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Strong M6.7 earthquake hit near the coast of Hokkaido, Japan

A strong earthquake registered by JMA as M6.7 hit near the coast of Hokkaido, Japan at 03:25 UTC on January 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 50 km (31 miles). USGS is reporting M6.7 at a depth of 51.4 km (31.9 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter...

January 14, 2016

Very deep M6.1 earthquake hits Bolivia

A strong and very deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Bolivia at 03:25 UTC on January 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 582.4 km (361.9 miles). The epicenter was located 7 km (4 miles) WSW of Charagua, 34 km (21 miles) NE of Camiri, 159 km...

January 14, 2016

Dust storm wraps Melbourne causing major power outages, Australia

An intense thunderstorm accompanied with strong winds and dust passed through Melbourne on January 13, 2016. The storm covered the city in a cloud of dust which lasted about 10 to 20 minutes, reducing visibility in the area. Power outages and damaged buildings have...

January 14, 2016

Elevated volcanic activity observed at Karymsky, Russia

Karymsky volcano, Kamchatka is showing signs of elevated activity. Several explosions over the last couple of days have sent ash plumes rising to 5.5 km (18 000 feet) above the crater, the Tokyo VAAC reported. Karymsky volcano is one of the few continually active...

January 13, 2016

Piers Corbyn: Electrical weather

Among the top space news stories of 2015, we have seen dramatic affirmations of the electromagnetic connection between the Earth and the Sun. With each new discovery, the Sun’s profound influence on Earth’s climate and weather becomes more self-evident....

January 13, 2016

Strong explosion at Momotombo volcano, Nicaragua

After 110 years of being dormant, Momotombo volcano, Nicaragua, seems to have become fairly active over the last two months. The latest eruption occurred on January 12, 2016 (local time), Volcano Discovery reported. A strong explosion at 12:10 (local time) sent an...

January 13, 2016

Rapid decline in glacier coverage of the Cordillera Blanca contaminating surrounding waters, Peru

70% of the world's tropical glaciers are based in the Peruvian Andes and are responsible for providing local communities with drinking water and the water supplies for agriculture, energy production and tourism. According to new research, glacier coverage of the...

January 13, 2016

Another major earthquake in Nepal can happen much sooner than anticipated

A new study conducted by an international team of scientists suggests a kink in the regional fault line below Nepal is responsible for the growth of the Himalaya mountains between earthquakes. The scientists have studied the devastating April 2015 Nepal (Gorkha)...

January 13, 2016

Rising rivers inundate north and central Portugal

Portugal's Porto and Coimbra districts reported flooding after the rivers Douro, Mondego and Tamega overflew their banks in the period between January 10 and 11, 2016. A spell of heavy rainfall accompanied with strong winds affected the north and central parts...

January 12, 2016

Hurricane "Pali" becomes record-breaking

At 03:00 UTC on January 12, Tropical Storm "Pali", which formed on January 8, reached hurricane strength and thus became the earliest hurricane on record in the central Pacific basin, far to the southwest of Hawaii. "After exhibiting a rather...

January 12, 2016

Heavy snowfall causing major traffic troubles in Finland

Heavy snowfall blanketed parts of Finland on January 12, 2016. Huge amounts of snow, blizzard conditions and cold temperatures caused traffic disruptions, closures and delays across the country. The large snowstorm that hit southern and central Finland caused...

January 12, 2016

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office to detect and monitor potentially hazardous NEOs

NASA's program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) has now been formally established and named the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). Its responsibility will be supervising projects oriented towards finding and characterizing...

January 12, 2016

Strong and deep M6.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan

A strong earthquake registered by JMA as M6.0 at a depth of 260 km (161 miles) hit off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan at 17:08 UTC on January 11, 2016. USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 236.1 km (146.7 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 75 km...

January 11, 2016

Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Talaud Islands, Indonesia

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.8 hit off the coast of Talaud Islands, Indonesia at 16:38 UTC on January 11, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 29 km (18 miles). USGS is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 20.8 km (12.9...

January 11, 2016

Large sea creatures washed ashore on the south coast, UK

Stormy weather battering the UK over the last couple of days caused tens of thousands of dead starfish and jellyfish to wash ashore along the coastlines in West Sussex and Hampshire. One of the stranded species, a barrel jellyfish, was about 50 cm (19.7 inches) in...

January 11, 2016

The strongest tornado in the last 60 years strikes Cape Coral, Florida

A violent tornado swept the grounds of Cape Coral in southwest Florida on January 9, 2016. An unprecedented tornado devastated the area leaving hundreds homeless. Luckily, no deaths or severe injuries were reported. The tornado touched the ground at 6:45 pm (local...

January 11, 2016

Recent advancements in mapping the world's oceans

The scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, have gathered data from hundreds of research cruises and made a significant contribution to providing easily accessible ocean floor maps to interested people across the globe. The mapping site is capable...

