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Magnitude 7.0 hits Japan

Strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Japan at 10:57 a.m. The epicenter was 212 km (131 miles) E of Sendai, 239 km (148 miles) ENE of Iwaki, 250 km (155 miles) E of Fukushima, Honshu at depth of 18 km (11.2 miles) according to USGS. EMSC's seismographs recorded 7.2

July 10, 2011

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Floods causing landslides across South Korea

Heavy monsoon rains and floods  left four people dead and two missing in South Korea, a news agency said Saturday, citing local officials who reported landslides across the country.A 68-year-old woman and her grandchildren aged 15 and four were killed when a

July 10, 2011

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Katla melting ice cap - causing flooding near the volcano

A massive flood of meltwater poured out of Iceland's Myrdalsjoekull glacier Saturday, raising fears of an eruption from the powerful Katla volcano underneath, but experts said a large blast was unlikely.The flooding sparked fears of an eruption at Katla, known to

July 09, 2011

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Remembering United States hottest day ever

Sunday marks the anniversary of when Death Valley, Calif. set the all-time record high for not just the United States, but also the Western Hemisphere. Temperatures in Death Valley (at Greenland Ranch, which is now known as Furnace Creek Ranch) soared to 56,6

July 09, 2011

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Hotspots driving tectonic plate movement

Plate tectonics has been on the curriculum for a while now. Most people are fairly familiar with the theory; the Earth's crust - or lithosphere - is broken up into different plates which move around on the very hot, viscous substance beneath.This movement is driven

July 08, 2011

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Atacama Desert coated with record snowfall

One of the driest places on the planet got a wintry blast this week. The Atacama Desert region in Chile was coated with its heaviest snow cover in nearly two decades, the BBC reported. An estimated 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) piled up in the normally arid

July 07, 2011

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Food shortage, displacements, water and health gaps after a volcano erupted in Eritrea's Nabro region

Thousands of Ethiopians in Afar State are facing critical food, water and health gaps almost a month after a volcano erupted in neighbouring Eritrea's Nabro region, officials say.The volcano started erupting on 12 June, spewing ash over hundreds of kilometres,

July 06, 2011

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Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits Kermadec islands

A strong earthquake magnitude 7.6 struck 163 km (101 miles) East of Raoul Island, Kermadec Island at depth of 20km. The July 6, 2011 Kermadec Islands region earthquake occurred near the Kermadec Trench where the Pacific Plate begins its descent into the mantle beneath

July 06, 2011

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Scientists warn volcanoes in Australia are due to erupt

Scientists are now warning that volcanoes in Western Victoria and South Australia are due to erupt. The prediction comes just hours after two earthquakes hit the state this morning.Using new dating techniques, University of Melbourne scientists have found that the

July 05, 2011

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Korean office tower evacuated after mysterious shaking

Authorities in Seoul, South Korea, ordered the evacuation of a 39-story office building Tuesday after occupants reported that it shook for about 10 minutes, local media reported.There was no seismic activity reported at the time of the tremors, which began about

July 04, 2011

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1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year

According to staggering new statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to some 1.3 billion tons per year. In the developing world, over

July 04, 2011

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Exxon pipeline spills oil into Yellowstone River in Montana, prompts evacuations

An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River near Billings in south-central Montana ruptured and dumped an unknown amount of oil into the waterway, prompting temporary evacuations along the river Saturday morning.Company spokeswoman Pam Malek said the

July 03, 2011

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Mount Soputan, one of Sulawesi island’s most active volcanoes, erupted again

Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province of Indonesia erupted around 6:03 am on Sunday, July 3, 2011 (22:03 UTC on Saturday) but people living in the sparsely populated area have not been evacuated for now. The nearest village is eight kilometres away on the western sid

July 03, 2011

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Plastic found in nine percent of 'Garbage Patch' fishes: Tens of thousands of tons of debris annually ingested

The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean that has been labeled as the "Great

July 03, 2011

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Landslide hit the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong

THE death toll from a rain-triggered landslide in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong has risen to 17, as five more bodies were pulled from the mud on Saturday. The victims were buried while sleeping in their tin-roofed shanty houses in the southeastern city's

July 03, 2011

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Water in India's Goa region 'unfit for bathing'

Scientists warned that water off the famed beaches of the Indian holiday state of Goa was unfit for bathing and fishing due to high levels of bacteria from untreated sewage. The National Institute of Oceanography, which is based in the former Portuguese colony, said...

July 02, 2011

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Famine and drought affect more than 10 million people across the East African region

With the UN warning that both East and the Horn of Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, international aid agencies have warned of an alarming gap in the food pipeline to reach those most in need. More than 10 million people are thought to be

July 02, 2011