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Heavy rains sweep Taiwan: Taipei City overwhelmed by flooding waters

Heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms and hail hit Taiwan, causing massive flooding across the Greater Taipei region on Thursday afternoon, July 23, 2015. 143 areas of the metropolis were overwhelmed by the flood waters, and all traffic was suspended across affe

July 25, 2015

Uranium mines behind Kazakhstan villagers' mysterious 'sleeping sickness'

Mysterious "sleeping sickness" that baffled doctors and researchers since it's first known attack in March 2013, affected more than 140 people in Kalachi and Krasnogorsk, two villages in northern Kazakhstan, with a total of 810 people, mostly ethnic Russia

July 24, 2015

Almaty region in southern Kazakhstan hit by floods and mudslide, state of emergency declared

Three areas in the Almaty region of southern Kazakhstan have been affected by the mudflow outbursts of the Kargalinka river, July 23, 2015. Local media reported 5 injuries and 900 people evacuated from their homes. A state of emergency has been declared across the affec

July 24, 2015

Volcanic ash blankets the skies over Indonesian archipelago: Simultaneous eruption of 5 volcanoes

Five volcanoes of the Indonesian archipelago simultaneously erupted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The spewing ashes clouded the skies over the islands, suspending the flights on three airports in the area. Since last month, 13 000 people have been evacuated due to volcan

July 24, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano on Orange alert, imminent eruption possible - Eastern Caribbean

The Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies has issued an Orange alert (3 of 4) for the underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny on July 23, 2015, due to strong and continuous seismic signals recorded from 05:25 to 07:00 UTC today. Grenada, as we

July 23, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 15 - 21, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from July 15 - 21, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Colima, Mexico | Gamalama,

July 23, 2015

Severe hailstorm with golf ball-sized hail wreaks havoc on parts Saskatchewan, Canada

Severe hailstorm swept through parts of southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. According to media reports, the hardest hit was the town of Kerrobert, where dozens of buildings and wehicles were damaged by golf ball-sized hail. About two-thirds of

July 23, 2015

Myanmar still under water: 7 people dead, over 57 000 affected

The thunderstorms which started on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, still didn't ease in some parts of Myanmar. Heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Sagaing and Kachin region, at least 7 people were reported dead, 500 homes were damaged and car and train transport has

July 23, 2015

New source of lead in drinking water identified: Galvanized steel pipe coatings

When unsafe levels of lead are found in drinking water, the culprit has typically been lead pipes or lead-containing brass and bronze fittings, but in a new study researchers clearly show that lead present in the zinc coating of galvanized steel pipes can be a very sign

July 23, 2015

Northern China facing soil drying issues: Increased farming activities a leading cause

Newly published research, investigating the relationship between increased food production and soil drying issues in northern China, suggest the increase in agricultural activities may be responsible for the strong decreasing trends of soil moisture. The research sugges

July 23, 2015

Omnidirectional wireless charging technology for mobile devices developed

A new wireless power transfer (WPT) system developed by a group of researchers at The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is capable of charging multiple mobile devices concurrently and with unprecedented freedom in any direction, even while holdi

July 23, 2015

Severe floods continue to affect southern Brazil: Death toll rises to 45

Severe rainstorms and strong winds have continued to batter southern Brazil since last week, causing more floods and damage across the States of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Around 140 states are on state of alert, and several have declared a sta

July 22, 2015

Predicting floods: Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS)

Floods are one of the most devastating and costly natural disasters, each year on average affecting 96.9 million people worldwide and causing $13.7 billion in damage, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. They wash away or destroy homes, po

July 22, 2015

Smoke goes around the world

Wildfire smoke is a combination of gases and aerosols - tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in air - and can have an effect on cloud formation, atmospheric cooling and heating, and human health, NASA's Earth Observatory explains. The animated series of images

July 22, 2015

Monsoon showers bring flash floods to Pakistan: 12 people dead, 200 000 displaced

Seasonal monsoon heavy rainfall has caused severe flash floods across Pakistan, starting July 16, 2015. The authorities issued flood warnings and declared a state of emergency, as a number of villages and cities across the country were hit by the bad weather conditions.

July 21, 2015

Record rainfall: Over 268 mm (10.6 inches) of rain floods drought stricken California

Remnants of Hurricane "Dolores" reached southern California on July 19, 2015 dropping record breaking rainfall and causing heavy flooding. Los Angeles, San Diego and over a dozen other California cities set all-time rainfall records for the month of July.The

July 21, 2015

Severe flooding in Ohio, US: 3 people die as their mobile home is swept away

Strong flash flood event hit Ohio region late Saturday, July 18, 2015. Three people died, as their home was swept away in the Brown County, after the nearby creek flooded. A severe rainfall drenched the Brown County in Ohio on Saturday evening. When the waters of Redoak

July 20, 2015

DSCOVR's EPIC camera returns its first image of entire sunlit side of Earth

NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has finally captured and returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth. DSCOVR, launched February 11, 2015, reached its final destination on June 7 when it entered orbit around the 1st Lagrange point (L1),

