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TC Giovanna makes landfall in Madagascar as Category 4 storm today

A category four tropical storm, Cyclone Giovanna, is expected to make landfall within hours close to the Madagascan east coast town of Toamasina and thereafter head for the capital Antananarivo. Devastating winds, rain and storm tide of TC Giovanna will be brought to

February 13, 2012

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New strong eruptions at Mount Etna

The New South-East Crater of Mount Etna has produced a 20th paroxysmal eruptive episode in the early hours of February 9, 2012 after more than 12 days of moderate strombolian activity. This is 2nd paroxysmal event in 2012. This event was less energetic than the

February 10, 2012

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Understanding the Cebu/Negros earthquakes

A swarm of earthquakes hit Philippines last two days. An earthquake of magnitude 6.7  yesterday was the strongest and it occurred in the very highly populated region of Central Visayas in Philippines. Philvolcs, the Philippines seismological bureau has reported a

February 07, 2012

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Lake Vostok - Subglacial drill projects at Antarctica

Antarctica has nearly 90% of the ice and 70% of the fresh water on Earth. The third-largest continent, it is one and a half the size of the US.  More than 150 subglacial lakes have so far been discovered beneath Antarctica’s vast ice sheet. These lakes

February 05, 2012

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Increased volcanic activity continues in February

Trend of increased volcanic events continues through February. New activities were observed at Cleveland on Chuginadak Island, indonesian Gamalama on Halmahera, Krakatau, Lewotolo on Lomblen Island and Paluweh at Lesser Sunda Islands as well as Pagan at Mariana

February 03, 2012

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Sonic booms, nuclear event, and earthquake outside Chicago, U.S.

Nuclear reactor near Chicago, Illinois, vented steam with radioactive Tritium on Monday, Jan 30, 2012.A nuclear reactor at a northern Illinois plant, about 95 miles (152 km) northwest of Chicago, shut down at 10:18 am, local time (16:18 UTC), after losing power.

February 01, 2012

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Japan finds 14 water leaks at Fukushima

Water leaks from 14 points at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's facilities have been found, leading the operator to suspend the cooling of the spent fuel pool at its No. 4 reactor for two hours, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) was quoted by local

January 30, 2012

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Increasing seismic activities in Aegean Sea, Greece (with tectonic summary)

A moderate earthquake has struck off the northern coast of Greece near Heraklion, Crete for the second time in two days. The first earthquake had a magnitude 5.3 on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at depth of 14km, and the second earthquake had about the same magnitude -

January 28, 2012

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EU signs ACTA, global internet censorship treaty

Today, the European Union and 22 member states signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. They have now joined the US and seven other nations that signed the treaty last October.This signing ceremony merely

January 27, 2012

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Fabulous displays of northern lights after M8.7 solar flare

The anticipated geomagnetic storm caused by Monday’s M8.7 solar flare and Tuesday’s coronal mass ejection (CME) impact is over. The aurora watch has been cancelled today for all but the highest latitudes around the Arctic Circle but a dazzling display of aur

January 25, 2012

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Tepco sued for Act for the Punishment of Environmental Pollution Crimes

A citizen’s association “Protect sanriku sea from nuclear contamination” from Miyagi, Iwate and Aomori sued Katsumata, the chairman of Tepco, Tepco and 2 other people for Act for the Punishment of Environmental Pollution Crimes relating to Human Health.The

January 25, 2012

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CME impact! This is now the largest solar radiation storm since October 2003

CME Impact is here! By SWPC this is now the largest solar radiation storm since october 2003!The ACE Spacecraft chart showed a sharp change in the Bz data, just after 14:30 UTC. SWPC forecasters said they are expecting this CME to arrive here at Earth about 30

January 24, 2012

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Increased solar activity after strongest solar radiation storm since 2006

Growing Sunspot 1402 erupted in morning of January 23, 2012 around 04:00 UTC, producing a long-duration M8.7 solar flare. Each category for x-ray flares (B,C,M,X) has nine subdivisions ranging from  C1 to C9, M1 to M9, and X1 to X9. This one ranks M9, which is only

January 24, 2012

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A strong solar flare reaching M8.7 took place at 03:59 UTC Monday morning

A strong solar flare reaching M8.7 was generated by Sunspot 1402 in the northern hemisphere. The flare peaked at 03:59 UTC monday morning (Jan 23 2012) and started off an a long duration M1.0 event (LDE) before eventually rising again to its maximum. An R2 Radio

January 23, 2012

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Tropical cyclone Funso still threatens southeastern coast of Africa

A tropical cyclone Funso raging in the Mozambique Channel will menace the southeastern coast of Africa with potentially damaging winds and flooding rain this weekend and heading into next week. Currently the system is located   and its now within 75 miles of the

January 22, 2012

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CME Impact / Geomagnetic storm - Jan 22, 2012 (Video)

Jan, 22, 2012 - CME Impact / Geomagnetic storm.ACE Spacecraft telemetry has recorded a sudden solar wind increase to 540 km/s. A geomagnetic sudden impulse to 30nT was recorded at 06:00 UTC. This indicates the arrival of the expected Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).

January 22, 2012

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2011 is ninth-warmest year on record

According to new study released by NASA scientists, the global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880.  The average temperature around the globe in 2011 was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline. NASA’s

January 21, 2012