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The Haunting Weather Statement That Saved Lives During Hurricane Katrina

Most of us don’t think much of the daily weather statements that meteorologists make every single day. Until there’s a natural disaster, of course. But a forecast issued as Hurricane Katrina slammed into the the Gulf states ten years ago today made history for its eloquence — and changed the way forecasts are written.


Tianjin Blasts Released So Much Energy They Looked Like Earthquakes

The explosions that devastated Tianjin yesterday were so powerful, they registered as seismic activity by China’s National Earthquake Network. And the “quakes” geophysicists saw don’t even begin to capture the magnitude of the blasts.


NASA's Thermal Camera Turns Galapagos Volcano Into An Eruption From Hell

After 33 years without a peep, the highest volcano in the Galapagos began belching hot magma in May. The eruption was pretty badass on its own, but a new NASA photo, digitally altered to look as if rivers of black lava are streaming down a red mountainside, makes it look like it occurred in an otherworldly hell.


India's Recent Heat Wave Was Brutal

India is known for becoming a sweltering furnace in May, but last month was exceptionally brutal, with temperatures hovering 5°C above normal for nearly two weeks. By 4 June, the heat wave had claimed over 2500 lives, making it the fifth deadliest in recorded history.


New Earth-Orbiting Microwave Gun Is Making Killer Maps Of Wind Dynamics

On May 10th, tropical storm Ana — the first named storm of this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season — made landfall along the USA’s Carolina coast. NASA scientists took the opportunity to observe the storm’s wind dynamics with one of their newest toys and produced this spectacular wind map while they were at it.


Short Documentary: What It's Like To Be In Nepal After The Earthquake

Another massive earthquake hit Nepal today, this time the epicentre was near Mount Everest. It’s so sad because the people of Nepal are still recovering from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake just two weeks ago that had killed thousands and wrecked Nepal to an unimaginable degree. Samaritan’s Purse filmed this short to tell the stories of the survivors and shows ways in which we can help out.


Scientists Are Racing Across Nepal To Gather Fleeting Quake Data

It sounds like a plot to a fast-paced popcorn flick, but right now, US scientists are on a mad dash in Nepal, collecting as much quake data as possible from the country’s scattered ground movement sensors, before the info is completely wiped. These numbers could help seismologists predict when the next big one could strike.


Machines Sensed The Nepal Earthquake From Nearly 13,000km Away

When a massive earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, it created seismic waves that travelled around the world in a matter of minutes, propagating swiftly through Earth’s crust and mantle to rattle seismic stations in the US. The Nepal quake was devastating, but the fact that it was felt nearly 13,000km away is actually not unusual.


Last Week, I Was Paragliding; Now I'm Delivering Aid In Nepal

I am OK, but Nepal is not. The part of the country that got hit the hardest is the remote Gorkha district. Many small towns and villages are still not included in any government search and rescue effort. This is one of many stories from the area: One day, six volunteers and two villages.


Google Deploys Person Finder Tool To Aid Victims Of Nepal Earthquake

As reports of the devastation from this morning’s earthquake in Nepal continue to roll in, Google has launched Person Finder, a crowdsourced, missing persons database to help victims of the quake track down their loved ones.


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