Earth changes - page 298

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After Europe and Canada, noctilucent clouds expand to USA

The 2015 northern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season started on May 19, 2015 when NASA's AIM spacecraft spotted a patch of electric blue clouds over the Artactic Circle. Since then, noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have been moving south and, on June 8 - 9, they...

June 12, 2015

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Increased seismic activity and strong gas emissions observed at Mount Asama, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Thursday, June 11, 2015 it has increased volcanic alert level of Asamayama volcano from 1 to 2 (of 5) amid growing signs of unrest. An access restriction of 2 km around the crater has been put in place.Seismic activity unde

June 12, 2015

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Deadly floods and landslides hit eastern Nepal as monsoon season starts

After devastating earthquake on April 25 which left many slopes across Nepal unstable and vulnerable to landslides, Nepal is now facing a season of heavy monsoon rains which already triggered floods and deadly landslides in country's northeast. At least 55 people

June 11, 2015

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Active volcanoes in the world: June 3 - 9, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 10 volcanoes from June 3 - 9, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Concepcion, Nicaragua | Cotopaxi, Ecuador | Karangetang [Api Siau

June 11, 2015

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2015 El Nino: Ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific rising

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology analysis of international climate models indicates further warming of the tropical Pacific. The sea surface temperatures are forecasted to remain above the El Niño threshold for the rest of this year which means the 2015 El

June 10, 2015

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EGU briefing: Continued risks of natural disasters in Nepal

The European Geosciences Union (EGU), through its Seismology and Natural Hazards Divisions, has issued an information briefing about the recent Nepal earthquakes today. The text, written for the broad geoscience community, summarises the earthquake processes,

June 09, 2015

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Heatwaves from India to the Middle East and Europe

Strong heatwaves have swept several parts of the globe over the last two weeks, claiming lives and setting new records. While India experienced world's fifth deadliest heatwave in recorded history in May, extremely high temperatures were present in Pakistan and

June 07, 2015

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Deadly M6.2 earthquake hits Northern Borneo, Malaysia

A strong earthquake M6.2 (Geoscience Australia) hit Northern Borneo, Malaysia at 23:15 UTC on June 4, 2015. GA is reporting depth of 77 km (47 miles). USGS recorded M6.0 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).The Malaysian Meteorological Department reports M5.9 earthquake, cen

June 05, 2015

6weekly volc report

Active volcanoes in the world: May 27 - June 2, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 11 volcanoes from May 27 - June 2, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Calbuco, Chile | Concepcion, Nicaragua | Guallatiri, Chile | Karangetang [Api Siau], Siau Island (

June 04, 2015

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Strong eruption of Colima volcano, Mexico

Mexico's Colima volcano produced a strong eruption at 11:12 UTC on June 3, 2015 throwing out incandescent material and triggering multiple pyroclastic flows. Washington VAAC said volcanic ash emissions were seen in webcam imagery heading WSW at 9 - 18 km/h near 5.18

June 03, 2015

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Sharp increase in Mount Sinabung's activity prompts highest alert, 6 000 evacuating

A significant increase in risk estimates caused by sharp increase in activity at Indonesia's Sinabung volcano over the last two days prompted officials to raise the alert level back to highest (4/4) on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 and order evacuation of 6 000 nearby res

June 03, 2015

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Severe heatwave claims over 2000 lives, India

Severe heatwave in India has claimed more than 2 000 lives in last two weeks, authorities reported this Sunday, May 31, 2015. Weather officials warn that humid and hot conditions could last another four or five days.Despite strong pre-monsoon showers occurrence at the e

June 01, 2015

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Shallow M5.8 earthquake registered 180 km S of Axial Seamount, off the coast of Oregon

A shallow earthquake registered as M5.8 hit off the coast of Oregon, US at 06:52 UTC on June 1, 2015. USGS is reporting a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located about 180 km (113 miles) S of submarine volcano Axial Seamount and 514 km (319 miles) W of

June 01, 2015

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Central and South Texas in danger of more flooding

The National Weather Service (NWS) warns that portions of Central and South Texas are possibly in danger of more flooding. A flood warning has been issued for the area, as up to 127 mm (5 inches) of rain are expected this Saturday, May 30 if the storm system stalls

May 30, 2015

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Extremely strong and very deep M8.5 earthquake hits Bonin Islands region, Japan

Extremely strong and very deep M8.5 earthquake was registered by Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) off the coast of Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands region (Ogasawara), Japan at 11:23 UTC on May 30, 2015. JMA is reporting depth of 590 km (366 miles). Preliminary report by US

May 30, 2015

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El Niño calls for above-normal 2015 eastern Pacific hurricane season

NOAA's 2015 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season Outlook indicates that an above-normal season is most likely, with a 70% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 5% chance of a below normal season. The main climate factor expec

May 29, 2015

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Very strong eruption of Mount Shindake, Japan - injuries reported

A very strong eruption of Japanese Mount Shindake (Kuchinoerabujima group) started at 01:00 UTC on May 29, 2015. At 02:26 UTC, Tokyo VAAC reported ash plume reached an estimated altitude of 10.9 km (36 000 feet). JMA issued highest alert level (5/5) and reported that py

May 29, 2015