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Eruption of Indonesian Mount Kelut the largest since the 2010 eruption of Puyehue-Cordon Caulle in Chile

According to BNPB, moderate intensity tremors continue at Mount Kelut but the volcano has been showing a decline in the intensity of the eruption. The ash plume rising to about 3000 m in altitude was observed yesterday.  Mount Kelut erupted in the late hours of

February 17, 2014

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Never before seen levels of radiation reported near Pacific

Operator of crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex said on Thursday, February 13, that the latest samples of water tested inside the complex contained radioactive cesium at levels never seen before by the embattled utility. TEPCO, while admitting there may be a

February 14, 2014

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Changed landscape around Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

The following images show how much of the landscape around Sinabung volcano, Indonesia, has changed in last 9 months. The ash has coated nearby villages, as well as the coffee, chili pepper, and other plantation clustered at the foot of the

February 12, 2014

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The Day After Tomorrow - Blizzards and freezing rain wreak havoc in parts of central and eastern Europe

Parts of central and eastern Europe have been devastated by blizzards and freezing rain in last couple of days. Cold spell and snowstorms disrupted power supplies, travel and schools... some regions are still cut out from the rest of the world. Though the snow

February 06, 2014

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Active volcanoes in the world: January 29 - February 4, 2014

New activity was observed at 6 volcanoes in last 7 days, ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world from January 29 - February 4, 2014 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New

February 06, 2014

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Deadly eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano claims its first victims, Indonesia

Indonesian Mount Sinabung volcano claimed its first victims due to a direct effect of the eruption. At least 14 people were reported killed and 3 others severely burnt by one or two moderately large pyroclastic flows this morning. 3 more people are still reported

February 01, 2014

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Our changing climate and the variable Sun

Solar physicists around the world today are wondering: has the Sun fallen silent? In 2013, the Sun began the peak phase of its 11-year sun spot cycle called the Solar Maximum when sunspot production should be at its highest. However, the lack of sunspot activity has

February 01, 2014

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Comet Siding Spring set for a close encounter with Mars - epic meteor shower expected

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is a long-period comet set for a very close encounter with Mars later this year. Although early estimates of its orbit showed a good possibility of impact, latest observations suggest a near miss and raise great concern for Mars

January 28, 2014

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Ancient forests stabilised Earth’s CO2 and climate

UK researchers have identified a biological mechanism that could explain how the Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate were stabilised over the past 24 million years. When CO2 levels became too low for plants to grow properly, forests appear to have

January 24, 2014

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Stanford scientists use 'virtual earthquakes' to forecast Los Angeles quake risk

Stanford scientists have developed a new "virtual earthquake" technique and used it to confirm a prediction that Los Angeles would experience stronger-than- expected ground motion if a major quake occurred along the southern San Andreas Fault. They are

January 24, 2014

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Dollard's Advanced Seismic Warning System - Tesla inspired earthquake detector

If you haven't heard for Eric Dollard yet, visit his official website to learn more about him and what he does. We present here his Advanced Seismic Warning System - an early warning system for detection of earthquakes up to 48 hours ahead of

January 22, 2014

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Rosetta wakes up from deep space hibernation

After 31 months of deep space hibernation ESA's comet chaser "Rosetta" has woken up and contacted mission control today. The signal was received by NASA’s Goldstone ground station in California at 18:18 UTC, during the first window of oppor

January 20, 2014

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International marine science organization releases report on radiation in Pacific Ocean

If you've heard about Fukushima radiation spreading to the Pacific Coast of North America but were "corrected" by sources both official and expert that this was based more on rumor than reality, then consider the information presented at the October 2013

January 20, 2014

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West African lion on the verge of extinction

A new study published in PLOS One journal last week warns that a dramatic decline of West African lions has placed them on the verge of extinction. Study authors call for urgent intervention to save them. The lion (Panthera leo) was the most

January 15, 2014

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Southern berm of Louisiana sinkhole sagging

An increasing trend of seismic activity at the Bayou Corne sinkhole near Oxy 3 cavern placed the sinkhole staff back on highest level alert late December 2013. Since August 2012 the sinkhole grew from 1 to more than 25 acres (10 hectares / 100 000

January 03, 2014

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Newly discovered asteroid "2014 AA" burned up over the Atlantic

Newly discovered asteroid "2014 AA", approximately 2 - 4 meters in diameter, burned in our atmosphere around 05:00 UTC today. JPL's Steve Chesley noted that impact locations are widely distributed, most likely falling on an

January 02, 2014

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Night sky guide for January 2014

January 1 - New Moon - 11:14 UTC. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will be completely unilluminated. January 2, 3 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower peak nights. The Quadrantids have the potential to be

January 01, 2014