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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

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Mutated flu virus is killing New England harbor seals

In the fall of 2011, 162 young harbor seals were discovered stranded or dead on New England beaches. It was officially declared and classified as UME (Unusual Mortality Event) by federal government. H3N8 seal virus is likely to have caused the 2011 mortality event in

August 08, 2012

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New study shows Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake risk to be much higher than previously thought

America's Pacific Northwest has a 37% chance of being hit by a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 50 years, a new study shows. That's more than double previous estimates of a 10-15% risk. Great Subduction Zone earthquakes are the largest

August 08, 2012

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A global catastrophic volcano caused mass graves in London

Scientists search for the Volcanic explosive source of a disaster that wiped out almost a third of Londoners in 1258.When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century

August 07, 2012

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Bright red rocks flying out of the mountain as second New Zealand volcano erupts - Mt. Tongariro

The volcanic alert level for Mt. Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2 after the central North Island volcano erupted for the first time in more than a century late last night. GNS science is reporting that at approximately 11:50 UTC on Monday, August 6, 2012 ash fall began

August 06, 2012

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Volcanic eruption underway on White Island, New Zealand

White Island volcano has erupted, prompting GNS Science, advising caution for visitors to take extra care.The White Island web camera has captured a small eruption on Sunday morning, August 5, 2012 at 04:55 am NZST (August 4, 2012 16:55 UTC) from the Crater Lake at

August 06, 2012

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North Koreans in desperate need of food after floods - more than 63 000 people left homeless

The downpours have been rolling over the impoverished country for more than a week, sweeping away crops and destroying buildings, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in reports over the weekend.Heavy rain across large swathes of North Korea has

August 05, 2012

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Deadly storms, landslides and flash floods hit India

Ten people were killed and 38 others went missing as incessant rains battered Uttarakhand on Saturday, August 4, 2012 triggering landslides, cloud bursts and flash floods which flattened homes and stranded hundreds of pilgrims with the Chardham Yatra coming to a

August 04, 2012