A very strong earthquake with a Magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale has occurred at about 8:46 p.m. (local time) on April 1, 2014, with epicentre in the Pacific Ocean, 60 miles northwest of the town of Iquique. The quake injured tens of people; 5 casualties have been reported, but the number may increase since rescue operations are still underway. Several buildings suffered serious damage, small landslides were triggered, and there was serious concern about the possibility of a tsunami. Continue reading 8.2-Magnitude earthquake strikes northern Chile, fueling tsunami fears
A huge landfill of toxic waste, 30 hectares filled with 1.8 million tons of substances such as sodium hypochlorite, ammonium chloride, formaldehyde, perchlorates, resulting from decades of industrial processes from a chemical plant in Bussi sul Tirino, has threatened the lives of 700,000 persons living in the southern Italian region of Abruzzo. Continue reading Giant waste landfill in the Italian region of Abruzzo
Suspected debris from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been documented by new satellite images, showing 122 objects floating in the Southern Indian Ocean, about 2500 km south-west from Perth, Australia. Continue reading Undersea volcanoes and the missing Malaysian jetliner
From satellites the alarm for sudden eruptions
Every year, hundreds of thousands of passengers and cargo planes fly over areas characterized by the presence of active or “dormant” volcanoes. These volcanoes can lead to explosive eruptions with emission of large quantities of ash up to more than 10-20 km of altitude. If a plane would cross a volcanic ash”cloud”, the engines may undergo failure, as occurred in the past.
Continue reading Aircrafts vs. volcanoes