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Japan earthquake and tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere (animation)

March 11, 2011 earthquake that hit Japan and generated massive tsunami, disturbed upper atmosphere in a way that was detectable by GPS receivers. Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at California Institute of Technology created excellent animation of event.Embedded

July 09, 2012


New hydrothermal vents at Anak Krakatau volcano

The magma column at lava dome had dropped in mid to late May and the dome collapsed. An intense degassing from numerous fumaroles inside and outside of the now large summit crater is observed. Anak Krakatau is at the moment in a phase of repose.At least four areas

July 09, 2012

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Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest

New study by a researcher at the University of British Columbia found that plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea. The study, published online in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin,

July 09, 2012


Residents of Assumption Parish (US) report earth tremors and venting streams of natural gas surfacing the waterways

Residents in a swampy area of northern Assumption Parish reported earth tremors as well as venting streams of natural gas roiling the surface of waterways for about a month. Residents reported tremors last month and again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Assumption Parish

July 09, 2012

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Seismic crisis on El Hierro far from over - swarm of earthquakes continues

Swarm of earthquakes continues on El Hierro, Canary Islands. 89 earthquakes were listed today by IGN, updated at 19:30 UTC. 12 of these earthquakes had Magnitude of M3 or more. The strongest one was a M 3.6 earthquake at 11:13 UTC.  The center of the activity is

July 08, 2012


Outrageous heat in US continues - More than 3,500 records broken this week!

More than 3,500 temperature records have been shattered in the U.S. this past week, from June 30-July 6, 2012, according to NOAA. The tally of record high temperatures during the time period is 2,412, and the tally of maximum low temperature records is 1,169.From

July 08, 2012

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Deadly tsunami-like flood hits southern Russia

The worst flooding in decades in southern Russia's Krasnodar Region, near the Black Sea, has killed at least 150 people and damaged over 5,000 homes. Chances of continued flooding and new damage and casualties remain high, as more heavy rain is expected to hit the

July 08, 2012


Understanding earthquakes and tectonic tremors

Seismic stations worldwide are recording strong earthquakes on daily basis. Every month the earth is shaken by approximately 80,000 earthquakes, at a rate of 2 earthquakes a minute. There is an earthquake taking place somewhere right now.Within the last few years

July 08, 2012


Unusual sea ice retreat in the Beaufort Sea

Sea ice retreat in June is typical, as the summer solstice approaches in the Northern Hemisphere with long hours of sunlight to warm the Arctic and melt snow and sea ice. However, the first half of June 2012 brought unusually rapid ice loss.One area of rapid ice

July 07, 2012

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High levels of lead from gasoline found in Indian Ocean

Despite the fact that leaded gasoline having been slowly phased out worldwide, researchers say they have discovered high concentrations of lead in the Indian Ocean. Since the 1970s, leaded gasoline has been slowly phased out worldwide, as studies have shown that lead

July 07, 2012

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USGS reports sea-level rise accelerating in Atlantic coast of North America

Rates of sea level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report published in Nature Climate Change.Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of

July 06, 2012

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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake near Vanuatu

Deep magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck area of Vanuatu on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 02:28 UTC. The epicenter was located 46 km (28 miles) north-northeast of Port-Olry. Epicenter was registered at depth of 162.7 km (101 miles). Considering the depth, this earthquake was not

July 06, 2012

Drought US July 2012

Record breaking expanse of drought across US

46.84 percent of the US land area is in various stages of drought, up from 42.8 percent a week ago. Previous records were 45.87 percent in drought on Aug. 26, 2003, and 45.64 percent on Sept. 10, 2002.Looking only at the 48 contiguous states, 55.96 percent of the

July 05, 2012

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Active volcanoes in the world: June 27 – July 3, 2012

New unrest has been noticed around 5 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from June 27 – July 3, 2012 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria.FUEGO, Guatemala14.473°N, 90.880°W; summit

July 05, 2012


Hundreds of wildfires burn across Russia - Smoke reaches Mongolia

Hundreds of wildfires continue to burn across Russia, and more than 14 new fires have broken out over the past 24 hours. While eleven of them have been put out, firefighters are still struggling to extinguish another 32 blazes. Authorities say the fires do not pose a

July 05, 2012


Deadly flash floods and landslides hit northern Turkey

Severe torrential rains caused flash flooding in northern Turkey. Many houses, workplaces and roads were flooded in the Dikmen and Durağan districts after it began raining early on Monday evening and continued into Tuesday.The downpours have caused a river to burst

July 04, 2012


United Kingdom experienced wettest June in recorded history

Last month is officially the United Kingdom's wettest June in over a century. Rainfall throughout the UK last month averaged 145.3 mm (5.72 inches), twice what is typically measured each June. According to the U.K. Met Office,  U.K. never experienced so much

July 04, 2012