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Milions of capsules discarded in sewage plague Ligang village in China

A large amount of empty drug capsules are discarded into a sewage gutter, forming a colorful layer stretching for over 300 meters on the side of Zhengshang road near Ligang village, Zhengzhou city, Central China's Henan province, April 21, 2012. The capsules with

April 23, 2012

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Dust seen over Russia

In late April 2012, dust mingled with clouds over the eastern Russian Federation. The dust likely originated along the border between China and Mongolia and followed a counter-clockwise arc into eastern Russia. Fires along the China-Mongolia border may also have

April 23, 2012

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Deadly flooding in Colombia due the seasonal rains

Over the past several weeks, heavy seasonal rain caused major flooding throughout much of Colombia. Heavy rainfall in recent weeks have caused major flooding of the nearby . The resulting floods of Bogota and Chic0 rivers have affected more than 2,000 families in

April 21, 2012

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Tokyo faces 70% chance of severe quake in next 4 years

If a mega-quake struck Tokyo, more than 9,600 people would die with nearly 150,000 injured and large parts of the Japanese capital leveled to the ground according to recent simulation by Tokyo Metropolitan Government. If a smaller 7.3-magnitude quake struck the

April 21, 2012

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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake near north coast of Papua, Indonesia

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia on April 21st at 01:16:54 UTC according to EMSC and PTWC. The epicenter was located 82 km (51 miles) SSE (168°) from Manokwari, Irian Jaya,  336 km (209 miles) NW (316°) from Enarotali, Irian

April 21, 2012

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Drought and low stream flows suspends Pennsylvania fracking operations

Low stream flows have forced officials to suspend water usage for the natural gas development (fracking) in portions of Pennsylvania. According to officials, the restrictions are applied to various streams when flow rates reach a certain threshold and do not wait for

April 20, 2012

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Alert level raised for Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano - authorities consider possibility of major eruption

CENAPRED has raised the alert status of Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico, to the third highest level (5 out of 7) and considers the possibility of a major eruption.The volcano continues to have elevated levels of seismicity, and produces frequent steam and ash emissions

April 19, 2012

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Active volcanoes in the world – April 11 – April 17, 2012

This report covers active volcanoes recorded from April 11 – April 17, 2012 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New unrest has been noticed around 3 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes.CLEVELANDChuginadak Island 52.825°N, 169.944°W; summit

April 19, 2012

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Ice breaking up in Hudson Bay, Canada

The cold waters of Hudson Bay are typically covered with ice from January to May each year and reach reaching ice-free status in mid-August, but by early April, 2012, ice breakup was well underway across the Bay. Bits of open water covered with some floating ice can

April 19, 2012

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World’s oil and gas endowment - a new global estimate for conventional oil and gas resources

The U.S. Geological Survey released a new global estimate for conventional oil and gas resources.  The USGS estimates that the undiscovered, conventional resources in the world total 565 billion barrels of oil (bbo), 5,606 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas,

April 19, 2012

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UK will allow shale gas fracking despite earthquake connections?

UK ministers have been advised to allow the controversial practice of fracking for shale gas to be extended in Britain, despite it causing two earthquakes and the emergence of serious doubts over the safety of the wells that have already been drilled. Fuel

April 18, 2012

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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Kerman region in Iran

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Kerman province in Iran near Iraq border at 17:40:39 UTC on April 18th. Iran Seismological Center recorded epicenter at depth of 62 km (38.5 miles). The epicenter was located 2 Km of Roodbar, 28 Km of Kahnooj,  54 Km of Anbar, 129 km (80

April 18, 2012

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The Santorini volcano caldera is awake again and rapidly deforming

Santorini is a volcanic island that has been relatively calm since its last eruption in 1950. But, its caldera is awake again and rapidly deforming at levels never seen before. Georgia Tech Associate Professor Andrew Newman has studied Santorini since setting up more

April 18, 2012

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The startling increase in earthquakes across US is "almost certainly man-made"

USGS scientists have been investigating the recent increase in the number of magnitude 3 and greater earthquakes in the midcontinent of the United States. These earthquakes are fairly small – large enough to have been felt by many people, yet small enough to rarely

April 18, 2012

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Magnitude 6.2 hit South Sandwich Islands

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck area east of South Sandwich Islands on April 17 at 19:03:55 UTC according to USGS. The epicenter was located 563 km (349 miles) E of Bristol Island, 677 km (420 miles) ESE of Visokoi Island, South Sandwich Islands and 2685 km (1668

April 17, 2012

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Underground water in eastern Shasta County in California (US) mysteriously disappears

Something strange is happening underground in eastern Shasta County and it is draining water wells and maybe even causing sinkholes and subsiding pavement. A retired marine geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Stephen Wolf reveals that after the 1989 Loma Prieta

April 17, 2012

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Shiveluch volcano in Russia spews ash to 9,500 meters

Russia's northernmost active volcano Shiveluch is churning out ash to a height of 9,500 meters (over 31,000 feet) in the country's Far East, local scientists reported on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch stratovolcano increased activity

April 17, 2012