Monthly Archives: July 2014

Early Earth: A Battered, Hellish World with Water Oases for Life

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Asteroids and comets that repeatedly smashed into the early Earth covered the planet’s surface with molten rock during its earliest days, but still may have left oases of water that could have supported the evolution of life, scientists say.
The new study reveals that during the…

Asteroids and comets that repeatedly smashed into the early Earth covered the planet’s surface with molten rock during its earliest days, but still may have left oases of water that could have supported the evolution of life, scientists say.

The new study reveals that during the planet’s infancy, the surface of the Earth was a hellish environment, but perhaps not as hellish as often thought, scientists added.

Earth formed about 4.5 billion years ago. The first 500 million years of its li Continue reading

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Dark Filament On The Sun

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As the sunspot number rebounds from a deep low in mid-July, the chance of flares is increasing, too. However, the biggest threat for a flare today might not be a sunspot at all. Instead, our attention turns to a long dark filament of magnetism.
Astrophotograher Jack Newton photographed the…

As the sunspot number rebounds from a deep low in mid-July, the chance of flares is increasing, too. However, the biggest threat for a flare today might not be a sunspot at all. Instead, our attention turns to a long dark filament of magnetism.

Astrophotograher Jack Newton photographed the structure on July 29th from his observatory in Osoyoos, British Columbia. Stretching more than 100,000 km from end to end, and filled with dense plasma, the sinuous filament is held aloft by solar magnetic fields. If it snaps or collapses and hits the stellar surface Continue reading

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Strong Earthquake Rocks Central And Eastern Mexico

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A magnitude-6.4 earthquake rocked central and eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but no injuries have been reported, the National Seismology Service said.
The earthquake occurred at 5:46 a.m. and its epicenter was located 46 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Isla, a city in the Gulf state of Veracruz,…

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake rocked central and eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but no injuries have been reported, the National Seismology Service said.

The earthquake occurred at 5:46 a.m. and its epicenter was located 46 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Isla, a city in the Gulf state of Veracruz, at a depth of 131 kilometers (81 miles).

The temblor was felt in some areas around Mexico City, where emergency management personnel are conducting inspections, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said.

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Research Reveals Kilauea Volcano Exerted Influence On A Tropical Storm

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One might assume that a tropical storm moving through volcanic smog (vog) would sweep up the tainted air and march on, unchanged. However, a recent study from atmospheric scientists at the University of Hawaii – Manoa revealed that, though microscopic, gasses and particles from Kilauea volcano e…

One might assume that a tropical storm moving through volcanic smog (vog) would sweep up the tainted air and march on, unchanged. However, a recent study from atmospheric scientists at the University of Hawaii – Manoa revealed that, though microscopic, gasses and particles from Kilauea volcano exerted an influence on Tropical Storm Flossie – affecting the formation of thunderstorms and lightning in the sizeable storm.

In July 2013, as Flossie approached the Hawaiian Islands, satellites steadily monitored Continue reading

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Tungurahua Volcano (Ecuador): Increase Of Activity,Ash Emission

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Following more than 2 months of calm, the volcano is probably about to enter a new eruptive phase, a special bulletin of Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute (IGPEN) informs.
Following a steep increase in seismic activity last Sunday afternoon, a small ash emission occurred at 15h49 local time,…

Following more than 2 months of calm, the volcano is probably about to enter a new eruptive phase, a special bulletin of Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute (IGPEN) informs.

Following a steep increase in seismic activity last Sunday afternoon, a small ash emission occurred at 15h49 local time, producing a plume rising approx. 1 km and causing light ash fall.

The black color of the ash suggests that it originated from a new batch of fresh magma that started to arrive in the summit crater.

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20 Dead, 150 Missing After Landslide Swallows Pune Village

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At least 20 people were killed when a landslide triggered by heavy rain flattened Malin village, 110 km from Pune city, on Wednesday morning. Officials said the death toll was expected to mount as at least 150 people were missing after the landslide, which struck in the early hours when most of…

At least 20 people were killed when a landslide triggered by heavy rain flattened Malin village, 110 km from Pune city, on Wednesday morning. Officials said the death toll was expected to mount as at least 150 people were missing after the landslide, which struck in the early hours when most of the villagers, especially children, were sleeping.

By late evening, 20 bodies were recovered from the mound of mud and debris that came down from a nearby hillock, swallowing up almost the entire tribal village of around 50 families. Continue reading

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Tropical Storm Halong Hammers Guam

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In July alone there have been three typhoons in the western Pacific. Now another tropical cyclone is taking aim on an area not hard hit by the previous three: Guam.
Tropical Storm Halong continues to gather strength about 120 miles east of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
Recent satellite images…

In July alone there have been three typhoons in the western Pacific. Now another tropical cyclone is taking aim on an area not hard hit by the previous three: Guam.

Tropical Storm Halong continues to gather strength about 120 miles east of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

Recent satellite images and National Weather Service Doppler radar from Andersen Air Force Base indicates thunderstorms are increasingly tightly wound around the center, forming an eye-like feature in radar.

An impressive band of rain has already wrapped into Guam Continue reading

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