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Earthquake Swarms Not Just Clustered Around Volcanoes, Geothermal Regions

An earthquake swarm - a steady drumbeat of moderate, related seismic events - over hours or days, often can be observed near a volcano such as Mount St. Helens in Washington state or in a geothermal region such as Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. New research led by a University of Washington seismologist shows, however, that such swarms can occur anywhere that is seismically active, not just near volcanoes or geothermal regions.

"In our research we saw swarms everywhere and we could see the broad characteristics of how they behaved," said John Vidale, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network.

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Australian drought to hurt economic growth, reap worst wheat crop in 12 years

Australia's worst drought in recorded history will cut its wheat crop to its lowest level in 12 years and cut economic growth by around 0.7 percent, an official forecast said Friday.

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New research shows the growing threat posed by drought

Research from Met Office (UK) scientists shows that an additional quarter of the earth's land surface could be affected by drought by the end of this century.

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Hunger on the increase

NEW YORK -- A UN rights advocate said that millions more of the world's poor suffered malnutrition last year.

The advocated also charged that the trade practices of wealthy nations and desert encroachment aggravated the problem.

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Canoeist goes missing as hundreds flee homes in worst floods for 70 years

A MAN was missing last night after an open canoe capsized on a loch.

The horror unfolded as the worst storms in 70 years lashed northern Scotland. Hundreds fled their homes as flooding caused mayhem.

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Mystery 'explosion' damages homes

Reports of a loud explosion on the north Cornwall and Devon border are being investigated.

A number of residents reported hearing a loud bang between 1130 and 1200 BST around the Bude and Holsworthy area. Others said their homes were damaged.

Comment: Comment: There are a couple of reports of similar incidents in different locations here, and if interested in this topic there is the Signs Supplement: Sonic or "Mystery" Booms.


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Global warming could put New York City at hurricane, flood risk

NASA researchers are investigating the potential impact of climate change on New York City using computer models to simulate future climates and sea level rise. Their studies, to date, forecast a 15 to 19 inch-increase in sea levels by the 2050s that could put the city at higher risk of flooding during storm surges.

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Ocean array acts as climate alert

Measurements from a network of monitors stretching across the Atlantic Ocean could offer an early warning of "sudden climate change", scientists have said.

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New volcanic eruption at Sicily's Mount Etna

Catania, Italy- Sicily's Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, continued erupting overnight to Thursday with a 2,000 metre- high lava flow streaming into the valley below. The glowing rock mass was flowing, according to vulcanologists in the region, down the southerly face of the mountain. It was unclear whether a new crater had been opened or whether an old one had become active.

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Volcano's activity increases on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - The Karymsky volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's Far East has increased its activity, spewing ash emissions up to an altitude of around 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), a local seismology official said Thursday.