disintegrated?

Comet Elenin, the supposed “doomsday comet” that has inspired so much confusion and controversy since its discovery in December 2010,  may have broken apart completely during its recent pass around the Sun.Discoverer Leonid Elenin posted the image

October 08, 2011

Skywatchers on Alert - Draconid meteor shower could unleash a burst of activity

For all those who live in the Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East area, a short reminder to keep watching the clock for 17-18:00 UTC when you may be in the right place at the right time for a burst of activity from the annual Draconid Meteor Shower. There’s a

October 08, 2011

Heavy rains flood villages and reservoirs in south China

Heavy rains have flooded 57 villages and triggered excessive high water levels in six reservoirs as of Friday in Haikou, the capital of south China's island province of Hainan. Over 5,000 residents in the affected villages have been evacuated to schools and other

October 08, 2011

Flooding in Southern Pakistan

Unusually heavy monsoon rains inundated southern Pakistan in the summer of 2011, submerging fields and forcing residents from their homes. On September 29, 2011, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that 5.44 million

October 08, 2011

Great Tohoku earthquake probably shook Earth's upper atmosphere before it shook the Earth

The devastating earthquake that struck Japan this year may have rattled the highest layer of the atmosphere even before it shook the Earth, a discovery that one day could be used to provide warnings of giant quakes, scientists find.The magnitude 9.0 quake that struck

October 08, 2011

Find out what the astronauts on the Space Station are doing right now

Want to know what science experiments the astronauts are working on in the International Space Station today? Interested in looking over the shoulder of the flight controllers in Houston? There’s a new website that allows you to follow all the activities on the space

October 08, 2011

Haze over Eastern China

A long band of haze, roughly 100 kilometers wide, extends east-west southwest of Beijing. South of Beijing, the haze fans out, extending from the shores of Bo Hai to the shores of the Yellow Sea. Along the Yellow Sea shoreline, the haze is thick enough to obscure the

October 08, 2011

Volcanic tremors cause alarm in Canary Islands - fear of El Hierro tsunami

Intense swarms of tremors beneath one of the volcanic Canary Islands has placed residents of El Hierro on alert for a possible eruption. Spain’s Instituto Geografico Nacional (IGN) reported the nearly 9,000 seismic movements on the island since July 17 have caused

October 08, 2011

Severe storm hit Croatia - Watersprout, hail, lightning strikes and snowfall

Watersprout appear in sea near city of Dubrovnik threatening the big cruiser and other ships. After 20 minutes the sprout dissappear. This was just one of the trouble that hit Croatia on Friday. Severe thunderstorm claimed 4 lives after lightning strike in Bjelovar

October 08, 2011

Hurricanes Irwin and Jova moving in Eastern Pacific, heading toward Mexico

Irwin became the eighth hurricane of the eastern pacific season early Friday morning, and could be quickly followed by Jova on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)....IRWIN MOVING SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD...LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH DURING

October 08, 2011

Biotech's dirty tricks exposed in new documentary: 'Scientists Under Attack'

"One question means one career." This was the harsh warning of UC Berkeley Professor Ignacio Chapela for those daring to conduct independent research on genetically engineered foods and crops. "You ask one question, you get the answer and you might or might not be able

October 08, 2011

Return to real money: China to install more than 2,000 gold ATMs

The return to real money is making swift gains as public distrust and uncertainty about the viability of fiat currencies continues to grow. And according to a recent report in Digital Journal, some countries, including China, are actually installing automated teller

October 07, 2011

Hurricane Philippe Forms In The Atlantic, weakening into tropical storm

 Philippe is the sixteenth named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, following Hurricane Ophelia which brought strong winds to Ireland and Britain on Thursday. Hurricane Philippe is expected to weaken and become post-tropical during the weekend as it

October 07, 2011

New Zealand fears most significant maritime pollution disaster in decades caused by the ship stricken off the coast of Tauranga

New Zealand said it was preparing for an environmental disaster Friday as a container ship stranded off the North Island threatened to break up and spill oil into the pristine Bay of Plenty. The 47,000 tonne container vessel "Rena", which hit a reef off the coast

October 07, 2011

Magnitude 6.1 (initially 6.5) - South of Kermadec Islands

Strong earthquake magnitude 6.1, initially recorded as 6.5 hit south of Kermadec islands, 106 km (65 miles) S of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands, 359 km (223 miles) SSW of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands and 762 km (473 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand (32.389°S,

