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Cataclysmic floods - Balkan experiences its worst ever flooding

After several days of extremely heavy rain over parts of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkan Peninsula is experiencing its worst-ever flooding. Heavy rains started on Wednesday, May 14 and by Monday, May 19, all major rivers have burst their banks...

May 19, 2014

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Longlasting fireball accompanied by sonic boom streaks over southeastern US

A large and bright fireball accompanied by sonic boom was observed over southeastern US at 13:38 UTC on May 16, 2014 (May 15, 2014, 21:38 EDT). People calling 911 described the incident as a large boom that shook the foundations of their homes.According to a statement f

May 17, 2014

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Huge fireball seen over Queensland might have hit the ground, Australia

A giant fireball was seen falling from the sky over central and northern Queensland on May 15th. According to eyewitnesses, a massive ball of fire had blue and orange tail and it might have hit the ground somewhere between Townsville and Jericho around 18:52 AEST (06:52

May 16, 2014

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High-speed solar winds increase lightning strikes on Earth

Scientists have discovered new evidence to suggest that lightning on Earth is triggered not only by cosmic rays from space, but also by energetic particles from the Sun.University of Reading researchers found a link between increased thunderstorm activity on Earth and s

May 15, 2014

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 7 - 13, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from May 7 - 13, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ahyi, Mariana Islands (USA)  | Merapi, Central Java (Indonesia)  | Santa María, Guatemala  | Tengge

May 14, 2014

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In Japan: volcano vs the nuclear power plant

There is an ongoing battle between the Sakurajima volcano and 50-km-away Sendai nuclear power plant in Kyushu, southwestern Japan. While the operator of the power plant aims to restart its idle nuclear reactors, a new strong eruption b

May 12, 2014

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Guatemalan Santa Maria erupts, volcanic ash up to 7.6 km

Intense activity was observed at Guatemalan Santiaguito, lava-dome complex of Santa Maria volcano, at 16:00 UTC (10.00 am local time) today. INSIVUMEH reported moderate to strong pyroclastic flows on southeastern flanks. Regions Quetzaltenango and Retalhuleu a

May 09, 2014

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New meteor shower and possible meteor storm on May 24th

On the night of May 24 Earth will possibly pass through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in its past orbits. If this happens we might see a brief but intense burst of meteor activity. No one has ever seen it before and although nothing is certain at th

May 06, 2014

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First U.S. case of deadly virus MERS confirmed in Indiana

The first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was reported in a traveler to the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday, May 2, 2014. This deadly virus is relatively new to human

May 03, 2014

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Earthquake swarm in the volcanic chain between Momotombo and Apoyeque continues, Nicaragua

An earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale hit Nicaragua on April 11, 2014 affecting a total of 2 403 homes of which 178 collapsed, were totally destroyed or rendered uninhabitable. The remaining 2 225 homes suffered partial damage.The earthquake originated

April 30, 2014

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Graphene not all good - transport of graphene oxide nanoparticles in water

In a first-of-its-kind study of how a super material some think could transform the electronics industry moves in water, researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobil

April 29, 2014

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MERS outbreak hits 30% death rate as pandemic spreads in Saudi Arabia

The MERS outbreak sweeping through Saudi Arabia and Egypt has accelerated yet again with 26 new confirmed cases today. Infections have exploded by 73 percent in just one month, reports Reuters.What really has virologists alarmed, however, is the 30% death rate curr

April 28, 2014

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Watch the first solar eclipse of 2014 live - non-central annular solar eclipse on April 29

The first solar eclipse of 2014 will occur on April 29. This will be annular solar eclipse - the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun resulting in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. This eclipse occurs at the Moon

April 27, 2014

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Intense eruptive phase started at Reventador, unrest reported at Tungurahua, Ecuador

A new phase of intense activity, with new lava flows, started at Ecuadorian Reventator volcano. The volcano had been in a state of intermittent strombolian explosions for the past few weeks but experienced a rapid increase in activity around 20:00 UTC on April 23, 2014.

April 25, 2014

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Activity intensifies at Guatemalan Fuego volcano

Guatemalan authorities reported yesterday that explosions at Fuego volcano intensified to moderate and strong. Gray columns of smoke and ash rose up to 4.5 km above sea level, moving 10 - 12 km southwest and northwest. Incadescent pulses remained at 200 meters above the

April 23, 2014

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S1 (minor) solar radiation storm in progress after M7.3 solar flare on April 18

Earth is currently under the influence of S1 (minor) solar radiation storm created as a result of yesterday's M7.3 solar flare. Our planet is showered with highly energetic solar particles (primarily protons) released from the flare site. Extende

April 19, 2014

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Massive earthquake M7.2 struck Guerrero, Mexico

Massive earthquake measuring M7.2 (downgraded from 7.5) on the Richter scale struck Guerrero, Mexico on April 18, 2014 at 14:27 UTC. USGS reported depth of 24 km (14.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at depth of 40 km. This powerful earthquake las

April 18, 2014