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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake had a depth of only 10.1 km and was much shallower than the two 7.0+ quakes which struck the region in quick succession on August 20, 2011. The earthquake was 77 km (48 miles) SW (232°) from Port-Vila, Vanuatu. It is considered to be an

August 25, 2011

7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Peru

A 7.0 -magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Peru’s capital city, Lima, on Wednesday, witnesses and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was quickly followed by a 5.3 aftershock. The USGS said the epicenter of the quake was 82.07 kilometres north

August 24, 2011

5.4 magnitude earthquake struck in Norwegian Sea

Moderate  earthquake struck in Norwegian Sea today, August 24, 2011 at 08:08:16 UTC. According to USGS magnitude 5.4 occur at epicenter 643 km (399 miles) NW of Tromso, 721 km (448 miles) NNW of Bodo, 736 km (457 miles) WNW of Hammerfest, Norway with depth of 11.1 km

August 24, 2011

Dust and pollution rise before the monsoon

In the days and weeks before the monsoon, heat builds over India. Hot air rises over the baked earth and westerly winds rush in to fill the void, bringing dust-laden air from the deserts of southwest Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Through April, May, and June, as

August 24, 2011

Irene spinning over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico seen with MODIS

On August 22, 2011, Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, was spinning over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, lashing the islands with wind and rain. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite

August 24, 2011

A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field

A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of August 24th, sparking geomagnetic activity around the Arctic Circle. "Bright, fast-moving auroras lit up the sky just after midnight," reports Sean M. Scully, who sends this picture f

August 24, 2011

Dangerous 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Virginia

According to US Geological Survey shallow earthquake with epicentre on depth of 1km (initially it was measured at 6km) with magnitude of 5.9 (later downgraded to 5.8) rattles US East Coast, 8 km (5 miles) SSW (195°) from Mineral, 61 km (38 miles) NW (317°)

August 23, 2011

Shape-shifting sunspot 1271 harbors energy for M-class solar flares

Every time you look, sunspot 1271 has a new outline. For the past two days the active region has been in a constant state of change, altering its shape on an hourly basis. Click on the image for 48 hours of shape-shifting:These rapid changes have caused the

August 23, 2011

Irene seen by TRMM and MODIS satellites strengthnening into Category 1 hurricane

Irene formed as a tropical storm east of the Leeward Islands on August 20, 2011. By August 22, the storm had strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane. At 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time on August 22, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Irene had

August 23, 2011

Irene could strengthen into a most dangerous hurricane in decade

Irene is projected to become the strongest hurricane to hit the Carolinas since 1996 this weekend. Six years have passed since the entire United States endured a blow like Irene is forecast to unleash. The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center is expecting Irene to blast

August 23, 2011

Iceberg PII-A splits in two off Newfoundland

Over a year ago, on August 5, 2010, the Petermann Glacier on the northwestern coast of Greenland calved a very large ice island. About a month later, the ice island, estimated at that time as about four times the size of Manhattan, collided with an island and broke

August 23, 2011

Animals heading polewards in search of cooler temperatures

New research by scientists in the Department of Biology at the University of York shows that species have responded to climate change up to three times faster than previously appreciated. These results are published in the latest issue of the leading scientific journal

August 23, 2011

5.5 earthquake hits Trinidad area, Colorado, US

The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border. The magnitude 5.5 (later downgraded to 5.3) earthquake was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday 15 km (9 miles) WSW of Trinidad, Colorado and 290

August 23, 2011

Tap water warning in Copenhagen after E.coli found

Parts of the Danish capital Copenhagen were without clean drinking water Saturday after high levels of the E.coli bacteria were detected in the municipal tap water system. “The tests… show that parts of Norrebro and another central Copenhagen neighborhood have been

August 23, 2011

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia early Tuesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey. No tsunami alert was immediately issued.The quake, which hit at 3:12 a.m. local time (2012 GMT), was centered about 176 km (109 miles) SouthWest

August 22, 2011

Floods along the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries

Floods along the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries affected residents of eastern India and Bangladesh in late August 2011. The Times of India reported that sudden swelling of Brahmaputra tributaries inundated villages and left thousands homeless in Assam.The Moderat

August 22, 2011

Sunspots 1271 and 1272 are growing again

After a weekend of quiet decay, sunspots 1271 and 1272 are growing again. Click on the image to view 24 hours of development:The increase in size has not yet translated into a significant increase in flares. Solar activity remains low, although this could change if

August 22, 2011

Kizimen volcano generates more than 900 seismic tremors in last 24 hours

Kizimen volcano located on the Kamchatka Peninsula Russia has got a burst of activity during the last 24 hours (August 20/21 2011). KVERT Russian scientists have measured more than 900 seismic tremors over the last 24 hours.Earthquake-Report.com was auto-alerted by a

