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As Hurricane Irma rakes the west coast of Florida, all eyes are on the cities and human lives in the storm's path. But Irma is also hammering the Florida Everglades, and the scientists familiar with this fragile ecosystem are concerned the storm could deliver a devastating blow.

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Let's talk about a few facts. Billionaire party enthusiast Richard Branson owns a private isle in the Virgin Islands. Branson's island sits squarely in the path of Hurricane Irma, one the strongest storms the Atlantic has ever seen. Rather than retreat to a safer location, Branson has collected a mysterious group of "young people" for a "sleepover" in the wine cellar on his private island. They're gonna ride it out.

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"Lava viewing area" sounds like a feature of your favourite Super Mario game, but it's also a real thing in Hawaii, where you can watch the Kilauea shield volcano spew its fiery guts right into the ocean from a cliff. Or at least, you were able to do that, until the cliff in question crumbled into the ocean on New Years' Eve.

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More than 100 small earthquakes have struck the Southern California-Mexico border since Saturday. But while "quake swarm" sounds like the term Morgan Freeman uses in the disaster movie right before Los Angeles cracks off into the ocean, real scientists say this particular event is nothing to worry about.

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Seventy per cent of Earth's surface is covered by water, meaning if we were unfortunate enough to be struck by an enormous asteroid, it'd probably make a big splash. A team of data scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently decided to model what would happen if an asteroid struck the sea. Despite the apocalyptic subject matter, the results are quite beautiful.

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A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh province yesterday, leaving 97 dead and hundreds injured. Though the quake did not trigger a tsunami, it triggered memories of the horrific 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake when more than 100,000 were killed in Aceh alone.

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More than two million people in coastal Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are being told to flee their homes in advance of Hurricane Matthew, the Category 4 monster now bearing down on the United States after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean. It's easily the largest mass evacuation on US soil since Hurricane Sandy, and it's likely to be Florida's biggest evacuation ever.

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All signs are pointing toward deadly hurricane Matthew slamming directly into Space Coast — home to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station — on Friday. If that unfortunate prediction comes true, it will be the worst storm to hit the iconic Florida spaceport since it was built in 1962.