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Cotopaxi volcano erupts for the first time since 1940, Ecuador

After an increase in seismicity since mid-April 2015, Ecuadorian volcano Cotopaxi finally erupted on August 14, 2015, for the first time since 1940. There were at least three eruptions registered on August 14, the first at 09:30, second at 15:15 UTC and third at 19:10

August 15, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G3 (Strong) levels in progress, extreme conditions possible

During the last 24 hours, solar wind parameters, measured by the ACE spacecraft, were indicative of background solar wind conditions until 07:45 UTC on August 15, when a sudden impulse occurred due to the arrival of a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a

August 15, 2015

Very shallow M6.6 earthquake registered in Solomon Islands

Strong and very shallow earthquake registered as M6.6 (Geoscience Australia) hit Solomon Islands at 07:47 UTC on August 15, 2015. Geoscience Australia is reporting depth of 0 km. USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 6.3 km (3.9 miles).This is the third quake to hit Solo

August 15, 2015

First Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert system (ATLAS) fully operational

The first Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope is now in operation on Haleakala volcano, on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The telescope is a part of an asteroid impact early system project that was developed by the University of Hawai'i and

August 15, 2015

Hot and humid summer in Egypt: Heat wave claims 87 lives, 1 205 people hospitalized

Another 11 people died on August 13, as the heat wave in Egypt intensified it's grip during the last couple of days. The death toll now rose to 87, Egypt's health ministry reports.The heat wave that was sweeping the countries of Middle East since last July, has

August 14, 2015

Scientists create the world's first digital map of the seafloor's geology

The composition of the seabed, which covers 70% of the Earth's surface, has been mapped for the first time after 40 years. The research team from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences has created the world's first digital map of the seabed's g

August 14, 2015

Gemini discovers a young, Jupiter-like planet

Astronomers have imaged a new world of a young Jupiter in unprecedented details, using the Gemini Observatory's new Planet Imager (GPI). They discovered the planet's mass is about twice the Jupiter's, and it seems the planet is the most Solar System-like pla

August 14, 2015

Two new tropical cyclones developing in the Northwest Pacific Basin, Saipan on alert again

With deadly Super Typhoon "Soudelor" - the strongest tropical cyclone this year - still fresh in our minds, two new tropical cyclones are forming in the Northwest Pacific Basin and are expected to become typhoons in the days ahead - Goni and Atsani.The first

August 14, 2015

Heat wave setting new historic record over Europe, relief expected early next week

Second persistent heat wave of the summer season has set more temperature records in parts of Europe, during last week. Poland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Belarus and Lithuania reported new all-time records, while the hot conditions are forecasted to last across mo

August 13, 2015

Violent storms sweep southern Italy: Flash-floods kill two people, 500 evacuated

A state of emergency was declared across Calabria in southern Italy, after the violent storm outbreak caused flash floods across the area on August 12, 2015. Severe weather has caused the traffic shut-down in the affected areas, and building evacuation, as about 40 000

August 13, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: August 5 - 11, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from August 5 - 11, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 9 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Neva

August 13, 2015

UNH scientists provide new tools for predicting arrival and impact of solar storms

When the Sun hurls a billion tons of high-energy particles and magnetic fields into space at speeds of more than a million miles per hour and the “space weather” conditions are right, the resulting geomagnetic storm at Earth can wreak havoc on communication

August 13, 2015

Powerful outburst event observed at Comet 67P two weeks before the perihelion

On July 29, 2015, Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera captured images showing a dramatic outburst at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, registered by several of its instruments from their vantage point 186 km (115 miles) from the comet.As forecasted, the comet reaches

August 13, 2015

Very shallow M6.7 earthquake registered off the coast of Solomon Islands

A strong and very shallow earthquake registered as M6.7 by Geoscience Australia (preliminary data) hit off the coast of Solomon Islands at 18:49 UTC on August 12, 2015. The agency is reporting a very shallow depth of 1 km (0.62 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth

August 12, 2015

3 million gallons of toxic wastewater spreading toward Lake Powell, state of emergency declared

The Navajo Nation and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared a state of emergency on Monday, August 10, after EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) officially confirmed that 11 356 235 liters (3 million gallons) of toxic mining sludge from a mine in southwest

August 12, 2015

More than 11 000 people evacuated, and 3 dead, in floods across the Buenos Aires province, Argentina

Over 11 000 people had been evacuated and 3 died, across the 39 municipalities of Buenos Aires province, until August 12, as severe rainfall and flooding hit the area, according to the local media.Salto, in the north of Buenos Aires was affected the hardest, as flood wa

August 12, 2015

Underwater volcanic vents preview future ocean habitats

An underwater study of fish in their natural environment, first of its kind, by University of Adelaide marine ecologists, shows how anticipated ocean acidification may devastate temperate marine habitats and biodiversity.Oceans have already absorbed a large volume of

August 12, 2015

Biodiversity research in Hawai'i shows the Earth is facing it's 'sixth mass extinction'

The extinction crisis in Hawai'i, which has even been labeled as the "extinction capital of the world" has been the research focus of the international team of scientists from the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) of the University of Hawai'i

