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Intense heat wave spreading through Europe, temperatures rising above 40 °C

A record breaking heat wave is sweeping across western Europe and is expected to spread through the entire continent by the end of the week. Warnings to remain indoors have been issued, especially for elderly people and children, as temperatures are rushing well above

June 30, 2015

Hakoneyama volcano activity rises to a new level, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the eruption warning of Hakoneyama volcano from level 2 to 3 on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 following a small scale eruption. Authorities evacuated about 40 people from nearby hot spring tourist resort and further limited acce

June 30, 2015

Fiery space debris re-entry recorded over Southeastern US

A bright fiery object was observed traveling almost horizontally over Southeastern United States around 05:30 UTC on June 29, 2015 (01:30 EDT). The object was visible for more than 45 seconds and was described by many as having multiple colors and breaking up in pieces.

June 30, 2015

Costa Rica floods continue: 1 585 houses heavily damaged or destroyed

Over 740 people were evacuated from their homes and 19 communities are left isolated, as another round of heavy rainfall continues to sweep Costa Rica.#Sarapiquí Cerrado el paso por el cruce de Río Frio hacia ruta 32. #traficocr @rutaalterna @iqradio pic.t

June 30, 2015

Alert level raised after Raung volcano erupts, Indonesia

After an increase in volcanic activity which started on June 21, Raung volcano in East Java, Indonesia erupted late Sunday, June 28, causing ash to land in villages about 10 km away from the crater.Authorities raised the alert level from 'waspada' (alert) to 

June 29, 2015

Severe weather outbreak leaves at least 4 dead, dozens injured across the US

Severe weather outbreak across the United States has left at least 4 people dead and dozens injured over the weekend. At least 11 million people throughout the country were on alert on Sunday, June 28, 2015.Supercell thunderstorms, tornadoes, heavy rain, large hail and

June 29, 2015

World stock markets tumble as new phase of Greece debt crisis begins

World stock markets have tumbled on Monday, June 29, 2015 after Greece failed to reach a deal with its foreign creditors over the weekend and imposed new strict measures to deal with their debt crisis.Just before 01:00 UTC on June 29, Greek government closed all country

June 29, 2015

Mysterious electric Mercury

In April 2015, the NASA spacecraft MESSENGER completed its more than four year journey in the orbit of the planet Mercury.New discoveries in the mission have emphasized just how mysterious Mercury is for planetary scientists. Recurring features across the entire planet

June 28, 2015

Watching meteors from space: Meteor investigation camera destroyed, again

Eight months after a catastrophic failure of Orbital Cygnus mission to the International Space Station, in which supplies for the Meteor mission were lost, a new special camera was built and is now ready for lift off.Currently scheduled to launch on June 28, 2015, the

June 27, 2015

Death toll from heat wave in Pakistan hits 1 200

According to local media reports, a severe heat wave has claimed over 1 200 people in Pakistan by June 25, 2015. Pakistan's worst heat wave in decades started on June 20, 2015 when southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius.Th

June 26, 2015

UK Met Office: The return of 'grand solar minimum' could affect European and eastern US winters, but wouldn't halt global warming

A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of cold winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States but wouldn't halt global warming, according to new research led by UK's Met office and published recently in Nature

June 26, 2015

Typhoon "Kujira" brings deadly flash floods to Vietnam

Typhoon "Kujira" hit northeastern Vietnam on Wednesday, June 24, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall which claimed lives of at least 9 people and injured six others, local authorities said on Thursday, June 25.Kujira has dumped nearly 200 mm (8 inches)

June 26, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: June 17 - 23, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from June 17 - 23, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA | Concepcion, Nicaragua | Sinabung, Indo

June 25, 2015

The 2015 El Niño continues to strengthen, could become one of the strongest ever recorded

The 2015 El Niño continues to strengthen, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in their June 23, 2015 update. International climate models surveyed by BOM indicate further consolidation is likely. Central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean sea surface temp

June 25, 2015

5th Earth-directed CME produced as long duration M7.9 solar flare erupts from Region 2371

Region 2371, the source of 4 Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) over the past couple of days, erupted with long duration M7.9 solar flare (R2-Moderate) at 08:16 UTC on June 25, 2015. The event started at 08:02 and ended at 09:05 UTC. A Type II (estimated veloc

June 25, 2015

Geomagnetic storming reaching G2-Moderate levels in progress

Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) produced by a long duration M6.5 solar flare on June 22 appears to have arrived at 13:00 UTC on June 24.Bt increased to 15nT and solar wind velocities increased to over 700 km/s at the time. Bz, however, remained largely positive and the over

June 25, 2015

Typhoon "Kujira" impacts southern China and Vietnam, brings heavy rain

The center of Typhoon "Kujira" hit Hainan island, southern China on June 22, moved into the Gulf of Tonkin and hit southeastern coast of Vietnam late June 23. Kujira has weakened into a tropical depression as it made the second landfall and continued its WNW t

