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An intense tornado touch down in central Florida, US

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed a tornado touch down event in Coconut Creek, Florida. The twister swept the area on January 27, 2016, according to media reports. Two people sustained injuries. Video credit: CBSN An intense storm brought heavy rainfalls...

January 28, 2016

El Misti volcano officially confirmed awake, Peru

New studies conducted by the Southern Volcano Observatory (OVS) show the El Misti volcano in Arequipa, Peru, is awake and emitting gases, not asleep as previously thought. Its activity is not a cause for alarm, though, as there are no signs of hazardous eruption at...

January 28, 2016

Very bright fireball blasts across the day skies of South Florida and Georgia, US

An extremely bright daylight fireball blazed across the skies of South Georgia and Florida, US, on January 24, 2016. The American Meteorite Society (AMS) stated the event was a meteorite fall. The fireball appeared approximately at 15:25 UTC (10:25 ET) and more than...

January 27, 2016

Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides hit Nariño, Colombia

Heavy rainfalls that have been battering western Colombia since January 25, 2016, have caused severe floods and landslides in the Nariño region, on the border with Ecuador, Colombia Civil Defense reported. At least 8 provinces in the area reported flooding. ...

January 27, 2016

Intense storms cause sinkholes to form in Santa Cruz, California

The stormy weather brought huge tides to Santa Cruz County in California over the last three months, causing two sections of the coast to crush. Some of the swells that hit the coastline last week were between 2.7 and 4.6 m (9 and 15 foot) high, according to media...

January 27, 2016

Remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" bring coastal flooding and strong winds to parts of Ireland

The remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" which wreaked havoc across the US East Coast have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and slammed into Ireland on January 26, 2016. The strong Atlantic low brought rainstorms accompanied with strong gales and caused coastal...

January 26, 2016

Akhtarma-Pashali mud-volcano, one of the largest in Azerbaijan, erupts

Akhtarma-Pashali mud volcano in Hajigabul district, one of the largest in Azerbaijan erupted on January 25, 2016. The eruption started at 23:00 UTC (03:00 local time on January 26) and lasted until the morning. The heights of the volcano were between 30 and 35 m...

January 26, 2016

Another landslide hits the jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar

Another landslide hit the Hpakant jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar on January 25, 2016. The number of missing people is not known yet, and local authorities are currently engaged in a search and rescue operation in the area. The latest landslide is...

January 26, 2016

Live stream: Popocatépetl volcano erupts in a series of explosions, further ashfall expected

The Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico, erupted in a series of explosions on January 25, 2016, following a couple of days of heightened activity, Mexico's Center for Natural Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) reported. Ashfall has been reported in Puebla city,...

January 26, 2016

Large and growing earth crack causes severe damage to Aponte, Colombia

A giant earth crack in the Aponte village in Nariño, Colombia has caused huge damage to local roads and houses and affected at least 210 families so far. The crack in the earth is an unexplained geological phenomenon which first occurred in the area in early...

January 26, 2016

A drone firefighter scout to fight fires in extreme indoor conditions

A group of scientists, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), have developed a scout firefighter drone, capable of fighting fires in difficult to reach, high places. The drone can also locate the fire source and people trapped inside,...

January 26, 2016

Blizzard 2016 claims at least 30 lives across the US East Coast

Although the massive Winter Storm "Jonas", that was battering the US East Coast since January 23, 2016, is now over, its effects are still felt. Some areas are still buried under large amounts of snow, and residents are unable to leave their homes. At...

January 25, 2016

Zika virus spreads to Americas, 3 cases reported in the UK

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus first isolated from a monkey in Zika Forest, Uganda in 1947, spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on January 23, 2016. The virus will continue to spread and probably reach...

January 25, 2016

Extremely cold air mass brings heavy snowfall to Japan, China and Taiwan

An extremely cold weather system brought chilly temperatures and record amounts of snowfall across parts of China, Taiwan and Japan over the weekend of January 23, 2016. 2 people died and Japan and 85 in Taiwan due to severe weather conditions. Record-breaking...

January 25, 2016

Very shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Morocco

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.2 hit near the coast of Morocco at 04:22 UTC on January 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (62 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at the same depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

January 25, 2016

Recent discoveries provided more decisive evidence for the magnetic structure of matter

Since the beginning of the space age, many observations sharply contradict the theories of a gravity-dominated Cosmos, yet recent observations have created even larger holes in those theories. Now it is impossible to cover these holes with any theoretical solution,...

January 24, 2016

Very strong M7.1 earthquake hits near Anchor Point, Alaska, US

A very strong earthquake, registered by the USGS as M7.1, hit near Anchor Point, Alaska, US at 10:27 UTC on January 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 127.8 km (79.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the USGS,...

