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Scientists warn: Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan

According to a new study by Kobe University earth scientists, Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century. The experts said they analyzed the scale and frequency of volcanic eruptions in the archipelago nation over the past 120

October 29, 2014

World is losing 2 000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France. Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value/year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing popu

October 28, 2014

Lava flow from Kilauea approaching residential properties, Hawaii

Hawaiian Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone with elevated gas emissions. Currently, the June 27th lava flow is advancing northeast between Apa`a St/Cemetery Rd and Pāhoa Village Road. As of 02:30 UTC today (16:30 local time on Octo

October 28, 2014

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Ana" affecting British Columbia, Canada

After spinning just south south of Hawaii on October 17, producing high waves along some shorelines and prompting flood advisories what was left of Tropical Storm "Ana" hit British Columbia, Canada on Monday, October 27, 2014.Consequently, southeast winds were

October 28, 2014

M6.1 earthquake registered near Hihifo, Tonga

A strong earthquake measuring M6.1 on the Richter scale was registered in Tonga region on October 28, 2014 at 03:15 UTC (15:15 local time). USGS reports depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). Geoscience Australia preliminary report mentions M6.0 quake.Epicenter was located 129 km

October 28, 2014

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" intensifies in Arabian Sea, aims Pakistan and India

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" continues to intensify in Arabian Sea and is now a Category 2 storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 168 km/h (105 mph) with gusts up to 204 km/h (127 mph). It is currently moving north-northwestward at speed of 11 km/h (7

October 28, 2014

Sixth major solar flare from Region 2192 - X2.0 on October 27, 2014

Region 2192, now located near the southwest limb, unleashed its sixth X-class solar flare since it became fully apparent on the solar disk on October 18, 2014. The latest in series of its major eruptions is X2.0 solar flare on October 27. This latest event started at 14

October 27, 2014

Sao Paulo running out of water as intense drought continues in Brazil

Brazil’s Public Ministry acknowledged that the Sao Paulo water supply might only last another 100 days as drought conditions continue. The city with more than 20 million people is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years. The most intense drought

October 27, 2014

Kilauea's lava flow crossed Apaʻa Street, residents of Pāhoa ready for evacuation, Hawaii

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reports that the June 27th lava flow remains active and has moved downslope at a higher rate in the past few days (240 m, or 260 yd, per day). The flow front crossed Apa‘a Street at approximately 13:50 UTC on Saturday, October 25

October 26, 2014

Fifth X-class solar flare erupts from Region 2192 - X2.0 on October 26, 2014

The largest and most interesting active region of the current solar cycle - Region 2192 ('beta-gamma-delta") - erupted on October 26, 2014 with its fifth X-class solar flare since it rotated into Earth view. The event started at 10:04, peaked at 10:56 as X2.0 a

October 26, 2014

Impossible "neutron star" shatters theory

What is a neutron star? Astronomers tell us that these tiny yet massively dense objects form by gravitational collapse from the remnants of a massive star that has exploded. The theoretical neutron star was invented to try to explain highly intense bursts of energy from

October 26, 2014

Unusual Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" developed in Arabian Sea

Low pressure area (Invest 90A) over the Arabian Sea has become better organized and developed into Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar". The system has the potential to strengthen to the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane before its Arabian Peninsula landfall.METEOSAT

October 25, 2014

Long duration X1.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

The largest sunspot region of Solar Cycle 24 - Region 2192 ('beta-gamma-delta') unleashed its fourth X-class solar flare since it rotated onto the Earth side of the Sun on October 25, 2014. The event lasted more than 1 hour. It started at 16:55, peaked at 17:08

October 25, 2014

European weather during September 2014 captured by Meteosat

September in Europe started with the remnants of Hurricane "Cristobal", and there were several heavy rain episodes during the month - in Nuremburg, Germany on September 7, in Austria on September 12 and in Sweden on September 21 and 22.Southern France suffered

October 25, 2014

Major solar flare reaching X3.1 erupted from Region 2192

The largest region of the current solar cycle erupted with a major solar flare reaching X3.1 on October 24, 2014 at 21:41 UTC. The event started at 21:07 and ended at 22:13 UTC.A narrow CME was associated with the flare and was observed in SOHO LASCO C2 imagery beginnin

October 24, 2014

Strong eruption of Sakurajima sends ash plume 4.5 km into the air, Japan

Following a week of relatively low activity, Japanese Sakurajima volcano (Showa crater/Aira caldera) has become more active again during the past days. A particularly strong vulcanian explosion occurred this morning (October 24) and produced an ash plume that rose up to

October 24, 2014

Impulsive M4.0 flare erupted from central region on the Sun

A moderately strong and impulsive solar flare measuring M4.0 at its peak time erupted from huge central region on the Sun on October 24, 2014 at 07:48 UTC. The event started at 07:37 and ended at 07:52 UTC.A Type II (664 km/s) and IV radio emission were associated with

October 24, 2014

Evacuations ordered amid fears of Cerro Negro de Mayasquer eruption, Ecuador-Colombia

Cerro Negro de Mayasquer volcanic complex located at the Ecuador-Colombia border is experiencing increased volcanic unrest and inflation. Authorities raised the alert level to Orange (3/4) and ordered thousands to evacuate amid fears that the recent activity under the

