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Sri Lanka storms bring floods, mudslides and lightning deaths

Storms sparking flooding, mudslides and lightning strikes have taken at least seven lives in Sri Lanka, according to government authorities.The Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka said the floods and mudslides killed five people in the Ratnapura district. A further

May 03, 2011

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55 feet long unknown fish species found in China

A 55 feet (16,7 meters) long fish has been found in the seashore of Guangdong, China. According to a local newspaper, the big fish weighs at least 10,000 pounds.Hwang, a 66-years-old fisherman living in the near area, said he has never seen anything like this in his

May 03, 2011

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Cairo Leeve just broke - New Madrid floodway

Historic high waters at Wappapello Dam cut away a nearly 400 foot section of Highway T and much of its $18 million in infrastructure early Monday morning as the lake broke through a temporary dike and roared over the concrete spillway it was shielding. Chunks of

May 02, 2011

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Asteroid impacts in Antarctica

In a controversial study, gravity maps of the Antarctic continent have revealed what could be multiple asteroid impact sites. Gravity anomalies in Antarctica might mark spots where hundreds of thousands of years ago the frozen continent was struck by giant...

May 02, 2011

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Could crop ancestors feed the world?

The world is facing starvation as climate change disrupts food production and the population booms and science’s last hope may be locked inside Syria's forgotten wild plants.The race is on to develop and test improved crop varieties to feed the world's growing

May 02, 2011

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U.S. land mass is shrinking

The Census Bureau says the U.S. land mass has been shrinking since 1940. According to the Census Bureau, the land area peaked that year at 3,554,608 square miles. By 1990, it had declined to 3,536,278 square miles. In 2000, a slight increase was recorded of about

May 01, 2011

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EU banned herbal remedies

New EU rules came into force at the weekend banning hundreds of herbal remedies. The laws are aimed at protecting consumers from potentially damaging "traditional" medicines.Under the directive, herbal medicines will now have to be registered. Products must meet

May 01, 2011

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Residents are ordered to leave flood-threatened Illinois town

Authorities in a southern Illinois city menaced by two dangerously swollen rivers said Sunday that most of the city’s remaining residents have heeded a mandatory evacuation order, prompted by river water seeping up through the ground behind a levee “kind of like

May 01, 2011

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What to expect from May and June tornado season?

After suffering one of the worst tornado outbreaks in recorded history, and what is likely to be a record-setting April for tornadoes, the U.S. will be in an extremely vulnerable state as we head through the more notorious severe weather months of May and June.The

May 01, 2011

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Wonderful weekend auroras for start of May

It has been a good weekend for northern sky watchers. A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field on Saturday, sparking two days of auroras around the Arctic Circle. In Alberta, Canada, this morning, the month of May began with a psychedelic sky:High-latitude

May 01, 2011

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50 meter crater opens up on Baltic island of Usedom

A 50 meters long and four meters deep crater has opened on the Baltic island Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The cause of the landslide still puzzled geologists. In the middle of a field at Zirchow gapes the mysterious hole.What exactly happened here? Harry Strohm from the

May 01, 2011

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Deaths of penguins on the NZ East Cost caused by seismic testing in the Raukumara Basin?

The Department of Conservation is staying tight-lipped over the deaths of a group of penguins on the East Coast. At least 14 have been found washed up along Waihau Bay.Anti-oil protesters claim seismic testing in the Raukumara Basin is to blame.DOC is choosing to

May 01, 2011

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Mercury converted to its most toxic form in ocean waters

University of Alberta-led research has confirmed that a relatively harmless inorganic form of mercury found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into a potent neurotoxin in the seawater itself.After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the

May 01, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm in progress (April 30, 2012)

A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of April 30th, sparking a high-latitude geomagnetic storm (slowly subsiding). In the United States, auroras descended as far south as Marquette, Michigan, where Shawn Malone took this picture before

April 30, 2011

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Mississippi river starting to flow backwards

The Mississippi River continues to rise, so much so that its tributaries are starting to flow backwards. At Tom Lee Park, preps for Memphis in May continue knowing that the worst is still yet to come.It's a site not often seen; the Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek are

April 30, 2011

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Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano unleashes violent explosion

The Tungurahua volcano continues with constant emissions of ash that started on April 20. Since early this morning, at approximately 01:00 (local time), the volcano exhibited an increase in the amplitude of internal vibrations as well as a slight variation in the t

April 30, 2011

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Unusual hail storm hit Lisbon

A sudden freak hail storm caused traffic chaos in the Benfica area of Lisbon, Friday, 29th April 2011, when temperatures dropped 20 degrees (from 27 to 5 Celsius) at 3.55pm. Roads and travellers were left to deal with an unseasonal slushy flood that turned streets into

April 30, 2011

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Dead fishes washed ashore on Goa beach

Large quantities of dead fish on the sands of Calangute beach on Thursday took the shine of Goa's most famous tourist spot, but this did not deter tourists from enjoying themselves, even as water sports operators and hawkers went about their daily business.The dead

April 30, 2011

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6,1 earthquake hit south of Panama

A 6.1 earthquake has struck off the coast of Panama at the shallow depth of 10 km. This, once again, affirms our warnings about the growing dangerous dynamism and tension around the Cocos Plate, Baja California and the Caribbean Plate. In the meantime, heightened

April 30, 2011

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Record-breaking crowd of humpback whales spotted near Antarctica

A record-breaking crowd of humpback whales has been seen in chilly waters near Antarctica, giving researchers a unique opportunity to study the colossal creatures. However, scientists warn the unprecedented whale numbers, drawn to the region for all-night feasting

April 30, 2011

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Growing threat of wheat rust epidemics worldwide

