Ash coated buildings and vehicles in San Jose, 30km (19 miles) from the Turrialba volcano. Residents reported that the air reeked of sulphur. TV footage showed shuttered schools and hundreds of people flocking to hospitals with breathing and skin problems.
Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 3km into the sky, said National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said ash tumbled down the slopes as far as 4.5km westward into a river.
Mount Etna is Europe’s highest active volcano and has erupted on an ongoing basis throughout modern history. The summit is more than 3,200 metres high and often changes in height after an eruption.
Lake Mead’s surface Wednesday evening hit its lowest level since the man-made reservoir was created by the building of the Hoover Dam in 1935. The surface of the lake — a critical source of water for Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico — is expected to drop lower in the coming weeks... For now, the drop is largely symbolic since shortages are not likely to be triggered next year.
In what a top U.N. official called a "novelty," world powers called Tuesday for "air bridges" that would allow humanitarian supplies to be flown into Syria to relieve civilians who have taken the brunt of the country's civil war. ...“Starting on June 1, if the U.N. is denied humanitarian access to any of these designated areas, the International Syria Support calls on the World Food Program to immediately carry out a program for air bridges and air drops to all of those areas in need," U.S. Secretary John Kerry said in a televised news conference after the session.
The catastrophic eruption happened at 8:32 a.m. May 18, 1980, sending up an estimated 3.2 billion tons of ash that blocked out the sun and blew off more than 1,000 feet from the top of the mountain, leaving a huge crater.
Although the extent of any damage was not immediately clear, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement that it was not issuing a tsunami warning. ... the 6.7-magnitude quake had cut electricity in several coastal areas, and that people had been running in the streets. The second earthquake occurred nearby at midday and had a magnitude of 6.8, with the epicenter in the small coastal town of Mompiche.
The Obama administration sent a letter Friday to every public school district in America warning them they should allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, or risk losing federal funding.
Negatives: you can’t look at the Sun. At least, not if you value your eyesight. So you need eye protection. But even that is not enough. Unlike the transits of Venus in 2004 and 2012, a Mercury transit cannot be seen without a telescope. And it can’t be an ordinary telescope. It has to be equipped with a safe solar filter.
Editor: Very unique celestial marker, although not a visible sign. It is interesting, that this celestial marker takes place the same day that Jupiter ends its retrograde motion, and starts its departure from Leo (Judah), although it will not officially have departed from the feet of Leo till mid-July.
Starting on May 9, Jupiter will be moving eastward along the ecliptic again – going away from the Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo. But you probably won’t discern much – if any – movement of Jupiter in front of the star background for the next week or two, around this time.
The wildfires raging through the Canadian province of Alberta have grown into a behemoth blaze that has consumed an area bigger than New York City. ..."No matter how many air tankers we throw at this thing we're not going to be able to stop this fire," he told NBC News. "It's going to continue to burn with high intensity for the next several days until we get some rain or cooler conditions."
The red planet will soon be closer to Earth that it has been in 11 years ...What does this close approach mean for sky watchers? It means Mars will appear bigger and brighter from May 18 until June 3, according to NASA. But you don't have to wait. Mars already is putting on a spectacular show in the early morning sky. And you don't need a telescope or binoculars to see it.
According to Syrian Culture Minister Issam Khalil, the concert of the Russian world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra in the Syrian city of Palmyra is dedicated to the upcoming Victory Day.
A Russian symphony orchestra led by Valery Gergiev has given a unique performance in ancient Palmyra, recently liberated from Islamic State militants. The concert was devoted to the victims of extremists, and intends to instill hope that peace can triumph over war and terrorism. The symphony orchestra concert was titled “Praying for Palmyra - Music revives ancient ruins” and was performed in the Roman Theater of Palmyra...
Editor: Interesting timing - Palmyra (Palms) - with Ascension Day...
Loud blasts caused a stir in the north of England late Monday, with residents in the Yorkshire area taking to social media to express worries that an attack or a serious accident had taken place. The sounds were reportedly caused by supersonic RAF jets.
Editor: More Booms...
Puerto Rico will default on a $422 million bond payment for its Government Development Bank, escalating what is turning into the biggest crisis ever in the $3.7 trillion market that U.S. state and local entities use to access financing. ...Puerto Rico is struggling to pay fuel suppliers for police cars and emergency vehicles and provide services for special education students, the governor said. As half of the population receives health care from the government, including prescription medication, the administration must preserve its money for health and safety, Garcia Padilla said.
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