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High-speed solar wind speed buffeting Earth's magnetic field - G1 geomagnetic storm in progress

A high-speed solar wind stream from a geoeffective coronal hole is buffeting Earth's magnetic field and causing geomagnetic storms around the poles. The Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) is rotating between north and south pointing

August 16, 2013


Severe, damaging and shallow earthquake M 6.6 struck Cook Strait, New Zealand again - Hundreds of aftershocks

A swarm of strong and shallow earthquakes is shaking Cook Strait, New Zealand again. After M 6.5 that struck on July 21, 2013, and hundreds of aftershocks that followed, another severe, damaging and shallow earthquake M 6.6 hit on August 16, 2013 at 02:31

August 16, 2013


NPP sees aftermath of the Chelyabinsk meteor

A meteor weighing 10,000 metric tons exploded only 23km above the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia on February 15, 2013. Unlike previous such events, this time scientists had the highly sensitive OMPS instrument on NPP to deliver unprecedented data and help them track and

August 15, 2013


Active volcanoes in the world: August 7 - August 13, 2013

During past seven days 3 volcanoes had new activity, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world from August 7 – August 13, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS

August 14, 2013


Strong and shallow earthquake M6.6 struck south of Panama

A strong and shallow earthquake with registered magnitude of 6.6 struck south of Panama / west of Colombia on August 13, 2013 at 15:43 UTC. USGS measured a depth oft 10 km, EMSC registered M6.7 at depth of only 2 km. Epicenter was located at sea 99 km (62 miles) WSW...

August 13, 2013


Moderate solar flare reaching M1.5 erupted from Region 1817

Active Region 1817 erupted with moderate solar flare peaking as M1.5 at 10:41 UTC on August 12, 2013. AR 1817 has Beta magnetic configuration and is located in Sun's southern hemisphere. It is still growing and rotating into geoeffective position. Any new

August 12, 2013

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Strong and shallow earthquake M 6.2 struck near the coast of northern Peru

Strong and shallow earthquake with registered magnitude of 6.2 (USGS) struck near the coast of northern Peru on August 12, 2013 at 09:49 UTC. USGS measured depth at 16.7 km. EMSC is reporting M 6.1 earthquake and depth of only 2 km. Epicenter was located 94 km (58

August 12, 2013


Magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

Very deep earthquake with registered magnitude of M6.0 (USGS) / M6.1 (EMSC) struck Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand, on August 12, 2013 at 04:16 UTC. USGS measured depth at 325 km, EMSC at 342 km and GEONET at 469 km. Epicenter was located offshore, 112 km (70

August 12, 2013

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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Kepulauan Babar region, Indonesia

An earthquake registered as M6.0 (USGS) / M6.1 (EMSC) struck Kepulauan Babar region, Indonesia on August 12, 2013 at 00:53 UTC. USGS measured depth at 92 km, EMSC at 110 km. Epicenter was located offshore, 189 km (117 miles) WNW of Saumlaki and 362 km (225 miles)

August 12, 2013

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An uptick in solar activity on southern hemisphere of the Sun

Southern hemisphere of the Sun is showing an uptick in activity. Beta classified Region 1817 produced an C8.4 solar flare peaking at 21:55 UTC on Sunday, August 11, 2013. This was the largest Earth facing X-ray event since July 8. NOAA SWPC

August 12, 2013


Deadly eruption of Mount Rokatenda (Paluweh), Indonesia

Mount Rokatenda also known as Paluweh volcano erupted on August 10, 2013 spewing hot ash and rocks high into the air. Volcanology centre head Surono said eruption sent fast-moving red-hot ash onto nearby beach killing five people (three adults and two children).

August 10, 2013


40 year old Magellanic Stream mystery solved

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have solved the 40-year-old mystery of the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around the Milky Way. New Hubble observations reveal that most of this stream was stripped

August 09, 2013


Active volcanoes in the world: July 31 - August 6, 2013

During past seven days 8 volcanoes had new activity, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world from July 31 – August 6, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New

August 07, 2013


'Fracking' began in China’s most dangerous earthquake zone

Oil companies have started drilling for oil in China's Sichuan region, an earthquake hot bed, where nearly 70 000 people died in devastating M 8.0 earthquake in 2008. The Sichuan province of China has seen many strong and

August 07, 2013


Spectacular filament eruption & Earth directed CME - August 6, 2013

A spectacular filament eruption was observed yesterday August 6, 2013 at 02:04 UTC. A strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has been seen following this energetic impulsive eruption and it does seem to have an earth-bound component which should impact the

August 07, 2013


More fireballs than in any other meteor shower - Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12/13, 2013

The peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower, the biggest annual meteor shower event, will be on a "Moon free" night of August 12 - 13. The source of this meteor shower is stream of debris from Comet

August 06, 2013


Magnetic pole reversal of the Sun 3 - 4 months away

As it does approximately every 11 years on a solar cycle, the Sun's magnetic field is now reversing. Measurements have confirmed that we are about 3 - 4 months away from complete magnetic field reversal when Sun's inner magnetic dynamo will re-organize itself.

