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No bright future for Thailand's capital - Bangkok is sinking

The Thai capital, built on swampland, is slowly sinking and the floods currently besieging Bangkok could be merely a foretaste of a grim future as climate change makes its impact felt, experts say. Bangkok is sinking! The low-lying metropolis lies just 30 kilometres

November 09, 2011

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5.5 magnitude - Van, Eastern Turkey

Acording to EMSC, a magnitude 5.5 shallow earthquake hit region of Van and Ercis, the location of devastating earthquake magnitude 7.2 on October 23 2011. Epicenter was 34 km NW of Van and  37 km SW of Ercis (38.714°N, 43.133°E). EMSC reports about epicenter

November 09, 2011

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Massive mudslide in Manizales, Colombia

The death toll from a massive mudslide has risen to 35, officials said Monday, as rescuers struggled to find more survivors in this mountainous, coffee-growing region beset by days of heavy rain. The mudslide in Manizales, a city of 350,000 some 287 kilometers (178

November 08, 2011

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Haze over the Bay of Bengal

By early November 2011, haze had hovered along the southern slopes of the Himalaya for days. The river of haze flowed toward the southeast along the mountain range, and turned southward over Bangladesh. On November 7, 2011, the Moderate Resolution Imaging

November 08, 2011

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El Hierro - harmonic tremors and strong whirpool activity

The whirlpool activity at El Hierro is still very strong and so is the harmonic tremor graph who is still saturated.  The current activity is needed to feed at least 3 active vents who are spewing magmatic material into the sea.  Sometime later today or later

November 08, 2011

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Nyamulagira Volcano eruption in DR Congo

A spectacular fire show started last night when Nyamulagira volcano (also known as Nyamuragira) began an eruption that happens about every two years. The eruption could be seen clearly from the Virunga park headquarters. It appears that the eruption is not

November 08, 2011

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Magnitude 6.9 - Northeast of Taiwan

Strong 6.9 magnitude eathquake strike 215 km (133 miles) NW of Naha, Okinawa, Japan, 361 km (224 miles) NNE of Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan and 500 km (310 miles) ENE of Taipei, Taiwan (27.291°N, 125.868°E). The epicenter was at depth of 209.5 km (130.2

November 08, 2011

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Northern hemisphere entering the solar winter

The Northern Hemisphere is entering the quarter of the year with the least amount of daylight, known as solar winter.As the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the direct rays of the sun, over 50 percent of the hemisphere is in darkness at any one time. Colder

November 07, 2011

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Probability rises for new Christchurch earthquake

Scientists warned of an increased probability that another powerful earthquake will hit the earthquake-stricken New Zealand city of Christchurch in the next year. Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city, is still recovering from  6.3-magnitude quake struck in

November 07, 2011

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5.6 magnitude - Oklahoma, US

Strong 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma at at 03:53:10 UTC located 34 km (21 miles) NNE of Shawnee, 63 km (39 miles) SSE of Stillwater, 68 km (42 miles) ESE of Guthrie and 71 km (44 miles) ENE of Oklahoma City (35.537°N, 96.747°W). Epicenter was at depth of 5 km

November 06, 2011

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Strong harmonic tremors and rockslides at El Hierro

Pevolca has declared closing (until further notice) of the Los Roquillos tunnel because great risk of rockfall and landslides. The tunnel was already closed during the nightly hours, re-opened during the morning and awaiting a final verdict from Pevolca.  The strong

November 05, 2011

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Haze along the Himalaya

Haze hugged the southern slopes of the Himalaya in early November 2011. At about 10:45 a.m. on November 3, 2011, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of haze stretching from Pakistan

November 05, 2011

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Earthquakes killed 780 000 in past decade

More than 780 000 lives were lost as a result of earthquakes over the past 10 years. This is nearly 60% of all disaster-related deaths, according to a study published in The Lancet on Friday. The study was conducted by Susan Bartels of the Beth Israel Deaconess...

November 05, 2011

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Report: US topsoil contains levels of radioactive cesium up to 10,000 percent higher than previously believed

Few in the mainstream media are talking about it these days, but radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is still spewing into and contaminating the environment. And a professional engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Department of

November 04, 2011

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Frequent Mediterranean droughts caused by human impact on climate change

Wintertime droughts are increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible, according to a new analysis by NOAA scientists and colleagues at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

November 03, 2011

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Oman hit by flashfloods

Heavy rainfall causing flooding of usually dry wadis hit Oman and bring down the temperature thanks to a depression in the Arabian Sea. The regions of southern Dhofar, central Al Wusta and eastern Al Sharqiyah are regions directly facing the Arabian sea and they got

November 03, 2011

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Increased carbon dioxide emissions at El Hierro

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of  4.4  (initially reported as magnitude 3.8 by EMSC) occurred at 18:10 UTC at a depth of 23 km.  Epicenter was in the El Golfo bay. It was felt by the islanders.AVCAM has counted 85 quakes since midnight UTC today. The IGN

November 02, 2011