Active volcanoes in the world: June 18 -24, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from June 18 – 24, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Japan) | Pavlof, United States | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France) | Sangeang Api, Indonesia | Semisopochnoi, United States | Stromboli, Aeolian Islands (Italy) | Zhupanovsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia)Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | El Misti, Peru | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Pagan, Mariana Islands … »

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Satellite animation of storms that flooded the Midwestern U.S.

From June 16 through June 23 a series of thunderstorms dropped large amounts of rainfall on the Upper Midwest that caused flooding and spawned tornadoes. Visible and infrared data from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite covering that period of time were compiled into an animation that showed the storms moving through the region each day.NOAA’s GOES-East satellite sits in a fixed orbit in space capturing visible and infrared imagery of weather over the eastern U.S. and Atlantic Ocean.To create the video and imagery, NASA/NOAA’s GOES Project takes the cloud data from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite and overlays it on a true-color image of land and ocean created by data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua and Terra sat… »

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Meteo-tsunami hits several cites along Adriatic coast, Croatia

A meteorological tsunami or meteo-tsunami event was observed today in several Croatian cities along the Adriatic coast. In some places sea levels rose up to 2 meters.According to Darko Dragojević, a member of independent Croatian meteorological organization Crometeo, who observed and reported the event in Vela Luka (Korčula), sea levels sharply rose for about 1.5 meters around 08:30 local time/CET (06:30 UTC). Although the water did not enter nearby houses, several boats were damaged.”The damage would be much higher had this happen during the night. People realized what was happening and reacted quickly,” Dragojević said.The event, which lasted for about 3 hours, was also observed in Stari Grad (Hvar) and Ri… »

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Fukushima Unit 4; 1122 Spent Fuel Assemblies Removed

There are 411 spent fuel assemblies left to remove from unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. 1122 have been removed as of Monday of this week.
While this is significant progress, the remaining assemblies include some of the heavily damaged ones that will require careful handling, special equipment and come with huge risks. TEPCO has not specifically outlined the equipment or procedures that will be used to remove the more damaged assemblies in the pool.
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