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Europe's latest geostationary weather satellite - MSG-4 - delivers first image of Earth

Following the successful launch of Europe's latest Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite, MSG-4, on July 15, 2015, the new satellite has captured and delivered its first image of Earth today. After the satellite was moved into geostationary orbit, the various

August 04, 2015

Flash flood and mudslide hit northwest Macedonia: at least 4 people died, 12 injured

Heavy rainstorm accompanied with strong winds caused two rivers to overflow in northwestern Macedonia, on August 3, 2015. The combined conditions resulted in a flash flood and mudslide that devastated the Polog region, claimed at least four lives, and left 12 people inj

August 04, 2015

The 2015 El Niño well established, continues to strengthen

The 2015 El Niño is now well-established and continues to strengthen, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports today. International climate models surveyed by the BOM all indicate that El Niño will continue to strengthen, and persist into early 2016.

August 04, 2015

A number of landslide events in southwest Japan: The Fukaminato River landslide video

Heavy rainfall which affected the southwest Japan are thought to have triggered a number of landslide events in the month of July. The third in a row landslide happened on July 28, 2015, in the Kagoshima Prefecture, forcing the residents of the nearby Tarumizu town to r

August 04, 2015

Heat wave over Iran: Extreme heat and humidity yield feel-like temperatures of 73 °C (163 °F) in Bandar Mahshahr

A combination of extreme heat and humidity yielded extraordinary heat index of 73 °C (163 °F) in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran on Friday, July 31. The on-going heat wave also brought record high temperatures of 51 °C (124 °F) to Baghdad on Thursday, July 30.A me

August 04, 2015

Soudelor rapidly intensifies into a super typhoon, becomes the strongest cyclone of 2015 - moving toward Taiwan and eastern China

Tropical Storm "Soudelor" formed on July 31, 2015 northeast of Chuuk, North Pacific Ocean. It reached typhoon strength on August 2 and passed directly over Saipan, causing severe damage to the island. On August 3, Soudelor became a Super Typhoon. This system

August 03, 2015

The theoretical foundation for confronting science's immunity to change

The Electric Universe community consists of individuals who seem to share a common trait - that is the tendency to question ideas and beliefs that academia and society at large accept as true. It’s easy to recognize the obstinacy or close-mindedness of others, but

August 03, 2015

Floods ongoing in Bengal, Odisha, Manipur, Gujarat and Rajasthan: 81 people dead, 8 million affected

The consequences of cyclone Komen are ongoing in parts of Bengal, Odisha, Manipur, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Another round of heavy rains has severely affected already waterlogged areas, causing more floods and landslides. About 81 people lost their lives due to flood rela

August 03, 2015

Large meteorite impacts Iran causing serious damage to Qazvin, numerous towns affected

Officials in Iran have confirmed that a meteor has hit somewhere in the northern part of the country on July 30, 2015. The event happened a day before a very large fireball streaked over the sky of Argentina.According to Mohammad Ali Ahani, director of Qazvin Crisis Man

August 02, 2015

Wildfires raging across the drought-striken California: 1 person dead, thousands of acres burnt

A 4 year drought period has provided an ideal platform for raging wildfires that have ignited the grounds of the state of California, as of July 29, 2015. As wildfires are spreading, further devastating the drought-stricken grounds, evacuations are being ordered across

August 02, 2015

Typhoon "Soudelor" to make direct hit to Saipan, Mariana Islands

Tropical Storm 13W formed on July 30, 2015 about 1 045 km (649 miles) northeast of Chuuk in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. It continued strengthening and was named Soudelor on July 31. Early August 2, UTC time, Soudelor reached typhoon strength, and is now moving on a

August 02, 2015

Hurricane "Guillermo" - fifth hurricane of 2015 eastern Pacific hurricane season moving toward Hawaii

Tropical Storm "Guillermo" formed on July 30, 2015 about 3 190 km (1 980 miles) ESE of Hilo, Hawaii and by July 31 it strengthened into the fifth hurricane of 2015 eastern Pacific hurricane season.Infrared image taken by GOES-West on July 30 showed bands of th

August 02, 2015

Very shallow M5.7 earthquake registered near the coast of Queensland, Australia - state's largest in almost 100 years

Geoscience Australia has recorded three moderately strong earthquakes near the coast of Queensland, Australia since July 29, 2015. The first one, M5.3, hit at 23:41 UTC on July 29 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). M5.7 at a depth of 0 km, Queensland's largest quake

August 01, 2015

Northern White Rhino on the brink of extinction: Nabire, the last fertile female dies of the cyst rupture

A 31 year old female of Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), one of the last five of these species, died of a ruptured cyst at the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic on Monday, July 27, BBC reports.Nabiré was born the Dvur Kralove Zoo, November

August 01, 2015

Night sky guide for August 2015

Every year, sky watchers in northern hemisphere enjoy in one of the best meteor showers of the year - Perseids. This year, Perseids will peak on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. This meteor shower is known for its very fast and bright meteors which l

August 01, 2015

Third lava eruption of the year at Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion

Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion started its third lava eruption of the year at 05:30 UTC on July 31, 2015. Officials warned about the imminent eruption on July 30, and evacuated the immediate area.The eruptive fissure vent is located NE from Piton Kapor and exten

August 01, 2015

"Komen" brings more torrential rains to the flooded regions of Bangladesh and Myanmar: 33 people dead, thousands of homes devastated