July 20, 2015

Flash floods across northern Iran kill 20 people, 12 remain missing

A severe thunderstorm brought heavy rainfall, flash floods and strong winds to northern Iran on Sunday, July 19, 2015. Resulting flash floods and landslides have caused damage to infrastructure and power cutoff. 20 people were reported dead and at least 12 missing in th

July 20, 2015

People near fracking wells show higher hospitalization rates

Over the past ten years in the United States, unconventional gas and oil drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has experienced a meteoric increase. Since well drilling requires an influx of water, materials and workers into yotherwise rural and remote

July 20, 2015

Tornado sweeps the grounds of Twin Cities: 225 000 left without electricity, Minnesota

A severe thunderstorm accompanied with heavy rainfall, large hail, strong winds, and EF-1 tornado battered the Twin Cities Friday night, July 17 and Saturday morning, July 18, tearing down trees and cutting down power supplies.Xcel Energy reported 225 000 customers were

July 19, 2015

Multiple funnel clouds and waterspouts spotted on Chesapeake Bay, US

Multiple funnel clouds and waterspouts were observed near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, off the coast of Annapolis, Maryland, US on Friday, July 17, 2015. Additionally, a funnel cloud associated with thunderstorm was also seen in Virginia Beach.According to the The Washing

July 18, 2015

Over 25 000 people affected, 7 900 houses damaged by the floods in western Indonesia

Heavy rainfall on July 14 and 15, 2015 has caused several rivers to overflow simultaneously in the Aceh disctricts of western Indonesia.According to Indonesia's disaster management agency (BNPB), no fatalities have been reported, although 25 765 people were affected

July 18, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.3 earthquake registered near Santa Cruz Islands

Geoscience Australia recorded a very strong earthquake measuring M7.3 at a depth of 4 km (2.5 miles) off the coast of Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands, at 02:27 UTC on July 18, 2015. USGS is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Accord

July 18, 2015

State of the climate in 2014

The key parameters which indicate the Earth's changing climate, including land and ocean temperature, sea level and greenhouse gases, have set new records in the year 2014, according to "State of the climate in 2014" - Special Supplement to the Bulletin of

July 18, 2015

Australia covered in white: The biggest snow fall since 1984

Areas of southern Queensland, New South Wales, west and northwest area of Sydney, Australia, were completely wrapped in a snow blanket on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, 2015. This rare event was considered by some to be the country's most significant snow fa

July 18, 2015

Nepal floods leave 2 people dead and hundreds displaced

Heavy rainfall, across Nepal, triggered floods and landslides in Kathmandu on July 16, 2015. So far, two young people fell victims to the floods, hundreds of families were displaced, and several roads were heavily damaged. Two children, aged 11 and 12 were swept away by

July 17, 2015

Huge wildfire breaks out near Athens blanketing it in thick smoke, Greece

A huge wildfire has broken out on the outskirts of Mount Hymettus, near capital Athens, Greece on Friday, July 17 rapidly spreading over mountainsides overlooking the city and blanketing it in thick smoke.The fire started around 09:00 UTC (12:00 local time) and grew mas

July 17, 2015

Continued destruction of Earth’s plant life places humankind in jeopardy

If humans continue destroying plants at the current pace, the lack of irreplaceable biomass may soon endanger present human civilization and make it unsustainable - according to a paper published recently by University of Georgia researchers in the Proceedings of the Na

July 17, 2015

Severe weather across southern Brazil leaves 3 people dead, over 30 000 affected

Southern Brazil was heavily affected by the heavy rain and resulting floods, since July 10, 2015. As of July 16, more than 30 000 people have been affected, 3 have died, over 70 people have been injured, over 600 people have been displaced and over 3 000 homes have

July 16, 2015

STEREO-A spacecraft returns data from the far side of the Sun

On July 11, 2015 we received our first images in over three months from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory Ahead spacecraft, or STEREO-A. Since March 24, 2015, STEREO-A has been on the far side of the sun, where it has had to operate in safe mode, collec

July 16, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 8 - 14, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from July 8 - 14, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Hakoneyama, Honshu (Japan) | Raung, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Sangeang Api, Indonesia |

July 16, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake registered off the coast of Barbados

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by USGS as M6.4 hit off the coast Barbados at 15:16 UTC on July 16, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 5.6 km (3.5 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.4 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 116 km

July 16, 2015

Mystery of equatorial noise solved

A team from MIT, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Sheffield, and elsewhere has detected a remarkably orderly pattern amid the "equatorial noise." The discovery may help scientists to more accurately model the space environment an

July 16, 2015

Heat wave in Japan leaves 5 people dead, 3 200 hospitalized

Monday, July 13, 2015 was the hottest day in Japan so far, this summer, with temperatures hitting 35 °C and above in over 120 meteorological observatories across the country. Five people died and at least 3 200 people were hospitalized due to the consequences of

July 16, 2015