January 24, 2016

The case of the missing electrons

A new scientific study has proposed a new hypothesis for a long-standing mystery in atmospheric science. For many years, scientists have wondered why the concentration of electrons in Earth’s atmosphere suddenly drops in a region dozens of miles above the...

January 24, 2016

Major to historic winter storm impacts the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US

A major winter storm, known as Winter Storm "Jonas" and Blizzard 2016, hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, US, with heavy snowfall, blizzard and high winds on the morning of January 23, 2016. 9 people died so far in the weather-related incidents across the...

January 23, 2016

Severe thunderstorm batters parts of Australia

A severe thunderstorm accompanied with heavy rainfall hit parts of South Australia and New South Wales on the afternoon of January 22, 2016. One person died after being struck by a lightning and residents have been warned on remain on high alert. Severe weather...

January 22, 2016

90% of China suffers extremely cold conditions

An intense spell of cold weather wrapped north and east China over the last week. Temperatures have dropped to the lowest point in the last 30 years, according to media reports. Extremely cold and frosty conditions have hit 90% of China. In Harbin, the northern...

January 22, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Corentin" forms in the central Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Corentin" formed south of Diego Garcia in the central Indian Ocean on January 21, 2016. The system is currently intensifying and will reach the Category 2 hurricane status over the next two days. It is expected to remain away from the...

January 22, 2016

Polygonal patterns on Mars

The HiRISE Camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an intriguing image of polygonal patterns within a crater at the Martian north pole. A Space.com report states of these features: “The entire crater is around 5 km (3 miles) across...

January 22, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake registered off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico

A strong and shallow earthquake registered as M6.6 by the USGS hit off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico at 18:06 UTC on January 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). According to the...

January 21, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 13 - 19, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from January 13 - 19, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Egon, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Masaya, Nicaragua | Nevados de Chillán, Chile | San...

January 21, 2016

NASA’s Van Allen Probes broaden view on the shape of Van Allen Belts

NASA's Van Allen Probes enabled the scientists to gather a more precise picture of the structure of Van Allen Belts that shield our planet from the solar radiation. New research shows their shape varies depending on the energy of charged particles constituting...

January 21, 2016

Winter Storm "Jonas" to hit the US East Coast with heavy snowfall and strong winds, coastal flooding possible

Winter Storm "Jonas" is expected to hit parts of the US East Coast on January 22, 2016. The storm will continue throughout the coming weekend, bringing heavy snowfall and major ice accumulations accompanied with strong winds. Coastal flooding along some...

January 21, 2016

High Definition Earth Viewing - Earth from the ISS

The Earth, our greatest treasure the blue pearl of the universe seen from heavens. These beautiful time lapse videos are taken from the International Space Station. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It...

January 21, 2016

Planet Nine: Caltech researchers announce evidence of a giant new Solar System planet on a highly elongated orbit

Two Caltech researchers have announced today, January 20, 2016, they have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times...

January 20, 2016

2015 - the warmest year in recorded history, NASA/NOAA

Two independent analysis conducted by NASA and NOAA showed that 2015 is the warmest year since 1880 when modern temperature recording began. A previous record was held by 2014, and globally-averaged Earth's surface temperatures in 2015 are estimated higher by...

January 20, 2016

Prolonged CME effects spark G1 Minor geomagnetic storm

Prolonged effects of a partial-halo CME impact, produced by the filament eruption just of center disk late on January 14, 2016, is causing a G1 Minor geomagnetic storm on January 20, 2016. The CME reached our planet just before 21:00 UTC on January 18. Geomagnetic...

January 20, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Qinghai, China

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) as M6.4 hit Qinghai, China at 17:13 UTC on January 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9, EMSC M6.2 at the same depth. According to...

January 20, 2016

New class of atmospheric waves, producing strong temperature ripples, discovered over Antarctica

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder discovered a new class of mesospheric waves by observing the high parts of the atmosphere over Antarctica. These waves seem to send constant ripples through the Earth's atmosphere and probably affect high-level...

January 20, 2016

Carbon emissions from Earth's interior quantified

A team of scientists, led by the researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM), has studied carbon emissions through fault systems in the East African Rift (EAR). The goal of the research was to gain a better understanding of carbon emissions from the interior...

January 20, 2016

High-level activity of Mount Egon prompts thousands to evacuate, Indonesia

A high-level activity of Mount Egon caused over 1 200 people to evacuate from local three villages in the eastern Flores Island, Indonesia on the morning of January 17, 2016 (local time). The eruption status was raised to high alert, and more evacuations might be...

January 20, 2016