Monsoon disasters - floods and landslides devastate Nepal

Nepal is experiencing one of the most devastating monsoon seasons in last couple of years with at least 37 landslides and debris flows reported over the past four months. In flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rain that started on Wednesday, August 13, at least 53 people have lost their lives, Nepal’s Home Ministry reported today adding that a further 75 are still unaccounted for.The worst flood-hit region was the southwestern district of Surkhet, where floods killed some twenty people, according to Kantipur Television. The torrential rains have blocked major highways and stranded hundreds. Flooding on the southern plains has displaced hundreds more, officials said. In 2010, British climate consultancy Maplecroft included Nepal in its list of countries … »

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Filament eruption creates canyon of fire, Earth directed CME

Solar filament located in the southern hemisphere erupted at approximately 16:54 UTC on August 15, 2014, and launched a partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space and toward our planet. NSO/GONG and SDO/AIA 193 and 304 imagery observed major portions of a filament erupt along a 30 degree long channel between 16:30 and 17:15 UTC. The N/S oriented filament was centered near S06W02 with a majority of the eruption north of this center point. SDO/AIA 304 imagery observed material movement to the NNE and SW across the solar disk as a result of the eruption.A slow-moving, partial-halo CME was observed in SOHO/LASCO C2 and C3 imagery at 18:00 UTC and 19:06 UTC respectively. CME analysis and subsequent WSA-Enlil model output suggested an Earth impact late on August 18. Howev… »

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Cuyama Valley groundwater depleted twice as fast than it naturally recharges, California

In California’s Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County, groundwater is the sole source for agricultural, domestic and municipal water use. However, a new water availability report from USGS warns that groundwater there is being depleted twice as fast than it naturally recharges. Aside from the obvious, this alarming rate of depletion is degrading the overall water quality, and potentially leading to the onset of land subsidence.According to the study, an estimated 2.1 million acre-feet of groundwater have been removed from storage in the Cuyama Valley aquifer system since 1949. One acre-foot is approximately 325 000 gallons or enough to cover one acre of land with one foot of water. The study found that groundwater pumping for irrigated agriculture accounts f… »

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