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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

Record rainfall: Freak storm dumps 102 mm of rain in 1 hour, Norway

On Monday afternoon, July 13, 2015, a sudden storm hit the village of Ogndal, north of Trondheim in central Norway, dumping 102 mm (4.01 inches) of rain in just one hour. The storm was followed by heavy hail which left a layer of ice across the area. Government meteorol

July 15, 2015

State of emergency declared for eastern Kentucky: Severe flooding leaves 2 people dead

Heavy rainstorm between Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14, caused major flash flooding in the area of Eastern Kentucky. At least 150 homes have been damaged in Johnson County and about 60 houses in Rowan County while 19 000 people remain without electricity. At least

July 15, 2015

New Horizons accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto

New Horizons spacecraft phoned home around 01:00 UTC on July 15, 2015 telling the mission control and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto.The flyby began at 11:49 UTC on July 14 and the spacecraft has been instructed to spend the day gat

July 15, 2015

Landslide forces 350 people to evacuate, Guatemala

A landslide caused by recent heavy rainfall, has prompted authorities to evacuate 350 people in the province of Chinautla, Guatemala on Saturday morning, July 11.The landslide completely destroyed 10 houses and moderately damaged further 11, according to the country'

July 14, 2015

Cold snap breaks temperature records across New Zealand

Record-breaking low temperatures were measured by meteorological stations across New Zealand last week, following the outburst of cold weather conditions across the country.NIWA office reported record low temperatures have been measured in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Warkworth,

July 14, 2015

Helium leaking from the Earth's mantle in the Los Angeles Basin: The Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone much deeper than previously thought

Professor Jim Boles of the University of California, Santa Barbara's Department of Earth Science, and his team, have found proof of helium leakage from the Earth's mantle along the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. Discovery indicates the cu

July 14, 2015

Typhoon "Nangka" to make landfall on Shikoku island late July 16, Japan

Tropical depression which later became Super Typhoon "Nangka" was formed on July 3, 2015 north of Marshall Islands, North Pacific Ocean. By July 6 at 06:00 UTC, Nangka reached typhoon strength with maximum sustained winds of 129 km/h (80 mph) and was heading t

July 14, 2015

A week of heavy flooding leaves 27 people dead in India and Pakistan

Heavy rainfall has lashed several states across the northern and eastern India and Pakistan, in the last couple of days, causing floods and landslides. At least 19 people were reported dead by July 13, 2015, in northern India, and 8 in Pakistan.The River Kabul at Nowshe

July 13, 2015

An unusual outburst of cold weather hits northern Vietnam

Vietnam has been going through the hottest year in a decade, when an unusual grip of cold swept over the Sa Pa town on Monday morning, July 6, 2015.The sudden drop of temperatures, reaching 12.6°C (54.7°F), surprised both the locals and tourists in the province

July 13, 2015

Researchers find surprisingly high geothermal heating beneath West Antarctic Ice Sheet

According to a new study led by researchers at the University of California (US), Sanza Cruz have found that the amount of heat flowing toward the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from geothermal sources deep within the Earth is surprisingly high.The results of the

July 13, 2015

Evidence of the electromagnetic Sun - Earth connection

At the recent Thunderbolts Project EU2015 Conference: Paths of Discovery, Dr. Donald Scott presented new groundbreaking evidence of the electromagnetic connection between the Earth and the Sun.The electric universe theory states that the Sun is in essence an electrical

July 13, 2015

Tracking space weather for New Horizons

A few months before New Horizons was due to reach Pluto, a community of scientists came together to determine just what kind of a environment the mission would experience during its historic flyby.While the simulations aren't 100% conclusive, this first ever attempt

July 13, 2015

G1-Minor geomagnetic storm in progress

A G1-Minor geomagnetic storm is in progress as a result of coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) buffeting Earth's magnetic field.Effects from the CH HSS are expected to continue disrupting the solar wind environment for the rest of the July 13.By July 14,

July 13, 2015

Tropical Storm "Dolores" forms south of Acapulco, Mexico

A new tropical depression, FIVE-E, formed south of Mexico on Saturday, July 11, 2015 and strengthened into a tropical storm named Dolores on Sunday, July 12, 2015.As of 06:00 UTC on July 13, Dolores was located about 290 km (180 miles) south of Manzanillo, Mexico. Its m

July 13, 2015

Activity at Colima volcano intensifies, 12-km exclusion zone established, Mexico

Authorities have evacuated some 800 people living within a 12-km (7.4 miles) exclusion zone established around the Colima volcano due to increased volcanic activity and large amounts of ash being spewed from the crater since Thursday, July 9, 2015.Civil protection

July 12, 2015

Humanity rapidly depleting one third of Earth's largest aquifers

In two new studies led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), scientists mapped 37 of the world's largest underground basins using NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites and concludes that humanity is rapidly depleting one

July 12, 2015

New research links 2 000 years of data recorded in stalagmites to tropical storms, floods and El Niño events

Research team led by Rhawn Denniston, professor of geology at Cornell College, has applied a new research technique on the stalagmites in the Australian topics to create a 2 200 year long record of flood events. The new research might help to predict future climate chan

