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Cosmic rays found to be a trigger for explosive volcanic eruptions

Volcanoes with silica-rich and highly viscous magma tend to produce violent explosive eruptions that result in disasters in local communities and that strongly affect the global environment.

We examined the timing of 11 eruptive events that produced silica-rich magma from four volcanoes in Japan (Mt. Fuji, Mt. Usu, Myojinsho, and Satsuma-Iwo-jima) over the past 306 years (from AD 1700 to AD 2005). Nine of the 11 events occurred during inactive phases of solar magnetic activity (solar minimum), which is well indexed by the group sunspot number.

This strong association between eruption timing and the solar minimum is statistically significant to a confidence level of 96.7%. This relationship is not observed for eruptions from volcanoes with relatively silica-poor magma, such as Izu-Ohshima. It is well known that the cosmic-ray flux is negatively correlated with solar magnetic activity, as the strong magnetic field in the solar wind repels charged particles such as galactic cosmic rays that originate from outside of the solar system.


'Ear-splitting' boom rattles North Carolina homes - the source a growing mystery

© The Charlotte Observer
An "ear-splitting boom" that shook homes in Winston-Salem has prompted an official investigation into the mysterious source of the noise.

Police said they received numerous calls around 10:45 p.m. Saturday about an "explosion" that rattled windows and shook homes, reported Fox8 WGHP. The reports came from people living in a several mile-wide radius from Tommy's Lake Road to Bethania-Rural Hall Road.

Adding to the mystery: No evidence of damage has been found, media outlets are reporting.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills one pupil and injures 7 others in Zimbabwe

A grade seven pupil at Jekwa Primary School in Murehwa was killed, while seven others were seriously injured after being struck by a lightning bolt on Wednesday.

The injured pupils are admitted at Nhowe Mission Hospital.

The deceased, Esnath Tanaka Musodza (14), who had sat for most of her Grade Seven examinations, was fatally struck while studying within the school premises.

The injured pupils — Tilda Chideya (14), Shyline Mukwati (14), Chipo Gova (13), Tinotenda Sinzau (12), Rejoice Kativhu (12) and Kimberly Kadzere (13) — were also in the school yard when the bolt of lightning struck.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education sent a condolence message to Esnath's family.


Ice Age Cometh: It's snowing on ski slopes all over the world

It's currently snowing on ski slopes all over the world.

Ski areas in the Alps have reported up to 20cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours - around 15 glacier ski areas are already open and have great conditions.


Pit bull terriers unleashed: Should they be banned?

It's a fact that pit bulls, with their powerful jaws, can kill and maim. Google 'pit bull attacks' if you dare. But are pit bulls born bad or do humans make them that way? Therein lies an emotional - sometimes vicious - debate. On one side, traumatized families and public safety advocates. On the other, a powerful group of lobbyists who say pit bulls are the most misunderstood breed of dogs and are no more dangerous than any other pets. Canada has a patchwork of laws and regulations - Ontario has a ban, Quebec is considering one. But pro-pit bull activists oppose any "breed-specific legislation." In the United States, the lobby has even succeeded in getting many states to ban any pit bull bans. Mark Kelley speaks to leading advocates for pit bulls, families of pit bull attack victims, shelter workers and doctors as he probes the sometimes disturbing debate over what to do about the pit bull.

Comment: See also this brief film featuring some revealing comments made by Cesar Millan about the fundamental nature of this type of dog.

...Yeah, but this is a different breed...the power that comes behind the bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed - They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don't feel the pain anymore...so if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it's not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender. If you add pain, it only infuriates them...to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it...that's why they are such great fighters. Especially with fighting breeds, you're going to have these explosions over and over because there's no limits in their brains...


USGS: 2.9-magnitude earthquake detected near North Korean nuclear test site

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"We cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event," the USGS said

The US Geological Survey (USGS) detected a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in area close to North Korea's nuclear test site on Thursday evening, but is currently unable to explain the nature of the seismic event.

"This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean Nuclear tests. The event has earthquake-like characteristics, however, we cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event," the USGS said in a brief statement.

The epicenter of the seismic event is located approximately 25 km away from Sungjibaegam, a town close to the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, at the depth of five kilometers.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains tense amid Pyongyang's active development of its missile and nuclear programs and the US-South Korean military drills. In July, North Korea carried out two tests of ballistic missiles, and on August 29 and September 15 it launched two missiles, which flew over Japan's territory. On September 3, Pyongyang announced a successful test of a hydrogen bomb.

Washington, Seoul and Tokyo believe that Pyongyang is preparing to perform another test of a ballistic missile or even a nuclear test soon.


The state of ice and snow in Northern Hemisphere 2017

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With the media continually talking about global warming and melting ice, I thought I would take a minute to show you up to date statistics of Greenland Ice Growth, the way NSIDC change the visuals on ice metrics, the amount of new Arctic ice and the amount of snow cover across the N. Hemisphere. You will question what you see in the mainstream media after this video.

Cloud Precipitation

'It's raining, but there's a noise': Weird sky sounds heard in south central Illinois

© YouTube/Pugs Morgan
Weird unexplainable sky sounds Tinley Park, IL:

Cloud Precipitation

Cumbria in the UK hit by a month's rain in 24 hours

Roads are almost unusable for most vehicles
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Cumbria throughout most of tomorrow as the county braces itself for more heavy rain.

The warning came as the county continued to be affected following a day of disruption when torrential rain battered much of the county, with two flood warnings and 15 flood alerts currently still in force across the county.

The latest forecast is predicting up to 80mm of rain tomorrow on the county's high fells.

At Honister in the Lake District, records showed the area was hit by a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with 200mm falling in that time. Elsewhere, schools were forced to close and key routes became impassable as roads turned into rivers.

It was particularly bad on the A595 - the key route connecting east and west Cumbria.


Man attacked by shark near Kekaha, Hawaii

A Kauai man says he was attacked by a shark Monday.

Mitch Milan and his friend were surfing at Davidson's beach, a surf break south of Kekaha.

That's when he says a shark bit his left hand and his board.

The two were able to make it to shore.

Milan says he received 50 stitches on his left hand.