October 23, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: October 15 - 21, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes from October 15 - 21, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported also for 9 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Cerro Negro de Mayasquer, Colombia-Ecuador | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Karangetang

October 23, 2014

Major X1.6 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

A major solar flare measuring X1.6 at its peak time erupted from Region 2192 on October 22, 2014. The event started at 14:02, peaked at 14:28 and ended at 14:50 UTC.R3 - Strong radio blackout produced significant HF signal fading on the sunlit side of Earth. There are a

October 22, 2014

Partial solar eclipse on October 23, 2014

The final eclipse event of 2014 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in southern Virgo on Thursday, October 23, 2014. This will be a partial solar eclipse almost exclusively visible from Canada and the USA. Except for the far northeast, a sunset eclipse will be visib

October 22, 2014

Remnants of Hurricane "Gonzalo" still deadly after reaching Europe

Remnants of Hurricane "Gonzalo", the first Category 4 Atlantic hurricane since Ophelia in 2011, reached United Kingdom on October 21, 2014, with strong winds of up to 123 km/h (77 mph). One person has died as the tail end of Gonzalo hit land causing

October 22, 2014

Strong M8.7 solar flare erupted from Region 2192

A strong solar flare measuring M8.7 erupted from Region 2192 (beta-gamma-delta) at 01:59 UTC on October 22, 2014. The event started at 01:16 and ended at 02:28.A 10cm Radio Burst (1min / 590 sfu) was associated with the event. A 10cm radio burst indicates that the elec

October 22, 2014

Bardarbunga eruption continues, strong jet stream could take its SO2 to UK over next 24 hrs

Seismic activity at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano is still high, the eruption at Holuhraun continues and the Aviation Colour Code for the volcano remains at ‘Orange’. The European Geosciences Union (EGU) warned this morning that strong jet stream could t

October 21, 2014

Spacecraft status and observation reports after close encounter with Comet Siding Spring

Comet Siding Spring hurtled past Mars at about 56 km/s only 139 000 km away from its surface at 18:27 UTC on October 19, 2014. The period when dust from the comet was most likely to reach Mars and the orbits of spacecraft around Mars peaked about 100 minutes later. Acco

October 20, 2014

Shallow M5.6 earthquake hit Ecuador-Colombia border region

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.0 [downgraded to M5.6] on the Richter scale hit Ecuador-Colombia border region (Cerro Negro de Mayasque volcanic complex) on October 20, 2014 at 19:31 UTC (14:33 local time). USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC

October 20, 2014

Increased solar activity continues with multiple solar flares and geomagnetic storming

Increased solar activity continued today as five M and multiple mid-level C-class solar flares erupted from large 'beta-gamma-delta' classified Active Region 2192. This region is located in the southeast quadrant and is still rotating toward the center of the di

October 20, 2014

Days of heavy rain, floods and deadly landslides across Central America

A slow moving low pressure system coming from the Caribbean Sea started affecting Nicaragua and surrounding countries on October 9th dumping record amounts of heavy rainfall. By October 20th, floods and landslides that followed claimed lives of more than 30 people throu

October 20, 2014

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Trudy" dump heavy rain and cause deadly landslides in Mexico

Tropical Storm "Trudy" formed about 140 km southwest of Mexico on Friday and made landfall about 125 km east of Acapulco on Saturday morning (local time), October 18, 2014. Trudy had maximum sustained winds of around 100 km/h (62 mph) when it hit. A sharp weak

October 20, 2014

Major solar flare measuring X1.1 erupted from southeast limb

A major, long duration solar flare measuring X1.1 at its peak time erupted on October 19, 2014. The source was large Active Region 2192 (beta-gamma) located in the southeast quadrant. The event started at 04:17, peaked at 05:03 and ended at 05:48 UTC.The region is still

October 19, 2014

Hurricane "Ana" spinning south of Hawaii

Tropical Storm "Ana" reached hurricane status on Friday, October 17, and approached the Big Island of Hawaii late evening. Ana is currently producing high waves along some shorelines. Heavy rains prompted a flood advisory, strong winds caused officials to

October 18, 2014

Large sunspot produced long duration M-class solar flare

A long duration M-class solar flare measuring M1.6 at its peak time erupted on October 18, 2014. The source was large Active Region 2192 which just emerged from the southeast limb. The event started at 07:02, peaked at 07:58 and ended at 08:49 UTC.This region already ha

October 18, 2014

"Gonzalo" makes direct hit on Bermuda as Category 2 hurricane

Hurricane "Gonzalo" made a full landfall on British island of Bermuda about 23:30 UTC (20:30 local time) on Friday, October 17, as the 56 km wide (35 miles) eye of the storm crossed the south-central coast of the island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in

October 18, 2014

Rosetta could change science forever

Human beings around the world may be witnessing one of the most significant dramas in the modern history of the space sciences. The ESA’s Rosetta mission to the comet 67P has shattered the theoretical predictions of standard comet science.For many decades, we

October 17, 2014

Observing Comet Siding Spring flyby Mars - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Comet Siding Spring will make its historic approach to Mars around 18:27 UTC on Sunday, October 19, 2014, and pass within 139 500 km (88 000 miles) away from planet's surface. That is less than half the distance between Earth and its moon and less than one-tenth

October 17, 2014