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Strong and deep M6.2 earthquake hits Argentina

A strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Argentina-Chile-Bolivia border region at 11:16 UTC on September 24, 2014 (08:16 local time). Preliminary USGS report mentions depth of 189.3 km (117.6 miles).EMSC also reported M6.2 but at depth of 179

September 24, 2014

High-resolution global topographic data to be released

High-resolution topographic data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in 2000, previously only available for the United States, will be released globally over the next year, the White House announced yesterday. The announcement was made at t

September 24, 2014

Impulsive solar flare measuring M2.3 erupts

Impulsive solar flare reaching M2.3 at its peak time erupted on September 23, 2014. The event started at 23:03, peaked at 23:16 and ended at 23:28 UTC.The source was Active Region 2172 (beta-gamma) located in the southeast quadrant.The event was associated with 250 sfu

September 24, 2014

Sunkoshi landslide a continuous disaster, Nepal

Nearly 2 kilometers of hillside collapsed in rugged northern Nepal at 20:51 UTC on August 1, 2014 (02:36 local time on August 2) causing a massive landslide which buried dozens of homes in the village of Jure and killed 156 people. Some 5.5 million cubic meters (194 mil

September 23, 2014

Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars

New model describes overlooked prediction of Einstein's theory of relativity, demonstrates that stars can absorb gravitational ripples.Scientists have shown how gravitational waves - invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time that propagate through the univer

September 23, 2014

Another round of heavy rains, floods and landslides hits Assam, India

The second round of heavy monsoon rains, floods and landslides to hit northeastern India this month already claimed lives of at least 22 people, Assam state officials said on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.The government rushed personnel of the National Disaster Response F

September 23, 2014

Tornado devastates 7 villages in Jamalpur and Lalmonirhat, India

A tornado ripped through 7 villages of Indian Jamalpur and Lalmonirhat districts on Sunday, September 21, razing at least 60 dwelling houses. Around 150 more are reportedly damaged.Officials estimated at least 100 houses were damaged as it hit Lauchapra village in Jamal

September 22, 2014

New toxic spills confirmed in Sonora, Mexico

After a massive toxic leak from Mexico's Buenavista del Cobre mine on August 6, 2014, three new toxic spills have appeared in Sonora, northwestern Mexico on September 18, 2014.PROFEPA, an environmental protection agency said late Sunday, September 21, that the new s

September 22, 2014

Extreme hail storm ravaged Florence, Italy

Tuscany, Italy experienced a violent hail storm with significant impacts on the region’s capital of Florence on Friday, September 19, 2014.Local media reported that the hail storm lasted about ten minutes in the city of Florence. Videos of the storm show torrentia

September 22, 2014

Costa Rica's Rincón de la Vieja shows signs of increased activity

Costa Rica's Rincon de la Vieja volcano is showing signs of increased activity since September 17, 2014. Phreatic explosions have regularly occurred from the main crater which contains an acid lake. An aerial survey on Friday showed no fresh deposits, which suggests

September 22, 2014

Extensive scorching of Amazon forest for agriculture still continues

The International Space Station (ISS) flew over several Amazon forest fires following the major highway BR 163. Those fires are used to clear patches of forest for agricultural purposes. This process is used to grab rich red-brown soil from forest for agriculture.Fires

September 22, 2014

Liberia warns of total collapse of its government due to Ebola outbreak

The death toll from Ebola is surging in West Africa, and officials in Liberia are warning that the entire country could collapse from the devastation. Speaking at a recent meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Liberia's Minister of National Defense, Browni

September 22, 2014

MAVEN arrives to Mars one month before Comet Siding Spring

At 02:24 UTC today NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached planet Mars and entered its orbit. MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. It is expected to begin its primary mission in a

September 22, 2014

SpaceX to deliver RapidScat wind watcher and first 3-D printer to ISS

A new NASA mission designed to boost global monitoring of ocean winds, improve weather forecasting and climate studies is now on its way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The cargo ship launched on the Falcon 9 rocket from Space L

September 21, 2014

Russia announces fast neutron reactor progress

Russia's ‘Proryv’, or Breakthrough project is nearing it's ultimate aim to eliminate production of radioactive waste from nuclear power generation. Russia has announced two new milestones that enables a closed nuclear fuel cycle. According to

September 21, 2014

Shallow M5.2 earthquake hits North Cotabato, Philippines - 17 houses destroyed, 66 damaged

A shallow earthquake measuring M5.2 on the Richter scale was registered in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, Philippines on September 20, 2014, at 04:26 UTC. PHIVOLCS reported depth of 11 km. USGS is reporting depth of 18.5 km (11.5 miles).Epicenter was located 10 km (6 m

September 21, 2014

45 liters of live Polio virus released into Belgian rivers

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in its Communicable disease threats report from September 11, 2014 reported about an accidental release of 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the environment. On September 2, 2014,

September 21, 2014

Sierra Leone's 6 million residents endure mandatory three-day confinement to their homes