October 07, 2011

International Observe the Moon Night (October 8, 2011)

Most of us space-minded folks don’t need an excuse to gaze upon the brightest object in the night sky – our own Moon. But just in case you need a reason or are hoping to convince some friends or family to take a look with you, there’s a special event coming up

October 06, 2011

Tens of millions of Florida bees mysteriously drop dead in one day, beekeepers blame pesticides

Authorities have already ruled out disease, including the infamous "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD), as the cause of a recent honeybee holocaust that took place in Brevard County, Florida. The UK's Daily Mailreports that up to 12 million bees from roughly 800 apiaries

October 06, 2011

Magnitude 6.2 - Jujuy, Argentina

An earthquake 6.2 magnitude has struck Argentina,  106 km (65 miles) E of San Salvador de Jujuy, 129 km (80 miles) N of El Quebrachal, Salta and 135 km (83 miles) ENE of Salta, Argentina (24.181°S, 64.250°W). The closest villages were San Rafael and La Ronda.

October 06, 2011

The “End” of the Mayan calendar, Solar Flares and Earth Changes

We have now celebrated the Cosmic Convergence and there is less than one night and one day before the fulfillment of the evolutionary plan for all of creation (or at least the attainment of the top level). As predicted the Ninth wave of this plan, which is coming to a

October 06, 2011

Minor geomagnetic storming underway

Minor geomagnetic storming (G1 on the Geomagnetic Storm Scale) is underway following the arrival at Earth of 1 or more Coronal Mass Ejections that erupted from the Sun late last week and into the weekend.  Activity is not expected to strengthen much beyond current

October 06, 2011

Draconid meteor shower on October 8th 2011 - up to 750 meteors per hour or more pose risk to satellites

On October 8th Earth is going to plow through a stream of dust from Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, and the result could be an outburst of Draconid meteors."We're predicting as many as 750 meteors per hour," says William Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at

October 06, 2011

South Pacific islands running out of water

A state of emergency has been declared on the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu as stocks of drinking water dwindle following months of drought. Officials of the world's fourth smallest nation have said that parts of the tropical atoll may have only a two-day supply of

October 05, 2011

Iceland's massive volcano Katla appears to be on the brink of a major eruption

Large earthquake swarm  start in Katla volcano.  The largest earthquake so far according to the automatic SIL systems is a ML3.9 earthquake. Iceland's massive volcano Katla appears on the brink of a major eruption just days after officials confirmed they had

October 05, 2011

Farside CME heading for Mercury

Yesterday, October 4th, something exploded on the far side of the sun and propelled a spectacular CME into space. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the cloud as it emerged from behind the sun's limb:Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have

October 05, 2011

Large fires burned throughout Australia’s Northern Territory

Large fires burned throughout Australia’s Northern Territory on September 30, 2011, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image. The fires are marked in red. Fire fighters were monitoring 21 fires,

October 05, 2011

Typhoon Nalgae heads for Vietnam

Super Typhoon Nalgae crossed the Philippines Saturday, October 1, bringing flooding rains and widespread damage, and making landfall in Isabela province with maximum sustained winds of 146 mph (127 knots). Nalgae struck about 25 miles (40 kms) north of Typhoon

October 05, 2011

Deep 4.8 earthquake in Vrancea worries Romania

At 05:40 on October 4 a Vrancea deep earthquake measuring 4.8 magnitude according to EMSC, made the Romanian people nervous. The epicenter was located in a wilderness area near Plostina, 2 km W of Focsani, 25 km NE of Nehoiu and 11 km W of Valea râmnicului. Biggest

October 04, 2011

Two tornadoes hit South Africa

Deadly tornado hit the township of Duduza in South Africa on Sunday. An 8-year-old child died and more than 160 people were injured when the twister struck Duduza, about 40 miles east of Johannesburg, destroying dozens of houses, many of them tin shacks, according to

October 04, 2011

Missing planet explains solar system's structure

The solar system once had five giant gaseous planets rather than the four it has today. That's the conclusion from a computer simulation of the solar system's evolution, which suggests the fifth giant was hurled into interstellar space some 4 billion years ago, after a

October 04, 2011

Air pollution is stunting India's monsoon

India has been drying out for half a century, and air pollution thousands of kilometres away is partly to blame. The monsoon has been weakening since the 1950s. Indian air pollution has been blamed, but now it seems that emissions further afield are also a factor.The

October 04, 2011