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New Horizons wakes up for historic Pluto encounter

New Horizons woke up from hibernation on December 6, 2014 after a 4.8 billion km voyage (3 billion miles) and almost nine years after launch. The spacecraft is now preparing for a six-month encounter with Pluto that begins in January 2015. This mission will complete

December 08, 2014

Very strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake off the coast of Panama

A very strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.6 (USGS) on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Punta de Burica in the Panama - Costa Rica border region at 08:54 UTC on December 8, 2014. This quake comes 2 days after M6.0 hit the same region.USGS reports

December 08, 2014

Fogo eruption intesifies - lava flow destroys Portela, reaches Bangaeira

Eruption of Fogo volcano intensified on Saturday, December 6, and destroyed almost the whole village of Portela. According to news reports, the lava flow has now reached Bangaeira, a village downslope of Portela.Authorities ordered full evacuation of the area, however,

December 07, 2014

Remarkably weak solar activity and intensifying cosmic rays preclude deep space human exploration?

Dr. Tony Phillips, author of SpaceWeather.com, brought our attention to a very interesting research article published recently in AGU's journal "Space Weather". The article is titled "Does the worsening galactic cosmic radiation environment observed b

December 07, 2014

Significant eruptions of Mount Erebus reported, Antarctica

One of the larger eruptions of Antarctica's Mount Erebus this year occurred at 09:12 UTC on December 4, 2014 and ejected bombs onto the summit cone of Erebus, Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory (MEVO) reports.Mount Erebus is one of several volcanoes in the McMurdo Vol

December 07, 2014

G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm in progress

NOAA/SWPC issued G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm alert early on December 7 due to the high speed solar wind stream originating from a geoeffective coronal hole in the Sun's southern hemisphere. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor) threshold was reached at 01:24 UTC to

December 07, 2014

Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake off the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G.

A very strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.8 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea at 01:22 UTC on December 7, 2014. Both USGS and EMSC are reporting M6.8 at depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) at this time.Epicenter wa

December 07, 2014

Typhoon "Hagupit" made landfall in Eastern Samar, Philippines

Eleventh typhoon of the 2014 Western Pacific tropical season - Typhoon Hagupit (locally called Ruby), made landfall at 13:15 UTC (21:15 local time) on December 6, 2014 near the cities of Oras and Dolores, in central Eastern Samar province in the Philippines as a

December 07, 2014

M6.0 earthquake registered off the coast of Saumlaki, Indonesia

A strong earthquake measuring M6.0 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Saumlaki, Indonesia at 22:04 UTC on December 6, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 117.3 km (72.9 miles). Geoscience Australia is also reporting M6.0, but at depth of 107 km.Epicenter

December 06, 2014

Strong and shallow M6.0 registered off the coast of Panama

A strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake was registered off the coast of Punta de Burica in Panama - Costa Rica border region at 17:21 UTC on December 6, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 14 km (8.7 miles). EMSC registered it as M5.8 at depth 30 km (18 miles).Epicenter was l

December 06, 2014

Dangerous M5.8 and 5.9 aftershocks hit Yunnan province, China

Two dangerous earthquakes measuring M5.8 and M5.9 shook Chinese Yunnan province on December 5 and 6, 2014. The quakes are believed to be strong aftershocks of October 7th M6.6 earthquake that killed one person and injured 324.China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) regi

December 06, 2014

Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500 000-year-old shell

Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a 'canvas' for an engraving. An international team of researchers, led by Leiden archaeologist José Joordens, published this discovery on Decembe

December 06, 2014

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft completes first spaceflight test

NASA marked a major milestone today on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.“Today’s flight test of Orion is a huge step

December 05, 2014

Super Typhoon "Hagupit" now a major threat for Philippines

Super Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, is about to bear down on the Philippines this weekend. More than 30 million people will be impacted by this cyclone. Some areas in its path are still trying to recover from Haiyan, which will leave them more vulnerable to

December 05, 2014

Geophysicists challenge traditional theory underlying the origin of mid-plate volcanoes

Source of volcanoes may be much closer than scientists thought... A long-held assumption about the Earth is discussed in today's edition of Science, as Don L. Anderson, an emeritus professor with the Seismological Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology

December 05, 2014

3 million liters of oil floods Evrona Nature Reserve in one of Israel's worst environmental disasters

Israel is experiencing one of its worst environmental disasters after a pipeline breach near the Israel-Jordan border flooded Evrona Nature Reserve with about 3 million liters of crude oil on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.The breach occurred during construction work in

December 05, 2014

Strong solar flare measuring M6.1 erupts from Region 2222

A long duration solar flare measuring M6.1 (R2-Moderate) at its peak time erupted on December 4, 2014 from Region 2222. The event started at 18:05, peaked at 18:25 and ended at 18:56 UTC.This is a second M-class solar flare today from 'beta-gamma' classified Reg

December 04, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 26 - December 2, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from November 26 - December 2, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Heard, Kerguelen Plateau | Moyo