January 11, 2016

After record breaking heat, severe hailstorm pounds South Africa

An intense hailstorm hit Johannesburg, South Africa, on January 9, 2016, covering the grounds with a thick snow like layer, a sight quite unusual for the summer period. An outbreak of severe weather led to the collapse of a shopping center in Johannesburg suburb....

January 10, 2016

Lighting up the cosmological candle on the surface of the Earth

According to the current standard solar dogma, the process of solar cycle activity including the reversal of solar polarity is induced internally by the Sun itself. But, in physical reality, this notion is not true. The Sun, like all stars, is a variable star and...

January 10, 2016

Kongpop U-Yen: Solar system formation, quantum vibration and natural disasters

A theory of solar system formation based on quantum vibration will be presented. Through quantum vibration, the compression and expansion of plasma in space is used to explain solar system formation and solar activity cycles. This theory also helps explain how...

January 10, 2016

Subtropical storm developing in the Atlantic

An extratropical low pressure system developed in the Atlantic, north of Bermuda on January 8, 2016. There are chances the system could intensify into a tropical storm during the next week. Regardless of the development, it will produce dangerous marine conditions...

January 09, 2016

Tropical Storm "Pali" - the 2016 hurricane season arrives 5 months ahead of usual

The 2016 hurricane season seems to have arrived five months ahead of usual. The first Tropical Depression "1C" developed in the central Pacific southwest of Hawaii on January 7, 2016 (UTC) and strengthened into a tropical storm by the next day. Tropical...

January 09, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Ula" intensifying east of Noumea, New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone "Ula", formed on December 30, 2015, intensified on January 7 after moving away from Fiji in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The system is expected to reach its second peak by January 10 while staying east of Noumea, New Caledonia and then turn...

January 09, 2016

Out of control fireball blasts burn the small town to the ground, Australia

A catastrophic "tumbling wave" of wildfire devastated a small town in southwest Australia and burned over 58 000 hectares of bushland on the evening of January 7, 2016 (local time). Residents were evacuated and several firefighters sustained injuries while...

January 08, 2016

Major flooding incident in eastern Scotland

Heavy rainfalls caused severe flooding in Aberdeenshire, Scotland as the River Don overflew its banks on the night of January 7 to 8, 2016. Numerous evacuations have taken place in the Inverurie town in the center of the county as water levels reached record high...

January 08, 2016

Persistent drought threatens South Africa's food supplies

Record high temperatures were recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 7, 2016. The region has been facing persistent drought conditions and related food shortage since December 2015 when the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued an alert...

January 08, 2016

State of emergency declared over the largest natural gas leak in US, California

A state of emergency was declared over a large natural gas leak pouring high quantities of methane and other gases into a Los Angeles neighborhood on January 6, 2016. Numerous residents reported health issues and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate the...

January 08, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Nevados de Chillán, Chile ...

January 07, 2016

Below zero temperatures claim 21 lives, Poland

A strong spell of cold weather gripped Poland on the weekend of January 2, 2016. Temperatures dropped to -17.8 ºC (0 ºF) causing 21 people to freeze to death. After unseasonably mild Christmas weather in the period between December 18 and 28, 2015,...

January 07, 2016

Heavy flooding affects drought-stricken California

Strong thunderstorms battered southern California since January 5, 2016. Heavy rainfalls, thought to be fueled by the El Niño phenomena, inundated streets and caused streams to overflow, disrupting traffic across the affected areas. Another strong storm is on...

January 07, 2016

Slow-moving low pressure system floods New South Wales, Australia

A slow-moving low pressure system near Port Stephens (Hunter Region), New South Wales, Australia produced very heavy rain between January 5 and 6, 2016, causing both riverine and flash flooding from the Central Coast to the Mid North Coast. The severe weather has...

January 06, 2016

Temperature identified as new trigger for explosive volcanic eruptions

Studying magma ascent, geoscientists at the University of Liverpool have found that temperature may be more important than pressure in generating gas bubbles that trigger explosive volcanic eruptions. In a paper published recently in the journal Nature, researchers...

January 06, 2016

European Space Agency: Preview 2016

2016 will be another full and exciting year for the European Space Agency. This ESA TV video takes a look at what's ahead. It will be a 'Martian year' in particular with the ExoMars launch next March and with the landing of its descent module in October...

January 06, 2016

UK's December 2015 breaks records for both rainfall and temperature

The UK Met Office has confirmed today that December 2015 has broken records for both rainfall and temperature. "The month was not only the wettest December on record, but also the wettest calendar month overall since the records began in 1910," Met Office...

January 05, 2016

Major eruption of Soputan volcano, Indonesia

Volcanic activity at Indonesian Mount Soputan is rapidly increasing with a new series of moderate to strong eruptions. On January 4, authorities raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 (out of 4) and prohibited all activities within a radius of 4 km (2.5 miles)...

January 05, 2016