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June 18, 2015
Origins of Red Sea's 'cannon earthquakes' revealed in new study
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 18, 2015
For many generations, Bedouin people living in the Abu Dabbab area on the Egyptian Red Sea coast have heard distinct noises--like the rumbling of a quarry blast or cannon shot--accompanying small earthquakes in the region. Now, a new study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America offers an explanation for this uniquely noisy seismic event. Seismic activity in the area of the Egyptian seaside resort Abu Dabbab may be caused by an active fault that lays below a 10-kilometer ... read more

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Tropical Storm Carlos forms off Mexico Pacific coast
Tropical Storm Carlos formed off Mexico's Pacific coast on Wednesday, threatening to lash the region with heavy rain and grow into a hurricane over the weekend. ... more
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Japan orders 5,000 to evacuate after heavy rain
Almost 5,000 people have been told to evacuate after torrential rain triggered landslides and flooding in Southern Japan. ... more
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Highly explosive volcanism at Galapagos
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New UK LiDAR network to detect volcanic ash
A network of particle-sensing Light Detection and Ranging Systems (LiDARs) has been installed across the UK to improve detection and aid forecasting of volcanic ash in the event of future eruptions. ... more
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Aftershock assessment
Earthquakes kill, but their aftershocks can cause the rapid collapse of buildings left standing in the aftermath of the initial quake. Research published in the International Journal of Reliability ... more
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Flash floods kill 16 in SW Pakistan: officials
Flash floods caused by torrential rains in southwest Pakistan killed at least 16 people including 14 women, officials said on Friday. ... more
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16 dead after Malaysia quake loosed 'rocks as big as cars'
Boulders "the size of cars" roared down the crowded slopes of Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu after its earthquake, a witness said, as authorities on Sunday raised the death toll in the disaster to 16. ... more
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Little-known quake, tsunami hazards lurk offshore of Southern California
While their attention may be inland on the San Andreas Fault, residents of coastal Southern California could be surprised by very large earthquakes - and even tsunamis - from several major faults th ... more
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3,000 evacuated as Indonesia upgrades alert over volcano
Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by a volcano on Sumatra to the highest possible level, an official said Thursday. ... more
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Japan mulls emergency toilets in elevators
Japan is looking at installing toilets in elevators and providing an emergency supply of drinking water for people trapped by the nation's frequent powerful earthquakes, an official said Wednesday. ... more
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Blanca grows into major hurricane off Mexican coast
Blanca mushroomed into a major hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast on Wednesday but could weaken before making landfall in the tourist-friendly Baja California peninsula, forecasters said. ... more
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Hurricane Andres tracks far off Mexico's Pacific coast: forecasters
Andres, the first hurricane of the season in the Pacific, tracked far from Mexico's west coast Sunday, packing 169 kilometer (105 mile) an hour winds but posing little threat to land, forecasters said. ... more
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Hurricane Blanca forms, heads toward Mexico resorts
Hurricane Blanca formed off Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday and was on track to strike the Los Cabos resorts during weekend elections, a year after major storm damage, forecasters said. ... more
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Hurricane Andres a Category Four storm far off Mexico's Pacific coast: forecasters
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Powerful 7.8 quake shakes Japan
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Less active North Atlantic hurricane season forecast: US
This year's North Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be less active than usual, largely because of the El Nino weather pattern, the US government said Wednesday. ... more
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Houston submerged as wild weather kills at least 28 in US, Mexico
Torrential rain left much of Texas swamped Wednesday after wild weather killed at least 28 people in the United States and Mexico, and Houston's mayor warned more flooding could be in store. ... more
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Hundreds gather in Nepal capital to mark one month since quake
Hundreds of Nepalis gathered Monday at the rubble of a 19th-century tower in Kathmandu to mark one month since a devastating earthquake killed more than 8,600 people in the Himalayan nation. ... more
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