Category: Natural Disasters

Italy’s Mount Etna Erupts in Fiery Show [VIDEO]

Mount Etna has erupted in a fiery show of lava in eastern Sicily. The volcano’s latest eruptions, which can last days and even weeks, began on Monday evening. The giant orange fountains of lava, spewing toward the sky, could be seen in the city of Catania and the resort town of Taormina. Although volcanic ash clouds can cause flight disruptions, the nearby Catania airport was operating normally Tuesday. Authorities reported no danger to the towns that dot the mountain’s slopes....

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Fears Of Mega-Quake as More than 300 Quakes strike Noves de Segre, Spain

A seismic swarm of more than 300 earthquakes is currently rattling Noves De Segre, Lerida, Spain since January 18, 2017. This is exactly what happened just before the deadly M6.5 earthquake that hit the region in 1428, killing hundreds in Amer, Olot, Camprodón and Puigcerda. Sign of the next regional ‘Big One’? This new swarm of earthquakes has started on February 18, 2017 and is centered very close to Seu de Urgell in southern Andorra. The most powerful earthquake has been a M3.6 a couple of days ago and yesterday another 3.0 rattled the region. In overall, more than...

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50,000 Urged to Evacuate from Flooding in San Jose, California

Some 50,000 residents have been urged to leave their homes in San Jose as northern California continues to deal with record flooding. The mayor of the city came forward Wednesday and acknowledged that residents were not properly notified to evacuate during the emergency.   “If the first time a resident is aware that they need to get out of their home is when they see a firefighter in a boat, that’s a failure,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a news conference. “We are assessing what happened in that failure.”   “We’ve got to address the needs of the families...

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Swarm of 300 earthquakes rattle Aupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand

A swarm of hundreds of small earthquakes hit northwest of Turangi, New Zealand. The mega quake sequence is likely related to the quentching of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Now is it related to volcanic activity? Between 6pm on February 13 and 9.30am on Wednesday, more than 290 events were recorded. The largest was a 3.8 magnitude quake at 9.35pm on February 21, 2017. The swarm had three phases. By 9.30am Wednesday about 200 events had been located in the third phase, which started Tuesday evening around 5pm and included the four largest of the swarm (M3.0, 3.4, 3.6 and...

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Disappearing honey bee population could spell trouble for some crops

The honey bee contributes to a third of the country’s food supply but the population is declining. Last year eight percent of the bees disappeared according to the American Beekeepers Federation. The situation was more severe between 2015 and 2016 when there was a 44 percent decrease in colonies. Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the President of the Bee Informed Partnership, says if this trend continues it could limit the food American’s eat. “If we didn’t have honey bees, we certainly would lose a lot of our diet,” vanEngelsdorp said. He told Fox that would include blueberries, strawberries and vegetables. The honey...

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