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Etna volcano Sicily, Italy - Compilation video of 4 months eruptions

Klaus Dorschfeldt, alias KdEtna, the Sicilian video maker, has compiled a number of his best shots of his earlier Etna eruptions videos into a new video. The eruptions are from early 2011 until September 2011.Enjoy these beautiful images of 9 months Etna eruptions /

September 18, 2011

Magnitude 6.9 - Sikkim, India

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit India 12:40:48 UT (10:48 PM at epicenter)  68 km (42 miles) NW of Gangtok, Sikkim, India, 119 km (73 miles) NNW of Shiliguri, West Bengal, India, 272 km (169 miles) E of KATHMANDU, Nepal (27.723°N, 88.064°E). The depth of the

September 18, 2011

Geomagnetic storm in progress

As predicted by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field at ~03:30 UT on Sept 17th. The impact sparked a moderate geomagnetic storm (in progress) and auroras around the Arctic Circle. High-latitude sky watch

September 17, 2011

Magnitude 6.0 - Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

Only hour an half after strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake, another 6.0 earthquake followed by half dozen of 5.5+ magnitude earthquakes struck near east coast of Honshu, Japan.USGS reporting that epicenter was 137 km (85 miles) ESE of Hachinohe,  172 km (106 miles)

September 17, 2011

Incoming coronal mass ejection

As predicted by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field at ~03:30 UT on Sept 17th. The impact was not strong. Nevertheless, the arrival of the CME could spark geomagnetic activity around the Arctic Circle.

September 17, 2011

Petermann Ice Island drifting in the North Atlantic off the shores of Newfoundland, Canada

After more than a year and several thousand kilometers of sailing the seas, Petermann Ice Island is still drifting in the North Atlantic off the shores of Newfoundland, Canada. The ice island has splintered several times since it dropped off the edge of Greenland's

September 17, 2011

Huge defunct satellite falling to Earth faster than expected

NASA space junk experts have refined the forecast for the anticipated death plunge of a giant satellite, with the U.S. space agency now predicting the 6 1/2-ton climate probe will plummet to Earth around Sept. 23, a day earlier than previously reported.The defunct

September 17, 2011

Activity at Mt. Etna

Italy’s Mount Etna is currently in a period where short bursts of activity, each lasting a few hours, are interspersed with quiet periods lasting several days or weeks. Thirteen eruptive episodes, or paroxysms, had occurred by mid-September 2011. During a typical

September 17, 2011

Magnitude 6.6 - Near east coast of Honshu, Japan

An earthquake magnitude 6.6 struck 108 km (67 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, 149 km (92 miles) ENE of Morioka, 177 km (109 miles) ESE of Aomori, Honshu, 574 km (356 miles) NNE of Tokyo (40.288°N, 142.727°E) according to USGS. Epicenter was 36.3 km (22.6 miles)

September 16, 2011

Semeru volcano showing signs of activity

An active lava dome is growing inside the crater of Semeru volcano and there are 3 - 4 eruptions per day. It seems that the size and frequency is increasing in the past days according to VolcanoDiscovery research group that just got back from East Java.Semeru, the highe

September 16, 2011

Maria becomes third hurricane of 2011 season

Maria, the 13th named storm of the season, has sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), just above the hurricane-strength threshold. The storm is currently on a latitude about level with North Carolina and is spinning some 205 miles (330 kilometers) north-northwest of

September 16, 2011

Dust plumes over Red Sea

Another dust storm blew off the coast of Africa and over the Red Sea on September 15, 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture the same day.Dust plumes travel in a generally clockwise direction

September 16, 2011

Strong worldwide seismic activity past 24 hours

Earthquakes rumbled near Fiji, New Zealand, Cuba, China and Japan Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Nine M5+, tree M6+ and one 7+magnitude took place in last 24 hours. 6.0 - East of North

September 15, 2011

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Fiji

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Fiji region, 120 km (74 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji, 425 km (264 miles) W of NUKU`ALOFA, Tonga, 453 km (281 miles) SSE of SUVA, Viti Levu, Fiji (21.559°S, 179.369°W). Epicenter was very deep

September 15, 2011

Kreutz sungrazer comet seen diving into Sun

On Sept. 14th, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) watched what happened when one got too close. Click on the arrow to play a 6-hour time lapse movie:One icy comet went in, none came out. Discovered on Sept. 13th by Michal Kusiak of Poland and Sergei

September 15, 2011

Magnitude 6.2 - Near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong 6.2 magnitude aftershock struck at 17:00 (05:00 PM) local Japanese Time approx. 70 km out of the Honshu coast. A maximum moderate shaking was experienced, but tens of millions of people have felt this aftershock and are once again reminded at the

September 15, 2011

Magnitude 6.0 - East of the North Island, New Zealand

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck 453 km (281 miles) SSE of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands, 512 km (318 miles) NE of Gisborne, New Zealand, 680 km (422 miles) ENE of Auckland, New Zealand (35.430°S, 177.878°W) at depth of 13.4 km (8.3 miles). GeoNet reported

