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Wildfires burning on Greek island Corfu, Skopelos and Halkidiki peninsula

A fire on the picturesque Ionian island of Corfu has devastated some 130 hectares (320 acres) of pine forest and olive groves, the island's mayor said on Thursday, blaming arsonists. Pockets of fire that started in 19 different locations on Tuesday left no doubt that

August 08, 2011

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Volcanoes on Kamchatka peninsula still erupting

Five volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula are either erupting or showing signs of impending eruption. In this image a thick plume of ash streams from a lava dome on Shiveluch Volcano. VONA/KVERT-SheveluchAviation Color Code: OrangeVolcano Location: 56°39'N,...

August 07, 2011

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Floods and landslides in Myanmar

Seven people were killed and thousands evacuated as a result of flooding last week, after heavy rain swelled many major rivers to dangerous levels, Myanmar Red Cross Society and state media said last week.State-run Myanmar Ahlin newspaper reported on July 28 that six

August 07, 2011

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Mystery of the orange substance in Alaska

A massive patch of bright orange material washed up on the Alaskan coast, and has scientists baffled. The substance, which experts don't believe is man-made, could possibly be algae, but a kind no one has seen before.A strange orange substance raining down from the

August 07, 2011

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Increasing ocean acidification and the effects on microalgae

Scientists have for the first time examined on a global scale how calcified algae in their natural habitat react to increasing acidification due to higher marine uptake of carbon dioxide.In the current issue of the magazine Nature they explain that Coccolithophores,

August 07, 2011

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18 Indonesian volcanoes on alert status

Eighteen Indonesian volcanoes are on “alert” status, two of which are at Alert Level 3, which is called “Siaga”, the Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center says. Center head Surono said Sunday in Jakarta the erupting Mount Lokon in North Sulawesi

August 07, 2011

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Rare undersea earthquake rattles Israel

A relatively rare, moderate earthquake struck near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday.According to  United States Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake measured 4.1 magnitude struck  71 km (44 miles) NW of Tel Aviv-Yafo, 80 km (49 miles) WSW of Haifa,

August 07, 2011

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Gunung Marapi volcano in Sumatra, Indonesia was raised to Level 2 alert

Marapi volcano in Sumatra, Indonesia was raised to level 2 alert on 3rd August after continuous volcanic tremor was recorded. Earthquake activity was accompanied by 8 explosions and thick grey emissions rising 1 km above the summit. A 3 km exclusion zone has been

August 06, 2011

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A new paroxysm from the "New SE crater" of Etna is occurring

A new paroxysm (nr 9 in 2011) from the "New SE crater" of Etna is occurring at the time of writing. Following a brief period of intermittent weak explosions starting mid-day today, strombolian activity started to increase sharply the evening of 5 August; activity has

August 06, 2011

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Asian summer monsoon transforms Burmanese rivers

Arising from glaciers in the remote mountains of northern Burma (Myanmar), the Irrawaddy River (also known as the Ayeyarwady or Ayeyarwaddy) typically experiences its lowest water level in February, and its highest water level in August. Summertime snow and glacier

August 06, 2011

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Alaskan Cleveland volcano eruption warning upgraded

The lava dome producing eruption at Cleveland volcano, first observed on July 29, is continuing. AVO has received no new observations or information about activity at the summit since August 2 and the last thermal anomaly observed was this morning. Earlier this week,

August 06, 2011

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Lingering floods in Eastern Nebraska

At the beginning of August 2011, flood waters were slowly receding along the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska. On August 3, 2011, the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S. National Weather Service reported moderate flooding at multiple

August 06, 2011

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Dust over the Gulf of Aden

Thick dust blew off the coast of Somalia and over the Gulf of Aden in early August 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on August 4, 2011.The dust plumes are thick enough to

August 05, 2011

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Amazon deforestation on the rise again in Brazil

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon accelerated in June, with more than 300 square kilometers destroyed, a 17 percent increase over the previous month, government researchers said Tuesday.The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said 312.6 square kilometers (120

August 03, 2011

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History of nuclear weapons testing

The first nuclear weapon was detonated as a test by the United States at the Trinity site on July 16, 1945, with a yield approximately equivalent to 20kilotons. The first hydrogen bomb, codenamed "Mike", was tested at the Enewetak atoll in the Marshall

August 03, 2011

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Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex continues to erupt

Nearly two months after ash and steam began spewing from a fissure in Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex, the volcano continued erupting. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1)satellite captured this natural-color

August 03, 2011

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Iraq hit by extreme heat - Temperature reaches 52 degrees Celsius

Extreme weather in Iraq where temperatures reached 52 degrees Celsius (125.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on early Tuesday afternoon, forecasters said.With a humidity of five percent and winds with a speed of about 9 kilometres (2.6 miles) per hour, temperatures reached 52

August 03, 2011