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Volcanic Eruptions Are Even More Insane In Infrared

Volcanic eruptions don’t really need our help looking impressive. But with a pair of infrared goggles, one of nature’s most fearsome outbursts becomes downright psychedelic.


Spreading Bushfires Spawn Hell On Earth Scenario

The mass exodus from the Fort McMurray area in Alberta has widened as bushfires continue to spread in and around the ravaged oil town. Officials have had to re-evacuate fleeing residents, while relocating its emergency headquarters some 322km south of the city.


Terrifying Bushfires Prompt The Evacuation Of An Entire Canadian City

Residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta — home to 83,000 people — have been ordered to leave as an out-of-control bushfire swept into the city. It’s the largest fire evacuation in the province’s history.


This Is How Fast A Little Landslide Turns Into A Full-On Cataclysm

Video: Londa and Bret Edwards were clearing debris from Idaho’s Highway 14 when things took a serious turn.


A Global Tragedy Is Unfolding In Tasmania

The blackened skeletons of scorched trees jut out of the smouldering Earth like angry bee stings. A smell of ash, dust and death hangs in the air. This isn’t a scene from a post apocalyptic movie. It’s part of a Tasmanian World Heritage Site that harbours some of the oldest trees on Earth.


This May Be The Oldest Human Record Of A Volcanic Eruption

Volcanic eruptions are something of a spectator sport today, with orbital satellites and high-speed connectivity bringing glorious images of the planet’s pyrotechnic power to the comfortable safety of our computer screens. But a fascinating new study suggests people have been chronicling Earth’s powerful outbursts since long before modern technology.


An Army Of Mini Satellites Will Scour Asia For Natural Disasters From Space

Natural disasters seem to be more plentiful and powerful than ever. But an alliance of Asian countries and universities is coming to the rescue. The plan is to launch a flock of small satellites to help monitor destruction as it unfolds on Earth, providing emergency responders with critical information faster than ever.


85 People Still Missing Following Another Industrial Disaster In China

Eighty-five people are still unaccounted for a day after a bizarre landslide struck the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Experts say the landslide was not a natural disaster, but rather a human-made catastrophe triggered by the excessive piling of industrial waste.


A Swarm Of Satellites Will Soon Keep Us Safe From Fires

The GIF above, created by NASA, may leave you wondering why the US government is building a planetary shield. Something you’re not telling us, NASA? According to the space agency, NASA’s shield plan has nothing to do with intergalactic threats — it’s protection against a danger on the ground. The space agency wants to build a global network of fire-monitoring satellites.


An Ancient Volcanic Collapse Triggered An 240 Metre Tsunami Wave

Scientists have just uncovered one of the largest tsunami events in the geologic record, and naturally, it started with an epic splash. 73,000 years ago, the eastern flank of Cape Verde’s Fogo volcano collapsed into the sea, kicking up an 240m wave.


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