Balkan continues to fight historic floods

Devastating floods continue to affect Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. More than 2,5 million people have been affected, nearly one million people have been displaced and lost access to clear water, and at least 100,000 structures and homes left destroyed. Continuous rainfall has caused landslides and severe flooding in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. This catastrophic flooding is considered the region’s worst flood in more than 120 years of record-keeping. Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument captured this two satellite images. The top image was taken around 10: 50 UTCon May 7, 2014, and the bottom image around 12:07 UTC on May 19, 2014. (Credit: NASA/Suomi NPP)More than 3000 landslides have been reported in Bosnia and… »

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 14 - 20, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from May 14 – 20, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ahyi, Mariana Islands (USA) | Merapi, Central Java (Indonesia) | San Miguel, El Salvador | Santa María, Guatemala | Slamet, Central Java (Indonesia)Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Colima, Mexico | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Shishaldin, Fox Islands (USA) | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Ubinas, PeruThe Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US G… »

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Geologic evidence of past tsunamis in California

An extensive sedimentary deposit formed by a tsunami in 1946 was recently discovered at Pillar Point Marsh near Half Moon Bay, California. While there were photos and eyewitness accounts of the tsunami and resulting damage at the time, finding the tangible evidence in the geologic record is an important part of assessing the long-term hazard of tsunamis on California coastal communities.A new study has been completed looking for pre-historical evidence of tsunamis at more than 20 locations along the California coast. As part of the U.S. Geological Survey SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario project, experts from the USGS, Humboldt State University, and the California Geological Survey searched for geological evidence of past tsunamis in marshlands along the… »

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