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Major solar flare reaching X2.7 erupts from Region 2339, CME produced

An impulsive, major solar flare reaching X2.7 erupted at 22:11 UTC on May 5, 2015 producing R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout. The event started at 22:05 and ended at 22:15 UTC. The source of this powerful eruption was old Region 2322, now numbered as 2339 and located on the n

May 05, 2015

Severe weather warning in place for northern and central Tasmania

Eastward cold front in combination with a deep low pressure system is expected to bring rough weather to the state of Tasmania, over the coming days.Severe weather warning has been issued for northern and central Tasmania. UBIMET meteorology company expects the wind spe

May 05, 2015

Solar activity uptick - M1.9 solar flare erupts from the northeast limb (+ M1.2, M1.3, M2.6 and X2.7)

An impulsive solar flare measuring M1.9 at its peak time erupted at 09:47 UTC on May 5, 2015 from old Region 2322. This region is emerging from the northeast limb for its second transit through the Earth side of the Sun, and is now known as Region 2339. The event starte

May 05, 2015

Landslide in Langtang Valley, Nepal

The small village of Langtang, which was located along a popular trekking route near the base of Mount Langtang, was completely buried by ice and rocks shaken loose by devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. At least 200 people died in this disaster.

May 05, 2015

Australian tropical cyclone season officially closes

The Australian 2014-15 tropical cyclone season has officially ended. Seven tropical cyclones formed or moved into the Australian region, with four making landfall on the Australian continent. Seven tropical cyclones in the Australian region is below the long-term averag

May 05, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake measured by Geoscience Australia as M7.4 at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 01:44 UTC on May 5, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M7.5 at a depth of 42 km (26.1 miles). According to Geoscience Australia, th

May 05, 2015

Western Australia isn't as tectonically stable as previously thought

An analysis of Western Australia's coastline suggest its landscape isn't as tectonically stable as previously thought. University of Western Australia geohazards researcher Beau Whitney says tectonic movement in Australia is generally assumed to be so low that

May 04, 2015

Catastrophic California drought causing infestation wave of rodents looking for water

As California's climate fades to desert, rats are coming out of their hiding places in search of water. They are coming out to parks to steal water from dog bowls and attacking horse troughs in desperate need of something to drink. They are finding new ways into hom

May 04, 2015

NIWA studies spectacular seabed methane gas flares off the coast of Gisborne, New Zealand

A team of scientists aboard NIWA’s deepwater research vessel Tangaroa returned to Wellington on May 1, 2015 with new knowledge about methane ‘leaking’ into the atmosphere.The 11-strong science team led by marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy has been

May 04, 2015

Large ocean swell hits Pacific coast of Central and South America

Strong waves are lashing the Pacific coast from Mexico to Chile since May 2, 2015. According to media reports, at least three people were killed, one is missing and hundreds had to evacuate from the coastline.One person was swept away in Panama by strong waves that prom

May 04, 2015

Tropical Storm "Noul" nears Yap, Western Pacific Ocean

Tropical Storm "Noul" formed in the Western Pacific Ocean on May 4, 2015 and is heading toward Yap Island, Micronesia. The system is expected to significantly intensify over the coming days.According to JTWC's warning issued 03:00 UTC today, Tropical Storm

May 04, 2015

Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand

A shallow earthquake registered by New Zealand's GEONET as M5.8 at a depth of 4 km (2.8 miles) hit South Island, New Zealand at 02:29 UTC on May 4, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M5.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located about 30 km (19 miles

May 04, 2015

Is the universe a hologram?

Describing the universe requires fewer dimensions than we might think. New calculations show that this may not just be a mathematical trick, but a fundamental feature of space itself. At first glance, there is not the slightest doubt: to us, the universe looks three dim

May 03, 2015

Fusion power can save the planet

An open letter to researchers of nuclear fusion I would like to inform you that according to my understanding nuclear fusion power cannot be achieved based on the current theory. I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that the current solar theory is wrong. Therefore, no mat

May 03, 2015

The end of peak oil? Audi invents way to create crude fossil fuels from mixture of air and water

German automaker Audi says it has developed a process for making diesel fuel out of nothing but water and carbon dioxide, laying the groundwork for a green, carbon-neutral fuel.Audi calls the diesel produced by the new process "e-diesel" and is trumpeting it a

May 03, 2015

Deadly floods hit Queensland - 277 mm of rain in 3 hours, Australia

Queensland felt the full force of the East Coast low on Friday afternoon (local time), May 1, 2015 as the system moved south over the NSW Northern Rivers and Mid North Coasts. Five people have died after being swept away by flood waters. All of them were in vehicles at

May 02, 2015

Bulusan volcano produces steam and ash explosion, Philippines

Bulusan volcano produced a steam and ash explosion at 00:09 UTC today (08:09 local time) which lasted for 5 minutes based on seismic records,​ Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reports. The last eruptive phase of this volcano started on

