Sun, 21 Oct 2007 17:46 UTC
A wildfire driven by powerful Santa Ana wind threatened a university and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes in the Malibu Hills on Sunday, authorities said. Flames destroyed a church and several homes, one of them a landmark castle.
It's an unsolved mystery that has entomologists, horticulturalists and beekeepers buzzing.
Honeybees are, or were, dropping like flies, according to Marla Spivak, associate professor at the University of Minnesota's Department of Entomology in St. Paul.
The amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed by the world's oceans has reduced, scientists have said.
University of East Anglia researchers gauged CO2 absorption through more than 90,000 measurements from merchant ships equipped with automatic instruments.
Results of their 10-year study in the North Atlantic show CO2 uptake halved between the mid-90s and 2000 to 2005.
With the quicker warming the Earth's glaciers will melt faster, diluting the salty water in the Atlantic ocean. This has already caused the Gulf Stream to slow down substantially affecting the weather during the last winter as reported on our website. This may lead to an eventual shutdown of the Gulf Stream and a cooling of the climate in the Northern Eurasia and America, paradoxically plunging Earth into another ice age, as some scientists speculate, that is, if a cycle of cometary showers doesn't do it first
A small earthquake rattled Littleton and at least 12 other cities and towns early this morning but caused no damage, according to police and a seismologist. The epicenter of the 2.5 magnitude tremor struck near Littleton Common at 1:23 a.m. and woke up most of town.
An earthquake of moderate intensity rattled southwestern Pakistan on Friday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, an official said.
Studying layers of soil in a trench they dug near the Fremont BART station, earthquake experts have made a startling discovery: The Hayward Fault has had a big earthquake every 140 years, on average, since 1315.
And this Sunday marks year 139.
Extended torrential rain in central Quang Nam Province yesterday killed one person and caused many heavy landsides, said a source from the Quang Nam Storm Flood Prevention Department.
The rains led to flooding, and swept away a primary school teacher on his way home. The rains, quickly raising the water levels in local rivers, caused 27 landslides in the central province's six mountainous districts, blocking a mountain route. The rains have concerned the 1,500 residents near Tra Can Lake in Dai Loc District, and others in Dai Hiep Commune are preparing to flee.
Families living at the foot of Mount Bulusan volcano in Sorsogon were forced to leave their homes Wednesday night when heavy downpour loosened more volcanic deposits, triggering lahar that swelled the river channels in four villages in Irosin town, officials said.
High winds from a possible tornado struck rural northeastern Missouri early Thursday, killing a couple in a mobile home, authorities said. Several twisters hit in the southwest part of the state without causing major damage.
A tornado also touched down in the Florida Panhandle on Thursday, damaging the city's major shopping mall as a line of violent thunderstorms made their way across the state's western Panhandle. There were no immediate reports of injuries.