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Giant tortoises safe as Galapagos volcano ends activity

cerro azul volcano
Lava flows down the Cerro Azul volcano

Quito - The lava from an erupting Galapagos volcano did not affect the islands' famed giant tortoises as first feared, Galapagos National Park officials said Tuesday.

The Cerro Azul volcano on Isabela Island erupted between Thursday and Sunday, unleashing a heavy flow of lava, park authorities said in a statement.


Java's Lusi volcano 'on the verge of collapse'

A mud volcano, which began erupting two years ago on the Indonesian island of Java, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, could be on the verge of collapse, British scientists have found.

Many people believe gas drilling caused the phenomenon

The Lusi volcano has displaced 50,000 people, submerged homes, factories and schools and is flowing at a rate of more than 3.5 million cubic feet a day.

Despite efforts to halt the flow, including dropping giant concrete balls into the crater, the hot, noxious grey mud continues to spurt from the site in Sidoardjo, East Java.


NASA audit: Climate science politically compromised

WASHINGTON - Political appointees in NASA's public affairs office "compromised" information on climate-change science for political advantage over a two-year period, an audit by the agency's inspector general found.

Communications issued between late 2004 and early 2006 "reduced, marginalized or mischaracterized global warming research made available to the general public," the auditors wrote in a statement released yesterday.

Evil Rays

5.0-magnitude aftershock hits Sichuan county

An aftershock measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale jolted Qingchuan County of Southwest China's Sichuan province at 12:41 p.m. on Thursday, the China Earthquake Administration said.


Bees overtake backyard of Staten Island home

Something was buzzing in Staten Island's Tottenville neighborhood yesterday morning, and it had nothing to do with gossip.

A hummer of a swarm of bees -- at least 40,000 of them -- overwhelmed the backyard of 257 Barnard Ave. at about 11 a.m.

STI Bees
©Michael Oates/Staten Island Advance

Cloud Lightning

Belize assesses damage as first storm causes flooding, death

BELMOPAN - Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has declared a national emergency following the deaths of five people, including three children, and the destruction in some areas of the country as a result of heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Arthur.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 3.5 - Arizona

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 3.5

* Wednesday, June 04, 2008 at 23:32:35 UTC
* Wednesday, June 04, 2008 at 04:32:35 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 36.386°N, 112.591°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program

* 20 km (13 miles) NNE (27°) from Supai, AZ
* 55 km (34 miles) NW (313°) from Grand Canyon Village, AZ
* 59 km (37 miles) S (173°) from Kaibab, AZ
* 72 km (45 miles) S (184°) from Kanab, UT
* 141 km (88 miles) ESE (109°) from Mesquite, NV
* 237 km (147 miles) E (84°) from Las Vegas, NV

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 3.7 - New Mexico

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 3.7
# Date-Time Wednesday, June 04, 2008 at 14:02:42 (UTC) - Coordinated Universal Time
# Wednesday, June 04, 2008 at 08:02:42 AM local time at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 36.51N 106.35W
Depth 5.0 kilometers
Distances 70 km (45 miles) N of Los Alamos, New Mexico
70 km (45 miles) W of Taos, New Mexico
75 km (45 miles) SE of Dulce, New Mexico
100 km (60 miles) NNW of SANTA FE, New Mexico

Bizarro Earth

Strong earthquake hits Solomon Islands

WELLINGTON -- A strong earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook the South Pacific island nation of Solomon Islands early Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami alert has not been issued.

Bizarro Earth

Severe storms blamed for 3 deaths across the US

©AP Photo/Darron Cummings
Workers remove a tree that fell through the middle of a truck during a tornado in Edinburgh, Ind., Wednesday, June 4, 2008. The weather service confirmed that tornadoes hit the Moscow and Edinburgh areas based on eyewitness reports and a crew will head out Wednesday to investigate the storm damage, meteorologist Dave Tucek said.

ANNANDALE - Severe storms that downed power lines and trees across a large swath of the country Wednesday were blamed for three deaths. A woman died Wednesday afternoon when a tree fell on a vehicle in Annandale, a Washington, D.C., suburb, a fire department spokesman said.

Earlier Wednesday, authorities in West Virginia recovered the body of a 20-year-old man swept away while trying to drive his truck through high water. Gov. Joe Manchin declared a state of emergency in at least 15 West Virginia counties after flooding and mudslides closed numerous roads. Some places reported more than 3 inches of rain.