May 01, 2015

Night sky guide for May 2015

If not for the nearly full moon spoiling the party, southern hemisphere observers would be in for a special treat when above average meteor shower - Eta Aquarids - peaks on the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6. This meteor shower is capable of producing up to 60

May 01, 2015

Second very strong M7.1 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea within 24 hours

A very strong and shallow earthquake recorded by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 08:06 UTC on May 1, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M6.8 (lowered from initial M7.1) at a depth of 57.0 km (35.4 mil

May 01, 2015

Another strong explosive eruption of Calbuco volcano, Chile

After last week's major eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano and a gradual decrease in activity, another strong eruption occured around 16:10 UTC today. This is a third eruption of this volcano since it came back to life on April 22, 2015, after 43 years of

April 30, 2015

MESSENGER mission ends with planned impact on Mercury's surface

NASA's Mercury exploration mission "MESSENGER" ended on Thursday, April 30, 2015 with a planned impact into Mercury's surface at 19:26 UTC. MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft impacted "Shakespeare&

April 30, 2015

Satellite imagery shows Nepal earthquake displacement

A devastating earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 claiming over 5 500 lives and affecting millions of people. China Earthquake Networks Center, the closest advanced seismic network, recorded it as M8.1 at a shallow depth of 20 km while USGS recorded it as M7.8 at a d

April 30, 2015

Discovered deep under Antarctic surface: Extensive, salty aquifer and potentially vast microbial habitat

Using a novel, helicopter-borne sensor to penetrate the surface of large swathes of terrain, a team of researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has gathered compelling evidence that beneath Antarctica's ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys lies a salty

April 30, 2015

Very strong M7.1 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake recorded by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 10:45 UTC on April 30, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M6.8 at a depth of 60.1 km (37.4 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter wa

April 30, 2015

Kilauea activity update: Lava flows on the floor of Halema'uma'u Crater, Hawaii

Beginning at about 07:40 UTC on April 29, 2015, the Overlook crater lava lake overflowed its rim on several occasions, sending short, lobate sheets of pāhoehoe as far as 130 m (142 yds) across the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, HVO reported in their information statem

April 30, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Quang" forms in the Southern Indian Ocean, heading toward Australia

The tropical low pressure area formerly known by JTWC as System 98S has organized and developed on April 29, 2015 into Tropical Cyclone "Quang" in the Southern Indian Ocean. Quang is now a major, Category IV, cyclone which is expected to significantly weaken o

April 30, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 22 - 28, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from April 22 - 28, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 26 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Calbuco, Chile | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Sinabung, Ind

April 30, 2015

Tracking the SO2 emission from Calbuco eruption

Ash and pumice particles were lofted high into the atmosphere after an explosive eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano on April 22, 2015 and the debris has been darkening skies and burying parts of Chile, Argentina, and South America for nearly a week. Along with 210

April 29, 2015

3D Earth observations from space

Results from a recent field campaign, which was organised to help investigate the potential of a new Earth observation mission concept, have provided a unique 3D glimpse of the peaks and troughs under the Mittelbergferner glacier in the Austrian Alps, ESA reports today.

April 29, 2015

Deadly landslide wipes out Jaryo Bala village in northeastern Afghanistan

Almost a year after a massive landslide buried the village of Hobo Barik in northeastern Badakshan province killing an unknown number of people (between 350 and 2 700), another deadly landslide hit the same province on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.Initial reports suggest onl

April 29, 2015

Large solar filament erupts from the northeast quadrant

A large solar filament located in the northeast quadrant erupted around 14:00 UTC on April 28, 2015 sending a bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space.CME is visible in latest SOHO LASCO C2 imagery and it appears directed away from our planet.Image credit: ESA/NASA

April 28, 2015

Strong and deep M6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Ndoi Island, Fiji

A strong and deep earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.1 at a depth of 631 km (380 miles) hit off the coast of Ndoi Island, Fiji at 16:39 UTC on April 28, 2015. USGS is reporting this earthquake as M6.2 at a depth of 579.2 km (359.9 miles).According to th

April 28, 2015

Lava lake rises at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano

The summit of Kīlauea volcano continues to inflate, and the summit lava lake rose to within about 2 meters (~7 feet) of the Overlook crater rim on Monday, April 27, 2015, according to Kilauea activity report issued by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) yesterday. This

April 28, 2015

Large fireball observed over UK on April 26, 2015

A large fireball has been observed over the United Kingdom around 21:10 UTC on April 26, 2015. "The first image came from Graham Roche, and it looks like a very large fireball, could be around -10 magnitude or even brighter," the United Kingdom Meteor Observat

April 28, 2015

Land rises 10 meters out of the sea in Hokkaido, Japan

A 300 meters wide strip of land has risen as high as 10 to 15 meters above the sea level at the town of Rausu, Hokkaido island, Japan, officials said on Monday, April 27, 2015. Media reports say the rise started slowly on the morning of April 24 (local time) and then ra

April 28, 2015