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Indonesian Mount Lokon erupts, North Sulawesi

Indonesian Mount Lokon, located in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted early Wednesday, May 20, 2015 spewing ash up to 3 km. A 2.5 km no-entry radius around the Tompaluan crater was established.The eruption took place at 07:20 UTC (14:20 local time) on May 20, 2015. At

May 20, 2015

Strong M6.1 earthquake registered near Tonga

A strong and deep M6.1 earthquake at a depth of 200 km (124 miles) was registered by Geoscience Australia near Tonga at 00:30 UTC on May 20, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 80.3 km (112.0 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 128km (80mi) WN

May 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hit Pacific - Antarctic Ridge

A very strong and shallow earthquake M6.7 (USGS) hit Pacific - Antarctic Ridge at 15:25 UTC on May 19, 2013. USGS is reporting depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude at a depth of 33 km (20 miles).Epicenter was located 2 151 km (1 337 miles)

May 19, 2015

Disturbed geomagnetic field: Brief G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm

Earth's magnetic field is still disturbed in response to continued presence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS), possibly combined with a transient feature originally expected for May 17. Between 12:30 UTC on May 18 and 12:30 UTC on May 1

May 19, 2015

Pluto: New Horizons in the electric universe

In July of this year, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to achieve the first ever close-up fly by of Pluto, which is more than 7.2 billion km (4.5 billion miles) from Earth. Like the scientific world at large, the electric universe community eagerly

May 18, 2015

Massive landslide hits Santa Margarita, northern Colombia

At least 47 people have been killed after a massive landslide buried the small town of Santa Margarita around 08:00 UTC (03:00 local time) on Monday, May 18, 2015. According to media reports, heavy rain caused the river Liboriana to burst its banks setting off the lands

May 18, 2015

Piton de la Fournaise erupts triggering access restriction, Reunion

A new eruption has started from a fissure vent at the southeast slopes of Piton de la Fournaise's Dolomieu crater at 09:45 UTC on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The eruption triggered Alert Level 2 (ongoing eruption) and the restriction of access by the public to the summit

May 17, 2015

Severe weather outbreak across the US Plains and Midwest

US Plains and Midwest are again experiencing severe weather outbreak. Preliminary reports mention at least 27 tornadoes on Saturday, May 16 (Oklahoma, Minnesota, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming) and baseball-size hail.Severe thunderstorms are expected acro

May 17, 2015

Dolphin becomes Super Typhoon after passing Guam

Typhoon "Dolphin" passed through the Rota Channel between Guam and Rota on May 15, 2015 forcing more than 1 100 people to seek cover in shelters. It was packing maximum winds of about 177 km/h (109 mph) taking down trees, power lines and grounding flights on

May 17, 2015

Several eruptive filament structures observed in last 24 hours

Several eruptive filament structures occurred during last 24 hours as observed in SDO/AIA and GONG/H-alpha imagery.The most impressive was an eruptive prominence (EPL) from the NE limb and a connected highly active and partially eruptive filament from the NE quadrant.

May 16, 2015

Sprite season begins in northern hemisphere

Sprite season - spectacular, eerie flashes of colored lights that appear high above the tops of powerful thunderstorms - is underway, SpaceWeather reports. Because sprites are associated with thunderstorms, they tend to occur in late spring and summer."Sprites are

May 16, 2015

Electric currents create cosmic magnetic fields

Scientists in Germany using the Hubble space telescope have detected extremely strong magnetic fields in a quasar which is said to be about 4 billion light years from Earth. The magnetic fields were measured at 200 million Gauss.In comparison, the strength of the magnet

May 16, 2015

Typhoon "Dolphin" passes almost directly between Guam and Rota

The eye of Typhoon "Dolphin" passed through the Rota Channel between Guam and Rota shortly before 09:00 UTC on May 15, 2015. It's rain-free, 40-km wide (25 miles) eye appeared almost exactly within the channel with the convective eye-wall over Guam and Rot

May 15, 2015

‘Dead zones’ found in Atlantic open waters

A team of German and Canadian researchers have discovered areas with extremely low levels of oxygen in the tropical North Atlantic, several hundred kilometres off the coast of West Africa. The levels measured in these ‘dead zones’, inhabitable for most

May 15, 2015

New trigger for volcanic eruptions discovered using jelly and lasers

Scientists have made an important step towards understanding how volcanic eruptions happen, after identifying a previously unrecognised potential trigger.An international team of researchers from the University of Liverpool, Monash University and the University of

May 14, 2015

Study shows Antarctic ice shelf is thinning from above and below

A decade-long scientific debate about what’s causing the thinning of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves has now been settled, European Geosciences Union (EGU) reports. The Larsen C Ice Shelf – whose neighbours Larsen A and B collapsed in 1995 and

May 14, 2015

Satellite mapping reveals agricultural slowdown in Latin America

For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent's agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to UBC research."Nearly every agricultural region across Latin America slowed down in

May 14, 2015

What are the chances of another Hurricane "Katrina"?

