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Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong and shallow M6.9 (JMA) earthquake was registered near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 23:06 UTC on February 16, 2015. JMA is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 23 km (14.2 miles). JMA is describing this quake as a

February 17, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake registered in South Sandwich Islands region

A strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake was registered in South Sandwich Islands region at 22:00 UTC on February 16, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 145 km (90 miles) NNW of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and 2 518

February 17, 2015

Surprising red aurora captured over Manitoba, Canada

Night-sky photographer Alan Dyer captured a surprising red aurora over Churchill, Manotoba, Canada on February 14, 2015.The image below is his single, 25-second exposure at f/3.5 with the 180° fish-eye lens and Canon 6D at ISO 4000. It is part of a time-lapse sequen

February 16, 2015

Strong explosive eruption of Chikurachki volcano, Northern Kuriles, Russia

A strong explosive eruption occurred at the Chikurachki volcano located on the Paramushir island, Northern Kuriles, Russia around 22:00 UTC on February 15, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano occurred in 2008.Ash plume produced by the eruption reached an estimated a

February 16, 2015

Queensland hit by very rare M5.1 earthquake, Australia

A shallow M5.1 earthquake was registered 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the city of Eidsvold, Queensland, Australia at 02:57 AEDT on February 16, 2015 (15:57 UTC on February 15). Geoscience Australia (GA) is reporting depth of 15 km (9.32 miles).Numerous aftershock wer

February 16, 2015

Crystal comets

The “dusty snowball” theory of comets needs attention, since there are crystals that need high temperatures to form in the matrix of at least two.Recently, the composition of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) was discussed in the scientific press. It

February 16, 2015

Winter storm "Neptune" brings snow, high winds and bitter wind chill to Northeast US

After record breaking snow in parts of New England, another dangerous winter storm is approaching Northeast US. Winter storm "Neptune" delivers a triple threat of snow, high winds and bitter wind chills to areas still struggling to recover from a series of maj

February 15, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake registered off the coast of Taiwan

A strong and shallow M6.2 (CENC) earthquake was registered off the southeastern coast of Taiwan on February 13, 2015 at 20:06 UTC. CENC (China) is reporting depth of 7 km (4.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS registered this quake as

February 13, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

A very strong and shallow M6.9 (USGS) earthquake was registered at Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone, Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on February 13, 2015 at 18:59 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.21 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 15 km (9.32 miles).Epicente

February 13, 2015

8 million tons of new plastic waste enters our oceans each year

Plastic debris in the marine environment is well known and widely documented, but the quantity of plastic making its way into the world’s oceans and from where it originates has been a mystery until now.A new study published today in the journal Science, quantifie

February 13, 2015

The Sun won’t die for 5 billion years, so why do humans have only 1 billion years left on Earth?

In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.The sun is currently classified

February 13, 2015

Croatia erases debt for poor citizens to boost economy

The small eastern European nation of Croatia has decided to let Christmas come early for its poorest citizens: Under a new initiative aimed at giving them a fresh start, the government is wiping out their debts, leaving some observers to relate the move to an ancient Bi

February 13, 2015

Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) successfully launched

After a few days of delay, the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR was finally launched at 23:03 UTC on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.DSCOVR was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and

February 12, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 4 - 10, 2015

New activity was observed at 9 volcanoes from February 4 - 10, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed also at 9 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka

February 12, 2015

New videos released in honor of SDO's 5th anniversary

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole Sun 24 hours a day.Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massiv

February 11, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.7 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.7 hit Jujuy, Argentina at 18:57 UTC on February 11, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 190.8 km (118.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 180 km (111 miles).Epicenter was located 93 km (58 mi) W of El Aguilar, 128 k

February 11, 2015

Bright flashes and sonic booms reported above the North Island, New Zealand

Bright lights and sonic booms in the night sky above North Island, New Zealand have been reported on February 11, 2015.The event, which illuminated the sky and later shook doors and windows, happened around 22:00 local time (09:00 UTC). Descriptions of the light ranged

February 11, 2015

Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core

Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world’s deepest mystery: the planet’s inner core.Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China hav

February 11, 2015

Huge solar filament facing Earth

A huge solar filament is facing Earth today and, if it doesn't erupt, will continue to do so in the coming days. Stretched out, it would be more than 857 780 km or 533 000 miles long, which is more than 67 Earth diameters. Image below shows this filament as seen by

February 10, 2015

50 years of data shows US Midwest flooding more frequent

The US Midwest and surrounding states have endured increasingly more frequent flood episodes over the past half-century, according to a new study by scientists from the University of Iowa.The UI researchers based their findings on daily records collected by the USGS at

February 10, 2015

New England winter storm breaks records, US

Another large snowstorm was affecting New England, US on February 9, 2015 dropping more snow on the region and breaking records.On February 9, NOAA's National Weather Service in Boston, Massachusetts noted that "The 30-day snowfall total at Boston ending 7 a.m.

