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New trigger for sudden volcanic eruptions identified

A team of scientists have suggested that a rapid formation of bubbles in magma could trigger sudden volcano eruptions with no prior warning. The explanation holds the potential to change the approach to monitoring active and dormant volcanoes across the globe. The...

February 09, 2016

Radioactive spill at the nuclear plant site in New York, US

The Indian Point nuclear plant in New York reported a radioactive spill that began on February 5, 2016. Since then, groundwater tests conducted directly at the plant site showed a 65 000% increase in radioactivity, media reported. The water leak happened when a...

February 09, 2016

Thousands displaced by severe floods in Malaysia

Severe floods, resulting from torrential downpours over the last 4 days, have hit the states of Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak in Malaysia. Two deaths have been reported so far, and at least 1 600 people have been displaced. Disaster management...

February 09, 2016

Satellites observe Lake Poopó evaporate, Bolivia

ESA's Proba-V satellite and NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 have collected series of images of Lake Poopó, once the second largest lake in Bolivia, declared fully evaporated in December 2015. Proba-V is a small ESA's satellite...

February 09, 2016

Persistent droughts and heightened risk of floods in southern Africa

Continuous lack of rainfall since October 2015 caused a severe drought across the affected portions of southern Africa while persistent heavy precipitation in other areas continues to threaten with flooding, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)...

February 08, 2016

Large sinkhole almost swallows a family in Peru

A large sinkhole almost swallowed an entire car with a three-member family in the northwestern Trujilo city in Peru, on February 4, 2016. The 5-m (16.4 feet) void opened up underneath the family car as they were driving along a road, media reported. The locals...

February 08, 2016

Very strong M6.8 earthquake hit near the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G.

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.8 hit near the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G. at 16:19 UTC on February 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 33.0 km...

February 08, 2016

Southern Britain hit by Storm "Imogen"

Storm "Imogen" hit southern Britain with heavy rainfall and strong winds on February 8, 2016. Thousands of households reported power loss across the affected areas, and major traffic disruptions and delays are in place. The Met Office has issued an amber...

February 08, 2016

Fatal flooding and landslides hit Indonesia

Heavy rainfalls, continuously lashing parts of Indonesia since February 5, 2016 has now triggered flooding and landslides across the affected areas. 9 people have been reported dead so far, and 4 missing while 4 000 people have been evacuated from their homes....

February 08, 2016

Storm "Imogen" to bring very strong winds to southern Britain

UK Met Office warns a low pressure system, named Storm "Imogen," will bring some very strong winds across the southern parts of Britain on Monday, February 8, as it moves eastward. Imogen follows Storm "Henry," which ran close to the north of...

February 07, 2016

Yes, humans really are causing earthquakes

The central United States is experiencing an unprecedented surge in earthquakes that began in 2009, rising from an average of 21 magnitude 3 and larger quakes to over 650 in 2014 alone. This increased earthquake activity is found in just a few concentrated regions...

February 07, 2016

High-level eruption of Soputan volcano, Indonesia

A high-level eruption occurred at Indonesian Soputan volcano (North Sulawesi) around 10:15 UTC on February 6, 2016. Aviation color code was set to Red. The peak of the volcano was not visible due to clouds and fog. According to the Darwin VAAC report issued 10:45...

February 06, 2016

Second sinkhole opens along the Beach Boulevard, California

A second sinkhole opened along the promenade of Beach Boulevard, Pacifica in California, US, local authorities reported on February 4, 2016. The new void, located near the intersection of Paloma Avenue, is 7.6 m (25 feet) long, 0.9 m (3 feet) wide and 1.2 m (4 feet)...

February 06, 2016

Destructive M6.7 earthquake hit southern Taiwan

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the CENC as M6.7 hit southern Taiwan at 19:57 UTC on February 5, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 23 km (14.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth...

February 05, 2016

Sakurajima volcano eruption level intensifies to moderately strong

A moderately strong explosive eruption was observed from the Showa crater of Sakurajima volcano, 50 km from the Sendai nuclear station in Japan on February 5, 2016. An ash plume rose to approximately 3 km (10 000 feet) altitude. The explosive eruption occurred at...

February 05, 2016

Ozone hole behind colorful nacreous clouds over the UK and Ireland

Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) are appearing over the United Kingdom and Ireland since January 31, 2016. An extremely rare occurrence for this area, usually restricted to the Arctic Circle, has been photographed by numerous skywatchers. According to experts, the...

February 05, 2016

China publishes new high-quality images of the Moon's surface

The China National Space Administration has published hundreds of previously unseen high-quality images, videos and scientific data of the Moon. The information was gathered by the Chang'e-3 lunar rover and is now available to anyone who is interested in it. ...

February 05, 2016