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Massive M 7.2 earthquake hit Mindanao, Philippines

Extremely dangerous and deadly earthquake, registered as M 7.2 by PHIVOLCS (M 7.1 - USGS/EMSC), struck provinces in Central Visayas and some parts of Mindanao, Philippines on October 15, 2013 at 00:12 UTC. The epicenter was located 2km (1mile) NE

October 15, 2013

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Moderate M1.7 solar flare erupted from geoeffective AR 1865

A moderate solar flare measuring M1.7 erupted on Sunday, October 13, 2013. The event peaked at 00:43 UTC and a Type II Radio Emission was associated. Type II emissions occur in association with eruptions on the Sun and typically indicate a Coronal Mass Ejection is

October 13, 2013

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Comet ISON expected to survive close Sun encounter

New studies released at the American Astronomical Society’s 45th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Denver, Colorado suggests that Comet ISON could make it through its close perihelion passage near the Sun. Researchers Matthew Knight

October 11, 2013

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Night sky guide for October 2013

On October 1, Comet ISON is making closest approach to Mars. Mars missions will have a close up look at the comet. On October 3 - Uranus is at opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully

October 01, 2013

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Two large fireballs spotted over the skies of Ohio, US

Two very bright fireballs were spotted and recorded over the skies of Ohio, US, in just two days. They quickly became 2nd and 3rd most reported events of all time on the American Meteor Society (AMS) website.Witnesses from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and

September 29, 2013

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Massive and very dangerous earthquake magnitude 7.7 struck Pakistan

A massive, shallow and very dangerous earthquake M 7.7 struck Pakistan on September 24, 2013 at 11:29 UTC (16:29 local time). The duration of the quake was close to 2 minutes. After preliminary analysis, both USGS and EMSC are reporting magnitude 7.7

September 24, 2013

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Bottled water found to contain over 24 000 chemicals, including endocrine disruptors

Widespread consumer demand for plastic products that are free of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) has led to some significant positive changes in the way that food, beverage and water containers are manufactured. But a new study out of Germany has

September 21, 2013

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Approaching Comet C/2012 S1 "ISON"

November 28, 2013 T -0 D-day! Comet ISON vs The Sun Most of you have already seen latest ISON images from SOHO's LASCO and are sharing this unique experience with the rest of the world. If you are not in the train yet... we are all watching ISON via

September 17, 2013

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Massive flooding hits northern Colorado, USA - 95 year old rainfall record broken

What National Weather Service termed "biblical rainfall amounts" triggered a massive flash flooding in northern Colorado on Thursday, September 12, 2013. NWS warned of extremely dangerous and life threatening situation. At least three people have

September 13, 2013

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Huge underground water reserve discovered in drought-stricken Kenya

200 billion cubic meters of underground water was found under the plains of drought-stricken northern Kenya. Kenyan environment ministry said that newly discovered aquifer brings hope and promise of prosperity to tens of millions without adequate

September 12, 2013

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A timeline of the most important events at the Bayou Corne sinkhole - Louisiana sinkhole (since May 2012)

The Bayou Corne sinkhole, also known as Louisiana sinkhole, was discovered in August 2012 when a Napoleonville salt dome, a naturally-occurring underground salt deposit, suddenly collapsed after months of unexplained seismic activity and

September 03, 2013

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50 kg meteor explodes and illuminates sky over southeastern US

A meteor with estimated mass of over 50 kg exploded over Tennessee, US, around 07:27 UTC on August 28, 2013 (02:27 local time). Head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, Bill Cook, said the fireball reached a peak magnitude of -13. It was brighter than a full

August 30, 2013

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Chandra catches our supermassive black hole rejecting material

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have taken a major step in explaining why material around the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is extraordinarily faint in X-rays. This discovery holds important implications for understanding

August 29, 2013

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Comet ISON to fly by Mars on October 1 and meet the Sun on November 28, 2013

After several weeks of being hidden behind the Sun, comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) finally emerged from solar conjunction mid August, and early, tentative measures of its brightness by CIOC hint that it is beginning to slowly brighten up. CIOC writes: From

August 26, 2013

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Hunt for asteroids: Decommissioned WISE spacecraft to be reactivated as asteroid hunter

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September 2013. It will again be assisting in effort

August 22, 2013

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Worst flooding in decades hit China, worst in 120 years for Russia's Far East

Unusually heavy rainfall occurred near the Amur river which marks the dividing line between China and Russia from the end of July to mid-August 2013. Starting on August 10, 2013, areas of northeastern China began to experience flooding.  From August 15 to 17,

August 21, 2013

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Massive eruption at Sakura-jima volcano spewed highest volcanic column in recorded history, Japan

A spectacular eruption of Sakura-jima volcano sent up its highest plume in recorded history on August 18, 2013, the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory said. Massive eruption started at 07:31 UTC (4:31 pm local time) and spewed cascading column of

August 18, 2013