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New active volcano identified as most likely source of huge pumice raft discovered in South Pacific

We reported last week that a huge pumice raft was discovered in South Pacific, north of New Zealand, and today we might have the answer to what might have caused it. Small volcanic rocks or pumice covered the area of 250 nautical miles (463 km) in length and 30...

August 14, 2012

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Thousands of dead fish washing up on beaches of Texas

Thousands of dead fish, most of them Gulf Menhaden, or shad fish, are washing ashore along the Texas coast, from the Colorado River to Galveston Island. Crews went to work on Monday, August 13, 2012 to remove them.And while biologists with the Parks and Wildlife

August 14, 2012

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Very strong magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Sea of Okhotsk

A very strong earthquake with recorded magnitude of 7.7 struck Sea of Okhotsk on August 14, 2012 at 2:59 UTC according to USGS. The earthquake had massive depth of 625.9 km (388.9 miles) so no tsunami is expected. Epicenter is located 158 km (98 miles) ENE

August 14, 2012

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New mountain found on the ocean floor off the coast of Iceland

Multi-beam measurements on a mission of research vessel Arni Fridriksson earlier this summer revealed vast underwater mountain deep roots from the continental shelf of 120 nautical miles west of the peninsula. The unnamed mountain on the ocean floor off the west coast

August 13, 2012

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Very strong and shallow earthquake M 6.3 hit mountain region of Xinjiang, China

A very strong and very shallow earthquake with magnitude 6.3 by USGS struck Xinjiang-Xizang border region China. Earthquake occurred at 10:47 UTC on August 12, 2012. Recorded depth is 9.7 km (6.0 miles). Epicenter was located in mountain region at

August 12, 2012

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Rapid ice melt opens Arctic's Northwest Passage

Ice retreated rapidly in the Parry Channel between mid-July and early August 2012. Parry Channel is a part of elusive Northwest Passage. The loss of Arctic sea ice is predicted to open up the Northwest Passage, shortening shipping routes and facilitating the exchange

August 11, 2012

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Two extremely dangerous earthquakes M6.4 and M6.3 struck northwestern Iran

Northwestern Iran was struck by two strong and very shallow earthquakes on August 11, 20102 within only 15 minutes. USGS recorded earthquake with magnitude 6.4 at 12:23 UTC and second with magnitude 6.3 at 12:34 UTC. Recorded depth of both earthquakes was about 9.9

August 11, 2012

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Plate tectonics discovered on Mars

A UCLA scientist has discovered that the geological phenomenon known as "plate tectonics", which involves the movement of huge crustal plates beneath a planet's surface, also exists on Mars. An Yin, planetary geologist and a UCLA professor of Earth and space sciences

August 11, 2012

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Extreme drought to blame for mass fish-die offs across US?

More than half of the continental U.S. is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Hot temperatures and lack of rain are causing heating and drying up of rivers and streams and killing thousands of fish in the process. According to Division of Fisheries, the rivers'

August 10, 2012

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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Fox Islands, Aleutian Island, Alaska

A very strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake occurred near the Fox Islands (Aleutian Islands), Alaska on August 10, 2012 at 18:37 UTC according to USGS. The epicenter is located 90 km ESE from Nikoloski, the nearest island (52.691°N, 167.484°W). The epicenter of the

August 10, 2012

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Underwater volcano eruption spews huge mass of small volcanic rocks covering area of 25,000 km2

A huge mass of small volcanic rocks (pumice) was spotted in the South Pacific ocean (north of Auckland, New Zealand) on August 9, 2012 by a New Zealand air force plane.Royal Australian Navy officer, Lieutenant Tim Oscar onboard navy ship heading to the Kermadec

August 10, 2012

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Great Arctic Cyclone of 2012 - Rare and unusually strong storm formed over Arctic

An unusually strong storm formed off the coast of Alaska on Aug. 5, then moved over the central Arctic. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite took the images that make up the mosaic during various passes over the North Pole

August 10, 2012

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Monsoon and tropical cyclone caused massive floods in Philippines, 80% of Manila under water

Manila is experiencing the worst flooding since Typhoon Ketsana (2009) which devastated Manila and killed over 400 people throughout the country. Over the past two weeks, a combination of the southwest monsoon and tropical cyclones passing in the vicinity of the

August 09, 2012

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Sotarà volcano in Colombia on orange alert level, 6900 earthquakes since June 24th

The recent increase in seismic activity under Sotarà volcano, Colombia promted INGEOMINAS to raise the alert level from yellow (unrest) to orange (eruption warning) on August 8, 2012.The increase had been detected on June 24, 2012 and since that date, 6891

August 09, 2012

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Australia designs an advanced tsunami warning system

In the coming months, scientists in Geoscience Australia will activate the country’s highly advanced tsunami warning system which will allow scientists to make accurate predictions on both when tsunamis may happen and on where they may hit.According to scientists,

August 09, 2012

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 1 – August 7, 2012

New unrest has been noticed around 3 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from August 1 – August 7, 2012 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria.The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a

August 09, 2012

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Eruption of New Zealand's Mount Tongariro - updates and info

New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro erupted on August 6, 2012, spewing a cloud of ash over North Island, closing roads, and cancelling domestic flights. The Volcanic Alert Level for Tongariro was elevated from 1 to 2 and the Aviation Colour Code from yellow to red on

August 08, 2012