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Magnitude 6.7 - Eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake at intermediate depth occurred very close to the PNG town of Finschhafen. Magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Eastern New Guinea region with location 103 km (64 miles) E of Lae, New Guinea, 184 km (114 miles) WSW of Kandrian, New Britain, 323 km

October 14, 2011

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Feeding the world: Solutions for a Cultivated Planet

One billion people on Earth don't have enough food right now. It's estimated that by 2050 there will be more than nine billion people living on the planet. Meanwhile, current agricultural practices are amongst the biggest threats to the global environment. This means

October 12, 2011

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El Hierro on alert - Eruption vent: 5 km from Restinga at 600 meter depth

At 9 PM UTC yesterday, authorities have finally confirmed that an eruption took place on the ocean floor 5 km from Restinga, the southernmost location on El Hierro. IGN (Spanish seismological agency) has set the eruption depth at 600 meters. The alert level remains at

October 11, 2011

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Burning straw creates heavy fog in China

The fog, which occurred about three days ago, covered large areas of the fertile and densely populated North China Plain. On Sunday in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, a heavy mist caused 52 flights to be cancelled and 42 to be delayed. A major highway running

October 11, 2011

El Hierro The Canary Islands visible from space in this MODIS satellite image on Friday Oct. 7 2011

Subsea volcanic eruption underway approximately 5 kilometres off the southern coast of El Hierro

A submarine volcanic eruption is taking place approximately 5 kilometres off the southern coast of El Hierro, the smallest of The Canary Islands.The Mayor of La Frontera (El Hierro), David Cabrera, confirmed in an interview on Radio iron Garoé that ‘underwater

October 10, 2011

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So far the floods in Cambodia claimed 207 Lives, 300,000 hectares of rice fields and left 1.2 million people affected

The first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management reported on Monday that the Mekong River and flash floods in Cambodia had already claimed at least 207 lives and affected 1.2 million in 19 cities and provinces.Vice president Nhim Vanda said

October 10, 2011

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Fires in Russia and China

Smoke clouds the skies across northeastern China and southeastern Russia. The dry, windy weather of autumn created hazardous fire conditions in northeast China.Since wildfires have occurred frequently recently, the national forest fire prevention authorities issued

October 10, 2011

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Fires along the Rio Xingu, Brazil

The rainforest of South America, also known as Amazonia, has been undergoing a continual and accelerated conversion process into farmlands (including pasture for livestock) since the early 1960s. This process has typically been achieved by clearing the forest using

October 10, 2011

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Indian Ocean tsunami alert system to be tested on Oct 12

Nearly two dozen countries next Wednesday will take part in a full-scale test of the Indian Ocean's tsunami alert system, using the 2004 Sumatra quake as the basis for the exercise. Exercise IOWAVE 11 will re-enact the seismic events of December 26, 2004, simulating a

October 09, 2011

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Aftershock rattles ChristChurch, New Zealand

One of the most powerful aftershocks since a couple of months occurred at 07:34 PM (19:34), October 9 2011o. Early reports are mentioning a strong shaking 10 km north-east of  Diamond Harbour.  GEONET, New Zealand reports a magnitude (Richter) of 5.5 at a depth of 12

October 09, 2011

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Thailand’s Flood Waters Threaten Bangkok

Thailand’s worst floods in more than half a century are threatening to swamp the capital, Bangkok, as early as next week after reaching a “crisis level,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said.At least 253 people have been killed as a result of the seasonal

October 09, 2011

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Yasuni (Ecuador) - The world's last great wilderness threaten to become new oil extraction location

When large reserves of oil were discovered under Yasuní national park, Ecuador offered the world a choice: give us money and we will not allow drilling. Now $60m must be found by December.Ecuador has earned $130bn from the oil found so far in its forests and it

October 09, 2011

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Heavy rains flood villages and reservoirs in south China

Heavy rains have flooded 57 villages and triggered excessive high water levels in six reservoirs as of Friday in Haikou, the capital of south China's island province of Hainan. Over 5,000 residents in the affected villages have been evacuated to schools and other

October 08, 2011

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Flooding in Southern Pakistan

Unusually heavy monsoon rains inundated southern Pakistan in the summer of 2011, submerging fields and forcing residents from their homes. On September 29, 2011, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that 5.44 million

October 08, 2011

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Great Tohoku earthquake probably shook Earth's upper atmosphere before it shook the Earth

The devastating earthquake that struck Japan this year may have rattled the highest layer of the atmosphere even before it shook the Earth, a discovery that one day could be used to provide warnings of giant quakes, scientists find.The magnitude 9.0 quake that struck

October 08, 2011

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Haze over Eastern China

A long band of haze, roughly 100 kilometers wide, extends east-west southwest of Beijing. South of Beijing, the haze fans out, extending from the shores of Bo Hai to the shores of the Yellow Sea. Along the Yellow Sea shoreline, the haze is thick enough to obscure the

October 08, 2011

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Volcanic tremors cause alarm in Canary Islands - fear of El Hierro tsunami

Intense swarms of tremors beneath one of the volcanic Canary Islands has placed residents of El Hierro on alert for a possible eruption. Spain’s Instituto Geografico Nacional (IGN) reported the nearly 9,000 seismic movements on the island since July 17 have caused

October 08, 2011