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Tropical Storm "Kujira" to hit Hainan, bring heavy rainfall to southern China

Kujira formed on Saturday, June 20 in the South China Sea and intensified into a tropical storm on Monday, June 22. The storm is expected to make landfall along the SE coast of Hainan around 12:00 UTC today.Kujira will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall (with

June 22, 2015

Deep M6.5 earthquake registered near Ndoi Island, Fiji

A strong and deep earthquake registered as M6.5 by USGS hit near Ndoi Island, Fiji at 21:28 UTC on June 21, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 563.5 km (350.1 miles.). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude at a depth of 553 km (343 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter w

June 21, 2015

Earth-directed full-halo CME erupts from Region 2371, G3-Strong geomagnetic storm expected

Active Region 2371, now classifiead as Beta-Gamma-Delta and located near the center of the disk, erupted with two M-class solar flares - M2.0 and M2.7 - early on June 21, 2015 producing Earth-directed full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Arrival is expected midday Jun

June 21, 2015

Severe thunderstorms continue to sweep China: 18 people dead and four missing

Strong thunderstorms which swept through several provinces, in southern China, in the past week, have continued to battle the area. 18 people have died due to house collapses, landslides or lightning, and four more are currently missing.BBC News - 9 inches of rain overn

June 21, 2015

Partial-halo CME to deliver glancing blow on June 23

Filament eruption in the SSE quadrant of the Sun produced a partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) first observed in coronagraph imagery near 08:45 UTC on June 19 (above). WSA-Enlil model suggests a glancing blow early on June 23. Beta-Gamma-Delta classified Region

June 20, 2015

Unprecedented eastern Pacific harmful algal bloom

NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle has mobilized extra scientists to join a fisheries survey along the West Coast to chart an extensive harmful algal bloom (HAB) that spans much of the West Coast and has triggered numerous closures of im

June 20, 2015

Above-average monsoon season: over 300 mm of rain in 24 hours floods Mumbai, India

A strong monsoon brought heavy rainfall to Mumbai, India this week flooding the city on Friday, June 19, 2015. City roads and rail service have been interrupted, flights have been delayed, schools closed and even some power plants have been shut down by Mumbai electrici

June 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hit near the coast of Conception, Chile

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of Conception, Chile at 02:10 UTC on June 20, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.6 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). CSN Chile registered it as Mw6.4 at a

June 20, 2015

Stalagmites preserve 3 000 years of northern hemisphere climate

If you have ever visited a cave and taken photos, you might have noticed that the colours in the photographs appear more vivid than when you were in the cave. This is because organic matter trapped in the stalagmites and stalactites fluoresces.The light emitted by your

June 19, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung on June 19, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows have again been observed at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia early June 19, 2015. There are no confirmed historical eruptions of this volcano recorded prior to explosive eruptions during August - September 2010 that produced ash plumes to 5 km above

June 19, 2015

US mid-continent seismicity linked to high-rate injection wells

A dramatic increase in the rate of earthquakes in the central and eastern US since 2009 is associated with fluid injection wells used in oil and gas development, says a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder and the USGS.The number of earthquakes associated wit

June 19, 2015

Tropical Depression "Bill" brings more heavy rain and flash floods to Texas and Oklahoma

After Tropical Storm "Bill" made landfall along the coast of southern Texas on Tuesday, June 16 its remnants continued NW and brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to central Texas and Oklahoma on June 17 and 18 causing flash flooding across the region.Tropical

June 18, 2015

Region 2371 produced long duration M3.0 solar flare, glancing blow expected

Beta-Gamma classified Region 2371 produced a long duration M3.0 solar flare peaking at 17:35 UTC on June 18, 2015. The event started at 16:25 and ended at 19:00 UTC. A full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced, it will likely make a glancing blow at Earth late

June 18, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: June 10 - 16, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from June 10 - 16, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asamayama, Honshu (Japan) | Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Concepcion, Nicaragua | Cotopaxi, Ec

June 18, 2015

Long duration M1.2 solar flare off the southwest limb produces large CME, solar radiation storm

A long duration M1.2 solar flare erupted from the vicinity of departing Region 2365, off the southwest limb, at 01:27 UTC on June 18, 2015. The event produced a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and is currently causing solar radiation storm on Earth, reaching S1 (Minor

June 18, 2015

Severe rain brings flash floods to eastern China

Heavy rainfall flooded parts of eastern China on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 when over 200 millimeters of rain was reported in parts of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. Nanjing and Changzhou were also flooded, while Wuxi and Suzhou received 70 and 50 cm of rainfall.The rain

June 18, 2015

North Korea hit by the worst drought in a century

North Korea is facing its worst drought in a century, according to state media. South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae, South Pyongan and South Hamgyong, the country's main rice growing provinces are already heavily affected, and the fear of food shortages is increasing.&qu

June 18, 2015

Rosetta mission conference - update, latest results and what lies ahead

The following video is a replay of media briefing held at the Paris Air Show on June 17, 2015 with members of the Rosetta team. The briefing includes an update on the mission, some of the latest results, and an outline what still lies ahead. ESA’s Rosetta comet-ch

June 17, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake - southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

