Developing Story: Indonesia’s mount Sinabung erupts

Indonesia’s rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Friday, spewing a thick column of volcanic ash 2.8 kilometers (1.7 miles) into the sky. Villages near the volcano in North Sumatra province have been relocated after past eruptions, and there were no further evacuations or casualties from the new blast. People have been advised to stay 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the crater’s mouth and to be aware of ashfall and avalanches of volcanic debris. Activity at the volcano was increasing, with at least 15 smaller eruptions recorded in the past week, said Armen Putra, an official at the Sinabung monitoring post. “The potential … Continue reading Developing Story: Indonesia’s mount Sinabung erupts

World’s largest coral recovery brings Indonesia reef back to life

Scientists warn 90 percent of the world’s corals reefs will disappear from Earth by 2043 due to climate change and human interference, but a new and innovated method could save them from extinction. Researchers, working with the cat food brand Sheba, are using ‘Reef Stars’ to recover 45 acres of coral in Indonesia’s Spermonde Archipelago , which had decayed to a ‘killing field’ of just rubble. A Reef Star is a steel frame made of locally sourced materials and coated with sand that is planted on the bottom of the seafloor to encourage coral growth. The structure acts as a base for … Continue reading World’s largest coral recovery brings Indonesia reef back to life

St Vincent volcano: More eruptions likely in coming days

The Caribbean island of St Vincent is likely to see further volcanic eruptions and ash fall over the coming days, experts have warned. The La Soufrière volcano first erupted on Friday, blanketing the island in a layer of ash and forcing more than 16,000 people to evacuate their homes. Smaller explosions continued over the weekend, triggering widespread outages of electricity and water supplies. Emergency officials have described the landscape as a “battle zone”. “The volcano continues to erupt explosively with the production of copious amounts of ash,” the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Center said. “Explosions and accompanying … Continue reading St Vincent volcano: More eruptions likely in coming days

Powerful earthquake shakes central Greece

A strong earthquake struck central Greece on Wednesday, sending people near the epicentre running from their homes in panic. Tremors were felt across the country and as far as Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit after midday and was at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles), the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. The epicentre was 20km south of Elassona, a town almost 400km from the capital Athens, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. In the city of Larissa, 40km south of Elassona, people rushed out of their homes into the streets. Larissa resident Dimitris, 46, said: … Continue reading Powerful earthquake shakes central Greece

New Zealand issues tsunami alert after 7.7-magnitude earthquake near New Caledonia

The epicentre of the earthquake   New Zealand and Australia issued tsunami warnings after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday. The earthquake was recorded near the Loyalty Islands and France’s overseas territory of New Caledonia, the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) said. The epicentre was located around 400 kilometres southeast of the Loyalty Islands archipelago and about 430 kilometres from Vanuatu, USGS added. The National Emergency Management Agency in New Zealand has issued a national advisory for tsunami activity, but they do not expect land near the shores to be flooded by waves. “We expect New Zealand … Continue reading New Zealand issues tsunami alert after 7.7-magnitude earthquake near New Caledonia

Sleeping volcanoes rumble to life in the eastern Caribbean

Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to issue alerts in Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as scientists rush in to study activity they say hasn’t been observed in years. The most recent warning was issued late Tuesday for La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of islands home to more than 100,000 people. Officials reported tremors, strong gas emissions, formation of a new volcanic dome and changes to its crater lake. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said that scientists observed an “effusive eruption … Continue reading Sleeping volcanoes rumble to life in the eastern Caribbean

Seven dead in Croatia earthquake as rescuers search rubble for survivors

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck central Croatia, with reports of many injuries and at least seven deaths, a 12-year-old girl was killed in Petrinja, the prime minister said as he visited the town. Five people died in the nearby town of Glina, his deputy said, a seventh victim was found in the rubble of a church in Zazina, state media reports. Petrinja’s mayor said around half the town had been destroyed and people were being pulled from the rubble. The earthquake could be felt in the Croatian capital Zagreb, in neighbouring Bosnia and Serbia, and as far away as … Continue reading Seven dead in Croatia earthquake as rescuers search rubble for survivors

Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves

Mining giant Rio Tinto must rebuild a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cave system it blew up in May, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has said. The Juukan Gorge caves in Western Australia were destroyed as part of an iron ore exploration project. In a report released on Wednesday, the inquiry blasted Rio Tinto’s “inexcusable” act, and said they should compensate the traditional owners, Rio Tinto repeated it’s apology and pledged to change its practices. Earlier this year several senior figures at the company, including Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques, resigned over the incident, following a backlash from shareholders and the public, before their destruction, … Continue reading Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves

WWF vows to do more after human rights abuse reports

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has vowed to “do more” after an internal investigation prompted by human rights abuse reports, the probe comes after a series of articles published last year by BUZZFEED News. These accused the WWF of funding and working with anti-poaching guards who allegedly tortured and killed people in national parks in Asia and Africa. “We feel deep and unreserved sorrow for those who have suffered,” the WWF said. A 160-page report released on Tuesday said the charity “should have been more transparent” and needed to “more firmly engage governments to uphold human rights”, but … Continue reading WWF vows to do more after human rights abuse reports

Scientists have found reef taller than Empire State Building

An enormous coral reef has been found at the northern tip of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the first such discovery in 120 years, scientists say. At 500m (1,640ft) high, the reef is taller than New York’s Empire State Building and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Scientists on a 12-month mission found the structure, detached from the Great Barrier Reef off Cape York, last week. They were conducting 3D mapping of the sea floor in the area, a team aboard a research vessel owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), a non-profit group based in California, used an … Continue reading Scientists have found reef taller than Empire State Building

Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995 due to warmer seas driven by climate change, a study has found. Scientists found all types of corals had suffered a decline across the world’s largest reef system, the steepest falls came after mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017. More mass bleaching occurred this year, there is no time to lose we must sharply decrease greenhouse gas emissions ASAP, the researchers said. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, was conducted by marine scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence … Continue reading Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995

A critically endangered baby gorilla died six days after being born at Audubon Zoo

Tumani and her baby. Just days after a New Orleans zoo celebrated the first gorilla to be born there in 24 years, the infant has passed away. The six-day-old baby gorilla born to 13-year-old Tumani at Audubon Zoo died on Thursday. The cause of death is undetermined, but zoo officials plan to perform a necropsy to determine why the baby died. Animal care staff noticed on Wednesday evening the gorilla infant seemed lethargic and weak in the arms of the mother,” Audubon Zoo said in a statement. “The infant was transferred to the Zoo’s animal hospital, but the veterinarian team could … Continue reading A critically endangered baby gorilla died six days after being born at Audubon Zoo