August 06, 2013


Solar wind stream buffeting Earth's magnetic field

During last 24 hours solar wind stream buffeted Earth's magnetic field causing geomagnetic storms around the poles. Geomagnetic conditions were short lived reaching G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm levels (Kp=5). At those levels weak power

August 05, 2013


Shiveluch erupts, sends ash up to 5 km, Kamchatka

Local Emergencies Ministry department confirmed that Shiveluch volcano, Kamchatka, spewed ash to a height of up to 5 km (3 miles) on Monday, August 5, 2013. The cloud of ash moved in the eastern direction from the volcano bypassing residential areas at

August 05, 2013

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Strong earthquake M 6.0 struck near crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant

A strong earthquake registered as M 6.0 (JMA) on Richter scale struck northeastern Japan on August 4, 2013 at 03:28 UTC. JMA reported depth of 50 km. This earthquake was 41 km away from March 11, 2011 devastating M 9.0 "Tohoku earthquake" and about

August 04, 2013


Elevated seismicity continues at Mount Rainier and near Mount Saint Helens volcanoes - Washington Cascades, US

ER reports that elevated seismicity continues at Mount Rainier (station STAR) and near Mount Saint Helens (station SHW) volcanoes in the Washington Cascades, US. Event depths at Mount Saint Helens average around 13 km and form a radial pattern in

August 04, 2013


Meteor strikes, punches hole 2 meters deep - China

A meteor has reportedly crashed at a dump site in a village of northwest China around 02:00 local time on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Meteorite impact left a 3 meter wide and 2 meter deep crater.  Authorities reported no casualties. Search for meteorite

August 01, 2013


Active volcanoes in the world: July 24 - July 30, 2013

This week, 7 volcanoes had new activity,  ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from July 24 – July 30, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New

July 31, 2013


Floods continue in south east Asia - Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Heavy monsoon rains are causing more flooding in south east Asia. Myanmar officials reported on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, that severe flooding caused nearly 25 000 people to evacuate in Karen State, eastern Myanmar. Heavy rains and

July 31, 2013


Satellite images show "Thailand oil spill" moving toward Koh Kudee but dispersing

Don't cancel your Thailand vacation just yet. Latest satellite images show oil spill is moving away from mainland and going toward popular tourist attraction Koh Kudee island but also dispersing to an extent. Blogger Richard Barrow said

July 31, 2013


What's it like inside a tornado, video - Milan, Italy

Northern Italy was hit by a severe storm yesterday, July 29, 2013. European Storm Forecast Experiment (ESTOFEX) issued a level 3 warning - extremely severe - mainly for large to very large hail, severe to extremely severe wind gusts, tornadoes and to the

July 30, 2013


Rainfall fell by 58% comparing to last year, water reductions in Tehran, Iran

Heatwave is scourging Iran bringing temperatures to alarming heights which, combined with the lack of rainfall, created drinking water shortages and reductions. Dr. Abbas Ranjbar, a faculty member of the Tehran-based meteorology research center said that the

July 29, 2013


Extremely high levels of radioactive tritium detected in a hole at Fukushima NPP

TEPCO, operator of crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP), reported that high densities of tritium and strontium were found in the observation hole at the east side of the Unit 1-4 Turbine Buildings of the nuclear power plant. In a press release

July 29, 2013


Heatwave and hailstones the size of tennis balls, Germany

While most of Germany endures exceptional heatwave, eyewitnesses from village of Wassel in Sehnte reported hailstones the size of tennis balls on Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP brings video with images of damaged houses and vehicles: Video courtesy

July 29, 2013


IRIS delivers first images of Sun's atmosphere in unprecedented detail

Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft, launched at the end of last month, opened its telescope door on July 17, 2013 and has captured its first observations of Sun in unprecedented detail. IRIS captures images of the lowest levels of

July 26, 2013


Minor activity re-established at White Island volcano, New Zealand

GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott reported today that minor activity has become re-established over the last 24 hours. The Volcano Alert Level remains at Level 1 and Aviation Color Code has been raised to Yellow. Following an increase in volcanic tremor

July 26, 2013


Near-Earth asteroid 2003 DZ15 to safely pass Earth on July 30, 2013

A 152 meter wide asteroid named 2003 DZ15 will make a somewhat close flyby past our planet next week. This asteroid is about seven times the size of Chelyabinsk meteor and it poses no threat to Earth. At 00:37 UTC on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, it

July 26, 2013


Report confirms 2013 New Zealand drought was most extreme on record

A comparative study on the 2013 New Zealand drought states that in some regions it was the most severe drought on record. Study also states that the cause was not El Niño but in fact slow-moving or ‘blocking’ high

July 26, 2013

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Federal investigation started on mysterious deaths of bottlenose dolphins at Indian River Lagoon, Florida - US

On July 24, 2013 NOAA declared the mass die-off of bottlenose dolphins in Florida's Indian River Lagoon an "Unusual Mortality Event" - UME. This declaration will send federal resources and scientists to help teams already on the ground. Indian

July 25, 2013


Seismic activity increases at Pacaya, Guatemala

Latest reports from Guatemalan INSIVUMEH note that seismic and surface activity have increased during the past days and are characterized by the appearance of continuous tremor and more frequent strombolian explosions. This suggests a batch of fresh magma is

July 25, 2013


Pan-STARRS-1 telescope discovers 10,000th near-Earth object

More than 10,000 asteroids and comets that can pass near Earth have now been discovered. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was first detected on the night of June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope, located on the 3,000-meter summit of the

July 25, 2013


What is the true age of pieces of Mars that landed on Earth?

This question was a long-standing puzzle in Martian science which is now answered by a team of well-equipped geologists. They directed energy beams at tiny crystals found in Martian meteorite and discovered that the most common group of

July 25, 2013


Active volcanoes in the world: July 17 - July 23, 2013

This week, 6 volcanoes had new activity,  ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from July 17 – July 23, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New

July 24, 2013


Seeing photosynthesis from space

Scientists have discovered a new way to use satellites to measure what's occurring inside Earth's land plants at a cellular level. During photosynthesis, plants emit what is called fluorescence -- a form of light invisible to the naked eye but detectable by

July 24, 2013


Fukushima operator admits radioactive leaks while more strong earthquakes strike around the plant

Operator of tsunami stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) admitted on Monday, July 22, 2013 that contaminated water had been seeping from damaged reactors into the Pacific (NYT). Though this was long suspected by experts, this is the first time

July 23, 2013