August 21, 2011

Double coronal hole spewing high speed stream toward Earth

A double-barreled hole has opened up in the sun's atmosphere and it is spewing a split-stream of solar wind toward Earth. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this composite UV image of the double coronal hole on August 20th:Sky watchers should be alert for

August 21, 2011

Second chemical leak at Australian plant

An Australian chemical company admitted Saturday that one of its sites had leaked toxic compounds for the second time in two weeks.Orica said that effluent containing higher than allowable levels of arsenic poured from its Kooragang Island site into the Hunter River

August 21, 2011

Tropical Storm Harvey bears down on Belize

Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall on Belize on Saturday, but forecasters said it was expected to fizzle out after dumping heavy rains over Central America.The eye of the storm made landfall near Dangriga and weakened as it moved farther inland. It was moving

August 21, 2011

Swarm of strong earthquakes hits Vanuatu region

A powerful magnitude 7.5  (7.1 downgrade USGS) earthquake struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The earthquake, which struck at 3:55 a.m. local time on Sunday (12:55 p.m. EDT on Saturday), was centered 63 km (39 miles)

August 21, 2011

The glaciers on the islands of Franz Josef are currently in a state of retreat

The clouds parted over the northeast Barents Sea region of the Arctic Ocean in late summer, 2011 allowing a view of the ice-covered islands of Franz Josef Land, Russia forming a stark-white contrast to the surrounding dark sea water. The Moderate Resolution Imaging

August 20, 2011

Satellites mapping ice flows in the Antarctic

High above the earth, satellites are now mapping ice flows in the Antarctic, providing vital information on the progress of climate change for the first time.NASA funded the researchers, who published their results this week in Science Express. The map they have

August 20, 2011

Puyehue Cordón Caulle volcano still smoking, but quietly

For two and a half months Chile’s Puyehue Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex has erupted nearly continuously. Since the violent initial stages of the eruption, that hurled pumice tens of kilometers from the eruption site, Puyehue Cordón Caulle has settled into a

August 20, 2011

Report: Exxon fights US over major oil discovery

Exxon Mobil Corp. and the federal government are fighting over one of the largest oil discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico that could yield billions of dollars of crude in coming years, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.The Julia oil field, about 250

August 20, 2011

Tropical depresion Eight becoming Tropical storm Harvey

Tropical Depression 8 could strengthen further into Tropical Storm. The depression could continue to intensify into Tropical Storm Harvey by tonight if it remains over the warm waters of the northwestern Caribbean, just north of Honduras.The later landfall occurs,

August 19, 2011

Heavy metal in and around the lakes

Heavy metal pollution of lakes has a seriously detrimental impact on people and ecosystems that rely on such bodies of water. According to a study published in the current issue of Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, researchers have focused on the physicochemical

August 19, 2011

Farside CME activity continues

Solar Activity continues at fairly low levels with only C-Class activity taking place in the past 24 hours. Sunspot 1271 is the largest visible area and it may pose a small threat for an M-Class event.Farside CME activity continues and you can view all of the action

August 19, 2011

Spacecraft sees solar storm engulf Earth

For the first time, a spacecraft far from Earth has turned and watched a solar storm engulf our planet. The movie, released today during a NASA press conference, has galvanized solar physicists, who say it could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting.

August 19, 2011

6.8 earthquake struck near the coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong earthquake meassured 6.8 magnitude struck near the east cost of Honshu island Japan at depth of 20km, according to Japan Meteorological Agency. USGS meassured 6.5 magnitude with epicentre 99 km (61 miles) SE of Sendai, 103 km (64 miles) NE of Iwaki, 113 km (70

August 19, 2011

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Fiji region

An earthquake magnitude 6.2 hits Fiji Friday, August 19, 2011 at 03:54:27 PM (16.526°S, 176.905°W). According to USGS, an epicenter was located 283 km (175 miles) SSE of Sigave, Ile Futuna, Wallis and Futuna, 343 km (213 miles) WSW of Hihifo, Tonga, 370 km (229

August 19, 2011

The SETI Institute's search for extraterrestrial intelligence is back on track!

The SETI Institute's search for extraterrestrial intelligence is back on track, thanks to more than $200,000 in donations from thousands of fans.In April, the institute had to put its big ear for hearing E.T.'s radio call, the 42-antenna Allen Telescope Array in

August 18, 2011

Floods destroying hundreds of acres of farmland in Butaleja, Uganda

Fresh floods have hit Butaleja District in the last four days, displacing more than 100 families and destroying hundreds of acres of farmland. The worst affected areas include Mazimasa and Himutu sub-counties, with affected families now camping in schools after heavy

August 18, 2011

Sewage routinely contaminates the Hudson River, US

Sewage routinely contaminates the Hudson River, according to a report released on Tuesday after four years of water testing in which one-fifth of the water samples indicated that the river was unsuitable for swimming and other recreation.The study, issued by the

August 18, 2011