ICARDA and  GlobalRust researchers meeting at a scientific conference in Aleppo this week reported that aggressive new strains of wheat rust diseases - called stem rust and stripe rust - have decimated up to 40% of farmers' wheat fields in recent harvests. Areas

April 30, 2011

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More seismic activity building in Vanuatu region

Six earthquakes stronger than magnitude 5 have struck Vanuatu in 24 hours. The unique submarine topography of the region puts it on the front-line for tectonic plate convulsion and potentially destructive tsunamis. The above 1999 map shows the deep trench forming along

April 30, 2011

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Water shortages and biodiversity loss in Himalayas affect villagers

In the last few decades, farmers in the heavily-forested Darjeeling Hills of the Himalayas in India and Nepal have noticed something strange. Rivers and streams are drying up, crop yields are plummeting, and trees have begun to flower long before spring arrives. The

April 29, 2011

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North Yorkshire water reservoir almost dry?!

A picturesque reservoir has been reduced to dried, cracked mud and a splash of water after the prolonged dry spell. The Cod Beck reservoir near Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, can now be walked across, and water suppliers are urging people to use water

April 29, 2011

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Storms worsen Mississippi river flooding

While deadly storms raged in the southern and central United States, several rivers continued to spill over their banks in late April 2011, part of ongoing spring flooding in the U.S. and Canada, according to a NASA statement.On April 28 in the afternoon, 62 river

April 29, 2011

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The Tornado damage scale in images

EF-0, winds of 65 to 85 mph (105 to 137 kph)Tornadoes are rated by the havoc they inflict, on a scale of 1 to 5. But to fully comprehend this scale, you have to see the aftermath.After a tornado is reported, the National Weather Service deploys storm survey teams

April 29, 2011

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April's 2011 tornado outbreak

Southern storms death toll nears 300The grim death toll from the 24-hour storm period continued to rise, with 294 counted in six states. Among them were two university students in Alabama. Nearly 1 million people were without electricity.  The vast

April 28, 2011

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Colonial-Era erosion may have fueled Wetland growth

The salt marshes that rim the shores of Massachusetts's Plum Island estuary, which provide nesting grounds for numerous waterfowl and extremely productive spawning grounds for striped bass and soft-shell clams, have grown by 300 hectares in the last 300

April 28, 2011

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Thousands of dead fish wash up along New York shores

Residents of the Champlain Islands and the lakeshore near St. Albans have reported large numbers of dead alewives washing up on the shoreline. Crews are cleaning up the thousands of dead fish that have washed up along Lake Champlain's New York shoreline, including a

April 28, 2011

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Signs of Bezymianny eruption

Russia’s Bezymianny Volcano erupted vigorously on the morning of April 14, 2011. At the time of the eruption, the Joint Air Force & Army Weather Information Network reported ash at an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,600 meters) above the volcano. This natural-color

April 28, 2011

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Heavy rain in Central United States

With rivers in the Midwestern United States already full from thawing winter snow cover, severe rainfall in late April added to the troubles for the region. The National Weather Service predicted in February that the region was primed for flooding, and so far it has

April 27, 2011

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Expert Panel: Central U.S. faces real threat of quake

Two hundred years ago this coming winter, a series of three large earthquakes centered in southeastern Missouri destroyed the little town of New Madrid and rattled the entire eastern half of the country. Could one or more such quakes strike again? On official maps of

April 27, 2011

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Study links ozone hole to climate change all the way to the equator

In a study to be published in the April 21st issue of Science magazine, researchers at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science report their findings that the ozone hole, which is located over the South Pole, has affected the entire circulation

April 27, 2011

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The great US central ShakeOut drill and national level exercise to be held

FEMA organised two majol national level excercises around New Madrid Fault Zone. The Great US Central Shakeout Drill and National Level Exercise is about to be held these days.But first short introduction into some recent news about system of planing and organising

April 27, 2011

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Fast growing sunspot 1199

New sunspot 1199 is growing rapidly in the sun's northern hemisphere, ballooning in area by more than a factor of five during the last 24 hours. If the expansion continues apace, this active region could soon pose a threat for flares. Stay tuned. (SpaceWeather)

April 27, 2011

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Antimalarial trees in East Africa threatened with extinction

Researchers  find  that plants in East Africa with promising antimalarial qualities - ones that have treated malaria symptoms in the region's communities for hundreds of years - are at risk of extinction. Scientists fear that these natural remedial qualities, and

April 27, 2011

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Devil's Lake continues to grow

Devils Lake, North Dakota is a "a slow-growing monster: a huge lake that has steadily expanded over the last 20 years, swallowing up thousands of acres, hundreds of buildings and at least two towns in its rising waters.The water level of Devil's Lake has risen about

April 27, 2011

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Netherlands - Easter Sunday 2011 warmest on record

The KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) has recorded the warmest Easter Sunday ever. Early in the afternoon the temperature in the KNMI’s home base of De Bilt had risen to 25 degrees Celsius, compared to 24.5 degrees during the previous warmest Easter

April 25, 2011

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The F4 tornado hit St.Louis - strongest of the year so far!

Good Friday saw the year's strongest tornado yet pound St. Louis, flattening houses and shredding the roof of a crowded airport terminal on its 35 kilometers path (22-mile) along the ground.Shattered glass injured several people at Lambert-St. Louis International

April 25, 2011

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Kamchatka: 4 volcanoes on orange alert level

Kamchatkan and Northern Kuriles Volcanic Activity KVERT released in their report number 22-11 datedApril 21 2011, 21:50 UTC (April 22, 2011, 09:50 KST) alert level status of Kamchatka's volcanoes.Volcanoes Kizimen, Sheveluch, Karymsky and Bezymianni are at LEVEL,

April 25, 2011