According to a local seismology center a second volcano has erupted on the Kamchatka Peninsula - Russia's Far East, spewing out ash up to an altitude of 6 miles, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.
A village 31 miles away from the Shiveluch volcano, was covered with ash, and volcanic tremors were registered in the area, the seismology center spokesman said.
ACEH, Indonesia: Thousands of people joined in Indonesia's largest- ever tsunami drill on Tuesday as nations across Asia remembered the moment two years ago when devastating waves crashed into coastlines and killed 230,000 people.
Elsewhere in the region, survivors and mourners visited mass graves, lit candles along beaches, observed two minutes of silence and erected warning towers in hopes of saving lives in the future.
Two earthquakes struck off the southwest coast of Taiwan on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster that left more than 200,000 dead.
Tuesday's first temblor registered a magnitude 7.1, and the second one, which followed eight minutes later, was a magnitude 7.0.
BOISE, Idaho - The number of mallard ducks that have died along a creek in southeastern Idaho has climbed to 2,500, as puzzled wildlife officials awaited test results they hoped would provide clues to what is killing them.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Department ofHomeland Security officials expected to have results Thursday from the tests on tissue samples from the ducks' abdominal tract and on water samples from the creek.
The battery of tests at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's national laboratory in Wisconsin, the University of Idaho and Washington State University were expected to rule out an avian flu outbreak.
A powerful weather system, including at least one tornado, tore through the state Monday as Floridians were celebrating Christmas.
Volusia County seemed hardest hit in Central Florida, though Lake, Osceola and Sumter counties also were slammed by the fast-moving storm. On the leading edge of a cold front, the deluge trampled the region with rain and high winds that knocked down trees and power lines and damaged dozens of homes.
SAN FRANCISCO - The fourth small earthquake in six days rattled the San Francisco Bay area on Monday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.
The temblor that struck at 10:07 a.m. had a preliminary magnitude of 2.6 and was centered about three miles northeast of Union City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It is considered a "microearthquake" by the USGS.
The quake occurred along the Hayward Fault, which runs underneath the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay and was the site of three other small earthquakes last week.
Two of those quakes had a magnitude of 3.7, and the other had a magnitude of 3.5.
Seismologists said the activity is not unusual for the area and does not necessarily mean the "Big One" will strike soon.
Comment: Comment: Of course, it doesn't mean that "the big one" will not strike soon.
LEWISTON - Residents unnerved by the unexplained deaths of dozens of crows in a neighborhood next to the Promenade Mall hope tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide some answers.
To residents, it seems almost as though dead crows were falling from the sky. Damien Perreault, 71, said he disposed of 10 dead crows he found on a walk Monday. That didn't count crows dead in the trees.
Chinanews, Jinan, Dec. 19 - Hundreds of seagulls were found dead on the beach of Zhouge Village, eastern China's Shandong Province.
Six people have died and 60,000 homes have been evacuated in southern Malaysia in the worst flooding in living memory.
But unofficial reports suggest the number of dead may be much higher, the CBC's Jonathan Kent reported Friday.
Animals that hibernate in winter abandoning hibernation: yet another signal that something momentous is happening to the rhythms of the natural world, in the way in which we have always understood them.