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6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan- tsunami warnings issued

Japan has issued a tsunami alert after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck in the northeast of the country, rattling the areas hardest hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters. The meteorological agency said on Thursday the latest jolt hit at 6.51am (7.51am AEST)

June 22, 2011

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Hundreds of reservoirs at risk of overflowing in Anhui Province in China

An official with the Anhui Water Resource Department said levels at more than 660 reservoirs in the province were above warning levels. The level of the Shuiyang and Qingyi rivers, both tributaries of the Yangtze River running through Anhui, has also risen above safe

June 22, 2011

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Tropical storm Beatriz caused flooding and destruction in Acapulco area

Hurricane Beatriz brushed Mexico's resort-studded Pacific coast with powerful rains and winds early Tuesday, flooding streets as tourists hunkered down in hotels. Authorities closed the ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo and urged hotel owners to tell

June 22, 2011

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Is Thera Volcano on Santorini island waking up?

Seismologists and volcanologists are monitoring very carefully the seismic sequence that occured last week in Santorini. While reassuring the scientific community and the Institute of Geodynamics, National Observatory of Athens, decided to settle on Monday, another

June 22, 2011

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Nabro Volcano evolving into a milder, more effusive eruption

After nearly a week of explosive activity, Eritrea’s Nabro Volcano seems to be evolving into a milder, more effusive eruption. By June 19th, the maximum altitude of Nabro’s ash plume dropped from a maximum of 45,000 feet (14,000 meters) to 25,000 feet...

June 22, 2011

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Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex continues to disrupt flights half a world away

Volcanic ash circling the globe could visit New Zealand for a third time. It's the second time in a week the cloud has causing delays and cancellations around Australia and New Zealand. Flights around Australia are slowly resuming but Qantas flights between Australia

June 22, 2011

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Explosive-extrusive eruptions of the Kamchatkan volcanoes continues

One of the major volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Shiveluch, has belched out ash to the elevation of 10 kilometers above sea level. A total of two series of local seismic events lasting from 40 minutes to 60 minutes have been registered at the volcano. It

June 22, 2011

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Land splitting creates panic in Uttar Pradesh state of India

Indian scientist in the United States has cautioned that mysterious long widespread cracks observed in several places in the Indo-Gangetic plains could be due to motion of a massive granitic body underneath. Ramesh Singh, who had extensively studied the seismology...

June 22, 2011

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Strong 6,1 earthquake hit Santa Cruz Islands

 Strong earthquake magnitude 6,1 hit 93km South-SouthWest from Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands at depth of 13,5km on June 21 O1:04:15.(USGS) The Santa Cruz Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, part of  Temotu Province of the

June 21, 2011

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Eruptive activity continued at Nabro volcano in Eritrea

Volcanic ash from a remote area in Eritrea reaches Ethiopian skies causing not only confusion and fear, but also contaminating the air with sulphur dioxide in the areas closest to the site of eruption. The type of eruption that took place is an explosive eruption

June 21, 2011

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State of the Ocean

The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) was established by scientists with the aim of saving the Earth and all life on it.IPSO is currently compiling the Global State of the Ocean Report, which will collate world-wide marine science to

June 21, 2011

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Combination of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds fuel historic fires across US

Firefighters across the southwestern United States are facing some of the worst weather conditions of the season. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of Arizona, all of New Mexico, much of north Texas and portions of Oklahoma,...

June 19, 2011

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Fires near Yakutsk, Russia

Deep green needle-leaf forests stretch away from the Lena River in Russia’s remote eastern reaches. Siberian larch trees mingle with patches of fragrant pine, while brush and moss cling to the ground. Unlike most coniferous trees, the larch sheds its needles at the

June 18, 2011

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Whales are suffering skin damage as ultraviolet radiation increases

Many whales are now acutely sunburned, with cases escalating in recent years, according to new research.The study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is the first to demonstrate that sun damage to whale skin is on the rise and is likely tied to

June 17, 2011

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New eruptions of NaBro volcano canceled flights in East Africa

Volcanic activity has increased at the Nabro volcano in Eritrea, just four days after the stratovolcano sent an ash plume more than 15km into the air. The ash drifted west northwest over Sudan Wednesday evening threatening to bring further disruption to air traffic in

June 16, 2011

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Russia’s wildfires still burning - Damage is triple last year’s

Russian wildfires since the start of the year have destroyed almost three times the forest and crop areas damaged a year earlier, when the country experienced its worst drought in half a century, the government said.Wildfires have ravaged almost 635,568 hectares

June 16, 2011

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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