September 15, 2011

Incoming CME and new sunspots

Yesterday, Sept. 14th, an eruption near sunspot 1289 hurled a CME in the general direction of Earth. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab expect the cloud to deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field on Sept 17th around 04:30 UT. There are no large

September 15, 2011

Arctic sea ice hits record low

The extent of the Arctic sea ice — has passed a new threshold. German researchers announced on Sept. 8 that the sea-ice cover had shrunk below its record minimum, set in 2007. Elsewhere, researchers said the race remained too close to call.The NSIDC proclaimed the

September 14, 2011

Magnitude 6.1 - Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

 Very shallow earthquake magnitude 6.1 hits Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, 27 km (16 miles) NNW of Attu, 87 km (54 miles) WNW of Shemya Island, Alaska (53.138°N, 173.022°E) at depth of 1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained).Live Seismic Data from ADK -

September 14, 2011

Russia's Shiveluch volcano erupts

A volcano has erupted on Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, withash rising to an altitude of 10 km above sea level, RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.During the eruption, a crevice with a depth of about 30 meters was formed on

September 14, 2011

Earth’s rarest metals ranked in a new 'risk list

The relative risks to the supply of some of Earth's rarest elements have been detailed in a new list published by the British Geological Survey (BGS). So-called "technology metals" like indium and niobium are extracted from the Earth and are used in

September 13, 2011

Former Hurricane Katia hits the U.K.

The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning today for the north of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland before the winds die down tomorrow. The gales, the tail-end of Hurricane Katia, hit Britain yesterday morning, bringing the worst storms since the

September 13, 2011

Mud volcanoes that arose from ocean emitting methane in Pakistan

Last yearone-square-kilometre island that emerged off the Makran coast, near the point where the Hingol River drains into the sea, in Pakistan.  Scientists collected samples. Studying the water and sediment samples  scientists found well-preserved shells of certain

September 13, 2011

A comet diving into the Sun

A comet is diving into the sun today. Just discovered by comet hunters Michal Kusiak of Poland and Sergei Schmalz of Germany, the icy visitor from the outer solar system is expected to brighten to first magnitude before it disintegrates on Sept. 14th.

September 13, 2011

Geomagnetic storm continues

New sunspot AR1295 is emerging over the sun's northeastern limb and crackling with solar flares. The strongest so far, a C9.9-category blast, did something remarkable. Click on the arrow to watch an extreme ultraviolet movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics

September 13, 2011

Magnitude 6.2 - Near north coast of New Guinea

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has shaken the South Pacific region near the north coast of Papua New Guinea. Epicenter was 48 km (29 miles) ESE of Wewak, 242 km (150 miles) N of Mount Hagen, New Guinea, PNG (3.638°S, 144.160°E) at depth of 34.9 km (21.7 miles)

September 13, 2011

Extremely strong activity at Stromboli volcano in Italy

During most of August and up to today, Stromboli's activity has been at some of its highest levels observed in recent decades. Protagonist has been the NE crater, which has been continuing to produce powerful lava bubbles. Ejections of incandescent lava bombs often

September 13, 2011

Unrest at Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia

If you head over to the Colombian Survey, INGEOMINAS, you can find updates and statuses for all the major Colombian volcanoes. These include the well-known ones like Galeras and Ruiz, but also lesser known but no less interesting/hazardous like Huila or

September 13, 2011

Deadly explosion on atomic site in France - Radiation leak risk is a possibility

French media reports on Monday morning (local time) that an explosion has occurred in Central Nuclear Processing and Packaging Centraco centre in Marcoule in French department Gar and there is a threat of radiation leakage. One person died and three wounded in

September 12, 2011

Tectonic plates converging - new land emerged in Sea of Azov

The plot of the seabed up to the surface in the vicinity of the Taman Peninsula. The new land emerged from the shift of tectonic plates.Amazing natural phenomenon has been documented in recent days in the vicinity of the Taman Peninsula in Sea of ​​Azov. Huge

September 12, 2011

Electric Universe: Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Lightning discharges in the atmosphere are familiar, but what about the ones underground?The electrical phenomenon we call lightning is not well understood. The most common interpretation involves the circulation of water vapor up and down through clouds in a process

September 12, 2011

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Vanuatu

A shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning issued. The quake struck 63 km (39 miles) SW of PORT-VILA, Efate, Vanuatu, 212 km (131 miles) NW

September 11, 2011

Land-clearing fires in the neighbouring countries polluting air in Malaysia

Malaysia has complained to Indonesia about land-clearing fires in the neighbouring country that have led to a blanket of pollution and poor air quality.Environment Minister Douglas Uggah Embas sent a letter to his Indonesian counterpart Friday about hundreds of

September 11, 2011

Heavy rains drench southern Brazil

Three days of continuous downpours have had a severe impact in southern Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil, with authorities declaring 32 cities in a state of emergency, and two -- Brusque and Rio do Sul in a state of public calamity. Torrential rains that caused

September 11, 2011