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70 meters long fissure cause of Pantukan mudslide in Philippines

Survivors of the avalanche of mud in the Philippines said today over 60 people were buried alive in Friday's landslide, and the number could be higher than what authorities had thought of. More than 60 people sleeping in tents were on site when the tragedy

April 24, 2011

Big sunspot 1195 harbors energy for M-class solar flares

This detailed image of sunspot 1195 looks like it was taken by one of NASA's most advanced space telescopes. In fact, it comes from someone's backyard in the Netherlands. Scroll down for the full story, and carefully examine the starscape as you

April 24, 2011

Study of Deer Mice on California's Channel Islands provides new information on Hantavirus

The researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied wild deer mouse populations on the Channel Islands off the southern coast of California. The mice carry a variant of hantavirus - a disease spread by rodents - called Sin Nombre virus. Results of the

April 24, 2011

Amazing B-class solar flare

B-class eruptions are weak and generally not considered spectacular, but the one recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on April 23rd was quite different:The blast hurled hundreds of thousands of tons of plasma above the stellar surface with a powe

April 24, 2011

Envisat view of Earth pt.1 (Video)

Recently lost ENVISAT still shows no signs of "life". While satellite observing community wait for some news lets take a look at breathtaking imagery of land and oceans by Envisat's optical and radar instruments. The satellite is orbiting 497 miles above the

April 24, 2011

Europe is facing the worst drought in century

Traditional Easter fairs in the east and the north of the Netherlands have been cancelled because of the risk of fires posed by the extraordinarily dry weather affecting northern Europe. In the eastern half of the country, one of Europe's biggest traders, outdoor

April 24, 2011

Death of 15 sharks wash ashore in Manatee County remain mystery

Researchers are trying to figure out why sharks are washing ashore dead on Manatee County's beautiful beaches. Recently 15 dead sharks were found on the north ends of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. The species of sharks found were bonnetheads, blacknose and

April 23, 2011

Strong 6.9 earthquake hit Solomon islands

Strong earthquake magnitude 6,9 hit 76 km (47 miles) west of Kira Kira near San Cristobal at Solomon island (10.349°S, 161.233°E) Saturday morning April 23rd at 04:17 UTC at depht of 81,6km.Residents on the mainland said they felt a sharp jolt but emergency

April 23, 2011

Doomsday Odds Not Good for Humanity

The world as we know it is likely to end within 90 years, and human civilization has only a 50 percent chance of surviving until 2100 without being hit by a manmade catastrophe, according to two of the world’s most respected scientists.The U.K.’s Astronomer Royal

April 23, 2011

Hundreds of endangered whales swarming New England coast

A record number of critically endangered right whales are crowding the chilly waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Researchers counted more than 100, and possibly as many as 200, animals during aerial surveys on Tuesday,  a number that could represent nearly half the

April 22, 2011

Thousands of hectares of tropical forest are saved

Thousands of hectares of tropical dry forests in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais are now safe from logging, thanks to scientists affiliated with a project called Tropi-Dry. Using information from Tropi-Dry, the members of the Superior Court of Minas Gerais

April 22, 2011

Strong quakes east of Tokyo, Japan

An earthquake magnitude 6,1 epicentred at 35.617°N, 140.452°E, 64km east of Tokyo struck at a depth of 42,9km at 13:37 on April 21th. The quake was followed by a number of aftershocks, the largest of which measured 5,6. (USGS)According to Fire-Earth si

April 22, 2011

Tropical Storm Errol Drenches Timor

An island shared by Indonesia and independent East Timor received a solid soaking from a minimal tropical storm that formed to the south, over the Timor Sea.Tropical Storm Errol never became very well organized, and quickly lost force to a tropical depression shortly

April 22, 2011

Sky watchers - The Lyrid meteors passing by Earth!

 Every year in late April Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and the encounter causes a meteor shower--the Lyrids. This year the shower peaks on Friday morning, April 22nd. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is

April 22, 2011

Dead fish found on dam bank at Big Warrambool, Australia

An amount of European Carp fish in a dam at Big Warrambool alarmed the residents in Tuesday morning. There were thousands and thousands of dead fish on the water and line the banks metres deep.It is a mystery why they have all died, but a Lightning Ridge local

April 22, 2011

Impact of polar ozone depletion on subtropical precipitation

The ozone hole over Antarctica  has been rearranging rainfall patterns throughout the Southern Hemisphere for decades, a new modeling analysis shows.The idea that losing ozone in the cold stratosphere over the South Pole could affect weather in the lower

April 22, 2011

Mudslides and floods wreck havoc across Colombia

More than 200 families have been left homeless in the central Colombian town of Utica after a mudslide swept away their houses.Torrential rain unleashed by the La Nina weather system has flooded the country, killing hundreds and forcing millions from their