July 12, 2015

Study finds 70% decrease in the seabird population since 1950s

Compiling a global database of seabird population size records from English language literature, researchers at the University of British Columbia monitored 513 seabird populations (of total 3 213) and concluded that the monitored seabird populations of our world have d

July 11, 2015

Volcanic ash from Mount Raung continues disrupting flights, Indonesia

Indonesia's Raung volcano has been erupting continuously over the past week, and this has generated a significant ash cloud which will continue to disrupt flights around the islands of Bali and Lombok over the weekend (July 11 - 12, 2015).Based on notices from the U

July 11, 2015

China evacuates 865 000 people ahead of Typhoon "Chan-hom" landfall

Around 865 000 people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of Zhejiang province, China ahead of Typhoon "Chan-hom" landfall. The typhoon is expected to hit land Saturday afternoon between the coastal cities of Rui’an and Zhoushan, south of Shangha

July 11, 2015

Solar activity to fall by 60% during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the 17th century ‘mini ice age’

A new model of the Sun’s solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun’s 11-year heartbeat. Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60% during the 2030s to conditions last seen

July 11, 2015

Coronal hole high speed stream causing geomagnetic storming

During the late UTC hours of July 10, 2015, coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) hit Earth's magnetic field causing enhanced geomagnetic activity.Geomagnetic K-index of 5 threshold (G1-Minor geomagnetic storm) was first reached at 22:44 UTC. Area of impact was pr

July 11, 2015

Tropical Storm "Ela" - central Pacific's first named storm of the 2015 season

Tropical Depression 4E formed in the eastern Pacific ocean, crossed the 140 W longitude, which separates eastern from central Pacific Ocean, around 03:00 UTC on July 8 and entered the central Pacific Ocean. Early on July 9, this system became Tropical Storm

July 10, 2015

Sharks discovered living inside underwater volcano

Ocean engineer Brennan Phillips led a team to the remote Solomon Islands in search of hydrothermal activity. They found plenty of activity—including sharks in a submarine volcano. The main peak of the volcano, called Kavachi, was not erupting during their expediti

July 10, 2015

Istok crater on Mars hints at Earth-like climate

A new study of young Istok crater led by Tjalling de Haas of Utrecht University in the Netherlands reveals that Mars, a planet of paradoxes, may have had a climate that resembles that of our own in the recent past.Istok crater, located in the Aonia Terra region of Mars,

July 10, 2015

Our electrically scarred Moon

Half-a-century ago, at the height of the Cold War, the Space Race between two competing superpowers set mankind on an accelerated path toward placing a man on the Moon. In addition to its geopolitical significance, the Moon was central in the evolution of planetary scie

July 10, 2015

Devastating tornado sweeps northern Italy: 1 dead, 30 injured, hundreds displaced

An isolated supercell appeared near the province of Venice, Italy, on July 8, 2015, around 15:30 UTC, producing strong thunderstorm, hail and a violent tornado.A tornado touch-down happened between the towns of Mira, Dolo and Pianiga, and lasted about 10 minutes. It was

July 10, 2015

Category 4 Typhoon "Chan-hom" heading toward Shanghai, China

Powerful Typhoon "Chan-hom" passed between Miyakojima and Okinawa islands, Japan late July 9 and early July 10 (UTC) packing winds of up to 222 km/h (138 mph). This made Chan-hom a Category 4 typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. Chan-hom is expected to hi

July 10, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by USGS as M6.7 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) hit off the coast of Solomon Islands at 04:12 UTC on July 10, 2015. Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp 6.8 at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw 6.8 at a d

July 10, 2015

Shanghai records lowest average July temperature in 142 years, China

On Monday, July 6, 2015, Shanghai recorded the lowest average July temperature in the last 142 years. The maximum temperature of the day was 21.2 °C (70.1 °F), averaging on 18.9 °C (66.0 °F), which is the lowest average temperature measured in Shanghai s

July 10, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 1 - 7, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from July 1 - 7, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fuego, Guatemala | Hakoneyama, Honshu (Japan) | Raung, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Sangeang Api, Indonesi

July 09, 2015

South eastern Australia expects drop in temperatures and snow for the weekend

An outburst of cold weather is expected to hit New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania over the weekend starting on Saturday, July 11. The temperatures are forecast to hover around 0ºC (32ºF) and below, as a series of cold fronts is beginning to move over Austr

July 09, 2015

The worst drought in a decade continues in Thailand: Bangkok in danger of severe water shortage

Severe drought conditions in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok have drained water supplies since June 2015, and the city is now in danger of running out of drinking water in the next 30 days. The reservoirs of tap water are running low, severely affecting the

July 09, 2015

Tropical Storm "Linfa" makes landfall in southern China

Tropical Storm "Linfa" hit the province of Guangdong, southern China bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 126 km/h (78.3 mph) around 03:00 UTC on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Linfa is the first of two large storms forecast to hit China this week. Typhoon "Ch

July 09, 2015