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Deep M6.1 earthquake off the coast of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Strong and deep M6.1 earthquake was registered off the coast of Fiji on January 28, 2015 at 02:43 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 483.6 km. Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 452 km.Epicenter was located 46 km (29 miles) SE of Ndoi Island, Fiji and 328

January 28, 2015

Phutkal river blockade poses threat of destructive floods in Jammu and Kashmir, India

A landslide that occurred on December 31, 2014, in northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir blocked the Tsarap river (also called the Phutkal river) creating 8 kilometers (5 miles) long artificial lake. Aerial surveys suggest the mound of debris blocking the river

January 27, 2015

Climate change and nuclear tensions push "Doomsday Clock" at 3 minutes to midnight

The "Doomsday Clock", which symbolizes how close humanity has come to the apocalyptic danger of mass destruction, has been set to three minutes to midnight this year.The Clock, which evokes both the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom o

January 27, 2015

Radar images of binary asteroid 2004 BL86 as it flew past Earth on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86, which made the closest approach to Earth on January 26, 2015 for the at least the next two centuries, is in fact a binary asteroid, meaning it has its own moon.Scientists working with NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California hav

January 27, 2015

Moderate M1.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2268

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.1 (R1 Minor Radio Blackout) at its peak time erupted from growing Region 2268 on January 26, 2015. The event started at 16:46, peaked at 16:53 and ended at 16:58 UTC.There were no signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection

January 26, 2015

Swarm of scientific microprobes to the clouds of Jupiter in 2030

A swarm of tiny probes each equipped with a different sensor could be fired into the clouds of Jupiter and grab data as they fall before burning up in the gas giant planet's atmosphere, according to a recently presented concept in International Journal of Space Scie

January 26, 2015

Very high resolution satellite image of newly created Tongan island

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, a submarine volcano located about 65 km NW of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa, awakened mid-December 2014 after 5 years of sleep and started erupting from two new vents.The eruption has created a new island between the existing islands

January 26, 2015

Extreme weather - Major nor'easter to affect northeastern US

The stage is being set for a major nor'easter to affect parts of the Northeast US Monday through Wednesday, January 26 - 28, 2015. This system, named Winter Storm "Juno", will be responsible for heavy snowfall and strong winds, with blizzard conditions pos

January 26, 2015

Very high values of SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site, Iceland

Seismic activity in Bardarbunga is slowly decreasing but it still continues to be strong. The lava field has recently thickened substantially and activity on the surface has decreased.Meanwhile, very high values of sulfur dioxide (SO2), about 84000 µg/m3, were

January 24, 2015

Fluorescent blue, harmful algal bloom along the Hong Kong shores

A bioluminescent algal bloom created by Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle, is turning Hong Kong's seashores into a spectacular and disturbing sight this week. Scientists say the fluorescent blue glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom. Altho

January 24, 2015

67P - The violent birth of a comet

The electric comet idea forces us to consult the astronomical testimony of our earlier forebears, where independent accounts, told with different words and different symbols in different parts of the world, convey a story of planetary catastrophe. Watch Update #1: The R

January 23, 2015

A 3D view of the age and structure of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first-ever comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet. This new map allows scientists to determine the age of lar

January 23, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.8 earthquake hits off Vanuatu

A very strong and deep M6.8 earthquake was registered off the Pacific island of Vanuatu at 03:47 UTC on January 23, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 218.5 km (135.7 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 201 km (124 miles).According to USGS, epicen

January 23, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 14 - 20, 2015

New activity was observed at 8 volcanoes from January 14 - 20, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima | Mexico | Etna | Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga Islands | Karymsky, Easte

January 22, 2015

Patterns that led to collapse of wildlife populations on land now occurring in oceans

University of Santa Barbara researchers reviewed the past, present and future of marine animal life in a new study titled „Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean". Consortium of scientists, found that the same patterns that led to the collapse o

January 22, 2015

Strong eruption of Mexican Colima volcano, ash up to 8.8 km

A brief and strong vulcanian-type explosion occurred at Mexican Colima volcano at 15:15 UTC (09:15 local time) on January 21, 2015. At 17:00 UTC, Washington VAAC said an ash column reached an estimated 8.8 km altitude and was moving NE at 46 km/h.The eruption generated

January 22, 2015

Newly numbered Region 2268 produced a moderate M1.4 solar flare

Newly numbered Region 2268 (S10E72, Hax/alpha) produced a moderate M1.4 solar flare on January 22, 2015, just as it began rotating onto the Southeast limb.The event started at 04:43, peaked at 04:52 and ended at 05:02 UTC.There were no signatures that would suggest a Co

January 22, 2015

Video of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption creating a new island

New Zealand's High Commission in Tonga posted a video of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption which is creating a new island about 65 km NW of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa."While it looks like the volcano has calmed down, we thought we would po

January 22, 2015

South Pole Ice Core project - digging 40 000 years into climate history of South Pole

