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Strong eruption of Turrialba sends ash 3 km above summit, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupted at 07:19 UTC on May 12, 2016 (01:19 local time), sending a column of smoke and ash up to 3 km (17 000 feet) above the summit (~6.3 km / 20 800 feet a.s.l.). The eruption lasted between 8 and 11 minutes. Emergency services...

May 13, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: May 4 - 10, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes between May 4 and 10, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 19 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands (UK) | Nevados de Chillán, Chile | Ruapehu, North...

May 12, 2016

Saharan dust affects marine bacteria, potential pathogen Vibrio

A new study conducted in collaboration with a group of scientists from the University of Georgia suggests the Vibrio bacteria, commonly found in the world's oceans, and well-known for its capabilities of causing serious illness to both human population and...

May 12, 2016

Deadly flooding rainfall in Haiti and Dominican Republic measured by GPM

Extreme rainfall in Haiti caused severe flooding that resulted in the deaths of at least 5 people over the past several days. In the neighboring Dominican Republic, over 3 400 people were evacuated. Both countries have already seen several rounds of severe weather...

May 11, 2016

Explaining the Mohave earthquake swarm, Arizona

Prompted by a swarm of earthquakes constantly shaking the grounds of Mohave County, Arizona, since late March 2016, Dr. Lee Alison, the Arizona State Geologists, Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, filmed a brief video clip to educate the residents and inform...

May 11, 2016

Earth's magnetic field changes mapped in detail

A group of experts utilized the data collected by the ESA's SWARM satellites to show how the magnetic field is pulsating, where it's weakening and strengthening, and how fast these changes occur. For the first time, experts have mapped both the changes...

May 11, 2016

Gas output increases at Mount Ruapehu, volcanic alert raised

GNS scientists have observed an increase in the output of volcanic gas from Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake on May 10, 2016. As a result, the Volcanic Alert Level was raised to Level 2. The Aviation Colour Code was also changed, from Green to Yellow. New...

May 11, 2016

Heavy rains, deadly floods and landslides hit drought-stricken Ethiopia

Unseasonal heavy rains have affected tens of thousands of people in southeastern Ethiopia over the last couple of days. As of early Wednesday, May 11, 2016, severe weather in the country suffering its worst drought in 5 decades claimed lives of at least 50 people....

May 11, 2016

Earth’s mantle moves up and down “like a yo-yo”

Researchers have compiled the first global set of observations of the movement of the Earth’s mantle – the 3000-km-thick layer (1 864 miles) of hot silicate rocks between the crust and the core – and found that it is moving much faster than has...

May 11, 2016

Kepler mission announces largest collection of planets ever discovered

Kepler mission announced today it has verified 1 284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. "This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler and gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star...

May 10, 2016

A key to understanding unusually high electrical conductivity in Earth's mantle

New research, conducted in collaboration with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Université Blaise-Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France and Florida State University, discovered the chlorite dehydration process is a...

May 10, 2016

Southern China hit by prolonged heavy rainfall, at least 9 casualties reported

Severe rainstorms have been affecting southern China for several days, causing traffic disruptions and affecting the lives of millions of people across the area. So far, at least nine causalities have been reported while three people went missing, according to...

May 10, 2016

Severe thunderstorms continue to target central US, more tornadoes possible

A strong low pressure system over the central US will continue to produce intense thunderstorms, accompanied by tornadoes until the end of May 11, 2016, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Large hail and strong winds are possible while tornado risk will...

May 10, 2016

The 2016 Mercury transit as seen by SDO

In a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit, Mercury passed between the Earth and the Sun on May 9, 2016. The transit occurred between roughly 11:12 and 18:42 UTC and Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured it in multiple views. Each century hosts...

May 10, 2016

Deadly tornado outbreak in Oklahoma and Nebraska

Severe storms produced multiple tornadoes across Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa and Ilionis on May 9, 2016. In Oklahoma, the storms killed at least 2 people. A large and extremely dangerous tornado touched down near Wynnewood, south of Oklahoma City, killing an elderly...

May 10, 2016

Heavy rains and landslides kill at least 53, destroy more than 500 homes in Rwanda

At least 53 people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains on May 7 and 8 in Rwanda, local authorities reported Monday, May 9, 2016. The worst affected was Gakenke district, in the country's north, where downpours destroyed about 300...

May 09, 2016

Intense rainstorm batters portions of South Australia, local flash floods reported

A spell of severe weather wrapped the south of Australia on May 9, 2016. Heavy rainfalls, accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds, caused minor flash flooding and traffic disruptions across the affected areas. About 10 districts have been put on alert. The...

May 09, 2016