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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.


The World's Largest Artificial Wave Generator Will Help Us Build Storm-Proof Cities

Next week, an unassuming canal in Delft will start shooting waves 4.5 metres into the air. And I’m sorry to say the surfers will have to sit this one out, because the Delta Flume wave machine was built for a higher purpose. Namely, destroying dikes and seawalls to figure out how the heck our coastal cities are going to survive the next century.


500 Year Floods Now Coming To New York Every 24 Years

Bad news for New Yorkers: The inundation of Hurricane Sandy might have been billed as a 3,000 year flood, but according to new research, the recurrence interval for Sandy-sized flood events has shrunk. By a factor of 23.


US Telephone History Museum Destroyed In Recent California Wildfire

The JKL Museum of Telephony, dedicated to preserving the history of phones, was destroyed last week as one of the worst wildfires of the summer raged across the central valley of California.


We've Never Seen This Many Massive Storms On The Pacific At Once

It was a historic moment in meteorology late last week, when three Category 4 storms were simultaneously spotted marching across the Pacific. As if that wasn’t ominous enough, a tropical depression has just added itself to the mix.


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.


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