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Study reveals how water in the deep Earth triggers seismic events

In a new study, an international team of scientists provided the first conclusive evidence directly correlating deep Earth's water cycles, magmatic productivity, and earthquake activity. Water and other volatiles that are cycled through the deep Earth have...

June 28, 2020

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New maps reveal unprecedented detail about Zealandia -- Earth's lost 8th continent

Researchers from GNS Science in New Zealand announced that they had mapped the shape and size of Zealandia-- the Earth's lost 8th continent, which is now sitting about 1 067 m (3 500 feet) under the South Pacific. "We've made these maps to provide an...

June 28, 2020

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'Extraordinary' lightning megaflashes in Brazil and Argentina set new distance and duration records

A 16-second flash of lightning in Argentina on March 4, 2019, and a 700 km (435 miles) bolt in Brazil on October 31, 2018, set new records for the greatest lightning duration and longest bolt ever, respectively, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

June 26, 2020

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'Once-in-50-years' rainfall event hits Nagasaki, Japan

Torrential rain struck the southwestern prefecture of Nagasaki in Japan, on Thursday morning, June 25, 2020-- an event described by the national meteorological agency as 'once-in-50-years.' Rainfall in Sasebo also hit a record high for the month of June,...

June 25, 2020

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Deadly flash floods hit Romania after the worst drought in 100 years and heaviest floods in 200 years

Heavy rains triggered flash flooding in 29 counties across Romania on June 23, 2020, killing at least three people, damaging hundreds of properties, and prompting the evacuation of 152 people. The severe weather came after parts of the country experienced their...

June 24, 2020

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'Abnormally large' plume of Saharan dust makes it to the Caribbean, to reach South U.S. this week

A massive dust cloud from the Sahara continues its westward progression and has moved over the Lesser Antilles, the eastern Caribbean Sea, and Puerto Rico as of June 21, 2020. The dust plume, which is described by scientists as an abnormally large cloud, is forecast...

June 22, 2020

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Strong eruption at Merapi volcano, ashfall reported up to 45 km (28 miles) away, Indonesia

Indonesia's Mount Merapi has erupted twice on Sunday, June 21, 2020, ejecting ash up to 6 000 m (20 000 feet) into the sky, according to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG). The first explosion occurred at 02:13 UTC (09:13 LT) and...

June 22, 2020

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Massive plume of Saharan dust moving over the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean and U.S.

An expansive plume of dust from the Sahara continues to move over the Atlantic Ocean and is forecast to spread to the Caribbean by the weekend. It may also reach the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the U.S. by next week. The Saharan Air Layer (SAL) usually forms from...

June 18, 2020

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Seismic activity increased around Grindavik, deformation data show new signs of inflation, Iceland

Seismic activity increased around Grindavík at the end of May 2020. Since then almost 2 500 earthquakes were registered, most of them below M1.0. The activity in the region has increased episodically since January this year due to deformation caused by...

June 17, 2020

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Spectacular, long-lasting green fireball recorded over Pilbara, Western Australia

A spectacular, long-lasting green fireball was recorded over Pilbara, Western Australia at around 16:45 UTC on June 14, 2020 (00:45 LT on June 15). The American Meteor Society (AMS) received two reports about the event from Port Hedland and Exmouth, but according...

June 15, 2020

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50 000-year-old meteorite crater lake turns red overnight, India

Lonar Lake, a meteorite crater lake formed 50 000 years ago in western Maharashtra, India has turned reddish-pink overnight on June 10, 2020, leaving nature enthusiasts stunned. The color change is currently attributed to changing salinity levels and the presence of...

June 12, 2020

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Active volcanism found under the heart of northwest Europe

Researchers have found new hints of active volcanism near some of the most populated areas of Europe. The study obtained GPS monitoring data from antennae across western Europe to monitor subtle movements in the Earth's surface believed to be caused by an...

June 12, 2020

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Record cold in mesosphere causes noctilucent clouds to spill out of Arctic into mid-latitudes

Temperatures at the mesosphere have been breaking 14-year records over the past few days, according to Lynn Harvey of the University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. This causes noctilucent clouds to spill across the Arctic and descend to...

June 11, 2020

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Volcanic activity remains high at Nishinoshima, Japan

Volcanic activity remains high at the Japanese Nishinoshima volcano, with large lava flows and ash emissions. Nishinoshima is the summit of a massive submarine volcano that has prominent satellitic peaks to the S, W, and NE. A near-crater warning is in effect since...

June 10, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 LD flew past us at 0.8 LD - the largest within 1 lunar distance since 2011

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 LD flew past Earth at a distance of 0.80 LD / 0.00205 AU (306 675 km / 190 559 miles) at 08:25 UTC on June 5, 2020. This is the 45th known and the largest asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of...

June 09, 2020

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Seismo-volcanic crisis near Mayotte continues for the third year in a row

New maritime campaigns carried out last month off the coast of Mayotte acquired new readings of the seabed over an area of approximately 1 500 km2 (580 mi2) east of the island. The goal was to better understand the seismo-volcanic crisis affecting Mayotte since May...

June 08, 2020

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Very rare derecho hits central Rockies and northern Plains

Widespread, long-lived wind storm known to meteorologists as 'derecho' affected the central Rockies and northern Plains on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Derechos are very rare for parts of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado, NWS Storm Prediction Center said. In fact,...

June 08, 2020