The US hasn’t experienced the landfall of a Category 3 hurricane or larger since 2005, when Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma all hit the US coast. According to a new NASA study, a string of nine years without a major hurricane landfall in the US is Iikely to come a

May 14, 2015

Two Large Hadron Collider experiments first to observe rare subatomic process

Two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, have combined their results and observed a previously unseen subatomic process.As published in the journal Nature this week, a joint analysis by

May 14, 2015

Etna erupting on the evening of May 13, new lava flow

Following almost three-and-a-half months of total quiescence Etna's New Southeast Crater is again in business.Following mild Strombolian activity that started early on May 12, 2015, the activity diminished on the afternoon of the 13th and then became again more

May 14, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: May 6 - 12, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from May 6 - 12, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Calbuco, Chile | Hakoneyama, Honshu (Japan) | Karangetang [Api Siau], Siau I

May 14, 2015

California land mass sinking at record rate as farmers desperately drill new wells to use up ground water

The days of abundant water are a distant memory for farmers in California. For the Central Valley, the wells are about to run dry.California's Central Valley is now reportedly sinking at a rate never seen during the state's historic drought, and farmers are shou

May 13, 2015

Typhoon "Dolphin" intensifies on its way toward Guam, extensive damage possible

"Dolphin" formed on May 7 south of Pohnpei in the western Pacific Ocean and reached typhoon status on March 13, 2015. Further intensification is expected on its way toward Guam. There is a possibility of extensive damage either on Guam or somewhere within the

May 13, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate levels in progress

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 - Moderate levels is currently in progress due to continued accelerated solar wind speeds and enhanced magnetospheric activity. This activity is attributed to a well connected coronal hole located just south of the solar Equatorial plane, S

May 13, 2015

Very strong M6.6 earthquake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong earthquake registered as M6.6 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) by Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 21:12 UTC on May 12, 2015 (06:12 JST on May 13). USGS is reporting it as M6.8 at a depth of 38.9 km (24.1 miles).

May 12, 2015

SurgeWatch: UK launches new national database of coastal flooding

Researchers led by the University of Southampton have compiled a new database of coastal flooding in the UK over the last 100 years, which they hope will provide crucial information to help prevent future flooding events.The new database is available as web application

May 12, 2015

Filament eruption produces CME off the west limb, proton spike

A solar filament/prominence was observed leaving the west limb of the Sun around 02:20 UTC today resulting in a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Although this CME has a trajectory which is away from the Sun - Earth line, and despite its relatively slow velocity, there was a

May 12, 2015

El Niño threshold reached in tropical Pacific

Today's update on the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) by Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirms El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.Assistant Director for Climate Information Ser

May 12, 2015

Another massive earthquake hits Nepal - M7.5

A very strong earthquake/aftershock measured as M7.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) by China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) hit Nepal at 07:05 UTC on May 12, 2015. USGS is reporting it as M7.3 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles.). EMSC is reporting it as M7.3 at a depth

May 12, 2015

Telica erupts spewing ash on nearby towns, Nicaragua

Nicaragua's Telica volcano, located about 112 km NW of capital Managua, has entered new eruptive phase on May 8, 2015 spewing rocks and gases and covering nearby towns with ash on several occasions.INETER has registered 30 small eruptions by May 11. The strongest

May 11, 2015

Super Typhoon "Noul" impacts Philippines, heading toward Okinawa

Super Typhoon "Noul" (Dodong) grazed the coast of northeastern Luzon, Philippines on Sunday, May 10, 2015 packing wind speeds of up to 250 km/h (155 mph) and leaving at least two people dead. Noul has significantly weakened since then and is now heading toward

May 11, 2015

Living with a star

The connection between the Sun and the Earth is a complex one, describing a relationship between us and our star that is both life-sustaining as well as life-threatening. This relationship is colloquially known as space weather. Aerospace engineer Ryan McGranaghan takes

May 11, 2015

Valles Marineris in the laboratory?

The most stupendous feature on Mars is Valles Marineris, the great trench stretching more than 4 800 km (3 000 miles) across the Martian surface.In the 1970’s the engineer Ralph Juergens first proposed that Valles Marineris is the scar left by a giant, interplanet

May 10, 2015

Martian sunset observed in color by Curiosity rover

Curiosity Mars rover recorded this sequence of views of the Sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater. It was the first sunset observed in color by Curiosity. The four images sh

May 10, 2015

Typhoon "Noul" (Dodong) rapidly intensified into Super Typhoon near the Philippines

Typhoon "Noul" has rapidly intensified overnight and has now reached Super Typhoon status packing winds of up to 259 km/h (161 mph) and wind gusts up to 314 km/h (195 mph) near Luzon, Philippines. Landfall is expected near Aparri. Noul is known as Dodong in th

May 10, 2015