June 24, 2015

Lake Powell drying out

Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado river, situated on the border between Utah and Arizona is drying out. It is currently at 45 percent of its normal capacity and at a risk of falling below 1075 feet (327.6 m) above sea level by September 2015. If this happens, it

June 24, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.9 earthquake registered near Bonin Islands, Japan

A very strong and deep earthquake registered by JMA as M6.9 at a depth of 480 km (298 miles) hit near Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Islands) at 12:18 UTC on June 23, 2015. USGS is reporting it as M6.3 at a depth of 455.9 km (283.3 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was

June 23, 2015

Video animation of landslide dam-break and catastrophic flood / debris flow through Tbilisi, Georgia

A huge landslide blocked the Vere River on June 13, 2015 creating a natural dam which collapsed the following day and sent huge fast moving stream of water toward capital Tbilisi, Georgia severely flooding the city. The flood caused extensive damage to the city and left

June 23, 2015

Intense heatwave claims over 800 lives, Pakistan

An intense heatwave that started on Saturday, June 20, 2015 has claimed over 474 lives in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, and other districts of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, state television reported early Tuesday, June 23.Province's Health Secretar

June 23, 2015

Geomagnetic storming reaching G4-Severe levels in progress

Three Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) produced on June 18, 19 and 21 have now all arrived at our planet and their combined effects caused G4-Strong geomagnetic storm on June 22, 2015. Two of the three CMEs were produced by Region 2371, one of the biggest regions of the cu

June 22, 2015

Long duration M6.5 solar flare erupts from Region 2371, 4th Earth-directed CME produced

Active Region 2371, the source of two Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) over the past couple of days, produced an M6.5 solar flare (R2-Moderate) at 18:23 UTC on June 22, 2015. The event started at 17:39 and ended at 18:51 UTC. Region 2371 is one of the

June 22, 2015

Earth's magnetic complexity begins to untangle - Swarm mission

After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere – all the way from the ionosphere about 100 km above, through to the outer reaches of our protective

June 22, 2015

Three Earth-directed CMEs trigger G3-Strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch

Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) from June 18, 19 and 21 have significantly increased chances for G3-Strong geomagnetic storms on June 22, 2015. Two of the three CMEs were produced by Region 2371, one of the biggest regions of the current solar cycle, which is currently di

June 22, 2015

Tropical Storm "Kujira" to hit Hainan, bring heavy rainfall to southern China

Kujira formed on Saturday, June 20 in the South China Sea and intensified into a tropical storm on Monday, June 22. The storm is expected to make landfall along the SE coast of Hainan around 12:00 UTC today.Kujira will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall (with

June 22, 2015

Deep M6.5 earthquake registered near Ndoi Island, Fiji

A strong and deep earthquake registered as M6.5 by USGS hit near Ndoi Island, Fiji at 21:28 UTC on June 21, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 563.5 km (350.1 miles.). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude at a depth of 553 km (343 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter w

June 21, 2015

Earth-directed full-halo CME erupts from Region 2371, G3-Strong geomagnetic storm expected

Active Region 2371, now classifiead as Beta-Gamma-Delta and located near the center of the disk, erupted with two M-class solar flares - M2.0 and M2.7 - early on June 21, 2015 producing Earth-directed full-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Arrival is expected midday Jun

June 21, 2015

Severe thunderstorms continue to sweep China: 18 people dead and four missing

Strong thunderstorms which swept through several provinces, in southern China, in the past week, have continued to battle the area. 18 people have died due to house collapses, landslides or lightning, and four more are currently missing.BBC News - 9 inches of rain overn

June 21, 2015

Partial-halo CME to deliver glancing blow on June 23

Filament eruption in the SSE quadrant of the Sun produced a partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) first observed in coronagraph imagery near 08:45 UTC on June 19 (above). WSA-Enlil model suggests a glancing blow early on June 23. Beta-Gamma-Delta classified Region

June 20, 2015

Unprecedented eastern Pacific harmful algal bloom

NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle has mobilized extra scientists to join a fisheries survey along the West Coast to chart an extensive harmful algal bloom (HAB) that spans much of the West Coast and has triggered numerous closures of im

June 20, 2015

Above-average monsoon season: over 300 mm of rain in 24 hours floods Mumbai, India

A strong monsoon brought heavy rainfall to Mumbai, India this week flooding the city on Friday, June 19, 2015. City roads and rail service have been interrupted, flights have been delayed, schools closed and even some power plants have been shut down by Mumbai electrici

June 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hit near the coast of Conception, Chile

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of Conception, Chile at 02:10 UTC on June 20, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.6 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). CSN Chile registered it as Mw6.4 at a

June 20, 2015

Stalagmites preserve 3 000 years of northern hemisphere climate

If you have ever visited a cave and taken photos, you might have noticed that the colours in the photographs appear more vivid than when you were in the cave. This is because organic matter trapped in the stalagmites and stalactites fluoresces.The light emitted by your

June 19, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung on June 19, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows have again been observed at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia early June 19, 2015. There are no confirmed historical eruptions of this volcano recorded prior to explosive eruptions during August - September 2010 that produced ash plumes to 5 km above

June 19, 2015