South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) project is a joint effort by researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California, Irvine to 'dig' 40 000 years into climate history at the planet's southernmost tip. The ice core will be drilled to a dep

January 22, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Niko" formed over the South Pacific Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Niko" formed over the South Pacific Ocean late Tuesday, January 20, 2015 approximately 580 km (360 miles) northwest of Tahiti Island, French Polynesia and has gradually intensified.Niko is Summer's first South Pacific tropical cyclone, Ne

January 21, 2015

Winter storm system, cold surge developing southwest of Japan

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Mekkhala" and a developing mid-latitude low pressure area over East China Sea are expected to join through Thursday, January 22 just south of Japan. The system will slide parallel to the eastern coast of Japan bringing wide spread r

January 21, 2015

Slow-moving daylight fireball recorded over Houston, US

A slow-moving daylight fireball was seen over Houston skies (Texas, US) late Sunday, January 18, 2015 and recorded by Jordan Sterling. The sighting raised a lot of questions after images and videos started appearing on social media, KHOU 11 News reports. Patricia Reiff,

January 21, 2015

Sao Paulo’s largest water reservoir down to 5.6%

The Cantareira water system, largest of the six reservoirs that provide water to 20 million people living in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo, Brazil is at 5.6% (as of January 20) of its capacity of one trillion liters (264 billion gallons), as reported by the water

January 21, 2015

Holuhraun eruption update - Iceland's largest lava field since the Laki eruption in 1783-84

Iceland's subglacial stratovolcano Bardarbunga, located in NW Vatnajökull ice cap, erupted on August 29, 2014 after a sharp increase in seismic activity which started at 03:00 UTC on August 16, 2014.Today, almost 5 months since the eruption started, seismic ac

January 20, 2015

Intense storm leaves UAE deserts under blanket of hail

An intense hail storm struck parts of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 19, 2015 covering extensive stretches of desert country under a blanket of hail.“This instability in the weather is because of the low pressure coming from the Mediterranean region, which

January 20, 2015

Severe Tropical Storm "Chedza" flooded Madagascar and affected more than 50 000

Severe Tropical Storm "Chedza" made landfall north of Morondava, Madagascar between 15:00 and 16:00 UTC on January 16, 2015 bringing heavy thunderstorm rains across much of the country. Just a few hours before landfall, Chedza had a maximum average 10-minute w

January 19, 2015

Death toll from flooding in Mozambique has risen to 71

The death toll from flooding in central and northern Mozambique has risen to 71 since January 12, 2015, National Institute of Disaster Management spokeswoman Rita Almeida said today.According to preliminary data released by the government, 52 700 people have been affect

January 19, 2015

Fast radio burst from a distant source captured in real-time

A short, sharp flash of radio waves from a mysterious source up to 5.5 billion light years from Earth has been detected in real-time by CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia. Swinburne University of Technology PhD student, Emily Petroff,

January 19, 2015

New eruption of Mount Soputan, Indonesia

Indonesian Mount Soputan erupted at 03:38 UTC (11:38 local time) on January 18, 2015 producing ash plume which rose up to 5.5 km and drifted SW. Darwin VAAC raised the aviation color code to Red. Satupo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data Information and Public Relations for BN

January 18, 2015

2015 longer by a leap second

At 23:59:60 UTC on June 30, 2015, a Leap Second will be added, making this day last for 86401 seconds instead of the usual 86400. This practice started in 1972 and since then a total of 25 leap seconds were added to the UTC time, last one in 2012. Correction of each UTC

January 18, 2015

Electrically active objects dominate the Solar System

Small planetoids, called Near Earth Objects (NEO), are a concern for space scientists because it is thought that large rocks might strike our planet with devastating force. It is a commonly held belief that such an object caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. The

January 18, 2015

Advanced robotic arm to repair primary containment leaks at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi NPP

Kurion Inc., nuclear and hazardous waste management corporation, announced in its press release it was awarded a contract to develop an advanced robotic arm to repair primary containment leaks within the Unit 2 Reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Jap

January 17, 2015

Malawi floods behave like a 'slow tsunami', death toll increases

According to Government of Malawi, an estimated 120 000 people (22 000 households) have been displaced due to heavy rainfall and floods by January 16, 2015. Although some areas already received a month’s worth of rain within 24 hours forecasts warn there is more t

January 17, 2015

New island being formed by Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption

Continuous volcanic eruptions of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai which started mid-December 2014 are creating a new island about 65 km northwest of Nuku’alofa, Tonga. As of January 15, 2015 the island was more than 1 km long, about 2 km wide and around 100 meters hi

January 17, 2015

Asteroid 2004 BL86 to safely flyby Earth on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will flyby our planet at a safe distance of approximately 1.2 million km (745 000 miles) at 16:20 UTC on January 26, 2015. This is about three times the distance of Earth to the Moon. Based on its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that this a

January 16, 2015