Earth changes - page 341

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12.7 percent of barrier islands—a total of 272—surround the Arctic Ocean

According to a new survey, there are 2,149 barrier islands around the world, spanning 20,783 kilometers (12,914 miles) of coastline. Seventy-four percent of those islands are found in the northern hemisphere, though that is not necessarily a surprise because roughly

June 16, 2011

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6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was reported in the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea. There have been no reports of tsunami warnings being issued. Strong shaking was felt in Rabaul, a New Britain town about 250 miles (400 kilometers) away from the epicenter.

June 16, 2011

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The greatest danger posed by the erupting Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcano Complex, Chile

Perhaps the greatest danger posed by the erupting Puyehue-Cordón Volcano Complex in Chile is the thick layer of ash being deposited east of the volcano. This image, taken on June 13, 2011, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra

June 15, 2011

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Low pressure system moving NE between Iceland and the British Isles

SAT24  A vigorous area of low pressure looks set to develop south of Ireland on Friday. This is going to be pushing cloud and rain into Ireland, Wales andsouthwest England through the morning, some of it heavy at times. The rain affects much of

June 15, 2011

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Eruption at Nabro Volcano, Eritrea

Nabro is one of the basaltic rift volcanoes that lie along the East African Rift, where Africa is being opened like a zipper (the Red Sea is also part of this splitting of continents). There is no known historical eruptions of Nabro, but it appears that the volcano

June 15, 2011

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Chile’s volcanic devastating toll on environment

Several Latin American countries in the path of volcanic ash unleashed from a Chilean Andean crater are facing critical shortages of water, agricultural collapse, disruptions in transportation and growing risks to human and animal health. Toxic ash clouds, seen to be

June 15, 2011

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Mississippi floods may cause record-breaking dead zone in Gulf

The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to be larger than average this year  — possibly rivaling the state of New Hampshire in size — due to this spring's massive Mississippi River floods.Scientists at Louisiana State University, the Louisiana

June 14, 2011

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Air pollution in Kabul is a bigger killer than war

Choking air pollution in the Afghanistan capital Kabul is more deadly than war. Signs of the silent killer - pollutants emitted by old cars, poor quality fuel and people burning trash  are everywhere on the city's chaotic streets.Men walking or cycling usually

June 14, 2011

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82 acres of earth is slipping downhill at Keene Valley

On May 6, the iris garden alongside Jim and Charity Marlatts’ house on a mountain two hours north of Albany was cleaved by a small crack only two inches wide. It was the start of a natural catastrophe, one that is still unfolding at an excruciatingly slow

June 13, 2011

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Christchurch liquefaction videos

Soil liquefaction describes a phenomenon whereby a saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress, usually earthquake shaking or other sudden change in stress condition, causing it to behave like a liquid.In

June 13, 2011

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6,7 earthquake hit at Molucca Sea

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake has occurred in MOLUCCA SEA at depth 87km 13/06/2011 at 14:31:24

June 13, 2011

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Five UK counties in the grip of drought

Parts of England are officially in a drought following the dry spring, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said.Areas of East Anglia are in drought, with parts of the Midlands, South West and South East in a "near-drought" state. In

June 13, 2011

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Christchurch hit by swarm of earthquakes - liquefaction and potholes seen again

The largest earthquake, a 6.0, struck at about 2.20pm near Darfield, but the remaining quakes have all been centred to the east of the city. The first shake hit at 1pm and was a magnitude 5.5 quake, but there have been four other minor earthquakes over the

June 13, 2011

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Wallow North and Horseshoe2 fires, Arizona

By the end of the day on June 9, 2011, Arizona’s massive Wallow Fire had reached 386,690 acres (609 square miles or 157,701 hectares) and had burned 29 and threatened 5,242 homes. Most of the homes destroyed were in Greer.By the morning of June 12, the size of...

June 13, 2011

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Norway gripped by devastating floods

Torrential rains combined with melting snow have caused devastating floods across central Norway, washing away several houses and roads and causing landslides. One person has been injured in the floods, but it was unclear on Saturday whether their condition was

June 12, 2011

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Torrential rains affected 680,000 people, toppled 6,744 homes and inundated 639 square kilometers of farmlands in China

A new round of lethal floods and ensuing landslides have left at least 50 dead and 40 others missing in some of the major agricultural provinces in southern China, turning fears of month-long drought into record-breaking inundation and bringing this summer's flood

June 12, 2011

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Fish are continuing to die in large numbers in the Arabian Gulf waters

Contrary to the claims of the Environment Public Authority (EPA), the Kuwait Society for Protection of Environment says fish are continuing to die in large numbers in the Arabian Gulf waters, reports Al-Mustaqbal daily.The society made the statement after studying

June 11, 2011