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Natural disasters

Dinosaurs wiped out by ‘nuclear winter’ effect, not firestorm after asteroid – study
New research has cast doubt on the theory that dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago after an asteroid caused a global firestorm. Instead, scientists think that freezing temperatures prompted by blocked-off sunlight wiped the giant reptiles out.

24.01.2015 02:17

15-min delay in calling 911 ‘big contributor’ to Edgewater, NJ fire disaster
Workers that caused the massive fire at a New Jersey apartment complex waited 15 minutes to call the fire department, having first phoned their supervisor. The devastating inferno that displaced over a thousand people was ruled accidental.

23.01.2015 22:32

Fukushima operator to miss toxic water clean-up deadline, suspends till May
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it won’t be able to process the radioactive water stored at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant by March, as the operator had promised earlier. The company’s president said the delay is due to technical problems.

23.01.2015 15:25

Clock’s ticking: Humanity ‘2 minutes’ closer to its doomsday
Three minutes to midnight – with midnight being the figurative end of humanity – are left before apocalypse descends upon the planet, scientists announced on Thursday, as the minute hand of the iconic ‘Doomsday Clock’ was adjusted two minutes forward.

22.01.2015 20:00

Mexican volcano spews ash 29,000 ft in the air (VIDEO)
​A huge ash column exploded into the sky from one of Central America’s most dangerous volcanoes on Wednesday, reaching airplane-level heights of the atmosphere.

21.01.2015 22:40

New island created in Tonga volcanic eruption
A volcanic eruption taking place in the Pacific archipelago of Tonga has created a new island, though scientists say it could soon sink back into the ocean.

21.01.2015 17:16

UK ‘likely to survive’ catastrophic climate change – experts
A solar panels company has published maps suggesting the UK is “most likely” to survive the environmental consequences of climate change.

16.01.2015 15:38

Fire 'n' Iceland: Volcanic Holuhraun lava field bigger than Manhattan (VIDEO)
Fire and ice have crashed together at the edge of the world for a stunning performance, captured by RT’s Ruptly agency. The Holuhraun lava field has spread across an area greater than the island of Manhattan in the largest eruption since the 18th century.

14.01.2015 06:39

NASA to drop new robot into volcano to study eruptions
NASA will plunge a small robot into a volcano in Hawaii in order to map data and geographical features of its insides, such as fissures and volcanic vents. A similar robot is already exploring the volcano.

08.01.2015 15:51

Measles outbreak tied to Disneyland, California health officials say
Nine people are confirmed to have contracted measles when they visited Disneyland in California in mid-December. Another three cases are suspected, according to state health officials who are investigating the outbreak.

08.01.2015 01:26

Texas trembling! Lone Star State hit by 9 earthquakes in 1 day
Nine quakes in less than 24 hours (Tuesday am to early Wednesday morning) have been registered by the US Geological Survey in the North Texas town of Irving, a suburb of Dallas, America’s fourth most populous metropolitan area.

07.01.2015 09:32

Australian inferno inside view: Firefighter straps on GoPro to show wildfire battle (VIDEO)
As the raging Australian wildfires finally began subsiding, a firefighter decided to show how his team is battling the flames on the charred Adelaide Hills by mounting on a GoPro camera on his helmet.

07.01.2015 04:37