December 04, 2014

Super Typhoon "Hagupit" targets the Philippines

Hagupit reached Super Typhoon status with sustained winds near 240 km/h (150 mph) and gusts up to 300 km/h (185 mph) early on December 3, 2014. Super Typhoon Hagupit is crossing very warm ocean waters of 30°C (86°F) and with light wind shear conditions, it will

December 04, 2014

Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days

The city of Sao Paulo is home to 20 million Brazilians, making it the 12th largest mega-city on a planet dominated by shortsighted humans. Shockingly, it has only 60 days of water supply remaining. The city "has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining

December 03, 2014

Miami area nuclear plant in partial shutdown after steam leak

Perhaps the most dangerous nuclear reactor in the U.S. is in partial shutdown following the discovery of a steam leak. South Florida's ailing Turkey Point nuclear power station is in the news again, with Unit 4, one of its two reactors, taken offline Sunday due to

December 03, 2014

Satellites detect abundant sulfur dioxide emissions from erupting Fogo volcano, Cape Verde Islands

Eruption of Fogo volcano in the Cape Verde Islands that started around 11:00 UTC on Sunday, November 23, 2014, has so far destroyed at least 57 houses and more than 260 hectares of land.As of December 3 lava is still erupting from a vent near the base of Pico do Fogo co

December 03, 2014

Hagupit on the track to become super typhoon, Philippines on alert

Tropical Storm Hagupit strengthened into a typhoon early on December 2, 2014 with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h (80 mph). Hagupit rapidly intensified, and is now Category 2 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 160 km/h (100 mph), gusting up to 195 km/h (120

December 03, 2014

Morocco hit again by heavy rainfall and deadly floods

New rounds of torrential rains triggered floods that have killed 11 people in Morocco so far. Several thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, roads cut and power networks damaged. At least 250 villages had been cut off. The severe weather has spread to affect parts

December 03, 2014

A barrage of small impacts likely erased much of the Earth’s primordial atmosphere

Today’s atmosphere likely bears little trace of its primordial self: Geochemical evidence suggests that Earth’s atmosphere may have been completely obliterated at least twice since its formation more than 4 billion years ago. However, it’s unclear what

December 02, 2014

More mysterious holes discovered under shifting Mount Baldy dune, Indiana

Six new mysterious holes have been discovered in the shifting sands of Mount Baldy since last summer when a big hole swallowed a 6-year old boy who remained buried under 3.3 meters (11 feet) of sediment for several hours until he was rescued. A year after, scientists st

December 02, 2014

Very deep M6.3 earthquake hit Mindanao, Philippines

A very deep earthquake measuring M6.3 (USGS) on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 05:11 UTC on December 2, 2013. USGS is reporting depth of 617.9 km (384.0 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw 6.6 and depth of 633 km.Epicenter was located 102 km (6

December 02, 2014

Night sky guide for December 2014

The first half of December provides some of the best meteor activity of the year, however, the bright moon will block out all but the brightest meteors. Geminids, the king of the meteor showers, peak on December 13. They will be blocked out by waning gibbous moon to som

December 01, 2014

M1.8 solar flare erupts from central region 2222

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.8 at its peak time erupted at 06:41 UTC on December 1, 2014. The event started at 06:26 and ended at 06:59 UTC.A 10cm Radio Burst lasting 6 minutes (peak flux 180 sfu) was associated with the event. This indicates that the el

December 01, 2014

New threat developing in West Pacific - Tropical Storm "Hagupit"

As Tropical Storm Sinlaku dissipates over Indo-China Peninsula, a new tropical threat is organizing near the Caroline Islands. This tropical disturbance is currently identified as Invest 95W, but it will soon become the next named system in the Western Pacific Ocean.

December 01, 2014

Tool kit for ocean health - Global change and the future ocean

The ocean is under significant impact by anthropogenic global pressures such as ocean acidification, warming, overfishing and pollution, resulting from the impact of human activity on major processes that regulate the functions of the planet, warns the head of The

November 30, 2014

New round of severe weather and flooding for Morocco, Spain, France, Italy and parts of Balkan Peninsula

After delivering flooding rainfall to Portugal and most of the Spain, a strong storm system moves slowly to the east, bringing the threat for flooding rainfall to already saturated parts of the Mediterranean coast. A heavy storm triggered flash floods in south east

November 30, 2014

Tropical Storm Sinlaku made landfall at east Vietnam

Tropical Storm Sinlaku made landfall just north of Quang Ngai at east-central Vietnam late on November 29, 2014 with heavy rainfall and maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h, gusting up to 120 km/h. Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces on the south central coast

November 30, 2014

A new canal through Central America could have devastating consequences

The ramifications of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reason... When construction crews begin digging a new canal this month across Nicaragua, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic, it’ll be a boon to global shipping and, the governmen

November 29, 2014

Unmanned underwater vehicle provides first 3-D images of underside of Antarctic sea ice

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice. SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, measured and mapped the underside of s

November 29, 2014