Earth-facing side of the sun without visible sunspots

The Earth facing side of the sun appeared spotless. Images taken by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on July 17, 2014 show no active sunspots on the visible solar disk. To be correct, tiny decaying AR 2113 is still visible, but its size remains so small that the plots and charts didn’t registered it. SDO’s HMI Intensitygrams and magnetogram images taken at 17:15 UTC on July 17, 2014. (Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams)NOAA/SWPC reported solar activity was very low. There were no spots identified on the visible disk and X-ray flux levels remained at background levels. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were observed during the last 24 hours.Solar wind and geomagnetic conditions are quiet, no changes foreseen. The ALL-QUIET-ALERT issued… »

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Typhoon Rammasun hit Philippines as Category 3 typhoon

Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) made landfall in the eastern part of the central Philippines, in the Visayas region, early on July 15, 2014, as a Category 3 typhoon. Wind gusts up to 200 km/h (125 mph) were recorded. Torrential rains and heavy winds caused significant infrastructural damage. One death was reported so far and dozens of people got injured.MTSAT-2 IR satellite image of Typhoon Rammasun at 08:30 UTC on July 15, 2014. Rapu-Rapu Island is visible in the center of the eye. (Credit: NOAA/MTSAT)The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that a total of 145,627 individuals or 33,065 families have been evacuated in provinces in Bicol and in Samar and Tacloban City, whose residents have yet to recover from the devastation of Super… »

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Death toll from Ebola outbreak reaches 603, West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to closely monitor the evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current epidemic trend in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported. Between July 8 – 12, 2014, 79 new cases, and 65 deaths were reported from Sierra Leone, and Liberia.In Sierra Leone, 49 new cases and 52 deaths have been reported, while in Liberia, 30 new cases and 13 deaths were reported. These include suspect, probable and laboratory confirmed cases. This trend indicates that a high level of transmission of the Ebola Virus continues to take place in the community.The epidemic situation in Guinea is being closely observed, with 6 new cases and 3 deaths reported between July 8 – … »

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July 2014 HIW release (v. 2.1)

On July 16, 2014, we released a data update of all of the indicators from the CMS Community Indicators Initiative. This update increases the geographic detail available for these indicators to include county-level estimates in addition to state and hospital referral region. Modifications were made to the HIW interface to allow viewing of all geographic levels of CMS data. (more)

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Increased seismic activity at San Miguel volcano, El Salvador

Ash emissions, small explosions and increasing tremor were recorded at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano in El Salvador during July 13/14, 2014. National Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) reported that the seismic vibration of San Miguel volcano remains at very high levels. Internal seismic vibration has fluctuated between 860 and 1312 units during July 13/14, 2014, more than 25 times normal levels. Seismic network stations located on the flanks of the volcano registered a total of 335 microearthquakes, all located on the northern flank of the volcano. The magnitudes ranged between 0.4 and 2.1. Volcano remains at very unstable conditions and could erupt from the summit vent or from the northern… »

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