April 21, 2011

Greenpeace launched PolluterWatch site

 PolluterWatch is a project of Greenpeace that holds polluters accountable for the work they’re doing to block the transition from the dirty fossil fuels of the past to the clean energy sources of the future.The science is clear: We must take immediate

April 21, 2011

Texas fires: 828 structures and 1,779,788 acres consumed by 6,057 fires

Nightmarish wildfires in Texas have scorched almost two million acres and destroyed nearly thousand homes. The fires have now been raging for more than a week in Texas, so far burning through 1.4 million acres of land and racking up more than $8million in containment

April 21, 2011

February solar flare was sparked by five spinning sunspots

The giant solar flare unleashed in February was caused by five rotating sunspots working in concert, the UK's National Astronomy Meeting has heard.Images released from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) clearly show the sunspots, which are centres of magnetic

April 21, 2011

Toxic caterpillars invasion in UK

The Forestry Commission has issued a caution not to touch the caterpillars of the oak processionary moth. Residents in Pangbourne and parts of west London have been warned to steer clear of a toxic caterpillar. Their hairs contain a toxin that can cause itchy skin

April 21, 2011

657 New Islands Discovered Worldwide

The Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.The researchers identified a total of 2,149 barrier islands worldwide using satellite images,

April 21, 2011

Geomagnetic storm in progress (April 20, 2011)

Geomagnetic storm is in progress. K index showing level 5. Solar windspeed: 548.7 km/secdensity: 1.9 protons/cm3Planetary K-indexNow: Kp= 5 storm24-hr max: Kp= 5 stormThe K-index is a code that is related to the maximum fluctuations of horizontal

April 20, 2011

Earth tremor in Sri Lanka damaged seven houses

Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) has reported that a minor earth tremor had occurred in the Kirinda area in the Hambantota District last night. The DMC said the tremor has occurred at around 10 pm on Monday night and that further investigations are being

April 20, 2011

Major damage in St Vincent from flash flooding

Flash flooding in parts of St Vincent has left millions of dollars in damage, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has reported. But the full extent of destruction caused by flash flooding in the north central area of the island on Monday and Tuesday

April 19, 2011

Extreme solar radation in Mexico!!

In two areas of the Valley of Mexico “extremely high” solar radiation is recorded, by which the system of monitoring atmospheric in the city of Mexico urged the population to take precautions to avoid damage to health. The body of the Secretariat of the environment

April 19, 2011

Hundreds of dead fish, dolphins and sea lions found in California

Hundreds of fish have been found dead in Ventura Harbor. This is the second large fish kill in Southern California this year. This time, hundreds of dead fish are floating in Ventura Harbor. Boaters were already noticing a large number of dead fish floating in the

April 19, 2011

2011 Skywatching Guide: Planets in the Solar System

The planets of our solar system are at tomes some of the most rewarding and simplest skywatching targets to spot, if you know when and where to look. Here's a look at how to observe the planets of the solar system in 2011:Tip: Astronomers measure distances in the sky

April 19, 2011

Fires burn across Texas with no end in sight

Since April 6, more than a million acres have burned throughout the state of Texas, according to the Texas Forest Service. This image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, shows conditions on April 15, 2011.

April 19, 2011

Caterpillars swarm over parts of Indonesia

Most renowned Indonesia's island Bali is under caterpillar attack in the past week. As a result, the local administration announced a state of emergency.Bali’s capital Denpasar, as well as six other regencies (districts) of Buleleng, Jembrana, Gianyar,

April 19, 2011

Gasoline spill likely killed thousands of Goldstream River salmon

Thousands of salmon are expected to have been killed by a large gasoline spill that poured into Goldstream River during the weekend.A Columbia Fuels truck smashed into the rock face and rolled, damaging the cab and one of the two tanks the engine was pulling. About

April 19, 2011

Can a tornado have more than one funnel?

A deadly three-day storm spawned a reported 267 tornadoes over the weekend, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. But not all of these were single funnel clouds — some were what you might call tornado twins and triplets.Storm chasers following

April 18, 2011

Mountain fire breaks out in east China, spreads toward Mount Tai

A mountain fire broke out in East China's Shandong province Monday morning, spreading toward Mount Tai, according to a report from local authorities. Fires broke out in several locations in the mountainous area near Shandong's capital city of Jinan around 9 am Monday.

April 18, 2011

Hailstorm hits SW China's Guizhou province

At least 17 people were killed and 155 injured in south China's Guangdong province as of Monday after hailstones, cloudburst and strong wind ravaged the region.Gales as strong as 45.5 meters per second, accompanied by hailstorm and lashing rain, battered cities

April 18, 2011

World is "one shock away from a full-blown crisis"

Driven in part by higher fuel costs connected to events in the Middle East and North Africa, global food prices are 36 percent above their levels a year ago and remain  volatile, pushing people deeper into poverty. According to the latest edition of the World

April 18, 2011