Cold front brings freak weather across Ural and eastern Siberia

Abnormal summer snowstorm hit Russia’s Ural region on July 12, 2014. Snow felt in cities of Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk, located in Russia’s eastern Ural region, in the middle of summer. Sudden temperature drop from over 20 degrees Celsius to almost zero and strong winds produced snowdrifts along the roads. Summer time in this region is similar to Mediterranean and snowstorm in the middle of July is extremely rare.Dramatic video emerged on Youtube, showing the hailstorm surprised beach goers on the banks of the Ob River in Novosibirsk:Eastern Siberian city of Novosibirsk experienced temperatures as hot as 37 degrees Celsius just before an unusual hailstorm hit the region. The arrival of a cold front was accompanied by stormy weather with stormy gusts and hail… »

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Strong M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Tarapaca, Chile

A strong earthquake measuring M6.1 (USGS) on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Tarapaca, Chile, on July 13, 2014, at 20:54 UTC. USGS reported depth of 35.7 km (22.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.5 at depth of 40 km.Epicenter was located 22 km (14 miles) W of Iquique, 195 km (121 miles) S of Arica, Chile, and 248 km (154 miles) S of Tacna, Peru.There are about 237 319 people living within 100 km radius.USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist.Today’s M6.1 earthquake is the latest in a series of moderate to very s… »

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Confirmed: magnetic waves cannot accelerate solar wind

A new scientific study has further deepened one of the longstanding mysteries of solar physics. For decades scientists have struggled to explain why the solar wind accelerates as it moves away from the Sun in defiance of gravity.In more recent years, theorists have suggested that so-called transverse magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves could explain both the problems of solar wind acceleration and anomalous coronal heating. However, for the first time researchers using the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) have directly measured the transverse wave motions in solar-polar plumes.They have found that the energies of the so-called magnetic waves fall four to ten times below the minimum requirement to explain the acceleration of the solar wind. Dr. Michael Clarage weighs in on this discussion. Mich… »

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Fukushima Unit 5 Alternate Cooling, No ETA For System Repair; July 13, 2014

TEPCO still has not given any further information about the needed repair of the leaking valve for the main cooling system used by the spent fuel pool of unit 5. Alternate cooling by sharing the RHR system for the reactor vessel continues as can be seen in the hourly data feeds. Previously reported, the RHR system was having a minor oil leak problem, TEPCO did a temporary fix. This makes restoration of the normal cooling system more urgent to assure they have options available.

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