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Dike in North Sumatra collapses flooding more homes

As floods plague parts of Sumatra, Java and Papua, a river bank in North Sumatra has collapsed, flooding hundreds of homes with hundreds more facing potential flooding.The dike on Cucukan River in Tanjung Putus village, Padang Tualang sub-district, collapsed. Damage

April 03, 2011

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Cuban coastline receding up to 2.5 meters per year

Most of the 400 beaches of Cuba's territory are affected by erosion with a receding coastline estimated at 1.2 meters per year, according to a study by the Institute of Oceanology of the island. The research ratified "the widespread nature of the Cuban...

April 03, 2011

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Concern over Mt. Baekdu eruption growing

A slew of the latest environmental changes revealed by North Korean officials during a meeting with their South Korean counterparts in Munsan, north of Seoul, has put greater weight that the dormant volcano on Mt. Baekdu could erupt. It last erupted in

April 03, 2011

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Californian frequent landslides sign of major geological change?

A major artery through southern Humboldt County was shut down on March 30 following a massive slide of mud and rocks, the California Highway Patrol said. Officials estimated that the stretch of Highway 101 could be closed for up to two weeks. Tons of debris tumbled

April 03, 2011

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Radiation in Japan Seas: Risk of Animal Death, Mutation?

In the past week, seawater samples taken near the nuclear power plant, on Japan's eastern coast, have shown elevated levels of radioactive isotopes, including cesium 137 and iodine 131. All life on Earth and in the oceans lives with exposure to natural levels of

April 02, 2011

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Glaciers growing on Mt.Shasta, Washington and Alaska

All seven glaciers on California’s Mount Shasta are growing. This includes Whitney Glacier, the state's largest. Three of them have doubled in size since 1950. Both the Hotlum and Wintun Glaciers have nearly doubled in size since 1950, says this article on

April 02, 2011

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Ash and gas plume seen from Popocatepetl volcano

Based on information from the Mexico City MWO, analyses of satellite imagery, and web-camera views, Volcanic Ash Advisory Center reported that on 26 March an ash-and-gas plume from Popocatépetl drifted ESE and SE. A subsequent notice that day stated that the ash had

April 02, 2011

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Thailand Flooding Impacts Nearly One Million

In what should be one of the hottest, driest times of the year, rainfall totals of more than 50 inches within little more than a week have left swaths of southern Thailand under water. Nearly 1 million people have now been impacted by the recent flooding.At least 25

April 02, 2011

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Earth's gravity revealed in unprecedented detail

After just two years in orbit, ESA's GOCE satellite has gathered enough data to map Earth's gravity with unrivaled precision. Scientists now have access to the most accurate model of the 'geoid' ever produced to further our understanding of how Earth...

April 01, 2011

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New fissure opened at Almannagja, Iceland

A new fissure has opened in south part of Almannagjá on Iceland. It is not clear when this fissure started to form, but it looks to have formed in rather recent time. This fissure was discovered after a snow and frost started to thaw out of the ground in the last few

April 01, 2011

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Several tornadoes tore through Florida

Residents from Tampa to Lakeland are cleaning up after a rash of violent storms and tornadoes tore through the Sunshine State over the past two days. There were at least half a dozen reports of tornadoes along with numerous reports of damaging winds and hail on

April 01, 2011

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NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact On Amazon Forests

Last year record-breaking drought caused widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests. A new  NASA-based study has revealed that the level of Amazonian vegetation decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas. It

April 01, 2011

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Deadly Rainfall Over Thailand

Data from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite was used to create a rainfall map of the severe rains that fell in Thailand recently. More than 20 people have been killed in southern Thailand over the past week due to flooding and mudslides

March 31, 2011

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Earth movements from Japan earthquake confirmed via satellites

Satellite images have been essential for helping relief efforts in Japan following the massive quake that struck on 11 March. Now scientists are using ESA’s space radars to improve our understanding of tectonic events.Scientists are calling on data from the

March 31, 2011

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Scientists Discover San Andreas Fault's Soft Spot

New data from a deep borehole that crosses the San Andreas Fault shows that the monster earthquake-maker has a soft center – and it's made of clay. This is the first time researchers have been able to rule out other reasons for the San Andreas' unusual behavior in

March 31, 2011

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Russian boreal forests undergoing vegetation change

Russia's boreal forest - the largest continuous expanse of forest in the world, found in the country's cold northern regions - is undergoing an accelerating large-scale shift in vegetation types as a result of globally and regionally warming climate.That in turn is

March 30, 2011

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Will the Gulf Stream slow down?

The Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Drift – which are part of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation – bring warm water, and with it warm air, from the tropical Atlantic to northern Europe. This helps keep Europe several degrees warmer than it would otherwise

March 30, 2011