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More activity at Mt. Etna

New Southeast Crater of Etna produced its tenth paroxysmal eruptive episode of the year during the forenoon of 12 August 2011. This event was, in its main characteristics, a repetition of its predecessors, with the emission of a lava flow toward the Valle del Bove,

August 15, 2011

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Papandayan volcano alert status raised to Level 3 - Java, Indonesia

The alert level of Mount Papandayan in Garut, West Java has gone up a notch to alert level 3 — just one level below eruption. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) the 2,665-meter volcano had shown a significant increase in tectonic...

August 13, 2011

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New coral map ranks reefs most at risk

The world's coral reefs face a multitude of threats, from rising ocean temperatures to overfishing. A new map aimed at aiding coral conservation has been developed that points out the reefs that are most and least at risk.The map, and the study that led to it, say

August 12, 2011

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New paroxysm at Mount Etna

Throughout 2011, activity at Sicily’s Mount Etna has been characterized by paroxysms: short, violent bursts of activity. Each event has included volcanic tremors, ash emissions, and lava flows centered around the New Southeast Crater, just below the summit.On

August 12, 2011

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Crop failure compounds drought crisis in Afghanistan

Ongoing drought in northern, northeastern and western Afghanistan is likely to push 1.5-2 million more people into food insecurity this autumn, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).   This is in addition to the seven million country-wide already facing food

August 12, 2011

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Activity at Kizimen and Shiveluch volcanoes, Kamchatka Peninsula

The Kamchatka Peninsula, along Russia’s Pacific coast, is currently the most volcanically active area in the world: four volcanoes are erupting simultaneously, and a fifth is showing signs of an impending eruption. Ash plumes from two of these volcanoes and a thermal

August 11, 2011

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5.8-magnitude earthquake hit northwest China

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region around 6:06 p.m. Thursday, said the China Earthquake Networks Center. The epicenter was monitored at the border area between the region's Atux City in the Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous

August 11, 2011

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Hundreds of dead birds found in Broken Arrow in Oklahoma

A News On 6 viewer became concerned Wednesday after shopping at a Broken Arrow Walmart Neighborhood Market when she said she saw hundreds of dead birds strewn across the parking lot."There were about 60-70 around each tree base, plus the ones starting up at the

August 11, 2011

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Cleveland volcano erupts

Cleveland Volcano, located on uninhabited Chuginadak Island in the Aleutians, has begun building a lava dome. An Alaska volcano has begun erupting, but it is not yet posing a serious hazard to populations or aviation in the region.The eruption was described as a

August 11, 2011

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Exceptional drought across the United States

More of the United States was in exceptional drought in July 2011 than in any other month in the past 12 years, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The worst of the drought is spread across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and parts of Arizona, Colorado,

August 11, 2011

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Cold snap triggered massive coral die-off

While warming seas are a leading cause in the decline of the world's coral reefs, U.S. researchers have discovered cold temperatures can be just as devastating.Scientists are the University of Georgia conducted a study of coral reefs in the Florida Keys following an

August 10, 2011

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Scientists predict humans will be extinct within 100 years

Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change.If past is prologue, 70,000 years ago the human

August 10, 2011

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Excessive radioactive cesium found in Fukushima fish

Fish caught at a port about 55 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contained radioactive cesium at levels exceeding an allowable limit, the environmental group Greenpeace said Tuesday.The samples taken at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima

August 10, 2011

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Axial Seamount: Undersea volcano eruption off the coast of Oregon, US

An undersea volcano has erupted off the coast of Oregon, spewing forth a layer of lava more than 12 feet (4 meters) thick in some places, and opening up deep vents that belch forth a cloudy stew of hot water and microbes from deep inside the Earth.Scientists uncovered e

August 10, 2011

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Haze over Eastern China

After Tropical Storm Muifa made landfall and subsequently dissipated, haze hovered over eastern China in early August 2011. The thick band of haze stretched over the coastal plain, from Beijing southward, and over parts of Bo Hai and the Yellow Sea.The Moderate

August 10, 2011

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Sudden oak death disease kills oak and tan oak trees

Sudden oak death disease kills oak and tan oak trees. The disease is present in coastal areas of California and in southern Oregon. It is also present in commercial nurseries in Europe, the west coast of the U.S. and Canada, according to an article by the International

August 09, 2011

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Field of hydrothermal vents discovered along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

The Irish-led VENTuRE scientific expedition aboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has discovered a previously uncharted field of hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – the first to be explored north of the Azores. The mission, led by

August 09, 2011