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Humanity's first attempt to soft-land on a comet scheduled for November 12, 2014

Launched on March 2, 2004, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ESA's comet chaser Rosetta is scheduled to deploy it's lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. This will be humanity's fi

September 30, 2014

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Large earthquake swarm rattles Long Valley caldera, California U.S.

A large earthquake swarm is currently underway in Long Valley caldera, Mammoth Lake region of California U.S., east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The swarm started on Thursday, September 25, 2014, and it is one of the largest earthquake swarms in this region in the pa

September 29, 2014

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Powerful and deadly eruption of Mount Ontake, Japan

Japan's Mount Ontake volcano suddenly erupted shortly before noon local time today (03:00 UTC) spewing ash high into the sky and down the mountains' slope for more than 3 km. Tokyo VAAC reported ash plume rising up to 11 km (37 000 feet) and drifting East at 03:

September 27, 2014

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Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food prices skyrocket

High-density population areas of Sierra Leone have just been locked down in the largest pandemic quarantine in history, and it's already causing a collapse of the food delivery infrastructure. The local government says forced isolation orders will remain in effect u

September 26, 2014

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Very strong earthquake M6.2 rattles Alaska, USA

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Cook Inlet region of Alaska​, USA at 17:51 UTC (09:51 local time) on September 25, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 101.7 km (63.2 miles).Epicenter was located 95 km (59 miles) WNW of Willow, 130 km (81

September 25, 2014

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Groundwater chemistry as a precursor for earthquakes: The Iceland experience

Even during ancient times, our predecessors have used numerous precursor signals for upcoming natural disasters. Groundwater chemistry is one of them and according to latest scientific researches it has been observed to change before earthquakes. Alasdair Skelton from

September 25, 2014

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Mount Sinabung erupts again, Indonesia

After 3 months of being relatively quiet Indonesian Mount Sinabung erupted again on September 23, 2014, spewing hot ash up to two km to the southeast, official said. The eruption started at 13:43 local time on September 24 (06:43 UTC) and lasted for a full 907 seconds,

September 25, 2014

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Powerful eruption observed at Shiveluch, Kamchatka - Russia

A powerful eruption was observed at Russian Shiveluch volcano at 00:41 UTC on September 24, 2014. Ash plume rose up to 11 km (38 000 feet) altitude.The eruption generated several pyroclastic flows, some of which surpassed the 350 m high western caldera wall.The explosio

September 25, 2014

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The statistics of natural disasters: A 2013 review

According to the "Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013" published this month by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 2013 is a year with 330 registered natural disasters. This is less than the average annual disaster frequency ob

September 24, 2014

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Strong and deep M6.2 earthquake hits Argentina

A strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Argentina-Chile-Bolivia border region at 11:16 UTC on September 24, 2014 (08:16 local time). Preliminary USGS report mentions depth of 189.3 km (117.6 miles).EMSC also reported M6.2 but at depth of 179

September 24, 2014

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Impulsive solar flare measuring M2.3 erupts

Impulsive solar flare reaching M2.3 at its peak time erupted on September 23, 2014. The event started at 23:03, peaked at 23:16 and ended at 23:28 UTC.The source was Active Region 2172 (beta-gamma) located in the southeast quadrant.The event was associated with 250 sfu

September 24, 2014

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Another round of heavy rains, floods and landslides hits Assam, India

The second round of heavy monsoon rains, floods and landslides to hit northeastern India this month already claimed lives of at least 22 people, Assam state officials said on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.The government rushed personnel of the National Disaster Response F

September 23, 2014

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Liberia warns of total collapse of its government due to Ebola outbreak

The death toll from Ebola is surging in West Africa, and officials in Liberia are warning that the entire country could collapse from the devastation. Speaking at a recent meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Liberia's Minister of National Defense, Browni

September 22, 2014

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MAVEN arrives to Mars one month before Comet Siding Spring

At 02:24 UTC today NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached planet Mars and entered its orbit. MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. It is expected to begin its primary mission in a

September 22, 2014

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Sierra Leone's 6 million residents endure mandatory three-day confinement to their homes

An unprecedented national lockdown is about to take place in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries most embattled by the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Reports indicate that Sierra Leone's 6 million residents are being asked to stay home for three

September 21, 2014

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Four dead as "Super Mario" (TS Mario/Fung-Wong) plays in the Philippines

As Tropical Storm Mario/Fung Wong is leaving Philippine area of responsibility, it left a wake of devastation and four dead victims. The storm has intensified slightly as it moves towards Southern Taiwan.​In its 10 p.m. update (14:00 UTC, September 19), the The Nation

September 20, 2014

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Kilauea lava flow advances toward populated areas, Hawaii

Hawaii issued a state of emergency for its Kilauea Volcano on September 4, 2014. As the lava flow that started during the June 27th eruption continues to advance toward populated areas residents are urged to finalize their evacuation plans.Potentially-lethal concentrati

September 19, 2014