Tropical Storm "Komen" made landfall on July 30, 2015 near Chittagong, southern Bangladesh. The areas already affected with severe flooding and mudslides are now endangered again by the heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and rough seas. So far, at least 33 peop

July 31, 2015

Major eruption of Manam volcano, ash up to 20 km (65 000 feet) - Papua New Guinea

A major eruption occurred at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea early on July 31, 2015. The Darwin VAAC reported volcanic ash plume reached 19.8 km (65 000 feet) at 02:00 UTC. Aviation color code is set on Red.At 06:50 UTC, Darwin VAAC reporting volcanic ash was extending

July 31, 2015

Slow moving, very bright fireball turns sky green over Argentina

A slow moving and very bright fireball was observed and recorded over Argentina around midnight UTC on July 31, 2015 (21:00 local time on July 30). Observers say the spectacle lasted about 10 seconds, turning the whole sky green. No sound was associated with the event.

July 31, 2015

The effect of ancient catastrophe on humankind

It is the hypothesis of many members of the Electric Universe community that within human memory, perhaps a mere four or five thousand years ago, the Earth’s sky and the inner solar system underwent profound changes.An epoch of planetary instability produced extra

July 31, 2015

Unusual red arcs spotted on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys

New enhanced-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecradr revealed unexplained arc-shaped, reddish streaks on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys. The red arcs are narrow, curved lines on the moon's surface, and are among the most unusual color features o

July 31, 2015

A violent tornado outbreak in Canada: Record-breaking touch-down lasted almost 3 hours

A massive tornado event took place near Pierson in the Canadian Manitoba province, around 01:30 UTC on Monday, July 28, 2015. Tornado roared through the province for almost 3 hours, until about 03:55 UTC, possibly setting the record for the longest lasting tornado touch

July 31, 2015

California 'rain debt' equal to average full year of precipitation

A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 508 mm (20 inches) of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 - the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland

July 31, 2015

Looking five million years into the past to predict Australia’s climate future

A group of leading international scientists are preparing to set sail on a two-month ocean expedition up the coast of Western Australia to drill deep into the seabed, on a mission to gain valuable insight into our climate future.The $20 million International Ocean

July 31, 2015

Tropical Storm "Komen" drenching Bangladesh

An area of low pressure has been lingering in the Bay of Bengal for days before it finally developed into a Tropical Storm "02B" and then into Tropical Storm "Komen" on July 29, 2015. Bangladesh was already soaked by monsoon rainfall before Komen sta

July 30, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 22 - 28, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from July 22 - 28, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Kick 'em Jenny, North of

July 30, 2015

Heavy rainfall triggers landslides in Nepal: 30 people dead, 42 missing

Landslides in Nepal, caused by the heavy rainfall on Thursday, July 30, killed at least 30 people in the villages near Pokhara town, while 42 others remain missing.Heavy rainfall affected western Nepal over the last couple of days. 116 mm (4.56 inches) of rain was measu

July 30, 2015

Solar halo optical phenomena observed in Sweden

The halos are caused by light refraction and reflection of millions of tiny ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. These high, thin clouds appear about 6 km (20 000 feet) or more above the ground, and are usually accompanied by a storm shortly after..Ice crystals in cirrus

July 30, 2015

Super dusty comet releases mystery clumps

Images acquired by SECCHI/HI-1 telescope aboard the solar-observing STEREO-B spacecraft have revealed strange streaming clumps from unusually dusty Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS). This discovery could hold secrets to how comets create their beautiful, sweeping, striated t

July 30, 2015

Strong hail hits parts of South Dakota: 15 cm (6 inches) of hail in Custer

A strong hail event hit Custer, South Dakota, on Monday, July 27, 2015. The area was covered with 15.23 cm (6 inches) thick layer of hail balls, the size of which measured about 2.54 cm (1 inch) in diameter.Mammatus clouds, prior to hailstorm. Image credit: Marcia Samul

July 30, 2015

Pluto sends planetary scientists back to the drawing board

Today, physicist Wal Thornhill continues his discussion of NASA’s New Horizons mission to the dwarf planet Pluto. The mission has already provided a number of surprises for planetary scientists.The tiny planet’s geological activity, its apparent age, the stu

July 29, 2015

Severe flooding continues across western India: At least 26 people dead, over 2 000 villages affected

Severe rainstorms continue to batter western India, causing floods and damage across the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.2 000 villages were affected in the Gujarat state, 12 villages have been flooded in the Jalore district, while 53 helicopter rescue o

July 29, 2015

Greatest rainfall in 40 years brings Vietnam flood death toll to 11

Floods triggered by heavy rains in northern Vietnam have claimed 11 lives, damaged nearly 3 000 houses and made thousands to fled to safety, authorities said on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.Quang Ninh province received more than 100 mm (3.93 inches) on Monday, July 27,

July 29, 2015

Destructive glacier lake outburst flood near Almaty, Kazakhstan

A warm spell triggered a destructive glacial lake outburst flood along the Kargalinka River threathening residents of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, earlier this month. A state of emergency has been declared across the affected areas of Almaty.NASA's Earth

July 29, 2015

Strong earthquake M6.3 registered near Iliamna Volcano, Southern Alaska, US

A strong earthquake registered as M6.3 hit Southern Alaska, US at 02:35 UTC on July 29, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 116.6 km (72.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 103 km (64 miles).Epicenter was located, 15 km (9 miles) SSW of Iliamna Volcano, 68 km (4

July 29, 2015