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Weather modification and wastewater recycling - Texas looking for new ways to fight drought

The majority of U.S. state of Texas is under drought conditions for over three years now and climatologists are warning that the state could be in the midst of a drought worse than the drought of record in the 1950s.34 municipalities throughout the state&

May 21, 2014

Epic time-lapse of supercell storm cloud formation

A group of stormchasers called "Basehunters" have released two awesome videos of supercell cloud storms formed in northeast Wyoming (U.S.) over the last two days. Supercell storm clouds are rare, beautiful and extremely dangerous. The first vide

May 20, 2014

Early wildfires season around Lake Baikal, Russia

Temperatures around Russian Lake Baikal have skyrocketed in the past few weeks to 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees F) prompting outbreaks of fire. Temperatures in this region are usually cooler until late July/early August when the bulk of the wildfires in

May 20, 2014

Simmering San Miguel prompts evacuations, El Salvador

El Salvador authorities have evacuated more than 1 000 people living around the simmering San Miguel volcano, also known as Chaparrastique. They warned there is a high probability of eruption in the coming days and said evacuations are a precautionary measure.Armando Vi

May 20, 2014

Cataclysmic floods - Balkan experiences its worst ever flooding

After several days of extremely heavy rain over parts of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkan Peninsula is experiencing its worst-ever flooding. Heavy rains started on Wednesday, May 14 and by Monday, May 19, all major rivers have burst

May 19, 2014

M 6.2 shallow earthquake registered off the west coast of northern Sumatra

M 6.2 shallow earthquake was registered off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, on May 18, 2014 at 01:02 UTC (07:02 local time). USGS is reporting depth of 9.8 km (6.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M 6.0 earthquake at depth of 2 km.Epicenter was located 319 km (1

May 18, 2014

Marine mammals mysteriously dying in record numbers along West Coast

More sick and dying animals are washing up on the coast of California, with new reports indicating record numbers of young sea lions, seals, and other marine mammals being admitted to care shelters for rehabilitation. The Orange County Register reports that th

May 17, 2014

Piers Corbyn on the myth of man-made global warming

The recent Electric Universe conference in Albuquerque New Mexico featured investigators from wide ranging disciplines, who had come to a common conclusion. The key to understanding so-called climate change is the electromagnetic connection between Earth and the Sun.One

May 17, 2014

Longlasting fireball accompanied by sonic boom streaks over southeastern US

A large and bright fireball accompanied by sonic boom was observed over southeastern US at 13:38 UTC on May 16, 2014 (May 15, 2014, 21:38 EDT). People calling 911 described the incident as a large boom that shook the foundations of their homes.According to a statement f

May 17, 2014

Massive wildfires in California as seen from space

An intense heatwave coupled with the Santa Ana winds lead to an outbreak of multiple wildfires throughout California this week. Most of those wildfires originated from the Bernardo Fire, which had ignited on May 13, 2014. In just 24 hours t

May 16, 2014

Strong M 6.0 earthquake recorded off the coast of Antigua and Barbuda

Strong and shallow earthquake measuring M 6.0 (USGS) was recorded off the coast of Antigua and Barbuda, a twin-island nation between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, on May 16, 2014. The earthquake struck at 07:01 local time, 11:01 UTC. USGS

May 16, 2014

Huge fireball seen over Queensland might have hit the ground, Australia

A giant fireball was seen falling from the sky over central and northern Queensland on May 15th. According to eyewitnesses, a massive ball of fire had blue and orange tail and it might have hit the ground somewhere between Townsville and Jericho around 18:52 AEST (06:52

May 16, 2014

4 months worth of rain in one day - Serbia flooded

Parts of Serbia and Bosnia are experiencing worst rains and floods since measurements began. Heavy rain and floods were also reported in eastern Croatia.Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said this is the greatest flooding disaster ever..."not only i

May 15, 2014

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot shrinking at increasing rate

The shrinkage of Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been known about since the 1930s but latest images by Hubble Space Telescope confirm the increasing shrinkage rate observed by amateur astronomers since 2012. Science has no answer as to why this is happening.H

May 15, 2014

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko develops coma

As comet-chaser Rosetta approached its target to roughly 2 million km in early May, images captured by OSIRIS clearly showed that the comet has already developed 1 300 km long coma. This onset of activity offers scientists the opportun

May 15, 2014

Intense tropical cyclones shifting poleward since 1980

Researchers find that the average latitude where tropical cyclones achieve maximum intensity has been shifting poleward since 1980.Over the past 30 years, the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles in both the norther

May 15, 2014

Strong earthquake measuring M 6.2 struck Philippines

Strong earthquake measuring M 6.2 was registered off the coast of Negros island, Philippines, on May 15 at 10:16 UTC (18:16 local time). This is the third M6+ earthquake registered in last 12 hours. USGS reports depth of 53.2 km (33.1 miles). Epicenter was located

May 15, 2014

High-speed solar winds increase lightning strikes on Earth

Scientists have discovered new evidence to suggest that lightning on Earth is triggered not only by cosmic rays from space, but also by energetic particles from the Sun.University of Reading researchers found a link between increased thunderstorm activity on Earth and s

May 15, 2014

Another very strong earthquake struck off the coast of Ifalik - M 6.6 Micronesia

After yesterday's strong M 6.1 earthquake registered some 99 km off the coast of Ifalik, Micronesia, the same location experienced another strong jolt today. USGS recorded the second quake at 08:16 UTC (18:16 local time) today as M 6.6.

