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May 24, 2015
No Major U.S. Hurricane Landfalls in Nine Years: Luck?
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The United States hasn't experienced the landfall of a Category 3 or larger hurricane in nine years - a string of years that's likely to come along only once every 177 years, according to a new NASA study. The current nine-year "drought" is the longest period of time that has passed without a major hurricane making landfall in the U.S. since reliable records began in 1850, said Timothy Hall, a research scientist who studies hurricanes at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York. ... read more

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Study attributes varying explosivity to gaseous state within volcanic conduits
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Scientists have compiled a new database of coastal flooding in the UK over the last 100 years, which they hope will provide crucial information to help prevent future flooding events. 'SurgeWa ... more
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New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit. ... more
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Volcanic ash disrupts Costa Rica flights
Ash spewing from Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano Monday forced the country's main airport to close for more than three hours, officials said. ... more
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NASA satellite captures Typhoon Dolphin passing over Guam
NASA's MODIS camera recently captured Typhoon Dolphin hovering just north of Guam. ... more
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Guatemala's Fuego volcano is becoming become more active, belching out increasing amounts of smoke and ash, officials said on Friday. ... more
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Nepal unprepared for second quake, says PM
Nepal's prime minister on Thursday said his government was unprepared for the strong earthquake that hit two days ago, as he visited one of the areas worst hit by the disaster. ... more
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Noise produces volcanic seismicity, akin to a drumbeat
Volcanoes are considered chaotic systems. They are difficult to model because the geophysical and chemical parameters in volcanic eruptions exhibit high levels of uncertainty. Now, Dmitri V. Alexand ... more
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Explosive volcanoes fueled by water
University of Oregon geologists have tapped water in surface rocks to show how magma forms deep underground and produces explosive volcanoes in the Cascade Range. "Water is a key player," says Paul ... more
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Typhoon Noul in Japan after deadly Philippines hit
Typhoon Noul crashed into the southern Japanese island chain of Okinawa Tuesday, after killing two people in the Philippines, bringing surging waves and howling winds as it headed towards the mainland. ... more
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Dozens dead as new quake hits shattered Nepal
A new earthquake and powerful aftershocks killed dozens of people and brought fresh terror to a traumatised Nepal on Tuesday as buildings already damaged in a monster quake last month came tumbling down. ... more
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Strong 6.8-magnitude quake hits northeastern Japan
A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan early Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, but authorities did not issue a tsunami warning and there were no immediate reports of damage. ... more
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Two dead as powerful typhoon clips north Philippines
Two people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that grazed the Philippines' northeastern tip, according to authorities who said Monday that the evacuation of coastal villages and volcanic slopes averted a higher toll. ... more
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Nicaragua's Telica volcano spews fiery rock and ash into night sky
Nicaragua's Telica volcano, the country's most active, spewed fiery rocks and gases Sunday, dusting nearby towns with ash and awing residents as incandescent material shot into the night sky. ... more
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Subtropical storm Ana forms off US East Coast
US weather forecasters warned Thursday of a subtropical storm in the Atlantic that is expected to bring unseasonably heavy rains to the southeastern United States. ... more
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Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region
Nepal's earthquake should act as a wake-up call to neighbouring countries which have failed to learn lessons from their own disasters and where shoddy construction and rapid urbanisation could lead to death on an even greater scale next time round, experts say. ... more
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'Boulders size of vans' hit Nepal trekking village after quake
A trekker stranded for days in quake-hit Nepal has said he watched boulders the size of minivans smash buildings in a popular tourist area devastated by a massive avalanche, living to tell the tale using skills learnt from US reality TV show "Survivor". ... more
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Volcanic warning at Japanese hot springs resort
Japan's meteorological agency on Tuesday issued a warning to limit access to the popular hot springs resort of Hakone after a nearby volcano became active and began belching steaming gas. ... more
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