A very strong and shallow earthquake M7.0 was registered at southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 12:51 UTC on June 17, 2015. USGS reports depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC reports Mw6.9 at a depth of 10 km.According to the USGS, epicenter was located 495 km (308 miles) WNW of

June 17, 2015

Massive radiation plume from Fukushima continues drifting to US West Coast

By 2016, nearly as much radiation from the Fukushima disaster will have reached the North American West Coast as was initially scattered over Japan during the nuclear explosions, according to professor Michio Aoyama of Japan's Fukushima University Institute of Envir

June 17, 2015

California property values collapse as water shut-offs begin... wealthy community to go dry in days... real estate implosion now inevitable

Water shut-offs have now begun in California, where government-ordered restrictions are starting to leave large communities high and dry. As CBS News is now reporting, the Mountain House community of 15,000 residents will run out of water in just a matter of days."

June 17, 2015

Japan's Asamayama volcano erupts, alert level remains at 2 of 5

​A small-scale eruption took place around 00:20 UTC on June 16 (09:20 JST) at Asamayama volcano located 140 km NW of capital Tokyo, Japan. Alert level remains at 2 since Thursday, June 11, as well as a 2-km exclusion zone around the crater. The Japan Meteorological

June 16, 2015

Tropical Storm "Bill" to make landfall along the Texas coast today, US

Tropical Storm "Bill" was named early June 16, 2015 (late June 15 CDT) and is heading toward landfall along the Texas today. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Baffin Bay to High Island. Bill is expected to bring more heavy rain to already saturated

June 16, 2015

Record breaking winds claim lives in Hanoi, Vietnam

Fierce winds accompanied with thunderstorms uprooted around 1000 trees in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday, June 13. The falling trees crushed two people while driving their motorbikes on Minh Khai and Nguyen Du streets in Hai Ba Trung District while five others were injured

June 15, 2015

Electric Sun/Earth connection confirmed (again)

In the previous Space News, physicist Wal Thornhill discussed the recent report that giant filamentary networks pervade the Milky Way galaxy, and these filaments are “closely linked to the formation of stars.”We now turn our attention to our own celestial ne

June 15, 2015

Philae lander finally wakes up after 7 months of hibernation, 306 million km from Earth

After about 7 months of hibernation on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA's famous Philae probe finally recharged its batteries on June 13, 2015, enough to contact mission control. Philae probe, its Rosetta mothership and Comet 67P are about 305

June 15, 2015

Landslide dam collapse causes catastrophic floods in Tbilisi, Georgia

19 people have died and 474 were injured after catastrophic flood/debris flow, caused by natural dam collapse, rushed through capital Tbilisi, Georgia on June 14. Update: Read more about this event here.The local zoo was flooded and at least 30 animals, including tigers

June 15, 2015

Cyclonic Storm "Ashobaa" brought record breaking rainfall and caused historic flooding in Oman

Deep tropical depression which evolved into a Cyclonic Storm "Ashobaa" on June 8 made landfall along Oman's eastern coast on June 12 bringing record breaking rainfall, historic floods and strong winds to Masirah Island and Sur. With 230 mm (9.05 inches) of

June 14, 2015

Departing Region 2360 produces M1.3 solar flare

Solar activity is again reaching moderate levels today with 'beta-gamma' classified Region 2360 being the most productive. This region, located near the western limb, produced an M1.3 solar flare at 07:29 UTC on June 13. The event started at 07:20 and ended at 0

June 13, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

A new set of moderate eruptions at Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano produced large pyroclastic flows on June 12 and 13, 2015, ten days after authorities raised the alert level to highest (4/4) and ordered evacuation of all people living within a 7-km radius.

June 13, 2015

Heavy rainfall affects 700 villages in Assam, India as Brahmaputra levels rise

Heavy monsoon rains are continually falling in Arunachal Pradesh and upper Assam in northeast India. Yesterday, water levels of the Brahmaputra river were above the red mark in Jorhat and Dhubri, and are still expected to rise further in the next few days. According to

June 12, 2015

Shallow M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Hihifo, Tonga

A shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered by Geoscience Australia off the coast of Hihifo, Tonga at 11:07 UTC on June 12, 2015. The agency is reporting depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). Preliminary report by USGS mentions M6.3 at a depth of 28.6 km (17.8 miles).According to t

June 12, 2015

After Europe and Canada, noctilucent clouds expand to USA

The 2015 northern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season started on May 19, 2015 when NASA's AIM spacecraft spotted a patch of electric blue clouds over the Artactic Circle.Since then, noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have been moving south and, on June 8 - 9, they reached t

June 12, 2015

Increased seismic activity and strong gas emissions observed at Mount Asama, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Thursday, June 11, 2015 it has increased volcanic alert level of Asamayama volcano from 1 to 2 (of 5) amid growing signs of unrest. An access restriction of 2 km around the crater has been put in place.Seismic activity unde

June 12, 2015

Tropical Storm "Carlos" intensifies near the southern Pacific coast of Mexico

A new tropical depression formed on June 10 south of Mexico and strengthened into a Tropical Storm "Carlos" by 15:00 UTC on Thursday, June 11, 2015. This is the third named storm of the 2015 eastern Pacific hurricane season, expected to intensify into a

June 12, 2015