An unprecedented national lockdown is about to take place in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries most embattled by the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Reports indicate that Sierra Leone's 6 million residents are being asked to stay home for three

September 21, 2014

Massive galaxies grow by eating their smaller neighbors

Australian astronomers have found out that massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies. They looked at more than 22 000 galaxies and found that while smaller galaxies were very efficient at creating st

September 21, 2014

Mysterious volcanic eruption given light

One of the biggest unknown volcanic eruptions" in the last 500 years has been given new light through the collaboration of Bristol University colleagues from the School of Earth Sciences, PhD student Alvaro Guevara-Murua, and Dr. Caroline Williams, from the Departm

September 20, 2014

Four dead as "Super Mario" (TS Mario/Fung-Wong) plays in the Philippines

As Tropical Storm Mario/Fung Wong is leaving Philippine area of responsibility, it left a wake of devastation and four dead victims. The storm has intensified slightly as it moves towards Southern Taiwan.​In its 10 p.m. update (14:00 UTC, September 19), the The Nation

September 20, 2014

Tracking one of the most destructive Atlantic hurricanes in history

Hurricane "Hugo" (1989) was a classic Cape Verde-type hurricane first detected as a tropical wave emerging from the coast of Africa on September 9, 1989. Moving steadily westward, the system became a tropical depression the next day, a tropical storm on the 11

September 19, 2014

New approach to estimate 15 years of CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels

A new system, called the “Fossil Fuel Data Assimilation System,” (FFDAS) has been used to quantify 15 years of CO2 emissions, every hour, for the entire planet – down to the city scale.An international research team led by ASU scientists has developed

September 19, 2014

Kilauea lava flow advances toward populated areas, Hawaii

Hawaii issued a state of emergency for its Kilauea Volcano on September 4, 2014. As the lava flow that started during the June 27th eruption continues to advance toward populated areas residents are urged to finalize their evacuation plans.Potentially-lethal concentrati

September 19, 2014

UN Climate Summit 2014 - new measures

More than 120 Heads of State and Government will be attending the one-day summit on climate change hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 23, 2014, to generate political will toward a meaningful universal climate agreement in 2015. The summit will be ai

September 18, 2014

Giant “light bulbs” in space?

For more than four years, NASA scientists has puzzled over mysterious structures in the Milky Way galaxy called Fermi Bubbles. The so-called bubbles reach for tens of thousands of light years above and below the galaxy.Both the structures enormous size and their emissio

September 18, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: September 10 - 16, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from September 10 - 16, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Askja, Iceland | Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Bardarbunga, Iceland | Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Kusatsu-Shira

September 18, 2014

Ebola death toll passes 2 400, WHO pleads for more aid to West Africa

In an unexpected turn of events, Cuba has announced that it will send over the largest medical team yet to aid West Africa during the worst Ebola outbreak in history. More than 2 400 people have now died of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), prompt

September 18, 2014

The rumbling beauty, Mayon Volcano of Philippines sent thousands fleeing

As the lava started to drip down the slopes of Mayon Volcano and PHIVOLCS raised the alert level to three (3) out of five (5), 10 000 people were ordered to evacuate on September 16, 2014. No exemption nor extension of time were given to stubborn and defiant residents l

September 17, 2014

Very strong and deep earthquake M6.7 hit Guam

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.7 on the Richter scale (downgraded from M7.1) was registered just off the coast of Guam on September 17, 2014, at 06:14 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 136.7 km (84.9 miles).Epicenter was located 45 km (28 miles) NW of Piti

September 17, 2014

Tropical Storm "Polo" on the track to become next hurricane in Eastern Pacific

Newborn depression in Eastern Pacific developed into Tropical Storm "Polo" off Mexico's southwestern coast on September 16, 2014.Tropical Storm Watch was issued for the southwestern coast of Mexico for areas from Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. A

September 17, 2014

Typhoon "Kalmaegi" weakens after its second landfall

After hitting northeast of the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday, September 14, Typhoon "Kalmaegi" strengthened over the South China Sea and hit southern China and Vietnam on September 16, 2014. As it was making its second landfall (China) it was still

September 16, 2014

World Ozone Day 2014

September 16, 2014 - The World Ozone Day, is meant to commemorate the success that has been achieved in ameliorating ozone depletion since the enactment of the Montreal Protocol, but also to bring attention to the work ahead. In their first review in four years on

September 16, 2014

Large waterspout phenomenon observed near Tarragona, Spain

A large waterspout phenomenon was observed and filmed close to the shore of the Catalan city of Tarragona on Sunday, September 14.According to The Local - Spain, visitors to El Torn de l'Hospitalet de l'Infant nudist beach and the surrounding area were stunned t

September 16, 2014

Mayon volcano, Philippines: eruption warning issued

After a series of small earthquakes and rockfalls observed on September 15 at the Mayon volcano scientists warned a new eruption could happen within few weeks. Magma is now observable in the crater and authorities said evacuations will be ordered.According to PHIVOLCS r

September 16, 2014