February 10, 2015

ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) ready for launch and reentry mission

ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is ready for its launch and reentry mission on February 11, 2015. The launch is scheduled for 13:00 UTC atop a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Europe’s ambition for a spacecraft to ret

February 10, 2015

Sun's activity in 18th century was similar to that now

Counting sunspots over time helps in knowing the activity of our star but the two indices used by scientists disagree on dates prior to 1885. Now an international team of researchers has tried to standardise the historical results and has discovered that, contrary to wh

February 10, 2015

Long duration M2.4 solar flare erupts from Region 2282, full halo CME produced

A moderately strong, long duration solar flare measuring M2.4 at its peak time erupted from Region 2282 ('beta') late on February 9, 2015. The event started at 22:19, peaked at 23:35 and ended at 00:16 on February 10.This flare had associated Type II (estimated

February 10, 2015

Strong new eruption and large pyroclastic flow from Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted early February 9, 2015 sending ash up to 4 km into the air. Aviation Color Code has been raised to Orange.At 03:32 UTC today, plume was extending 31 km to the west, according to Darwin VAAC.At 13:21 UTC, the agency reported volcani

February 09, 2015

Jakarta flooded as peak rainy season approaches, Indonesia

Jakarta's Disaster Mitigation Agency recorded 49 flood prone spots in the city on Monday, February 9, after torrential rain than began early Sunday, February 8.West, north and central areas of the city have been worst affected, with some parts in up to 80 cm deep wa

February 09, 2015

Typhoon "Higos" formed over Northwestern Pacific Ocean

Typhoon "Higos", which started organizing late last week, continues to strengthen over open waters of Northwestern Pacific Ocean. The system is now located about 1 200 km (760 miles) east of Guam and is moving to the WNW at 7.4 km/h (4.6 mph).At 06:00 UTC toda

February 09, 2015

Nevada dust storm primary suspect for unusual "milky rain" phenomenon in northwestern US

Large Nevada dust storm, which occurred Thursday night into Friday, is the primary suspect for unusual milky white and gray rain that started falling on parts of northwestern US late last week. National Weather Service began reporting this unusual phenomenon on Friday,

February 09, 2015

Strong eruption of Fuego volcano, Guatemala

Activity at Guatemala's Fuego volcano significantly increased late February 7, 2015 when series of strombolian-type explosions sent water vapor and ash up to 6 km into the air and temporarily closed international La Aurora airport.Moderate ashfall was reported as fa

February 08, 2015

Severe hailstorm hits KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa

A severe hailstorm has swept over KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa killing at least five people. The KwaZulu-Natal department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) is on high alert following recent severe weather and is monitoring the weather

February 08, 2015

Rosetta Mission Update - First science papers

Scientists with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission are writing a new chapter in the history of comet science. However, institutional science’s understanding of comets is less certain today than at any time before. Recently, the Rosetta team publishe

February 08, 2015

Recording doomed ATV's disintegration from inside

In a special experiment scheduled for February 27th, ESA and NASA are planning to record, from inside, reentry and disintegration of Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATM).Every mission of ESA’s ATV ferry ends in the same way – filled with Space Station rubbish

February 07, 2015

Atmospheric river lashes drought-stricken California with rain and floods

As forecasted earlier this week, atmospheric river known locally as the Pineapple Express is sweeping down the West Coast US. The storm is dropping heavy rainfall, knocking down trees and power lines, delaying hundreds of flights and causing flash floods and traffic

February 07, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Fundi" brings heavy rainfall over Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Fundi" formed over Mozambique Channel on February 6, 2015 bringing heavy rainfall to already soaked Madagascar.The system is located near the coast of southwestern Madagascar, about 629 km (391 miles) WSW of the capital Antananarivo.According

February 06, 2015

Landmark study links pesticides to high depression rates

Globally, one person dies by suicide roughly every 40 seconds. Around the world, over one million people commit suicide each year - an increase of 60 percent over the last four and a half decades. Incredibly, farmers have one of the highest rates of self-inflicted death

February 06, 2015