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Thousands of south Pacific islanders at the mercy of an active volcano will be permanently relocated by the end of May, the Vanuatu government has said. Ash as deep as 30cm has already settled on many parts of the island, and people are experiencing breathing difficulties, skin reactions and illnesses such as chest infections as
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One of the world’s wildest mountain drives, Japan’s Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route has reopened to tourists for another season. And the route’s biggest attraction is the unbelievable Snow Wall Walk – an otherworldly 17-meter-deep snow corridor – located along the pathway in Yuki no Otani (or Great Valley of Snow). Stretching across the Toyama and
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Observations and measurements of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō eruption on Kīlauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone during the past month suggest that the magma system beneath Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō has become increasingly pressurized, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported April 17. If this activity continues, a new vent could form at any time, either on the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone
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A powerful late-season winter storm named Xanto by The Weather Channel brought record April snowfall to the upper Midwest and Great Lakes in mid-April 2018. Xanto was the heaviest April snowstorm on record in Minneapolis/St. Paul, it also was the second-heaviest snowstorm of all-time in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The storm officially brought 40.13 cm (15.8 inches)
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In chaos theory, they say the infinitesimal flapping of a butterfly’s wings can hypothetically cascade into a fierce tornado. Now, scientists have demonstrated how some of the smallest creatures in the ocean could have the same outsized impact under the waves – with swarms of marine organisms inadvertently producing powerful currents that mix and churn
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NASA’s newest satellite is scheduled to launch on the evening of Wednesday 18 April, 22:51 UTC. Known as TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will play a crucial role in humanity’s search for planets outside our own Solar System. And it’ll be blasted into orbit by SpaceX’s famous, reusable Falcon 9 rocket.   Shortly after the launch, SpaceX
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New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between April 11 and 17, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Dukono, Halmahera
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The Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) lifted off on schedule from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:51 PM EDT (11pm GMT), following a two-day postponement forced by a technical glitch found on Monday in the rocket’s guidance-control system. The California-based company has launched cargo missions and other payloads for NASA before. But the
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The elusive Ganges river shark (Glyphis gangeticus) is listed as critically endangered, and has not been seen for more than ten years. But recently published photographs show a female specimen measuring 8ft 7in at a market in Mumbai, leaving conservationists stunned. Rima Jabado, is the founder and lead scientist of the Gulf Elasmo Project, which
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This shocking footage shows penguins living on an island of plastic waste! Researchers recorded these disturbing images in the South Pacific, where dozens of Gentoo penguins have settled on an island of plastic waste. Is that the new normal? What is living on this garbage island in the South Pacific? These animals are penguins. And
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The power grid has collapsed in Puerto Rico and the entire island lost power on the morning of April 18, 2018. The cause of the outage wasn’t immediately known, but island officials and media confirmed electricity was out. The outage comes shortly after a tree fell on power lines and knocked the power out of
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The stunning 520-million-year-old fossil found in Yunnan, southern China, was presented to the world in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Ancient fossilised creature has quickly caught the interest of scientists and palaeontologists alike who are fiercely debating the new findings. But what are these spindly and oddly shaped fossils that
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It’s the prettiest powder keg on the planet – the Yellowstone supervolcano, simmering under the mystique and grandeur of the national park that adorns the fearsome caldera. And scientists just got one step closer to understanding the hidden geology of this epic blowhole.   Using supercomputers to model the behaviour of two known magma chambers concealed
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A massive dust storm swept over Yazd province in central Iran on April 16, 2018. Hadi Hadinasab, the director-general of the crisis management department of Yazd governorate, said the storm has fortunately left no casualties or damages. The dense cloud dramatically reduced visibility and left thousands without electricity. “Reports from various regions in the province