August 12, 2015

Earthquake swarm in far northwest Nevada continues

The earthquake activity that began in July 2014 in the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in far northwest Nevada is continuing to shake residents, University of Nevada, Reno reports. Their seismologists are monitoring the on-going activity that includes three earthquakes larger t

August 12, 2015

Odds keep rising for a big El Niño in 2015

El Niño has arrived, it’s getting stronger, and it’s not about to go away soon. And already there are rumblings that this could be a big one. El Niño in Australia means warmer temperatures, and sometimes, but not always, drier conditions.In

August 11, 2015

Heavy rains and strong winds batter Chile leaving 5 people dead and 1 000 evacuated

Heavy rainfall and strong winds have battered the northern cities of Santiago and Ocotillo, Chile, during the weekend starting on August 8. The Chilean government has declared the state of emergency in response to the storm. 5 people died in flood related incidents, 1 0

August 11, 2015

Colorado river is collapsing 'sooner than anyone thought'

Water resource experts have known for many years that current use of the Colorado River is not sustainable. Sixteen years of drought have made it clear that the river is overtaxed, and cannot indefinitely meet the demands of agriculture, hydroelectric generation, recrea

August 11, 2015

Perseid meteor shower: year's greatest meteor show peaks on August 12 and 13

The peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower is just around the corner, forecasted during the overnight hours of August 12 and 13 in the absence of any or much moonlight.Perseids originate in Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862 by Lewis Swift and

August 11, 2015

Hong Kong reports the hottest day in the last 130 years

The hottest day in the last 130 years was reported in Hong Kong on Saturday, August 8, 2015 when the temperatures rose up to 37.8 ºC (100 ºF) under the influence of Typhoon "Soudelor".The daily maximum temperature hit 36.3 ºC (97.3 ºF) in t

August 11, 2015

Soudelor ravages regions of Taiwan and China leaving at least 21 people dead

The landfall of Typhoon "Soudelor", the strongest tropical cyclone on Earth in 2015, severely affected the regions of Taiwan and China on August 8, 2015. Heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and a storm surge have ravaged the area, leaving at least 21 people dead

August 10, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered as M6.9 by USGS hit Solomon Islands at 04:12 UTC on August 10, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 0 km.According to the USGS, epicenter was located 186

August 10, 2015

Fascinating world of Ceres with its mysterious bright spots and a pyramid-shaped mountain

Dwarf planet Ceres continues to fascinate scientists with it’s pyramid like mountain and bright spots on its surface. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, the first probe to reach this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015, continues to return images and other data of this

August 10, 2015

The largest structure of the observable universe found - a ring of galaxies five million light years across

A Hungarian-US team of astronomers have found what may be the largest structure in the observable universe, a circular ring of nine gamma ray bursts and hence nine galaxies that stretches five billion light years across.Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most luminous

August 10, 2015

Antarctica may hold the key to regulating mining in space

Our current era may go down in history as the century of space exploration and off-Earth resource exploitation. But there are still considerable policy hurdles to overcome in terms of how we regulate such activities.As we turn our eyes to the skies, we should also look

August 10, 2015

Scientists shed a new light on the Gorkha 2015 earthquake: the methods used in predicting the shaking and resulting damage could be used for earthquakes elsewhere

Caltech team, in collaboration with the Department of Mines and Geology of Nepal studied the Himalayas mountain for over 20 years, to learn about mountain-building and earthquake triggering processes. For the purpose of monitoring the rhythm of Earth's crust, the re

August 09, 2015

Deadly Typhoon "Soudelor" destroys Saipan, hits Taiwan with gale force winds and extremely heavy rainfall, makes final landfall in southeast China

Typhoon Soudelor, the fifth super typhoon and the strongest tropical cyclone of the year so far, made landfall over central Taiwan late UTC on Friday, August 7, 2015, just north of the city of Hualien, with estimated wind speeds of 200 km/h (125 mph) - Category 3

August 08, 2015

CERN scientists developping magnetic shield for astronauts’ protection against cosmic rays

A team at CERN is working with the European Space Radiation Superconducting Shield (SR2S) project to develop a superconducting magnet that could guard astronauts against cosmic radiation during deep-space missions.For deep space missions to be safe, we need to find out

August 08, 2015

Ancient flood volcanoes might have influenced climate to a great extent

Lori Glaze of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and her team developed a computer model to calculate whether the plume of ash and gas above a large fire-fountain volcano could have reached stratosphere to alter the climate and the result was

August 08, 2015

Rosetta's one year at the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

With comet 67P’s closest approach to the Sun less than one week away, ESA’s unmanned spacecraft Rosetta celebrated one year at the comet on August 6, 2015.After a 10-year chase spanning more than 6.4 billion km (4 billion miles) across the Solar System, the

August 08, 2015

Heavy flooding across West Africa: 8 people dead and 19 779 affected in Burkina Faso

Severe rainstorm accompanied with strong winds has affected several regions across Burkina Faso in West Africa, as of August 2, 2015. At least 8 people died, 54 have been reported injured and 19 779 people have been affected by the floods.The regions of Ouahadougou and

August 08, 2015