May 15, 2014

M 6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Ifalik, Micronesia

Eathquake registered as M 6.1 (USGS/EMSC) struck off the coast of Ifalik, Federated states of Micronesia, on May 14, 2014 at 20:56 UTC. USGS reports depth of 10.6 km; EMSC 3 km.Epicenter was located 99 km (62 miles) SSE of Ifalik, 760 km (472 miles) W of Weno,

May 14, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: May 7 - 13, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from May 7 - 13, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ahyi, Mariana Islands (USA)  | Merapi, Central Java (Indonesia)  | Santa María, Guatemala  | Tengge

May 14, 2014

Diamond planets more common than thought

Carbon-rich planets may be more common than previously thought, according to a new research by Yale University astronomers.Some of these planets, all located far beyond Earth's solar system, could contain vast deposits of graphite or diamonds, and their apparent abu

May 14, 2014

15 percent of United States gripped by extreme to exceptional drought

As of May 6, 2014, nearly 15 percent of United States was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor. Half of the United States was experiencing at least some level of drought. The summer season is just beginning but

May 14, 2014

Powerful eruption of Shiveluch volcano, Kamchatka

Kamchatkan Shiveluch volcano experienced another strong eruption late on May 12, 2014. Volcanic ash was estimated rising up to 10 km (33 000 ft), Tokyo VAAC reported at 00:02 UTC today.Emissions lasted the whole UTC night. By 14:15 UTC, volcanic ash

May 13, 2014

Coronal Hole directly facing Earth, filament eruption

Aside from a nice filament eruption and a Coronal Hole directly facing Earth, thus allowing solar material to freely rush in our direction, solar activity has been at low levels during last 30 hours.It is expected to remain low with a chance for M-cl

May 13, 2014

Very strong earthquake M 6.8 struck off the coast of Panama

A very strong earthquake measuring M 6.8 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Panama at 06:35 UTC (01:35 local time) on May 13, 2014. Epicenter was located 105 km (65 miles) SE of Punta de Burica and 124 km (77 miles) S of Pedreg

May 13, 2014

In Japan: volcano vs the nuclear power plant

There is an ongoing battle between the Sakurajima volcano and 50-km-away Sendai nuclear power plant in Kyushu, southwestern Japan. While the operator of the power plant aims to restart its idle nuclear reactors, a new strong eruption b

May 12, 2014

Strong eruption of Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Sakurajima volcano experienced its strongest eruption this year on May 10, 2014. According to the Tokyo VAAC, the eruption started at 04:07 UTC and had a column of ash and smoke up to 5.4 km into the air, extending south.The flow of lava and ash was repor

May 11, 2014

Astronomy Day - astronomy and stargazing clubs open doors

Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. It is a good day to contact local astronomy clubs or planetariums and find out about their speci

May 10, 2014

Numerous moderate to strong aftershocks registered in Guerrero, southern Mexico

After M 7.2 earthquake that hit Mexico's southern state of Guerrero on April 18, 2014, the region was hit by numerous moderate to strong aftershocks.Mexico's Servicio Seismologico Nacional (SSN) registered a total of 35 earthquakes since May 8th w

May 10, 2014

Guatemalan Santa Maria erupts, volcanic ash up to 7.6 km

Intense activity was observed at Guatemalan Santiaguito, lava-dome complex of Santa Maria volcano, at 16:00 UTC (10.00 am local time) today. INSIVUMEH reported moderate to strong pyroclastic flows on southeastern flanks. Regions Quetzaltenango and Retalhuleu a

May 09, 2014

Whales hear us more than we realize

Killer whales and other marine mammals likely hear sonar signals more than we've known. That's because commercially available sonar systems, which are designed to create signals beyond the range of hearing of such animals, also emit signals known to be with

May 09, 2014

Sprites form at plasma irregularities in the lower ionosphere

Atmospheric sprites have been known for nearly a century, but their origins were a mystery. Now, a team of researchers has evidence that sprites form at plasma irregularities and may be useful in remote sensing of the lower ionosphere."We are trying to understand t

May 09, 2014

Very strong and shallow M 6.4 earthquake hit Guerrero, Mexico

Very strong and shallow earthquake measuring M 6.4 (downgraded from 6.8) on the Richter scale hit Guerrero, Mexico on May 8, 2014 at 17:00 UTC. Epicenter was located 15 km (9 miles) WSW of Tecpan de Galeana, 31 km (19 miles) NW of Atoyac de Alvare an

May 08, 2014

Strong, long duration solar flare measuring M5.2 erupted from Region 2056

A strong, long duration, solar flare measuring M5.2 erupted from 'beta-gamma' Region 2056 on May 8, 2014. The event started at 09:20, peaked at 10:07, and ended at 10:18 UTC. This region is located near the eastern limb.Radio blackout levels 

May 08, 2014